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!
PK CK Playground
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
6th grade ELA
K-5 Reading and Writing with Problem Solving
3rd grade Math
5th grade ELA
5th grade Social Studies
4th grade Math
6th grade Science
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.
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