Ramey Reporter

October 2015

Avoid the October Blues

For many teachers, September brings grand plans for the new school year. October sees those plans fall under the weight of classroom challenges. Before you hit a low point on Halloween. Many of us have been running on so little sleep, trying to be that teacher that you see in the movies that turn everything around for children. Before you use adding more math problems to their homework as a punishment because it makes them hate learning, here are some uncomplicated recommendations:

• Refresh your surroundings… Clean and reorganize that classroom! Set aside some off-school hours time, perhaps on the weekend or late after school and revamp your classroom. By mid-October things can get messy.

• Re-ground yourself in the “why”…such as, why am I doing this?” Take some time to reflect and remember what it was that made you want to be a teacher. Write these reasons down or talk about them and recall the beginning of your teaching experience. Doing so will evoke those early days and hopefully positive feelings too!

• Celebrate the successes…and don’t merely focus on how far off you are from accomplishing future goals. Summon up moments when you’ve felt energized in your work and think about those students of yours where your relationship has enhanced. Set your sights on the small but positive changes that have occurred.

• Optimize your time…by examining how you’re spending it. By doing so, you may discover that some activities are worth the time and effort. You may realize some classroom routines are unproductive. It may help to merely revise your routine.

• Take a day off… and do fun! Do a personal at-home project or simply take a nap. Wearing yourself down won’t help you, nor will it help your students so make sure to take a personal day or two. Most importantly, enjoy it!

District Professional Day October 12th . A brief overview can be found on Attachment #1 -- Gallup Student Poll opened Monday. It is to be given to all 5th grade students in the district. See Attachment #2

Dates to Remember

9/30 Oral Health Program (Rm 117A); Data Process Meeting (Grade Level Chair Rm)

10/1 Tornado/Shelter In Place/ Lock Down Drill; K-1 TEKS in Action (PDC); Aware Documentation Meeting (Computer Lab)

10/5 Finalize Grades Deadline 9 am; Aware Documentation Deadline 3 pm

10/6 Fantastic 15 Meeting (Conference Rm)

10/7 Great Program Begins 5th grade only; Staff Meeting (Library)

10/8 Oral Health Program (Rm 117A); Report Card Day; 2015 Employee Recognition (Cauldwell); Gospel Village Desert Coffee Event (Grace Church)

10/12 Staff Development Day (TBD); E Conduct Free Dress

10/13-11/2 TELPAS Writing Simulation Window Opens

10-14 A and A/B Honor Roll Free Dress; Data Process Meeting

10/15 A Honor Roll Free Dress; Board Meeting

10/16 Shades for Goals; Fall Pictures Uniform only

10/21 Staff Meeting

10/22 AVID Elementary Coaching Visit; K-1 Parent Literacy Workshop (Cafeteria)

10-26 Finalize Progress 2 Grades Due;

10/26-11/20 GT Open Referral Window

10/27 Progress Report Day

10/28 Data Process Meeting

10/30 Snapshot Rooster Day

Nominate Outstanding Educators for H-E-B Excellence in Education Award

(Humble Tribune © 09/22/2015)

Know of an educator in Texas who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and their community? Submit the name of a teacher, school district, early childhood facility or school board today for a 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, placing them on the path toward win-ning cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to


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education through November 1, 2015