Dragon Points

Kudos!!!!

Joy Cameron for not only caring about a fellow Dragon but all students in need by going above and beyond to take care of daunting paper work.


Office Staff for withdrawing and enrolling an incredible amount of students and providing incredible customer service. On most days the office is packed around 8:00 in the morning but it calms down as parents and students are taken care of with positive attitudes and demeanors.

Friday

The funding period of the day is third period. DT will be 77 minutes. The bell schedule was attached to the weekly calendar. Once all students are in DT, we will call all the girls down to the gym by grade level. The boys will be divided into two groups: group 1 will have their trust cards, NO zeroes and will be awarded with supervised free time; group 2, no trust cards, at least 1 zero and your team's assignment. I met with Team Leaders a few weeks ago and by now you should all have determined the logistics of student placement and assignments for group 2. If you do not have a DT we will need you in the big gym during the assemblies which will both be 20 minutes. Once the girls are back in DT, we will duplicate the process and the boys will be loaded into the gym by me. This is the first time we're trying this type of assembly - there will be glitches...let's all work together to make it a success.

Defining Poverty in Our Communities and Schools

Cultural proficiency holds that educators, schools and school systems have the capacity to be academically successful if we consider change as both a personal and an organizational "inside-out" process. To accomplish personal changes in how we work with students and families from low-income and improvised community, our inside-out process involves an examination of our values and behaviors and the manner in which these are communicated to our students and their communities.


The. U.S. Census Bureau defines poverty in terms of income for families. For example, in 2008, a family of four was determined to be poor if its annual income fell below $21,200. Of course, data that shows financial parameters does not describe how families currently live or the circumstances that caused their poverty.


More to come from Cultural Proficiency in Education...

PDAS Sections 2 and 3

Teacher Self Reports Section 2 and 3 are due to your appraiser by April 10th. This is an opportunity to discuss all of the great things that you do on a daily basis. From there we will begin summative conferences on April 21st.

More Data....

During Team time please take a look at your RTI, ESL, 504, and Special Education students. Let's begin the process of determining if we have added growth with these students. For now classify them in three categories....


Red=No growth/decrease in academic standing in their year to date averages

Yellow=Marginal growth of five points in their year to date averages

Green=6 or more points gained in their year to date averages


Do not sent this to me in an email for now just look at the names and numbers and document. For further analysis consider how often your red students are absent or allowed to have multiple restroom breaks.


The overall caveat on our way through STAAR and the end of the school year is have we made students better academically and how do we show it quantitatively. More to come...

Class Dismissal

I hate this type of dissertation but lets go through it anyway. Every now and then the bells are off for 30 seconds to a minute. This is just a technical glitch that occurs from time to time. Some teachers are unfortunately letting their students out when "they" feel like it is time for them to leave. Let's follow my logic and sarcasm on this...


  1. Some teachers are teaching from bell to bell and appreciate the streaming of students as they are wrapping up their lessons.
  2. The number of students who run down the hallway without supervision since everyone else is still in class have the potential to get into things they would not if proper supervision was provided.
  3. Its not like class starts thirty seconds earlier all day and that the loss of time is made-up.
  4. See my earlier paragraph on poverty as we begin a lot of discussion now and next year and determine if every second counts in the class room.


I could go on but will stop here.

Keyless (Badge) Entry

Recently, one of your fellow teachers did the correct thing by letting me know immediately that their keyless entry was lost but unfortunately this is not always the case. If you lose your keyless (badge) entry and a student finds it they will have access to the entire building when no one is here including the weekends. Typically the building is dark and hard to see faces on the cameras. Please report it to me when your badge is lost as soon as possible for the safety and security of the campus. Yes, there is a fee to buy a new badge but the most important thing is getting your old one turned off.

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Success if the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out. - Robert Collier