ARMS Legend

Excellence Without Boundaries

BE LEGENDARY. Every Minute of Every Moment Counts!

April 20, 2015 6th Six Weeks, Week 1

BY MAY 2015, AT LEAST 80% OF ALL STAAR EXAMS TAKEN BY ARMS STUDENTS WILL MEET THE PHASE II PASSING STANDARD.

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TEACHER AND SUPPORT STAFF OF THE MONTH

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR LEGENDS!

You have been spotted....
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Special Note: ARMS Staff if you have a "Spotlight" you would like to share from the current week, please forward a picture and a short description of your Legendary Spotlight, to me by Saturday of each week.

ARMS COMMUNITY MESSAGE

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To our ARMS Teachers

The time is here again for our students to "Show What they Know". You have guided and encouraged them this far and now it is their time to go forward without you. You may not be there physically, but trust me they are reflecting and making connections to their time with you. They will be tapping into the memories of the content, strategies you taught them, the modeling you provided, the academic discussions they had with one another, and all the times they "worked on the work."
They will also remember your positive words. All the times you told them that they CAN and this is HOW when they thought that they CAN'T and did not know where to start. They will reach deep and make connections largely because of how you spent your time, day in and day out, reaching deep,making connections, and having an unrelenting belief in their success.

THE POWER OF TEAM

When I think of team I am of the thought process that we are only as strong as each of our minds, bodies, and spirits. This highlights the inter-connectivity of us as a staff. With this understanding, we see our value, the value of others, and the impact on the bigger picture.

Please ensure that in the last 7 weeks of school that we are on time, present, planned, and mindful of our impact on the larger community of ARMS Rangers.
Thank you for your committment to our students!! Finishing Strong!

Instructional Focus

All Hands on Deck

STAAR Assessment and beyond....
  • Your frame of mind influences their testing environment and experience. Get rest, eat, and Smile (it's contagious)
  • Review all Testing emails and documents before MONDAY.
  • Know your roles & responsibilities for STAAR Testing.
  • Use instructional time you have on testing days to further support your students.
  • Be on Time, Be Fully Present, Know and Execute your Role


After STAAR on Wednesday breathe deep, breathe deep again :-) and be proud of your students. Before quickly moving on to the next...remember to take a moment to reflect on all the positive impact you have made!


On Thursday and Friday, thank you in advance for maximizing your instructional time and ensuring relevant, engaging, learning is occurring.

REMINDERS

Read ALL STAAR Emails Carefully

STAAR Material Pick up 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Click here for the April STAAR day Reminders.

New Tardy Policy

Keep Up the Great Work!!

    There is a new found urgency as students are moving to class. Remain diligent with our new policy and remind students SAFETY is key. No Running in the Halls.
    Students being excluded from their time with friends, freedom they have during their 45 minute lunch, and having to be quiet,work, and clean is not where they want to be.

    Way to go all ARMS Administrators for creating the optimal Lunch Detention Environment.
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    Pertinent campus wide WAIP information will be posted in the weekly ARMS Legend. Please ensure that you stay informed of district updates and general information. WAIP information that is specific to a team, grade, content, will be emailed directly.

    Summer PD Calendar (August)

    Please review the district calendar (especially August) for teacher start dates and overview of the Beginning of the Year training and events. Click here for calendar.

    ARMS Calendar will be shared in May.

    PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

    Do you plan on or are you thinking about professional learning for this summer? Click here for more information about summer learning opportunities.

    LAYING THE FOUNDATION (LTF) PRE - AP SUMMER TRAINING

    Pre-AP teachers are being encouraged to attend summer professional development. Click here for more information.

    ADVANCE PLACEMENT SUMMER INSTITUTE

    Are you interested in learning about AP course training and development, click here for more information.

    Grants for Innovative Teaching

    Grant opportunities for innovative teachers in and out of the classroom. Click here for more information.

    Ensure you have Reviewed: TEI ROSTER VERIFICATION PROCESS

    Click here for an overview of the upcoming window (May 11-29) for TEI Roster Verification via MyData Portal. Take a moment to review the written instructions or videos provided to walk your through the process before the window is upon us.

    Superintendents Scholarship 5K Fun Run!

    Mark your calendars and let's have an ARMS Ranger presence on May 16th! Any ARMS runners in the midst that would like to "rally the troops?" I will be your first participant! Click here for more information.

