Ram Nation News
Week of May 20, 2019
I want to thank you for all the things you have done throughout this school year. Even though we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are still in session. In order for us to make sure that light is not another train coming at us, we need to take an active role in some very important items.
As you have already noticed, our students are a little more active now than they were during the first part of this semester. With two more days of instruction, and with ACPs around the corner, we need to make sure we provide high quality and engaging instruction to our students. The best discipline and classroom management strategy is students’ engagement. Make sure that with our actions, our students do not get the false impression that they are “off the hook”, and take a relaxed attitude towards their education. We will all have time to relax when the time comes, but for these 7 days, we must make sure our students know we all mean business; we are still getting ready for the next grade level.
Let’s all be committed to a strong finish to get ready for our well-deserved summer break.
Teacher Verification Roster (TVR)
Congratulations to the following teachers for having completed their TRV.
The deadline for teachers to submit rosters is May 22 at 5:00 pm. Approvers have until June 9 to approve submitted rosters.
- ALL staff members for the flexibility and support during testing. It takes everyone's efforts to ensure that we can provide an ideal testing environment. Our students were able to stay focused and give their best effort.
- Mrs. Mooty, Ms. Davis, and Ms. Maloy for their leadership and coordination of testing. They did an awesome job and everyone responded positively as the execution of the plan was very smooth.
- Ms. Guerra and Ms. Woods for their support and leadership as they attended the job fair last Saturday. We have a few good leads about candidates who we will bring back to campus to be interviewed by their respective teams.
- 6th grade team for the set up and execution of field day. Students who participated had a great time!
As part of the 8th grade team's efforts to reward students for their work and positive outcomes of the 1st round of STAAR results as well as great work during testing last week, they are engaging in several end of the year activities. Last Friday, our students visited UT Arlington and had a great tour and exposure to college. Thank you so much to the entire 8th grade team and all the staff members who volunteered as chaperones.
Also, they had A Night Under the Stars as our 8th graders celebrated with a dance. Shout out to Ms. Minter, Ms. Miller, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Sheldon, Ms. McGee, Mr. Hernandez, Ms. Michael, Ms. Calderon, Ms. Cooray, Ms. Wells, Ms. Trent, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Vasquez, Ms. Perez, Ms. Shelby, Ms. Brunson, Mr. Smith, Ms. Ingram, and Ms. Davis for either joining at the dance and/or helping with setup/clean up. Of course, DJ Gamino for the music and entertainment.
School Priority # 3 is to broaden constructive relationships with the members of school community.
Under Ms. Saucedo's and Ms. Miranda's leadership, we had our volunteer recognition event to honor parents and other volunteers who continuously support our efforts. They had great things to say about the work being done at our school. We appreciate having parents and volunteers who want to help us achieve great things #OnANewLevel.
Let's continue to make sure we encourage parent and community participation in school events, parent workshops, and parent conferences to create partnerships to build the whole child.
REMINDERS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK OF SCHOOL
We need to get our students as ready as possible for the next grade level; therefore,
- During students’ transitions, it is imperative that every teacher and staff member supports passing periods, every period, every day. Your presence in your posts during student’s intake and throughout the day makes a huge difference. The same applies during dismissal. Let’s all enforce dismissal procedures as it has proven to be a best practice to keep crowd control in check. Supervision during dismissal is key. I know that we don't have anyone assigned to a specific post; however, please make yourself available to supervise students during the short 20-25-minute student pick up period for the next 7 days. We all can contribute to have a smooth end of school year.
- It is critical to be prepared with lessons and materials to avoid having issues with students. When we are not prepared, our students can tell and will find their own way of entertainment. (TEI 3.1)
Monday, May 20
- Registration begins - The Future of Learning – 2019 Summer Professional Learning Opportunities-Planning Document and Timelines
- 8th Grade Field Day from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m - Pizza celebration
- 4:40 - 5:40 p.m. ACP Testing meeting and close out procedures. - Library
Tuesday, May 21-
- 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Video capturing school arrival, transitions, and classroom greetings.
- 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. CIC conference at Edison - Ms. Wells and Ms. Tucker
- 7th Grade Field Day from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Pizza celebration
- 6th Grade pizza celebration - 3:30 p.m.
- 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Spring Band Concert - Mr. McCann, Ms. Halowec, and Mr. Alarcon
Wednesday, May 22
- A -Day.
- ACP Begins (1A, 3A, 1B)- Full Day.
- Teacher Verification Rosters Deadline for teachers at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 23-
- ACP Continues (2A, 3B, 2B) - Full Day
- 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. ACE AP and CIC recognition - Library. We will have about 50-60 visitors at the end of the day.
Friday, May 24-
- ACP Continues (3A and 3B)- Early Release at 1:05 p.m.
- 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (updated time due to conflict with graduation at North Dallas HS.)
- No School
- ACP Continues (4A and 4B) - Early Release at 1:05 p.m.
- ACE Leadership Meeting/Celebration at Cesar Chavez - Selected personnel should have received e-mail.
- ACP Continues (5A and 5B) - Early Release at 1:05 p.m.
- 2:00 p.m. EOY Luncheon at Pappadeoux. RSVP with Ms. Miranda.
- Last day for teachers and TAs
- Last day for teachers to complete 21 required PD hours. Deadline extended with penalty in reduction in pay
June 4th - 6th, & 13th* (*June 13th is optional)
- PD for CICs AND ILTs - Ms. Tucker, Ms. Wells, Ms. Perez, and Ms. Minter
- Session topics: ■ Mission, Vision, & Values ■ Lesson Design ■ Leading PLCs ■ Model Classrooms ■ Blended Learning
- Times and Locations coming soon!
June 10 - 20
- Summer Readiness - Selected personnel has been notified. All other who applied will be notified if other opportunities come up.
June 10 - 26
- SSI - Selected personnel has been notified. All other who applied will be notified if other opportunities come up.
Please, access the link containing the information referenced in the subject line. This is very important to avoid having to hand write these numbers if it is not done using PowerSchool.
The most important part of this memo is to ensure that subjects that do not have an ACP grade will have a grade assigned by the teacher; this will be the grade for the teacher made exam or the grade for the project for that class. Also, it is very important that students who had an incomplete in prior marking periods to have an updated grade. Students must have grades in the 6 marking periods, 1st - 6th six weeks + an ACP or TM grade so that the grades will average and provide a semester grade and end of the year grade.
Starting on May 23-30, Teachers may enter Exam 2 (E2) grades at any time. A message appears that warns teachers the cycle has not started but that does not prevent teachers from entering the grade and percent. Teachers do NOT have to create an assignment for the final exam. The grade/percent should be entered in the “Grade” column (column just after the student names).
Also, as a reminder, grades are due on May 30, 2019 at end of the day so that we may be able to export on time and you may be dismissed to your summer.
Thank you so much for all your support and dedication