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Need to make plan for RTI

At this point in the year, RTI plans need to be in place.  I am going to a training on Monday, 8/14 at Region 1.  I will then train the staff on the RTI process during professional development.

Domain Mapping

Yay, I figured out domain mapping.  Now when visiting, it shows in the address bar.  Before turning on domain mapping, would take the visitor here, but would then display in the address bar.  This looks much better.  #details

student reports to mail home

Collect the Confidential Student Reports to mail home.  Get Algebra EOCs from the Assessment department and get the Spanish Credit By Exam results from the bilingual department.

Get address labels from Rita, and mail student copies home.

New Chapter

As of July 2017, I am no longer the webmaster at  I created the site back in the 1995-1996 school year.  It went through many different designs and styles.  In the beginning the site was hosted by AOL, something like (I think).  RBX550 refers to the model of my bass guitar.

At some point I taught myself HTML and how to register a domain name.  Not easy, but it made the site much more interesting.  Learning how to code nav menus was really trying.  Then along came WordPress.  I began using it somewhere around 2010 or so.  I’ll never forget the feeling of editing the site in the browser.  That was a huge game changer, considering what I had to do before that (write code on one computer, ftp it up to the site, etc.)

Then in 2014 I got the crazy idea to get my masters in educational administration.  Somehow I graduated and I’m now the Campus Testing Coordinator at Cathey MS, where I was previously the assistant band director for 7 years and head band director for another 7 years.  Now that I’m not in music any more, I had to give up publishing the site.  Very sad, as I miss publishing (and teaching band, tabulating contests, and all that went with that) but I am now looking forward to a new career where I don’t ride school buses, keep grade books, or deal with unruly students.  New career, new challenges, new beginnings.

But I digress.  You’ll notice the content prior to this post is an import of the old  I imported it just to keep a record, and to show the change.  I intend to continue blogging here to help me keep a record of what goes on during the year with testing.  Maybe next year (2018-2019) I’ll look back on this for reference.

State Honor Band

Congratulations to the following bands for representing the Rio Grande Valley, both Regions 15 and 28, at the State Honor Band contest:

Class 2C
4th Place, Roma MS, Corey Graves
7th Place, Brownsville Vela MS, Mario Sarmiento

Class 3C
5th Place, Brownsville Oliveira MS, Gaspar Garcia

Class 5A
7th Place, Roma HS, