Thursday, May 29, 2014

E-News 05.29.2014



Show Notes
Revolutionizing Learning in RCISD

Dates to Remember
  • June 4 - Kindergarten Beach Day
  • June 5-6 - Early Release Days @ 12:30pm (Communicate with Parents)
  • June 5-6 - Grade Level Awards Program
  • June 9 - Summer School Prep Day
  • June 10 - Summer School Classes Begin
  • June 10 - PBIS Team Training @ Region 10
  • June 10 & 12 - RCISD Writing Alignment @ Administration Building
  • July 28 & 29 - RCISD Math Alignment @ Administration Building
  • July 30-31 - PLC Institute in Royse City ISD
  • August 6-7 - Revolutionizing Learning in RCISD
  • August 13 - Campus Data Day - Presentation with other campuses
  • August 14 & 15 - New Staff In-Service
  • August 18-22 - Staff Development Week
  • August 19 - District Convocation (AM only)
  • August 21 - Meet the Teacher @ 5:00-6:30pm
  • August 25 - First Day of School

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Compliance Staff Development

I can NEVER remember the list of compliance training video the district would like us to complete over the summer. Also, I can NEVER locate the original email Mr. Jeff Webb sends us when I need it.

With that in mind, I've decided to post the compliance staff development requirements here on the blog (just in case). Below it the email message Mr. Jeff Webb send us earlier today:

That time of year again. On the bright side if I’m sending this out, it must be close to the end of school!!

Courses Required by the beginning of school to receive credit for the flex day:

Login using your school email address and whatever password you’ve chosen.

If you do not have a Reg X account, you’ll need to create one using your school email address

These will fulfill the requirement for one flex day.

As always, print out a copy and turn into supervisor or administrator.


**** Updated 5.29.2014 ****
You may complete the online course any time after the last day of school. Any courses cannot be accepted if they are completed on an duty day otherwise it is considered "double dipping".

Here's the original link to the Region 10 website for the Compliance Training. Be sure to save & print a copy for our records and give it to Martha. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Is It Time to Wrap Up, Yet?

Field day is over and with only 9 more days left of school. It's 4:30pm after school and before I go home for the 3-day weekend, I wanted to share TWO things with you before we start wrapping up 2013-2014.

#1
We received our STAAR scores back from the state on Wednesday. Here's the overall scores for each test:

  • 3rd Grade Reading - 89% Passing
  • 3rd Grade Math - 72% Passing
  • 4th Grade Reading - 72% Passing
  • 4th Grade Math - 63% Passing
  • 4th Grade Writing - 72% Passing
Compared to several other district in our area, our scores are about the same or higher. It is too early to know if we "Met Standard" or "Improvement Required" but regardless.... we will continue making improvements to our instructional program. Here is a letter written by a Superintendent from Paris ISD about the test assessments. Take the time to read it! This will help keep things in prospective.

#2
Here is a video by SoulPancake and Edutopia promoting the idea that #TeachersMatter -- I appreciate all you guys do for our students. Keep up the good work!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Month

Vicki Middlebrook, Music


Sunday, May 18, 2014

E-News 05.19.2014

I’m writing this blog post from the tour bus on our way back to Royse City. We have a great time with the 4th Grade students in Austin. Our parents were very helpful and supportive! All our teachers did a wonderful job with our students in Austin.

Here are a few pictures for the trip!




















It’s been a while since I’ve posted something on the blog (it's been a nutty couple of weeks). But I wanted to be sure you had some information moving forward towards the end of the year.

Summer Professional Development
Lots of teachers have submitted their Summer PD worksheets. I’m pleased to know many of you are attending the Revolutionizing Learning in RCISD conference. The location will now be at the High School because of the size of this event. Be sure to register on the EventBrite website. The dates are August 6-7. You will need to register for BOTH days of the event (if you are attending both of course).

Along with both of these dates, several teachers will be attending PLC training on July 30-31. Also there are two other events that pays a $200 stipend. I can allow ONE teacher from each grade level to attend.

  • Writing Alignment Workshop – June 10 & 12
  • Math Alignment Workshop – July 28 & 29

Let me know if you are interested in attending and I will add you to the list.

Teacher of the Month - Last Time!
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Cast your vote for a NEW Teacher of the Month. The Teacher of the Month is a monthly award that recognizes a teacher who exemplifies excellence in education. The Teacher of the Month will be given a parking space in the staff parking lot for that month and a special treat.
Please select ONE teacher who exemplifies our district's vision of Empowering Students & Shaping the Future.

Staff Salary Raises
Last Monday, our School Board approved the raises for all staff salaries for next year. This is a general 2% raise for all school employees. Mr. Worthy, Mr. Webb, and Mr. Carter has figured out a way to increase our salaries for next year and hopefully for other school years in the near future. Be sure to thank them for their efforts to increase your pay. If you have specific questions about your situation, please contact Mr. Webb.

Save the Date
Mr. Snow will be at Scott Elementary next Wednesday, May 28 after school to talk about the transition from Microsoft Outlook to Google Gmail. He will also share what we can do to start moving our files to Google Drive so we can access them anywhere. Please make arrangements to attend.

Awards Programs
Below is the schedule for our Awards Programs for this year. Please be sure to communicate with parents:

Thursday, June 5th
  • 8:15am - 3rd Grade
  • 9:15am - 2nd Grade
  • 10:00am - 1st Grade
Friday, June 6th
  • 8:15am - Kindergarten Graduation
  • 10:00am - 4th Grade Awards & Celebration
Half-Day Schedule
Dr. Bright will be sending out the half-day schedule for classes at a later date. Since originally we had a teacher workday schedule as the last day of school, all staff will work until 3:30pm on both Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6 (3 hours for each day). These hours will makeup the time we lost from the teacher workday. 

Finally, here's a video of 4th Grade student singing "Let it Go" on the bus heading back home to Royse City. You haven't truly experienced Frozen until you watch it with 40 fourth graders.



Revolutionizing Learning in RCISD


Dates to Remember
  • May 22 - 4th Grade Visit to Herndon
  • May 23 - Field Day
  • May 26 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday (Communicate with Parents)
  • May 28 - Staff Meeting - Google Year End Wrap Up w/ Zach Snow @ 3:30pm
  • May 29 - Math Training (Grades 3-4) @ Administration Building
  • June 4 - Kindergarten Beach Day
  • June 5-6 - Early Release Days @ 12:30pm (Communicate with Parents)
  • June 5-6 - Grade Level Awards Program
  • June 10 & 12 - RCISD Writing Alignment @ Administration Building
  • July 28 & 29 - RCISD Math Alignment @ Administration Building
  • July 30-31 - PLC Institute in Royse City ISD
  • August 6-7 - Revolutionizing Learning in RCISD
  • August 18-22 - Staff Development Week
  • August 19 - District Convocation (AM only)
  • August 21 - Meet the Teacher
  • August 25 - First Day of School