RES Staff Update

April 30-May 4, 2018

Link to April Rocket Register

Please be sure you have read through all of this important information.

Calendar Updates


Wednesday, May 9: Grade Level Meetings to discuss grouping cards for homeroom classes next year


Thursday, May 17: Staff Social @ Murdoch's after school


Monday, May 21: Pink and blue grouping cards due and Retirement Party for Gloria Bright, our custodian after school


Monday, May 23: Kelli B. @ IS meeting


Thursday, May 24: Last day for lunch visitors

First Round of STAAR Scores Are In!

Our 5th-grade reading and math scores arrived Friday afternoon. All students who did not test or who did not meet "approaches" (minimum passing score) will retest on May 14 and May 15. Our final passing percentages will be based on both rounds of testing. Congratulations to all of our staff who have supported these students. There were some definite celebrations for students who passed this year for the first time.


Reading: Approaches 87%, Masters 32%

Math: Approaches 93%, Masters 34%

Reminders from the Staff Meeting

We are treating our volunteers to a luncheon on Friday, May 11. We'd like for them to have a small take-away of a $5 gift card. This is an easy way for you to contribute and show your appreciation for all that our volunteers do. Please give your gift cards to Sally.


We are also collecting $5 for our retirement party. We will honor Gloria Bright, our custodian on Monday, May 21. The money will be used for a gift and the cake. We will also have a sign-up genius for food items. We look forward to honoring her for her career in CFISD and for all that she has done to support our staff and students.

E-Track (Round 2)


Timeline for E-Track

April 24-25: Students select courses, and selection sheets are given to Kelly

April 30: Classroom rosters completed

May 2: First e-track class

May 9: E-track class #2

May 23: E-track class #3

May 24: E-track class #4

Our Staff is #BARnone!

Tomorrow, April 30, our PTO will be treating us to a sandwich bar!
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Thank You!

Thank you to our amazing p.e. coaches--Coach Horton, Coach Guerra, and Coach Morgan! Field Days were amazing. I even had compliments from the Cy-Woods staff that noticed all of the cheering. Putting this event together is a huge job, and we all appreciate the hard work of each of you!

CTE for 2018-2019

According to your votes for CTE, there was overwhelming support of having a CTE Day (82 voted yes, 3 voted no).


Teachers:

CTE for next year will be a book study. You will receive 4 hours for reading and 3 hours for the reflection component which will consist of questions posted in Google Classroom. The book you will read will depend on your assignment. For those participating in blended learning classrooms, your book will be focused on this topic. If you are not participating in blended learning, you will be reading Kids Deserve It. We will all be treated to hearing Adam Welcome, one of the authors of Kids Deserve It when we return in August. Although the book should be read by the time you return, you will have opportunities to respond to the reflection questions after you return. I will have limited copies of the books. You will have the option of checking out a book for a limited amount of time or ordering your own copy. If you borrow a book, you will not be able to write in it.


The second-grade team will participate in the blended learning book study. If you teach another grade level, and you plan to implement blended learning, please let me know. Otherwise, I will assume everyone else will be reading Kids Deserve It (KDI). There are used copies of KDI on Amazon for $12, and the Kindle version is about $10. Each team leader was given a copy and I will order a few more copies. I will meet with the second-grade teachers to decide which book will be read--there are several great choices.


These will be easy, but enjoyable reads for everyone! The reflection questions will give everyone a chance to interact and share their learning. The best part of this is that you can do this from home, and we do not have to find a date when everyone can attend.


Paras:

CTE will be your 3 hours of the CFISD Compliance Training completed off contract, and participating in 4 additional hours for back-to-school events, such as Meet the Teacher (2 events--kindergarten and 1st-5th).

Supporting Our Students on the Bus

Courtney recently sent out a link to a sign-up genius for teachers to ride the bus in the afternoon with the students. We've done this in the past, and the students AND bus drivers love this. This is a great way for us to connect with our students while recognizing them for BLAST behavior on the bus. Our discipline data supports the need for doing this, so please consider signing up for a day or two on the link below. Thank you!!


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ca5ac23abf58-busriders

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Staff Dress

In case you missed it at the staff meeting, you may wear jeans for the rest of this school year. Please remember that we want to look nice and professional; therefore, please avoid wearing t-shirts and tennis shoes. By t-shirts, I mean shirts that have not been ok for regular dress days and even spirit days. Robison spirit shirts are really the only t-shirts allowed. Professional looking tops should be worn with jeans. If you have any questions, please ask.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Are you interested in growing your knowledge in the area of technology and teaching strategies? This summer, our cluster is looking to hold an EduConference at one of our campuses to provide you the opportunity to collaborate with fellow teachers. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge on a technology-related topic, please let me know.


Some of you are familiar with Seesaw, the app that teachers can use to digitally store student work. Here is a link to the app if you are not familiar: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seesaw-the-learning-journal/id930565184?mt=8

If you haven't considered being a Seesaw ambassador, check this out: https://app.seesaw.me/#/ambassadors/apply

Being an ambassador allows you to use the premium features for free and affords you the opportunity to collaborate with other ambassadors.

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#catchthespirit #robisonspirit

Stay Informed

Be sure to regularly check the RES Hub (in Google classroom) for updates such as minutes from meetings. I will also try to send out "announcements" to let you know when these have been posted.


Here is the link to the hub: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/Njk2MzE4MDE5Nlpa/p/NzAyNjg1MzMzN1pa/details

Calendar

The master calendar is attached below for your convenience.