Curriculum Courier

For the week of March 27, 2015

Curriculum

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. ”

– Steve Jobs

Social Studies/CTE: Jon Eric Ziaer

Social Studies

During the month of March we were very excited to promote the many learning experiences throughout Coppell ISD that acknowledge the many achievements and contributions of Women in U.S. history as part of Women’s History Month.

In addition, we also will be celebrating Texas History Month in March.

Learners from Coppell High School and CMS-North participated in the Regional competition for National History Day and had a tremendous showing with a large number qualifying for the State competition in May. Our National History Day competitors were guided in their efforts by Angela Geiger, CMS-North Social Studies educator.

The Social Studies Instructional Materials committee has concluded the pilot phase and we are now finalizing details for our recommendations for the Board and Dr. Waldrip in April.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The Coppell High School InventTeam, under the direction of Mike Yakubovsky, was able to participate in the SxSW.EDU event in Austin over Spring Break.

“You spend, on average, over half of your life at work-why not make it an enjoyable experience?”

Science: Linda Cook

Elementary and Secondary Science Content Specialists will meet at CMSN in Room B204 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 26th. Each content specialist will bring back to campus some ideas for Reading and Writing in the Science Classroom. Secondary will begin a discussion of the book A Repair Kit for Grading: Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades.

Here are some state and district guidelines for science instruction:

District Guidelines

  • Kindergarten - a minimum of 90 minutes per week of science instructional time
  • Grades 1-5 - a minimum of 150 minutes per week of science instructional time. Some campuses require science every day and exceed this minimum.

State Guidelines

The TEKS specify what amount of science instructional time needs to be devoted to hands-on science experiences.

  • Grades K-1 - for 80% of science instructional time, students are engaged in hands-on classroom and outdoor investigations
  • Grades 2-3 - for 60% of science instructional time, students are engaged in hands-on classroom and outdoor investigations
  • Grades 4-5 - for 50% of science instructional time, students are engaged in hands-on classroom and outdoor investigations
  • Grades 6-12 - for 40% of science instructional time, students conduct laboratory and field investigations.

Mathematics: Mary Kemper

Secondary Math Department Chairs will meet this Thursday, March 26 at Coppell Middle School North at 4:00 pm.

Language & Literacy: Heather Cato

Handwriting Without Tears has a wealth of online resources, including an interactive white board resource and worksheet maker. Recently, a webinar, “A Walk Through Your FREE Texas Resources,” was shared with us to help inform us about these resources. The Pre-K teachers have access to everything they will see here as well. — Please share with educators.

PLAY RECORDING (17 min)

Assessment: Debbie Youngs

‘TIS THE SEASON

The STAAR testing season is upon us! Please follow the standard procedures with regard to visitors in the building during testing. While there may be parents registering for Kinder, they are to remain in the office area.

UPCOMING ASSESSMENT DATES FOR MARCH/APRIL

3/2: TAKS Exit Level ELA

3/3: TAKS Exit Level Mathematics

3/4: TAKS Exit Level Science

3/5: TAKS Exit Level Social Studies

3/16-4/8: K-12 TELPAS Window

3/17: ACT + Writing

3/30: STAAR EOC English I

3/30: STAAR 3-8 Grades 4 and 7 Writing Day 1

3/31: STAAR 3-8 Grades 5 and 8 Reading

3/31: STAAR 3-8 Grades 4 and 7 Writing Day 2

4/1: STAAR EOC ENGLISH II

4/3: Make-up STAAR Deadline

4/13-14: PREK Testing

4/20: STAAR 3-8 Grades 5 and 8 Math

4/21: STAAR 3-8 Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 Math

4/21: STAAR 3-8 Grade 8 Social Studies

4/22: STAAR 3-8 Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 Reading

4/22: STAAR 3-8 Grades 5 and 8 Science

4/24: STAAR Make-up Deadline

4/27-5/22: MAP EOY Window

Grades K-8 Reading and Math

Grades 3-8 Science

Weekly Smile

Red and Rover by Brian Basset

Professional Learning: Laurie O'Neill

Are you planning to send your educators or administrators to participate in the Great Expectations training this summer in Coppell? Registration is now open. Please follow the button below to access the registration.