Monday Memo

February 8, 2016

Four More Weeks

Just in case you were interested, we only have four more weeks until Spring Break.

With that in mind, this is definitely the time to make sure we are monitoring and holding students to the expectations we set at the beginning of the school year. We have already noticed an elevation in student excitement (if that's what you want to call it!). As a staff, we need to make sure we are keeping track of the students and monitoring them throughout the school day. We need to make sure we are visible throughout the building, so the students are less likely to have an opportunity to make poor choices. Thank you for continuing to be diligent in your work.

Thanks!

Thank you, Michelle, for making the library available for the luncheon on Friday. Also, thanks to all of you who provided food. This was a great event and we will look to continue the tradition into the future!

Pluckers Gift Card

Sara received a gift card from Pluckers and decided to give it away in a staff drawing. The winner is......Ashley Hughes!


Come see me for the gift card and congratulations!

End of the Fourth Six Weeks

The end of the 4th Six Weeks grading period is on Friday, February 19. This gives us two weeks to work with those students who are currently failing or close to failing. There are two Wednesday Schools over the next two weeks that you can use to help students catch up on missing work as well as a Friday Night Lights on the 19th.

As always, please make sure you are communicating with parents if there are any concerns regarding grades.

Grades

Please make sure you are working with your grade level departments on grades to ensure everything is in line across the departments.

Also, we've noticed that there are some classes that have very few grades in the gradebooks. Please make sure you are updating grades on a regular basis and that what is being entered accurately describes the progress of the students. Grades entered at the end of the six weeks should not dramtically change a student's grade in a negative way.

PISD Education Foundation Drive

Jordan sent out an email in regards to the PISD Education Foundation Employee Drive. Please consider donating to this cause. The money the foundation raises goes right back into the classrooms in PISD. We were fortunate to have a grant winner this school year, Rocio and I look forward to many of you applying and winning a grant in future years.

Those who donate $25 or more can wear jeans on Mondays and Thursdays. Also, if we hit a certain percentage (100% is always great) of STAFF participation, a pancake breakfast will be in order!

Professional Learning Hours

Don't forget to begin documenting your professional development hours for the June 6, 2016 work day. Refer to the memo below for more information.

There are several teachers participating in book studies and PLC's. Please let me know if you have some other ideas as far as ways to meet the 8 hour requirement.

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Best Practices

We have a staff meeting next week. Please let me know if you have some (or know of a teacher) best practices to share with the staff.

Academic Conferences

8th grade Academic Conferences start tomorrow and run through March 1st.

The Learning Lab will relocate to the health room (517) during this time.

Soccer Club Sponsors NEEDED!!

I have heard from Beth Schwartz about an interest in co-sponsoring the soccer club. Please consider helping out, email Kendyl and Sara if you are able to help out.
Wednesday WICORs In One Place!

Great informational resources for you to apply in the classroom. This is updated weekly with Craig McKinney's latest and greatest ideas.

Rice's Bragging and Reflection Form

Thanks again for those of you who have joined and added some comments on the Google Classroom I created. Please use this to showcase yourself or another teacher in the building.


There are four "announcements" placed in the classroom which is to be used to brag on yourself, a teacher, or even a student. If you include something about someone, please let them know, so they can see the information. Something to try out as far as giving props and recognition to those who deserve it. The class code is: k37hjt



Sara McCutchen, Feb 4:

#RMSShoutOuts to Drew Morrill, Jan Henderson, and Maggie Jimenez for helping out with arrival and monitoring this morning, as most of the usual suspects were out!!! Thanks so much!

PISD District Science Fair Information

Rebecca sent a list of students who will be out. Here is a link to the schedule in case you are wondering, or want to see the students' work.

Happy Birthday!!!

February 14:

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8 Things to Look for In Today's Classroom

A great visual description of what we should be providing students in the classroom.

Events for the Week

8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Wilson

Monday, Feb. 8th, 6pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Wilson

Monday, Feb. 8th, 6pm

1001 Custer Road

Plano, TX

7th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Wilson

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 6pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Wilson

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 6pm

1001 Custer Road

Plano, TX

Middle School Principals Meeting-Kendyl, Sara, and I are out

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 8:30am

2501 Jupiter Road

Plano, TX

Please help monitor while we are out.

AVID Stay Day

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 3:30pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

AVID Informational Parent Night

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

B Team Basketball Tournaments Begin

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 6pm to Saturday, Feb. 13th, 12pm

Various Locations