ARMS Legend

Excellence Without Boundaries

BE LEGENDARY. Every Minute of Every Moment Counts!

April 27, 2015 6th Six Weeks, Week 2

BY MAY 2015, AT LEAST 80% OF ALL STAAR EXAMS TAKEN BY ARMS STUDENTS WILL MEET THE PHASE II PASSING STANDARD.

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TEACHER AND SUPPORT STAFF OF THE MONTH

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR LEGENDS!

You have been spotted....
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Spotlight on the entire Staff for supporting ARMS Students during STAAR testing!!

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Spotlight on Ms. Burns, Ms. Addison, and Ms. Salazar for being here this weekend for Algebra I Saturday School. Thank you so much for supporting our Algebra I students as they prepare for their upcoming EOC! Way to go RANGERS!!
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ARMS 8th Grade Reading Students Show Tremendous Growth & Perform Above the District

After much anticipation, the first administration of STAAR 8 Reading for Cohort 2019, results indicated 68% of our students met Satisfactory. This cohort is extra special as they are the first "graduating class" of ARMS. They have shown much growth this year (13%) and our re-testers will be joining them when they retest on May 12th! Kudos to all our 8th Grade RLA and Inclusion Teachers for your hard work and dedication to our students academic success!!
Special Note: ARMS Staff if you have a "Spotlight" you would like to share from the current week, please forward a picture and a short description of your Legendary Spotlight, to me by Saturday of each week.

ARMS COMMUNITY MESSAGE

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Growth is like Air....

As we approach out last full month, take the time to identify how you have grown professionally. In this calling we have for education, GROWTH is a necessity. Eric Johnson said, "I want people in my life that are more interested in my growth than in my comfort."

Share your reflections with someone at ARMS you connected with around your growth. Share how you have been altered, how you have grown, developed, or expanded your capacity as a member of this community.

Be sure to share with the person how they contributed by being a person who nudged you, encouraged another perspective, provided you the space to think through and come out on the other side. However the person supported you, let them know. Growth may be a personal experience, but our interaction and connection with others is how we live out how we have grown.

Instructional Focus

Approaching this last month is bitter sweet. Enjoy this time with your students!!
This is a time when many of your students engage in projects and you collaborate with other content areas. Finish strong, using everything that has brought you success thus far: aligned and thoughtful lessons, creating engaging learning opportunities, and an unrelenting commitment to your students success!

Every moment of every minute counts. Make the most of these 30 days!

I appreciate your commitment to the students and families of ARMS.

REMINDERS & Announcements

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Announcements will be emailed out to the staff no later than 8:40 AM. Check your email and share the announcement information with students.
As a reminder, announcements provide our campus the vital daily communications, please ensure you read the email and make note of important staff information and share student information.

The district is working on resolving the problem. I appreciate your patience and support as we work through this issue.
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Student Learning Objective

Teachers begin to administer your SLO post assessment and upload results into SchoolNet. Please have all SLO's complete and necessary data uploaded for your appraisers review by Wednesday, May 20th.

Questions may arise. Please feel free to contact your appraiser for clarification.

8th grade Pods hosting Tuesday Staff Breakfast

Reminder: 134 8th Grade Students will be participating in STAAR Reading - 8, intervention this week

Announcement: Make Up Instructional Day Due to Weather

Click here to vote whether you prefer to come back on:
  • Saturday, June 6th
  • Monday, June 8th
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Announcement: ARMS Baby Celebration

The ARMS Ranger Family have had MANY new additions this year (and it seems like we will be adding more). During our next staff meeting, May 26th, we take time to celebrate all of our littlest Rangers!! Sunshine Comittee will host the event and contribute to all of our newest Rangers, here and on the way!

We want to send all of our proud Ranger parents off with a basket full of baby items. Please bring in one item to Ms. Zapata. All baby items are welcome, such as (but not limited to):
  • diapers (newborns to 12 months)
  • wipes
  • baby powder
  • onesies
  • socks
  • bibs
  • blankets
  • pacifiers

Babies are a wonderful blessings!!! Rangers that have had babies this school year or are on the way, please send Ms. Zapata a picture for the slide show on May 26th.
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Pertinent campus wide WAIP information will be posted in the weekly ARMS Legend. Please ensure that you stay informed of district updates and general information. WAIP information that is specific to a team, grade, content, will be emailed directly.

Summer PD Calendar (August)

Please review the district calendar (especially August) for teacher start dates and overview of the Beginning of the Year training and events. Click here for calendar.

ARMS Calendar will be shared in May.

Ensure you have Reviewed: TEI ROSTER VERIFICATION PROCESS

Click here for an overview of the upcoming window (May 11-29) for TEI Roster Verification via MyData Portal. Take a moment to review the written instructions or videos provided to walk your through the process before the window is upon us.

Superintendents Scholarship 5K Fun Run!

Mark your calendars and let's have an ARMS Ranger presence on May 16th! Any ARMS runners in the midst that would like to "rally the troops?" I will be your first participant! Click here for more information.

