Bear Notes-Week 3

Serving kids. Growing scholars.

a note from the principal...


I hope everyone enjoyed their extra day off. For me it was great. I slept in and then my husband and I took a walk around the neighborhood, before it got too hot. You see I am working on this new thing called work-life balance. Yes, that was supposed to be a joke. I do know about work-life balance and I encourage each of you to find ways to incorporate it into your life. Of course working hard and contributing to society is something we should all be proud of but, we should also know our limits and work to have balance in our lives. Remembering that too much of anything, good or bad is not good. Now, because we are all different "the balance" will look different for each person and because each day is different "the balance" can look different from day to day. The trick is for us to know ourselves. To know when we are hitting our limits, be honest with ourselves and be honest with those who care for us about our limitations, because in knowing and owning our limitations is where we can find some of our greatest strengths. So let's all work to incorporate a little work-life balance into our lives. I will. If you will.


TEI - Focus 3.1 Maximizes instructional time (continues for Week 3)

As we visit classrooms this week the focus will be on 3.1 Maximizing instructional time. Below is what a proficient classroom should look like:

Little loss of instructional time due to inappropriate or off-task student behavior.

Routines, rules and proceduresare consistently implemented and run smoothly with some prompting from the teacher.

Transitions that run smoothly with some teacher direction.

Students are rarely idle while waiting for the teacher. Students who finish assigned work early usually have something meaningful to do.

Praises positive behavior and, if necessary, corrects off-task behavior in a manner that is timely, specific, and sensitive to individual student needs.

Want to improve the quality of the discussions your scholars are having?

Below is a link to a Teaching Channel video on teaching scholars how to be more collaborative. This would be great for TEI 2.6. Consider showing parts to your scholars so they can see what real collaboration between scholars can look like. Just a thought.

Just in case you missed the video from last week...

It's our very own Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Griffin discussing classroom preparation.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 7th - No School - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8th - Black out date

Wednesday, September 9th - PLC's during Planning Period

Thursday, September 10th - Executive Director visit (Dr. Wright) 8:15 - 9:45

Thursday, September 10th - Leadership Team calibration walk

Monday, September 14th - Principal's receive TEI teacher scorecards

Monday, September 14th - District Principal's Meeting - Hulcy (STEAM School) 1:00 - 5:00

Thursday, September 18th - Kimball Principal' Meeting - Stemmons ES 9:00 - 12:00

Thursday, September 18th - Teachers receive TEI scorecards

STAAR Math Results Available on MyData Portable

TEA released the Math passing rates for the Spring 2015 Math STAAR.

3rd Grade - 80% Level 2 - Satisfactory - 18% Level 3 - Advanced

4th Grade - 80% Level 2 - Satisfactory - 19% Level 3 - Advanced

5th Grade - 82% Level 2 - Satisfactory - 18% Level 3 - Advanced

How to Handle Students Who Lie and Deny

We've all had that scholar that denies their inappropriate actions, even when you yourself witnessed them doing it. Below is a link from Smart Classroom Management (one of my favorite websites). It is a quick and easy read.

It's a boy! Darius Mikal, Jr.

Ms. Jones, our Office Manager, had her grandbaby...

Born Thursday, Sept. 3rd - 3:17am

weighing: 7lbs 2oz and 20 inches long

Jacquelyn Burden - Principal

Affirmation of the Week - I am grateful for the lessons in my life.

Quote of the Week - "There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything."

George Washington Carver

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