Thursday, November 8, 2018

Week of Nov 12 (2.4)

New changes to the Br-toolbox

Based on feedback given to Mr. Wink in your one-on-one meetings, we are making some changes to the BR-Toolbox.  Please take a look and give us feedback.  If you will submit your feedback, you will be entered into a drawing for Mr. Wink, Ms. Stiney, or Mr. Todd to teach your class for one 45 minute block of time next week. Click here to leave feedback on changes to the blog. 

2.4 Tiger to do list

November 16th Late Start
Site: Home Campus
Audience: All Campus Teachers
Topic: MS/HS 6-12 Vertical Meetings; ES Guided Learning Discussion

November 13th - Progress Reports are sent home with students.

The FA2 window has closed, however, there is still work to be done!
Please review the #BRISD Instructions for RESPONDING to Formative Assessments 1819 and be prepared to discuss your response with your campus principal.

Upcoming Tiger Tasks:

Thanksgiving Break
November 19th - 23rd

CURRICULUM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Can't remember what we discussed in professional learning this school year?
Click on the following link to the #BRISD Professional Learning Supports!

TECH Tip Thursday

Do you ever accidentally close out of a tab in Google or close the entire browser by mistake? Never again with this quick fix. It will instantly reopen any tabs you closed even if you closed the entire browser. 


CTRL+Shift+T


BUSINESS OFFICE Updates

If you need any checks or credit cards for any event during Thanksgiving Break, please have PO requests completed by Monday, November 12th.

Deposit pickup time before Thanksgiving Break will be Thursday, November 15th at 10:00 a.m. If you have a deposit after this time, please bring to Amanda Ray at the administration building. 

Community Events

2018 City of Blue Ridge Christmas Parade

The City of Blue Ridge will be hosting a Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m.
The Blue Ridge City Council would like for you and your organization to come join in the parade.
The 2018 parade theme is "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree." Prize money will be awarded for
First, Second, and Third place. Please contact City Hall at 972-752-5791 or by email at 
tonyah@blueridgecity.com if you would like to participate in the parade.

STAFF SHOUTOUT


Shoutout to the amazing Kindergarten team Lisa Reeves, Michelle Ellingson, and Keeley Todd
for planning and hosting another successful Pumpkin Day for our Kindergarten students and parents.
Check out this Seesaw video highlighting their day of pumpkins exploration and fun. 


WINK’S WEEKLY WORDS

CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY BLOG

As we head into break after your hard work preparing kids for FA 2, I want to encourage you to consider the accommodations you will create for kids who didn't make growth.  Take a look at this tweet below.

With #NoExcuseNovember in full swing, don't allow their failure to become an easy excuse that prevents you from coming up with a response that better meets their needs.  I appreciate you!

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Nov 9 - HS FB at Chisum
  • Fri, Nov 9 - HS GBB (Basketball) at Sam Rayburn
  • Fri, Nov 9 - Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • Mon, Nov 12 - JH GBB (Basketball) vs Howe
  • Mon, Nov 12 - BRISD Board Meeting Closed at 6 p.m. and Open Session at 7 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 13 - HS GBB (Basketball) vs Community
  • Thu, Nov 15 - JH BBB (Basketball) at Howe
  • Fri, Nov 16 - HS GBB (Basketball) at Gainesville
  • Mon - Fri, Nov 19 - 23 - THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • Mon, Nov 26 - School Resumes
  • Mon, Nov 26 - JH BBB at Bonham
  • Tue, Nov 27 - HS GBB at Ector
  • Thu - Sat, 11/29 - 12/1 - BBB at Farmersville Tournament
  • Thu - Sat, 11/29 - 12/1 - GBB at Valley View Tournament
  • Sat, Dec 1 - BR Christmas Parade
  • Mon, Dec 3 - EOC English I Retest
  • Mon, Dec 3 - JH Boys BB vs Whitewright
  • Mon, Dec 3 - JH Girls BB at Whitewright
  • Tue, Dec 4 - EOC Algebra 1 Retest
  • Tue, Dec 4 - HS Boys & Girls BB at Farmersville
  • Wed, Dec 5 - EOC English II Retest
  • Thu, Dec 6 - EOC Biology Retest
  • Thu, Dec 6 - UIL Speaking Events for MS at  Bonham
  • Fri, Dec 7 - EOC U.S. History Retest
  • Fri, Dec 7 - UIL Speaking Events for ES at Bells
  • Dec 6 - 8 - Blue Ridge Basketball Tournament Boys & Girls

