ARMS Legend

Excellence Without Boundaries

BE LEGENDARY. Every Minute of Every Moment Counts!

May 4, 2015 6th Six Weeks, Week 3

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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May 4th - 8th

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR LEGENDS!

You have been spotted....
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2015-2016 Planning Team

Spotlight: On Thursday a team of ARMS staff discussed our desires for next year. Initial thoughts were shared and three main areas were identified, Climate, Community Service/Connections, and Instruction (Teaching and Learning). I want to spotlight each individual for taking the time to attend and each team for their candor, reflection, and setting the groundwork that will build our work for next year. Remember please come join the work, your contribution is valued and greatly appreciated.

Reminder: Work session Thursday, May 7th @ 4:30 - 5:30 in the library
Follow up meeting, Tuesday, May 19th @ 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the library

Algebra I Saturday School Support

Spotlight on all our Saturday School Algebra I support!! Thank you all for your continued support of our Algebra I students. Our students have needed the support and I appreciate your time and commitment you all provided!! This team has diligently worked with our Rangers as they prepare for their Algebra I EOC exam on May 5th.
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8th Grade Reading STAAR Team

Spotlight on Ms. Harrison, Ms. Sloan, Ms. C. Lewis, Ms. Mathew, Ms. Jenkins, and Ms. Clark. We are moving into week two of the 10 day intensive and I want to thank you all for your patience, commitment, and unrelenting support of our Rangers! Re-test is on May 12th.

A special thank you to all of our teachers and staff who are supporting their students as they work with our 8th grade re-testers.
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Spotlight on Dr. King! Dr. King has been a caring, committed, and a no-nonsense force at ARMS since he stepped on campus. Whenever there is a need, you are there, whenever there is a challenge, you have an idea, whenever a student needs compassion or redirection, you provide it with high expectations! I appreciate you tremendously for always being solution-oriented, honest, and your commitment to all of us!

Performance Interviews

Spotlight: We have had, and will continue to have over the last weeks of school, people on our campus who are interested in being part of the ARMS staff. Thank you to teachers who have let these candidates teach your class and those that have sit in to observe. I also want to say thank you to Ms. Zapata for coordinating interviews and administrators and coaches for observing and providing feedback on our candidates.
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!
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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We are approaching the finish line for this school year (25 days remain). Finish strong!!

Instructional Focus

ALL HANDS ON DECK....

We have 25 days left (including Saturday, see below). I encourage everyone to not be absent unless it is absolutely necessary. Take care of yourself these last few weeks. Your presence is needed and we have 25 days to continue to prepare our students for their ACPs.

REMINDERS & Announcements

TRANSITION TIME

For the rest of the year, EVERY ADULT IS TO BE IN THE HALL DURING PASSING PERIOD (ALL STAFF)
  • Main Office Staff- one person is in the office the other two people are in the main hall area
  • Attendance Office Staff - one staff member stays in the office and the other two are in the hall area by the attendance area and the other down by the top of the stairwell by the cafeteria.
  • Counselors and Instructional Coaches, on your respective hallways

This time has to be strictly used to communicate adult presence and the expectation that learning is paramount - the message will be communicated everywhere around our students.

Actions to promote safety:
  • Check restrooms, females and males.
  • All feet are moving.
  • Walk and talk with purpose.
  • No Running!!
  • Students are to walk in the direction of their class.
  • No congregating.
  • Be mindful if you are speaking with students during passing period, that is fine, just keep it brief.
  • Do not hold students back after class or in offices (listen for the bells)- know the advisory schedule.

PA System Still Down ~ DO NOT RELEASE BEFORE THE "BELL" RINGS

The bells are faint but they can still be heard. Release when the bell rings and if you can't hear it then release when it is the correct time. One to two minutes may not seem like a big deal, it is and much can happen when students are not supervised for this time.

If you have a sub next to you please step out and help them.

DISD CLIMATE SURVEY

We have until May 7th to complete the Climate Survey. We are shooting for 100% completion! Please take a moment and provide feedback on changes, growth, or your observations since the last Climate Survey.
Click here for our Spring ARMS Climate Survey Results.
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Let's Get to 100% Participation

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Student Learning Objective

Teachers begin to administer your SLO post assessment and upload results into SchoolNet. Please have all SLO's complete and necessary data uploaded for your appraisers review by Wednesday, May 20th.

Questions may arise. Please feel free to contact your appraiser for clarification.

Announcement: Saturday, June 6th ARMS Make Up Day

Thank you to all that voted! Saturday will be our campus
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PLEASE DON'T FORGET: ARMS Baby Celebration

The ARMS Ranger Family have had MANY new additions this year (and it seems like we will be adding more). During our next staff meeting, May 26th, we take time to celebrate all of our littlest Rangers!! Sunshine Committee will host the event and contribute to all of our newest Rangers, here and on the way!

We want to send all of our proud Ranger parents off with a basket full of baby items. Please bring in one item to Ms. Zapata. All baby items are welcome, such as (but not limited to):
  • diapers (newborns to 12 months)
  • wipes
  • baby powder
  • onesies
  • socks
  • bibs
  • blankets
  • pacifiers

Babies are a wonderful blessings!!! Rangers that have had babies this school year or are on the way, please send Ms. Zapata a picture for the slide show on May 26th.
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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.