WEEKLY EVENTS (4/27 - 5/1)

ARMS UNIVERSITY - TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH

STAFF BREAKFAST - TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH, Sponsored by 8th grade PODS

ADVISORY - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29TH

2015 - 2016 REGISTRATION PLANNING MEETING -
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29TH, 4:20 - 5:30 pm. (PARTICIPANTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN NOTIFIED)

2015-2016 PLANNING MEETING - THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH, 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Pizza will be provided. Calling all staff members who would like to take an active role in shaping ARMS for the upcoming year, PLEASE ATTEND!!! Even if you are not sure what that might look like and where you want to focus your attention, come anyway!! We will be discussing the future, our direction, sharing ideas, and laying the critical ground work. I would love to see you there! Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

May on the Horizon

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - MAY 4TH - 8TH

SATURDAY SCHOOL - MAY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30TH

ARMS UNIVERSITY - TUESDAY, MAY 5TH (6TH - 8TH PODS, IN LIBRARY)

STAAR 8TH GRADE RETEST- TUESDAY, MAY 12TH

IGNITE ACADEMY RESCHEDULED - WEDNESDAY, MAY 13TH, IN 201, 4:30 - 5:30

SBDM MEETING -
THURSDAY, MAY 14TH 5:00 - 6:00 PM, IN LIBRARY

STAFF BREAKFAST - TUESDAY, MAY 19TH, SPONSORED BY 7TH GRADE

COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL & PARENT WORKSHOP, WEDNESDAY, MAY 20TH, IN LIBRARY, 8:15 - 10:00 AM

8TH GRADE EOY FIELD DAY, THURSDAY, MAY 21ST, 10:00 - 3:30 (@ DOUBLE D RANCH)

$1 JEAN DAY, FRIDAY, MAY 22ND

FACULTY FUN FRIDAY, FRIDAY, MAY 22ND, TBA

MEMORIAL DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED, MONDAY, MAY 25TH

STAFF MEETING, TUESDAY, MAY 26TH, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY, THURSDAY, MAY 28TH, @ ARMS

8TH GRADE EOY DANCE, FRIDAY, MAY 29TH, @ CALLEJO ES, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Fun & Frolic

ARMS Good News / Smiles

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STAARS intergalactic Force

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Ms. Maronen's students were participating in a culminating writing project. They wrote their personal narratives over the course of 2-3 weeks about a memorable time in their lives. TEK 8.16-17

(16) Writing. Students write about their own experiences. Students are expected to write a personal narrative that has a clearly defined focus and includes reflections on decisions, actions, and/or consequences.

(17) Writing/Expository and Procedural Texts. Students write expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes.

Ms. Maronen shared: As humans most of our memorable experiences have some sort of food there (we love to eat!). I asked the students to then produce a recipe of a food that was present at their memorable moment. The final texts were due Friday. They were to use listening and speaking skills (8.26) to read their stories and share their recipes to a partner Friday. For extra credit, they could bring their foods. I brought my granddaddy's award-winning chili and used my story and recipe as the mentor text for the project!

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1st Division for 6th Graders @ the Sandy Lake Beginner Band Festival

Marshall Memo - Weekly Round-UP of Educational Ideas, K-12

A Student Steps Up

In this Kappan article, Washington State high-school teacher Patricia Beltran describes how a student’s PowerPoint presentation on Elie Wiesel’s book, Night, was interrupted by cries of “No, no, no!” from outside the classroom. Beltran guessed it was a student from a nearby class for students with significant social and emotional disabilities, and commented on the ironic juxtaposition of Wiesel’s despair during his imprisonment and the real-time despair of a young man outside their door. She added that the student was surely getting support from a caring teacher.

But the cries of “No, no, no!” continued, and after a few more minutes, one boy abruptly got up, said, “I got to see that kid,” and left the room. The despairing cries stopped and the boy returned to his seat. Beltran asked the class to think about what had just happened, and when no one responded, she asked the boy what he had done. “That kid just needed someone to hold his hand for a while to calm down,” he said. “It’s not right, it’s not right.”

“I found myself without words,” says Beltran. He was a stocky, taciturn Mexican-American student who rarely contributed in class and was having difficulty with the work. “Nothing about him obviously suggested the kind of tenderness, compassion, and bravery this action demonstrated,” she says. “He had done what Wiesel calls us to do… He didn’t turn away or assume others would do something. He got up and took action. I was content to let my colleague handle the situation next door; this student was not.”

She finally expressed her admiration for the student. After class, another student stopped and talked to him, also praising what he had done. Beltran and her special-education colleague nominated the boy for “student of the month” and called his father to tell him about the incident. As Beltran got to know the student better, he confided that his mother was in detention for an immigration violation and faced possible deportation. “The student had been dealing with his own despair since the beginning of the school year,” she says. “I had no idea… He taught me that assumptions are easy and often wrong and that a young man who appears disinterested and mildly hostile can be facing despair but still have the courage to reject it and even conquer it.”

“The Student As Teacher” by Patricia Beltran in Phi Delta Kappan, April 2015 (Vol. 96, #7, p. 80), www.kappanmagazine.org; Beltran can be reached at beltranp@bsd405.org.

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ARMS Rangers April Birthdays!

April
  • C. Dreyer 1st
  • S. Pounders 1st
  • S. Burks 8th
  • T. Lee 9th
  • B. Burns 21st
  • C. Lloyd 21st
  • S. Seales 22nd
  • L. Quintana 24th
  • P. Tovar 25th
  • M. Reddy 29th

We serve a critical time in our students lives! Always remember how valuable you are!

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TEACHER T'S THAT ROCK!!

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