THE STALLION STAR

January 10, 2016

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IN THE NEWS...

DIFFERENTIATION

We are still looking for one or two teacher leaders who would be interested in joining our team and pulling our staff ideas from January 4th into a differentiation vision for our campus. If you would be interested in being a part of our writing team for drafting our vision, please send an email to Rachel and Mike. It would be duly noted as a leadership initiative.


LET THE GAMES (OR TUTORING) BEGIN!

Don't waste tutoring time -- Ask your students first thing in the morning if they remembered about tutoring and make calls earlier than later... make sure your students and parents are aware of who is staying and how they get home.


Tutoring/Siblings

Be a step ahead and send any information you find out in an email to Taressa: find out if the students you have asked to tutoring have siblings that will be waiting in the library OR ask your students if they stay to wait on a sibling, relative or friend who is tutoring. If so, remind them/let them know that they will connect with them on the front porch at 4:00. Email the names of kids to expect in the library to Taressa.


Also, if you have one of these siblings in your class, please keep them with you through dismissal at 3:15. Sarah (always) and Taressa (sometimes) have after school dismissal and sometimes cannot be back to the library at 3:00. Thank you so much for your help with this. We do not want students arriving unattended before 3:15.


LESSON AND SMALL GROUP/TUTORING PLANS

Reminder that weekly lesson plans are to be posted by Thursday and finalized no later than Friday.


Small group and tutoring plans are expected to be intentional and expected to address the TEKS found needing reinforcement in our most recent data. Please have small group and tutoring lesson plans clearly delineated in your weekly lesson plans and include the TEKS that your plans will be addressing, along with the STUDENTS/STUDENT GROUPS (names) being included. Central personnel will review select lesson plans each week, therefore it will be essential that plans are clear, concise and posted on time.


PLEASE COMMUNICATE if you run into any conflicts to post your weekly plans on time so we are informed!


GLIMs

The focus this week will be discussing recent or upcoming formative assessments that you use/will use to check for understanding on your re-teach. We also would like to see 1-2 specific stem questions (STAR-like questions) that you not just have students work on, but that you walk students through the analysis of the question.


LATE PICK-UP STUDENTS AFTER SCHOOL

We have several teachers who are dropping off students in the office without 1.) signing them in the Late Pick Up Binder, 2.) not calling the parent and then 3.) not listing the status of the parent phone all. Please be considerate for the staff who stays with kids who are picked up late by at least doing these three things above.


A couple extra notes that would be helpful:

1. If in the early minutes (during the flood of chaos), a parent happens to show up and the student was already signed into the book, please write that the parent showed up plus write the time the student was picked up. This will eliminate us looking for students who were signed in but are no longer in the office. Yes, we do notice and look for them.

2. Also... if a parent is unable to be reached or a voice mail is left with the parent, please LEAVE THE CONTACT NUMBER in the status space of the sign-in. This will expedite us following up with checking on the parent later - especially if and when it gets late.

3. Please make sure the time students are picked up is written in the sign in binder and parents should sign students out, especially after 3:15 -- this helps us address repeat offenders. We can and do address the frequent late pickups however we need documentation!


PLEASE HELPS US IMPROVE THE LATE PICK-UP PROCEDURES. If we are unable to improve the process, we will need to revise our procedures which would mean having after-school office duty times added for teachers.


RE-ESTABLISH PROCEDURES AND EXPECTATIONS - FOR STUDENTS & STAFF

As we officially respond to the data from the MOY tests and start moving into testing season, we MUST get our students back on the right track and mindset -- and that starts off with us remembering our expectations. For a strong percentage of our kids, WE are the BEST role models.


PROCEDURES & EXPECTATIONS - Please review/refine your classroom procedures with your class. Review expectations and your discipline policy.


COMMUNITY BUILDING - This is a KEY TIME to start the semester off with a strong team building activity. Please connect with your kids!! Relationships lead to SUCCESS!! Kids don't perform for teachers they think don't care about them!


DUTIES --

Morning duties -- begin at 7:20 AM

Reporting in the morning -- 7:45 AM

Start of School duty - hallway and doorway duty for ALL staff -- 7:50 AM


As stated on page 17 in our staff handbook, "When you have a special duty – morning, dismissal, recess, etc. – make sure you are on time and that you stay until your duty is completed. If you are late to your scheduled duty time, especially in the morning, you are considered late for work and students will be considered left unsupervised OR under-supervised. If you are going to be absent or out of the building during your schedule duty, you are responsible for arranging someone else to cover your area. Violations to these expectations are subject to professional memos added to your file.


DRESS -- We will be having more district personnel supporting staff on our campus in response to the recent data, so it is of utmost importance for us to get back on track with our dress policy. Jeans may be worn on Mondays with a college shirt and on Fridays with an ACE spirit shirt, as well as when a Jeans Pass has been SUBMITTED to Carlene or Rachel. When using a jeans pass, please make sure your shirt or blouse is polished (no t-shirts or sweatshirts). Uniform day will continue on Wednesdays. Ladies -- please note that LEGGINGS are NOT pants. They should not be worn with regular shirts or blouses. Leggings may be worn with long blouses or dresses that are at the appropriate length for professional dresses. This is our WORK place - dress respectfully and remember your students are watching.


DISMISSAL PROCEDURES - Before break, we received a lot of feedback from STAFF AND STUDENTS that our dismissal procedures, especially in the hallways, got too lax and generally too dangerous. Please review and refine your procedures with your students. Please do not SEND students into the hallways or SEND students down the hallways without proper supervision. Any incidents that occur during dismissal time will be investigated, starting with if proper supervision was provided.


ATTENDANCE

Attendance must be taken by 9:30!! For those departments that have afternoon classes, the deadline to take attendance is 1:00PM!!


ISTATION AND ISIP

It's officially the MOY (Middle of the Year), so ISIP will progress monitor the students when they access IStation first this month, so keep this in mind when your students get back up. At least 30 min uninterrupted time is best.


SOCCER ANYONE?

There is a district soccer league that is open and free for 2nd & 3rd grade students. A few buildings have teams organized and depending on participation, games would begin mid-end of February. If you would be interested in sponsoring a team for Audelia Creek, please let Rachel know, and she can send you the information. The sponsorship can also be a shared role.


OFFICE REFERRALS

Please check your records. There are a handful of students who have been referred to the office 3+ times with no Student Concerns Committee meeting scheduled. Teachers are responsible for initiating the process, and this applies to special area teachers as well. SCC forms can be found in the office or from the counselor.


As stated in our staff handbook (page 14):

After three office referrals in a four week period, the student is referred to a Student Concerns Committee (SCC) meeting to make a plan for success. The teacher should complete an SCC slip from the office and submit to the counselor who will make arrangements for the meeting.

Student Concern Committee (SCC): When a student earns his/her third office referral for behavioral issues, a Student Concern Committee meeting is held. This meeting includes the parent, student, teacher, counselor, administrator, and possibly the liaison. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss student behavioral concerns, review current behavior plans, and set new goals, expectations, and timelines. At times, an individual student behavior plan will be developed with goals to improve behavior and an alternative plan for disciplinary action if the behavior persists.


SUBMISSIONS TO THE STALLION STAR

Anyone is welcome to submit entries to our weekly staff newsletter. Please email any submission requests to Carlene by the Thursday before publishing.

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WHAT DOES DIFFERENTIATION MEAN TO YOU??

* Presenting the curriculum in as many ways as possible to make certain that my students succeed. -Paul Melcher


* Differentiation means making sure that my teaching has components to reach every level of learners and giving the accommodations needed for each child. - Dana Jacob


* I believe differentiation is creating, delivering, and managing lessons with the goal being that all students will be learning and challenged at their specific levels. This requires strategic planning and scaffolding lessons with in depth knowledge of the TEKS. - Carlla Holt

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AESOP IS LIVE FOR SUBBING NEEDS!

Don't forget that Subcast/Subfinder is no longer active! For any substitute needs, you must utilize the AESOP system online. The AESOP login is found below. If you have any questions or issues, please see Carlene.


Remember, being proactive is key -- this is cold and flu season, thus if you think there is a chance you will not be at work the next day, submit your sub request as soon as possible to increase your chances of it being filled. Also, please remember that personal days should be requested and approved by an administrator at least 5 days ahead. When requesting a personal day, you MUST have a sub lined up. Carlene has a list of frequent approved subs that have worked well in our ACE setting. Administration has the right to not approve personal days in the best interest of our school.

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KUDOS GOES TO!

* THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING PEEPS WHO WERE CAUGHT DOING THEIR MORNING (7:20) and/or HALLWAY (7:50) DUTY! -- Lynn Brown, Norma Newman, Jessica Gowdy, Elsa Williams, Donna Williams, Coach Rowe, Claudia Wontor, Fourth Grade Team, Fifth Grade Team, Martha Rivera, Luisa Benavides, Marie Reed, Deby Hill, Sherri Harris.
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SOUL FOOD COOK-OFF!

Friday, Feb. 5th, 10:30am-12:30pm

12600 Audelia Road

Dallas, TX

ACE Family,

The Climate Committee is exited to invite you to our annual Soul Food Cook Off!!!!

The early sign up sheet is available on the counter by the mail boxes..

The choices are: appetizers, side dishes; main dish; desserts.

Please participate! Here at ACE, we love to share our favorite recipes with teachers, staff, and guests from Central Administration. Our guests will be judges and prizes will be given for each category. No pressure!!!


If cooking is not your cup of tea, you can also purchase special/ favorite dish your family loves.

If this is not an option either and you want to attend, we are collecting $5 from those of you who will not cook in order to purchase plates, cups, napkins, drinks, and prizes.

Would love to see as many of you participating as possible. Happy cooking!

DUTY TIME

January 11-15

E.Williams - Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to breakfast at 7:50-Give stop sign to last student.)

A.Williams - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50

Wimberly - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50


Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line

Tribble - Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Jacob - Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Huey - Expedite Food Line


Afternoon Duty: Sebastian (cones- stand by front cones @ 2:45 to let daycare buses and vans through); Gandy and Woodruff (daycare)


January 18-22

Reed - Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to breakfast at 7:50-Give stop sign to last student.)

Holt - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50

Gandy - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50


Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line

Newman - Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Blanton - Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Anderson- Expedite Food Line


Afternoon Duty: Gandy (cones- stand by front cones @ 2:45 to let daycare buses and vans through); Evangelista & Anderson (daycare)

UPCOMING DATES:

  • January 11 - Tutoring resumes
  • January 14 - GLIMS & STAFF MEETING
  • January 18 - MLK DAY - No Students/No Staff
  • January 21 - GLIMS
  • January 26 -- 4th grade SIM (Writing)
  • January 28 - GLIMS/STAFF MEETING
  • February 2 -- 5th grade SIM (Math)
  • February 5 - SOUL FOOD COOK OFF
  • February 3 -- 5th grade SIM (Reading)
  • February 15 -- Staff Development Day - No Students
  • February 15 -- TELPAS Writing Collection begins