Wilson Ranger Post

May 16, 2016

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!!

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you so much for all you do!

Please enjoy jeans all week long with a shirt of your choice!

For your planning, PTO will provide breakfast Tuesday, frozen yogurt after school Wednesday, and lunch on Thursday!

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STAAR...2 down!

Thank you all for an excellent STAAR week! Your patience and snacks kept things awesome, as always, at Wilson!

Vocabulary Group...

Please see the email from Mary and update the Google doc by Sunday evening.

Field Day Information

Friday, May 20th is Field Day. Activities are from 8:00am until 12:00pm with a 25 minute break in your classroom at 10am. There will be 6 stations with 3 activities per station. Each grade will divide into three teams and rotate through each activity every 9 minutes. Your learners will get wet and muddy! PTO will supply your class with pretzels, water, and a plastic bag for wet clothes. They will be delivered next week along with a schedule and map. Our Family Picnic will follow the Field Day activities, this will begin around 12:30.

Learner-led confernces

Learner-led conferences need to be completed by Friday, May 27th.

Class Lists

Please have your pink and blue sheets filled out prior to coming to your PLC next week.

Talent Show Info

May 16 - Tryouts in Specials

May 26 - Practice at West (4-6pm)

May 31 - Talent Show (5:30pm)

Red and Black Nominations

Red and Black Super Star nominations are due next Friday, May 20th. They will be presented at the Spirit Assembly on Friday, May 27th. Here is a link to the nomination form:

Red & Black Super Star Nomination Form

Intervention Services from Rhonda Carr

RtI



TEA has new RtI Guidance App!
In 2013, the Texas Education Agency partnered with Research in Mathematics Education to begin the process of updating the state’s Guidance Document on Response to Intervention (RtI). TEA formed a committee of experts who decided that the latest research on RtI should be synthesized in a format that is accessible to educators and can support them as they implement RtI across grade level and content area.

The team at RME led the app development, coordinated the nationally-recognized content writers and editors, and managed the timeline of the scope of the project. The app is now available on the iTunes Store and will soon be released for Android.

EOY Technology Information from the District

Returning to same campus staff:

  • All desktops will be imaged. Make sure you have everything saved to the network or the cloud.
  • No desktop computers should be moved for any reason. They are assigned to the room, not the staff member. Please do not unplug them.
  • Please clear the area of any personal items to ensure nothing is broken. We are not responsible for personal items.
  • If you are moving rooms, please take your phone with you to your new room prior to leaving for summer.
  • All mobile devices should be checked in/out from the library.
  • All teacher laptops should be imaged prior to leaving for summer.


Transferring staff:

  • Your mobile devices (iPad/MBA) will move with you to your new campus. They will still need to be checked in/out. At your new campus, they will be transferred over in the Fall by checking in with the librarian. **Please note that MBA transfers apply to Secondary only for this year**
  • You will need to turn your phone into the office secretary or library (as designated by your campus)


Non-returning staff:

  • You will need to sign out of iCloud and remove it from your iPad.
  • You will need to turn in all devices checked out to you. The library can run a report if you are unsure.
  • You will need to turn in your phone to the office secretary or library as designated by your campus.
  • You will need to ensure you have any documents, emails, etc. you might want to keep, copied to a personal location prior to your account being disabled at midnight of the last day of your contract. We will not re-enable accounts to retrieve documents.

Book Swap info from Debra

This year’s Book Swap is May 27. Learners may bring in books to swap between May 16 – 25.

· Here is a schedule of shopping times. Please let me know if this will NOT work for your grade level. https://docs.google.com/a/g.coppellisd.com/spreadsheets/d/16KQUN0VflWMdmeuGBNlzuu3nivYZnJd5Cj6oMupT67I/edit?usp=sharing

· I want 5

th

grade to have first crack at the older chapter books because last year as they came at the end of the day, there were mainly only picture books left.

· I’m also going to space out how I put out books better, so that everyone has a chance to find a just right book.

· I’d like to give kids first dibs on taking books this year, but you are welcome to come shop what is left (and last year there were actually some treasures at the end of the day.)

Please encourage your learners to bring in books they are tired of reading at home. I will take anything, but will sort through and toss those that are just old, gross and worn out. I have collected a stash of books that I will put out to supplement what is brought in.

Math Vocabulary Schoology Course

Have you completed the Math Vocabulary Schoology Course?

The Schoology access code for this course is Q8WM7-ZH2TQ.

Science from Linda Cook

The following summer professional learning opportunities are available in the district (see Eduphoria):

  • June 7th - Science Comes to Life with Interactive Science Notebooks
  • June 9th - Designing Science PBL Through the UbD Design Process
  • June 21st - Project Wild and Aquatic Wild
  • June 23rd - School Gardens 101
  • July 21st - Blended Learning in the Science Classroom

The following additional summer workshops are available through Region 10:

  • June 10th - L.A.N.D. Outreach - Texas Wildlife Association
  • June 13-14th - K-4 Science Academy
  • June 16th - Learning Science Through STEM
  • June 20th - Home on the Range
  • June 27th - L.A.N.D. Outreach - Texas Wildlife Association
  • June 28th - Journaling and Interactive Note-Taking in Science
  • July 7th - Effective Elements in Elementary Science
  • July 11th - Growing Scientists from the Ground Up: Teaching Science in Grades K-2
  • July 11th-12th - Making Sense of Science: Genes and Traits
  • August 1st - Developing Visual Literacy
  • August 31st - STAAR Solutions

Mathematics from Mary Kemper

Elementary Mathematics EOY Screener: Please ask all K-5 Mathematics Educators to have EOY screener data entered into Aware by May 20. The window closes on May 20 for all K-5 Mathematics EOY assessments. Thank you.

Classroom Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning: This free online course from The University of Texas at Austin was shared with me by Region 10. The approximately 5-hour course runs June 1 - August 17. More information can be found here for interested educators:

Classroom Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

STAAR Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors: For grades 3 - Algebra I, this resource from TEA provides descriptors of knowledge and skills expected to be evidenced by students achieving each performance level of the Mathematics STAAR. These documents are now available on the TEA website here:

STAAR Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors

Language and Literacy from Heather Cato

WANTED: State Literacy Academy Trainers (for K and 1st) - In the last legislative cycle money was allocated for TEA to create literacy academies. This summer, Region 10 will host Kindergarten and 1st Grade Literacy Academies and they are looking for individuals who would be interested in being a trainer. They are still looking for superior, qualified trainers to help conduct the literacy academies, so please feel free to pass this link to anyone who may be interested. Final approval of trainers is done by TEA, but we would like to have a considerable pool of candidates. We will be sending names to TEA THIS Friday, so any interested person should fill out this information by Thursday, May 5th.

Literacy Academy Trainers for K and 1st

Some of the many reasons we appreciate you!

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