Wm. Adams Middle School

Faculty and Staff Newsletter • February 15, 2016

Morning Duty this Week • 7:30 to 7:42

Gennie Lopez- Station 1: Outside main entrance

Vacant- Station 2: Corridor to the gym

Seferino Mendietta - Station 3: West entrance

Margaret Nygard - Station 4: 100 wing between 112 and 114 (monitor from 112 to 116)

Destiny Pena - Station 5: 200 wing between 207 and 209 (monitor from 207 to 216)

Melissa Prochazka - Station 6: Outside Library by tables

Frank Barrera - Station 7: 300 wing between 303 and 306 (monitor from 303 to 301)

Rachel Calzoncit - Station 8: 300 wing between 312 and 314 (monitor from 312 to 316)

Jessica Chavarria - Station 9: 400 wing between 404 and 406 (monitor from 406 to 401)

Oralia Eberhard- Station 10: 400 wing between 409 and 414 (monitor from 407 to 416)

Augustine Erebia- Station 11: Outside 400 wing by east entry

Kandace Fox- Station 12: Bus Stop

**If you know in advance that you will be absent, please alert administration in order to have someone monitor your station in your absence.

Shout Outs!

Thank you all for your extra efforts to ensure that our benchmark testing went smoothly. Special thanks to Margie Longoria and Destiny Pena.

Monday's Schedule

As you know, Monday is a staff development day. We will use part of that time to take care of some required training and then you will have some time of your own to work on some particular things. Below is the schedule:

8:00 - 9:30: STAAR Test training

9:45 - 11:00: Lead4ward Webinar 5 - "Leading, Learning--Taking Stock"

11:00 - 11:45: Where Do We Go From Here?

11:45 - 1:00: Lunch on your own

1:00 - 4:00: Data analysis, development of targeted intervention implementation plan, and content specific planning.


Please submit your tutoring days to Dr. Holmgreen so that parents can be informed when they inquire about tutoring. The minimum number of students in order to be paid for tutoring is 3. Please be sure to complete the proper forms.
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Let's remind students of proper behavior in common areas. As you know, their behavior has been a bit on the rowdy side lately and a gentle reminder about how to behave in the hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms is in order.

One thing that will help with hallway behavior is for teachers to be visible during passing periods. Teachers with blocked classes, please do what you can to help. If you can help by standing in your doorway enough so that you can monitor students in your classroom and still be seen by those in the hallways, we will see a change in student behavior during passing period.

Your help is appreciated!

Testing Procedures!

As we discussed at our faculty meeting last Wednesday, there are many reasons we administer benchmark assessments. Along with wanting to determine where are students are academically in these tested areas, we also have the opportunity to treat these as "real tests." It is imperative that we all take these and every assessment seriously. We must do the following with every STAAR assessment:

1. ACTIVELY monitor - in the testing rooms and in the hallways. Test administrators and hall monitors must not be on their phones, on iPads, on computers, reading anything, etc. The only thing they can do is watch students. It is about as exciting as watching paint dry, but with teaching certifications on the line, we must ensure that test integrity is maintained.

2. NO CELL PHONES in the testing rooms or in the testing areas. Encourage your students to leave their phones at home on testing days. All cell phones must be powered off and handed over to the test administrator during testing. They are not to be returned until just before students are dismissed at the conclusion of the test.

3. MAINTAIN PROPER TESTING ENVIRONMENT which means keeping students seated and quiet during testing, especially if all students have not finished testing.

4. REMEMBER THAT NOT ALL TESTS allow dictionaries, calculators and other such items. Additionally, some students may have specific accommodations.

Hi Yield Strategies - The Challenge is On!

Choose 1 or 2 high- yield strategies to implement this week. Email Dr. Holmgreen to let her know how it went in class on the days you used them. Did it make a difference? Teachers who email Dr. Holmgreen will have their names entered into a drawing at the end of the week. Send her photos of students using the strategies!
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