Teaching & Learning Newsletter

January 15, 2016

C2E

Great performers attain high levels of excellence because they are committed to ongoing learning. They prepare well, focus well, deal well with distractions, do thorough postperformance evaluations, and act on the lessons that they draw from their experiences.


Terry Orlick, PhD, In Pursuit of Excellence

Affirmations

We welcome Crystal Ploehn, Technology Clerk, to the department. Thank you to Crystal for jumping in to help as we prepare for our Spring Benchmark testing.

Coaching Tip

Ask better questions and be:
  • curious
  • a risk taker
  • silent
  • respectful
  • open


Jim Knight

Core Content Area News

ALL ADMINISTRATORS


Nominations being accepted for Student Heroes Program


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

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.


Benchmark Windows


High School

Feb 1-12

  • Eng 1 Benchmark 5 hour shutdown
  • Eng II Benchmark 5 hour shutdown

Feb 29 - March 11

  • Alg I Benchmark 4 hour shutdown

March 21-23

  • US History, 150 minutes in class

April 6-8

  • Biology, 150 minutes in class


Middle School

February 2

  • 7th Writing Benchmark
  • 8th Math Benchmark

February 3

  • 8th Reading Benchmark

March 29

  • 6th Math Benchmark
  • Algebra I Benchmark

March 30

  • 6th & 7th Reading Benchmark,

March 31

  • 7th Math Benchmark

April 4 & 5

  • 8th Social Studies Benchmark in Class

April 6 & 7

  • 8th Science & Biology Benchmark in Class


Elementary

Feb 1-12

  • 5th Math & Reading Benchmark
  • 4th Writing Benchmark

Feb 29 -March 4

  • 3rd & 4th Math & Reading Benchmark
  • 5th Science Benchmark

March 7-11

  • TELPAS


There will be no DBA's during a benchmark tested six weeks. Writing scores on compositions for the portfolio will be entered in AWARE both six week


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.

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. Your campus winner should be submitted to the website by January 16.

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

PRINCIPALS


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.


Math Planning Collaboratives

Math planning collaboratives are back! These learning events begin Tuesday, January 12th. Please see the invite for further information. We are asking that teachers RSVP to the person(s) located at the bottom of the invite. We look forward to having your math planners join in these learning events! Click here.


Spelling Bee

Thank you for participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee. Your campus winner should be submitted to the website by January 16.

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.


K - 2 Horizontal Trainings

The K-2 Horizontal Trainings are to be held on campuses with the IC's providing the training. There are three sessions that are each approximately 20 minutes in length

---Math, Science and Language Arts. The window for this training is from January 11th to 22nd.


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.


Universal Screeners for Math

It's screener time again! Below are the dates for K-5 MOY screeners. The dates were purposefully selected to reduce interruptions in daily lessons and unit instruction.

K TEMI - Jan. 19-21

1st TEMI - Feb. 1-3

2nd TEMI - Jan. 11-13

3rd ESTAR - Jan. 19-20

4th ESTAR - Jan. 14-15

5th MSTAR - Jan. 12-13


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

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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: 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 News

Upcoming PLC date

Please remind your teachers of these upcoming PLCs:


  • Secondary Process Champions- 1/21
  • Elementary Process Champions- 1/25
  • Secondary NTI- 1/28
  • Elementary NTI- 2/4



New Teacher Induction for Winter Hires

We will have a New Teacher Induction Support group specifically for those teachers that started their positions in Dec. or Jan. as their needs are quite different from our other newbies. Please access this link (Click here) to ensure that the names of all Dec/Jan hires that have ZERO Experience. Also, please make sure you note if the teacher is Alt Cert and who the mentor is. Our first meeting with this group will be Monday, 2/1. An email will be sent to the teachers to let them know of the support group as soon as the updated list is received.


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.


ALL PLCs

January's 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 Interpreting Services

Rosa Diaz, our bilingual interpreter, is returning to work on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. She will be working mornings from 8-12 and will also continue to use the contracted bilingual interpreter.

Bilingual Education

ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS


Bilingual Framework

The week of January 19th is an A week for the bilingual framework.


Pláticas

We have Pláticas meetings for elementary bilingual and ESL teachers coming up on the following dates:


  • Kinder - 2nd grade Bilingual/ESL Teachers: February 1, 2016 - 4:15 - 5:30 @ BHS Silver, room 1200
  • 3rd - 5th grade Bilingual/ESL Teachers: February 8, 2016 - 4:15 - 5:30 @ BHS Silver, room 1200


Please have your teachers register in Eduphoria using the following links:


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 and encourage those who have not signed up to do so by 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 the department will attend for support.

Curriculum & Instruction Department

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