Sunday, March 31, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 4/1


Upcoming Dates
*April 1 - STAAR Alt 2 Window Opens
*April 2 - Asst. Principal Meeting, TELPAS Submission Day for Holistic Ratings @ RCHS (ESL) 8:30-3:30, Deadline for TELPAS Alt. ratings to be submitted (CTC/Test Admins), Fountas and Pinnell Info session for 5th/6th grade teachers @ 3:30 (Training Room) #TxEdTuesday - More Than A Test
*April 3 - Relay Cohort Meeting in Dallas
*April 4 -
*April 5 - Go Blue for Child Awareness Day, Statewide TELPAS Window Closes
*April 8 - Board Meeting (Recognize Teachers of the Year), Ruth Cherry Presentation
*April 9 - STAAR (Writing 4,7; Math 5,8, English I)
*April 10 - STAAR (Reading 5,8)
*April 11 - STAAR (English II)
*April 12 - All make-up testing complete by today


To Boost Learning, Just Add Movement!
Using movement to enhance learning is effective from preschool all the way through college. Here’s some information about what the research says about movement-based learning, and six different ways you can add more movement to your instruction - http://bit.ly/2OB0dso


10 Ideas for Digital Exit Tickets
How can we make the most of the end of class? How can we tie a bow on a day of class to wrap everything up?
An exit ticket gives us that opportunity — much like bell-ringer activities help us kick class off effectively.
The name “exit ticket” makes it sound like you need a ticket to exit the room, but exit tickets are final quick check-ins with students before class wraps up. See this link for 10 great ideas for exit tickets - http://bit.ly/2OBCDfb



Teachingbooks.net
This WONDERFUL resource is provided through the library resources purchased through the district. Be sure to check it out!

The website describes Teaching Books as this:
From our exclusive, ever-growing, vetted collection of instructional materials about children's and young adult books and authors, everyone can easily...
*Identify exceptional books that reflect diverse cultural experiences, interests, and ability levels

*Obtain resources paired with your book titles that further reading enjoyment, contextual knowledge, and educational relevance
*Share resources with everyone in your community via easy-to-use flyers, emails, texts, embeddable links, and social media
TeachingBooks.net offers every reader the power to enrich their relationship to the books they are reading.


Sunday, March 24, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 3/25



Upcoming Dates
*March 25th - L2L Meeting @ CO at 4:00 p.m.
*March 26th - K-4 Bilingual Adoption Materials Mtg. @ Central Office (K-2 @ 2:30, 3-4 @ 3:15), IDC Mtg @ Central Office at 4:00 p.m.
*March 27th - Superintendent’s Advisory Council (SAC) @ CO (4:00 p.m.)
*March 28th - District TELPAS Validity & Reliability Meeting @ Admin (ESL) 8:30-3:30,
*April 1 - STAAR Alt 2 Window Opens,
*April 2 - TELPAS Submission Day for Holistic Ratings @ RCHS (ESL) 8:30-3:30, Deadline for TELPAS Alt. ratings to be submitted (CTC/Test Admins)
*April 3 - Relay Cohort Meeting in Dallas
*April 4 -
*April 5 - Go Blue for Child Awareness Day, Statewide TELPAS Window Closes

Student STAAR Scores on texasassessment.com
Every student who takes the STAAR test receives a Confidential Student Report that helps parents see where their child is doing well and where he or she may need extra help.

Instructions for parents on how to look up a student’s test scores can be found here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nxcfGFNjrQ8XZgQ-NUU2glKvS6tfyEO4/view. There are many good resources on https://texasassessment.com/ that will assist parents with how understand STAAR and to help their student at home.


26 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions
TED Talks can engage students and spark meaningful conversations. At 18 minutes or less, these TED Talks can be a phenomenal classroom resource. Here are some of the best TED Talks students (and you) will find informative, funny, and uplifting. - http://bit.ly/2JwJM1j 


Be Internet Awesome - New Family Resources

Now families can Be Internet Awesome, too, with the launch of new resources for parents. Check out Google’s new Family Guide and Tips available in English or Spanish to help families talk about online safety and digital citizenship at home. This would be a GREAT resource to share with your parents!
https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/families


Education Galaxy for PARENTS
Parents can now connect with their child's Education Galaxy account to improve the home/school connection. Parents are able to pull 6 different reports, send one-way sticker messages to their child and control notifications about their child's scores.

It allows teachers and school administrators to quickly and easily connect with their online Education Galaxy accounts. Now, you can pull reports from your phone, message your students and live monitor your students in a cinch!

To communicate this to parents, use THIS LETTER - http://bit.ly/2JybaMi 

                                  

Monday, March 18, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 3/18


Upcoming Dates
*March 18th - TELPAS Holistic Ratings Week Begins (CTC, ESL, Teachers, Admins), Teachers complete their “RCISD T-TESS Teacher Professional Goal: Parts 2&3 Reflection”
*March 19th -
*March 20th - New Teacher Meeting @ Central Office (3:45)
*March 21st -
*March 22nd -Deadline for all Holistic Ratings to be completed (CTC, ESL, Teachers, Admins)
*March 25th - EOY Conference begin with teachers
*March 26th - Principal Meeting @ Central Office at (9:00 a.m.), 3rd Quarter Review of CIP
*March 27th - Relay Cohort Meeting @ Central Office (4:00), Superintendent’s Advisory Council (SAC) @ CO (4:00 p.m.)
*March 28th - District TELPAS Validity & Reliability Meeting @ Admin (ESL) 8:30-3:30, Board Meeting with City of Fate @ Fate (6:00)

April 18th DIY Professional Learning Day
Information about the April 18th DIY Professional Learning Day can be found HERE - http://bit.ly/2TGSu1E
For tutorials on how to make your reflection within Bulb, here's a link to Bulb pages with lots of information - https://www.bulbapp.com/u/bulb-digital-portfolios~2?sharedLink=540c5edc-ecaa-4be9-a4bf-cdf4d6ecf552



Five Good Places to Find Current Events Stories for Kids
Here are some other good places to find news stories that are written and produced for classroom use - http://bit.ly/2EzE9ty




25 Good G Suite Add-ons & Chrome Extensions
Add-ons provide additional functions in Google Documents, Slides, Sheets, and Forms. You can find each of the following add-ons by opening the “Add-ons” drop-down menu while viewing a Document, Slide, Sheet, or Form. After opening the menu select “get Add-ons” and search for the name of the add-on you wish to use. This is a great resource of 25 good G Suite Add-ons and Chrome Extensions - http://bit.ly/2TNpKEH