NRES STAFF NEWSLETTER

March 31 - April 4, 2014

Principally Speaking: Pass the Baton!

Running a relay race is not always easy to do. Relay teams are usually made up of the best athletes on the team, and as such, are very selective. There is also an aspect to the relay race that is not involved in the other races: the baton. In education, the baton is similar to a school's vision. Running with a baton, and passing a baton, are both things that a runner usually does not have to think about while running a race-- it should come naturally!


In a relay, you must ensure you always maintain possession of the baton, and when it comes time to pass it, you must make it gets to the other runner without dropping it. Dropping the baton can cause a team to slow down, or in some cases, be disqualified or unfocused. So as you round the corner with the finish line is in sight, how are you holding tight to the baton (vision) and ensuring a successful finish for your team? Are you:

  • Encouraging your teammates?
  • Giving an extra "way to go" to a student?
  • Beginning the day prepared?
  • Taking time for yourself to rejuvenate and reenergize?


Michael Jordan said it best, "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."

Professional Development: What Great Teachers Do Differently! AND PRINCIPALS, TOO!

Week 4 (March 31st): Chapters 10-11


EDMODO QUESTION #4: In what way do teachers serve as “filters” at the schools in which they teach?


JOURNAL QUESTION #4: Why is the simple act of saying “ I am sorry that happened” such a powerful tool?

Reminders

PDAS Evaluations

Please complete PDAS Part II and III by Friday, April 4th. Also each teacher will have a GoogleDoc folder in which you can upload any documents to submit as evidence for your PDAS evaluation and summative conference.


Co-Curr Changes and STAAR Testing April 1 and April 2

On April 1 and 2, our fourth graders will be taking the writing test. Please click here to see changes for that day in Co-Curr and lunch times.


TELPAS REMINDER: Please ensure that you turn in your rating rosters to Mary Hernandez by Friday, April 4.


Tejas LEE and TPRI.

April 7 and 21: Progress monitor AR students (since beginning of year)

April 28 - May 9th: End Of Year Benchmark (all students)

May 26: Last Progress monitoring AR students (since beginning of year)


Teacher of the month: Please submit your nomination by April 5.

Staff of the month: Please submit your nomination by April 5.

Weekly Happenings

Monday - Friday: TELPAS RATING

Tuesday: 4th Grade STAAR Writing Test Day 1

Wednesday: 4th Grade STAAR Writing Test Day 2; PTA Executive Board Meeting (6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday: WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY!

Thursday:

Friday: Progress Reports Due

Where is Everyone this Week?

Monday 31: EVERYONE ON CAMPUS

Tuesday 1: STAAR WRITING DAY 1

Wednesday 2: STAAR WRITING DAY 2

Thursday 3: Administrative Interviews (Jackie ADMIN)

Friday 4: Administrative Interviews (Jackie ADMIN)

PBIS TEACHER INPUT

Please click on the survey below to provide the PBIS committee with the expectations you want the students to follow in the common areas. This survey will be in the weekly newsletter until April 25 to give you ample time to review the current behaviors and make suggestions on what behaviors we would like to change. Your input will help the committe make the PBIS plan for next year.


PBIS TEACHER INPUT

STAFF BIRTHDAYS

March 31: Ann Bryant

Frozen Parody for STAAR

STAAR TESTING: LET IT GO!

Testing season is here! Let's take these ladies advice: step back, take a breath and LET IT GO! Thanks, Sarah Carling for sending this video!