MST Weekly White Tiger

Week of October 2, 2017

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You all have unique gifts and talents that make you who you are! Think about all that you ARE! :) Let's have a great week!
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October Staff Birthdays! Happy Birthday to you!

1st - Jill Smith

5th - Amanda McLeroy

8th - Sloan Thompson

16th - Jessica Skinner

22nd - Helena Lopez

23rd - Olivia Latz

Who's on Duty This Week?

Library - Kinder

Gym - 6th grade

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Important Reminders for This Week

October 2-6

Unit Assessments this week: 4th grade - Fiction; 5th grade - #2Exp/Equations and Science - Matter and Energy

Monday, 10/2 - October BOY ISIP testing begins; Progress notices go home to all students tomorrow!; Tutoring

Tuesday, 10/3 - Progress notices go home to all students; Leave when your kids leave

Wednesday, 10/4 - 504 Certificates due to Megan; Boy Scout Troop visits classrooms at end of the day; Helena out at REV all day

Thursday, 10/5 - Emily at AP Academy in morning; Helena at Council of PTA meeting from 9:15-11:00; RtI Staff Development in library from 3:20-4:30

Friday, 10/6 - No school for kids; Districtwide day for staff; Mrs. Price returns!

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MST RtI Professional Development

The MST RtI Core Team (Lopez, Gruninger, Abdo, Stevens, Yeager, and Romes) has been to several district trainings where we are learning all about what RtI really is, how it supports our students, and new expectations that we must follow according to Senate Bill 1153. This amazing leadership team is going to lead you in an engaging and reflective training on October 5th from 3:20-4:30!

This is a required training, so please mark your calendars. Do not make appointment on this day. (Paraprofessionals do not need to be in attendance.)

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Flu Shots at MST !

Our flu shots are scheduled for October 25th from 3:30-4:30 in the teacher's lounge. Once Ms. Annable gets more information from Health Services, she will send that out via email! :)

Guidelines for Assessment and Reporting for Elementary

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The guidelines above addresses all those questions we have about we cover walls? Are we allowed to send these home? How much time do they get? Can we take a grade? All in one document! I thought this was very helpful!

Please remember that as students are taking unit assessments and informal assessments in class, you should be monitoring students as they work. This is a good time to take anecdotal notes on student accommodations for later conversations in determining their effectiveness. This will equip you with even more testing data about your students when making decisions for accommodations, 504 meetings, and STAAR accommodations!

TTESS Tidbit

Teacher Walkthrough

The main areas on the TTESS walkthrough form are:

Curriculum Alignment

  • Stated learning objective (essential question, TEKS)
  • Student know and understand statement (aligned with TEKS and district scope and sequence)
  • Varied Assessment Techniques - Aligned to the level of the TEKS

Student Centered Learning Environment

  • Teacher leads a mutually respectful and collaborative class of actively engaged students
  • Environment promotes learning (classroom management techniques/evidence of behavior management plan)
  • Student talk
  • Evidence of voice and choice
  • Products of learning indicate students are meeting learner outcomes
  • Evidence of flexible/small group instruction based on student need

Instructional Delivery

  • Materials and resources aligned to stated objective
  • Students and teacher use probing questions to clarify and extend learning
  • Instructional strategies are varied and aligned to rigor of TEKS (Higher order thinking)
  • Variety of communication opportunities for students (listening, speaking, writing)
  • Technology implementation aligns with learner outcomes

Remember that we may not see all of this in one classroom walkthrough, and that is okay! You will have more than one walkthrough this year for multiple forms of data and feedback.

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RISD Dyslexia Program Curriculum Night

Please see the attached flyers for information about this night on October 3rd from 6:30-8:30 at the RISD Professional Development Center. Flyers will also be going home with all students. All RISD families and staff are welcome to attend!
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NEW - MST Employees of the Month!

We will begin recognizing two staff members each month who are exhibiting rock star behaviors and attitudes! The employee of the month is someone who shows professionalism, is positive, and continues to make MST the place to be!

The employees of the month will receive two jeans passes, recognition in the MST parent newsletter AND a reserved parking space of their choosing for the whole month! (See picture with signage) The first two employees were nominated by ILT, but for the remainder of the year, you all will nominate who you think they should be.

And our first two employees of the month are......


Woot Woot! Please help me in congratulating these two staff members! :)

RtI Staff Development

Thursday, Oct. 5th, 3:15pm


3:20-4:30 in library

Afrah Spirit Night (4th Grade Fundraiser)

Thursday, Oct. 12th, 5pm

318 East Main Street

Richardson, TX

Come support 4th grade by eating dinner at Afrah some time between 5:00-8:00 pm!

Staff Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 12th, 3:15pm


3:20 in library

Vision and Hearing Screening

Friday, Oct. 13th, 8:15am



Invention Convention

Friday, Oct. 13th, 8am


Garden Work Day

Saturday, Oct. 14th, 9am


We welcome all who can join!