Week of February 15, 2016

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The Cowboy Courier is a weekly newsletter that highlights the good work coming from Cigarroa's amazing staff and students, helps us to remember important events, and connects our extended community. Feedback is welcomed. Thanks for reading!

Our Values In Action

Growth-mindset. Belief and desire to continuously improve.

Sense of urgency. Acting with the realization that efficiency is vital to success.

Belonging. We are committed to actions that support a sense of family and community.

Commitment. Doing whatever it takes to reach our vision of academic success and a love for learning.

Respect. Holding ourselves, our school, our family, and our community in high regard.

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This section highlights teammates and students whose actions directly impact our goal of helping our students earn distinctions this year!

Cigarroa Dance Team's 1st Place STEM Day Digital Video

Boogie Marathon - Outlawz "Hosted By DJ P.E.

This week David, Chris, and I attended PLCs with all grade level teams and I have to say I left that day exhausted yet so impressed with the level of conversations about teaching and learning from the very people who are in front of our students everyday. As we approach the last week of the 4th six weeks' marking period, I am confident that the day-to-day efforts you are making will manifest in increased student achievement and progress at the end of the year. This weekend, we'll celebrate Presidents' Day with a three-day break for you. Enjoy the well-deserved extra day of rest and relaxation!

Here is important information for this week:

Mark your calendars! The Spring 2016 ACP Film Festival is April 9. A link to the registration website is in the button below.

4th six weeks' Interim Assessments are all ready to be administered this week. Please pump up your kids so that they do their very best on this data checkpoint!

The 4th six weeks marking period also ends this week. Please take a moment to update all of your grades in GradeSpeed and please be cognizant of Dallas ISD Board Policy regarding failure rates (less than 10% per course). Don't forget to contact Jennifer Mathai with concerns about special education students in her caseload.

This is just a friendly reminder that Monday, February 22 is the day that kindergarten to 2nd grade teachers teams stay after for their 4th six weeks data-driven instruction meetings from 3:35-5:05. Tuesday, February 23 is reserved or 3rd through 5th grade teams.

Parish Episcopal HS students will host another Saturday school for 3rd-5th grade math students next Saturday, February 20. 3rd-5th grade teachers should give all student work to Micaela Gomez by 8:00 AM Friday, February 19. Please also remind your students throughout the week to come to work with their Parish Episcopal tutors!

Don't forget, should you choose to participate in the special "We love Cigarroa!" month, please make sure that you visibly wear your heart which includes a reason why you love Cigarroa. Participants should wear a new heart every day and everyone should give their hearts to Mrs. Flores at the end of each day. I'm enjoying reading all of the reasons why you, and I, love our school!

Have a great four day week!

Morning Routine Responsibilities

Morning Announcements

Austin College (1D)

Morning Roundup Guests


Week at a Glance

Monday, February 15

Presidents' Day! (No school)

Tuesday, February 16

Dawns Early Light presentation for 1st-3rd grades at 12:30-1:30 in the auditorium

Dawns Early Light presentation for 4th-5th grades at 1:30-2:30 in the auditorium

TELPAS Calibration from 3:20-5:05 in the computer lab

Wednesday, February 17

PLCs during planning periods

  • Side-by-side planning session for week of February 29. For grades 2nd-5th, please bring your laptop so that you can access lead4ward's STAAR released questions resource at

After-school tutoring from 3:05-4:05

Thursday, February 18

5th Math and 4th Writing STAAR released tests

After-school tutoring from 3:05-4:05

Friday, February 19

Front office/Admin provide breakfast for staff at 7:30

4th six weeks marking period ends!

5th Reading STAAR released test

Saturday, February 20

3rd-5th grade Parish Episcopal HS Saturday school from 9:00-Noon

On the Horizon

Business Day is Friday, March 11

Spring Break is Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18

Inclement Weather Makeup Day is Friday, March 25

4th STAAR Writing and 5th STAAR Math is Tuesday, March 29

5th STAAR Reading is Wednesday, March 30

Spring 2016 ACP Film Festival Registration!

Don't forget to register for the Spring 2016 ACP Film Festival, held April 9 at Adamson HS!

Cigarroa Libary Sign-Up Link

Sign up for your class's library time using this link!