The Bruin Blast

Labor Omnia Vincit

Week #15: December 14th-18th, 2015

Review the Habits of Mind: Be Proactive


Principal's Corner

Blanton Bruins,

We wish all of you a very Merry Holiday Season! We hope that you enjoyed the week of treats! A special thank you to the PTA for donating funds that allowed us to get everything for you and to Ms. Iwasko for putting it all together!

This first semester has come and gone! It is always so amazing how quickly time passes. I know that each of you worked extremely hard this semester. We began working with new colleagues and new systems. It has been a time of growing for all of us. Thank you for embracing the challenge of making the biggest difference in the lives of students. Each of you is "THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE" because you take time to plan each minute of the day to meet the needs of students. Your dedication to children is remarkable!

Please take this holiday season to relax and spend quality time with family and friends.

We will see you in January, refreshed and energized!


Professional Development

The agenda items are below for January 4th and 5th.

January 4th is a work day.

A work day includes time to prep for students which includes lesson planning and curriculum planning.

January 5th is our PD day.


Team Building Activity (meet in the gym)

Items to accomplish:

Curriculum Map:

  • Readiness/ Supporting
  • New TEKS: blue color
  • Spiraled TEKS: green color
  • Re-teach TEKS: red color

L.O.s and D.O.L.S tracker for week 1, 2 or 3 (email to your CIC)

Lesson Plans: Week 1

3rd-5th RLA PD

2:00-5:00 at Nolan Estes

  • Dr. Garcia
  • Batey
  • Fernandez



  • Review the overall ACP data
  • Review by class rosters
  • Update Heat maps
  • Compare projections
  • 3rd-5th compare with the ACP/ STAAR comparable charts; input onto form
  • K-2nd I-Station and STAAR Correlations and/ or ACP and ITBS/ Logramos Comparables

Teach Like a Champion / TORSH:

  • Stretch It
  • TORSH Assignment #3

Content Breakouts:


  • 2-5 ESTAR/MSTAR Screeners, Diagnostics, Tier 2 & 3 Folders

Reading K-2

  • Writer's Workshop

Reading 3rd-5th

  • Text Complexity
  • Text Dependent Questions
  • Collaborative Conversations

Social Studies PD

3:30-5:00 at Mills Elementary - bring laptop!

  • Botello
  • Barcenas
  • Elvir
  • Binion
  • Haro
  • Quiles

5th Grade Math - Carnegie Learning Academy

1:00-4:00 p.m. @ H.B. Bell School Support Service Center-Room 801 (Buckner Building)

Register through SchoolNet with code: 1000002309

  • Ms. Belchi
  • Ms. Helms



Reading/Writing Corner

Dear Teachers,

We both appreciate all the hard work you have done with our Blanton scholars! As the first semester winds down, let’s take what we have learned and be ready to move forward to finish the 2015-2016 school year strong! Enjoy a restful Christmas break with family and friends and as always, don’t forget to read a great book!

Dr. Garcia & Mrs. Mondragon


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We celebrate the GREATNESS in you!!

Happy birthday:

  • Mr. Haro!!! (Dec 28)
  • Ms. Cunningham!!! (Jan 1)

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