Week of October 12, 2015

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The Cowboy Courier is a weekly newsletter that highlights the good work coming from Cigarroa's amazing staff and students, helps us to remember important events, and connects our extended community. Feedback is welcomed. Thanks for reading!

Our Values in Action

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This section highlights teammates and students whose actions directly impact our goal of helping our students earn distinctions this year!

Rocktober is Rockin'!


Thank you to everyone for your commitment and teamwork during our first round of data analysis meetings. If you have not already done so, please email your 2nd 6 weeks reteach plans (per grade and content level) to all CICs and Admin. If you completed it by hand, please make hardcopies and submit them.

There are only three weeks left to view all Dallas ISD compliance videos. I first sent out links to the videos way back on July 23, so as to give you ample time to complete this task. Once you complete all videos, please submit your certificates to Mrs. Johnson. Thank you!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday, October 15 from 4:00-7:30 PM. Teachers are contracted for these two extended days throughout the school year to give an opportunity for parents to come in-person to hear about their student's progress. In order to host successful conferences, please do the following:

  1. Have student report cards ready for parents and walk them through all components.
  2. Have student work samples within reach to validate students' current progress.
  3. Access the "Parent Teacher Conferences Resources" folder by pushing the button below. Inside, you'll find a sign-in sheet so that parents may update their contact information. You'll also find a "Teacher Comment Sheet" that will be helpful if you are departmentalized. Complete this sheet with your colleagues before conferences so that you speak with your homeroom students' parents and can relay comments on behalf of your colleagues.
  4. Place a few chairs outside your room so that parents are able to sit as they wait. Be cognizant of the time you are spending with each parent to ensure equity.
  5. Tidy your room. A well-organized and welcoming environment speaks volumes.

For students whose parents are not able to attend conferences, please send home their report card Friday and require a signature at the bottom. When you receive the signed report card, make a copy of it for you to keep and send home the original. It is advisable that you still reach out to parents by phone to inform them of their student's progress.

October has arrived and we've updated bulletin boards accordingly. Have you? This is your opportunity to update student work and be creative with the season! Don't forget to include the student learning objective for anything you post.

Many of you have asked about the Fall Festival team assignments so that you may get a head start on planning your team's carnival game. Please click on the button "Fall Festival Map" below to view your assigned team and room. I challenge you to be super creative as you think of fall and Halloween-themed carnival games! All of your families are invited and encouraged to attend as well! This is the biggest PTSA and community event of the year and it begins at 5:00 on Thursday, October 29!

Last call! If you have any student that has not shown academic or behavioral progress with the interventions you've administered thus far, please email the names of the student to Mrs. Johnson (academic) or Mrs. Rotman (behavioral). Or, if it is easier, you may fill out the form on the button below. They have compiled a list of these students and are scheduling individual RtI meetings to solidify our next steps. Everyone should either email them or complete the form below. Thank you for your sense of urgency!

Friday afternoon, we'll invite select students to brief achievement parties to celebrate them for excellent grades, high achievement on interim assessments, and perfect attendance during the 1st 6 weeks.

In celebration of National School Lunch Week this week, try one of Dallas ISD's new "Smart Boxes" -- they're really good!

Have a great week!

Staff Resources

Parent Teacher Conferences Resources

Included in this file is the teacher comment sheet and a parent sign-in sheet.

Academic and Behavioral RtI Form

This form is used to capture the names of students that are not showing academic or behavioral progress, despite interventions provided during the 1st 6 weeks.

Join Cigarroa's PTSA!

Don't let Mr. Courts and Miguel Solis, our trustee, get pied in the face by Ben Dickerson (Principal of Cary MS) and their trustee, Edwin Flores! Join Cigarroa's PTSA today!

Fall 2015 ACP Film Festival Registration

Teachers will be given the opportunity to view the questions of the ACP for the grades and subjects they teach. Registration begins Monday, September 21. The viewing is Saturday, November 7, at Adamson High School. Don't miss your chance!

Morning Routine Responsibilities

Morning Announcements

Baylor (4D)

Morning Roundup Guests

Davidson (1A)

Week at a Glance

Monday, October 12

National School Lunch Week begins today

Tuesday, October 13

Cliburn Musical Awakenings Program for 2nd-4th grades in auditorium from 10:00-10:30

Structured planning until 5:05

Wednesday, October 14

Principal For A Day guest at Cigarroa

PLCs during planning time

Thursday, October 15


Laptop distribution for select teachers from 9:00-10:00 in the library

Parent Teacher Conferences from 4:00-7:30

Friday, October 16

1st 6 weeks achievement parties

PTSA Movie Night from 5:00-7:00

On the Horizon

  • Monday, October 19 is a staff development day
  • Friday, October 23 is Business Day!
  • After school tutoring begins Monday, October 26 from 3:00 to 4:00
  • Thursday, October 29 is the Fall Festival from 5:00 to 8:00