EMS ISD Administrator Newsletter
January 18, 2016
Welcome 2nd Half of the 2015-16 School Year!
Doing what is right is never simple; but when it is done right, it looks simple. The master teacher takes a complex lesson and has designed it with such intention that the observer would see it as a simple process. We know better. We know it takes looking at the big picture of where we want to take students, knowing what they need to be at that point, and then working backward to design the work. There is nothing simple about crafting engaging questions, planning for collaboration for engagement at the highest level, and building the lesson so that all the differentiated needs are met. It takes a team, a PLC that works together to analyze data, both formative and summative, and then based on the data designs the work to take our students to the next level while spiraling the taught content back through the lesson to close gaps. Finally, it takes the individual teacher who can frame lessons, monitor progress, give feedback with specificity, make adjustments on the fly, all the time moving the class to meet the learning target and master the standard. Creating lessons of engagement that balances the stress with the performance is a challenge, a challenge leaders must support teachers in meeting.
As administrators our work is to keep the school focused on the goals set in the Campus Instructional Focus created for 2015-16, working to remind, encourage and support the work of the PLCs as well as the individual classrooms. Time to analyze data from daily work, common assessments and benchmarks must be provided so we know the current reality of where we are, and then can adjust to make sure we get where we need to be. In the summer of 2015, we committed to learning for ALL students. We must make sure the daily routine leaves out no child. Ensuring the success of every learner is the responsibility of each of us. As our journey continues through the early months of 2016, ask yourself, "What have I done and am I doing to make sure the children on this campus are getting what they need to meet the goals we have outlined? How am I being a leader that ensures success for ALL? Are my students and teachers motivated to learn?"
Continue to "Carry the Torch!"
Communications News & Information
Social Media Guidelines
With more campuses actively communicating through social media channels, the Communications team reviewed and revised our district Social Media Guidelines and Electronic Media FAQs for Employees to provide
We recently completed our mid-year session for professional portraits. If you missed this session and need a portrait, please contact Megan Carradine at x2777. As we continue to build upon our professional image, it is important that all administrators have a professional headshot on your campus or department websites. The Communications department is replacing any non-professional portrait (ie selfies or cell phone photos) with the professional portraits we have on file. Some of these in our files may be outdated, so we encourage you to contact us if you would like a new photo. The next formal session with a professional photographer will be in August. Thank you for being positive, professional faces for our schools and district!
Board Recognition Posters
Thank you to everyone who worked on posters, cards, and tokens of appreciation for our Board members! You are all so creative and came up with some great items with the super hero theme. It's obvious the amount of work that went into these -- if you would like your poster back to hang in your school, please let Amanda in the Communications office know and we will save it for you to pick up at your convenience (or bring by the next time we visit your school)! Any posters not claimed by Friday, January 22, will be discarded. Thank you again for making this a special recognition for our Board members.
Nominations being accepted for Student Heroes Program
AUSTIN – The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Student Heroes Award.
The Student Heroes awards program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who do outstanding things to benefit their fellow Texas students.
SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich urged school leaders to nominate those students who are shining examples of good character and citizenship for their communities.
“We have so many wonderful students who give so much of their time to benefit Texas students, schools and communities,” Bahorich said. “These unselfish acts of kindness should be spotlighted and recognized by all.”
One student per each of the 15 State Board of Education districts can be recognized for this annual honor. Anyone may nominate a public school student for the award. Award requirements include:
- The service/assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirements or class or community project.
- The service/assistance or good deed must benefit other students in Texas, either individually or as a whole.
- The benefit may be to students of one campus, a district or a community.
Recipients of the Student Heroes awards will be announced in May. A certificate of recognition will be awarded to the Student Hero by his or her State Board of Education member. The deadline for nominations is March 11.
Nomination forms and program guidelines are available at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Awards/Student_Heroes/ or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Crisis Team & AED Drill Reminder
Transfer Guideline Update
Dates to Remember
Jan. 20 AP LEAD 8:30--11:30 @ Saginaw Elementary & 12:30-3:30@Boswell HS
Jan. 21 DLT @ HCTC 8:30--4:00 Communications Training
Jan. 24-26--TASA Midwinter @ Austin
Feb. 2 EDGAR Training--Finance Training for Federal Funds HCTC 8:30--3:30
Feb. 4 ALI 2 Meetings HCTC
Feb. 5 Principals Writers Workshop 8:00-10:00 HCTC
Feb. 17 Digital Learning Day
Feb. 18 DLT @ HCTC 8:30-11:30
Feb. 19 Elementary Principals at EMES for Link Project 8:30-10:30
Feb. 29-March 4 Celebrate TX Public Schools Week
March 14-18 Spring Break
March 25 Bad Weather Day
May 28 Foundation Academic Excellence Awards Gala HCTC 6:30 pm