Cougars' Illustrated

"In it, to win it!"

Core Beliefs

  • Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.
  • Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.
  • There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.
  • With our help, at risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students.
  • Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! This holiday seems to come at just the right time for teachers and students. The two weeks before this holiday allows us to get to know our students, figure out what is kind of working and what isn't and our vision for how we want our year to end begins to take shape. But just when we think we might be overwhelmed or beyond exhaustion...Boom! Here comes Labor Day weekend.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." Who better to celebrate this movement than American educators. Thank you, C. F. Carr Teachers, for a strong 2 week beginning. Now, let's take it up another notch!

2015-2016 Goals

As we begin to engage more in the business of developing young and grown minds, please keep our goals in mind:

1. 98% attendance rate for both teachers and students

2. Earning 3 Distinctions in either math, reading, science, social studies, student progress or closing the achievement gap. We are engaged in the exact professional activities geared towards our goals: Watch Teams, Cougar Huddles, 2 week lesson planning, creation of common rigorous assessments, RTI, structured PLCS, content support provided by instructional coaches and grade-level leads, and data driven conversations. We must be fully committed to these practices and see them as opportunities to increase our instructional practice and to bring the best to our students every day.

Classes with 98% attendance rate for the first 2 weeks of school:

1. Mr. Amaya's 5th grade class: 99.68%

2. Mrs. Esparza's 3rd grade class: 99.35

3. Ms. Arevalo's Kinder class: 99.34%

4. Mr. Maldonado's Kinder class: 99.24%

5. Mrs. Major's Pre-Kinder class: 98.81

6. 2D class: 98.00%

"In it, to win it!"

Upcoming and Reminders

Tuesday, Sept. 8th
  • BOY: 8:30 - 10: 00 am Reading 1st thru 5th grade (Please see attached schedule)
  • Cougar Huddle: SPOT calibration, Setting up Centers, and Implementing the DOL tracker
  • 3:00 - 3:15 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Snack delivered and eaten in classrooms
  • Reasoning Mind Kick-Off (Reasoning Mind Goals for 2015-2016)

Wednesday, Sept. 9th

  • Boy: 8:30 - 10:00 am Reading Kinder and Math K-5th grade (Please see attached schedule)
  • PLCs

Thursday, Sept. 10th

  • 3:00 - 3:15 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Snack delivered and eaten in classrooms
  • Spelling Bee Coordinator Meeting (Mr. Maldonado)
  • 4:30 - 6:30 pm Special Education Info Meeting @ Pegasus Building RM 4414 (Chew)

Friday, Sept. 11th

Monday, Sept. 14th

  • Child Abuse Training 4:30 - 5: 30 pm (Library)
  • CILT Meeting 9:15 - 10:00 am (Office)

Wednesday, Sept. 16th

  • PLCs

Friday, Sept. 18th

  • TEI Scorecards Released

Saturday, Sept. 19th

  • Lesson Planning Collaboration @ C.F. Carr from 9 - 1 pm

Thursday, Sept. 24th

Saturday, Oct. 3rd

  • Prep U at Pinkston High School: This is time for the community to come together and learn more about the schools in the feeder.

Math STAAR DATA Released

2015 STAAR 3-8 Mathematics scale scores and performance level results by student are available on MyDataPortal.

2015 STAAR 3-8 Raw Score Conversion Tables for 2015-2015


September 18

2014-15 TEI Evaluation Scorecards released

September 18 – October 1

Rebuttal window for TEI evaluation scorecard

September 28

SLO Goal-Setting & PDPs entered into Schoolnet

Reading Language Arts Curriculum Update

A new curricular resource for 3rd–12th grade teachers, text sets, was posted on the Reading Language Arts page of Curriculum Central in August. This document joins other Reading Language Arts curricular documents, such as semester maps, six-week maps, CPGs, and close reading text modules, that teachers can use to plan instruction.

Each text set suggests a sequence of thematically connected texts from adopted textbooks and free online databases, correlated to suggested TEKS from the corresponding six-week curricular map. In order to address the needs of all students, including standard English learners, the text sets contain texts in different genres and with various text structures.

This text variety can help build wide vocabulary, broad background knowledge, and cultural awareness. For more information, please contact Arlena Gaynor in the Reading Language Arts department.

Teaching and Learning's Fall Reading Series is open for registration! More information can be found below. Sessions will take place at the H.B. Bell Building (2909 North Buckner Boulevard) afterschool (4:30pm–6:30pm for elementary sessions and 5:00pm–7:00pm for secondary sessions). Teachers and CICs can register on SchoolNet. All sessions focus on how the targeted best practices can be used to teach the TEKS.