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Week of Nov 5 (2.3)

WINK’S WEEKLY WORDS

CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY BLOG

Formative Assessment 2 Week is upon us.  I want to thank you for all of your hard work in preparing kids for success on this next assessment.  You have officially completed 1/3 of the week, and you have done so like champions.

If you did not sign up to participate in the Fall Semester Staff Feedback Meetings, CLICK HERE to sign up for a time to meet with me for approximately 15 minutes next week. 


Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, November 6.
If you live in BR, you can vote at the BRISD Administration Building.

YOU ARE INVITED
The Long Range Facility Planning Committee will be meeting on Thursday, November 8 at the BRISD Administration Building.  Your input is sought as we make plans for the future of our district's facilities.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Sun, Nov 4 - Daylight Savings Time (Set clocks 1 hour back)
  • Week of Nov 5 - Formative Assessment Week
  • Tue, Nov 6 - ELECTION DAY (DON’T FORGET TO VOTE)
  • November 7- Retirement Planning Seminar at Region 10. Click here for more information and to register. 
  • Thu, Nov 8 - Long Range Facility Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. in Board Room (You are invited)
  • Fri, Nov 9- Veteran's Day Assembly

#1 FA2 WINDOW

The FA2 window is November 5th-9th.  Remember that all test forms (answer documents) will be printed at Central Office and delivered to each campus. This will be our second look at student performance, and as always, our response is key to student success!  Please review the #BRISD Instructions for RESPONDING to Formative Assessments 1819 and be prepared to discuss your response with your campus principal the week of November 12th.

All FA 2 test forms (answer documents) must be sent to admin by noon on Friday, November 9th to be scanned into DMAC, unless you choose to use the Online Response System. Test forms should be sent to Melissa Stiney via interoffice mail as soon as the initial assessment is complete. Makeup assessments can be sent as they are completed.

#2 BRISD PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SUPPORTS

Can't remember what we discussed in professional learning this school year?
Take a look at the #BRISD Professional Learning Supports.
This document is designed to take all the information shared with you via documents, sheets, or videos and compile the information in one place.  Feedback is appreciated!

#3 BRISD STUDENT CHOICE BOARD FOLDER

WOW!  The student choice boards you created October 22nd are amazing!
Follow the link to the #BRISD Student Choice Boards folder and see for yourself!
As you create more, send them my way and I'll add them to this collection. 

#4 THE POWER ZONE


#5 LATE START FRIDAYS

Remember to bring your Chromebook to all Late Starts, which begin promptly at 7:30am
For future topics and sites, please see the 1819 Friday Late Start Collaboration Calendar

Date: November 2nd
Site: Home Campus
Topic: CARE & RtI 1-2-3 (MS/HS); Vertical Meetings (BRE)
Audience: All Campus Teachers

Date: November 9th
Site: Home Campus
Topic: Staff Meetings
Audience: All Campus Teachers

Date: November 16th
Site: Home Campus
Topic: MS/HS 6-12 Vertical Meetings; ES TBA
Audience: All Campus Teachers

STAFF SHOUTOUT

HUGE Shoutout to the following staff members for helping make the 2018 Blue Ridge Fall Festival a success. Thank you for volunteering your time to make this a day of fellowship and fun for our district and community. 