Tech Fest 2015 @ ARMS

Click here for more information about the 2015 Where Innovation, Movement, and Technology Combine to Transform Learning.

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.

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!

5Mark 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 ( 5/4- 5/8)

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - MAY 4TH - 8TH

TESTING MEETING FOR ALL UPCOMING TEST, MONDAY, MAY 4TH, 4:30, IN LIBRARY
(Algebra I, 8th Grade STAAR Reading Retesters, ACP Performance & Non Performance)

ALGEBRA I EOC - TUESDAY, MAY 5TH

CINCO DE MAY0- TUESDAY, MAY 5TH

Teacher Appreciation Lunch - WEDNESDAY, MAY 6TH (ALL 3 LUNCHES)

2015-2016 COMMITTEE WORK SESSION,
THURSDAY, MAY 7TH, 4:30 -5:30 PM, IN LIBRARY

SATURDAY SCHOOL - MAY 9, 16, 23, 30TH



May on the Horizon


STAAR 8TH GRADE RETEST- TUESDAY, MAY 12TH

IGNITE ACADEMY RESCHEDULED - WEDNESDAY, MAY 13TH, IN 201, 4:30 - 5:30

SBDM MEETING -
THURSDAY, MAY 14TH 5:00 - 6:00 PM, IN LIBRARY

PERFORMANCE ACP'S - May 18 - 29TH


STAFF BREAKFAST - TUESDAY, MAY 19TH, SPONSORED BY 7TH GRADE

2016-2016 PLANNING COMMITTEE FOLLOW UP MEETING - TUESDAY, MAY 19TH, 4:30 - 6:00 PM, IN LIBRARY

COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL & PARENT WORKSHOP, WEDNESDAY, MAY 20TH, IN LIBRARY, 8:15 - 10:00 AM

8TH GRADE EOY FIELD DAY, THURSDAY, MAY 21ST, 10:00 - 3:30 (@ DOUBLE D RANCH)

$1 JEAN DAY, FRIDAY, MAY 22ND

FACULTY FUN FRIDAY, FRIDAY, MAY 22ND, TBA

MEMORIAL DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED, MONDAY, MAY 25TH

STAFF MEETING, TUESDAY, MAY 26TH, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY, THURSDAY, MAY 28TH, @ ARMS

8TH GRADE EOY DANCE, FRIDAY, MAY 29TH, @ CALLEJO ES, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Fun & Frolic

ARMS Good News / Smiles

ARMS University: TG2

PODs came together on Tuesday and discussed three key concepts as we look toward next year: Team, Grit, and Growth, as it pertains to students and staff. Thank you all for laying the groundwork for planning for next year.
Rangers fought hard and were tied with Hill MS, when the rain and lighting started and the game was stopped. Great work team!!!

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

A Student Steps Up

In this Kappan article, Washington State high-school teacher Patricia Beltran describes how a student’s PowerPoint presentation on Elie Wiesel’s book, Night, was interrupted by cries of “No, no, no!” from outside the classroom. Beltran guessed it was a student from a nearby class for students with significant social and emotional disabilities, and commented on the ironic juxtaposition of Wiesel’s despair during his imprisonment and the real-time despair of a young man outside their door. She added that the student was surely getting support from a caring teacher.

But the cries of “No, no, no!” continued, and after a few more minutes, one boy abruptly got up, said, “I got to see that kid,” and left the room. The despairing cries stopped and the boy returned to his seat. Beltran asked the class to think about what had just happened, and when no one responded, she asked the boy what he had done. “That kid just needed someone to hold his hand for a while to calm down,” he said. “It’s not right, it’s not right.”

“I found myself without words,” says Beltran. He was a stocky, taciturn Mexican-American student who rarely contributed in class and was having difficulty with the work. “Nothing about him obviously suggested the kind of tenderness, compassion, and bravery this action demonstrated,” she says. “He had done what Wiesel calls us to do… He didn’t turn away or assume others would do something. He got up and took action. I was content to let my colleague handle the situation next door; this student was not.”

She finally expressed her admiration for the student. After class, another student stopped and talked to him, also praising what he had done. Beltran and her special-education colleague nominated the boy for “student of the month” and called his father to tell him about the incident. As Beltran got to know the student better, he confided that his mother was in detention for an immigration violation and faced possible deportation. “The student had been dealing with his own despair since the beginning of the school year,” she says. “I had no idea… He taught me that assumptions are easy and often wrong and that a young man who appears disinterested and mildly hostile can be facing despair but still have the courage to reject it and even conquer it.”

“The Student As Teacher” by Patricia Beltran in Phi Delta Kappan, April 2015 (Vol. 96, #7, p. 80), www.kappanmagazine.org; Beltran can be reached at beltranp@bsd405.org.

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ARMS Rangers May Birthdays!

May
  • E. Barksdale, 8th
  • C. Goodwin, 10th
  • G. McDonald, 11th
  • J. Jenkins, 14th
  • J. Husband 27th
  • L. Patterson, 29th
  • P. Villegas, 31st

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

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Take a moment to think of a teacher that transformed your life, just as you transform and impact lives DAILY!

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.