Thursday, January 11, 2018

Weekly Communication from Central Office - 1/11

Wink’s Weekly Words

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Want to help a struggling student succeed?  
Check out this student survey that you can use to reflect with a student?  
It will guide students to give you the feedback that will help you make a greater impact
on your students.




MOY PLP (Middle of the Year Professional Learning Plan)

This summer you all completed the Summer PLP to guide your learning this past summer.  
You took your learning and created your T-TESS Beginning of Year Goal.  
You met with your principal and decided what level on the Hierarchy of Instructional
Excellence that you wanted to work on this semester.


Now, to guide your learning for the spring semester, you will need to complete the
1718 Winter BRISD PLP.  This is a one page worksheet with supporting documents that
align the Hierarchy to the T-TESS dimensions.  


To get started:
  1. Click on the link.
  2. Click File → Make a Copy
  3. Rename the file:  Last Name, First Name Winter BRISD PLP
  4. Read the directions and complete the information to make your spring semester goal.
  5. Send to your principal prior to your mid year conference.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact your principal.

Amy’s Announcements
Accommodation Resources
Please remember information from our training in November on Accommodation
Resources. It is imperative that we apply allowable accommodations and document
use of these in the spreadsheet for each campus. Links to needed resources are here:
Google Drive folder -  https://goo.gl/LcXraB


MAP
MAP Testing is underway! Hopefully with the installation of fiber, it will be a
smooth process. The window closes on Jan 31. Please see your MAP Coordinator
with any questions (Ashley Elder, Mary Townsend, and Stacey Raymer)


FA3
FA3 Testing will occur in the next couple of weeks. Since testing will happen
over a longer period of time this round, please email me after your tests are
scanned. This will alert me that your data is ready to pull.


LINKS:
** Accommodation Resources - http://www.br-impact.com/p/blog-page.html
** FA Instructions - https://goo.gl/kqmhBo

Staff Shoutout

A huge thank you to our iMPACT Team Peer Coaches for leading our Staff
Learning Day on Monday. We had lots of great planning and discussion and
I’m so appreciative of their work.

















Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Weekly Communication from Central Office - Week of 12/19

Wink’s Weekly Words

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I would like to thank you for making 2017 such a great year for me personally.  I cannot thank you for your hard work and dedication.  I cannot thank you enough for the love you have shown my family.  It has been such a fantastic year.  As we prepare for the 2018 year, I hope that you will find rest, comfort in family and friends, and inspiration in the season.  You are in my prayers, and I can’t wait to see you all in 2018.

MOY PLP (Middle of the Year Professional Learning Plan)

This summer you all completed the Summer PLP to guide your learning this past summer.  You took your learning and created your T-TESS Beginning of Year Goal.  You met with your principal and decided what level on the Hierarchy of Instructional Excellence that you wanted to work on this semester.

Now, to guide your learning for the spring semester, you will need to complete the 1718 Winter BRISD PLP.  This is a one page worksheet with supporting documents that align the Hierarchy to the T-TESS dimensions.  

To get started:
  1. Click on the link.
  2. Click File → Make a Copy
  3. Rename the file:  Last Name, First Name Winter BRISD PLP
  4. Read the directions and complete the information to make your spring semester goal.
  5. Send to your principal prior to your mid year conference.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact your principal.


Amy’s Announcements

TEACH LIKE A PINEAPPLE

We had 12 staff members who WON A PRIZE for tweeting or emailing about their learning through TLP.
Winners were Teresa Wade, Ronnie Keywork, Lisa Reeves, Andrew Carlson, Jennifer Stroup, Dena Hamilton, Alise Burke, Charlotte Todd (who was the FIRST TO TWEET!) Katie Pelzel, Patti Levi, and Laura Larsen and Roma Morgan.
Congrats to these teachers and thanks for participating.
More Teach Like a Pineapple in JANUARY!