Roma Morgan, Hayley Hunter, Jaci Baker, Bob Bean, Shelby Lee, David Terry, James Carpenter, Jennifer Stroup, Darryl Spurgers, Keeley Todd, Jordan Ray, Kristen Lentz, Shawn Harris, Angie Lillard






Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Week of Oct 29 (2.2)

WINK’S WEEKLY WORDS

CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY BLOG

Fall Semester Staff Feedback Meetings
As part of our plan to better serve you, I would like to seek your input.  The Fall Semester Teacher Feedback Meetings are designed for me to visit with you to get your thoughts on how we can better support you and your colleagues.

If you would like to participate in the Fall Semester Staff Feedback Meetings, CLICK HERE to sign up for a time to meet with me for approximately 15 minutes next week.  If you are unable to meet with me on the dates available, please send me an email to schedule a time to visit.  As always, you can send me an email anytime if you have concerns, questions or suggestions to help our district get better at meeting the needs of all students and staff.

Thank you for a great week.  
Monday, October 22 was a great day of learning how to personalize learning for kids.  My challenge to you is to consider your lesson plan as your tool to make individual plans for interventions and extensions for each student.  What will you do differently because of your learning this week?  How will it impact your planning?

Need reminders of strategies from Monday?  CLICK HERE to access the Google Slide from Monday's training.  It includes the links where everyone added their ideas for interventions and extensions.

What I'm Reading
How Stress Affects your Memory


UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Sat, Oct 27 - Blue Ridge Fall Festival
  • Mon, Oct 29 - Carter Blood Drive at BRHS
  • Fri, Nov 9- Veteran's Day Assembly
  • Oct 1-27- Food Pantry Food Drive
  • Mon, Oct 29 - Experience Dyslexia
  • Sun, Nov 4 - Daylight Savings Time (Set clocks 1 hour back)
  • Week of Nov 5 - Formative Assessment Week
  • Tue, Nov 6 - ELECTION DAY (DON’T FORGET TO VOTE)
  • November 7- Retirement Planning Seminar at Region 10. Click here for more information and to register. 
  • Thu, Nov 8 - Long Range Facility Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. in Board Room (You are invited)

#1 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING NEEDS FORM

If you are in need of training/guidance related to something we have in place here in BRISD, please complete the Professional Learning Request Form.  We are willing to meet one-on-one, in campus teams, or in district groups...all based on need.  There is no such thing as a bad request...if you have a need, do not hesitate to make a request!

#2 FA2 WINDOW

 The FA2 is November 5th-9th.  Remember to review the FA Testing Dates & Requirements 2018-19 document for information about Formative Assessments to which you are responsible.  Work with campus administration to plan testing dates that do not conflict. 

One change that will be implemented for FA2 is that central office will be printing all test forms (answer documents) for all teacher administering an FA. Even if you are planning to use the Online Response System to have students enter their data, you will still need to use an answer document for students to record their answers. Answer documents will be placed in your boxes prior to the FA2 window. As a reminder central office will also scan all test forms (answer documents) into DMAC upon completion of the FA. 

#3 FREQUENT, SMALL-GROUP, PURPOSEFUL TALK

Sean Cain addresses the importance of student collaboration and planned questions in his book The Fundamental Five.  Please take a moment to view the brief video below:

 

#4 THE LEARNING PIT

Source: insollave.school.nz
This visual was presented by John Hattie during his Region 10 session.  As you study this image,
ask yourself the following questions:
Are my students afraid to fail?
Have I equipped my students with specific strategies so they know what to do
when they don't know what to do?
Does collaboration naturally occur in my classroom, or is it forced?

#5 LATE START FRIDAYS

Remember to bring your Chromebook to all Late Starts, which begin promptly at 7:30am
For future topics and sites, please see the 1819 Friday Late Start Collaboration Calendar

Date: October 26th
Site: Home Campus
Topic: Grade Level & CARE Meetings
Audience: All Campus Teachers

Date: November 2nd
Site: Home Campus
Topic: CARE & RtI 1-2-3 (MS/HS); Vertical Meetings (BRE)
Audience: All Campus Teachers



TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCEMENTS

In order to utilize the T-Tess feature of DMAC, all teachers must go in and confirm their TSDS information and establish their T-Tess account. Follow the steps below to complete this task. This needs to be done as soon as possible. 

