McMillen Minute

April 4-8

McMillen Way

P-ositivity R-esponsibility I-ntegrity D-edication E-ffort

Lunch Duty

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District News

May 27th Second Inclement Weather Day

May 27th is listed as a “Teacher Work Day/Professional Development Day.” Campuses will design professional development experiences for staff on this day and/or it can be a teacher work day. Teachers should be in attendance to work on this day, however, if a teacher requests an absence, use the following as your guide in decision-making. Board Policy DEC Local addresses this under “Schedule Limitations”

“Discretionary use of leave shall not be allowed on the first day of school, the day before a school holiday, the day after a school holiday, days scheduled for end-of-semester or end-of-year examinations, days scheduled for state-mandated assessments or other District-approved tests, or professional development days.

The principal may approve use of personal leave on these days after considering the effect of the employee’s absence on the educational program or District operations, as well as the availability of substitutes.”

Campus News

Faculty Meeting: April 12

8:20 and 4:30


  • Special Education students enrolled in rigorous courses and accommodations.
  • 2016-2017 Professional Development Calendar
  • Ali Chase
  • Staffing /Master Schedule Update
  • AVID Presentation: Michael Abney
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Team
  • Mandatory Tutorials
  • June 6

June 6

  • June 6 is a contractual work day for teachers. You can bank hours against that day by volunteering to work outside your contractual hours at the following:
  • April 23 8:30-12:30 Teacher Job Fair
  • Serving on the McMillen Awards Committee (log hours with Nakessha Jones)
  • AP Practice Session (log hours with Sarah Fisher)
  • Saturday School Supervision 8:30-12:30 (Contact JD).

Saturday School

If you would like to Supervise Saturday School and earn a stipend, please contact me with your interest. Saturday School will be from 9-12. Those earning the stipend are asked to be here from 8:30-12:30.

Campus Initiatives and Updates

Lions Lunch/Mandatory Tutorials (Update)

Mon- Social Studies/Elective Tues- LOTE/Elective Weds-Math/PE/Health

Thur-English/CATE Friday- Science/Professional Communication

Best Practice and Expectations

  • Post Mandatory Tutorial Days for every student to see them.
  • If you are unsure if a student has a forged sticker, please take their badge and give it to an administrator to investigate.
  • Administrators will notify every teacher if a student is removed from the MT list.
  • Create a seating chart
  • Use your non-MT students to peer tutor
  • No hall passes during MT
  • Have a planned assignment unhand for those students not prepared

Mandatory Tutorials Feedback from Science Dept.

From: Rhonda Kurtz

Sent: Sunday, April 3, 2016 2:20 PM

"It was good. I had two kids not show up and several on the field trip, so it wasn't very busy. Everyone just worked on something they needed to do."

From: Maysaa Enaya

Sent: Saturday, April 2, 2016 8:47 PM

"It was great. All students were there ( 2 were absent) and all worked together as a group to solve problems since I had only 6 students. I did reteach a concept all of them struggled with. We used white boards to check for understanding and it went very well as all of them were competing to show me their answers. Not only that, it was nice watching the ones who got the concept explaining to the ones who didn't. I also gave each the opportunity to make up their own questions to challenge the group and they loved it.

Looking forward for next Friday:)"


"I had students claiming that they had been released from any further tutorials by you and/or the counselors. They showed me a greenish-yellow sticker- We need stickers that are unique and can't be bought readily to avoid these forgeries of kids trying to beat the system.

Two other students claimed that they didn't know they were in mandatory tutorials and had failed to show up. Some students said that Ms. Allday told them they were no longer in mandatory tutorials. I am getting the gist that teachers are telling students that they can ignore the tutorial schedule if they aren't failing a particular class. It was my understanding that the mandatory tutorials was for all 5 days regardless whether in the batch were some classes that were not being failed. So, either teachers haven't been paying attention or they haven't bought into the concept."


Our PBIS Team will share with you our goal for the 2016-2017 school year at the next faculty meeting

Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS)

We have identified 70 students that have not enrolled in an AP class at Plano East next year. We will meet with those students one-on-one to discuss college and career path