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Monday March 28th, 2016

Principal's Message

Good Morning Panthers!

Our first round of STAAR testing has arrived! As your continue to work with your students today and after this first round of testing it is important to stay purposful in your instruction and not fall back on "reviewing" materials from eairler in the year. All instruction should be focused on students gaining "Mastery" of specific TEKS that will both be tested and will support tested TEKS in future years.

The Link(s) below have a wealth of information and a number of strategies that can be used to keep students focused and motivated while continuing to prepair for their upcoming exams.

Standardized Test Preparation

Let's have a great week!

Upcoming Professional Development

Monday, March 28
  • PBLT
  • PLCs

Monday, April 4

  • AVID - Collaboration & Team Building
  • Book Study 2 - Session 3

Monday, April 11

  • PBLT
  • PLCs

Monday, April 18

  • Finishing Strong - Teacher/CIC Led Sessions

Monday, April 25

  • Book Study 2 - Session 4 (Wrap Up)

Hallway Duty and Passing Periods Expectations

All Staff Members, please remember the following:
  • PROTECT- arrive at your post on time to ensure safety.
  • EXPECT- seek out students who need to be reminded about rules, passes, and uniform expectations.
  • CONNECT- smile and call students by name. Use Encouragement.
  • CORRECT- I correct student misbehavior consistently student to student, day to day.

Weekly Classroom Management Tips

Do Students Have an Incentive to Get to Class On Time?
Bell-to-Bell Instruction
If students know that will miss out on a quiz or miss out on important instructions because class starts right on time, they will be less apt to be late. Have reliable and loyal student helpers pass out folders and work to ensure students sit down as soon as they arrive, making starting on time possible.
The Late Log
Cut down on tardiness among students by keeping your tardy log taped to your door. Have students who are not in class when the bell rings sign the log. Make sure that their names and id's are correct before turning in to Ms. Hale in attendance.

Comments, Questions and/or Concerns

Please remember that we have a Comments/Questions/Concerns box on the biometric clock in the main office. We welcome your suggestions and we want to know what questions or concerns you have. We will empty the box each Friday and provide answers to what we receive during Professional Development each Monday.

ACP Spring Film Festival

Sign up for the ACP Spring Viewings

-- Stockard Showcase --

Ms. Leacock 6th Grade Social Studies Debate
Ms. Leacock's students participated in a structured debate to make connections with the study of China's economic system.
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There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth... not going all the way, and not starting." - Buddha

Hello Spring !

Spring is the time of rebirth and new beginnings! This is a perfect time to reset. You can:

  • Revisit classroom goals (academic and behavior)
  • Set new classroom goals (Display on butcher paper and have students initial)

Sample Classroom Goal: 100% of students in 3rd period will pass Reading STAAR

As we enter into a new season, consider trying something new. Think about using collaborative/cooperative learning group table mats to hold students accountable for critically listening during whole class instruction (Click title at the bottom)

CIC's will continue to work with small groups in your classroom as we approach our first round of STAAR !

Upcoming Events:

STAAR (7th Writing, 8th Reading/Math) March 29th and 30th

8th Grade School Picture April 5th

Bad Weather Day - No School - April 11th