Mustang Minutes

Nurture. Collaborate. Own

Scarborough's Summary

Please remember to be mindful of how you will assess students to monitor their mastery of the standards. Work collaboratively to plan assessments for students. Have an awesome weekend!

Kudos Korner from the Admin Team

Kudos this week to all staff and students for a great Tornado Drill!

Mrs. Smith saw some great teaching and learning in Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Duncan's room. Thank you to Mrs. Friedel for her leadership!

Ms. Calcano saw a great lesson in Ms. Hallick's room. She also saw rigor in Ms. Berry and Ms. D. Martin rooms!

Mrs. Kellum saw great classroom management in Mrs. Fleetwood's room during her observation.

Media Center News

Black History Month

The media center staff has pulled books from the "everybody" section related to Black History Month. Many of these books have great stories with black main characters, but they are often overlooked by the kids because the covers lack an "oooh, ahhh" factor. Please encourage your students to try some of these books or share them as a read aloud with your whole class. Many students just don't know what they are missing unless, we, the teachers give them a little push.

My two personal favorites from the group are The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is based on the real life story of the author. William is an African boy, not an American, but he is black and good example of a young, black boy demonstrating ingenuity and scientific thinking. I also like that the story shows that black people have stories and experiences that encompass more than the civil rights movement. Additionally, the book supports the science standard of " the importance of curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in the science and exhibit these traits in efforts to understand how the world works” and "knowledge of scientific processes and inquiry methods"

Chicken Sunday is a great book about an ordinary American black family with extraordinary matriarch. She teaches her grandchildren and their white friend how to overcome a suspicious old man’s fears and in turn, help build a sense of community among all the people in the neighborhood.

Please take a look at these and the others that are on display.

Counselors' Corner

Remind your class about February Madness !!!!

Dental Health Fair will be Feb. 23rd for 2nd &4th grades

Career On Wheels will be March 29th

Custodian Closet

For all spills call the office to alert the custodian to prevent stains

Every carpet snag or unravel needs to be trimmed to prevent further damage to the carpet.

Bathroom monitoring is needed - graffiti has become an issue especially in the boys nearest the cafeteria

Remember to stack classroom chairs at the end of the school day.

Upset over your baseboard falling off your classrooms wall, please email Pat so a work order can be created.

Applause to 4th and 5th, your students are so quite in the cafeteria. Way to go!!!!

Remember to put out your breakfast trash we don't like the pest it attracts or the odors!

Yahoo I have hired another staff member starting Monday!

Technology Tips

Beginning on 2/8 from 7:30-8:10 I will be calling for your ESOL, EIP, & Resource students to complete surveys (grades 3-5) for the teachers that serve your class.

Students should report to Lab B, the Tech Specials Lab.

This process will occur over several days. Your students may not be called on Monday. I appreciate your patience and flexibility.

Please do not send Non English speakers. There won't be anyone to translate for them.

2/8 Classworks training and 2/11 Safari Training to Upcoming events

Coaches' corner

As students engage in independent learning, the teacher's role is to notice ongoing performance and provide feedback. Feedback is what allows students to calibrate the gap between their current state and where they want to be.

- Better Learning Through Structured teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility 2nd Ed.

Feedback can be in the form of conferences, rubrics, notes in students journals, etc.

Ms. Cailor and Ms. Ruhl are doing some great teaching with their students!

Parent Connection

You can begin requesting translators for conferences on Wednesday February 10, 2016.

We had a total of 304 participants during our 2 Title I Family Nights!

150 signed on January 27th and

154 signed on January 28th

Calendar of Events

2/11 Mr. Hunter Visit

2/12- Literacy lunch n learn (drop in)

2/15- Teacher Planning Day- agenda will be sent

2/17- State visit/review- except guests to come through your room

2/19- Black History Month assembly- times are TBA

2/23- Principal Cluster meeting

2/24-25- Early Release

2/29- RLT with Dr. Walker 3-4 in the PL room

RES Birthdays


2/5 Marsha Duval

2/9 Evelyn Davila

2/14 Vikki Ganger

2/16 Kathryn Crownover

2/19 Cheryl Whitfield

2/20 Bethany Ammons

2/22 Sarah Folsom

2/23 Kenzie Bentz

2/24 TV Smith

2/26 Sheri Brown

2/27 Donnica Martin