ARMS Legend

Excellence Without Boundaries

BE LEGENDARY. Every Minute of Every Moment Counts!

March 23, 2015 5th Six Weeks, Week 4

BY MAY 2015, AT LEAST 80% OF ALL STAAR EXAMS TAKEN BY ARMS STUDENTS WILL MEET THE PHASE II PASSING STANDARD.

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MARCH TEACHER AND SUPPORT STAFF OF THE MONTH

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR LEGENDS!

You have been spotted....
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We Salute You!

7th & 8th Grade Reading and RLA Teachers

For your unrelenting support and persistence with our Rangers! We all support Rangers success on the upcoming STAAR next week.
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Special Note: ARMS Staff if you have a "Spotlight" you would like to share from the current week, please forward a picture and a short description of your Legendary Spotlight, to me by Saturday of each week.

ARMS COMMUNITY MESSAGE

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We are in this mission together. Although we all possess incredible talent, passion, creativity, and expertise individually, our strength truly lies in our collective energy, purpose, and actions.

When feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or just the intensity of this time of year, instead of pulling back, lean forward toward your "village", your ARMS Village. You can do things on your own because of how incredible you are, but we all deserve and need, support, care, and yes cheers, as we do what we do.
(revised from Awesomelifetip.com)
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Upcoming ARMS Rangers March Birthdays!

  • J. Yates( 29th)
  • H. Conley (30th)

Instructional Focus

Make the most of every instructional minute. Ask yourself:

  • How am I planned for exceptional teaching and learning from the moment students enter to the moment I dismiss?

Count Down to 8th Grade Reading & 7th Grade Writing STAAR

March 30-31st - 7th grade Writing STAAR
March 31st - 8th grade Reading STAAR

SATURDAY TUTORING - March 28TH

READING 6th - 8th
WRITING - 7TH
Alg. I
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Pertinent campus wide WAIP information will be posted in the weekly ARMS Legend. Please ensure that you stay informed of district updates and general information. WAIP information that is specific to a team, grade, content, will be emailed directly.

INCLEMENT WEATHER DAYS

ARMS staff please click here to read the district memo in regards to the loss of instructional days due to inclement weather. ALL staff and students report to work on April 3rd and June 5th.
Special Note: Bus transportation is being looked into for extended instructional days, 4:30 to 6:30. Also, not sure if we have held "Lock-in's" here at ARMS. But this is an option as well, let me know if you are interested.

Superintendents Scholarship 5K Fun Run!

Mark your calendars and let's have an ARMS Ranger presence on May 16th! Any ARMS runners in the midst that would like to "rally the troops?" I will be your first participant! Click here for more information.

Healthy Texas Week

An effort to celebrate the health of all Texans, April 6-9th. Click here for more information.

Write for Texas Resource

A wealth of writing resources at your fingertips. Click here for more additional information.

Marshall Memo - Weekly Round-UP of Educational Ideas, K-12

A Mississippi Teacher Flips Test Review

In this Education Update article, high-school teacher Lillian Sims says she’d reached an impasse with her twelfth grade British literature class: “They wanted a spoon-fed curriculum and I wanted to teach without sacrificing rigor.” A quarter of her students weren’t on track to pass, and some left her test papers completely blank.


But then a freak snowstorm cancelled school for two days and Sims tried something new to help students prepare for an upcoming test. She recorded a brief video of herself paging through the textbook noting key items, summarized historical events and poems, suggested an acronym to remember titles in a logical sequence, and showed how each poem fit into the unit’s themes. She uploaded the video to YouTube and alerted her students about it by e-mail, Facebook, Remind, and Twitter.


When school re-opened, students said they loved the video and wanted her to do it again for future tests. What was the big deal? Sims wondered – all she’d done was review what they’d already heard in class. But then she understood: “[I]t wasn’t hearing me talk all over again that had helped; it was seeing me demonstrate how I ‘study.’ My students didn’t need help with literature; they needed help with how to learn.”

For the rest of the year, Sims made a regular routine of uploading study videos, and the results were dramatic. Test grades improved by two letter grades, failures dropped from 15 to 4, every student tried hard, and the number of As went from 6 to 33 percent of the class.


Originally titled, “Snowstorms and Studying Breakthroughs” by Lillian Sims in Education Update, March 2015 (Vol. 57, #3, p. 8), http://bit.ly/1Li2OCP; Sims can be reached at Lillian.sims@rcsd.ms.

WEEKLY EVENTS (3/23 - 27)


ARMS STAFF BREAKFAST - TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH, HOSTED BY 6TH GRADE, 7:45 AM IN TEACHERS LOUNGE

STAFF TESTING MEETING - TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH, @ 4:30 - 5:00, IN LIBRARY. ADJUST STUDENT AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES TO BE AVAILABLE.

ADVISORY CANCELLED - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH

MAKE-UP TESTING MEETINGS -
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH, ONLY FOR STAFF THAT HAVE AN EMERGENCY OR ABSENT.

RANGER COALITION DAY
- THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH - Thank you for each group identifying our area of focus. By the end of Thursday, each coalition group is to complete the survey (one person responds on behalf of the group). This information will be shared with the campus to communicate progress/kudos on our action items.

IGNITE ACADEMY -THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH, 4:30 - 5:15, ARMS TEACHER PRESENTATIONS! Mrs. Maronen and Mr. Phan, Agenda will be send out this week.

SPRING DANCE - FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH, STUDENT DANCE 5:30 - 6:30 PM. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN CHAPERONING PLEASE SEE MS. GOLLEDGE OR MR. FOLKENROTH

ON THE HORIZON

7TH GRADE STAAR WRITING DAY 1, MONDAY, MARCH 30TH
7TH GRADE STAAR WRITING DAY 2, TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST
8TH GRADE STAAR READING, TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST

Alg. I Mock EOC - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST
Science Mock STAAR - THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND

SCHOOL DAY - FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD (INCLEMENT WEATHER DAY)

April 6-9 - DISD Student Survey Window (attachment forwarded to staff)

Fun & Frolic

ARMS Good News / Smiles

ARMS staff share "Four Corner" connections and found kindred spirits.
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Rangers and their Forever Friends

We serve a critical time in our students lives! Always remember how valuable you are!

Ann Richards Middle School

At Ann Richards MS, our vision is to be a flagship middle school at the hub of the community, nurturing diverse leaders, and empowering intelligent trailblazers.