TGIFAST News

February 12, 2016

Priorities for the Week

  • Today by noon: timesheets due
  • Today: All Staff PD 9am-1pm (required)

  • Today: Three Testing Modules due

  • Monday: Holiday!

  • Tuesday: Team Meeting 9-10am

  • Thursday: FAST NPD 2-3pm (optional)

  • Thursday by 11am: SS tracker uploaded to One Drive

  • Friday: 3-8 Staff Meeting 10:30-11:30am

Upcoming Meetings & Trainings

  • 2/12: Virtual All Staff PD 9:00am - 1:00pm (required)
  • 2/18: FAST NPD at 2:00--Organization with One Note for the Overwhelmed

  • 2/23: FAST PLC at 2:00--Motivation (required)
  • 2/25: K12 Promising Practices Conference (optional but strongly encouraged)
  • 3/18: All Staff March STAAR Training 12:00-1:30 (required)
  • 4/22: All Staff May STAAAR Training 12:00-1:30 (required)
  • 6/14: All Staff Summer Testing Training 9:30-10:30 (required)

*For K12 trainings, you need to enroll in any sessions at least one hour prior to the training.

Important Dates

2/12: Virtual PD all staff 9am-1pm

2/15: President’s Day Holiday

"Where there is great love, there are always wishes.”

~Willa Cather

Reminders & Updates

  • Please see Heather Entzminger's email from Feb. 1st. The 3 TEA Training modules are due by today. Her directions are easy to follow but please follow them carefully! We want to have 100% completion so Heather and I don't have to hunt you down! :)



Welcome Call Notes

Remember that all notes need to be posted within 2 weeks of the student’s start date!

  • Start date 2/1: note posted by 2/12
  • Start date 2/8: note posted by 2/19
  • Start date 2/16: note posted by 2/26

Crisis Plan

Below is the recording (less than 5-minutes) that Sara Perez completed regarding the Crisis Plan. This plan outlines what steps to take if you are working with a student who is a runaway, suicidal, bullied, etc.

View the Blackboard Collaborate recording

FAST Successes (NEW!)

How have you helped a student or family be successful this week? I'd love to hear about the specific student successes, especially so we can share these with admin, RES, and K12. Please fill out this 4 question survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TbYPCW1UO7ts9HE5Jw3uMRq0ogRZNsXVBFGFN9b2A5E/viewform

SHOUT OUTS!

There are no shout outs this week.


This area will allow our team to give a shout out to another FAST team member! If you would like to post one, click on the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XZZfonebwhGIz80twdPyzv4Ml64yDcfNZtPp8s1ubJY/viewform?c=0&w=1

FAST MISSION

The Family Academic Support Team’s Goal is to ENGAGE students in their education, EQUIP families with the necessary tools, ENCOURAGE them to be successful, EMPOWER families to meet EXPECTATIONS.

TXVA MISSION

Not just a school, but an opportunity where every moment matters.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Kids on the Subject of Love

WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE THINKING WHEN THEY SAY "I LOVE YOU"?
"The person is thinking: Yeah, I really do love him. But I hope he showers at least once a day." (Michelle, 9)

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
"It's never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you...That's why I stopped doing it." (Jean, 10)

“If it's your mother, you can kiss her anytime. But if it's a new person, you have to ask permission." (Roger, age 6)

"I look at kissing like this: Kissing is fine if you like it, but it's a free country and nobody should be forced to do it." (Dave, age 8)

HOW TO MAKE LOVE ENDURE
"Don't forget your wife's name...That will mess up the love." (Roger, 8)

"Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the garbage." (Randy, 8)

"It might help to watch soap operas all day." (Carin, 9)

HOW DO PEOPLE IN LOVE TYPICALLY BEHAVE?

"When a person gets kissed for the first time, they fall down and they don't get up for at least an hour." (Wendy, age 8)

CONCERNING WHY LOVE HAPPENS BETWEEN TWO PARTICULAR PEOPLE

"One of the people has freckles and so he finds somebody else who has freckles too." (Andrew, age 6)

"No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular." (Mae, age 7)


ON WHAT FALLING IN LOVE IS LIKE

"Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." (John, age 9)