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February 12, 2016

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, February 12 - Student Dance - 5th/6th grade dance 5:30-7:00 & 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:30
  • Monday, February 15 - 6th-8th Grade UIL meet in Whitewright
  • February 15 - 19 - VAMS Book Fair
  • Tuesday, February 16 - ELA PLC
  • Wednesday, February 17 - Social Studies PLC
  • Thursday, February 18 - Progress Reports
  • Friday, February 19 - STAR Card ipod in advisory
  • Saturday, February 20 - EdCamp Awesome in Royse City 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 20 - VAHS & VAMS Spaghetti Dinner 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • February 23-24 & March 1-2 - Quarterly Tests & Benchmarks (see schedule below)
  • Thursday, February 25 - Student Senate Library Presentation Night @ 7:00 p.m. in the VAMS library
  • Friday, February 26 - Star Card Hat Day
  • Friday, February 26 - Lisa Dietz Tech Training
  • Friday, March 4 - Conference Meetings with Ryan

Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Carmenita Littlejohn for being chosen as our Teacher of the Month! We appreciate all of your hard work and your dedication to our students!
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We have several shout-outs for people doing great things!

  • Shout out to those of you who pledged a donation to VAEF at the beginning of the year. The breakfast was yummy and we appreciate you giving back to our students!
  • Shout out to Stephanie Fernandez for the water bottle recycling tubs!
  • Shout out to Kristen Weaver for filling in when we needed coverage for Advisory multiple times this week!
  • Shout out to Pat Kuhns for tutoring students throughout the day and working with our Saturday School students

Do Your Actions Reflect Your High Expectations?

Sometimes we subconsciously have low expectations for some of our students without realizing it. Don't make the mistake of acting on lower expectations, asking "easier" questions of your struggling students or moving on too quickly if they cannot answer.

What does it look like when teachers have expectations for ALL of their students?
  • Ask high order and extending questions
  • Provide appropriate wait time
  • Give more positive feedback
  • Stand in closer proximity to students
  • Make more eye contact
Make your ACTIONS reflect your high expectations. Expect great things from ALL of your students. Teach your students as if they all came to school dressed for success and ready to learn. YOU are preparing them for an amazing future.
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Benchmark & STAAR Snacks


Just a reminder to please submit a PO ahead of time if you would like to place an order for benchmark or STAAR snacks. It is NEVER too early to submit a PO.

It may not be may be might even be overwhelming at times...but it's the hard truth:

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Quarterly Test Schedule By Grade Level

5th Grade

Tuesday, Feb 23 - Reading

Wednesday, Feb 24 - ELA & SS

Tuesday, Mar 1 - Math

Wednesday, Mar 2 - Science

6th Grade

Tuesday, Feb 23 - Reading

Wednesday, Feb 24 - ELA

Tuesday, Mar 1 - Math

Wednesday, Mar 2 - Science & Social Studies

7th Grade

Tuesday, Feb 23 - Reading

Wednesday, Feb 24 - ELA

Tuesday, Mar 1 - Math

Wednesday, Mar 2 - Science & Social Studies

8th Grade

Tuesday, Feb 23 - Reading

Wednesday, Feb 24 - Science

Tuesday, Mar 1 - Math

Wednesday, Mar 2 - Social Studies

Teachers Observe Teachers - DUE APRIL 1

Click this button to access the TOT form. Be sure to plan ahead so you can see a great lesson, rather than cramming something in last-minute and not getting to see an ideal lesson.

Outstanding Student Nomination

Grade level teachers, please nominate an outstanding student from your grade level no later than Tuesday, February 16.