Sadler Means YWLA

Week of 1/5-1/8

Welcome Back!!!!!

We hope you had a refreshing break! Cheers to a beautiful new year!

Attendance Law Changes- Effective Immediately

As many students and staff members have heard, AISD has recently come into compliance with the Texas Education Code which takes a given student's attendance rate into consideration when awarding course credit. The law states "...any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 may not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered."


What does this mean? If a student has missed a class for more than 10 percent of the allotted days, for a reason that is not school related, they will not receive credit for the course and will be responsible for taking steps to regain the credit they are being denied. Absences that count against their attendance percentage include illness (with or without a note), home suspensions, doctor/dentist/etc appointment, or virtually any other absence that was not for a school related event.


Students that have fallen under the 90 percent threshold for any class will be meeting with Ms. Clark and Ms. Capps in the next few weeks to design a plan to recover their credits. These plans will consist of attending Saturday School sessions and/or attending Early Summer Ignite, depending upon the credit needed.


Students can look at their daily attendance in the student cloud. Their attendance percentages are not listed, but they can be easily calculated. There were 79 school days in the first semester, if a student has 8 or more absences in any given class they will not be receiving credit in that class.


If students or parents have any questions or concerns, please direct them to speak with me, I would be happy to address them


Brittany Capps

Dropout Prevention Specialist

Bertha Sadler Means YWLA

512.414.6023

Purple Stars-Upcoming Student Recognition Program

We would like to implement a “Caught Being Good” or “Purple Star” initiative to recognize those students who work hard and go above and beyond! Teachers, Administrators and other school staff will submit their student nominations via email to CIS Caseworker Keshayka “Kiki” Lewis: Keshayka.Lewis@austinisd.org or paper form in CIS mailbox, anytime they find a student displaying a character or citizenship quality (examples below):


o Trustworthiness: Being honest, reliable, doing the right thing, being loyal, building a good reputation

o Respect: Treating others with respect, being tolerant and accepting of differences, using good manners, being considerate of other’s feelings, deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

o Responsibility: Doing what they are supposed to be doing, persevering, always doing their best, using self-control, being self-disciplined, being accountable for their words, actions and attitudes, setting a good example for others

o Fairness: Playing by the rules, being open-minded, treating all people fairly

o Caring: Being kind, being compassionate, helping others in need

o Citizenship: Doing their share to make their school better, cooperative, respecting authority, following all rules

o OTHER:


Each student nomination will include the following information: the student’s name, grade, a brief description about why the student is being nominated and the nominator’s name and date. At the end of the month, during an assembly: students who were nominated will receive recognition, a certificate and will be entered into a drawing for a prize (gift cards, electronic, game, etc.) at the end of the given semester. Every student will receive their nominations on paper. During 6th, 7th and 8th grade team meetings, teachers will draw a name for the prize given at the end of the semester. Alternatives to a prize may include a social/party during lunch at the end of each month or a special event (movie night, etc.).


More information to follow.

Teacher of the Year- Round One

Tomorrow, during the faculty meeting, we will be nominating our teaching peers in order to recognize the greatness that we see everyday. Please come to the faculty meeting ready to nominate a teaching professional on campus .


Considerations when voting: Teacher of the Year should be:

  • A teaching professional who exhibits demonstrable improvement in student performance
  • A teaching professional who exemplifies excellence in teaching
  • Per TEA- Candidates should be skillful, dedicated teachers who plan to actively continue classroom teaching. They should take an active role in their communities as well as their schools, and be professional, poised and articulate. The most important criterion in evaluating nominees is their ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Weekly Reminders

Monday 1/4/16

  • Staff In-Service Day!

Tuesday 1/5

  • MM- Do the Write Thing Competition (M-W)
  • Kiddos are back!
  • 4PM-Faculty Meeting (Library)

Wednesday 1/6

  • Talent Show Tryouts (4PM Sansom)


Thursday 1/7

  • Talent Show Tryouts (4PM Sansom)


Friday 1/8


  • 12:30PM- BPA Competition (Matula and Williamson)
  • DEADLINE- ELL Accomodations to Aldama

Saturday 1/9

  • 11:15-4:30PM Band Field Trip (Alarcon and Smetzer)

Monday 1/11

Sylvan Tutors on campus (Math and Writing)