JANUARY 8th STAFF LEARNING
January 8th is our next Staff Learning Day. Here’s the schedule for the day:
7:30 - 7:50 - Teachers will pick up their repaired Lenovo device in the HS Library
8:00 - 8:20 - Welcome - HS/MS Cafeteria
8:30 - 10:30 - Work on lesson planning (like 10/16 Staff Learning Day)
10:30 - 12:00 - Work in vertical teams
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch provided by the district
1:00 - 3:00 - Campus discretion


THANKS
I have enjoyed working with all of you again this year. I love my school family!
A special thanks to the HS faculty for welcoming my Rachel to our BR family this year. She loves it here and I appreciate all you’re doing for her.
Merry Christmas to all of you! I pray God gives you rest and time to reflect on Him during this wonderful season.


LINKS:
** Accommodation Resources - http://www.br-impact.com/p/blog-page.html
** FA Instructions - https://goo.gl/kqmhBo

Staff Shoutout

The process of collecting our Chromebooks for repair went so smoothly. MANY THANKS to these amazing staff members - Dena Hamilton and Eduardo Vargas - for the roles they played in the process. Thanks, Dena, for enlisting the help of a few HS students. Their help was invaluable.




Professional Learning

  • FREQUENTLY UPDATE YOUR EDUPHORIA WORKSHOP PORTFOLIO
    • Be sure you are frequently updating with any ‘outside the normal workday’ professional learning. The district wants to keep a record of all learning taking place by BRISD staff. Also, you'll want to keep an accurate porfolio if your learning/PD and Eduphoria will do that! Here's a link to instructions on adding entries to your portfolio, if needed - https://goo.gl/gs8PrR
    • Remember that when you attend a BR offered class and do the survey, it automatically grants credit to your portfolio.
  • December classes are listed in Eduphoria and HERE  - https://goo.gl/9YfN8r
    • Make sure you sign up and complete the survey to receive credit.

Media Center

The official Media Center hours at 7:00 - 4:00. Typically, many of us are here after that time. If you know you have needs after that time, give us a call and we will assist with your needs.  

Technology Announcements

Be sure to arrive early for our Staff Learning day on Jan 8. Swing by the library between 7:30 - 7:50 and check back out the Lenovo Chromebook that was sent for repair.

Special Programs Announcements

  • Dyslexia
Blue Ridge ISD Dyslexia on FB - https://goo.gl/dPkJiE

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weekly Communication from Central Office - 12/14

Wink’s Weekly Words

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We are so proud of the BRES and BRMS UIL Teams for making BR History last week.  The BRES Team jumped from 3rd place last year to win its FIRST EVER DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP.  The  BRMS team nearly doubled its 425 point total from last year to earn 820 points this year to take 2nd place.  We are so proud of our coaches and students for doing such an amazing job.  UIL Academics is how we push our students to a level of excellence far beyond the classroom, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s hard work to put our district on the map in this area.


We hope you are enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas.  We have a few more prizes coming your way.  Don’t forget that we will have lunch for you on Wednesday, December 20 and some great prizes.  I sincerely appreciate all that you do.


Staff Lunch on December 20: Frito Pie, Potato Soup, Hot Dogs, Nachos, Chips & Dips. Lunch will be at Central Office. Come and go as your schedule allows.

Amy’s Announcements

TEACH LIKE A PINEAPPLE


We had a great kick-off week for Teach Like a Pineapple! I heard so many staff members talk about their visits, saying they are ready to go again! Until we have more structured days of visits, remember that you can go any time your schedule permits - even during your conference, if you wish. Principals will be glad to have discussions with you on classrooms to visit that will match your learning goals.
PRIZE GIVEAWAY on FRIDAY!
Remember to tweet out your learning from your visit and tag me (@amyhopkins) OR you can send me an email with the learning that took place.
Either will enter you into drawings that will take place on FRIDAY.

Just a sampling of the PRIZES!



MANY THANKS to the Pineapple Patrol for helping me hand out Pineapple treats on Tuesday and Wednesday. I appreciate everything you do in service to the district!



Winners Announced!!!

Central Office Decorating Winners:
  • Individual Display:
    • Kelly Hallford 1st Place - $20
    • Angie Lillard 2nd Place -  $10
  • Class Group or Club with 4 or more participants
    • Micki Smith Middle School Class - they win a Pizza Party!
All participants....individuals and group numbers will get an ice cream certificate in January to use in cafeteria. THANKS TO ALL who participated!


Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
We had wonderful UGLY sweaters on Wednesday. Here are campus winners!
  • Elementary: Amanda Nichol (not pictured - sorry Amanda)
  • Middle: Renee Murphy
  • High: Kevin Wiggins



LINKS:
** Accommodation Resources - http://www.br-impact.com/p/blog-page.html
** FA Instructions - https://goo.gl/kqmhBo

Professional Learning

  • December classes are listed in Eduphoria and HERE  - https://goo.gl/9YfN8r
    • Make sure you sign up and complete the survey to receive credit.

Staff Shoutout

So many of our teachers are embracing the “Teach Like a Pineapple” mentality of welcoming other teachers into their classrooms to learn and share. Thank you, Mrs. Bohannon, for creating this awesome sign that you posted outside your door! LOVE IT!


Media Center

The official Media Center hours at 7:00 - 4:00. Typically, many of us are here after that time. If you know you have needs after that time, give us a call and we will assist with your needs.  

Technology Announcements

** I NEED A DEVICE over Christmas - fill out this form by Friday, December 15th - https://goo.gl/1m5GUs
We may not have enough inventory for all staff to receive a device, so they will be issued, first come-first served.
** Document outlining collection of Chromebooks for repair HERE - https://goo.gl/tHjWz7


Special Programs Announcements


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Weekly Communication from Central Office - 12/7

Wink’s Weekly Words

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UIL Academic Competition is here, and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work in preparation for the competition.  The MS and ES teachers have done a great job preparing the kids, and I can’t wait to see how well perform.  Regardless of the outcomes, the goal of UIL Academics is to help all kids get one step closer to finding their true purpose in life.


Congratulations to Stacey Raymer and the MS Theatre company for winning 1st place at the UIL One Act Play competition.  This is the 3rd time in a row that we have won this award.


Thank you to all of our HS teachers and staff for preparing and motivation our HS STAAR EOC retesters to do their best this week.  We look forward to seeing the results of their hard work and dedication.


12 Days of Christmas is coming next week too.

Amy’s Announcements

I’ve heard from many of the iMPACT Peer Coaches who had wonderful things to say about their visits with you. THANK YOU for sharing your GOALS and OPENING YOUR DOORS to them. Please make time in your busy December schedules for a follow-up meeting. Their visits have been a great start to kick off regular classroom visits with….


TEACH LIKE A PINEAPPLE
TEACH LIKE A PINEAPPLE IS COMING...the week of December 11th!
It will be an awesome week of LEARNING from one another and PRIZES!
Read complete details HERE - https://goo.gl/5SKngK
PROMO VIDEO - https://goo.gl/TReoTL
See your principal to schedule a sub to cover your class!

REMINDERS:
Reminder: Next Friday the 15th, FA3 is due in Eduphoria.


LINKS:
** Accommodation Resources - http://www.br-impact.com/p/blog-page.html
** FA Instructions - https://goo.gl/kqmhBo

Professional Learning

  • December classes are listed in Eduphoria and HERE  - https://goo.gl/9YfN8r
    • Make sure you sign up and complete the survey to receive credit.
  • Be looking for more information SOON about a special 'over the holiday' professional learning webinar, hosted by Mr. Wink. **Spoiler... by the end of the break, your EMAIL INBOX could be clean and you'll have a new system for keeping it that way!! :)


Staff Shoutout

A huge thank you to our ES and MS UIL Coordinators, Rene’ Sawatsky and Mary Townsend, for all of their work preparing our students for competition. We’re excited to see the results and growth from last year. Thank you ladies!



Technology Announcements

Eduardo advises that we all need to change our Google password. He’s seeing instances of hackers who are getting craftier by the day! He’s assisted a few staff members with issues related hacking issues and to ‘easy to guess’ passwords.


** I NEED A DEVICE over Christmas - fill out this form by Friday, December 15th - https://goo.gl/1m5GUs
We may not have enough inventory for all staff to receive a device, so they will be issued, first come-first served.
** Document outlining collection of Chromebooks for repair HERE - https://goo.gl/tHjWz7


Special Programs Announcements



Business Office Announcements

Please have all deposits in your campus safe by noon on Tuesday, December 19th. If you have any deposits after this time, please bring them directly to Central Office.