Wilson Ranger Post
May 16, 2016
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!!
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!
Field Day Information
Talent Show Info
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:
Intervention Services from Rhonda Carr
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.
- 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)
- 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
thgrade 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
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:
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:
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.