Leaders Leading Learners

Curriculum & Instruction Newsletter December 12, 2014


As the C&I department reflects on this semester, we are grateful for the support and accountability you have provided for teachers to design lesson plans, learn about Academic Vocabulary, and work with teachers to learn how to teach their SEs. You have shown true grit and persevered throughout the semester to ensure your students are successful.

Please note: this will be the last newsletter before the Christmas Break. The C&I Department hopes you have a Merry Christmas!

Action Items

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Core Content Area News


Friday IC PLC: Meeting Agenda & Notes


Hard Hats for Little Heads Reminder: Principals just a reminder to reserve buses on February 19 for 2nd grade Hard Hats for Little Heads 8-11 am. If you have any questions, please contact Janyce Kinley. More specific information to follow in January.

Instructional Coach Responsibilities: As a reminder ICs should be focused on coaching teachers, not tutoring students. As we get closer to STAAR testing time, ICs still should not be working with students, they need to be focused on working with teachers.


First Lady Barbara Bush's 2015 Reading Discovery Program: The Bush Library 41 in College Station, Texas is dedicated to providing free educational opportunities to students everywhere. We would like to invite you, your district teachers, and students to join us for the 2015 Reading Discovery with First Lady Barbara Bush.

Host: Bush Library 41 Distance Learning

When: Thursday, January 29 from 10 to 11:15 AM

Where: Register at http://www.connect2texas.net/bushlibrary41/ (for either the
Livestreaming or the recorded version of the program)

Event Description: Join First Lady Barbara Bush for the 2015 Reading Discovery Program.
Discovery Education’s Hall Davidson joins Mrs. Bush using Augmented Reality (AR)
to bring stories to life. Register early at http://www.connect2texas.net/bushlibrary41/ as free copies of this year’s book, Rushmore, will be sent on a first come, first served basis.

TEMI: There have been a few questions about teaching to the content of the TEMI-O screener. More specifically, patterns are no longer in the SEs for kinder but they do show up on the screener. The kindergarten TEMI-O 2.0 consists of one test, Mathematics Problem Solving (MPS), which assesses the content in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Although most of the items assess content from the kindergarten TEKS, some items are from later grade levels for advanced students. So, please encourage teachers to teach using the TNT not towards the screener.

STAAR Math Grades 5 & 8 Dates: TEA has announced that it will move the testing date for the STAAR mathematics assessments for grades 5 and 8 from March 30, 2015, to April 20, 2015. The testing dates in other subject areas will remain unchanged. The impact on 5th and 8th grade math curriculum will be addressed.

Early Childhood Winter Conference: HCDE (Harris County Department of Education) is sponsoring the 29th Annual R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Kindom Builders' Center in Houston, TX Keynote speaker: Eric Litwin "Mr. Eric"; New York Times Best selling Author and award winning muscian.

Bilingual keynote speaker: Dr. Mike Longoria

Cost: $100.00 (inludes lunch)Fall in love with singing dancing, literacy, music, math and science at the early childhood conference.Get in sync with behavior management, bilingual/ESL and more...
Please contact Schronda McKnight, Pre-K Coordinator by Jan. 9 if you plan to attend.

MOY Testing: The MOY testing begins when we return in January.

  • cPalls MOY testing window for PK: January 12 - 30
  • DRA/EDL grades K - 5: January 8 - 23
  • TPRI/Tejas LEE grades K - 2: January 20 - 30
  • TEMI grades K-2, ESTAR grades 3-4 & MSTAR grade 5: January 12 - 30 (more information will come about specific dates within the window due to when readiness standards need to be taught)


MOY Testing: The MOY testing begins when we return in January

  • ISIP for grades 6-8: January 12 - 23
  • MSTAR grades 6-8: January 12 - 30


Edgenuity: An Edgenuity representative will be at RHS, BHS, and McHarris on Monday, December 15 to conduct walkthroughs. After the walkthroughs, the representative will offer professional development suggestions for the spring semester.

Professional Development

December 16 - Administrators' Meeting, Bryan High School, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm.

January 5 - Evacuation Training for Principals and Assistant Principals from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Bryan High School Silver Campus, room 1200.

January 5 - Workday for Instructional Staff which means no staff development should be scheduled.

Bilingual/ESL News

Elementary Principals

Calendar: The week of December 15-19 is a “B” week.

All Principals/TELPAS Testing Coordinators
TELPAS Testing Campus Plan is due to Desiree by Dec. 17
2nd Six Weeks LPAC Reviews were due to Charity by Dec. 9.

Special Education News

Please come and help us celebrate Dr. Mary Barringer's retirement and contributions to Bryan ISD. We are meeting in the Board Room on Wednesday at 4:00 pm.

Curriculum & Instruction Department

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