Teaching & Learning Newsletter

January 22, 2016

C2E

Make a commitment to yourself to remain positive and focused every day and act on that commitment. Challenge yourself to think and act in positive, self-enhancing ways.


Terry Orlick, PhD, In Pursuit of Excellence

Affirmations

Thank you middle school principals and coaches for your continued support on improving literacy by ensuring the implementation of readers/writers workshop. Your efforts are appreciated as we strive for district wide literacy.


Thanks to the Pre-K teachers and administrators at Kemp Carver, our new PreK teacher Kayla Williams, has prepared a great Pre-K classroom environment for our students.

Coaching Tip

The benefits of better communication are enormous, we don't improve by hiding from reality.


Jim Knight

Core Content Area News

ALL ADMINISTRATORS


DDRT Meetings

DDRT Meetings continue to take place each Monday. Click here to access sign up sheet. Please note that you are asked to input whether the concern is academic or behavioral as well as if the primary concern is in Reading or Math. This helps with scheduling support in the meeting. Finally, thank you for continuing to document RtI in Aware, as this helps ensure communication of student information.


Nominations being accepted for Student Heroes Program


The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Student Heroes Award. The deadline for nominations is March 11.

The Student Heroes awards program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who do outstanding things to benefit their fellow Texas students. Click here to nominate a student.

High School

Think Through Math is now available for all Algebra I students. Algebra I teachers should have received an email from TTM detailing steps to complete their account set up. Please have teachers see their Instructional Coach or Lauren Wooldridge for more details.

Middle Schools

Call for Outstanding Student Nominations

Nominate your outstanding 4th-8th graders for summer 2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps! Participants travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston area to join delegations of other distinguished students from across Texas for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to significant Texas destinations. Each day participants explore notable Texas sites, learn about unique careers from professionals, and work in small groups to develop specific leadership skills. In addition to improving their leadership abilities, participants gain self-confidence and independence and develop new friendships with other high-achieving students from across the state. Nominees must be in 4th-8th grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate leadership ability, and be involved in school/community activities.


Pre-AP Vertical Team Meeting

Our next Pre-AP Vertical Team Meeting will be January 25th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Davila Middle School. Please encourage all Advanced Academic teachers to attend.


MSTAR Intervention Lessons

The following link will direct you to important MSTAR intervention resources provided by the Meadow Center's Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties. All middle school math teachers have been notified about this valuable resource and have access to this information via Team Connect or the website link.


As a reminder, the winter administration of MSTAR Universal Screeners will be open for BISD teachers from January 11 to February 5. The Diagnostic Assessment window is from January 18 to February 12. All grade 6, 7, and 8 math students are required to take the Universal Screener. For more information, contact Lauren Wooldridge.


Spelling Bee

Thank you for participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee. The 2016 ZONE 9 Spelling Bee for Brazos, Washington, Grimes, Leon, Robertson, Madison Counties:


  • When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 9:00
  • Where: Cypress Grove Intermediate School Cafetorium, College Station I.S.D.
  • Address: 900 Graham Road; College Station, TX 77845
  • Arrival time for spellers: 8:45 a.m.

Elementary Schools

Call for Outstanding Student Nominations

Nominate your outstanding 4th-8th graders for summer 2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps! Participants travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston area to join delegations of other distinguished students from across Texas for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to significant Texas destinations. Each day participants explore notable Texas sites, learn about unique careers from professionals, and work in small groups to develop specific leadership skills. In addition to improving their leadership abilities, participants gain self-confidence and independence and develop new friendships with other high-achieving students from across the state. Nominees must be in 4th-8th grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate leadership ability, and be involved in school/community activities.


4th Grade Writing Collaborative

All fourth grade writing teachers are invited to come participate in a writing collaborative. The IC's will be guiding teachers in "planning for the planning" for two weeks of lessons at a time. As the Writing STAAR approaches, it will be helpful to have others to plan with and discuss strategies on how best to prepare the students. Teachers are encouraged to bring writing samples to get feedback and ideas to work on with their students. Please see the flyer attached to the link to get the dates, times and location. Click here.


