Week of January 11, 2016

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The Cowboy Courier is a weekly newsletter that highlights the good work coming from Cigarroa's amazing staff and students, helps us to remember important events, and connects our extended community. Feedback is welcomed. Thanks for reading!

Our Values In Action

Growth-mindset. Belief and desire to continuously improve.

Sense of urgency. Acting with the realization that efficiency is vital to success.

Belonging. We are committed to actions that support a sense of family and community.

Commitment. Doing whatever it takes to reach our vision of academic success and a love for learning.

Respect. Holding ourselves, our school, our family, and our community in high regard.

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This section highlights teammates and students whose actions directly impact our goal of helping our students earn distinctions this year!

Welcome back and happy new year! This short week really was fantastic -- we had a WONDERFUL start to the second semester! I visited classrooms this week and the effort coming from all classrooms was super strong! We received our data from the Fall 2015 ACPs which has given us both a sign that what we are doing is working and also a sign that we need to make mid-year corrections to ensure that we attain the results that we seek to achieve at the end of the year. The Fall 2015 Campus Climate Survey confirmed that we are the team that has built a school that can make it happen for our kids. Both data checkpoints are available via the buttons below. We have our plans for the next six weeks already made and we're in gear to make huge gains (and have fun doing it!). We're also about to enter the coldest part of the season... so bundle up, buckle up, and let's go!

Here are a couple of reminders for this week:

Fabiola Fernandez sent out the library sign-up link via email this week. In case you forgot, library sign-ups are done virtually via a pretty cool website she uses. I will attach the link in the button below to all future Cowboy Couriers for your convenience.

This Thursday, January 14, is the second night of Elementary Parent Conferences for the year. I know many of you prefer to meet with parents before the actual day of scheduled conferences, but two of your contractual days of the school year are extended for parent conferences. You are welcome to schedule conferences earlier in the week but all teachers are required to be present for parents who choose to come this Thursday from 4:00-7:30. Please be sure to give parents the report card for the 4th six weeks as well as the school's TEA report card for 2014-2015 (last year). For students whose parents do not attend, send the report cards home and ask for a signature as proof they viewed the report card. Keep a copy of report card with the signature and return it home. If possible, please make every effort to reach out to the parent for an in-person conference. Please let us know how we can support you in any way!

The PTSA's Annual Penny Drive begins this Thursday! Please encourage your students to bring in loose change to donate to the school's PTSA. All proceeds support PTSA programs that go directly to our school. Our fantastic PTSA moms will collect all funds before school begins.

This is also a reminder that there is no after school tutoring this week. We are rearranging tutoring rosters using the most recent data so that we are prepared for after school tutoring beginning the week of January 19.

Have an amazing week!

Morning Routine Responsibilities

Morning Announcements

Stanford (2E)

Morning Roundup Guests

TWU (2A)

Week at a Glance

Monday, January 11

Tim Hise at Cigarroa from 8:00-10:00

Executive Ed Meeting from 3:30-5:00 in library

No after-school tutoring

Tuesday, January 12

Professional Development from 3:35-5:05

  • Josie Eatman from Region 10 presents part one of a three part series: Scaffolding the Learning: Understanding Performance Level Descriptors

Wednesday, January 13

Angela Oliveri's birthday!

PLCs during planning periods

No after-school tutoring

Thursday, January 14

Quinton Courts' birthday!

PTSA Penny Drive begins

Elementary Parent Conferences from 4:00-7:30

3rd 6 weeks report cards go home

TEA 2014-2015 school report card goes home

No after-school tutoring

Friday, January 15

Fatemeh Moradian's birthday!


3rd Six Weeks achievement party at 2:00

On the Horizon

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 18 (no school)

President's Day is Monday, February 15 (no school)

4th Six Weeks ends Friday, February 19

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100% of respondents to the Fall 2015 Campus Climate Survey would recommend Cigarroa to others as a place they should work!
Fall 2015 Campus Climate Survey Results

View the results from our Fall 2015 Campus Climate Survey!

Fall 2015 ACPs Results (District/Feeder Comparison)

Check out our growth and our growth opportunities!

Parent Conferences Resources

Click this link to find a sign-in sheet for parents and a handy checklist!

Cigarroa Libary Sign-Up Link

Sign up for your class's library time using this link!