The Raven Flyer

November 10, 2014

Be the One...Ambassador!

It's a Raven Thing!

Be the One ! The BISD Way!

The Standards Based Teacher...

  • Follows BISD Curriculum

  • Monitors Student Mastery

  • Engages Learners

  • Provides SE-Based Environment

  • Uses Aligned Assessments

  • Delivers Aligned Instruction

  • Plans Aligned Units


Teach bell to bell.

Effectively question.

Ask students to justify answers. I'm hearing this more often in your classrooms.

Closely monitor.

Have a bell ringer.

As you plan, use these additional questions to guide your planning:

  1. What do we want students to learn?

  2. How will we know that they have learned it?

  3. How will we plan and deliver quality instruction so that students are likely to learn it the first time?

  4. How will we respond when students have already learned it?

  5. How will we respond when some students have not learned it?

In response to #3, I DO, WE DO, YOU Do is our focus. Our coaches report that the alignment, modeling and questioning in your lessons is improving each week. Keep up the good work. I'm so proud of each of you!


Turn in your attendance notes to Ms. Godfrey by 8:05. Every parent of every student is called by Ms. Godfrey or Mrs. Sykes to try to boost our attendance.

Safety and Security-Lockdown Report

We passed with flying colors! Bryan PD and Bryan ISD representatives said it was one of the best lockdown drills to date.

  • Everyone one was super quiet, basically silent.
  • Hallways were cleared quickly.
  • All classrooms remained secured throughout the lockdown drill.

Just a few little things to tweak...

  • If you're in the hallway when the lockdown announcement is made, move to the closest safe place that can be locked and secured. Do not attempt to return to your personal office or classroom.
  • All persons should be completely out of view of the classroom door window.
  • Lower the classroom blinds.
  • Classroom door window should not be covered.
  • Do not slide anything under the door out into the hallway.

Morning Meeting

Class Leaders (on stage)- Kosh

Spotlight Focus-Amazing Students of Character

PDAS Appraisal Window-Action Required

  • If you would like to schedule a pre-conference, please schedule through Karen Morgan.

  • If there is any time during the 2 week window that your schedule would not be conducive to a 45 minute appraisal, please make your appraiser aware.

  • During your 2 week window, leave a folder on your desk with a seating chart, lesson plans, handouts, and any other pertinent information you’d like for us to have or know.

Academy Day

Goal-Planning for Instruction on Academy Day

Planning for instruction on Wednesdays should always begin with your S.E.’s. and then be framed with the 4 C’s (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) in mind. More info- 4C's Poster, 21st Century Skills,Exemplar Program

Very proud of several grade levels for mixing up the students and exploring more project based learning.

CKH and Conscious Discipline

Teacher-“My job is to keep you safe!”

Student- “My job is to help keep it that way!”

Next IDT meeting- Nov. 19

During this meeting, all data should be completed through the end of the second six weeks, including report card.

I enjoyed talking with some of you on the 5th. If we were unable to meet, please examine your IDT pages for growth. Are students making progress? If not, why not? Should a round table or RtI meeting be requested? If so, what are you doing to support the progress?

Special Education/504

Please bring your binder to the ARD/504 meetings. Remember that the binder is the best place to file examples of modified work for documentation and helps us to make informed decisions about needed accommodations/modifications. Within a school day, new IEP’s, modifications/accommodations etc. will be provided to you and they should filed in your binder. If you do not receive them, contact the student’s case manager.

Dress Code-Classroom teachers are the first line of defense!

Are you setting a good example?

Students should be sent to the office by 8:15 a.m.

I Can Statements

Don't forget to post I can statements on work posted in hallway. Remember that the work posted in the hallway should be each student's best work. Proud of you for making use of our wall real estate!

Content objectives should be displayed in student friendly language (I can) on board, chart or wall and be visible to the student. The content being taught should match a posted I can statement. Language objectives should begin with I will and be aligned to the instruction. I will statements are beneficial, not only for ELL students, but for under-resourced learners, as well.


Being on time for duty is critical to the safety of our children!

See Houston Faculty Calendar for DATES TO REMEMBER and UPCOMING MEETINGS… See personal calendars for ARD’s and 504’s.

Please refer to the Houston Faculty calendar and your personal calendar daily/weekly as a reference!

Affirmations and Birthdays!

Happy Birthday...

No birthdays this week!

Always want to know if someone deserves an affirmation...Send them my way and I'll include them in the weekly message.

Click here to read October Great Things at Houston Elementary:

A big thank you to Mel Kapchinski for serving on the social studies textbook committee.

Sylvia Luera deserves a round of applause for organizing our Red Ribbon Week. Many of the students could be heard each day saying, "This is the best day ever!" You all never cease to amaze me with your creative minds!

Many thanks to Amy Marshall for going above and beyond on College Day to spotlight her alma mater.

Mr. Joe deserves a shout out for always taking our towels and mopheads to the laundromat to be washed. Thanks for helping us sparkle!

Thank you! Thank You! Thank you, Amanda Godfrey for all of your work on the SCE report for this year! Many hours of making a list and checking it twice, and many times after that!

Trick or Treat sacks were courtesy of Maegan Bearden. Thank you very much!