Ram Nation News

Week of December 11, 2017


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Every year our students and teachers go through a rather stressful time of testing at the end of each semester. Whether we talk about ACPs or state assessments, this can be a stressful time. At this time of the year, students should have mastered the skills they need to show significant progress from the time of entry.

Our teachers have not just taught straight from the book. Throughout this semester, our teachers have engaged in backwards planning, creating and using exemplars, aggressively monitoring, and Data Driven Instruction meetings among others. We no longer use the “Teach, Test, and Hope for the Best” approach. We have been analyzing data, identifying weaknesses and specific groups of students, to redesign instruction. Teachers have been using best instructional practices. We started student interventions early in the semester and our students continue to participate in tutoring sessions. Students have been encouraged by teachers and administrators to work hard and aim high. Let's continue to MOTIVATE our students to do their very best so that they would not miss the opportunity to be and feel successful.

With only one 4 days of instruction left before ACPs, I am sure you agree with me that there is not a single minute to waste. Let's be very intentional in the type of work and tasks that we are putting in front of our students. As you know, there are things that students must know and other things that are nice to know; therefore, have a laser-focus on the learning that is critical for each grade level and focus on the must know.

Let’s continue to give our students that last push for excellence and relevant learning. Let’s incorporate engagement strategies to motivate students. Games such as, Jeopardy, use and reference to study guides, stations, and Quizlet are a few examples of engaging activities while reviewing. As we review for ACPs, continue to make sure that you are addressing, What students are learning, Why it is important, What mastery looks like, and How to connect it to prior knowledge and their own lives.

ACPs results will not only measure our school’s progress from last year’s fall ACP, which should be tremendous; it will also provide feedback as to whether all that we have implemented has been effective. I want to thank all of you for not slowing down in our efforts to make our vision come true, I know that we are going #AlltheWayUp


Winter Dance

One of our core values is "Inspiring Relationships." As we continue to foster a great climate and culture, our staff members built positive relationships with our students as they supported, chaperoned, and danced during the dance. Shout out to Mrs. Buchannon, Mr. Willis, Ms. Turnbull, Ms. Calderon, Ms. Guerra, Mrs. Woods, Ms. Villalobos, Mr. Carballo, Ms. Michael, Ms. Cooray, Ms. Jones, Ms. Addison, and Ms. Trent.

Mayor's Race

What a great community event!!! The morning was very cold; however, as the day went on, Mr. Sun warmed us up. Our staff and students had a lot of fun!!! Shout out to Ms. Addison, Ms. Woods, Ms. Martin, and Ms. Trent for their leadership and support during this event.

University Interscholastic League - UIL

It is exciting to see that our students were eager to participate and compete in the UIL academic competition. Our students and coaches had a great time as they represented Rusk MS very well. Results are forthcoming. Thank you so much to Ms. Cooray, Mrs. Buchannon, Ms. Iberosi, Mr. Harris, Mrs. Rocha, Ms. Ingram, Ms. Molla, and Ms. Carroll for their support, coaching, and mentoring.
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District 3 Champions!!!

Congratulations to our girls soccer team on their championship. Under Coach Crawford's leadership, the Lady Rams finished off their 6-1 season last week by beating Medrano 8-0. Our girls will play in the city championship on January 13th. We are very proud of the work done by the team.


Monday, December 11-
  • Have you completed your technology inventory? Anybody with technology assigned in office, classroom, laptop, or any other device must complete. Please, see more details below
  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 6th Grade (Math, SS, Science), and 7th / 8th Grade RLA
  • 4:40 Planning time with team. Continue working on your 4th six weeks instructional planning calendars. Refer to the Planning Expectations to ensure your IPC has the components to reach proficiency.

Tuesday, December 12-

  • Last day to RSVP for Christmas Party; see Ms. Miranda.
  • Weekly PLC - Testing Meeting room 103.
  • 4:25 p.m - After School Continues. Last day for tutoring for the semester

Wednesday, December 13-

  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 7th Grade (Math, SS, Science), and 6th Grade RLA
  • 6:00 - 7:00 Winter Program - Band and Cheerleaders

Thursday, December 14 -

  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 8th Grade (Math, SS, Science), and 7th / 8th Grade RLA
  • While Lesson Plans for the 1st week of the 4th six weeks is not due until December 21st, it is imperative that we continue to work on them now so that you may stay ahead.
  • 6:00 p.m. Basketball Game
  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Christmas Party at Big Al's BBQ. See invitation sent by Ms. Miranda.

Friday, December 15 -

  • ACP Begins - Follow the plan and expectations shared by Ms. Woods. Testing 1st and 6th Period

Upcoming Events

ACP Testing Dates

  • December 18th is a full day. 2nd and 7th period
  • December 19th – 21st - half days. Students will be released at 12:35.
  • December 19 - 3rd and 8th period
  • December 20- 4th and 9th period
  • December 21- 5th and 10th period

We will have work time next week during our early release to complete

  • IPCs
  • Create common DOLs for first 2-3 weeks of 4th six weeks
  • Create exemplars for common DOLs
  • Complete exemplar for 4th six weeks Common Assessment - Subjects that are available.
  • Lesson Plans

Cold Weather Guidelines


December 13 - Ms. Galvan and Ms. Wilson

December 15 - Mr. Campbell

December 24 - Ms. Davis

December 28 - Mr. Harris

December 29 - Mr. Jonhson