Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Week of April 9 - 13

Wink’s Weekly Words

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of your for all of your hard work as we begin STAAR testing next week.  While no single test score tells the entire story of one student's learning, the results will not tell the entire story of all you have done to educate our students.  Thank you again and good luck.

Don't miss your opportunity to motivate every student to reach their +10 goals for the year.

#LoveMySchoolDay is Wednesday, 4/11/18.  
This is an initiative I started 5 years ago as an elementary principal to encourage educators across the world to use the power of social media to tell their story (a.k.a. the 411) about how awesome their school is.  Today it blows me away how many schools across the world participate in this hashtag event to tell their story.   

In a world of negativity that often attacks public school, we, as educators, must tell why schools are amazing and what they do for kids.  I invite you to join me in using your personal social media accounts to share pictures, videos and stories about why your school is amazing.  

SPECIAL NOTE - You never know.  There may be some surprises for those who join in the fun.

Curriculum Announcements

Please read your Test Administrator Manual prior test day.  HERE is a link to your Test Administrator Training.  If you have questions about anything, please consult your counselor.

Professional Learning - REMINDER

The Summer Professional Learning Plan process is beginning.  Here are the steps.
  1. CLICK on this link.
    1. Make a copy
      1. File → Make a copy
    2. To rename, replace the word, Template with YOUR NAME.
    3. Share with your administrator.
  2. Complete Steps 1 and 2 BEFORE your Summative Conference with your administrator
  3. Complete Step 3 and submit to your principal prior to your last work day, May 29, 2018.

Your Summer PLP will include professional learning that you will do this summer that will earn you 5 flex days in the 2018-2019 school calendar.  Please note that the professional learning listed in your Summer PLP must be completed prior to August 8, 2018 in order to earn the flex days.

Testing Announcements
Be prepared for your testing responsibilities. Our kids have worked hard and deserve our best preparation. Please read your Test Administrator Manual prior test day.  HERE is a link to your Test Administrator Training.  If you have questions about anything, please consult your counselor.

Staff Shoutout

Thank you to Rebecca Kay, Missy Douglas, and Katie Pelzel for getting everything ready for STAAR testing week.
Thank you to Anna Miller for all of her work in getting everything completed for TELPAS testing.
Thank you to David Terry, Leslie Packard, Casey Moore and Dena Hamilton for all of their work this year to make our Prom a huge success.
Please join me in thanking our paraprofessionals for all that they do for our kids each and every day.
Sandra Bocanegra, Heather Boyett, Mary Buchanan, Jamie Garza, Nicole, Gelvin, Amanda Humphrey, Vanessa Joiner, Renee Murphy, Patricia Scott, Lana Sikes, Chellia Tallant, Joanna Verde

Showcase Showdown

The following people have won a ticket to the Showcase Showdown on Friday, May 25.  

  • Scott Ball
  • James Carpenter
  • Alli Eales
  • Anthony Figueroa
  • Michael Gelvin
  • Dena Hamilton
  • Vanessa Joiner
  • Laura Larsen
  • Theresa Wade
  • Kelly Whittington

Every week we will pull 10 names.  Find out how many tickets you will get to win the Prize is Right
on Friday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events
Fri, Apr 6 - End of 3 weeks (Make sure gradebooks have minimum number of grades)
Fri, Apr 6 - TELPAS Window Closes
Tue, Apr 10 - Thu, Apr 12 - STAAR Testing Week
Wed, Apr 11 - #LoveMySchoolDay - Use your Twitter and Facebook account to tell the world why you love BRISD.
Thu, Apr 12 - BRES Art Show: Come out and support our young artists.

Special Programs Announcements

Blue Ridge ISD Dyslexia on FB -

Business Office Announcements

If you have not done so already, please make sure that you have created a new username and password for Frontline (AESOP).  You cannot access your account until you have done so. Emails were sent our Monday, March 26th with the link. You can now download the app on your phone and use access code 7354.