Weekly Bulletin November 17-November 21

Reading Millions

This past weeks weather was the perfect time to be wrapped up in a blanket and read a good book. I know that many of us enjoy to read for pleasure and we wish that many of our students did too. We also know that reading is a way to improve vocabulary and comprehension. Last school year, the district introduced Floresville Reads Millions and the students were challenged to read 8 million minutes as a district and each campus was to read 2 million minutes. The district reached its goal and FMS surpassed the 2 million minutes. This year the goal for the district is for students to read 10 million minutes with each campus reading 2.5 million minutes. To help us reach our goal we have incorporated DEAR time in Pride class and during the last 12 minutes of 5th period.Currently we are at 437, 581 minutes. But we need to encourage our students to want to read so I found this article titled Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students. The first 3 ways listed are ideas I think we can incorporate:

1. We need to read. We can do this on Wednesdays during Pride time. Once you get your students settled and reading their books then you read your favorite book.

2. Share your reading experiences. The article suggested to tell your students what you are reading or to read passages from the book to get them interested in reading the book. This sharing can be done in any class to get the students excited about a book.

3. Invite students to socialize around reading. The article suggested to start book clubs, reading groups or literature circles. I can see this possibly working in Pride class.

I challenge you to try some of these ideas to encourage the students to read. If you want to read the other 7 ways to cultivate reading, go to Edutopia.org to find the article.

I have two links for you below. One is a blog by William D Parker on how as educators and administrators we make a difference by connecting with people (students). The second link is a 1 minute video on how to insert a YouTube video in a promethean file. Thank you Charlott for finding the video.

Keep warm and curl up with a good book!

Embed YouTube Videos in a Promethean Flipchart


PLC: This past week each content shared how they had the students interact with the promethean board. This is what was shared:

In Science, students work the warm-up question on the promethean board. 3 students answer the question and then 3 different students check if the answer is right or wrong. If it is wrong, they have to correct it.

A Venn diagram is displayed on the promethean and the students write in the diagram. The student passes the pen to another student to go to the board or the teacher uses Popsicle sticks to call on the students.

Math has students work on warm-ups, guided practice and reviews on the promethean. In a walkthrough, I saw a student solving a word problem on the promethean by circling the words that were important to set up the problem and then he worked the problem out.

Social Studies uses the promethean to put up sample test questions to teach students what test-taking strategies to use to answer the question. They also have created time lines in which the students have to put the events in chronological order. In a class I observed, students were called to complete a chart on changes to the Constitution.

ELAR uses the promethean for story plot diagrams, summaries, grammar and test corrections, and revise typed essays.

Thank you all for sharing! This definitely helps your colleague.

This week in PLC, contents will work on FTM #2

Fundamental 5-FSGPT

"FSGPT helps to stretch the rigor and relevance; allows for differentiated instruction; cements the learning, and is peer tutoring for those who didn't get it." Sean Cain

The Debrief Circle video shown in PLC is a form of FSGPT. I look forward in hearing how this worked in your classroom.

Pride Classes

Thank you for implementing the Academic Vocabulary lesson on Thursday to increase student success. There will be another Academic Vocabulary lesson this Thursday. A huge thank you to Charlott McReynolds on finding these lessons.

Free Googgle Apps Training

TCEA will be hosting a FREE Google Apps training on Saturday, December 13 at Robert G. Cole High School in San Antonio from 8:30-3:30. The training will include Google Docs and forms, Google Apps for Education Integration and much more. The training is free. I will be attending as will Courtney Lemley and Patrick Hutzler . If you want to attend, register from the email I forwarded you on Friday. If you do attend, you are not required to attend the entire day. Let me know if you want to attend.

Staff Member-Spotlight of the Week: James McElroy

From Staff Member: You Crossed the Line when you combined the pride class of a colleague that was out with your pride class so that the students would not miss the college lesson.

See Mrs. Flores for a special snack. You also get to park in the reserved parking space. To nominate a Staff Member for Spotlight of the Week email a Cross the Line Form to Mrs. Gonzales

Quote of the Week

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." -- Forest Witcraft


November 17

November 18

November 19

Open Forum 4:30-5:30 Library

November 20

Jaguar Basketball vs McAuliffee

7 Away/8 Home 5pm/6pm

November 21

AVID Field Trip-Palo Alto

Learn the hallway names

Dates to Remember

December 3

Lifetouch Picture Retakes

December 5

Special Pop Forms Due

Limo Ride/BMX Show

December 8

Progress Report Grades Due

December 9

Winter Band Concert 7pm

December 12

New Teacher Meeting

Winter Band Concert 7pm

December 15-17

Checkpoint 2 Test
December 19

Early Dismissal for Students and Staff