Ram Nation News

Week of January 22, 2018


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As we continue to prepare our students for the next grade level at the appropriate level of rigor, one of the crucial aspects to improve instruction is how we implement student progress monitoring. The information below was taken from How Schools Improve Pages 81-83 by Nancy Safer and Steve Fleischman,

  • School success is defined as ensuring achievement for every student. To reach this goal, educators need tools to help them identify students who are at risk academically and adjust instructional strategies to better meet these students' needs.
  • Student progress monitoring is a practice that helps teachers use student performance data to continually evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching and make more informed instructional decisions.
  • To implement student progress monitoring, the teacher determines a student's current performance level on skills that the student will be learning that school year, identifies achievement goals that the student needs to reach by the end of the year, and establishes the rate of progress the student must make to meet those goals. The teacher then measures the student's academic progress regularly (weekly, biweekly, or monthly) using probes—brief, easily administered measures.

Let's make sure that we are using profile sheets, All in Learning, Istation and Read 180 reports, MSTAR results and other tools that you have available to track the progress students make. By doing so, we can ensure our students are on the path toward the mastery of the TEKS for a given subject.


  • Ms. Michael for her initiative and desire to improve parent involvement. She led the second semester math parent meeting for her classes and the response from the parents was amazing. She had 45 parents who received updates of the content that students will be learning during the 4th six weeks. Shout out to Ms. Galvan who supported with logistics and translation during the parent meeting. Also, Ms. Saucedo for supporting with translating the letters for this meeting; we know that it takes a team to make everything work well.
  • On Saturday, our Girls Soccer Team played a tough game against Long MS. It was an exciting and tough game!!! Our girls had a great season under Coach Crawford's leadership; they finished 2nd at the District level. Thank you to Ms. Blanks, Ms. Baker, Ms. Addison, Ms. Araujo, Ms. Galvan, and Ms. Guerra for attending and supporting our team.
  • Our Debate Team had an opportunity to compete this weekend at Zan Holmes MS. They did a great job under Ms. Iberosi and Mr. Johnson's leadership and guidance.
  • Mr. Geiger for his leadership and dedication during the freezing cold temperature days as he was the lead person opening the building by 7:10 a.m. By doing so, our students had the opportunity to come into the building and stay warm. Also, shout out to Mr. James and Ms. Zuniga who supported the early intake.
  • Ms. Perez, Ms. Molla, and Ms. Rocha for their dedication and desire to improve their craft by attending the Writing Academy on Saturday at Hernandez. I know that the learning and collaboration will support our students.
  • Ms Guerra, Ms Calderon, and Ms Shelby for their leadership and coordination of the 8th grade transitional high school meeting with the North Dallas HS counselors. Our students and parents learned about endorsements and class selection as well as the importance and impact of this selection.
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7th Grade Editing Camp

Ms. Davis led this camp last week and plans to continue to provide support to our writing teachers. Students came together in the library and teachers supported students' understanding as Ms Davis delivered a very engaging lesson. 1st and 2nd period successfully achieved 100% in their DOLs. (Mr. Cordoba did not get the results for the other periods.)


Have you completed your technology inventory? Anybody with technology assigned in office, classroom, laptop, or any other device must complete. We are at 20% completion.

Monday, January 22-
  • 8th grade choice sheets - reading classes
  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 6th Grade (Math, SS), Science follows schedule communicated by Ms. Guerra, and 7th / 8th Grade RLA. Refer to the Planning Expectations to ensure your IPC and LP have the components to reach proficiency.
  • 3:30 - 5:30 SEL Principal Meeting at Buckner - Ms. Woods
  • 4:40 - 5:30 Faculty meeting in preparation for parent conference.

Tuesday, January 23
  • Tentatively continue choice sheets for 8th grade
  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 7th Grade (Math, SS), Science follows schedule communicated by Ms. Guerra, and 6th Grade RLA
  • 3:00 Master Schedule Meeting - Ms. Guerra, Ms. Calderon, and Mr. Cordoba
  • After School cancel due to parent conferences.
  • 5:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m Parent Conference Night - Taco salad dinner and other snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, January 24-

  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 8th Grade (Math, SS), Science follows schedule communicated by Ms. Guerra, and 7th / 8th Grade RLA
  • 4:30 - 6:00 After School Resumes

Thursday, January 25-

  • All day- technology team will be on campus. See email sent by Mr Cordoba for details.
  • 1:00 Accountability Meeting - Selected Members
  • 4:30 - 6:00 After School
  • 5:00 Lesson Plans Due

Friday, January 26-

  • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. ACP Rountable Presentation - Leadership team with Ms. Healey.

  • Saturday, January 27
    • 8:00 - 1:00 Tentative Saturday School

    Open Transfer

    The Open Transfer application will be available starting March 5, 2018. Eligible employees must apply via the open transfer application online no later than March 30, 2018. Transfers are not final until an approval email notification has been sent from Human Capital Management. All notification will be completed by April 13, 2018. I will be sending a form where you will have an opportunity to let me know of your plans for next year; however, if you know that you are planning to transfer, please let me know as soon as possible.
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    The Power of Metacognition

    It’s the end of January and we are nearing full blown test mode. This time of year can be extremely frustrating as students continue to make the same careless mistakes and have yet to make the connections in comprehension after we have told them nine hundred ninety-nine times. Well, let’s show them! Metacognition, the ability to think about your thoughts with the aim of improving learning, can be learned when it is explicitly taught and practiced across content and social contexts. Thinking aloud is always in order. When we, as instructional leaders, make our thinking and thought process public, students will make the connections. See the link below to access the article on Metacognition.