Friday, July 29, 2016

Calling All SuperHeroes!


We need your help. Please watch this important message below.


& if you're NEW to Scott Elementary - please email a headshot picture to Mr. Jacobs.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Back-to-School Edition 2016-17


We are Back! It's been a great summer break and I'm looking forward to seeing you all again next month. We have SO MUCH work to do to get prepared for your return and I only have 6 DAY in the office to get it all done... but it will happen. I can't wait to hear about your summer breaks, how many days you spent at the pool, watching movies, Netflixing it, or other ways you've been relaxing.

This special edition of the ENews is our Back-to-School Edition designed to help make transition as smooth as possible. Please don't hesitate to call/text/email questions about the information in this posting.



RL Conference

The Revolutionizing Learning (RLChat.com) conference is next week (July 27 & 28) and I hope to see several of you guys there. This year will feature TWO Keynote Speakers:


These are some amazing educators and I'm so looking forward to spending the day with each of them.

Also the Conference Schedule looks to different from previous years and it's product other large conferences use to organize the sessions. Now you have the option to CUSTOMIZE your schedule Use your Facebook account to login and create a profile for others to see. You can easiest share your schedule with friends and see what sessions are interesting to other attendees too.

If you have questions about using this website, locate me at the conference I will help you out!



New Teacher Orientation

The dates for New Teacher Orientation are Monday, August 8th - Wednesday, August 10th. All new staff members required to attend and it will count toward your FLEX days we're using for later this school year. Here's our schedule for that week:


New staff members will begin new teacher orientation at the Central Office. This training will include topics on Curriculum, Human Resources and Special Services, Technology, and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Monday afternoon will be on campus with the office staff and we'll be reviewing some campus procedures and logistics.



Staff Development Week Schedule

This year, we will be starting two day earlier than usual - even though we're coming back to work two day earlier, we'll be getting out of school before Memorial Day!

All staff members will be reporting Back-to-School on Thursday, August 11.

Our District Convocation will be Thursday, August 18 @ 8:00am held at the Royse City High School. The speaker is Doug Lipp (@douglipp) who has worked at Disney for several years written a book about Disney University (which I'm reading now). Here's a great SHORT video were Doug is speaking about the magic of Disney (I wonder how YOU can use these ideas in your classroom):

You can learn more about Doug Lipp at his website: http://www.douglipp.com/

Our Meet the Teacher Date will be Thursday, August 18 @ 5:00-6:30pm.

First Day of School will be on Monday, August 22. Our Central Administration team will be providing donuts for all staff members @ 7:00am that day.

More details about what we'll be doing/learning will be coming out very soon!


Professional Development & Flex Days

According to the 2016-2017 Calendar, each contracted employee must complete three days of professional development to take the place of the 3 days in next year's calendar that you can "flex". Julia Robinson sent out an email on June 22 with an update to the required compliance courses for all staff members. Below are the details of that message:

I just want to remind you that you about your compliance courses for the 2016-2017 school year. As many of you have already discovered, we are using a new website (Safe Schools) for most of the compliance courses. Each of you should have received an email from Mr. Blaine (and Safe Schools) that lists the courses that are found on that website. If you have any trouble with accessing these courses, please email Mr. Lloyd Blaine at blainel@rcisd.org. For your convenience, we have placed a link on the iACT website for each of the required courses. You will also notice when you log in that their are courses that are "suggested". If you complete these courses, they can count toward the RCISD Professional Development Recognition Levels (Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond) in the fall.

Required Courses are:
Bloodborne Pathogens (refresher) - 13 minutes (New Teachers must do the Original Course)
FERPA - 14 minutes
Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting - 26 minutes
Online Safety: What Every Educator Needs to Know - 29 minutes
Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention - 29 minutes
Classroom Safety - 16 minutes

This part of the compliance course requirements equals 2 hours and 7 minutes. As you can see these classes are shorter than the courses in the past. As a reminder, every course has a short quiz (passing is 70%) that is required.

In addition to those courses there are two (2) additional training with links that are found on the iACT website. Both of these courses will require you to create a login if you have not used them before.

Required Courses on the iACT website
1. Sexual Abuse Prevention: Stewards of Children, Darkness to Light - This is listed as a 2 hour course
2. Autism 101 - This is listed as a 2 thirty minutes modules.

Once you have completed the courses listed above (from Safe Schools and the iACT website), your compliance training will be complete! Please make sure your print and/or save your certificates for the 2 courses on the the iACT website. You will need to provide those to your campus administrator. The Safe Schools website will generate a list for your principal of those staff who have completed training.

Thanks again for completing these courses. We will all enjoy the "flex days" in the fall and spring! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.



Back to School Principal Newsletter

I've created a digital newsletter for all our Back-to-School information for parents & students. Please share the link to this newsletter via our Social Media and Remind accounts.



Again, I'm looking forward to seeing you all very soon. Don't forget that the Bingo game is still going on & to share your pictures with the #scottsummerselfie hashtag. I can't wait see you all next month!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Very Special Day

So today was a very special day because I had the opportunity to tell Judy Caskey GOODBYE!!!

Yes last week we received our state test scores for our campus (it was crazy with me in San Antonio and Julia Robinson in North Carolina - lots of phone calls, text messages, and emails that day). I'm so very proud of the work everyone has put into this process that created this data. Here's just a few highlights from the accountability summary:
  • Reading 80% all students (74% Hispanic | 84% White | 71% Eco Dis | 80% ELL)
  • Math 89% all students (88% Hispanic | 91% White | 87% Eco Dis | 93% ELL)
  • Writing 69% all students (63% Hispanic | 73% White | 65% Eco Dis | 60% ELL)
  • Scott Elementary was the ONLY elementary campus in the district to maintain our scores from the previous year; our Eco Dis students increased 6% from previous year in Writing; this was a targeted improvement plan goal.
  • About 50% of the 4th grade students met/exceeded progress in Reading/Math.
So basically where does that leave us for the State Accountability? Please understand the following scores are unofficial testing scores created by Eduphoria - there could be some errors in the data and should NOT be shared with parents, students, or other external stakeholders. 
  • Index 1 Student Achievement - 81 (last year 79 | current year's target 60) 
  • Index 2 Student Progress - 30 (last year 38 | previous year's target 30)
  • Index 3 Closing Performance Gaps - 47 (last year 45 | previous year's target 28)
  • Index 4 Postsecondary Readiness - 41 (last year 41 | current year's target 12)
Please keep in mind we have to meet Index 1 OR Index 2, Index 3, & Index 4. Also, Index 2 & 3 target scores are based on the bottom 5th percentile (they're moving targets). 

In short, we're projecting to be out of the campus improvement process! Judy Caskey, targeted improvement plan, and quarterly reports are going away.



Everyone had a part of play with our campus accountability - teaching students in 3rd & 4th grade, tutoring kids after school, preparing them for the testing grade levels, encouraging each other with positive notes, snacks, etc, supporting the campus improvement process, getting parents to read with their kids, promoting a POSITIVE campus culture, helping to get kids to school so they can learn, creating engaging lessons/projects/activities that student WANT to be at school, sharing ideas/resources with each other, and praying (yes actually praying for our campus)!

I'm so very thankful to everyone and appreciate ALL the blood, sweat and tears for the last 3 years of this process... yes it has been a long process.

We'll look at this data more carefully in August when you all return, but I just wanted to say thank you! Have a wonderful summer break!!