NMS Knightly News 1-12-15

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Know our Kids, Meet their Needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

Congratulations to everyone for a great first week back!  Props to 8th grade for starting using  Passports for recording positive and not so positive student behaviors.  From what I heard at the 8th grade meeting – it has been pretty successful so far!  I heard several teachers restating expectations and CHAMPS expectations this week!  Way to start 2015 off strong!

Culture:
This Wednesday will be our 2nd Honor Roll Celebration!  Many of you have expressed to me that we need to do more for our Honor Roll students as well as recognize those students who are showing growth, but maybe not making it on the Honor Roll!  Your words have been heard and we are going to take action!  Wednesday, January 14 – is our next Honor Roll Celebration.  Students who did at least one of these 3 things will be invited to attend:

1. Made all A’s
2. Made all A’s and B’s
3.  Improved one letter grade in two subject areas

Those students will receive a ticket during lunch on Wednesday that will allow them to leave class on Wednesday at 3:30 to go to the old gym.  They will get an ice cream sundae and intramurals in the old gym.  We will dismiss them to go to the buses at 4:00.

Thanks everyone for helping to manage the new tardy lunch detentions.  Your only job is to make sure your kids see the list and remind them to go to the theater!  Thank you for your support!!  Props to 8th grade for starting using  Passports for recording positive and not so positive student behaviors.  From what I heard at the 8th grade meeting – it has been pretty successful so far!  I heard several teachers restating expectations and CHAMPS expectations this week!  Way to start 2015 off strong!  I would also like to shout out Area 4 for always having an adult presence during passing periods!

Instruction:
Remember as you are writing your lesson plans you need to indicate on your daily plans besides your objective and language objective, Set, Input, Guided Practice, Independent Practice, and Closure.  These are the chunks of the lesson cycle that need to be in all lesson plans.

As we work on our Second Quarterly goals for each Root Cause – i want to remind you of the data we will collect.
Root Cause 1 – Reading
Quarterly Goal 2 – 70% of students pass Reading Unit Tests and Reading CBA’s – Data Wall to monitor
75% of core subject area classrooms using targeted ELL strategies – ELL observations to monitor

Root Cause 2 – Writing has not been the focus
Quarterly Goal 2 – 100% of teachers use writing protocol 2 a month in department meetings – writing samples/action plans
50% of 7th grade students pass the released STAAR writing-ILT analysis form
35% of 7th grade LEP students pass the released STAAR writing-core writing samples, Data from practice                      STAAR, small group assignments

Root Cause 3 – Increasing the Rigor
Quarterly Goal 2 – 40% of all students will score 80% or above on all unit tests. -Lesson Cycle, planning, data wall,                                         enrichment tutoring, types of questioning

We can all be working towards these Quarterly 2 goals!

Here is the schedule for the week:
Monday, January 12, 2015
A Day
1:30 ILT Meeting
5:00 Boys Basketball @ NMS

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
B Day
8:00 CIT Meeting
8:45 Base Camp
2:00 TE Meeting with administrators
3:30 Honor Roll Celebration in old gym
4:45 Cross Country Meet

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
A Day
8:00 Faculty Meeting
5:00 Girls Basetball @ SOM & LMS

Thursday, January 15, 2015
B Day
9:00 Val @ Principal’s meeting
1:00 Joint Master Scheduling Meeting
1:30 Gang Task Force Meeting in MPR
4:00 Knights Grade Level meeting

Friday, January 16, 2015
A Day
8:45 5th grade Transition Meeting
10:15 Kid Team Meeting

As you assign students work in your classroom… Remember:  TASK=PERFORMANCE

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