Wm. Adams Middle School

Faculty and Staff Newsletter • February 22, 2016

Morning Duty this Week • 7:30 to 7:42

Francisco Rios - Station 1: Outside main entrance

Mary Allen Rios - Station 2: Corridor to the gym

Ruben Rodriguez - Station 3: West entrance

Jackie Ruiz - Station 4: 100 wing between 112 and 114 (monitor from 112 to 116)

Megan Tiner - Station 5: 200 wing between 207 and 209 (monitor from 207 to 216)

Orlando Sendejo - Station 6: Outside Library by tables

Richard Franco - Station 7: 300 wing between 303 and 306 (monitor from 303 to 301)

Denise Garcia - Station 8: 300 wing between 312 and 314 (monitor from 312 to 316)

Sandra Garcia - Station 9: 400 wing between 404 and 406 (monitor from 406 to 401)

Sarita Garcia- Station 10: 400 wing between 409 and 414 (monitor from 407 to 416)

Kristen Hall - Station 11: Outside 400 wing by east entry

Briana Garcia- Station 12: Bus Stop

**If you know in advance that you will be absent, please alert administration in order to have someone monitor your station in your absence.

High Yield Strategies

Several teachers sent Dr. Holmgreen information and photos of students using some of the high yield strategies provided through the South Texas Curriculum Consortium and Lead4ward. Please continue to implement these. Listen to announcements for the winner of last week's drawing.

"How Am I Doing?"

As we continue through the year, we must keep our enthusiasm and energy high. We have to keep students working and achieving. Students need to know exactly where they are with respect to their benchmark results, 2- and 3-week mini-assessments, and their previous STAAR scores. They need to know the score they need not only for "Met/ Satisfactory", but also for "Commended/Advanced."

Spend a bit of time with each student explaining about how many questions they need to answer correctly in order to reach these goals, and then work with them to set attainable goals as we move closer to the test.

Ms. Cavazos, Mrs. Ramirez, and Dr. Holmgreen expect to see the following in classroooms, in hallways, in student journals, etc.:
•Student goals created
•Student progress charts
•Student work posted

*A sample goal and progress sheet will be posted to the WAMS Google Classroom. Feel free to use that one and to adjust it as needed for your content.

Shout Outs!

Sandra Smithwick for a fantastic career and club fair; our custodians for moving tables to and from the gym and for the hard work they put in each day to keep our campus so clean. Please give them all your appreciation.

Lunch Time

Please be mindful of your lunch time. On several occasions we have had classes arrive as much as 3 minutes early. Please check that the time is accurate on whatever timepiece you are using and adjust accordingly. Administrators and others who monitor in the cafeteria use the clock on their phones to monitor arrival and dismissal times.

We keep students in the cafeteria as long as we can and we release them with just enough time to transition from the cafeteria to their class rooms. Please be at your door to receive them at the start of the class period.

Speeding Toward STAAR

As we get closer and closer to our STAAR assessments, it is important to remember the big picture. Yes, we want all students to meet or exceed the passing standard, but the test is also about showing growth. We need to show growth across all sub-groups.

Each department should have in place a plan to provide remediation to students. Be conscious of what you are doing for students at each tier and be sure to have specific, targeted instruction for students at tiers II and III. Have you sat with your department to discuss which SEs are tested most frequently and then assessed how your students are doing on those SEs? We have to work smarter and not harder. Let's challenge our students to improve by answering a couple of additional questions correctly in these SEs.

We talked on Feb. 15th about the definition of insanity and how that applies to our instruction: We must change the way we are teaching if we are not getting the results we want and the results our students need.

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We have a WAMS Google Classroom where you can find links to the John Samara videos, Lead4ward videos, High Yield Strategies, and soon, much more. You should have received notification. Please check your email and join so that you can access these resources.