Meadow Creek Monday Message

February 8, 2016

Meadow Creek’s mission is to promote learning by challenging all to reach their potential

in a safe, nurturing environment by communicating, collaborating and congratulating!

Happy Chinese New Year!

May this year bring you happiness, fun, wealth and health!

PK CK Playground

You may have noticed a new fenced area off of the playground today. We now have a dedicated place for our PreK students to play. We are in the process of getting Little Tyke play equipment for our littlest students to be able to have a place to play that is safe for them. Please be sure to tell our students that it is just for our PK students.

Grades!

Don't forget that any student who has a failing grade, you need to make contact with the parent either in person or by phone. Be sure to use a parent conference form after you meet or talk by phone.


If a student is passing now but starts to fail before the report card, please be sure to contact parents so they are not surprised, or hopefully can help get missing papers turned in or redo work below a 70!

Faculty Meeting This Thursday!

We will have a full Faculty Meeting this Thursday. First, Goal Teams will be reporting on their progress for this quarter. Then, we have Chapter 5 Champions helping us learn more on engage for motivation and effort. Be sure to read Chapter 5 before Thursdays meeting.


We will have lots of information to share!

Chapter 5: Creating a Strong Classroom Culture

Technique 35: Props


Effective systems and routines can also make your classroom more productive by harnessing public praise. Props - also called shout-outs and ups - are public praise for students who demonstrate excellence or exemplify virtues. Everyone responds to praise, to a crowd cheering for them and rooting them on. Making sure that it happens, inspires and is reliably on-message is one of the most productive things you can do in your classroom.


The key is to invest time at the outset to teach the students to give props the right way: Crisply, quickly and enthusiastically.

  • Quick - "Three claps for Donna!" Be sure they do it quick and they give three claps!
  • Visceral - Don't just use words! Students like noise and rhythm. Make sure your props have movement and controlled sounds like stomping or clapping.
  • Universal - When props are given, everyone joins in.
  • Enthusiastic - The tone if fun and lively. It should be a break - brief and fun - from hard work. Letting the students decide on the prop increases the enthusiasm!
  • Evolving - Let students suggest ideas for props. When they think of new ones, they will not get tired, boring or obligatory


From: Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

All Pro Dads' Breakfast - Date change

Our All Pro Dads Breakfast has been rescheduled to Friday, February 12.


Please try to park in the side parking lot to save room for the Dads. We will also have the playground gate open for us to park to allow more space for the Dads in the parking lot. Thank you!

Valentine's Day Parties

Thank you for reminding your parents that a volunteer background check is needed before they can help with the parties. It is also a faster way to check in on party day if they have a current background check since going through the office and the Positive Proof system takes a few minutes!

Upcoming Faculty Meetings

Please be sure you have the dates on your calendar!


February 11 - Goal Team Reports and Chapter 5 Champions

February 18 - Testing Security Training

February 25 - Chapter 6 Champions

March 3 - Chapter 7 Champions

Transfer Window

The transfer window is now open for students wishing to attend a different HEB than their home school. The window is also now open to apply for our Spanish Immersion program that begins in first grade.


HEB employees who live outside the district and have their children attending an HEB school, must make contact with Liz Richard at 2032 during the transfer window to keep their children in HEB. Out of district employees must do this annually. The window for transfers is Janauray 4 through February 29.


If you would like to transfer to another campus as a teacher or assistant, you should have received an email from HR with the process, the form and the important dates this week.

PTA and the Meadow Creek Yearbook needs pictures!

If you have pictures form events or form things you have done in your classroom this year, PTA would love to use them in the yearbook. Please email any picture's you would like to share to mcyearbook1516@gmail.com.

Reminders...

Be sure you have lesson plans completed for the week before Monday mornings. Lesson plans should be available and ready to go before each day starts. Lesson plans should be the road map to the learning you want your students to achieve that day and should list several key components of a good lesson, such as the skill, the purpose, the motivator or hook, what the guided or independent practice will be and what assessment is being used.


Be sure to call or text me at 817-454-6554 if you are going to be out for any reason.


Please be at your door at 7:45 to greet your students. It is important that you are in your classroom at the start of each day.

February

February 1 - Ron Cooper

February 9 - Corina Resio

February 12 - Don Maurer

February 15 - Cathy Rodgers

Professional Development

February 9

6th grade ELA

K-5 Reading and Writing with Problem Solving


February 15

3rd grade Math

5th grade ELA

K-2 Science


February 16

5th grade Social Studies

4th grade Math

6th grade Science


February 17

Grade 4 ELA

Grade 6 Social Studies

5th grade Math

6th grade Math Pre AP and Regular


Be sure to complete the two state required training that are on HEB Learning on Date Rape and Suicide. These two hour long training need to be completed by April 1.

Important Dates

February 8 - Progress Reports sent home

February 9 - 1st grade Valentine Day show for PK, K and 1 at 1:45 and parents at 6:30 PM

February 11 - Faculty Meeting

February 10 - CiCi's Spirit Night

February 12 - All Pro Dads' Breakfast. - New Date

February 12 - Valentine's Day Class Parties at 2:00

February 18 - Mad Science resumes

February 19 - Positive Proof

February 26 - Noon Dismissal MCE Work Day