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Hello Bradley Nation,

 

Week Five is here!  September is almost in the books and the evenings are cooler.  With college football in full swing, you might want to break out those sweatshirts soon.  (well, maybe in a few weeks)

The Re-Charge Den was recently written up in the NEISD parent newsletter that went out to over 65,000 families.  A link can be found here

Each morning, I prepare fruit infused water and put out items for breakfast.  Throughout the day, I keep the water filled and rotate snacks.  With the generosity of HEB and other businesses, I am able to do this.  I have had many folks donate coffee, donuts, breakfast bars, cookies and fruit for the water.  I appreciate this greatly.

But I will need your help to keep the Den stocked. If you are out at HEB, Costco or SAMS and wanted to pick something up for the Den, I would gladly accept it.  (Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks, Cookies, Bagged Chips, fresh fruit)

News and Notes 

On the flipped September faculty meeting video, I asked you do a few things.  One was to write a good news postcard to one of your students.  These cards are in the front office.

Secondly, was to unpack domain number two.  Over the last two weeks, I asked you to review and discuss your rubric just like we did with domain one and three.

I found a series of videos from a college professor in Tyler, Texas that help breakdown the domains.  (He is Charles Elerick’s professor)

 

In order to have a successful understanding of T-TESS, we need to continue to have discussions with our peers about the process.  As we move to a true PLC, these discussions should be included in our lesson planning.

Originally, I set up the morning of 9/21 and the afternoon of 9/22 to have small group discussions on domain two.  I was called to a meeting on 9/21 and will need to move this small group discussion to all day on 9/22.

Starting first period and running all day, I will be in the ACR.  During your conference period, please come to the ACR as we unpack and debrief domain two of T-TESS.  If you cannot make the meeting during your conference, I will have an after school meeting on 9/22 starting at 3:50.

Please bring your rubric and any questions you have on Thursday.

Lastly, I need everyone to enter their T-TESS goal into the new system called APPRAISE.

I have created a few pictures to help show you the process.

Go to neisd.net, Intranet, logins and then Eduphoria.

You will log into Appraise, instead of PDAS.

 

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After logging in, you will click on Evaluation Documents

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You will then see New Goal at the bottom of the page.  Click on that.

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You will then see the page to enter your goal.

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Once your goal is entered, please click submit and your goal will be sent to your evaluator.  Your evaluator will then review and approve your goal.

(This is also a wonderful time to review the SMART goal you selected.  Are you on track to complete it?  What evidence would you submit to show that you have completed it?)

A key component of T-TESS is sharing evidence with your appraiser.  As you go throughout the year, you will be asked to share evidence (lesson plans, eblasts, parent emails/compliments, specific lessons) in a shared google drive folder that Clarissa or Tina has created.  The folder has been shared with you.

Remember, T-TESS is changing the focus of teacher evaluations from compliance and checking “one more thing off our plate” to one of collaboration, growth and coaching.  The discussions held during the first week about best practices and during our goal setting meetings were powerful.  It is with this approach that we will successfully implement T-TESS.

I look forward to our discussions on Thursday.

 

Todd

 

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Hello Bradley Bears,

On Friday, June 3rd, we will be wrapping up the 2015-2016 school year.  We will enjoy a wonderful breakfast, say goodbye to some awesome colleagues and then close down the year.  Breakfast will be served at 8:30 AM in the cafeteria.

Recently, you might have seen stories on the news about “Ransomware.”  Online hackers are hijacking computer files and holding them ransom.  A hospital system recently had their files hijacked and they had to pay 17K to get the files back.  I bring this up because we need to be aware of emails that we receieve.  If you receive an email from an unknown source, I wouldn’t open it.  If you receive an attachment, be wary of opening it unless it is from a trusted source.  Many of these “Ransomware” cases involve individuals receiving an invoice and being asked to pay for something.  If you do not pay invoices as part of your job and your receive one, please let Sharla or an admin know before you do anything.

