May 2, 2016
I think the only way you can truly appreciate what an educator does is to be there to witness the excitement in the classroom, experience a child learning something for the first time, and facilitating the growth of a class of students each year. The students are why we are here and you all have done a great job helping them grow both academically and socially. You make a difference and I am happy you all chose to make education as your profession.
As a small token of appreciation, we will have something each day to celebrate the staff at Rice Middle School. Be on the lookout for Kendyl's email!
Again, THANK YOU!!!!
Please educate yourself on the upcoming Bond Election. You might want to post the information as well.
Algebra EOC is this Thursday
Leadership Meeting Thursday
Thursday is Cause Day
RAVENFEST, May 13
Thanks to the Science Department
PDAS Observation Window Closes This Friday
TESTING DATES TO REMEMBER:
We will need your help on each of these days, either through being a test administrator or monitoring the students. Unfortunately, not all students are testing on the same days, so 8th grade teachers will be asked to help keep the 8th graders busy. Sarena will be visiting with a few of you to create a plan. If you have any other ideas, please share them with us.
STAAR Algebra I EOC-approximately 324 students testing (7th and 8th graders)
STAAR Grades 6-7 Math
STAAR Grade 8 Math Retest
STAAR Grades 6-7 Reading
STAAR Grade 8 Reading Retest
STAAR Grade 8 Science
STAAR Grade 8 Social Studies
May 31-June 3:
Hours in Lieu of Working June 6, 2016
- Teachers can work June 6, 2016.
- Teachers can document 7.5 hours in lieu of working on June 6. The 7.5 hours are time spent in campus professional learning that are outside of the typical campus work day. These are hours that a teacher can document from August 2015, until the end of the year.
- Teacher could use a personal business day in lieu of working June 6, 2016.
- Teachers document these hours and submit the documentation to you. You keep the documentation on campus.
AVID Summer Institute-GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED!
Rice has 4 spots for staff members for this summer's AVID institute. Please email Cristi Dyer if you would like to attend. You will need to plan on being on the Rice AVID site team next year.
Here is the rest of the info.
What: AVID Summer Institute
When: June 22-24
The stipend is $250. However, you can choose to waive the stipend if you would like to get training hours. You cannot do a combination of hours and stipend. If you would like to get training hours, it has to be approved by the me.
Social Media and Technology Trends
Sara sent out information regarding a new tool she learned about at an EDCamp a few weeks ago.
Thank you Linda Fleming for being the latest to tackle Twitter to showcase what the students are doing in your classroom!
I am definitely encouraged by the enthusiasm and willingness of the staff to take the plunge and find new ways to make learning fun at Rice!
Great informational resources for you to apply in the classroom. This is updated weekly with Craig McKinney's latest and greatest ideas.