Practicum Observations

Southwest Early College High School

Mr. Richard Lucero Assistant Principal

May 30, 2016

The morning started with a two hour administrative meeting to discuss the Elvis J. Ballew student relocation list. Approximately 20 students are allotted per each PSJA ISD high school campus to finish high school in a smaller environment. These are students who are lacking credits to graduate on time and who are behavior problems. Mr. Lucero will contact parents for a formal meeting. He will have the students attendance record, transcript with credits, and referral documentation to communicate to the parent that this is the best environment for the student to finish out high school.


The English department has a total of 20 teachers. Approximately 7 (30%) will need to be hired for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. This will require analyzing resume's, and drafting the right interview questions to find the right fit for our campus. He will complete all of the interviews by Thursday, June 2, 2016.


Summer School Schedules need to be created June 2, 2016

We Only Have THREE Counselors, according to Gina Saenz

We need help on Thursday, June 2, 2016 to register students and create summer school schedules. Right now counselors are working on DC and LPAC schedules.

Head Custodian-Mr. Zuniga

STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE! Mr. Zuniga said, "the school needs more storage room." He is storing sewing machines, and floor wax in an air conditioner room. The school wasn't built with storage in mind.

SLO's still NEED signatures! Angelica Martinez

3:59 pm

Today is the last day to finalize all SLO's, and teachers on the list must sign.

Mrs. Angelica Martinez-Dean of Instruction

June 1, 2016

Mrs. Martinez said that help may be needed to call teachers who still needed to sign their SLO's. She said to check with Tanya Castro for further instructions. Mrs. Castro was in the meeting room updating the phone list from a master binder. Castro told me to check back with her in room K103.

Counselors in the Library

All of the counselors were in the library. Mrs. Faviola Garcia explained the LPAC process. Each counselor has their own list of students that they are evaluating for exiting out of the LEP program. She said, that they look at STAAR, TELPAS, LAS Links scores, and accommodations. If the student has passed all of their tests but had accommodations for STAAR they will not be exited out of the program. Every twenty days coding and updates need to be made for to identify LEP kids. New immigrants must be tested immediately. Mr. Santa-Maria had all of his test score information, and transferred it to a master Excel file in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Mr. Ranulfo Marquez-Principal

June 2, 2016

Mr. Marquez welcomed me to observe and gave me a brief description of the next few days events. LPACing in the library, DC and summer school schedules, and the teacher workshop in Thursday.

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Mr. Lucero has a BIG IDEA for teaching our students core values. Teachers make a huge difference in teaching and modeling the behavior our students need. At Southwest Early College High School time is set aside to teach these four core values!

RESPECT- Treat others the way you want to be treated

INTEGRITY- Who you are when no one is looking


HARD WORK -Be your best

Student Privacy!

Shredding papers is a part of student privacy. Two years of collected papers, took two hours to shred. According to Mr. Santa Maria, nine students were almost eligible to exit out of the LEP program, but their STAAR accommodations prevented them from doing so.

Summer School Begins!

June 6, 2016

Summer School starts with staff ready and students learning the new routine. Core classes are offered, TSI Prep for incoming 9th graders, TSI testing for others, an APEX program is being piloted in the library for ELLS, and in the afternoon curriculum writing is taking place. Mr. Lucero is following up on an alternative storage solution for dictionaries. The ideal storage would have the dictionaries already in the classrooms so custodians can minimize transporting them throughout the school year. He walks the campus halls to assess that the doors are locked and that students are in the classrooms.

Parent Liaisons

June 7, 2017

Parent Liaisons are cross referencing attendance rosters to those students that did not show up the first or second day of school for call outs. These are the students that missed passed the STAAR exam by just a few questions and need a little help to pass the STAAR in July. The goal is to clear as many students as possible to have as few students as possible testing in December.

Parent Meeting

June 13, 2016

I shadowed Mr. Lucero in a parent meeting regarding a cheerleading incident. He was very calm and listened for an exaggerated time to the parents concerns. He did a great job with his soft skills, and was firm and direct with the parent that the issue would be resolved.

The English Schedule

June 21, 2016

The English schedule was created with re-testers in mind. Two English teachers still need to be hired. Mr. Marquez started from scratch using DMAC data to see what the re-test numbers are to match the teacher to the need. In attendance were Mr. Marquez, Ms. Schelstrate, Mr. Lucero, and Mrs. Williams.

STAAR Testing

July 6, 2016

The tedious work of preparing for the Summer STAAR exam began a few weeks ago with the roster of restesters for Eng I & II, Algebra, History and Biology. The school receives answer documents and test booklets.. Answer documents are verified one at a time to make sure the students name, social security number, and date of birth are correct on the form. If an error is found the answer document is voided and a new one is created by hand. After the answer documents are checked, they are sorted for alignment with the teacher and room where the test will take place. My 6 hour job was verifing the English II answer documents.

STAAR Testing Preparation

July 7, 2016

The tedious work of verifying answer documents continued from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Afterwards I was assigned to verify that dictionaries were in all of the testing rooms, and that each room was labeled with a room number on the outside of the door.

July 11-14, 2016

STAAR test help, was long a tedious. The most difficult part was helping those students who had not attended summer school, but came to test. It required assigning the student to a testing room, and getting the scantron for the teacher. Long lines ensued with retesters.