    WEEKLY EVENTS (4/20 - 4/24)

    8TH GRADE STAAR MATH, MONDAY, APRIL 20TH
    8TH GRADE STAAR SOCIAL STUDIES, TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST
    6TH & 7TH GRADE STAAR MATH, TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST
    8TH GRADE STAAR SCIENCE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22ND
    6TH & 7TH GRADE STAAR READING, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22ND

    Free Dress Day -
    Cohort with the Lowest Number of Tardies, FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH

    SATURDAY SCHOOL, SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH, ALGEBRA 1 AND 8TH READING RETESTERS

    APRIL ON THE HORIZON

    ARMS UNIVERSITY - TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH

    ADVISORY - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29TH

    STAFF BREAKFAST - TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH, Sponsored by 8th grade PODS

    2015 - 2016 REGISTRATION PLANNING MEETING - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29TH, 4:20 - 5:30 pm. (PARTICIPANTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN NOTIFIED)

    2015-2016 PLANNING MEETING - THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH, 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Pizza will be provided. Calling all staff members who would like to take an active role in shaping ARMS for the upcoming year, PLEASE ATTEND!!! Even if you are not sure what that might look like and where you want to focus your attention, come anyway!! We will be discussing the future, our direction, sharing ideas, and laying the critical ground work. I would love to see you there! Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

    Fun & Frolic

    ARMS SUPER Salad Competition

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    WINNER: MS. HARRISON'S PENNE PASTA

    Ms. Rivera's bowtie pasta was a few votes behind. Both were absolutely delicious and we thank you too so very much for making and sharing your YUMMY food!!!

    ARMS Good News / Smiles

    Marshall Memo - Weekly Round-UP of Educational Ideas, K-12

    Creating a “Trauma-Sensitive” Learning Environment for Students

    In this article in Principal, Pete Hall and Kristin Souers say that many students walk into school feeling the effects of trauma. This can affect their own ability to learn, the climate of their classrooms, and the orderliness of the whole school. Trauma, in the words of Daniel Siegel of the UCLA School of Medicine, is “an experience that overwhelms our ability to cope” – perhaps including the death of a loved one, mental illness in the home, witnessing a crime, parental fighting or divorce, an incarcerated family member, homelessness, bullying.

    “When children lose the ability to cope with the traumatic events in their lives,” say Hall and Souers, “they seek ways to regulate. They access whatever resources they have – healthy or unhealthy – to manage the intensity associated with the stress of these events.” Their school work and behavior often suffer. One study found that traumatized children are three times more likely to fail academically, five times more likely to have problems with attendance, and six times more likely to have behavior problems than peers who haven’t experienced trauma.

    “We can’t always know what students have experienced, or even all the details about it,” continue Hall and Souers, who worked together in an elementary school in Spokane, Washington where half the students had a trauma history. “Neither can we erase traumatic experiences from students’ memories or stop trauma from happening again. But we can work diligently to create an atmosphere that is inviting, welcoming, peaceful, and safe for all our students” – one that is “trauma-sensitive.” Hall, who was principal of the school, brought in Souers, a local mental health therapist, to work with teachers, custodians, and other staff on understanding and supporting needy students. “Souers’s lessons,” they write, “centered on the one element of the equation that educators and school personnel can control: ourselves.” Here is what they worked on:

    Understanding motives – When students who have experienced trauma feel threatened, unsafe, or ill-at-ease, they often react by fleeing, fighting, or freezing. In the past, these actions often resulted in students being scolded or punished, but adults in the school began to see what was behind the actions, understood them as “normal reactions to not OK things,” and became more strategic in planning how to react when there were problems.

    Building positive relationships – Staff members were prompted to reach out to students, especially those with the most challenges, and get to know them better.

    Reacting strategically – Teachers and other staff worked on remaining calm, consistent, and caring in the face of provocative behaviors. Traumatized children sometimes create chaos – screaming, cursing, throwing papers, upending desks, tantruming, tormenting others. “Just because a child has chosen a disruptive regulation strategy doesn’t mean we need to hop on board,” say Hall and Souers. “Educators should ask: What problem is this child attempting to solve?” Was there a trigger? “The key is to avoid reacting to these infringements with frustration, anger, or irritability because a trusted adult’s response to off-kilter behaviors can either escalate or mitigate the surrounding environment… When we analyze the motivation, we can empathize with the student’s plight, talk the student down off the proverbial ledge, offer alternative strategies for self-regulation, and maintain order in the classroom… Our calmness serves as a model to students of how to self-regulate, reducing the need to remove students from our classrooms.” The teachers in Hall’s school adopted the mantra, Stay out of Oz, meaning don’t get swept away by the tornado.

    Keeping your footing – Educators have numerous demands and stresses themselves, say Hall and Souers, and it’s easy to slip. They advocate using affirmations of core values and professional purpose and aspirations – I believe… I love… I will always… I can… – to stay rooted in the most effective posture and strategies for helping all children thrive.

    “Address Trauma with Calm, Consistent Care” by Pete Hall and Kristin Souers in Principal, March/April 2015 (Vol. 94, #4, p. 14-17), http://bit.ly/1GDsF55

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    ARMS Rangers April Birthdays!

    April
    • C. Dreyer 1st
    • S. Pounders 1st
    • S. Burks 8th
    • T. Lee 9th
    • B. Burns 21st
    • C. Lloyd 21st
    • S. Seales 22nd
    • L. Quintana 24th
    • P. Tovar 25th
    • M. Reddy 29th

    We serve a critical time in our students lives! Always remember how valuable you are!

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    TEACHER T'S THAT ROCK!!

    Ann Richards Middle School

    At Ann Richards MS, our vision is to be a flagship middle school at the hub of the community, nurturing diverse leaders, and empowering intelligent trailblazers.