Ram Nation News
Week of May 14, 2018
Last week we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. While it was an intense week of preparation to our next milestone, STAAR testing, it was also a time to be recognized for the impact in the lives of our Rams. Each one of you is a HERO!!! What is your superpower?
As parents came in to volunteer, to participate in meetings, or to drop off gifts for you, I received many praises about our teachers. One in particular caught my attention,
- A parent's praise about a teacher. She said it well about this particular teacher (who is so humble that asked me to not mention her name),
- "We could never repay you or present you with a gift equivalent to the many things you are and do." "My daughter started naming out what you like and your favorite color. She really loves you!!!"...... "She had a choice of who to give a gift and you were the first name to come out of her mouth. I really appreciate you and all the times you sacrificed to come in to provide extra help and the encouragement you gave her. She used to come home asking me if she was dumb because she really had a hard time with the work; it was as if she was purposely doing bad on the work but she really didn't have a clue as to what she needed to do. You helped transform her and for that I thank you.
Stories like this one is what help us to keep going; "this is why we do what we do" (from the teacher who received this message). Thank you so much for continuing to shape dramatically the lives of our children by providing awesome and meaningful learning experiences. Thank you for helping reach and stretch the potential of each one of our Rams.
We know that this week is critical and will determine our success in regards to our state accountability. It is that time of the year when we will have an opportunity to show the District and the State what Thomas J. Rusk Middle School is all about. You have worked extremely hard to get our students not only prepared for the next grade level, but also to take the STAAR test. Our students are ready and confident that they will succeed; I know that they have worked hard and will do their very best during testing days. As we strive to be beacons of hope providing a life of opportunity to our students and our community,
- Remind our students that you are proud of them
- Be calm and actively monitor the testing environment
- Smile and follow the testing protocol shared by our Testing Coordinator
Let's make sure that we stay focus on preparing our students for success. We need to get our students as ready as possible for the next grade level; therefore, in our classrooms where camps are taking place,
- let's teach and hold students accountable for the learning
- let's challenge students by exposing them to high level tasks, HOTS questioning, and engage them in habits of discussion.
- let's be prepared by having materials and lesson plan ready, having questions available, making learning relevant, and knowing or anticipating students' misconceptions
- Ms. Woods, Ms. Hoskins, Ms. Galvan, Ms. Saucedo, Ms. Bickford, Mr. Harris, Mr. Carballo, Ms. Araujo, office helpers, and 6th grade cheerleaders for their hard work, dedication, and support during the 6th grade dancing with the stars. Our 6th graders had a good time and enjoyed their celebration.
- Ms. Davis for her leadership and coordination of the testing meetings. She did an awesome job setting up the logistics of the testing environment. By doing so, we can ensure that our students get the best setting to be successful.
TEI Roster Verification (TRV) Completion
Congratulations to the following teachers for having completed their TRV.
STRIPLING, KELLYEBROWN, ANGELA
The deadline for teachers to submit rosters is May 25 at 5:00 pm. Approvers have until June 9 to approve submitted rosters.
AVID- Top 4 in ChatterHigh Competition
STEAM for Girls
Our girls continue to have opportunities to engage in hands-on activities/projects focusing in creative problem solving to combine science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Shout out to Ms. Carroll, Ms. Brunson, and Ms. Minter for supporting our girls in this program. It is exciting to see our students have fun as they learn!!!
worked with Ms. Stripling in a reading lesson. It is great to see our APs work hand in hand with our teachers and students.
Ms. Baker's male AVID leaders continue to mentor and support our 6th grade students in Ms. Michael's class. Our 6th graders are excited to see our 8th graders guiding them in the review of math concepts and encouraging them to do good in school.
The Ram Nation continued to honor the memory of Happy Patel with a community service event behind Austin Street Shelter and downtown Dallas at Ervay & Corsicana. Around 300 lunches were served, we had plenty of water thanks to Mr. Guillory, a U-Haul truck to serve from thanks to The Millers, Coach Addison provided the clothing table, & Mrs. Carrol and Katherine, one of our 7th graders, provided the clothing. Ms. Tucker and Mr. Patel supported with distribution. Thanks everyone for supporting this ministry
Teacher Appreciation Week
ISTATION EOY ASSESSMENT
The End of the Year (EOY) Assessment window for I-Station opened on May 1, 2018. Given that this is the final I-Station assessment for our students this year, please talk with them beforehand and make sure that they understand that they should take this assessment seriously. Please consider changing the seat arrangements of students, if necessary. Also, students need to be monitored closely while testing to make sure that they are following testing protocols and giving their best effort.
- 6th, 7th, and 8th Retesters - STAAR Math
- 8th grade Science and Social Studies Camp for students who have passed math.
- 7th grade math PreAP students will engage in science and reading activities - Ms. Vargas
- 6th, 7th, and 8th Retesters - STAAR Reading
- 8th grade Science and Social Studies Camp for students who have passed reading.
- 8th Grade STAAR Science
- 6th Grade Social Studies Camp
- 8th Grade STAAR Social Studies
- 7th Grade Field Day - Ms. Perez
- 6th Grade Field Trip to the Environmental Center 1/2 of the students - Ms. Cooray's science students.
- 6th Grade Science Camp in preparation for ACPs. Teachers will plan for this camp.
- 6th Grade Field Trip to the Environmental Center 1/2 of the students - Ms. Minter's science students.
- 6th Grade Science Camp in preparation for ACPs. Teachers will plan for this camp.
- 8th Grade UNT College Visit
Saturday, May 19
- 9:00 - 12:00 Dallas ISD Large Scale Job Fair - Leadership team and selected members.
Based on feedback received, I am sharing as many dates/events for the month of May as possible to ensure appropriate planning is taking place.
Monday, May 21st
- Career Day (Shelby/Calderon)
- Student Voices: Gun Violence and School Safety
- 7th Grade Science PreAP field trip to Perot Museum - Ms. Rendon
Tuesday, May 22nd
- 8th Grade Field Day
- 6th Grade Science field trip to Perot Museum - Ms. Cooray
- 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Spring Band Concert - Mr. McCann and Mr. Alarcon
Wednesday, May 23rd
- 8th Grade Downtown Dallas
Thursday, May 24th
- 8th Grade SMU
Friday, May 25th
- ACP testing begins
- 7:00 - 10:00 p.m 8th grade EOY Dance
Thursday, May 31st
- 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
Friday, June 1
- 2:00 p.m. EOY Luncheon at Pappadeoux
Monday, June 4th
- Grades due at the end of the day
- Summer Dress Code begins through September 28. See this memo for more details.
Tuesday, June 5
- Teacher work day
- 4:30 p.m. Happy Summer Break!!!!
June 7 - June 8
- AVID Pathway training - This is a training for everyone who has not been trained by AVID certified trainers. There are two options, option one: you can get paid for both days; option two: you can get paid for one day and get credit for 7 hours toward your required 21 hours.
June 11 - June 21
- Summer Readiness Summer School
June 11 - June 27
- SSI Summer School
June 19 - June 22
- Responsive Classroom Training - Team of 8 staff members. The Responsive Classroom Course for Middle School Educators is designed to empower educators to create a middle school experience that’s responsive to the developmental strengths and needs of young adolescents, while helping students develop the academic, social, and emotional skills they need to be successful in and out of school.
2017-2018 Calendar Modification
See Ms. Miranda if you have any questions.