The Echo Memo: April 11, 2016

A weekly memo to the Smith staff from your leadership team.

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Bright Spots from the Week....

VIEW PHOTOS - of last week's Bright Spots! PLEASE add more from what you see! :)

We heard this from Trinity UMC after last Sunday's concert:

Dear Ms. Pryor,

Your amazing little choir blew me away! They are so blessed to have such a loving and talented music teacher. thanks for sharing with us.

~ Polly @ Trinity United Methodist Church

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LEARNING WALKS - This week: Schedule (direct link)

Intranet > Academics > Learning Walks

PICTURE DAY - Friday, April 15th - Schedule (direct link)

Intranet > Schedules > Picture Day

SCHEDULE FOR RtI - Friday, April 21st (direct link)

Intranet > Schedules > Response to Intervention Indiv. Meetings

AWARDS CEREMONY for 9-weeks is to Friday, April 15th.

Progress reports due April 22nd.

Monday, April 11

National Library Week - Let's show our appreciation for our Librarian!

9:00am Learning Walk for Kinder

4:00pm Campus Academic Leadership Team Mtg.

4:00pmTutoring Afterschool

Tuesday, April 12

National Library Week

8:30am 4th Grade Math Camp 8:30 - 10:30 in the cafeteria

9:00am Learning Walk for 1st Grade (check schedule)

2:30pm 1st Grade Performance Assembly

4:00pm Math 3rd/4th Lesson Planning for Spiraled Skills: Zap the Gaps

6:45pm 1st Grade Performance Assembly

Wednesday, April 13

National Library Week

8:30 - 10:30 4th Grade Math Camp

9:00 am Learning Walk for 2nd Grade (check schedule)

11:45am Campus Data Action Team Mtg CDAT

4:00pm Tutoring Afterschool - LAST ONE

Thursday, April 14

National Library Week

8:30 - 10:30 4th Grade Math Camp

4:00pm All Staff Prof. Dev. Mtg. - Bus Pass update and STAAR Trainings AND NACHOS!

Friday, April 15

Picture Day: Smile!

8:00am Awards Ceremony - 3rd grade

9:45am Awards Ceremony - 2nd grade

10:30amCase manager meeting

11:45am Awards Ceremony - 4th grade

1:15pm Awards Ceremony- 1st grade

2:15pm Awards Ceremony - Kinder

Saturday, April 16

6:00pm Duncanville ISD Education Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala - Dinner and Auction

Monday, April 18

Public School Volunteer Appreciation Week

Morning Announcements

Morning Announcements Schedule:

This week students are from Ms. Kemistri Texadas' 3rd grade class:

  • Select students for the week by MONDAY and have ready to roll.

  • Post their names in your room as a reminder.

  • Students will need to be in the office at 8:00am, ready to lead.

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Click on the Link to

Duncanville ISD Superintendent Starts By Honoring Teacher, Student and Staff

*New Superintendent Starts By Honoring Teacher, Student and Staff* Today, Dr. Marc Smith begins his first day as the Superintendent of Schools for Duncanville Independent School District. more »

Measuring Math Moments for Maximum Momentum

Devin Hanes, Dville Mathematics Coordinator, will be observing classrooms for math instruction in one of the three following categories: classroom questioning, use of academic vocabulary, and engagement in the process standards. more »

You are Invited!

*Join us* to celebrate the Smith Teacher of the Year for 2015-16! *What:* Employee Appreciation Event - Teacher of the Year *When:* Monday, April 25, 6:30 pm Reception and 7:00 pm Ceremony *Where:* Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main Street (across from the city library). See you there!

New Procedure: Teachers will now scan unit tests in the Green Room

*Teachers will now scan all unit tests into AWARE.* By 4:00 PM, Friday, April 8th, teachers need to open a case in Eduphoria Help desk asking them to add the AWARE scanner program and the desktop icon to your laptop. more »

New Bus Passes On the Way

This letter went out to parents via email during the last week of March, 2016. A faculty meeting in April will include a discussion for us to hear and ask questions about this new process and why the decision was made to change. ... more »

Student Success Plan for Students with Failing Grades

Failing Grade on the Report Card:69 or Below For the purpose of analyzing progress of a student who is failing to master learning objectives, teachers must complete the form: “Student Success Plan” before the end of a grade marking period, and before the 9-week report card goes home. more »

New Technology Equipment Training

New Technology Equipment has finally arrived! Please make plans to attend each of these sessions. Teachers will be given an introduction to the recently installed Sound System in their classroom including learning how to use the equipment and understanding the benefits of using a sound amplification system with students. .. more »

Texas Success and Istation: Learn All About It!

Jump Rope for Heart!

Get ready to... Jump Rope for Heart! . ... more »

Duncanville ISD Education Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala - Dinner and Auction

2015-2016 Retirement/Resignation Notification Deadline

BIG NEWS: Smith Supporters and Trinity UMC Grant ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Smith Supporters in partnership with the Trinity United Methodist Church of Duncanville, Texas are proud to announce the winners of the Spring 2016 grant applications. more »

Blended Learning Models That Don’t Require 1:1 Devices

Using technology with small groups From an article by-- Scott Sterling A common barrier to entry for teachers who are considering blended learning with technology devices is the misconception that you need a device for every one of your students to make it work. Luckily, that’s not the case! Here’s how to implement three common blended learning models without a 1:1 program. more »

Addressing the Effects of Poverty: A Good Read

Do you hear or think this at times: "These kids, they just can’t be motivated!" "Everything that I try just doesn’t work!" "If only the parents were to step up and help us, we would have better achievement results." "I don’t understand why this isn’t working!" "You don’t understand where these kids are coming from; if you did, you would cut them some slack in the classroom." more »

Free STAAR Resources

Check out these FREE resources.... STAAR Mathematics Resources The following links open portable document format (PDF) files unless otherwise noted. ... more »

Text Connections: Guided Reading

A great resource for *Guided Reading Text Connections. * Please bookmark it and refer to as you plan lessons either for the whole class or a *small groups *who are reading on the K-2 level. more »

Math Madness for Grade 1 - 4: March 7 - April 16

How does Math Madness help my students? It's a great way to get students excited about math! In 2015, students raced to answer millions of questions with more than 84% accuracy. more »

Cool Down for Classrooms: Social and Emotional Learning

Mindful Practices empowers teachers and students through yoga and wellness to create a more effective educational environment. more »

Check out Blendspace: Free Tool for Teaching and Learning

Blendspace is a free web tool for teachers to collect resources in one place to form a bundled, interactive lesson for students or colleagues. The Ultimate Math Blendspace offers a huge collection of resources! more »

Test Anxiety - What it Looks Like and Ways to Minimize It

*By Suzanne Gardner District Coordinator of Assessment and Counseling, Duncanville ISD* The spring semester brings increased opportunities for testing. For many students the anticipation of tests, especially high-stakes tests, can create test anxiety. What are signs that suggest your students may be experiencing harmful levels of test anxiety? more »

Questioning - Be Prepared

*A PEDAGOGY OF QUESTIONING* How can I improve questioning in the classroom? How can I help my students ask better questions and ensure the learning sticks?" At a minimum, teachers need to learn the following idea in order to become more proficient at questioning...more

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