BCMS Staff and Faculty News

Week of January 9


Change is the end result of all true learning.

- Leo Buscaglia

It is not about talent...It is about effort!

-Eric Thompson

Rigor: Define & Embrace!

What is the difference between rigorous standards, rigorous questioning, and instructional rigor? Rigorous standards are important, but State Standards do not address how to implement rigorous instruction. Rigorous questioning is critical, but it is not enough. For example, a teacher might ask rigorous questions, but accept lower level answers. In that case, the instruction is not rigorous. Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, and each is supported so he or she can learn at high level, and each student demonstrates learning at high level. (Blackburn, 2008).

Important Dates

January 9 Athletic Events

7th Grade Boys vs East @ BCMS ( Tuck Administrator)

5:30 PM

7th Grade Girls vs East MS @ East

PTA Board Meeting

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

January 10- Campus Faculty Meeting ( All Staff shall be in attendance)

3:15 PM Library

January 12th Athletic Events

8th Grade Girls vs East @ BCMS ( Tuck -Administrator)

5:30 PM

8th Grade Boys vs East MS @ East MS

5:30 PM

Employee Absences

Nondiscretionary: Leave taken for personal or family illness, family emergency, a death in the family, or active military service is considered nondiscretionary leave. Reasons for this type of leave allows very little, if any advanced planning. Nondiscretionary leave may be used in the same manner as state sick leave

Discretionary: Leave taken at an employee’s discretion that can be scheduled in advance is considered discretionary leave. An employee wishing to take discretionary personal leave must submit a request to his or her principal or supervisor at least five days in advance of the anticipated absence. The effect of the employee’s absence on the educational program or department operations, as well as the availability of substitutes, will be considered by the principal or supervisor. Discretionary personal leave will be granted on a first come, first-served basis and will be subject to the following limitations: ---A maximum of 10% of campus employees in each job category will be permitted to take discretionary personal leave at the same time.

---Discretionary leave may not last more than three consecutive workdays

---Discretionary leave may not be taken on the following key days: two days before or after a school or student holiday, days scheduled for end of semester or end of year exams, days scheduled for state testing, professional or staff development days or during the first or last 15 instructional days of the school year.

Employee of the Month- November/December 2016

Let's Congratulate Ms. Shannon Robinson-Walker as the BCMS Employee of the Month for November and December!!!

Progress Report/Report Card

It is good practice to avoid giving 69, 79, 89, etc....

SPED Students- Have you followed the current IEP? If not, you need to review, research, ask questions.

Assessments/ grading practices should accurately reflect and effectively support learning . O's or failing grades are an easy way out!!!

Remember that with the new 9 week grading periods there will be TWO Progress Reports before the Marking Period Report Cards.

Tutoring ( November through May), intervention, etc....

We are paying teachers $25 per hour to tutor testing grades ( 6-8 ELA, 6-8 Math, English I, Algebra I, 8th Grade Science and 8th Grade SS). It is the expectation of the campus administrator that you communicate with the students and parents about tutoring and bus transportation. Non tested grade levels need to determine how they will be offering assistance to your students before, during, or after the instructional day.

Walkthrough Observations

When a walkthrough is made visible by an administrator, you have 48 hours to view the document and electronically sign it. Don't let observations sit idle. It is providing you a quick glimpse on good instruction and any opportunities for growth.

Break Through Coach

Faculty and Staff:

The Administrative Staff at BCMS is committed to educating and empowering every student to excel academically and socially. In order for this to come to fruition, we are committed to having district administrators in classroom. I am committing 2-3 FULL days per week to be in classrooms to improve teaching and learning. In particular, my office days for meetings, paperwork, etc., will be Monday and Friday of each week ( Some weeks will change)

As a result of being in class so often, we may not always be immediately available to you; however your communication important to us. If you need to discuss to matters with me, please contact the , Secretary- norma.espinoza@chisd.net . She will find the appropriate time for us to talk or will direct you to the correct department/administrator.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Bessie Coleman Middle School. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. The implementation of these practices will enhance our ability to strengthen student learning and support the teacher directly in the classroom.