1. Log into DMAC Account. If you do not know your login information, email melissa.stiney@brisd.net

2. Make sure your TSDS information is registered to your account. Do this by going to Utilities-Click register next to TSDS- Update TSDS #, birthdate, and gender. Only newly hired employees will need to provide TSDS #. Returning employees just need to update their birthdate and gender.

3. Once your TSDS information is registered, navigate to T-Tess from the main menu.

4. Verify your information is correct and click Register. Now you will be ready to use DMAC for T-Tess for appraisals.

STAFF SHOUTOUT


The staff shout out this week goes to our awesome school nurse- Helen Thompson for her outstanding response to a middle school student injury last week during athletics. Thank you, Helen, for your dedication to the health and safety of our students and staff. 

BUSINESS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sick Leave Bank 

Deadline to join October 31st. 

Enrollment for the Blue Ridge ISD Sick Leave Bank is beginning this month. The deadline to become a member is Wednesday, October 31st. To join the Sick Leave Bank, all employees must donate 2 days (can be local or state days). Enrollment forms will be distributed to staff members or they can be downloaded here: BRISD Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Form

Why should I join the Sick Leave Bank?
- Provide additional sick leave days to members of the bank in the event of a critical, life-threatening, or catastrophic illness, injury, or non-elective/emergency surgery
- can be used in the event of a catastrophic illness to you as the employee or an immediate family member

Once all completed forms have been received in the Business Office, committee elections will take place. Committee nominations will only be sent to the employees who have donated their 2 days to become a member. Nomination forms will be sent via Google Forms. The committee will have an initial meeting following the results of the nominations. Any meetings after the initial meeting will only occur when requests for days from the sick leave bank have been received. 

Media Center Announcements
Please allow at least three days for all printing jobs to be completed. Jobs are completed in the order they are received. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Week of Oct 22 (2.1)

WINK’S WEEKLY WORDS

CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY BLOG

The facility committee met on Thursday, October 4 to discuss the future of the district's buildings.  Please click on this link to gain access to all handouts provided to the committee.  

A key question that was asked was how much longer will it be before our buildings run out of space.  This image illustrates the maximum capacity of all buildings and where our enrollment was in 2017, where it will be in 2020 and where it will be in 2025.  Maximum capacity is where every room holds 25 students 8 periods per day.  Based on this graphic and our enrollment today, the elementary and high school are at maximum capacity, and the middle school currently has every room being utilized for instruction or for special programs such as dyslexia and special education.




The next facility committee is scheduled for 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the BRISD board room.

UPCOMING EVENTS

#1 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING NEEDS FORM

If you are in need of training/guidance related to something we have in place here in BRISD, please complete the Professional Learning Request Form.  We are willing to meet one-on-one, in campus teams, or in district groups...all based on need.  There is no such thing as a bad request...if you have a need, do not hesitate to make a request!

#2 FA2 DMAC DEADLINE

 FA2 is due in DMAC Friday, October 19th.  Remember to review the FA Testing Dates & Requirements 2018-19 document for information about Formative Assessments to which you are responsible.  As you begin to design your FA2, please refer to the BRISD Instructions for CREATING Formative Assessments 1819.  The FA2 testing window is November 5th - 9th.  Work with campus administration to plan testing dates that do not conflict.

#3 END OF 1st NINE WEEKS

The fist nine week grading period ends Friday, October 19th.  Final grades must be submitted by 8:30am on Tuesday, October 23rd.  Report Cards with attached accountability information will be sent home Friday, October 26th.
Please review the BRISD 1819 Report Card/Grading Period Schedule for future deadlines.

#4 THE LEARNING PIT

Source: insollave.school.nz
This visual was presented by John Hattie during his Region 10 session.  As you study this image,
ask yourself the following questions:
Are my students afraid to fail?
Have I equipped my students with specific strategies so they know what to do
when they don't know what to do?
Does collaboration naturally occur in my classroom, or is it forced?

