LVHS Staff Newsletter
Excellence in Everything.
Monday, September 22, 2014
New Sub coordinator!
Progress Report Dates
October 3 - End of Six Weeks; Lose Eligibility October 10
October 17 - End of Nine Weeks; Regain/Lose Eligibility October 24
November 7 - End of Three Weeks; Regain Eligibility November 14
November 25 - End of Six Weeks; Regain Eligibility December 2
December 19 - End of Semester; Regain/Lose Eligibility January 13
January 23 - End of Three Weeks; Regain Eligibility January 30
February 13 - End of Six Weeks; Regain Eligibility February 20
March 13 - End of Nine Weeks; Regain/Lose Eligibility March 30
April 10 - End of Three Weeks; Regain Eligibility April 17
May 1 - End of Six Weeks - Regain Eligibility May 8May 29 - End of Semester
Speaking of grades...IT IS SUPER IMPORTANT THAT A STUDENT'S GRADE IN YOUR CLASS IS A REFLECTION OF THEIR MASTERY OF THE COURSE'S CONTENT. Be sure what they are earning in your class shows the level of work and understanding of the content.
Early Release for Staff Development on October 8!
Session 1: Games Be Gone - Engaging your students using the iPad - Randy Mathisen - MAC
Session 2: Turning up the heat - how to make your lesson full of HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) - Suzy Lofton in Brandon Grant's Room
Session 3: Let's Give Them Something to Talk About (Purposeful Talk) - Eric Holt in Brad Kassell's Room
Session 4: The Frame Game - How Framing the Lesson Increases Student Performance in Your Classroom - Heather Stoner in Diane Bode's Room
You need to email me your choices by Friday, October 3. After that time, I will assign you. Thanks!
Curriculum Night is Wednesday!
6:00 - 6:30 – Ice cream social (toppings provided by Social Studies department)
6:30 – 6:45 – Message from principal and Randy – Parent Portal, Canvas – MAC
6:45 – 7:30 – Students bring iPad and roam at-will, realizing that signatures = opportunities for their teacher to get a gift card!
Rooms should have –
1. Slide show or video playing in the background of what’s been going on in classroom.
2. Students and parents will come in, starting at 6:45-ish. They will have a chance to meet the teacher, look at what they’ve been doing in class, ask questions, and set up conference if more time is needed to talk.
PSAT - Don't Forget!!
Tardy Policy - important to read!
tardy bell - 15 minutes into class: tardy
16 minutes after tardy bell - dismissal bell: absent
There have been rumors or perhaps factual accounts of this rule being 20 minutes, but we all need to be on the same page and it's up to 15 minutes, tardy and over 15 absent.
Also, COUNT STUDENTS TARDY. If you don't give them a reason to be on time, many of them will not.
START CLASS WITH A MEANINGFUL, NOT TEACHER-DIRECTED ASSIGNMENT. If you don't give them a reason to be on time...yada, yada, yada. But, it also gives you some time to take attendance and take up homework and do other class management-things (and it's Harry Wong-endorsed, so it must be a good idea).
Pep Rally Schedule:
10/3 open week
10/10 @ Florence - Country pep rally
10/17 vs. Rockdale - Pink out/Circus pep rally
10/24 @ Cameron - Rock & Roll pep rally
10/31 @ Academy - Halloween pep rally
11/7 vs. Troy - Super Hero pep rally
All pep rallies at 9:00 am in the gym.
Don't Forget that your compliance videos are due by October 14!
Character Ed Talks - mark your calendar!
8:45-9:30, Tuesday, September 31 - Grade 10
8:45-9:30, Wednesday, October 1 - Grade 11
2:10-2:55, Wednesday, October 1 - Grade 9
8:45-9:30, Thursday, October 2 - Grade 12
Please feel free to join us so you can hear the message! It's good stuff!
CIP - Where do we go from here?
You also were to start looking at the data.
The next meeting, you will answer all the questions on your comprehensive needs assessment.
Then, you will review the need for each of the existing strategies...are they appropriate? Do they address the needs you discovered when you completed the needs assessment?
So, you will come up with a new and improved plan and a member of your team will present it to the Campus Education Improvement Committee. From there, the CEIC will make recommendations on which of the strategies deserve priority (because there is only so much time and money to go around).
And next year, we follow the same process. Continuous School Improvement...it's what's for dinner!
Referrals? Just in case you need it!
How to write some one a discipline referral...in six easy steps!!
1) Log onto Eduphoria...if you need help with this step, let us know!
2) Select "Formspace"
3) On the bottom left, select "Submit New Form"
4) Select "General Forms"
5) Select LVHS Discipline Form
6) Fill out the form and hit "Submit"!
Please let me know if you have any questions or problems.
On this Month's Calendar:
Saturday, September 20: Cross Country at Ricardo Romo Classic and SOTX Central TX Area Aquatics Competition
Tuesday, September 23: Volleyball at Comfort
Wednesday, September 24: LVHS Curriculum Night (open house)
Tuesday, September 30, Wednesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 2 - Character Talks during athletics (see schedule above)
Wednesday, October 15: PSAT Administration, grades 9-11