Frenchwood's Friday Focus

December 4, 2015

T-TESS; Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System

T-TESS will be the teacher evaluation system in Alief next school year. I am serving on the district committee that is preparing for the district roll-out. I will keep you updated throughout the process. The first step is to ensure we understand the Texas Educator Standards because the T-TESS aligns with these standards. I will include a few of the standards in each Friday Focus:

Purpose: The standards identified in this section are performance standards to be used to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers.

Standard 1: Instructional Planning and Delivery- Teachers demonstrate their understanding of instructional planning and delivery by providing standards-based, differentiated instruction that engages students, makes appropriate use of technology, and makes learning relevant for today's learners.

As you can see, the Educators standards will outline what great teachers do everyday for students. T-TESS being aligned to the Educator Standards is great because it will lead to every student receiving great instruction everyday, like we do at Miller!

Math Teacher of the Month Program

Please take a moment to nominate yourself or one of your colleagues for the ConocoPhillips Math Teacher of the Month program. This program awards 6 teachers the following from ConocoPhilips and the Houston Astros:

  • Pre-game recognition and stadium tour
  • Up to 10 game tickets
  • School appearance by Astros players and/or Orbit
  • $1,000 donation to teacher’s school or school district
  • $100 gift card for the purchase of classroom supplies
  • ConocoPhillips and Houston Astros gift package
  • In-game radio interview
  • Recognition on the ConocoPhillips website

Every Math teacher at Miller is deserving, so please take a moment and follow this link to nominate:

'Tis the Season for Giving

As you are out and about this weekend, please take a moment to pick up a few items for the following causes:


West Oaks Geriatric Center

The students and elderly will greatly benefit from you generosity.

Thank you in advance for your kindness!



AFT will provide snacks in the teacher's lounge

Costco Christmas


$2 ID Sale

Principal Cohort will visit Miller Science classrooms between 9:00 and 11:00

See to Succeed Van

Above and Beyond

Miller Walking Club


Science DCA


Progress Reports go home

Miller Walking Club

Band/Orchestra Performance @ 2:30 and 6:30


Miller Leadership Alliance meeting @ 7:45 a.m.

Band/Orchestra Performance @ 9:30

Choir performs at West Oaks Mall

Staff Christmas Party!!!!!!

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