#5 LATE START FRIDAYS/OCTOBER 22nd PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Remember to bring your Chromebook to all Late Starts, which begin promptly at 7:30am
For future topics and sites, please see the 1819 Friday Late Start Collaboration Calendar

Date: October 19th
Site: BRISD School Board Room
Topic: The BRISD RtI Process
Audience: All K-12 Core Content (ELAR/Math/Science/Social Studies) Teachers

Date: MONDAY October 22nd
Site: BRISD School Board Room
Audience: All Campus Teachers (see link)
Wear jeans!

Date: October 26th
Site: Home Campus
Topic: Grade Level & CARE Meetings
Audience: All Campus Teachers

Date: November 2nd
Site: Home Campus
Topic: Grade Level & CARE Meetings
Audience: All Campus Teachers

STAFF SHOUTOUT

Shoutout to BRE paraprofessional Amanda Humphrey
for always striving to meet the needs of the students of
Blue Ridge Elementary. Mrs. Humphrey goes above and
beyond to collaborate with classroom teachers to support
classroom instruction and help all students grow. Thank
you for all that you do Mrs. Humphrey!
Shoutout to BRHS English teacher Callie Barge
for her dedication to helping HS students grow and fall
in love with reading. She is committed to growing students in HS English and pushing them to success. We are glad to have her as a Blue Ridge Tiger! 

TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCEMENTS

T-Tess information in DMAC
In order to utilize the T-Tess feature of DMAC, all teachers must go in and confirm their TSDS information and establish their T-Tess account. Follow the steps below to complete this task. This needs to be done as soon as possible. 

1. Log into DMAC Account. If you do not know your login information, email melissa.stiney@brisd.net

2. Make sure your TSDS information is registered to your account. Do this by going to Utilities-Click register next to TSDS- Update TSDS #, birthdate, and gender. Only newly hired employees will need to provide TSDS #. Returning employees just need to update their birthdate and gender.

3. Once your TSDS information is registered, navigate to T-Tess from the main menu.

4. Verify your information is correct and click Register. Now you will be ready to use DMAC for T-Tess for appraisals.

BUSINESS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sick Leave Bank

Enrollment for the Blue Ridge ISD Sick Leave Bank is beginning this month. The deadline to become a member is Wednesday, October 31st. To join the Sick Leave Bank, all employees must donate 2 days (can be local or state days). Enrollment forms will be distributed to staff members or they can be downloaded here: BRISD Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Form

Why should I join the Sick Leave Bank?
- Provide additional sick leave days to members of the bank in the event of a critical, life-threatening, or catastrophic illness, injury, or non-elective/emergency surgery
- can be used in the event of a catastrophic illness to you as the employee or an immediate family member

Once all completed forms have been received in the Business Office, committee elections will take place. Committee nominations will only be sent to the employees who have donated their 2 days to become a member. Nomination forms will be sent via Google Forms. The committee will have an initial meeting following the results of the nominations. Any meetings after the initial meeting will only occur when requests for days from the sick leave bank have been received. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Week of Oct 15 (1.9)

WINK’S WEEKLY WORDS

Thank you for another great week of learning.  On Monday, 10/22, our professional learning day will focus in on interventions and extensions for all kids.  To wrap your mind around possibilities associated with this topic, I encourage you to watch the video in this tweet and ask yourself this question.  What barriers do I put up that prevent me from personalizing learning for kids?

CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY BLOG

Upcoming Events
  • Oct 1-27- Food Pantry Food Drive
  • Fri, Oct 19 - End of 1st 9 Weeks
  • Sat, Oct 27 - Blue Ridge Fall Festival (contact Shawn if you want to sign up)

#1 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING NEEDS FORM

If you are in need of training/guidance related to something we have in place here in BRISD, please complete the Professional Learning Request Form.  We are willing to meet one-on-one, in campus teams, or in district groups...all based on need.  There is no such thing as a bad request...if you have a need, do not hesitate to make a request!

