As you know, our school was broken in to over the weekend. The four students who broke into the building were apprehended and the stolen items were recovered. They gained entry into the building through our mechanical room. The maintenance department responded very quickly in fixing the doors so that they could not break into the building again. I am hopeful that we have put an end to this problem! But please continue to be mindful of your surroundings and let me know if you notice anything amiss. Also, continue to close and lock your door when you leave for the day. If you have iPads in your room, please check to see if you are missing one. If you are missing one, let me know!
March 13th Early Release
The March 13th early release day is still a work day for us. We will provide lunch that day so that we can get started quickly after dismissal to complete STAAR Training. Following STAAR Training, you will be released to either have time for Laser Focus, Planning, or cleaning/packing. This would be a great time to take home anything that you know you will not need for the rest of the year!
Please be sure that you are collecting your TELPAS Writing samples. Writing collections are due by March 12th. Hopefully you have 1 or 2 samples by this time. If you have any questions about TELPAS, don't hesitate to ask Jennifer or Leesa.
Texas Public Schools Week
Next week, March 2nd - 6th is Texas Public Schools Week. This year's theme is "Education: It's BIGGER here." If you have any activities in your class planned that you would like to have spotlighted, let me know and we will send pictures for the district website or Snapshots.
I hope you are enjoying using our updated computer lab! We have several things coming up that are going to require the use of the lab. Please be flexible with us in the coming weeks, as we are going to need to cancel the regular computer lab schedule several times. We will be doing TELPAS Tutorials, STAAR A Tutorials, TELPAS, and STAAR A in the lab. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause!
Things to ponder...
At this time of year, we know our students well and have quite a bit of data to support what we know about them. Here are just a few things to think about as we are heading into the "home stretch".
* Is every single minute of the school day as powerful as it can be?
* Do I need to look at restructuring the time in the day so that I can spend a little more time in the areas my students need it most?
* Are my students in pull-outs or tutorials making progress? Do I need to reconsider who is in my intervention groups?
* Which of my students would benefit from goal setting conferences?
* Which of my students might benefit from an adult encourager or cheerleader that checks in on them periodically?
* Am I checking in with my grade level interventionist regularly to check my students' progress?
* How am I supporting my grade level interventionist to ensure that their lessons are targeted and have a clarity of purpose?