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Monday February 1st 2016

Principal's Message

Good Morning Panthers! I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

This week I'd like you to consider the following question:

What messages do your language and actions communicate to your students?

I'd like all of us to consider this question as we interact with our students in the classroom. Does our language communicate patience, understanding, compassion, and respect? Are we setting an example that we would want our students to follow? Students may not remember everything that they do in class but they will remember what you say if they feel it is negative. It is essential that we maintain environments of mutual respect that promote learning. When faced with challenging situations it can be very easy to allow anger and frustration to take control but by doing so we do a disservice to our students and profession. Please take a few minutes to read through the following articles that discuss using positive language in classrooms. The ideas below reinforce the message we recieved from Mr. Sheets during staff development when he introduced the Respect Agreements to us from the Restorative Justice approach to discipline. I would highly encourage everyone to spend some time again this week to revisit your agreements or build agreements with your students if you have not yet done so this semester.

Responsive Classroom - Want positive behavior? Use Positive Language!
https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/want-positive-behavior-use-positive-language/

Responsive Classroom - Reinforcing, Reminding, and Redirecting.
https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/reinforcing-reminding-and-redirecting/

Spotlight on Professional Development

Last Week: A big thank you to the team who brought you PD last week. The sessions were engaging and interesting. Great Job!!

Unfortunately session 2 was interrupted by the fire alarm so we will ask those presenters to come back for a repeat performance.


This Week:


  • Part 1 -- This will be the last meeting for book study #1.
  • Part 2 -- We will be finishing up our presentations from last week that were interrupted by the fire alarm.

Next Week:


  • AVID - Socratic Seminars
  • PLCs

-- Stockard Showcase --

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Building a College Culture at Stockard!

We would like to give a HIGH PAW to Mr. Mryben for taking college shirt day to the next level. Mr. Myrben was spotted wearing his college graduation gown to model for the students what their future can be!

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Bold And Beautiful Bulletin Boards

*Hi Paws to the teachers who volunteered for our Super Star Wars Tutoring may the force be with you all! Extended day tutoring can be attended by any student a teacher recommends. Thank you for calling parents and sending home tutoring letters to parents. Your efforts will ensure 100% participation from all recommended students.


*All CIC's will be off campus on Friday for a professional development session on Data Driven Instruction.

Get Students Excited About Writing !

Ms. Hilton's class began planning and drafting an expository essay last week. This week they will add details and transitions. After they publish their draft in STAAR format, they will use www.storybird.com as an extension activity. Students were shown the website in the planning stages last week to motivate them. Writing can be fun!

Another Great Writing Resource

To plan expository essays student's in Ms. Hilton's class used the Kernel Essay Structure. This can be introduced in 6th grade and is also applicable in 8th grade for the Short Answer Response.

Reading Resource

A short Prezi on Presentation on Character Traits and Motivations. Can easily be edited to include TEKS. Sentence stems students can use are already included!

DISD STAAR Academy

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 8am

9339 S Polk St

Dallas, TX


Content Area

Session Number


Math (Grades 6-8)

1000002880


Reading (Grades 6-8)

1000002874


Personal Narrative Writing (Grade 7)

1000002875


Science (Grade 8)

1000002881


Social Studies (Grade 8)

1000002901

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Upcoming Events:

AVID Night Tuesday February 2nd 2016 from 6:30 - 7:30

AVID Teacher Recommendations Due-February 13, 2016

AVID Student completed applications due-February 22, 2016

AVID Interviews-February 23-29, 2016

Leap Into AVID Fair-February 29, 2016