The Dream Team

10/12/15 Weekly Memo 12

Strategic Priorities

Professional Capacity

Goal: We will build upon the knowledge & skills of all staff members

Parent, School, & Community Ties

Goal: We will engage ALL stakeholders in the school’s culture.

School Learning Climate

Goal: We will create a safe and orderly environment that promotes the sense of urgency required to climb the ladder of academic and behavioral excellence.

It is so refreshing to see our scholars reading independently!!

Thank you Mrs. Peters for cultivating a culture of reading!

Table of Contents

  1. Hall of Fame
  2. Good Things
  3. Duty Schedule
  4. Personal Project Update
  5. Absence Request Clarification
  6. TELPAS
  7. Message from the Coach
  8. Week at a glance
  9. Upcoming Events
The Script - Hall of Fame ft. will.i.am

How do you want to be remembered?

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Be the Change you wish to see! (thermostat) Don't Conform to the Status Quo! (thermometer)

Good Things!

Ms. Golledge says...

Shout out to the exemplar ELA team for their focus and hard work at the Kilgo Training. Shout out to Ms. Wright for always putting scholars first, and shout out to Mr. Luna for always lending a helping hand to the leadership team!

Ms. Thomas says…

~Mrs. Parks for being an awesome leader and keeping scholars focused with content work after each CA!

~Mr. Warnick for always being positive and a team player.

~Ms. Wallace for just being so cool and calm.

~ To everyone for always doing whatever it takes to be a great educator.

Ms. Mack says…

I'm a neophyte to the shout outs but here it is

Coach Bell & Coach Range: thank you for holding our scholars accountable. Letting them know that academics comes first and behavior in class reflects who they are on and off the court is making a difference, keep up the good work.

Ms Wallace: I can't express how much I appreciate your thoroughness and dedication to CA's the past two weeks. As a first month and first year teacher I can truly say that I didn't skip a beat because you didn't. Every policy, procedure, timeline, and oversight (if any) you owned and delivered!! Thank you for everything you do.....it matters!!

Ms Brown: to my mentor and now friend I can honestly say I don't know where I would be without you. You are a pillar of knowledge and wisdom and to not utilize your gifts and talents would be a disservice to our scholars. Thank you foremost for taking out the time to do our Phoenix lessons, they are impacting our scholars and I see it in my ELA courses. Secondly, you have been the best co-teacher a first timer could ask for. If I could keep you for another 3-6 weeks trust me I would bc I'm learning so much by example. You are the epitome of what IB learning and putting scholars first exemplifies and I appreciate everything you've done for me personally and the 8th grade team. Don't stop doing what you were born to do because YOU are the change we want to see.

Mrs. Lamb-Peters says…

I want to send a shout out to Ms. Fluker! She inspired me to bring more technology into my classroom! Also, another shout needs to go to Mrs. Brown, I can always go to her with good ideas and crazy ideas. She always know how to help me shape those ideas into something awesome. My last shout out goes to Mr. Wright, he embodies the house of discipline at all times. I can tell him about a situation and ask him how could I have done it better. He always have a great solution to any behavior issue that you may have plus on our team we make seem to be the grumpy mean teacher among the scholars.

Mr. Warnick says…

HUGE shout out to Miss Wallace for her hard work during CA testing. She made proctoring the test easy.

Also, a shout out to those of you who spent time grading the constructed response portions of the CA tests. Thank you for your dedication and hard work.

Thank you Miss Thomas for your help on Monday. I appreciate all the you do.

Mrs. Brown says…

Ms. Mack thank you for your excitement about rewarding 8th graders and your willingness to help support in any way with the first reward.

Ms. Trachta- holding 8th grade scholars accountable, she made her class line up several times until they entered her classroom silent.

Ms. Landis- continue being a great Math teacher, trust me, the scholars appreciate you.

Ms. Iwule- for setting a great example for her 8th grade team. She consistently hold her scholars accountable and she doesn’t allow them to make excuses.

Ms. Thomas, it was refreshing walking into your class and hearing you teach inference to your scholars.

Mr. Warnick- you're consistently at your duty post and you redirect when needed, especially with uniforms.

Ms. Smart- it’s great seeing you work so hard with all your scholars, you were tutoring kids in the copy room while waiting to make copies. This is evident of every second count.

Mr. Houston, thanks for watching the 8th graders who didn’t earn the reward on Friday.

Coach Range- thanks for sharing how engaged scholars were during the Phoenix lessons, and for always teaching making sure scholars are learning during Phoenix time. Thanks

Ms. Petroboni- I enjoyed how you demand the attention of all scholars and you make sure they understand Math.

Ms. Wallace- you have done an amazing job with testing period. Thank you!

8th Grade team- I am so thankful to be able to work with you, you all really care about our scholars and want to see them achieve.

Reminder: Nominations for PRIDE Heroes- We Want to Hear from YOU!

You have the opportunity to vote for your fellow colleagues. Place your nominees name, core value that you've seen them consistently demonstrate, and your rationale for the nomination in the box in the library. We will continue to have scholars nominate staff as well as myself and Abbi. You must cast your vote by Wednesday each week. The PRIDE wall will be updated and the recipients of the awards will be given every Friday morning. No staff member is off limits.

