Ram Nation News

Week of April 23, 2018


A middle school that cultivates scholars to be catalysts of change, life-long learners, innovators, and competitors in a global society
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It is hard to believe that we just finished the first week of the 6th six wees; before you know it, the end of the school year will arrive soon. I want to thank you for the hard work, commitment, and support you have provided each one of our young Rams. I know that we will show great academic results and improvement!!!

We continue to make great strides toward our vision of cultivating scholars to be catalysts of change, life-long learners, innovators, and competitors in a global society.

Every teacher wants his or her students to be successful on the big test, STAAR. As we continue to prepare our students for this big event and for the next grade level, the following practices represent the highest yield of the high yield instructional practices. Use them and our students will perform better:

  1. Tell your students what you are going to teach them during the lesson, in student-friendly, concrete language. This primes the brain to be receptive to what you are going to teach them.

  2. Embed at least one small group purposeful talk activity into the lesson. This allows the student to begin to process, clarify, comprehend and connect the concept you are teaching.

  3. Challenge students' thinking by preparing high academic tasks; if we don't do so, our students will get bored and begin getting in trouble. They will find their own source of entertainment.

  4. Embed a quick critical writing activity into every lesson. This allows the student to solidify and think deeper about the concept you are teaching.

  5. Reinforce the effort students are putting forth as they talk, write and work. Recognize improved and exemplar thinking and performance.

  6. Close the lesson. This creates an information chunk that the brain can efficiently process, store, recall and connect

Attendance Matters

Regular attendance is essential to providing students with opportunities to learn. The grade level with the highest attendance for the last week is 8th grade with 96.37%.

Let's continue to encourage our students to be present and on time!!!

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  • Ms. Molla, Mr. Harris, Mr. Guillory, Ms. Vargas, Mr. Salcido and Mr. Serralde (visiting teachers), Ms. Carroll, Ms. Vasquez, Ms. Miller, Ms. McGee, Mr. Carballo, Ms. Villalobos, Ms. Perez, Ms. Iberosi, Ms. Baker, Ms. Wells, Mr. Ramirez, Ms. Cruz, and Mr. Santiago for their dedication, commitment, and support as they attended Saturday School providing small group support as they addressed low TEKS and areas of improvement. I know students took advantage of this opportunity and are grateful for having your support.
  • Mr. Geiger, Ms. Woods, and Ms. Wells for carrying out a performance interview as we search for our new member of our Social Studies team. We know it is not an easy task to find the perfect match for our school as the demands and expectations are high.
  • Mr. Alarcon and Mr. McCann for their leadership and dedication to our band program. Our students participated in the UIL competition last week; we received 1 2 2 on stage which is superior and excellent rating as well as 2 2 2 in sight reading which is an excellent rating. The comments from judges were very positive; we are very proud of the work done!
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School Priority # 3 is to broaden constructive relationships with the members of school community.

The health fair sponsored by UT South Western was a success. This was a great community event where we had over 500 people attend. We had several students who volunteered and supported the event as well as many of them who actively participated in the various activities. Let's continue to make sure we encourage parent participation in school events, parent workshops, and parent conferences to create partnerships to build the whole child.


Monday, April 23-

  • Report cards distributed.

  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 6th Grade SS, 7th Grade Math, Science follows schedule communicated by Ms. Guerra, and 7th / 8th Grade RLA. Refer to the Planning Expectations to ensure your IPC and LP have the components to reach proficiency

  • 4:40 - 5:45 Attendance for Credit Meeting (will confirm since Ms. Woods may be absent). Faculty/testing meeting to address logistics and protocols for student experience survey.

Tuesday, April 24-
  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 7th Grade SS, 6th/8th Grade Math, Science follows schedule communicated by Ms. Guerra, and 6th Grade RLA.
  • After school tutoring and Attendance for Credit continues.

Wednesday, April 25-

  • Student Experience Survey - Refer to the memo regarding maintaining integrity of these surveys. Also, use this link under Student Experience Survey, sample items of students likes and dislikes, to expose students to vocabulary they will experience during the survey.
  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 8th Grade SS, 7th Grade Math, Science follows schedule communicated by Ms. Guerra, and 7th / 8th Grade RLA.
  • 5:00 - 6:00 6th and 7th Grade STAAR Parent Meeting - Ms. Perez and Mr. King
  • After school tutoring and Attendance for Credit continues.

Thursday, April 26-

  • 5:00 Lesson Plans Due
  • After school tutoring and Attendance for Credit continues.

Friday, April 27-

  • Professional Development and Parent Communication/Parental Involvement Response due to appraiser and copy to Mr. Cordoba - See e-mail sent April 16, 2018.
  • Weekly PLC - Room 103

Saturday, April 28-

  • Saturday School continues - Let's continue to provide meaningful opportunities for our students to close academic gaps. Anyone doing Saturday School must submit the extra duty pay request in Oracle before able to use the code.

Upcoming Events

Based on feedback received, I am sharing as many dates/events for the month of April as possible to ensure appropriate planning is taking place.

May 1

  • 1:00 - 3:00 AVID End of Year Certification Presentation- Rusk MS

May 3

  • 8:00 - 1:00 ACE Showcase - Superintendents and Leadership teams from Garland, Plano, Richardson, Grand Prairie, and Fort Worth will be visiting our campus. We will have an opportunity to highlight the work done under our ACE framework. This will be very similar to our AVID revalidation visit.

May 11

  • SLO Accomplishment Due. As you are work with students on addressing low TEKS and give common DOLs, incorporate TEKS addressed in your SLO setting in order to target this component. The deadline to submit your SLO accomplishment is May 11.

May 10-25

May 14

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th Retesters - STAAR Math

May 15

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th Retesters - STAAR Reading

May 16

  • 8th Grade STAAR Science

May 17

  • 8th Grade STAAR Social Studies