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February 16, 2016

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Children First, Always...The Bryan Way!

It's a Raven Thing!

Be the One ! Committed to Excellence!


Bryan ISD will provide positive educational experiences that ensure high school graduation and post-secondary success.

The Standards Based Teacher...

  • Follows BISD Curriculum

  • Monitors Student Mastery

  • Engages Learners

  • Provides SE-Based Environment

  • Uses Aligned Assessments

  • Delivers Aligned Instruction

  • Plans Aligned Units

As you plan, use these additional questions to guide your planning:

  1. What do we want students to learn?

  2. How will we know that they have learned it?

  3. How will we plan and deliver quality instruction so that students are likely to learn it the first time?

  4. How will we respond when students have already learned it?

  5. How will we respond when some students have not learned it?

Note------ Grading Guidelines.

Nominations being accepted for Student Heroes Program

The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Student Heroes Award. The deadline for nominations is March 11.

The Student Heroes awards program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who do outstanding things to benefit their fellow Texas students. Click here to nominate a student.

Playground Supervision

When monitoring the playground, supervision is of the utmost importance. You're in charge!

When staff stands side by side, the focus could easily shift to the conversation at hand, instead of the supervision of the students, so separating and circulating is ideal. Make certain you can see all of the students, and that the students can see you at all times. If play is too rough, address it right away, i.e.,highly competitive football games without official referees, and give students a time out if necessary.

TAIS Quarter 3 Goal-How are we doing? How are you doing?

75% of all lesson plans sampled will contain evidence of teaching for mastery best practices and high yield strategies.

30 minutes of each Wednesday planning session will be used to share classroom experiences related to teaching for mastery best practices and tracking for mastery (data driven instruction).

1. Teachers deliver less lectures and more interactive lessons.

2. Teachers plan lessons at high cognitive levels with increased focus on vocabulary.

3. Teachers will use increased data driven small group instruction.

4. Collect evidence of best practice implementation and provide necessary coaching support.

Dates for Pulling Benchmark Data for Accountability Predictions

Data from elementary spring benchmarks will be pulled on March 9. Teachers planning to use scores for grades should retrieve those scores by March 8. Adjustments to the weighting of test questions will be made the morning of March 9 in order to obtain the most accurate prediction possible. Principals should expect to receive index score predictions prior to leaving for Spring Break.

Advanced Academics

Advanced Academics programs in Bryan ISD have an exciting spring semester ahead of them. Check out the newsletter for a rundown of upcoming events, celebrations of success and tips for engaging gifted students. Please click here to view the Advanced Academics Newsletter.

Special Education

Special Education Teacher Meeting

On February 18, 2016, a meeting will be held for special education teachers at BHS, room 1200. Elementary teachers will meet from 3:15-4:00pm and secondary teachers from 4:15-5:00pm.

STAAR Alternate 2 Training

STAAR Alternate 2 Test Security Training for special education teachers will be held February 18, 2016, at BHS, room 1200, beginning at 4:30pm.

Self-Directed Learning Walks
You are strongly encouraged to visit other classrooms in the school to learn and collaborate. It's even better to go in pairs to facilitate a discussion about what you see during your visit. If you choose to visit a classroom during your conference time, etc. and stay in the classroom for at least 10 minutes, you can mark the teacher's Bingo card.

A few housekeeping items...

Please send a list of the absent students in your class to Teresa Sykes by 8:15 am each day.

Be in the cafe by 7:25 for Friday Morning Meeting to greet and manage students. Shake their hands, smile at them.
Move all lesson plans into your personal planner. This is a requirement.
You are encouraged to take advantage of the collaborative planning sessions with the IC's.

PDAS Appraisal Window-Action Required
If you would like to schedule a pre-conference, please schedule through Karen Morgan.

If there is any time during the 2 week window that your schedule would not be conducive to a 45 minute appraisal, please make your appraiser aware.

During your 2 week window, leave a folder on your desk with a seating chart, lesson plans, and any other pertinent information you’d like for us to have or know.

Student Management

CKH and Conscious Discipline
Teacher-“My job is to keep you safe!”
Student- “My job is to help keep it that way!

Evidence of Capturing Kids Hearts
N/A (This teacher has not yet been to CKH training.)
Social Contract is posted, visible, and written in the correct format. (implemented 100% at Houston) Refreshing your social contracts might be in order!
Non-verbal signals are used by the teacher when appropriate.
Students are responding to non-verbal signs by the teacher.
Teacher refers to the social contract (when processing conflict & violations).
Teacher is meeting/greeting students with a handshake as they arrive.
Good things and/or launches are being used.
Affirmations are a part of the classroom environment.
The 4 questions are being used appropriately. (What are you doing? Supposed to be doing? Are you doing it? What are you going to do about it?)
Students are self-managing with non-verbal signs.

Dress Code
Classroom teachers are the first line of defense!
Are you setting a good example?
if out of dress code and repeat offender-Please send students to the office by 8:15 am.

Note-If this is the first time they are out of dress code and it is not extremely inappropriate, let them know to not wear the clothing again and contact the parent.

I Can Statements
Content objectives should be displayed in student friendly language (I can) on board, chart or wall and be visible to the student. The content being taught should match a posted I can statement. Language objectives should begin with I will and be aligned to the instruction.

Being on time for duty is critical to the safety of our children! Grades 1 & 3 have front drive duty this week. When on duty in the front, please supervise the safety patrol and fill in where necessary.

See Houston Faculty Calendar for DATES TO REMEMBER and UPCOMING MEETINGS… See personal calendars for ARD’s and 504’s.
Please refer to the Houston Faculty calendar and your personal calendar daily/weekly as a reference!

Affirmations and Birthdays!

Happy Birthday...

No birthdays this week!

Care and Concern:

Continue to keep Mel Kapchinski in your thoughts and prayers. Her bone is getting stronger.

Shout Out:

For those of you that are documenting intervention progress on the forms that are found in the workroom!

Kudos to everyone that is embracing the Roundtable/ RtI process and completing all forms for students in need. If you think a student needs more support and services, advocate for the student by presenting them at Round Table or RtI. We believe you know best!

Lori Smith, Julie Bockelmann, Lisa Myhra, and Chelsi Young for completing forms in AWARE without delay!

Spelling Bee Champion Saurish Binani, Gr. 4 in Mrs. Jenson's room, for going 9 rounds in the regional spelling bee. He was the last Bryan ISD student standing for at least 4 whole rounds. Thank you, Kerri Rothell, for being in attendance and supporting him on a Saturday.

Maegan Bearden has organized all Boot Camp crates for grades 3-5, in anticipation of being out with her little Tripp! Thank you, Mrs. Bearden.

Thank you for signing up to mentor a student. Click here if you'd like to volunteer to support one of our students.

Always want to know if someone deserves an affirmation...Send them my way and I'll include them in the weekly message.

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