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The Bobcat

 

THE BOBCAT

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

VISION

Academic Excellence and Success

 

FROM MR. R'S DESK

 

Bobcat Nation,

You don't how grateful and proud I am of our recent "B" rating. Going from a 74 to an 85 in only one year is unthinkable and I cannot thank you enough. We have established a great academic foundation and we are well on our way to become an "A" campus.

 

Even though our goal is to attain an "A" rating, understand... that is not our why. Our WHY is our students. Our students deserve our very best. Everything that we do needs to be driven by our students. If our students do not motivate us every single morning, then we are in the wrong profession. Our students and our parents cannot afford you being average. You were hired for a reason and do not ever forget that.

 

Folks, our school district has provided us with a blueprint to follow. The purpose of the EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS FRAMEWORK blueprint is to provide a common language, continuous improvement, and alignment. It would be very foolish not to consider the suggestions by the ESF blueprint. Please take the time to re-read the blueprint and take note of the bold words so that you can understand our expectations moving forward. Remember... our actions, thoughts, and culture must be reflective of our WHY... our students!

 

EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS FRAMEWORK BLUEPRINT

Prioritized Lever 1: Strong School Leadership and Planning

  • Campus instructional leaders have clear, written, and transparent roles and responsibilities, and core leadership tasks are scheduled on weekly calendars (observations, debriefs, team meetings).
  • Performance expectations are clear, written, measurable, and match the job responsibilities.
  • Campus instructional leaders use consistent, written protocols and processes to lead their department, grade-level teams, or other areas of responsibility.
  • Campus instructional leaders meet on a weekly basis to focus on student progress and formative data.
  • Principal improves campus leaders through regularly scheduled, job-embedded professional development consistent with best practices for adult learning, deliberate modeling, and observation and feedback cycles.

 

 

Prioritized Lever 2: Effective, Well-Supported Teachers

  • The campus implements ongoing and proactive recruitment strategies that include many sources for high-quality candidates.
  • Clear selection criteria, protocols, hiring and induction processes are in place and align with the school's vision, mission, values, and goals.
  • Campus leaders implement targeted and personalized strategies to retain high-performing staff.
  • Teacher placements are strategic based on student need and teacher strengths.
  • Grade-level and content-area teams have strong, supported teacher leaders trained in adult learning facilitation and team dynamics.
  • Preferred substitutes are recruited and retained.

 

 

Prioritized Lever 3: Positive School Culture

  • Stakeholders are engaged in creating and continually refining the campus’ mission, vision, and values.
  • Campus practices and polices demonstrate high expectations and shared ownership for student success.
  • Staff members share a common understanding of the mission, vision, and values in practice and can explain how they are present in the daily life of the school.
  • Regular campus climate surveys assess and measure progress on student and staff experiences.

 

 

Prioritized Lever 4: High-Quality Curriculum

  • The scope and sequence, units, and interim assessments are all aligned to priority and supporting standards for all tested subject and grade areas, and grades PK-2nd mathematics and reading.
  • Interim assessments aligned to state standards and the appropriate level of rigor are administered three to four times per year to determine if students learned what was taught. Time for corrective instruction is built into the scope and sequence.
  • Curricular resources with key ideas, essential questions, and recommended materials, including content-rich texts, are used across classrooms.
  • The school provides teachers with time at the beginning and throughout the year to internalize the curriculum and its resources.

 

 

Prioritized Lever 5: Effective Instruction

  • All teachers create and submit daily lesson plans that include clear objectives, opening activities, time allotments that indicate the amount of time spent on each step of the lesson, multiple, differentiated paths of instruction to a clearly defined curricular goal, and formative assessments along with exemplar responses.
  • Campus instructional leaders review lesson plans frequently for alignment to the standards, the scope and sequence, and the expected level of rigor, and provide teachers with feedback and lesson planning support.
  • Campus instructional leaders review disaggregated data to track and monitor the progress of all students and provide evidence-based feedback to teachers.
  • Teachers use a corrective instruction action planning process, individually and in PLCs to analyze data, identify trends in student misconceptions, determine the root cause as to why students may not have learned the concept, and create plans to reteach.
  • Teacher teams have protected time built into the master schedule to meet frequently and regularly for in-depth conversations about formative and interim student data, effective instructional strategies, and possible adjustments to instructional delivery.
  • Student progress toward measurable goals (e.g., % of class and individual student mastering of objectives, individual student fluency progress, etc.) is visible in each and every classroom and throughout the school to foster student ownership and goal setting.
 

HOW GREAT LEADERS INSPIRE ACTION | SIMON SINEK

 
 
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IPC CLASS - METRIC MEASURING LAB

 
 
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ALGEBRA 2 STUDENTS - PARENT FUNCTIONS

 
 
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ALGEBRA 2 STUDENTS - ABSOLUTE VALUES | EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES

 
 
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GEOMETRY STUDENTS - ANGLE PAIRS AND PROPERTIES

 
 
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ALGEBRA 1 STUDENTS - SIMPLIFYING EXPRESSIONS

 
 
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WRITING IS A PROCESS.... @THINKINGMAPS TO COLLECT IDEAS AND STRUCTURE

 
 
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HOMECOMING WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

 
 
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FACES IN THE CROWD - BOBCAT EDITION

 
 
Upcoming Events
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, September 23

Administrative Meeting

Tuesday, September 24

Coffee with Mr. R

VB AWAY vs Port Isabel*

SBDM at 5 pm

Wednesday, September 25

PLC

College Night

Thursday, September 26

ELAR TEKS PD

FB AWAY vs Grulla

Tennis @ Zapata*

Friday, September 27

End of 1st Six Weeks

Saturday, September 28

VB AWAY vs Progreso*

Tennis vs La Feria*

Saturday School

 
 

COFFEE WITH MR. R

 
 
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SBDM MEETING - PARENTS ARE WELCOMED

 
 
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COLLEGE NIGHT

 
 
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RIO HONDO HIGH SCHOOL REPORT CARD

We are proud to announce that Rio Hondo High School earned a "B" rating in the latest A-F Accountability as issued by the Texas Education Agency. Administration would like to recognize and thank the teachers, counselors, office staff, custodians, cafeteria personnel and students for their hard work. [Click on tab below to see summary of Report Card.]
 
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Rio Hondo High School Report Card 2018-2019.pdf

 
 

2019 DISTINCTION DESIGNATION SUMMARY

 
 
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Distinctions 2019.pdf

 
 

AMAZING THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT RIO HONDO HIGH SCHOOL

 
 
Rio Hondo High School
 

RIO HONDO HIGH SCHOOL

Our MISSION is to create experiences and opportunities for our students. We have established a culture of high academics and a future-ready curriculum. At RHHS, we focus on the arts, athletics, and on educating the whole child.