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I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and break!  I look forward to seeing everyone on January 7, 2013 at 8:00 in the MPR.  The CIT spent a lot of time planning the PD for you on that day!

It is always tradition to set goals for the upcoming year as we roll into a new year!  For us in education, we are not ready to set new goals, but it is time to revisit our current goals, assess where we are, and be ready to make it happen for our students in 2013!  This semester is critical for the success of NMS.  We have missed AYP and now we are under the gun.  Every moment in the classroom must count.  I want you to know that I believe we can do it, but we have to up the urgency and get the job done.  As I look at our Thinks and Acts… The big people in the building have to follow and believe them also – We will have to give 100% every day, be ready and willing to work hard, and perform to the best of our abilities every day!  I wouldn’t ask you to do anything I wouldn’t do – and I am in 100%!  

Goals 2012-2013
1.  100% of students at NMS will score a 70% or better on the STAAR exams.
2.  99% of NMS students will be in the classroom every day for the 2012-2013 school year as measured by Skyward student discipline data.
3.  Each teacher will receive a walk-through per week with written feedback on that visit.  The feedback will be discussed every two weeks during the 03’s for the 2012-2013 school year.  

We will be having our data conferences from our 2nd 9 weeks’ CBQs in the next couple of weeks and we also have the released STAAR tests coming up also!  We need to use this data and the ELL best practices to move the needle and get our students where we know they can be!  We have our work cut out for us – but it can be done!  Focus on letting the students do the heavy lifting – your work is done in the planning – the students do the work in the classroom!  Remember – the person doing the talking is the the one doing the thinking!  As we visit in classrooms – we will be looking for the ELL strategies!  

Culture
This first week back is the time to reset the expectations in your classrooms!  Tighten up on your procedures, reteach them, have the students practice them, create the classroom culture that you want and must have in order to have the highest student achievement possible!  It is your classroom – you can make it happen!!  
I have the climate survey results that you all did – I will post them here soon!  

Shout Outs
I have a shout out to Sheena Guevara – thank you for emailing when students aren’t in your room but have been here for the other classes!
 Shout out also to the CIT for their work in putting together the PD for Jan. 7, 2013.  
Thank you Minga and Katherine for the outstanding luncheon that PTA did for us!
One more shout out to Stephanie for the 12 Days before Christmas – it was fun!  

Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday, January 7, 2013
PD in MPR

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
A Day
8 Teachers out for ELL Content Training
8:30 TE & NMS Conference Room
4:30 Cross Country Meet@ SWMS
6:30-8:30 Civic North Meeting in cafeteria

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A Day
8 Teachers out for ELL Content Training
8:30 Val Meeting
8:30-9:00 Character Without Question Interviews – conference room
3:30 Knights and Rockets Student Culture Planning Meeting – Val’s office
4:00 Basketball @ MMS
6:00 It’s Your Game Parent Meeting in cafeteria

Thursday, January 10, 2013
B Day
All ELA teachers at ELL training
9:00 Principal’s Meeting
4:30 Basketball Tournament @ NMS

Friday, January 11, 20
A Day
All ELA teachers at ELL training
8:00 Behavior Training for SPED Teachers 2G
9:00 Kid Team Meeting
10:00 Internal planning meeting for Elementary Transition Breakfast
4:00 Girls Conference Walkthrough

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