Spelling Bee

Thank you for participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee. The 2016 ZONE 9 Spelling Bee for Brazos, Washington, Grimes, Leon, Robertson, Madison Counties:


  • When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 9:00
  • Where: Cypress Grove Intermediate School Cafetorium, College Station I.S.D.
  • Address: 900 Graham Road; College Station, TX 77845
  • Arrival time: for spellers 8:45 a.m.


Testing Window

Middle Of Year Pre-K Monitoring Assessment. Testing Window: Jan 20th - Feb 19th.


Hard Hats for Little Heads

Just a quick reminder to book your buses for Hard Hats for Little Heads.

When: February 25

Time for buses: 8-11

Where: Reed Arena

Who: 2nd graders

If you have any questions, please contact Janyce Kinley.


Junior Achievement

Need more Classrooms - We have the volunteers!!!! Junior Achievement will be offered on a voluntary basis for the 2015-16 school year. This is offered for all elementary schools at the 1st and 2nd grade level. We are hoping to serve 25 classrooms in the Spring.


Junior Achievement is a program that brings business volunteers from the community into the classroom to teach a prescribed curriculum. The curriculum aligns with the Social Studies TEKS. This is also a great way to pick up businesses to sponsor your school!!! Many of the banks, sheriff's department, and other major businesses in town participate.

Call Janyce Kinley for more information.


Interventions

The following links will direct you to important intervention resources provided by the Meadow Center's Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties. Math coaches are aware of these and can help with this resource.

TEMI Intervention Lessons click here

ESTAR Intervention Lessons click here

MSTAR Intervention Lessons click here


Early Childhood Conference

Harris County Department of Education is hosting the 30th Annual R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference on Saturday, January 30. Keynote speaker is Dr. Jean Feldman, an award winning author, presenter and recording artist. Special featured presenter is Carl Anderson, one of the nations's leading experts on teaching writing and the author of several books on writing.


Preschool Collaborative with Region 6

Bryan ISD is now a member of the Preschool Collaborative with Region 6 ESC. All PreK and Kindergarten teachers are eligible to attend trainings provided by Region 6 at NO COST. When registering for a training, please be sure to select the PRESCHOOL COLLABORATIVE option regarding registration fees. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Schronda McKnight, Pre-K Coordinator at 979-209-1061.

Professional Development

Summer PD


The district will offer face-to-face and on-line opportunities for summer professional development. We will also offer a three day conference "Children First Always..What Does it Mean to Teach the Bryan Way?" July 26, 27 & 28. This conference style format will provide of half-day and full-day training that will address the needs of all teachers.


PLC Dates

Please remind your teachers of these upcoming PLCs:

  • Secondary NTI- 1/28
  • New Hire NTI - 2/1
  • Elementary NTI- 2/4


January Admin Meeting

We will meet on Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Blue Auditorium. Coffee and engagement will be from 8-8:15 with the meeting agenda starting at 8:15.


Just a reminder to read Chapter 7 in Pursuit of Excellence in preparation for Thursday's Admin Meeting.


January AP PLCs

Will be held on TUESDAY, Jan. 26.

Link for AM Group to register: click here

Link for PM Group to register: click here

Special Education

If your teachers need help with Kurzweil, please share this how to video (click here) with and FAQ (click here ) with them.


ARDC Meetings

The special education department is currently in the process of a TEA folder audit (PBMAS Stage 3) and many folders are lacking critical components of required information. As we prepare for the "Busy ARD Season" a link to the ARD Checklist is included. The information being requested from all ARDC members is required to make informed decision and remain legally compliant. Click here.

Bilingual Education


Bilingual Framework

The week of January 25th is a B week for the bilingual framework.


PLD Folders

PLD progress monitoring should be taking place for the 18th week reporting period at all elementary and secondary campuses. We appreciate the campuses that have already signed up on the spreadsheet and encourage those of you who have not to sign up using the following link. Click this link to let us know when you plan on meeting with your staff to review the PLD folders. A representative from our department will attend for support.

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.