Monday, February 25, 2019



iACT Announcements - Week of 2/25

Upcoming Dates
* February 25th - TELPAS Assessment Window Opens, Elementary/Intermediate Principals meeting w/Kenny Kaye @ CO (9:00 a.m.)
* February 26th - Assistant Principal Meeting @ Davis (9:00 a.m.)
* February 27th -
* February 28th - MAP User Conference in Plano
* March 1 -
* March 4th - STEM Innovator Coaching Day, ELAR Textbook Committee Meeting @ CO (4:00 pm), Board Meeting (MMV presentation)
* March 5th - Principal Meeting @ Cherry (9:00 a.m.)
* March 6th - Leadworthy Event in Grand Prairie (Intermediate, RCMS, RCHS), STEAM Formation
* March 7th - Groundbreaking Ceremony for Summers MS (11:00 a.m.), STEAM Innovator Coaching Days, 2nd Grade Report Card Meeting (3:30 p.m.),
* March 8th
* March 11-15 SPRING BREAK!


TxEd Tuesday
The campaign to engage our communities and legislators with the good news happening in Texas Public Schools is growing in popularity. Dozens of districts and hundreds of educators are using #TxEdTuesday to give a glimpse into the successes happening in the classrooms across the state. Continue the work by participating on 2/26 as we Celebrate our CTE programs on social media.

Follow RCISD Library Media Services on Social Media
Follow the district Library Media Services accounts on social media to see the amazing things happening in our libraries!
Facebook - http://bit.ly/2DZsnIz
Twitter - https://twitter.com/RCISDLibrary 



Learning on the Go!
Educational podcasts are a fantastic way to get PD in your pocket. What are educators are loving to listen to right now? Here are 10 podcasts to check out - http://bit.ly/2T0ldy3


Tech Tip: Classroom Screen- Upload Your Photos


Classroom Screen is constantly coming out with new updates to their website. The newest feature is the ability to upload your own photos as the background of Classroom Screen.

Click the background button, and then click the button (circled above) that has the arrow pointing up. Then upload your picture.

You could have a positive quote as the background, an image of your family vacation, or an image of your students.




Sunday, February 17, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 2/18

Upcoming Dates
* February 18th - Professional Learning Day (Campus-based), 3-6th ELAR teachers at Admin Training Room, Librarians in Innovation Room, SLO Check #3 is due,
* February 19th - Principal Meeting @ Vernon (9:00 a.m.), STEM Innovators Coaching Day, TxEDTuesday_Schedule - please try and tweet about “National FFA Week) Don’t forget to #TxEdTuesday
* February 20th - STEMformation Training @ Admin Training Room (8:30), 4th Grade Writing Meeting @ Scott (3:30 p.m.)
* February 21st - K-2 ELAR Cadre Meeting @ Admin Training Room (8:30), STEM Innovator Coaching Day
* February 22 - Deadline for TELPAS Calibration Attempt #1
* February 25th - TELPAS Assessment Window Opens
* February 26th - Assistant Principal Meeting @ Vernon (9:00 a.m.)
* February 27th -
* February 28th - MAP User Conference in Plano
* March 1 -

Tech Tip: Shortcut to Make a Doc
Here’s a shortcut to make a Google Doc. 
1. In the Chrome Browser, open a new tab.
2. Type "doc.new" in the URL bar.
3. Then a new document will appear.
This saves time from having to go into your Drive, click new, and then click the type of application you want. What a great time saver!

*This will work with other Google Applications, too (sheets, slides, and forms).
Try these:
doc.new
slides.new
forms.new
sheets.new

7 Ways to Spark Engagement

Strengthening students’ sense of connectedness to their learning is a worthwhile goal, and there are some simple ways to do it - https://edut.to/2Gv0Dzs 





Read Works Now Offers Illustrated eBooks
ReadWorks, a fantastic free service for ELA teachers, recently added new illustrated ebooks to their library. These illustrated ebooks can be used in the same way that all other ReadWorks ebooks can be used by you and your students. That includes distributing ebooks to your students through a ReadWorks classroom and or through Google Classroom - more information HERE - https://goo.gl/E6r47s

