Monday, April 29, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 4/29


Upcoming Dates
*April 29 - ELAR Adoption meeting @ RCMS (4:00 p.m.)
*April 30 - Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00 a.m.)
*May 1st -
*May 2nd
*May 3rd
*May 6 - EOC and AP Testing begins
*May 7th - Yvonne Recio’s Retirement Party @ Ruth Cherry Library (4:00 p.m.)
*May 8th - Debra George’s Retirement Party @ Davis Library (4:00 p.m.)
*May 9th - Strategic Planning Committee Year 2 Update @ CO, District wide improvement Council Meeting @ Central Office (4:15 p.m.)
*May 10th -
*May 13th - STAAR Math 3-8
*May 14th - STAAR Reading 3-8
*May 15th - STAAR Science ⅝, Terry Young Retirement Party @ HS Library (4:00 p.m.)
*May 16th - STAAR Social Studies ⅝, Top Dog Spectacular @ 6:30 pm
*May 17th - All STAAR Make-Ups complete, Senior Walk

New Updates to Google Classroom
Google Classroom has just added two new features many teachers have been requesting! See this link for more information! http://bit.ly/2UHoKNH


Brain Breaks
It’s that time of year...our students’ brains are TIRED and so are ours! There is research to support the use of brain breaks. Physical brain breaks during class time resulted in better behavior and students’ time on task. Brain breaks support children’s reading comprehension and creative thinking.

For ideas on brain breaks, see this article from WeAreTeachers - https://www.weareteachers.com/brain-breaks/

Which Digital Citizenship Skills Do Most Students Need?
Digital citizenship has emerged as a top priority in U.S. schools and classrooms. In fact, six out of 10 educators are teaching some kind of digital citizenship skill every month. Which skills do students need most? See this article for the information and tips on promotion in your classroom - http://bit.ly/2LadNF5

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 4/23


Upcoming Dates
*April 22 - BAD weather Makeup - Holiday
*April 23 - Asst. Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00), Kindergarten Round-up (5:30 - 7:00)
*April 24 - 2nd Grade Rubric Meeting @ CO (3:30)
*April 25 - Angela Pille Retirement @ Fort (3:15 p.m.)
*April 29 - ELAR Adoption meeting @ RCMS (4:00 p.m.)
*April 30 - Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00 a.m.)
*May 1st -
*May 2nd -
*May 3rd -

Kurzweil Extension for Chrome
Reminder... if your students are needing to utilize Kurzweil for oral admin, one of the options for use is to read the web via Chrome Extension. Here's the link to where to find the extension in the Chrome Web Store - http://bit.ly/2W3yrrh. Resources for using the extension and other Kurzweil info can be found here - http://bit.ly/2TjmikZ.

25 of Our Favorite Educational Netflix 
Shows
WeAreTeachers has curated a list of readers’ favorite educational Netflix Shows. To see the list, access their website here - https://www.weareteachers.com/educational-netflix-shows/

18 Creative Ways to Get Kids to Read More

Are those student reading logs starting to look a little sparse? Time to switch things up and encourage students to pick up a book! The ideas share one commonality, positive reinforcement, and will help your students finish their reading year strong - http://bit.ly/2VkT3OM

Websites to Check Out!
*Why Device-Free Dinners Are a Healthy Choice - from Common Sense Media - http://bit.ly/2VhdrQX
*Making Motivational Posters with Google Drawings - https://t.co/Rw0mnMZ9zO
* 11 Essential Chrome Extensions - http://bit.ly/2Vp6ixO

Monday, April 15, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 4/15


Upcoming Dates
*April 15 -
*April 16 - Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00)
*April 17 - New Teacher Meeting @ CO (3:45),
*April 18 - DIY PD Day
*April 19 - Good Friday Holiday!
*April 22 - Bad Weather Makeup Holiday
*April 23 - Asst. Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00), Kindergarten Round-up (5:30 - 7:00)
*April 24 - 2nd Grade Rubric Meeting @ CO (3:30)
*April 25 - Angela Pille Retirement @ Fort (3:15 p.m.)


HELP! I Can’t Log Into Eduphoria!
When this happens, put in a tech request. Your campus technician will be able to troubleshoot and ‘unlock’ your account, if needed.

Why Do We Celebrate School Library Month?
April brings School Library Month, National School Librarian Day, Library Workers Day, and National Library Week. We want to acknowledge our awesome campus Library Media Specialists! They are librarians who are passionate teachers, who love books, who are ‘Future Ready,’ who embrace change and LOVE STUDENTS. Thank you to our wonderful RCISD Librarians!

Davis: Debra George
Cherry: Dawn Jordan
Middle School: Andrea Lara
Herndon: Nichole Hahn
Vernon: Christi Mones
Scott: Julie Geer
Fort: Shannon Crowell
High School: Christie Watts

Read this great article on 10 Reasons Why Librarians Are As More Important Than Ever - http://bit.ly/2USbgmL



Follow the RCISD Library Media Service Department on FB - http://bit.ly/2DZsnIz


Websites to Check Out!
* Fast Lane - a free platform that helps teachers and education stakeholders bring high school financial literacy to the classroom - https://fastlane-education.org/
* 10 Tools for Effective Peer Feedback - http://bit.ly/2UXTrTc
* Article - Helping Students Beat Test Anxiety - https://edut.to/2UXgSMt

Monday, April 8, 2019

iACT Announcements - Week of 4/8


Upcoming Dates
*April 8 - Board Meeting, Ruth Cherry Presentation, L2L Presentations
*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
*April 15
*April 16 - Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00)
*April 17 - New Teacher Meeting @ CO (3:45),
*April 18 - DIY PD Day (Make sure you have entered what you are doing on your campus spreadsheet)
*April 19 - Good Friday Holiday!
*April 22 - BAD weather Make-up Holiday
*April 23 - Asst. Principal Meeting @ CO (9:00), Kindergarten Round-up (5:30 - 7:00)


Kurzweil - the new program for Oral Administration (and more!)
The district has purchased a new program to aid students who receive oral administration - Kurzweil. Besides the ability to provide oral admin, it also has many other features within the program.

All RCISD teachers have logins. Choose the “Forgot My Password” option on the website and it will generate an email that will provide your username and allow you to reset your password to one of your choice. The Kurzweil login page is: https://www.kurzweil3000.com/KLogin.php

We’ve offered 3 trainings for staff, but more will be planned in the future. For information and resources on the program, here’s a link to a Google Drive folder of documents - http://bit.ly/2TjmikZ


National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month. Click on this link for some great ideas for celebrating the month and incorporating poetry. - http://bit.ly/2KardAg




Tidying Up Your Digital Life
Have you gotten on the “Tidying Up with Marie” bandwagon yet? If not, here’s a clip! http://bit.ly/2UoiSgt.

Maybe you’re one who needs their digital life ‘tidied up!” For some great tips on how to clean up and clean out your files and other digital items, see this great blog post from TCEA’s Lori Gracey - http://bit.ly/2UkSFzm