Bottom line, be very skeptical and always back up everything you have.

On the topic of email, please know that email and IM are subject to open records requests.  Please be very careful of what you put in print.

As we finish the year, please remember that any movies shown during the day should be for educational purposes only.  Movies like Frozen or Star Wars, which do not hold educational value, should not be shown.  I also strongly caution you to look at the content of the movie.  A colleague of mine recently had a teacher show a movie that had profanity in it.  This would never be accepted at Bradley.  It is your job as the teacher to completely preview anything you show and if you have questions, ask your department chair or a member of the leadership team.  If you have any doubt about the content, don’t show the movie.

Have you signed your contract or letter of assurance for next year?  If you have not received an email, check your clutter email, ask Lili or a member of admin.

Thank you to all of you that indicated you were interested in being a department chair.  I will email you with a time and date for your interview.

Lastly, as you are looking for teacher choice hours for next year, the district has lined up some wonderful speakers.  I have attached a list and strongly encourage you to look it over.  The campus with the highest percentage of teachers that attend will receive 5000 dollars.  Here is the link.

Have a great weekend.

 

 

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Happy Friday!

Can you believe that in three weeks, we will be saying goodbye to the 2015-2016 school year?  Where does the time go?

Mr. Darnall is putting together the End of the Year Bulletin.  He will be sharing that with the staff on Monday.  Please look over the document and if you have questions, please see him.  It is also important to review the document, as procedures might have been changed from previous years.  He will also have a quick after school faculty meeting on May 18th at 3:35 to review it.

The 8th grade dance is next Friday.  We would love to have you join us for a fun night of food and dancing.  I know Lori and Heather are also looking for volunteers to help chaperone.  I also want to thank our wonderful sponsors and the entire NJHS team for their work to ensure a nice end of the year dance for our class.

Please continue to update the google doc that Clarissa shared with you regarding Course Recovery/Summer School information.  We have added additional “Bear” days next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The leadership team is committed to help you in any way possible.  We will gladly work with a student to help motivate them to turn work in. I know the coaching staff and members of the Fine Arts Department are doing everything they can to assist students in danger of failing.   I truly appreciate your patience and approach to working with all students.

If you are interested in applying for a department head position, please send me an email by the end of the day Monday.  If you feel like you would be a strong leader and you want to join the leadership team, I encourage you to apply.  I will then contact those that have applied with what steps to take next.

Dates to Remember 

Our last CIC Meeting is on May 20th.  Please bring any updates or changes to the Campus Improvement Plan that you would like to discuss to that meeting.  Also, if you are finishing your second and last year on the committee, please bring your replacement, if possible.

May 31st – 8th grade awards — 6:00 PM

June 1st – 6th grade awards 9:30 AM & 7th grade awards at 2:00 PM

If you have any questions about awards, please see Clarissa or Lili.  If you need me to sign an award, please give that to Lili as soon as you can.

June 2nd – Autograph party

June 3rd – Work Day.  Breakfast and awards will begin at 8:30 AM.

 

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Can you believe . . . .

Hello Bradley Bears,

Can you believe we only have 18 days of school left?  Where did this school year go?

Last week, we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. I have said it before but teachers deserve more than a week!  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do!  You make our campus special and I value your commitment to the Bradley community.

This week we will also celebrate our wonderful Nurses.  Both Jennifer Pilger and Teri Gary are professional, outgoing and caring.  Our campus is lucky to have both of them.  Please take a moment this week to thank them for all that they do.

As we finish the gauntlet of testing, I know your students will shine on their game day!  You may also wear jeans this week because you will be on your feet for long periods of the day.  I want to once again thank Isabel for all her hard work to ensure that we have everything we need to test.

A few months ago at BOLT, the question was asked about the length of term of office for a department chair.  We researched the question and couldn’t find the answer.  We decided on a term of office of three years for the position.  At the end of the third year, the position would be open for anyone to apply.  We would also not place any limits on the number of terms that the department chair could serve consecutively.

