The Quintanilla STAR

News you can use--October 12, 2015 edition

Useful strategies for English Language Learners


Model for students what they are expected to do or produce (especially for new skills or activities) by explaining and demonstrating the desired learning actions, sharing your thinking processes aloud, and showing good teacher and student work samples.

Rate of Speech and Wait Time

Speak slowly and clearly, and provide students with enough time to formulate their responses, whether in speaking or in writing. Remember, they are thinking and producing in two or more languages.

Use of Non-Linguistic Cues
Use visuals, sketches, gestures, intonation, and other non-verbal cues to make both language and content more accessible to students.

Check for Understanding

Regularly check that students are understanding the lesson. After an explanation or lesson, use a multiple response strategy.

There are great things going on at QMS!

Star Wars Reads Day

Star Wars Reads Day was a success! An exciting way to let students know reading is out of this world, many students and teachers took the opportunity to wear Star Wars gear as a fun way to promote the love of reading.

Quintanilla Middle School

Quintanilla Middle School--where kids come first!

Upcoming School Events

*10/12/15 through10/21/15 Scholastic Book Fair

*10/13/15: Principal for a Day Judith Bazemore, President and CEO of Communities in Schools, will serve as Principal for a day in our school.

*10/13/15: Parent Conference Night

*10/13/15: The Vocal Ensemble Choir will sing to kick off Parent Conference Night

*10/14/15: Sunshine Committee Meeting Room 125, 7:50AM

*10/15/15: Domestic Violence Awareness Month Students and teachers can wear purple shirts and jeans.

*10/17/15: The Robotics Team Vex Robotics Scrimmage at Ellis Field House, 10AM-2PM

*10/31/15: All City Choir Auditions for 6th-8th grade at Dealey Montessori

*11/06/15: SMU College Tour (AVID)11:30AM-2:30PM

*11/06/15: Quintanilla's 3rd annual Fall Festival

*11/07/15: Drill Team/Color Guard will have drill competition @ Atwell, 10AM-2PM.

*11/08/15: Solo and Ensemble Contest for 7th and 8th grade Choir students @ Greiner

Core Beliefs

  • Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.
  • Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.
  • There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.
  • With our help, at risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students.
  • Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.