NMS Faculty Bulletin 1-27-2014

ImageKnow Our Kids, Meet their Needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

I hope everyone stayed warm and safe on our “Snow Day” on Friday.  Sounds like we could have another winter storm this week!  Thanks to you all for being prepared, having your call lists, and calling your people!  We may need to be ready again – stay tuned!

I need Teacher of the Year nominations by Wednesday!  Thanks for getting those names in ASAP!

Just a reminder that you have an article on Grit to read before next Wednesday’s faculty meeting.  I sent it in an email.   Thank you in advance!

At this point – all of us should be working on some very specific techniques and strategies with our students as we help them reach grade level and beyond – in their quest for T-2-4!  We have formed accountability teams to keep us all on track and move the needle

  • Backwards Design – starting with the end in mind – writing Unit Tests before teaching the Unit
  • Literacy Strategies – each Department has written a literacy plan & ELL strategies
  • Using data to guide instruction with students (small groups)

That is it – that is what we will focus on in the classroom – When you meet in your Accountability Teams – that is what the conversation will be centered around!  Here is what I believe:

This work is important!
You can do it!
I won’t give up on you!

I hope you are passing this message on to your students as well!  I have seen you all in action – and it is happening at NMS!  It definitely requires GRIT to work at NMS and you all have it!  Let’s make it happen!  Every moment counts – 

Here is the schedule for this week:
Monday, January 27, 2014
B Day
Base Camp
Practice STAAR Training for all teachers participating in test during conference periods (was scheduled for Friday)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
A Day
Practice STAAR – 7th grade Writing and 8th grade Math:  6th grade eats regular lunch, the rest of the lunches – wait for email or announcements to send kids!  YES students will not attend electives in the morning.
9:00 Val @ mtg.
1:30 ILT
3:30 Science Team meetings
4:30 Cross Country Meet @ SFMS

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
B Day
7:50 Accountability Team meeting – conference
Practice STAAR – 7th grade Writing and 8th grade Reading
1:30 TELPAS training – Tracey out
4:00-5:00 DC Training for NRT testing @ Ad. Bldg. (any 6th and 7th grade teachers are welcome to attend)
5:30 YES Prep recruiting in cafeteria
6:00 8th grade Parent meeting in Theater – HB5

Thursday, January 30, 2014
A Day
9:00 Parent Meeting Hollibrook
11:30 ReVision Luncheon in parent Center
12:30 TELPAS Training West Transition Campus
3:35 Knights Grade level meeting

Friday, January 31, 2014
B Day
9:00 Kid Team meeting

Coming up in the next week:
2-3:  Incentive – Free Dress
2-3: UIL Eligiblity Gained Only
2-4: 4th Six Weeks YES Prep Grades Due
2-4: Cross Country Meet @ Nottingham Park
2-5:  Faculty Meeting
2-6:  5th grade Transition Visit to NMS – Elective teachers be ready with students to recruit
2-7: Bid Trip for NHS Soccer Game
2-11 NRT Testing 6th & 7th grade
2-12 NRT Testing 6th & 7th grade
2-12 Early Release Shared PD
2-13 SKY Partnership classroom visits
2-14 Valentines Dance/Incentive Lunch in Courtyard

Have a great week!  Let’s get up that Mountain!


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