ECHS Staff Newsletter

Week of February 1, 2016

"Things do not happen. Things are made to happen."

John F. Kennedy

Our Mission

We believe that through teaching and learning, we have the opportunity to impact and positively change the lives of our students. We believe that all students are capable of defining and experiencing success, ultimately building confidence in themselves while instilling a spirit of generosity, drive, passion, and focus. We work in collaboration with San Jacinto College to help at-risk students attain college credit with the aspiration of earning an Associate’s Degree and Distinguished High School diploma in four years.

Happy National Counselor's Week!

This week we celebrate the hard work and support of our magnificent counselor, Mrs. Soto! I cannot express in words how much she means to our students and staff. Her heart is truly in the right place and she does anything and everything for our students: listen, encourage, help them resolve problems, pester them about completing college and scholarship applications, cheer them on, and the list continues. I know for our staff, we have all at times stopped by to seek guidance with a particular student or parent. The best part of it all is her smile each and every day and her positivity despite the responsibility of serving all of our ECHS students, families, and our staff. Thank you, Mrs. Soto, for being awesome!

Not More, Just Different

In his book, Engage Every Family, Steve M. Constantino recalls the fear he felt, as a teacher, whenever the school year started and he heard the dreaded "i" word. However, he goes on to talk about how family engagement is not an initiative, but rather a commitment that is ongoing and never-ending. I think the same can be said with our commitment to teaching and learning. As I mentioned during our PLC, we have all had different degrees of training with respect to designing learning targets. While I have myself have been asked to write TEKs and have asked teachers to do the same, I have also seen the lack of clarity of what students are to accomplish that specific day when I talk to students. We definitely should take into consideration our instructional objectives, but we must also examine what it is that students will be learning today that will propel them to what they will learn next in order to satisfy and attain the skills and knowledge necessary to master their ultimate goal. When the learning targets are clear to both teachers and students, it sparks the learning cycle and enhances both students' dialogue about their learning while also giving teachers an opportunity to give specific feedback. As Moss and Brookhart state, "Graduating a class of self-regulated, assessment-capable, and lifelong learners doesn't just happen because we say it will. It happens when students set specific goals during today's lesson to reach their learning target." (25-26) Happy learning!

Upcoming Events & Reminders

Upcoming Events

  • End of Q3-6, February 12, 2016
  • Curriculum Audit Visit, February 16, 2016 (10:30A-12:00A)
  • SISD Instructional Rounds Site Visit, February 17, 2016 (7:30A-11:00A)
  • No SJC Classes, February 18, 2016 (All Day)
  • TSI Testing, San Jacinto College, February 19 & 26, 2016 (we will send out rosters)


Reminders

  • Be sure to upload your lesson plans through Google Drive. Please see Mrs. Scull if you need any assistance.
  • We will have an after-school staff meeting on February 3, 2016, from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • We will have our Awards Assembly on February 5, 2016. Please send your names of Most Outstanding Student and Most Improved Student to Mrs. Rush by Wednesday, February 3rd.

My Schedule This Week

Monday: On Campus (AM)/ Site Visit (Dallas, TX)

Tuesday: Off Campus (Dallas- Trini Garza ECHS)

Wednesday: On Campus

Thursday: On Campus

Friday: On Campus