Marcus Mustangs Newsletter

November 16, 2015



  • 11/16 Staff Meeting canceled
  • 11/16 Report cards issued
  • 11/16 Science Fair Projects are due
  • 11/16-20 Book Fair
  • 11/19 Family Math and Science Night

Extended Planning for Vertical Alignment

  • 11/20 Kinder-1st grade
  • 11/23 2nd-3rd gd
  • 11/24 4th-5th grade
  • 11/24 Turkey Trot (Flex Friday Specials Schedule)
  • 11/25-27 Gobble!!! Gobble!!! Thanksgiving Holiday

Science Fair Projects

Reminder Science Fair projects are due Monday, November 16th and judging takes place 11/16-18.

Team leaders please coordinate the following:

  • K-2 will judge each others class projects and select a first, second, and third place winner from the grade level.
  • Grades 3-5 will judge each others individual class projects (not your own students) and from each class select a first, second and third place winner.
  • Notify Ms. Rose of all winning projects so that she may provide you with ribbons and certificates for those who participated in the Science Fair. All winning projects will be sent to the coaches office, please make sure they have a name, class section, and name of teacher.
  • The winning projects will be on display November 19th during our Family Math and Science Night.

November 16-18...Book Fair

This week there will be a cornucopia of books at the library. Students will have an opportunity to view and shop books that pique their interest. Instill the love of reading and the importance of daily reading in your class. Speak with your students about the rules of shopping and perusing during your assigned times at the library. Set the expectations before stepping into the library to minimize any embarrassing incident that may occur during a book fair. If you have any questions see Ms. Sheridan, she has emailed a schedule with assigned times.

A closer look into 1.5 Develops standards-based unit and lesson plans

1.5 Develops standards based unit and lesson plans

Unit objectives most of the time:

Align to end of year expectations and interim goals that will be mastered in each unit

Align summative assessments to end of unit expectations

Allocate appropriate amount of instructional time based on knowledge of student performance levels and goals

Align to prior and next grade level and/or same subject area taught by different teacher to ensure appropriate progression of rigor and concepts across grades and subjects

Lesson plans usually:

Identify lesson objectives that are measureable and scaffold toward formative assessments

Include instructional strategies that give students multiple opportunities to engage in appropriate level of rigor required by objectives and formative assessments

Align learning experiences with instructional outcomes and differentiate to ensure appropriateness for all learners

Thank you for all you shines through!

  • Thank you Specials team for your dedication to the school and community. The fourth grade PTA performance was Wonderful!!! We appreciate all you do!!!
  • Thank you Ms. Camarillo, as a teacher assistant, you have demonstrated dedication to the campus by going above and beyond for the fourth grade students, your attendance at the PTA performance was much appreciated and noticed :)
  • Thank you Ms. Gray and Ms. Morales, the Student Recognition Assembly was a success!!!


  • The winners for the extended lunch are: Kinder, First, Third, and the Specials team...we will plan for extended lunches and a movie for your grade level to happen on Dec 16-18 (more info to follow)

The importance of Student Recognition

This week students were recognized during a brief assembly for:

  • Perfect Attendance
  • A Honor Roll
  • A/B Honor Roll

When students are given nothing but negative feedback, they will feel beaten down and will lack any desire to put forth effort in the classroom. They know their efforts will only be met with criticism, so why even bother trying?

But when students are given positive feedback and are rewarded for a job well done, it’s only natural for them to continue to work hard and do their very best. Even the slightest positive student recognition does wonders for the child’s morale and enthusiasm about school work and their outlook on school, in general. Lets continue recognizing and motivating our students to put forth 100% of their effort.

Some ideas for recognition:

  • Make your mark wall
  • Lunch with the teacher of his/her choice (we can even do lunch with principal every six weeks)
  • Positive notes/phone calls home to the parents (a phone call works especially well because phone calls home are almost always associated with bad behavior or poor grades)
  • Line Leader
  • Lead the Pledge of Alliance over the Intercom
  • Stickers
  • Announcement of achievement in the newsletter that goes home to the parents
  • Class party
  • Class-wide recess extension
  • Office errand person
  • Achievement board in the classroom or hallway with weekly or monthly student recognition
  • Popsicle Day


Perfect Attendance Spells Success, recognizing student perfect attendance

Ms. Chacin KD, Ms. Carpener 1A, Mr. Torress 1B, Mr. Ruiz 1E, Ms. Verma 1G, Ms. Cruz 2B, Ms. Pavon 2D, Mr. Rangel 2F, Ms.DeFilipo 3A, Ms. Garza 3B, Ms. Norton 4B, Mr. Roddriguez 4C, Ms. Lagos 4D, Ms. Ellie 4E, Ms. Aguinaga 5C.

Thank you teachers, they are here because of you :)

Lets have a little fun this week and partake in any of the events taking place :)

National Game and Puzzle Week

Monday-Word Search

Tuesday-Who am I



Friday-We will announce the Game & Puzzle Master with a Crown, Sash & prize

Rules are as follows:

1. Every day a new game/puzzle will be available for pick up in main office.

2. Everyday when you turn in your puzzle you will receive a small prize, grand prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place on Friday.

3. Everyone get ready, get set, go!

Don’t Sweat it, Wear it!

Save the Date! Tuesday, November 24th

Join us for our Thanksgiving Luncheon

Wear sweats, you're going to need the extra room. :)

Math and Science Family NIght

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 5-7pm

2911 Northaven Road

Dallas, TX

Families will have an opportunity to engage with their child in Math/Science activities and view Science Projects.

Marcus' Mustangs Spirit Song

Praise to Marcus Elementary

Blue and White we strive for Success

Memories here will live eternally

Friendship, Learning, Mustang Pride

Marcus is where we learn good Character

Skills to build our future bright

Memories here will live eternally

Friendship, Learning, Mustang Pride

Spirit Fridays...Herbert Marcus Tshirt with denim :)

Herbert Marcus Elementary


To be an educational exemplar, whose priority is to provide high quality instruction, increase student academic achievement, and develop our students holistically.


To foster a love of learning in a caring, safe, and welcoming school, where the staff works collaboratively with the community to develop confident, responsible students who are well prepared for the future, to ensure that our students achieve their highest academic potential and are college and career ready.

Core Beliefs:

Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic achievement.

There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

At risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at-risk students with our help using a Response to Intervention process.

Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in a caring classroom.