We will open all the department chair positions this year.

The process of opening the position does many things for the campus.

  • It re-affirms the leadership position and the person in charge.
  • It provides opportunities for teachers to grow in leadership positions on campus.

The department chair job is not to be taken lightly.  The position comes with great responsiblity.  Not only do the Department Chairs guide their colleagues but also they assist with master schedule, course recovery, observe staff members and help plan/lead staff development.  They are positive role models on the campus.  They are an extension and equal part of the leadership team.  Without the department chairs, we wouldn’t be able to successfully do most of the things that we do!

Most importantly, Department Chairs model outstanding instruction to the teachers they serve. They have both great influence and great responsibility.

If you feel prepared to lead, please consider the opportunity to join the leadership team of Bradley Middle School.  Those interested should email me their intent by the end of this week.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

The first question of the interview will be a reflective question.  You will be asked to analyze and identify strengths and weakness within your department along with a plan of action to address the concerns during the 2016-2017 school year.  This could be a discussion or a presentation.

With all this said, I am extremely pleased with each and everyone of the department chairs.  They serve their department and co-workers, are advocates for the students, and leaders on campus.  I hope they consider applying for their position again.

I am looking to conduct interviews the week of May 23-27th.

Have a great week!

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.

Todd

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Thursday was a difficult day for the greater San Antonio area.  Eisenhower lost a student, tragically killed walking to school.

It reminds us all of how precious life is.

I encourage you to reflect on all that is good in your life and spend some quality time with family and friends.  Life’s too short to carry grudges or live with regrets.

We have so much good in our lives.  Keep the Eisenhower community in your thoughts and prayers.

A few news and notes – 

Our foundations committee created a video that we will show the students on our expectations traveling from the science building to the main building.  The committee also is responsible for implementing Officer Oz being out front of the building during passing period.

If anyone uses a platform like “donorschoose” to raise money for their classroom, mentioning our school or district, you must receive permission from me.  See me if you have questions.

If you are planning on retiring this year, please see me.  I can keep it confidential to the end of the year, if you would like.

I had such a great time attending the first Bradley Soccer game Wednesday evening.  If you have an opportunity this year, they are fun to watch!

My door is always open if you have concerns, want to share a story or a laugh.

Todd

 

 

 

 

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The first round of testing is over and I want to thank everyone for their hard work.  The monitors reported that Bradley teachers, staff and students did a wonderful job and for that, I am appreciative.   “Testing Tired”, I always thought, is different from teaching tired.  Do you know what I mean?  I know this weekend could call for some serious naps, if we haven’t already had them.

I would also like to publicly thank Isabel, Jennifer and LTW for doing such a great job with logistics and making sure everything ran smoothly.  This is not an easy job and one that is very stressful.  I appreciate their dedication to make sure everything was in line for us.  I also appreciate all those that helped in the testing room.  It was a team effort and I am proud that our team stepped up!

Lastly, how can we not thank our resident baker, Diana Flagg, for providing such wonderful treats for us? When I arrived early Tuesday morning, she was already putting out her wonderful baked goods for all of us to enjoy.  Thank you Diana.

Here is a list of some upcoming meetings and dates that are important.

Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, April 6th at 7:30 in the library.  Please bring one copy, handwritten or printed, of a quote that inspires you.  We will share these quotes.

Department Chair/Grade Level Meeting, April 8th at 7:30 in the ACR.

BOLT Meeting, April 13th in Mr. Babcock’s room at 3:35.

CIC Meeting, April 15th in ACR at 7:30 AM.

PTA Spring Social, April 15th from 5:00-8:00.  On Campus.

Our wonderful PTA President, Mrs. Jenene Pope, is asking for PTA members to meet in the library on April 15th at 3:45 PM.  She needs a voting quorum for PTA business.  Please plan on attending this very brief meeting (less than 10 minutes).  Our PTA does so much for us, I know we will support Mrs. Pope when she asks for our help.

