THE STALLION STAR

February 14, 2016

FRIENDLY REMINDER

Reading the STALLION STAR at the start of each week is an expectation for ALL staff members - both professionals and paraprofessionals. It is our main means to communicate with you, reduces the quantity of emails, and keeps us from having to hold long staff meetings. The bulk of your reminders and expectations are here. Thank you to the majority of you who consistently ensure you are UTD with ongoing campus news, dates, and expectations.

IN THE NEWS...

MID-YEAR PARENT LETTER FORM - POLICIES AND CODE OF CONDUCT REVIEW

THANK YOU TO SEVERAL TEACHERS WHO ARE DOING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE AT COLLECTING THESE FORMS AND KEEPING THEM ON FILE UNTIL THE ENTIRE CLASS IS COLLECTED. It has already proven fortuitous for us as we deal with parent appeals on our end! ;-) Please turn in the forms to JUANITA ASAP.


TELPAS -- RATER TRAINING -- READ THE MANUAL!

Thank you for all staff who attended the TELPAS training session on Thursday. Please recall that you are still responsible for reading over the RATER MANUAL prior to calibrating and prior to collecting and rating writing samples. You must have turned in your OATH too. If you were unable to make it to Thursday's meeting and you are a K-6 teacher, you are required to make-up the session with Rachel. Please make sure to make arrangements.


TELPAS - CALIBRATION & WRITING COLLECTION

—Online Basic Training – deadline is 2/10 (print certificate)

—As grade level: determine writing samples to collect (align with curriculum) and submit to Lisa or Sherri by 2/11

—Calibration: DWD February 15th

Morning (8:45) -- Grades 3, 4, Wimberly, Wontor, Melcher, Kamper

Afternoon (1:00) – Grades K, 1, 2, Hutchison, Steinberger

—Starting Feb. 16th -- Collect Writing Samples – Rate as you collect (post-it) and submit each set to Sherri or Lisa – Last day to submit is March 2nd

—Wholistic Rating Meeting with ESL – March 23rd or 24th (during planning)


Tuesday, February 16

Liberty counselor doing preregistration with the 6th graders from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

AFT will be here in the lounge from 10:30 to 1 to visit with staff. They will have treats for all staff.


SPECIAL EVENTS

A kind reminder and request that we make sure we give ample notice for special events. It is not that teachers and staff do not want to support ancillary programs,,, they completely do,,, it's just that they are going above and beyond to plan curriculum and the last minute changes impact their long term plans significantly. This is SIM/STAAR season and we have intense instructional plans in place -- plans that many times entail support staff schedules and/or district support staff coming to support our kids and teachers. On many occasions, we have district staff traveling to our building only to find out that the students they are supporting are not available. In addition, if you would need any audio/visual equipment to support an event or assembly, there is advanced planning necessary (see Elsa) in order to prep for those equipment needs. We understand things can pop up but whenever possible, please plan ahead and make sure all staff are given advanced notice -- anything less than 1 week's notice is considered late.


Submit dates to Carlene ASAP and we can make sure the dates are put in Stallion Star.


SUBMISSIONS TO THE STALLION STAR

Anyone is welcome to submit entries to our weekly staff newsletter. Please email any submission requests to Carlene by the Thursday before publishing.

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE 21 DAY CHALLENGE!!

Thanks to everyone who helped support our kids and our coaches with the 21 day challenge! For those who participated, be on the lookout for a link to the survey. This is important to complete the 21 Day CHALLENGE cycle and so we get credit for your participation!

Coach Rowe will send information regarding students who will get the opportunity to participate in the 21 Day Challenge Celebration.

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KUDOS GOES TO!

* Fifth Grade -- for taking care of each other!

* Michael Savage -- for pitching in for our fifth graders!

* To Coach Rowe and Jackson -- for your leadership with the 21 Day Challenge!

* To PTA (Jessica L), Coach Rowe, and Juanita -- for your Heartfelt Vday Friday treats!

* To all staff - for making the Vday festivities low-key but fun!

* To the staff who joined us for HH this past Friday -- the rescue raised almost $800! It was fun to hang and helped save furry lives!

SOUL FOOD FEEDBACK

Again, thank you to everyone for helping us hold such a successful event. We wanted to let you know that last week, we received awesome feedback from district officials, not only about our fabulous event, but also about how great our campus LOOKED AND SOUNDED! From Dr. Waggoner to Darwin Spiller, they were very impressed at how we, including our kids, represented RISD!! Thank you everyone for all of your hard work!! We know it took some extra time, but it was definitely a good refresher for everyone, as well as helps us get a step ahead for the Open House/Showcase at the Creek. Well done! We're looking good! Thank you for taking pride in our campus!

DUTY TIME

February 15-19

Schwartz – Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to Breakfast at 7:50 – Give stop sign to last student

Sebastian – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50

Melcher – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50


Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line

Delamant – Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Seeto – Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Ward – Cafeteria @7:20 – expedite food line


Afternoon Duty: Coleman – Cones – stand by front cones at 2:45 to let daycare vans/buses through. Hill & Woodruff – Daycare inside foyer


February 22-26

Hutchison – Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to Breakfast at 7:50 – Give stop sign to last student

A. Gonzales – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50

Hanson – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50


Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line

Huey – Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Lee – Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Brown– Cafeteria @7:20 – expedite food line


Afternoon Duty: Woodruff– stand by front cones at 2:45 to let daycare vans/buses through. D. Williams and Blanton – Daycare inside foyer

OPEN HOUSE/SHOWCASE AT THE CREEK

Thursday, March 3rd, 5pm

12600 Audelia Road

Dallas, TX

ALL PROFESSIONAL STAFF are expected to attend. Please meet with your grade level or department to review expectations and begin preparations.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • February 15 -- Staff Development Day - No Students
  • February 15 - Calibration 1
  • February 16 -- TELPAS Writing Collection begins
  • February 16 -- REPORT CARDS GO HOME!
  • February 16 -- Liberty counselor doing preregistration with the 6th graders from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

    AFT will be here in the lounge from 10:30 to 1. They will have treats for all staff.

  • February 18 -- GLIMs/STAFF MEETING
  • February 25 --GLIMs/STAFF MEETING
  • March 2 -- Last day to collect and submit TELPAS writing samples
  • March 4 -- 3rd week -- GRADES UTD in FOCUS!!
  • March 7-11 -- SPRING BREAK -- WOO HOO!!
  • March 15 -- PROGRESS REPORTS GO HOME!
  • March 15 -- MATH SIM -- Grades 3, 4, 6
  • March 16 -- READING SIM -- Grades 3, 4, 6
  • March 17 -- SCIENCE SIM -- Grade 5
  • March 23-24 -- Wholistic TELPAS Rating meetings - more info to come from ESL