Walk Through Focus of the Week of January 9th

Administrators Choice!

TBA.....Collaborative Team Walk -Through

Learning walks with the administrative staff during your conference time.

Staff Shout -Outs

Thanks to all teachers who have communicated with your student and parents about tutoring.

Attendance Incentive

3rd period classes with the highest 3 weeks attendance per grade level will have a banner hung next to your door!

Congrats to Mr. Hernadez, Mrs. Asbell, and Mrs. Champions 3rd-period class!

2nd 9 weeks classes will be announced on Friday . Classes will be rewarded with a Pizza Party!


Please do not park in the visitor park spaces, cafeteria area, or the employee of the month space (Unless you are the employee of the month). We have plenty of parking available for staff around the building.


  • Please adjust your time device to mirror the bells in the building ( The accurate time is in the main office on the intercom phone).
  • Lesson Plans are due Every Monday for the Following week. Every teacher should have 2 weeks worth of plans in the system ( No Exception)
  • Morning Duty- Please be signed in and at your duty station by 7:00 AM. You are to be actively monitor and be checking for compliance issues ( ID's/Dress code/etc)
  • Afternoon Duty-Be vigilant and active with students.....Get them out of the building as quick as possible
  • When you are going to be out please make sure that your responsibilities are covered: ARD, Duty, Tutorials, ETC....
  • In the event that you are out for sickness, etc...Make sure to communicate that to me via text and to Mrs. Nealy. You are responsible for submitting your absence in AESOP in a timely manner.
  • Grades should be updated Weekly....Do not get behind...

Employees Dress Code

If a staff member fails to adhere to the standard of dress, they may be sent home and charged with a personal leave.

Unacceptable attire for females
  • Articles of clothing that are ripped, torn or transparent, or that contain holes that expose undergarments and/or skin.
  • Low-cut blouses, tops or sweaters with plunging neck-lines. The display of cleavage is unacceptable.
  • Shirts, blouses or dresses that do not cover the back, waist or midriff. This includes, but is not limited to, crop tops, tube tops, halters and spaghetti straps less than two inches in width.
  • Strapless dresses and tops without jackets.
  • Shirts, blouses and dresses that have excessive cut outs revealing undergarments.
  • Pant type clothing that do not reach below the knee such as skorts and capris. Capris must be midcalf or below.
  • Shorts, cut-offs, blue jeans, sweat pants or wind pants.*
  • Sleeveless T-shirts and /or T-shirts that display vulgarities, obscenities, offensive or suggestive prints regarding drugs, alcohol or sex.
  • Clothing that is excessively tight fitting.
  • Beach shoes, flip-flops, Crocs or slippers (typically flip-flops is footwear in which there is a band between the big toe and the other toes).
  • Head coverings worn indoors except for religious reasons.
  • Denim wear

Unacceptable attire for males
  • Articles of clothing that are ripped, torn, transparent or that contain holes to expose undergarments and/or skin.
  • Shorts, cut-offs, blue jeans, sweat pants or wind pants.*
  • Sagging pants.
  • Collar shirts
  • Sleeveless T-shirts and /or T-shirts that display vulgarities, obscenities, offensive or suggestive prints regarding drugs, alcohol or sex.
  • Beach shoes, flip-flops, Crocs or slippers.
  • Head coverings worn indoor except for religious reasons.
  • Denim wear.

Parent Contact, Week at a Glance, Submitting PD

Please return all calls and emails to parents within 24 hours. If a parents CC's an administrator on the email, please reply to all.

Week at a Glance/Calendar needs to be updated weekly, preferably at the same time you complete lesson plans.

When you submit a request for PD, you will have 48 hours to attach the appropriate documentation ( Certificate, etc.) before it will be deleted....