Reminders —

On-Line Digital Citizenship class/video deadline is 4/1/16

 

 

 

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Hello Bradley Bears family and friends,

Over the course of the second semester, our Campus Improvement Plan was tasked with developing a mission statement for our campus.  I asked the CIC to fill in this statement with their grade levels and departments.

“At Bradley, we . . . . . . . by . . . . . . .  . “

Last Friday, our CIC analyzed nine statements and worked through them to develop one that we were all proud of.  The process was powerful.  We debated, changed, and moved phrases around.  We left feeling good about how we had developed a mission statement encompassing what we do each day at Bradley.

Here is our statement, “At Bradley, we provide a comprehensive education to all students, in a positive environment, by encouraging each child to reach their fullest potential in all areas of life.

This beautiful statement is a true testament to what you do on a daily basis.  We take care of kids!  We not only educate kids but we counsel kids, we feed kids, we cheer kids on at concerts and events and tell kids everything is going to be OK.  We can’t sleep at night because we worry about them and want them to be successful.  We care, often when it appears they do not.  But we never give up, that is what separates us from everyone else.

I thank you for caring — I thank you for doing what is best for them and I am proud of each of you.

I know the next few weeks can and will get very stressful.  Please know that I have complete faith in you and your hard work.   From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!

The faculty meeting, scheduled for March 2nd, will be a video/flipped meeting.  Please use that time to collaborate with your peers.

Have a great weekend!

(2 more weeks until Spring Break)

Todd

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Hello Bradley family and friends,

As some of you know, I was out sick Wednesday.  I had the 24 hour stomach bug.  One of my 10 year old twins, Tori, was home sick with me.  At the end of the day, Zoe, came home from school with a huge smile on her face.  She is Tori’s fraternal twin sister.

We all wondered why Zoe had this huge grin on her face.  Normally, I don’t get much from my kids as to how their day was.  Finally, Zoe told us that it was picture day in 5th grade.  Tori didn’t seem bothered.  But what Zoe said next, had us all laughing and Tori up in arms.

Zoe took her class picture and then went and stood in as Tori in her class picture.  It was her teacher’s idea and one that made us laugh for hours.  Tori didn’t find it funny.  I can’t wait to see the class pictures.

Next week, we have two early release days.  Please utilize this time to connect with parents of students that are in danger of failing.  If you are having trouble reaching parents, please ask Pete or Jennifer to help with current numbers.

Did you know that the Bradley Science department is collaborating with schools from all over South Texas to break a Guinness Book of World Record?  Swing by the science wing to check out their project.

The warm weather means that the Mill Springs Cabin will be coming to life soon.  I can’t wait to see the 4th graders touring the cabin complex.

Is anyone looking forward to watching season four of House of Cards?  All episodes will drop on March 4th.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for your time, dedication and commitment to our students.  My door is always open if you ever want to talk, tell stories or just visit.

 

 

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Hello Bradley Bear family and friends,

What a beautiful week.  I don’t know how many of you know this but my oldest daughter moved to Queens, New York in late summer to go to school there.  This weekend, the Polar Vortex will have the high temperature in NYC at 1 degree.  If she doesn’t miss Whataburger, Las Palapas, or our Spurs, she will miss the weather in South Texas.

Speaking of Whatabuger, I recently spent two days at the Whataburger Head Quarters with a group of administrators from across the state.  Our goal was to learn from the executives of the great hamburger chain on how they train their leaders.  I was lucky enough to hear the President, CEO, and numerous Vice Presidents share their love, passion, and leadership skills with us.  It was a wonderful day and I plan to blog about my takeaways in the near future.

Monday morning, we will begin our day with a short meeting at 7:40 AM.  After the meeting, you will have a full day of planning.  As a friendly reminder, your own children are not allowed on campus.  You may wear jeans but not shorts, and we are expected to work until 4:00 PM.  If you are taking a personal day on Monday, you must put the day in the system but a sub is not needed.

