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?
Just in case you missed the video from last week...
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.
Jacquelyn Burden - Principal
Quote of the Week - "There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything."