"Super" Spruce Scoop

September 15, 2015

Volume 1 Edition 1

Team,


This is the first edition of our feeder pattern newsletter. Rather than embed it in an e-mail, I will begin using this web-based template. I hope it helps.


There are many clickable links with articles, web pages and links to support our work. (Irene - you said you wanted new ways to use technology. Here you go!)

The Impact of ISIP Intervention

Linked here is an article I had planned to send this week. Ironically, it was referenced on Friday during the ISIP presentation. We all recognize that the most important support for our students is an effective teacher. However, the research shows that 90 minutes of computer based ISIP intervention weekly with student goal setting is a strong tool to ensure STAAR success. Let's make sure our teachers are using ISIP.

"The Best Day Ever"

As we look forward to "The Best Day Ever", let me begin by thanking each one of you for ensuring quality instruction and a focus on the Big 4 is front and center in each and every classroom. During conversations with each of you, it is obvious that the leaders of the "Super" Spruce feeder pattern are making good sense of the purpose and expectations. Let's have a "Super" instructional day!

Leadership Quote

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward
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Unpacking Standards

I stopped by Blair Elementary School to drop off a book that had been requested and while I was there, I had the good fortune to observe the third grade team engage in learning around unpacking standards. The leadership team walked teachers through the process using the linked tool. See for yourself :)

Happy Birthday! Click the link to sing along

  • A belated Happy Birthday to Dr. Sheryl Wilson! Sorry we missed it last week. Click the link ad sing along :)
  • Happy Birthday to Caroline Hawkins! She will be 39 on September 23. Caroline has been a wonderful support to my work and is very much appreciated!

Seen on the Court - Kudos!

  • A job well-done goes out to Marco, Marquetta and Irene for their presentations to Mr. Miles. They were calm, confident and delivered.
  • Willie was observed discussing attendance expectations with PLC teams. He was respectfully honest and to the point. HIs expectations were very clear.
  • Clarita's work is making a BIG difference. We visited several seventh grade classes and saw evidence of collaborative planning. She is also spending time coaching her leadership team through calibrated Spots and administrative meetings. Thank you for your leadership and willingness to grow!

Attendance - 4 Focus Areas

We are only as strong as our weakest link. Let's create positive school cultures so our team members choose to come to work every day.