I know the next few months can be very stressful times for us as we prepare our students for the STAAR exam.  From walking the halls, I know our students will be prepared because of YOU!  If you continue to plan engaging lessons, our students will do wonderfully on any state test.  Please know that I appreciate all your hard work and it is recognized.  I have a motivational video for your enjoyment on the power of a teacher.  The video made me think of many of you.

A few reminders and notes —

Eblasts should be sent at least three times during each nine week marking period.  Please copy your PDAS administrator.

Have you completed the on-line digital citizenship course?  If not, it has to be completed by April 1st. The course can be found on Eduphoria.

A concern was recently brought to the Foundations committee about student horseplay in the hallway.  Member of the leadership team are looking to be more visible in the halls but we need your help.  Most of you do a wonderful job of monitoring the hallway during passing periods and we appreciate that.  But we need all teachers to make this the norm at Bradley.  Please help us with this.

In such a connected world, often times, parents may have our cell phone numbers.  I would strongly encourage you to not share your cell phone number with parents.  Often times, the lines of our professional and  our private lives  are blurred.  If you want to contact parents, the Remind App is a wonderful way to connect with parents and students.

I have a list of twitter chats that are incredible professional development resources.  If you are interested in networking with folks in your field, this article can be an excellent starting point.

Lastly, the author Todd Whitaker has a wonderful book called “What Great Educators do Differently.”  Here is a checklist and recap of  the book.  He is an excellent resource, readily available on twitter and his books are good reminders of our job.  I read his book “What Great Principals do Differently” at least a few times a month.

 

Have a nice weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How about this weather?  I am hearing that the temperatures could be in the 80s this weekend.  Unreal.  I hope that you are able to get out and enjoy the Vitamin D this weekend with your family and friends.

I also can’t believe that February is here.  Where did January go?

In an effort to help streamline communication, Clarissa and Isabel are going to publish a weekly flyer with dates and important upcoming events.  They are open to ideas and suggestions about what information would be beneficial to you in their bulletin.  The first flyer was sent out Thursday evening.  It has already received positive reviews.

February 1st-5th is designated as National School Counselor Week.  Please take a moment and thank our wonderful staff for all their hard work.  School counselors have one of the toughest jobs in schools today.  Often times, they are called to do everything but counsel and advice students.

I would like to thank all the teachers, directors and coaches for making our elective fair so successful this past week.  I received so many compliments from the community about our talented students and groups.  I thank you for all the countless hours you put into your programs and our kids!

Our fabulous librarian, Terri Ramirez, found this cool idea on twitter and I wanted to share it with you.twitter

If you have a twitter account, please consider this.  I have a hashtag #allinall4Bradley – I will start this beginning Friday.

(No student pictures or names)

I am also working on pricing/replacing the printers in the upstairs computer labs.  One has already been ordered because it was still under warranty.  I know you have been patient and I appreciate that.

If you have not already answered your reflection questions from the January faculty meeting, they are due Friday.

Our monthly faculty meeting is next Wednesday, February 3rd, at 7:30 AM in the library.

I put together a small video to music of a few pictures we have taken over the year.   I hope you enjoy.

Next Friday is Super Bowl Friday.  Please wear your favorite jersey or college T-Shirt that day.  I might even break out the Eli Manning jersey that day.  Did you know Eli has more rings than Peyton?  Maybe not for long  . . . . . .

Lastly, the Bloomer family welcomed a new addition to our home this week.  On top of the five children and three cats, we added a small dog.  Fiona “Cookie” Bloomer is a small chihuahua and terrier mix.  The dog likes to sit on the couch and watch TV.  I think she will be a fine member of the family.

Thank you for all you do.  I can really feel the energy and positivity from so many of you.  I see it in classes and the way you interact with your peers and students.

I also want to thank you because I really feel like I am part of the Bradley Bear family.  I appreciate that feeling more than you will ever know.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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