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Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

January 11-15, 2021

Our Mission

The staff of Rosa Parks/Millbrook in collaboration with parents and community, will pursue excellence as we walk in our purpose to develop the whole child, academically and socially, and ensure that all students take responsibility for their learning and reach self-sustaining success.

Our Vision: Every Student a Success!

#Be In Control

This past week we all were shocked and disturbed as we watched the events unfold in an attack on our nation's capitol. The actions taken, in the simplest terms, were a group of individuals' response to not having their way with regards to the upcoming change in our country's leadership. Our students have seen and heard about what happened and will have questions. I want to encourage you, as you discuss this issue to stress that while our voice matters, so does our response when things don't go our way. This is the purpose of the Move This World platform that we use daily. We are teaching our students strategies to help manage and control their emotions and their response when faced with situations they can't control. This is the foundational level of supporting our students with dealing with change. Last week during the announcements, Kaitlyn Greer recited this quote from Maya Angelou, "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." We want to ensure that our students understand the importance of changing their attitude, which can be controlled, when faced with situations they are unable to change. Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we build children, character, and community everyday!

#BeFit #BeHealthy #BeStrong

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#Be Wordwise


Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: to do well or be successful

Meaning: to grow or develop very well

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Maya Angelou

Each week we focus on a vocabulary to support character development. Our intent is from students to build their working word bank by using these terms in their everyday vocabulary. You can help us by using them at home as well.

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Help us help your child each school day by ensuring they are fully prepared for face-to-face instruction.

  • Students must bring their devices fully charged each day.
  • Students must bring their chargers each day.
  • Students must bring the required materials (paper, pencil, journal, etc.) for their classes each day.
  • Students must have on a clean mask (provided by parent).
  • Students must wear a face shield (provided by the school).

These are the very basics that are required for your child to have a successful learning experience. When students aren't prepared it slows down learning for our virtual and face-to-face students. We are in a pandemic currently and do not have extra staff, space, nor materials for students who come unprepared. We are not sharing materials. Therefore it is each household's responsibility to ensure students arrive at school fully prepared each day. Parents please help us help your child by making sure they prepare all materials nightly; then check their backpacks, and bring them to school daily.

If you are experiencing technical issues with your child's computer, please email providing details of what you are experiencing.

#Be Present

We are on a roll RPM Family. We ended last week with 98% attendance on Thursday and Friday. Let's keep it up by meeting and exceeding our goal of 98% attendance every day!

The Lancaster Independent School District attendance policy will be followed for both online and face-to face instruction. Students are expected to attend class meetings online AND complete assigned tasks to demonstrate engagement in learning and mastery of concepts. Student attendance in MANDATORY as absences may result in denial of credit. Attendance is taken daily during each synchronous class meeting (Reading, Math, Science, Writing, Social Studies).

Keep in contact with teachers and provide our attendance office with proper notice of absence. Students unable to attend face-to-face due to quarantine are still expected to complete assignments and attend synchronous class meetings when possible.

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#Be Up-to-Date

Jan. 11 Mavs Monday (Wear RPM issued T-shirt)

Jan. 13 70th Day of School (Dress in 70s attire or College shirts)

Jan. 14 School Board Meeting 6:30pm

Jan. 18 MLK Day (District Closed)

Jan. 18 Face-to-Face vs. Virtual Parent Survey

Jan. 19 PreK Circle Assessments Begin

Jan. 21 Progress reports emailed to parents

Jan. 25 Mavs Monday (Wear RPM issued T-shirt)

Jan. 26-29 Benchmark2 Assessments (K-5th)

Jan. 28 80th Day of School (Dress in 80s attire)

Yvonne M. Thornton, M.Ed.


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