#2 FA2 DMAC DEADLINE

 FA2 is due in DMAC Friday, October 19th.  Remember to review the FA Testing Dates & Requirements 2018-19 document for information about Formative Assessments to which you are responsible.  As you begin to design your FA2, please refer to the BRISD Instructions for CREATING Formative Assessments 1819

#3 BRISD RtI FLOWCHART

Please take a moment to review the RtI Flowchart for Blue Ridge ISD.
If you have a student who is struggling, please refer to the flowchart for what to do next.
All CARE (Collaborating About Reaching Excellence) Meetings are called by your campus principal.  Therefore, if your interdisciplinary (grade level) team must schedule CARE Team meetings through your campus principal.  
Please direct any questions to your campus principal.

#4 THE IMPORTANCE OF GREETING STUDENTS AT THE DOOR


If you follow me on twitter (@matthewtodd05) you probably saw an edutopia article that I retweeted about greeting students at the door.  For a link to the original tweet, click here.
When you get a chance, read the article!  The moral of the story is this: "Greeting students at the door sets a positive tone and can increase engagement and reduce disruptive behavior."

#5 LATE START FRIDAYS

Remember to bring your Chromebook to all Late Starts, which begin promptly at 7:30am
For future topics and sites, please see the 1819 Friday Late Start Collaboration Calendar

Date: October 12th
Site: Home Campus
Topic: RtI Flowchart & Vertical Team Meetings
Audience: All Campus Teachers


Date: October 19th
Site: BRISD School Board Room
Topic: The BRISD RtI Process
Audience: All K-12 Core Content (ELAR/Math/Science/Social Studies) Teachers

Date: October 26th
Site: Home Campus
Topic: Grade Level & CARE Meetings
Audience: All Campus Teachers

STAFF SHOUTOUT

In honor of National Principals Month, our staff shoutout is to our amazing campus principals. Their leadership and tireless efforts help drive our school toward Excellence. Thank you, principals, for everything you do for your campus and Blue Ridge ISD. 


BRE Assistant Principal
Shelley Reeves
BRE Principal
Greg Smyder
MS Principal
Phillip Lentz
HS Principal
Dr.Chris Miller

TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCEMENTS

T-Tess information in DMAC
In order to utilize the T-Tess feature of DMAC, all teachers must go in and confirm their TSDS information and establish their T-Tess account. Follow the steps below to complete this task. This needs to be done as soon as possible. 

1. Log into DMAC Account. If you do not know your login information, email melissa.stiney@brisd.net

2. Make sure your TSDS information is registered to your account. Do this by going to Utilities-Click register next to TSDS- Update TSDS #, birthdate, and gender. Only newly hired employees will need to provide TSDS #. Returning employees just need to update their birthdate and gender.

3. Once your TSDS information is registered, navigate to T-Tess from the main menu.

4. Verify your information is correct and click Register. Now you will be ready to use DMAC for T-Tess for appraisals.

BUSINESS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sick Leave Bank

Enrollment for the Blue Ridge ISD Sick Leave Bank is beginning this month. The deadline to become a member is Wednesday, October 31st. To join the Sick Leave Bank, all employees must donate 2 days (can be local or state days). You cannot donate more than 2 days. Enrollment forms will be distributed to staff members or they can be downloaded here: BRISD Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Form

Why should I join the Sick Leave Bank?
- Provide additional sick leave days to members of the bank in the event of a critical, life-threatening, or catastrophic illness, injury, or non-elective/emergency surgery
- can be used in the event of a catastrophic illness to you as the employee or an immediate family member

Once all completed forms have been received in the Business Office, committee elections will take place. Committee nominations will only be sent to the employees who have donated their 2 days to become a member. Nomination forms will be sent via Google Forms. The committee will have an initial meeting following the results of the nominations. Any meetings after the initial meeting will only occur when requests for days from the sick leave bank have been received.