Teaching & Learning Newsletter

December 4, 2015


Performing your best when it counts most requires that you focus on doing what is ultimately best for you and your mission. Maintaining your best focus is easier if you bring a positive perspective into the situation, focus fully within your performance, and have a prepracticed plan for overcoming obstacles.

    Terry Orlick, PhD, In Pursuit of Excellence


    A HUGE thank you to Tara Dupper, Debbie Richards, Mary Russ, Mark Record, Alma Valez, Colleen Adams, Maria Martinez and Kelli Norgaard for presenting for our Time Equivalency Days in November. Thank you to Kelli Norgaard and Leslie Holtkamp for assisting a making certain that the two days ran smoothly.

    Coaching Tip

    Jim Knight has synthesized themes and written seven principles that describe a theory of interaction used by Instructional coaches. Click the title of the article to view: Seven Partnership Principles

    Jim Knight, ASCD

    Core Content Area News



    In order to accommodate the need for more data review sessions, December 14 will be for both academic and behavior issues. Sign up here.


    New Information

    Read 180/System 44 Data Meetings

    Read 180/System 44 teachers will request a thirty minute conference to review Middle of the Year SRI data with you. Teachers will be prepared to discuss the following: professional celebrations and goals for the year, student celebrations and concerns, and any classroom needs. Please have these conferences complete by January 8.

    Horizontal Meetings

    What: Grades 6th - EOC Horizontal Meeting

    When: December 7, 2015

    Where: Davila Middle School - Cafeteria

    Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Who: Grades 6, 7, and 8 (Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies teachers); AND

    Algebra I, Biology, U.S. History, English I, and English II teachers.

    6th grade - EOC horizontal group meeting will use data to improve teaching and learning. This will involve a focus on: Teaching - strategies, ideas and content development needed to empower the teacher to provide quality instruction to move students toward mastery on historically challenging standards. Learning - monitoring individual student progress on historically challenging SEs with a special focus on all subpopulations.

    Participants are asked to bring their fully-charged laptop to the meeting.

    Each eligible participant will be compensated $30.00 for each 2.0 hour meeting that is attended, provided they sign the sign-in sheet at the time of the meeting.

    K- 6 Planning Collaboratives

    Teachers are working together as they study SEs. If you would like to review outcomes please review notes available here.


    EOC Testing

    Middle school and high school Instructional Coaches have been informed if they will be administering the EOC the week of Dec 7-11.


    TAMU Basketball Game

    Please have your students and chaperones ready for pick-up according to the schedule sent from Gary Bunch. Your help with this will ensure that everyone is picked up on time so that they can all arrive to Reed Arena on time. Everyone is encouraged to MAROON OUT the arena since the game is being televised on the SEC network.

    Professional Development News

    Upcoming Events:

    Arrangements were made for Dr. Kristi Thaemlitz from Region 4 to conduct a Short Answer Response PD for 9 & 10 grade ELA teachers on January 4th. Based on the benchmark data our students along with teachers are still struggling with this skill. This training is not mandatory for teachers to attend, but simply suggested. If this professional development opportunity is feasible and does not disrupt current campus plans, please strongly encourage your ELA teachers to attend.

    The training will be held at Rudder HS from 8:30-3:30 in the Cafe. Thank you in advance for your consideration.



    New Teacher Induction Celebration

    The New Teacher Induction Celebration will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 (4:30-5:30) in the board room. This is our time celebrate all the great things our brand-new teachers have accomplished this year. For this event we will have elementary and secondary together as one group.

    Assistant Principals:

    Please take a moment and register for the next AP PLC which will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10. Link for the AM Group: click here Link for the PM Group: click here

    Special Education News

    All Principals/APs

    Please join the Special Education Department in welcoming Lora Ouren as the new Deaf Ed Supervisor. Lora will replace Connie Ferguson, who is retiring in December 2015.

    Curriculum & Instruction Department

    If you have any questions, about the content in the Teaching & Learning newsletter, please don't hesitate to contact any member of the department.