NMS Faculty Bulletin 11-5-2012

ELA teachers have students working in stations during their intervention time!  Here are two examples from Susie and Andrew’s classrooms!  Props to you!  Snap Snap!

  Awesome work!    Word Work!    Reading work

This next 9 weeks is going to go fast.  Like I asked last week – please use your time wisely – we honestly don’t have a second to waste!  Now that the core teachers have data on their teaching and the students’ learning for this last 9 weeks – we can make sure we reteach what was not learned and move forward in the curriculum.  We want to see growth on the next CBQ’s.  After looking at the failure report from report cards, here is some data you might be interested in:

6th grade – 52 failures
7th grade – 45 failures
8th grade – 53 failures

Some students failed only one class, but there are many students that failed more than one.  We can count on those students not passing the STAAR if we don’t go back and intervene with these kids.  If you have students failing your class, how are you reteaching the material to them?

This is NOT pretty data, but is is honest data.  My goal for this week is 10/10.

Observer 10/9-10/12 10/15-10/19 10/22-10/26 10/29-11/2
Steve Barry 7/11 9/11 7/11 3/11
Kathy Green 10/11 7/11 3/11
Valerie Johnson 6/10 9/10 7/10 1/10
Tracey Reap 13/10 3/14 11/14 1/14

We have early dismissal on Wednesday.  We are going to have PD on Standards of Excellence and what does that mean for us at NMS?  We will look at Kickboard and see if we can tighten that up as well.  I am sure you all see that discipline is picking up and ISS assignments are rising.  When students are in ISS – they are not learning your material or what they need to know for your class, high school, and T24.  That is not to say, you are not to write referrals for students who have done the offenses that earn them a referral.  We all want to strive to use the techniques in Love and Logic and Teach Like A Champion to PREVENT those incidences from occurring.  The more  proactive we are – the better chances we have of keeping students in the classrooms learning.  In the next two weeks, all departments should be meeting to have a discussion on Chapters 1-4 in Teach Like A Champion.   As they say – the honeymoon is over – now we have to hold very tight and maintain our standards of excellence!  You all have put procedures in place – let’s all keep them there and send the same message to students!

Election Day – Tuesday
Tuesday is the Presidential Election Day!  NMS is a voting location – that means our parking is going to be tight.  The voting takes place in the theater.  If you get here early would you please park in the parking lot on the north side of the building.  We don’t want people trying to get into the building at the cafeteria, or in the front – we want them to enter through the Theater, vote in the theater, and then go! So – as many spaces as we can leave for them, the better.  Thank you in advance for trying to park in the north lot.  We will have the students go through the courtyard to get to area 9 and the same thing will be true as the students come in from area 9.  Thanks – you may leave on Tuesday as soon as the buses have rolled – so that you can also vote!

Thank you to the Math and Science Department for great work during the Data Analysis Day! I look forward to seeing the stations up and running!

Thanks to everyone for attending the TELPAS training!  We had 100% participation!  Snap! Snap!

Check out the 1st 9 Week CBQ Data!  Not too shabby, we have work to do – but props to all of the teachers!  Hard work is beginning to pay off.  We have not arrived – but progress is being made!  This NMS faculty rocks!

1st 9 Week CBQ Data
ReadingPreAP/Academic MathPreAP/Academic
6th Grade 10% Met
35% Met
7th Grade 73% MetSBISD81% Met 8% Met/42% MetSBISD8% Met/43% Met
8th Grade 35% MetSBISD38% Met 14% Met/77% MetSBISD21% Met/76% Met
Science SS
44% MetSBISD60% Met 30% MetSBISD42% Met
46% MetSBISD41% Met


19.2% MetSBISD40% Met
51% MetSBISD49% Met 56% MetSBISD56% Met

One more reminder:  Please make sure someone from your area is on duty during passing periods!  Thank you!

Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday, November 5, 2012
A Day
8:30 SS Data Conference in Lesli’s room
9:00 AP Meeting: Steve and Kathy
1:00 Leadership Team Meeting
3:30 SS Tutorials
3:30 Math Planning

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
B Day
Election Day – remember parking!
7:50 DC Meeting – conference room
8:30 TE Meeting
3:30 Program of Studies Meeting
3:30 Math Tutorials
3:30 SS Planning
5:00 Football v. Spring Woods @ SWHS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A Day
Early Release Day – NO ADVISORY – students go straight to 1st Period – Dismiss at 2:00
9:00 Counselor Meeting
2:00 PD in multi-purpose room

Thursday, November 8, 2012
B Day
8:00 Math Department meeting – TLAC
9:00 Principal’s Meeting
3:30 ELA Tutorials
3:30 Science Planning

Friday, November 9, 2012
A Day
9:00 Kid Team Meeting
10:00 7th grade to Opera
2:00 Office Meeting
3:30 School Dance

Have a productive week!!

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