Cougars' Illustrated

In it, to win it!

Week of March 21 - April 2, 2016


  • 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
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Thank you to the many teachers and CICs committed to the continued academic achievement for our students! The Spring Break "Continuing to Learn" Packets were welcomed by parents and many students. We are: In it, to win it!

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2015 - 2016 GOALS

70% of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will pass STAAR Reading, Math, Writing, and Science.

2. 25% of Economically Disadvantaged students will meet advanced performance in 2 or more tests.

3. 98% attendance rate for both teachers and students.

4. Earning 3 distinctions in either math, reading, science, student progress or closing the achievement gap.

5. Average of 2.0 or better on SPOTs.

We are engaged in the exact professional activities geared towards our goals: Watch Teams, Cougar Huddles, Status Meetings, 2 week lesson planning, creation of common rigorous assessments, RTI, structured PLCS, Friday FUNdamentals, 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.
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C. F. Carr Engagement in Professional Development Opportunity Reflection

Key Action 1: Strengthen and sustain a positive and compassionate classroom culture and environment; scoring 70% or more positive responses on campus climate survey.
Key Action 2: Increase teacher effectiveness to improve student academic achievement in Reading and Writing.
Key Action 3: 72% of all students will meet or exceed Phase-In 2 Level 2 performance on STAAR reading or designated alternative test.

1. Keep original documentation in blue TEI binder

2. Hard copy preferred and placed in tray titled "C. F. Carr Engagement in Professional Development Opportunity Reflection" located in the main office

3. Total of 8 Reflection forms with supporting documentation

4. C. F. Carr Engagement in Professional Development Opportunity Reflection to be turned in at the end of each month

5. Copy of form available in One Drive in lesson plan folder

6. Copy of professional development certificate or Google log-in confirmation attached to Reflection

7. February documentation is due in March

8. Tuesday after-school sessions led by CICs, count as 1 PD session

9. DISD and Region X after-school sessions count as 1 PD session

10. Saturday 8 hour sessions count as 2 PD sessions

11. No double dipping (If you are in a teaching program or college program, those will not count for your Reflection form)

*If there are any additional questions or concerns, see Mrs. Woods.

*Webinars will require additional documentation: notes taken during webinar, questions answered during webinar and evidence of implementation.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 21, 2016
  • K-5th administer 3 week interim assessments by Thursday, March 24, 2016 (none in 4th grade ELAR or 5th reading/math)
  • Stomp The STAAR (wear your boots)
  • 3rd grade TELPAS @ morning
  • 5th grade TELPAS @ afternoon
  • CILT @ 1-3 pm
  • Huddle: STAAR Traning (3-5,library) DOK (K-2, room 104) bring lesson reading or math lesson plans)
  • Guiding Coalition @ 4:30 - 5:30, room 109

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

  • Fire Inspection
  • Shade out STAAR (wear your shades)
  • TCA (have something planned for our partners)
  • 1/2 noon planning for Guiding Coalition
  • TEI Expert Training (Ritchwood/Maldonado)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • Guiding Coalition @ 7 am, room 104
  • Be a STAR on STAAR (wear star themed attire or glitter shirts)
  • TELPAS Rated and Returned to Ms. Calloway
  • 3rd grade TELPAS @ morning
  • 5th grade TELPAS @ afternoon

Thursday, March 24, 2016

  • 4th grade TELPAS @ morning
  • PLC 3rd - 5th grade (DOK: bring reading, math or science lesson plan)

Friday, March 25, 2016

  • No School

Saturday, March 26, 2016

  • No Saturday School

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  • Wear jeans and soft-soled shoes
  • 4th grade STAAR Writing
  • 5th grade STAAR Math

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

  • Wear jean and soft-soled shoes
  • 5th grade STAAR Reading
  • 2nd grade field trip: Dallas Theater

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

  • STAAR Make-ups
  • Status Meetings (3rd - 5th, room 104)

Saturday, April 2, 2016

  • STAAR Saturday