Teacher Times #2
September 9, 2013
Letter from the Principal
Dear TAPCo Teachers and Staff,
Thank you for your advance work and terrific rollout of TAPCo Academy. The tone set for the year is remarkable.
We are judged by our attendance rate and we cannot afford to, nor is fair to our students, for accuracy not to be maintained.
Please be reminded of the following procedure for the remainder of this week only:
1. Attendance folders for 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 8-1, 8-2, 8-3 contain sheets for all students in that section. It is the teacher’s responsibility to make sure that the folder be retrieved from the main office for the first period that you teach any of the aforementioned sections.
2. The attendance folder for each section must get to the teacher that is teaching that section next. Call for the main office to have a school aide or a reliable student deliver the folder to the next class. Yesterday, folders were found in locations like the cafeteria. This is not acceptable!
3. Please make sure that you take the time to record student attendance with precision. I saw attendance sheets that were filled out for the wrong day (not Monday).
Academic Intervention Services (AIS)
Every Mon-Thurs morning, students (1/3 of our clientele) have or will be scheduled for 37.5 minutes of AIS. Students will be assigned to teachers who teach them during the school day for extra academic assistance. Parents will be apprised of this reality and student responsibility (and theirs as parents) that attendance is REQUIRED. In short, this is not a blow off period for anyone. Given the MOSL score connection to 1/3 of our clientele, it is in the best interests of the entire school to take advantage of this opportunity to provide additional students with additional academic support. For those students who are not scheduled for AIS, we are weighing other options (library for HS study hall, cafeteria for MS, etc.). It will take time to adjust and settle in to our new schedule. I am confident we will succeed.
Have a great rest of the week and THANK YOU for your extraordinary effort and professionalism.
Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Professional development and student opportunities are posted on the PD and Student Opportunities page. This week’s highlights include:
§ Register by September 27: Met Museum Open House for Educators
§ Participate on September 28: Art and the Emergence of the First Global Age
§ Register by October 8: Planning a Self-Guided Visit at the Met Museum
§ Participate on November 5: Election Day Workshop: Integrating Multiple Information Sources
§ Participate on November 16: The Silk Road: Artistic Trade and Exchange
§ Participate on December 8: In Conversation with Modern and Contemporary Art
§ Ongoing: Nuts and Bolts of ELL-Specific Topics for New ELL Coordinators
§ Ongoing: Secretary Training on ELL-Specific Topics
§ Ongoing: 20 Year OId Award Winning Author’s Literacy Campaign
Grant opportunities are posted on the Grants website (you can visit the page on any computer using this link). This week’s highlights include:
§ P. Buckley Moss Foundation Grant
§ Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) and/or Dual Language Planning Grant for 2014-15
DO NOT FORGET TO MOVE YOUR TIMECARD FROM THE IN-OUT POSITION
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