Wm. Adams Middle School

Faculty Newsletter • October 5, 2015

Very Brief Faculty Meeting Tuesday, October 6 - Everyone must attend!

Morning Duty - October 5 through October 9

Please be at your duty stations by 7:30 each morning. Thank you!

Jackie Ruiz - Station 1: Outside main entrance

Megan Tiner - Station 2: Corridor to the gym

Jayme Elder-Torres - Station 3: West entrance

Karen Vickers - Station 4: 100 wing between 112 and 114

Rebecca Wymore - Station 5: 200 wing between 207 and 209

Margaret Ysassi - Station 6: Outside Library by tables

Carmela Martinez - Station 7: 300 wing between 303 and 306

Melinda Mejia - Station 8: 300 wing between 312 and 314

Luis Mireles - Station 9: 400 wing between 404 and 406

Patricia Mejia - Station 10: 400 wing between 409 and 414

Aurelia O'Neil- Station 11: Outside 400 wing by east entry

Ludy Resendez- Station 12: Bus Stop

Important information regarding STAAR assessments:

Pop In for Grades - Thursday, October

This Thursday, October, 8th, we will have our first Report Card night from 5:00-6:30. Students and parents will report to the students' 2nd period class to receive their report card. As with Meet the Teachers, it is not a time to conference with parents. If they wish to discuss their child's grades, please have them schedule a conference.
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Have You Joined PTA?

If you have not joined our PTA, please consider doing so. A membership is only $6.00 which is money well spent.

Looking for Homework Activities that are Fun as Well as Purposeful?

Have you considered using games as learning activities? While word searches, in their typical format, can help students remember specific vocabulary, they could be more beneficial is students have to determine the word they are searching for from the clues provided.

For example, the clue for one word might be something like the following:
Texas mission famous for the battle fought there by Texians such as Davy Crocket and Jim Bowie and the Mexican army led by Santa Anna ____________.

Students would search for the "Alamo."

Remember, all assignments should be purposeful.

Olweus Anti-Bullying Program

Just a reminder: Wednesdays have been designated for the Olweus Anti-Bullying lessons. Our Olweus committee will be sending you information throughout the year. These lessons are especially important given the discipline incidences the administrative team has had to address this six weeks. Let's work together to change the attitudes of our students to that of tolerance and civility. Your efforts in this endeavor are truly appreciated.

Fall Benchmark Testing

Benchmark testing is just around the corner. You will be provided with the tests and the answer documents will be printed for you. These will be set up as actual STAAR assessments where student rosters will be created and rooms assigned.

Monday, October 12: Reading-grades 7 and 8
Tuesday, October 13: Math and Algebra I-grades 7 and 8
Wednesday, October 14: Social Studies-grades 7 and 8
Thursday, October 15: Writing-grades 7 and 8
Tuesday, October 20: Science-grades 7 and 8

IMPORTANT! The exams will last for 4 hours. We will develop a schedule for the afternoon so that you will be able to meet with your morning groups on some afternoons and not lose instructional time with them. For example, one afternoon you may see your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th period classes and another afternoon you will have 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th period classes. Watch your email for this schedule.
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Remember Your Marigolds!

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