Ram Nation News

Week of September 5, 2017


A middle school that cultivates scholars to be catalysts of change, life-long learners, innovators, and competitors in a global society
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Last week we had the opportunity to welcome approximately 630 scholars who came to our classrooms eager and willing to learn. I know that by the end of the week, we all felt exhausted yet excited because our students responded very well to us. Also, we know all of the hard work will provide dividends in the long run. There was evidence of...

  • creating a positive classroom and school culture
  • caring teachers and staff as we welcomed and got to know our students
  • students having fun in the learning and being a part of our school
  • students being engaged in purposeful activities
  • teachers providing quality instruction
  • determining students' areas of strength and areas of need

I hope you had a great and relaxed weekend and are now refreshed for our second week in school. We started our new beginning very strong; based on what I saw last week, I know that our students are very blessed to have a group of dedicated and enthusiastic educators as part of their educational path. Let's continue to work hard being very purposeful in the planning and execution of each lesson; also, continue to strengthen your team as you build trust as the foundation of a high effective team. By doing so, it will make a difference for you and will support our students in getting the best education possible.

I know that we are making of this year the best for our students!!!


Regular attendance is essential to providing students with opportunities to learn. It is awesome to see all of our students being on time to school and transitioning in an expedited manner from class to class. Continue to encourage our students to be present and on time on a daily basis. It really makes a huge difference when our students are present learning. We will be working with our support staff to have a bulletin board to capture the trend of attendance by grade level and we want to see who has the best attendance by month.


  • Remarkable Rams for your commitment to our scholars; your active participation during arrival, transitions, and dismissal definitely provides a safe environment for our community. We appreciate your positive attitude!!!
  • Mr. Willis for his willingness and leadership in serving as the Safety Coordinator.
  • Ms. Shelby and Ms. Calderon for working diligently in making sure our students have the correct classes and have an aligned master schedule. This makes a huge difference in the set up of the school.
  • Mr. Geiger, Ms. Rocha, Ms. Minter, and Mr. Johnson for their leadership as they serve as support for the common good of the school. They will continue to assist in various ways.
  • Mr. James and Mr. Willis for being very active in the hallways and ensuring students are in the classrooms.
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8th Grade

Our leaders in the school noticed a change in the Rusk way of doing things. Many of them had very positive things to say about our level of care and expectation. Throughout the week, I heard many comments such as, "It is different, a good different." "You all are strict, but I like it because I feel safe." Kuddos to all of the teachers and personnel who are actively moving and supporting during lunch time to ensure our students are safe and supervised. Shout out to Ms. Addison for taking the lead in communicating expectations to our kids.


  • Submit your attendance after 10-15 minutes of class. Also, make sure that you submit all of your classes even if you are showing a class with 0 students.
  • Continue to be prepared and provide high expectations for our students. Remember, consistency is key and will set up our students for success.
  • Greet students with smiles and consistent firmness
  • During transitions remember WALQ, Walk to the right, All hands, feet, and object to self, Quick pace, Low voices
  • Engage learners throughout your lessons. It will support the increase in student achievement and reduce disruptions
  • As you continue to update your bulletin boards, ensure that you have an appealing and purposeful display to reflect what is taking place in your classroom.
  • Continue to analyze students' data to begin drafting a plan to advance students and address areas of need.


Monday, September 4 -
  • NO School

Tuesday, September 5-

Wednesday, September 6-

  • Weekly PLC Meetings - We will meet in room 103. Math - Agile Minds. Reading, Science, and Social Studies - Annotating with a purpose.
  • 3:40 p.m. Expectations Assembly - 7th Grade
  • 4:40 p.m. Finalize After School List

Thursday, September 7-

  • 3:40 p.m. Expectations Assembly - 8th Grade

Friday, September 8-

  • Last day for campuses to enter enrollment counts
  • 8:00 - 5:00 Leading Effective PLCs with Paul Pambrick - Ms. Lewis, Ms. Vargas, and Ms. Guerra.
  • 4:30 - 6:00 Arlington Park Association Meeting - Cordoba

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 13

  • 4:45 - 7:00 p.m. Back-to-School Night - Dallas ISD is sponsoring a districtwide “Back-to-School Night” to welcome families to the new school year. We are inviting all students and parents to visit their schools, meet staff, learn about important activities, and discover opportunities to get involved. Teachers are asked to provide families a brief overview of students’ courses and class expectations and answer their questions about bus routes, lunch schedules, and school rules.
    Following close on the heels of the Districtwide Neighborhood Walk and Welcome Back Day, Dallas ISD’s Back to School Night is the final event in a series of outreach activities designed to create a sense of excitement about the school year. Other goals are to nurture a sense of connection between home and school, and position every student and family for a positive school experience
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Day of Discovery

In partnership with Garland Independent School District, Discovery is hosting a Day of Discovery on October 7, 2017! This is a fantastic opportunity for you to network with educators across Texas to share best practices and to learn about how Discovery Education is impacting 21st century learning!

Please find details below and REGISTER HERE!

Location: Rowlett High School (4700 President George Bush, Rowlett, TX 75088)

Date: October 7, 2017

Time: 9am-3pm (registration opens at 8:30am)

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