Blue Haze Bulletin

Weekly Staff Newsletter 3/21 - 3/25

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun-filled Spring Break! I took a mother-daughter trip to NYC, and we had a great time! As I sat here and looked through our campus calendar and the upcoming weeks, I can't believe how much we have to do and what little time is left! We have TEN weeks to impact our students and provide them the most beneficial and engaging education possible before sending them on to the next grade level. Every single moment, hour and day matters! Let's make each one great!
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Great Articles!

Take some time to read the following:

How Transparency Can Transform School Culture

The Power Struggle Trap

Impact of Homework on Young Students

Getting Real About GRIT

Region 17 Instructional Leaders: ‪#‎txed‬ ‪#‎leadexcel‬

"Stamina for students is not built giving kids long tests or grueling, boring work! It is built by teachers who every period of every day engage kids in challenging course work relentlessly. Students in high performing schools have no notion of a "free day."

"It is not the "cool" teacher that makes a difference, it is the teacher who has the highest expectations for kids that impacts student growth." - John Wink

Professional Reminders:

Bulletin Boards: Please update your bulletin boards with current work for the 5th six weeks. Include the TEK and a critical writing piece...let's share the amazing learning happening in your classrooms!

Book Study: Teachers I know this is a very busy time, but don't forget to keep up with reading The Book Whisperer! We will revisit and discuss this text in May.

Retention: Teachers, please refrain from discussing retention with parents. If you have a student you feel is a candidate for retention, we need to schedule a meeting in the next couple of weeks to review data and discuss. Please email me.

Spring Cleaning: We will walk through rooms this week and update concerns from the Fire Marshall's last visit.

Warm-up Wednesdays: It's Spring now, so there's no longer a need for warm-ups. :)

Videos: Any movies or videos shown for an earned reward or party day must be approved by Sarah in advance. Any videos being used for educational purposes must be previewed by teacher before showing students, and included in team's lesson plans.

Blooms Planning Chart: Teachers, if you need an additional copy of the Blooms Planning Chart, please email Sarah. Be sure to utilize this chart when you are planning with your team. We must provide rigorous, relevant and high-level lessons/questions for our students.

Student Management: Please be sure we are all modeling positive and supportive interactions with our students, even in challenging situations. All staff members should be utilizing our PBIS to ensure consistent expectations for all students--in classrooms, the cafeteria, hallways, etc. If a situation arises and you need additional support with a student or just a moment to step away, please contact Mary, Darla or an Administrator. Please remember this powerful message:

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Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, 3/22: Team Lead Meeting. 3:05 Conference Room

Wednesday 3/23: College Blitz & Jeans, Staff Mtg 3:05/MPR (Details TBA), Pizza Patrol

Thursday 3/24: Grade Level PLCs/RTI Meetings, Kindergarten Egg Hunt

Friday 3/25: RTI Meetings Con't.

Monday 3/28: TA Meeting (Details TBA)

Tuesday 3/29: STAAR 4th Writing

Wednesday 3/30: Team Lesson Collaboration Mtg 3:05-4:00

Thursday 3/31: Grade Level PLCs, BHE Math Alignment Mtg, 3:05/Conference Room

Monday 4/4: 4th Reading Benchmark

Tuesday 4/5: 3rd Reading Benchmark

Wednesday 4/6: 4th Math Benchmark, Staff Mtg 3:05/MPR (All Staff)

Thursday 4/7: Grade Level PLCs, 3rd Math Benchmark

Boosterthon FUN RUN

Our first Boosterthon FUN RUN was a HUGE success, thanks to our wonderful students, families and staff! Now for the most important part...our goal is to collect 100% of pledges! Teachers, please remind your parents today via class email, social media and phone to collect and turn in pledges as our first due date is this Wednesday, March 23rd!


Let's be sure to continue our discussions with students about Growth Mindset and GRIT! Several classrooms show evidence of a "GRIT" culture via charts, journal entries and student conversations! Let's keep up the Growth Mindset language, praising the effort, and reminding students to have GRIT!
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BHE's 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations Ms. Garton! :)
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Have a fantastic week everyone!