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January 19, 2015

Be the One...Ambassador!

It's a Raven Thing!

Be the One ! The BISD Way!

The Standards Based Teacher...

  • Follows BISD Curriculum

  • Monitors Student Mastery

  • Engages Learners

  • Provides SE-Based Environment

  • Uses Aligned Assessments

  • Delivers Aligned Instruction

  • Plans Aligned Units


Teach bell to bell.

Effectively question.

Ask students to justify answers.

Closely monitor.

Have a bell ringer.

Lesson Plans should be completed in Forethought by each deadline. After team lessons have been revised per coach feedback, it is expected and required that you move the plans into your personal planner prior to the week they are taught. Thanks for your help with this.

As you plan, use these additional questions to guide your planning:

  1. What do we want students to learn?

  2. How will we know that they have learned it?

  3. How will we plan and deliver quality instruction so that students are likely to learn it the first time?

  4. How will we respond when students have already learned it?

  5. How will we respond when some students have not learned it?

In response to #3, I DO, WE DO, YOU Do is our focus.

Writing Benchmark-Grade 4- Tues./Wed.

Please refer to doc(link below) shared last week.

If you/re involved in the testing, you received additional information.

Please note a calendar change for the January Teacher Academy/PLC.

We will not meet on Jan. 21. The meeting has been rescheduled for the following Wednesday, Jan. 28.

The week of Jan. 19 will be virtually after school meeting free, but the week of Jan. 26 will be heavy.

Jan. 27- Conscious Discipline (All staff)

Jan. 28-Teacher Academy/ PLC ( all professional staff)


Turn in your attendance notes to Ms. Godfrey by 8:05. Every parent of every student is called by Ms. Godfrey or Mrs. Sykes to try to boost our attendance.

Extended School Day (Tutoring) for students in need of more time will officially begin on February 3. Tutoring will be offered at a minimum of 2 days a week (Tuesday/Thursday). We will discuss this during our January 14 staff meeting. We will publish grade level calendars in an attempt to reduce miscommunication between home and school about transportation, etc.

Many of you have already been tutoring which is commendable. Thank you for all that you do to help our kids learn all they can learn.

PDAS Appraisal Window-Action Required

  • If you would like to schedule a pre-conference, please schedule through Karen Morgan.

  • If there is any time during the 2 week window that your schedule would not be conducive to a 45 minute appraisal, please make your appraiser aware.

  • During your 2 week window, leave a folder on your desk with a seating chart, lesson plans, handouts, and any other pertinent information you’d like for us to have or know.

Academy Day

Goal-Planning for Instruction on Academy Day

We will be learning about TPSP (Texas Performance Standards Project) on January 28.

Planning for instruction on Wednesdays should always begin with your S.E.’s. and then be framed with the 4 C’s (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) in mind. More info- 4C's Poster, 21st Century Skills,Exemplar Program

Very proud of several grade levels for mixing up the students and exploring more project based learning.

CKH and Conscious Discipline

Teacher-“My job is to keep you safe!”

Student- “My job is to help keep it that way!”

Conscious Discipline training will be at Milam on January 27. A registration link will be available soon.

"Expose your students to extraordinary experiences and they will reward you with extraordinary results." Dave Burgess, Teach Like a Pirate

Special Education/504

Please bring your binder to the ARD/504 meetings. Remember that the binder is the best place to file examples of modified work for documentation and helps us to make informed decisions about needed accommodations/modifications. Within a school day, new IEP’s, modifications/accommodations etc. will be provided to you and they should filed in your binder. If you do not receive them, contact the student’s case manager.

Dress Code-Classroom teachers are the first line of defense!

Are you setting a good example?

As a reminder, if you wear leggings to work, your shirt or dress must be to your knee or longer.

Students should be sent to the office by 8:15 a.m.

I Can Statements

Don't forget to post I can statements on work posted in hallway. Remember that the work posted in the hallway should be each student's best work. Proud of you for making use of our wall real estate!

Content objectives should be displayed in student friendly language (I can) on board, chart or wall and be visible to the student. The content being taught should match a posted I can statement. Language objectives should begin with I will and be aligned to the instruction. I will statements are beneficial, not only for ELL students, but for under-resourced learners, as well.


Being on time for duty is critical to the safety of our children!

See Houston Faculty Calendar for DATES TO REMEMBER and UPCOMING MEETINGS… See personal calendars for ARD’s and 504’s.

Please refer to the Houston Faculty calendar and your personal calendar daily/weekly as a reference!

Affirmations and Birthdays!

Happy Birthday...

Many thanks to Kerri Rothell and Maegan Bearden for being bookroom/storage room angels! Looking fabulous! Great birthday surprise for Ms. Godfrey, don't you think?

We appreciate Mr. Joe Martinez for his many trips to the dumpster!

Kudos to Heather Lambert, Susan Ballew, Karen Morrow and Patti Datray for being on time in the mornings with bright smiling faces for cafeteria duty.

Always want to know if someone deserves an affirmation...Send them my way and I'll include them in the weekly message.