Duty Schedule

Morning Duty- All Staff at your assigned location until 7:50am


Lunch Duty-

  • 6th Grade Lunch- Science Team Lead & Specials Team Lead and Administration
  • 7th & 8th Grade Lunch- Spanish and Humanities Team Leads and Administration



All teachers must arrive to pick up your class from the cafeteria 5 minutes prior to the end of the lunch period.


After School Duty- All Staff at your assigned location until 4:30pm.

Reminder

All staff should walk scholars to and from the cafetera in lines at a level 0.

Personal Project

This is the month of creativity and innovation! The personal projects begin Q2!! Mr. Gardner has done a great job at spelling out what should happen each week. He will review the expectations with you and explain how scholars will go about selecting a project. EXCITING! #Criticalthinkingskills

Absence Request Clarification

In the event of emergency or sickness, the staff member will notify the admin team and their grade level team no later than 11:00 PM via text message and staff will enter an absence in TEAMS.


When an absence is pre-planned, approval from the Director should be secured at least 14 days before the absence.

  1. Send Andrea a calendar invite requesting the date
  2. Andrea responds by approving or declining the invite.
  3. If approved, put the absence in teams as personal time not professional development.
  4. If a declination is received there will be a written response in the note section.


All plans, class roster, and daily details should be left on the desk or table in a clearly labeled “Substitute folder”. Coverage for all duties should be coordinated by the person with the absence.

Telpas Certificate

TELPAS CERTIFICATES


HOW TO LOG IN AND PRINT OFF YOUR TELPAS TRAINING/CALIBRATION CERTIFICATES FROM THE TEXAS TRAININGCENTER FOR PROOF OF PAST COMPLETION (PREVIOUS 3 YEARS). THE SYSTEM WILL SHUTDOWN AND WIPE ITSELF CLEAN ON OCTOBER 16TH. PLEASE PRINT OFF YOUR CERIFICATES BEFORE THE SYSTEM SHUTS DOWN, OTHERWISE IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO SHOW PROOF OF PREVIOUS TRAINING COMPLETION.


WEBSITE: https://texas.pearson.desire2learn.com/ LOG IN USING YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD FROM LAST YEAR. IF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THESE CLICK ON THE ‘LOGIN HELP’ BUTTON.


*If you worked at a district outside of Uplift last year you will need to call the help line at 1-800-627-0225*


AFTER LOGGING IN CLICK ON THE ‘TELPAS 2015’ LINK


CLICK ON THE ‘TRAINING HISTORY’ TAB AT THE TOP


SCROLL DOWN TO THE CERTIFICATES SECTION AND CLICK ON THE CERTIFICATE ICON.


PRINT OFF YOUR TRAINING AND CALIBRATION CERTIFICATES. PLEASE KEEP THESE SAFE AND SECURE AS WE WILL NEED THEM FOR TELPAS 2016; STARTING SECOND SEMESTER.


If you have any questions please email your Regional ESL Coordinator, Amanda Claire, at aclaire@uplifteducation.org or contact your Campus ESL Coordinator, Felicia Wallace, fwallace@uplifteducation.org

A Message from the Coach

Dearest Dream Team-


October is known for being the most difficult month in the realm of education because, it is the longest month with very few breaks. Let's go against the norm and make it our best month! Lean on each other, communicate more, visit a class that you don't teach, do more potlucks, celebrate all successes, ask for help, and most importantly take care of yourself X 10!


We have the talent, ability, and skills necessary to think outside of the box and perform at higher levels!! Let's do it! ROCK October!!


The Dream Team Will Fight,



Andrea

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Abnormal Behavior in Session! Challenging the Status Quo!! Thinking Differently!

Week at a Glance

Monday, October 12th: No School

Grades Final at 8am


This week we will focus on components of the personal project during morning meeting to ensure that each of you have a clear understanding. If you miss any component it is imperative that you get with a colleague to get an update.


Tuesday, October 13th: B Day

Professional Dress

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am


Wednesday, October 14th: A Day

Professional Dress

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Wellness Wednesday- Go home

Teaching Trust Absences:

Parks Out

Gardner Out

Abbi Out

Luna Out

Houston Out


Thursday, October 15th: B Day

Professional Dress

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Awards Ceremony @6pm


Friday, October 16th: A Day

Jeans and a Pink Shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Lesson Plan revisions due on blackboard

Gardner Out

Parks Out PM

Coming Soon...

October 12th: Grades Must Be Final @8am

October 15th: Awards Ceremony @6pm ALL staff present

October 16th: $2 Dress Down

October 19th: Latin American Country Hallway Judging

October 19th: Internal School Review

October 19th: 8th Grade Parent Meeting

October 21st: Campus Needs Assessment (during the day) & Parent Teacher Conferences beginning at 3:30pm

October 21st: Data & Desserts in the library (originally on the 8th)

October 23rd-31st: Red Ribbon Week

October 23rd: $2 Dress Down

October 26th: Parks Out for NHP's ISR

October 27th: Progress Reports Go Home

October 30th: Midnight Madness @8pm