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Henderson Weekly Newsletter

March 21, 2016

" Achievement is Largely the Product of Steadily Raising One's Levels Of Aspiration and Expectation." - Jack Nicklaus

Commit to Excellence- Spring Achiever

I truly hope that you had a wonderful spring break. I know that you will come back to school refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to finish strong! I used this week to get through that long "to do" list that can become a distractor if not taken care of. However, I did stop for some fun as well! What did you do? I hope it was fun and memorable.


After reviewing our data I feel really good about where we are and our plan of attack to intervene where needed. Let's commit to staying true to the plan, continuing to foster those relationships, holding kids to the highest of expectations, making every minute count and that our first instruction is our best instruction.


This time of year we hear about spring fever. Let's commit to spring achievers, not spring fever! Achievers bring "it" to a successful end; carry through; accomplish. That is what I believe we are!


Believe in yourselves! Believe in your kids! I believe in you!

Winning Wednesday

I am very excited about this extra block of time to reach kids. Please work with anywhere from 3 to 7 kids at a time, no more. Specials teachers and coaches will be assigned to a grade level to assist. Please complete the spreadsheet to show which kids are being worked with and which skills. This is for both during specials and after school. Please plan on tutoring for a minimum of 70 minutes during the PLC block. Also, please allow kids to go to at least one special. This means you should work with 2 groups of kids (6-14 students total depending on your needs and skills)


Let's really make sure this time is well spent and used in a meaningful way!


If you do not have students attend tutoring, please join another teacher in your grade level to assist with tutoring.

Active Monitoring

Active monitoring is a critical piece. It is especially important during independent work. If you are not working with a group, you should be monitoring students and their work.


From the National Institute on Direct Instruction....


Through proper active monitoring a teacher can keep students on-task and just as importantly, keep them accurate in their responses.


  • Circulate
  • Reinforce correct answers
  • Correct while walking
  • Point out errors


Even during a test active monitoring is critical, as you can reinforce your expectations of how students are to attack problems or prove answers.

Health Clinic Is Up and Running!

The Health Clinic is up and running! Please take advantage of this clinic that we share only with the city of Bryan. They accept appointments all day and walk ins from 7:30am-8:30am.

Affirmations

What a fabulous kindergarten program! Thank you to Mrs. Greenlee for all of her efforts with our kindergarteners who did such a great job with their music and lines. We have lots of talent coming up!


Fourth grade received lots of praise for their Writing Power Hour from Mrs. Bricker. Kids, teachers and support staff are working hard!

FYI

  • Teachers-Teacher Self Reports (TSR) II & III must be completed by 4/8/16. This is required and a part of your PDAS. TSR II & III are found where TSR I was found in PDAS in Eduphoria.
  • The staff voluntary transfer application is up and running. I would ask that as a courtesy to me you please let me know if you are planning on trying to transfer so that I can make plans for next school year.
  • If you are not going to be returning next year, I would ask that you share this with me as soon as you know. I would appreciate the "heads up" as any of you will be difficult to replace.
  • Please mark your calendars for July 26, 27 and 28 for a Bryan ISD conference. A variety of professional development based on different needs will be provided. This will be a good option for earning TE days. There will be other options available this summer as well.
  • Please lock your doors when you leave for the day. A teacher had someone in their room who obviously "messed with" her technology one evening.
  • Join the Relay for Life Henderson Hawk team! This is such a fun event and a worthy cause.

Mark Your Calendar!


March

23 Winning Wednesday tutoring (PLC & after school)

25 Good Friday Holiday

29 STAAR 5th Math/4th Writing

30 STAAR 5th Reading (Tutoring after school for grades K-3)

(Alternate schedule to be shared soon for testing days)


April

6 Winning Wednesday tutoring

9 Henderson Fun Fair 11-2

12 HIP Meeting

PTO Meeting

13 Winning Wednesday tutoring

19 Taco Casa Spirit Day

20 Winning Wednesday tutoring

22 Awards/Games Galore

27 Winning Wednesday tutoring

Don't Forget to Nominate the next Teacher of the Month!