iCan@ KellerHarvel

April 13 - 17

We Support You!

If you haven't seen the video that communications shared last week, check it out!

The countdown is on to the end of school. We want you to know that we support you and thank you for the work you do. Please take a minute to watch this short music video to let us sing to you about it.


Rotel Reminder of the Week

You are made to make a difference, so embrace every opportunity to do so.


Staci Ragsdale will be passing out the "Hope for Jennifer" t-shirts this afternoon in the front office (not the parking lot). If you ordered one and haven't paid yet, please be sure to bring your money.

You are also welcome to wear jeans tomorrow with your new t-shirt. :)

Teacher Self-Reports II & III Due

Teacher Self-Reports will need to be completed by Friday, April 17th. We will begin scheduling all summative conferences beginning the week of April 27th. Watch for an invitation soon.

iCan@KHES Staff Meetings every Thursday from 3:15 - 4:30

April 16 - STAAR training review (All testing administrators, Hallway & Bathroom monitors must attend - names will be shared later today)

April 23 - Session 2 Effective Instruction

April 30 - Classroom Activities/Planning Time

May 7 - Major Text Types

May 14 - Using Features of Literary Text to Guide Reading

May 21 - Using Features of Informational Text to Guide Reading

May 28 - Class Placement Planning

STAAR Testing

Jane will be able to share the small group lists, schedules, and room assignments for STAAR beginning today. Don't forget to get your lunch order turned in if you are interested in ordering fro Chick-Fil-A, Panera or Which Wich on Tuesday, April 21. This is a "you pay day". PTA will pick up your food for you. Lunch on Wednesday, April 22 is being taken care of by our PTA. Be sure and put your order in from DeVivo Bros.

2015 STAAR Accountability System changes

TEA just released the following information regarding the 2015 accountability system. To read the full report, just go to http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2015/materials.html

Changes to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program in the 2014–15 school year will affect the 2015 state accountability system. This document summarizes those changes and presents the commissioner of education’s final decisions regarding the 2015 state accountability system. This information covers only the substantial differences in state accountability between 2014 and 2015. The 2015 state accountability system will be fully explained in the 2015 Accountability Manual, scheduled for release in May. Below is a review to the changes that were made this year:

Changes to the STAAR Program in the 2014–15 School Year
Assessments for Students Receiving Special Education Services
• STAAR A, an online accommodated version of the general STAAR, was available beginning in spring 2015.
• STAAR Alternate 2 (a redesign of the original STAAR Alternate) was administered for the first time in February 2015.

New Performance Standards for Mathematics, Grades 3–8
Revised curriculum standards in mathematics for grades K–8 were adopted by the State Board of Education in April 2012 for implementation in the 2014–15 school year. New student performance standards for the corresponding STAAR assessments will be set in August 2015. In September 2015, districts will receive updated student confidential reports and test data files that indicate the student’s passing status based on new performance standards.

2015 State Accountability System Changes

To accommodate these assessment changes, the following will apply to 2015 state accountability ratings and distinction designations:

• Results of STAAR assessments in mathematics for grades 3–8 will be excluded from all four indexes and distinction designations.

• Results of STAAR A and STAAR Alternate 2 assessments for all subjects and grade levels and EOC tests will be excluded from all four indexes and distinction designations.

The 2015 accountability ratings will be based on the results of the STAAR general assessments for the following subjects and courses:

  • Reading, grades 3–8
  • Social Studies, grade 8
  • Algebra I
  • Writing, grades 4 and 7
  • English I Biology
  • Science, grades 5 and 8
  • English II U.S. History

Bottom line…when we receive our accountability rating, the state will only be looking at 4th grade writing and 3rd/4th grade Reading. We will still look at all of our data. I do not know how this will affect next year as far as IST lists or other interventions for math. We will wait to hear more from district administrators later.

ELA Ice Day Make Up Training at other campuses

Other ELA Ice Day Make Trainings are listed on the Google Sheet. Just click on the link to view.


Upcoming Dates to Remember

4/15 - Kindergarten Graduation Pictures

4/16 - PTA Meeting/General Elections

4/17 - ALL Teacher Self Reports II & III are Due in Eduphoria

4/21 - 4/24 Closed Campus due to STAAR Testing

4/21 - 3rd & 4th grade Math STAAR

4/21 - PTA will be taking lunch orders from you for various restaurants. Payment is your responsibility...delivery is being taken care of by PTA. Drink orders will not be included.

4/22 - 3rd & 4th grade Reading STAAR

4/22 - Lunch being provided by PTA for all grade levels/staff

4/24 - FREE Chair Massages available. Look for sign ups soon.

4/24 - END of the 5th 6 WEEKS. This is a FULL day. NO Early Release.

4/27 - 5/15 - TPRI Window of K, 1, 2

5/4-5/15 AIMs Web EOY testing for 3rd & 4th grade

5/29 - Reading A-Z levels due

"Donuts with Dad" and "Muffins with Mom" events scheduled

PTA has added the following events to the calendar.

Monday, April 27 - Donuts with Dad at 7:00 am

Friday, May 8 - Muffins with Mom at 7:00 am

(The Movies with Mom event that was originally scheduled for May 8 has been cancelled)

GT Testing

Nominations for GT testing and screening will be accepted until 3:30 pm Friday, May 1st for grades 1-11. This date isn’t flexible as we each have to schedule testing at multiple campuses which can be quite challenging. Testing materials must be ordered for younger grades, too. GT testing begins Monday May 11th, and we begin the race to complete it within our two week testing window.

Caring Bridge

Jennifer has created a site to keep everyone informed and up to date. If you are interested in creating an account, please click on the link below.


Where are Kristen & Jane?

Wednesday, April 15 - Kristen at Principal's meeting

Friday, April 17 - Jane & Jenni out on Personal Leave

Teacher of the Month Gallery

Save the Date for Keller University!

"Keller University" will take place July 20th through 23rd. Check out who is coming below! Please add these dates to your calendar and look for more information in the coming months. You and your team will not want to miss it!
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