Monday, February 11, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 2/11


Upcoming Dates
* February 11th - L2L Meeting @ Central Office @ 4:00, Board Meeting @ 7:00
* February 12th - Asst. Principal Meeting @ Scott Elementary (9:00 a.m.)
TxEDTuesday_Schedule - Please try and tweet “Why do you love your schools?” Don’t forget to #TxEdTuesday.
* February 13th - IDC Members travel to Burkburnett for PBL Site Visit, New Teacher Meeting @ Central Office (3:45 p.m.)
* February 14th - Happy Valentine’s Day!
* February 15th -
* February 18th - Professional Learning Day (Campus-based), 3-6th ELAR teachers at Admin Training Room, Librarians in Board Room, SLO Check #3 is due
* February 19th - Principal Meeting @ Vernon (9:00 a.m.), STEM Innovators Coaching Day
* February 20th - STEMformation Training @ Admin Training Room (8:30), 4th Grade Writing Meeting @ Scott (3:30 p.m.)
* February 21st - K-2 ELAR Cadre Meeting @ Admin Training Room (8:30), STEM Innovator Coaching Day
* February 22 -


12 Anchor Charts to Help Teach Financial Literacy to Your Students
By teaching financial literacy in the classroom, you can help students learn critical life lessons and build important skills. Topics like saving money and learning how to be money smart are great add-ons to any math curriculum. Plus, it will help set kids up for future success - http://bit.ly/2DE5ieD


18 Perfect Read-Alouds for Teaching Growth Mindset
One easy way to encourage growth mindset is through engaging, purposeful read-alouds. Here’s a link to 18 growth mindset books for kids, all of which can help jumpstart conversations about failure, risk-taking, and persistence - http://bit.ly/2DtJIJu

New Bulb Features

Bulb rolled out several new bulb features this month including private profiles, archived collections and our new iOS app. This google doc explains these features - http://bit.ly/2G7upKk


40 Sanity-Saving Indoor Recess Ideas
With all this rain, outdoor recess isn’t an option!

Indoor recess can actually have some benefits. Playing in the classroom can help kids build social skills, like teamwork, cooperation, and sharing. It can give them time for creative play and free choice (which, in the course of a regular school day, may not happen very often). And it can also teach kids to choose appropriate activities and use their time wisely. Here are 40 fun indoor recess ideas, some new and some tried and true - http://bit.ly/2Dug1rT 




Sunday, February 3, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 2/4

Upcoming Dates
* February 4th -
* February 5th - Principal Meeting @ Fort (9:00 a.m.), 4th Grade Writing Benchmark. Many staff heading to TCEA!
* February 6th - New Teacher Meeting @ Central Office (3:45 p.m.)
* February 7th -
* February 8th -
* February 11th - L2L Meeting @ Central Office @ 4:00, Board Meeting @ 7:00
* February 12th - Asst. Principal Meeting @ Scott Elementary (9:00 a.m.)
* February 13th - IDC Members travel to Burkburnett for PBL Site Visit, New Teacher Meeting @ Central Office (3:45 p.m.)
* February 14th - Happy Valentine’s Day
* February 15th -

9 Top YouTube Channels to Boost Classroom Lessons
Whether they're an intriguing hook or the spark for a thought-provoking reflection, the best videos for school bring the world and all of its wonder into our classrooms. Here are a few great YouTube channels with useful videos for your lessons - http://bit.ly/2G9FOJr

MAP Testing- https://goo.gl/UdZVAW
All MOY MAP testing should be complete. You are welcome to send MOY reports home with students. This is NOT required for MOY. It will be required at EOY!
Kathy Milton will get data uploaded to Edgenuity for MS and HS “MyPath” Users. Previous MyPath courses will be archived and new courses, determined by MOY MAP data, will be assigned. Contact Amy Hopkins with questions about MyPath courses.

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10 fantastic Google tips from the Google Teacher Tribe
Google is so deep and so broad and so wide. It’s constantly updating and adding — and sometimes removing — features and services. It’s almost impossible to keep up. Here are 10 favorites - http://bit.ly/2G6BWsR 


New Link on the Blog
We’ve added a link on the blog to the “Curriculum for Principals/Teachers” spreadsheet that is used across the district. Hopefully, it will make the spreadsheet even easier to access.