October 9, 2015
2nd Six Weeks
However, I think that week should primarily be used for data. I am telling kids that we have chosen certain tests for Thursday and Friday, and that they may be taking other data tests in their classrooms. This is to not minimize or maximize the importance of any area or test. I don't discuss those things because they need to pass every test and give their highest effort on every test. We don't talk about what you have to pass or fail to get to the next grade.
If I taught a core subject, but wasn't tested, I would use Tuesday and Wednesday of that week to give them a mini-STAAR. This is entirely up to you. Any elective that wants to use some of that time for testing, feel free. I want to reiterate that these tests are not for grades but for data. Our kids being at 40% right now might be exceptional - but it will not look like it as a grade. If it were me, I would give participation grades for taking these tests. As we spend time gathering data to drive our instruction, we don't want it to feel like we are punishing kids. These grades, as well as STAAR, are not on a 0-100 scale, so we will not make a practice of treating these attempts as if they are on that scale.
Weekly McNeely Pic
She hates when I take pics, so I will be taking them more frequently.
Best theme week I can remember - kids are actually trying hard to follow the theme and not just wear tights/pajamas.
“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” - Winston Churchill
Tuesday: "Heroes" Day, 7th Football vs. Wills Point
Thursday: "Nerds Day".....Melton @ Region 10
Friday: Black & Gold Day
We Don't Need Another Hero......
Despite not signing up for Hero, if you look for this child, you are likely to find her very near me....after each period....at lunch...bus duty....pep rallies...book fair....every.....single....day. Sometimes we get adopted - rather than the other way around.
Recommended nicknames were: Red Death, The Curly Haired Killer, and The "Ginger"Dead Man.....I guess pick your favorite.
Neely, Chamber, Whites
Our entire faculty is always smiling at the Pep Rallies....If I were a parent, I'd be proud to have my kid go here.
We Don't Need Another Hero......
Tammy Jones, Mr. Guerrero, Ms. Wren: for surviving "Full Contact Thursday" in the Life Skills room....I may have to stop sending out the boxing videos.....That was like "Thrilla" in Room 133.
Big night for our 8th grade boys as they defeated the Crandillians. Billy Pullen can throw a football 40 yds in the air from his back foot.
The girls were down 8-18 last night in the second game before Shaw got the ball and served it out....Some of the girls changed into their cheer uniforms and nearly beat me and Miller to the football stadium. Great win over Ferris.
Eastep and HERO Night
Gavin brought his kids to watch his HERO student. She was proud all night!
October 20th: Black Out Day
October 22nd: Pink Out Day/First Data Day/Carnival Afternoon, etc.
October 23rd: Black and Gold Day/Day 2 Data Day/ Afternoon of Rest
$5 for teachers to wear jeans the entire to go toward our Pink Out fundraiser.
Germany began to parade Schmeling around as proof that Germans were superior. This fight had a ton of political ramifications and came about a year before Hitler invaded Poland.....77 years ago. Louis and Schmeling would later become great friends and Schmeling spoke out against Nazism. Joe Louis became an American legend. This is the antithesis of the "Thrilla" fight - very, very short.