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We Can’t Make the Grade

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I’m not surprised to see many central Texas schools receive failing grades on the new report cards the State of Texas sent out Friday. When will we learn? This is not the way to educate a smarter generation.

Here’s the result for my local school district:

Campus District School type 2016 Rating D1 D2 D3 D4
ROCKDALE ELEMENTARY ROCKDALE ISD Elementary Paired campus
ROCKDALE HIGH SCHOOL ROCKDALE ISD High School Met standard* D F D A
ROCKDALE INTERMEDIATE ROCKDALE ISD Elementary Met standard* C B D A
ROCKDALE ISD ROCKDALE ISD District Met standard* C C D A
ROCKDALE JUNIOR HIGH ROCKDALE ISD Middle School Met standard* C D C C

The new report rates schools and districts in four domains:

  • D1: Student Achievement
  • D2: Student Progress
  • D3: Closing Performance Gaps
  • D4: Post-secondary Readiness

It’s no wonder that state teacher groups are calling for the legislature to repeal this new letter grade system, that will markedly affect most Texas schools. The question I have is why do we keep sticking a square peg in a round hole? Read the rest of this entry

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Old Dog, New Tricks

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So this is Macy. She’s sixteen years old, which according to our calculations makes her roughly 112 in doggy years. If there were an AARP for dogs, she’d be card-carrying member. I’ve always heard you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I can assure you this isn’t true.

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Recently Macy figured out how to have a warm snuggly night at my expense. She grabs the corner of my down comforter with her mouth and pulls it on the floor in the middle of the night and she even takes a pillow if there is one close enough to the edge of the bed. For a while I thought the kids were tucking her in, but one night I woke up and there she was- dragging the blanket right off my feet. Read the rest of this entry

Party Crashers

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Photo courtesy of: sweetsugarbelle.com

Photo courtesy of:
sweetsugarbelle.com

Today was supposed to be “Christmas Party Day” for most of my children. There were cookies to trade, and crafts to bring home, Santa’s to color, and a sugar over load in store for all the little children but out of nowhere school was cancelled! Well, not out of nowhere. A combination of the flu and some phony threats have closed the doors.

Wednesday I had to run to another town, about an hour away, and it was bad luck from the get go.  My cell phone died, and my husband had yet to replace the car charger he had broken the week before, so I was on a long stretch of highway with no phone when my car decided to break down. I’m not sure how I fixed it. To tell you the truth I yelled at it, slammed my fist on the steering wheel, and like movie  magic she cranked back up. Then we repeated that scenario about 4 more times. I finally made it to a Family Dollar store where I ran inside and bought a phone charger.

I got the phone restarted and text messages started spooling in. “Mom, there is a threat at the junior high, someone said they were going to shoot it up. Get Dylan.” Read the rest of this entry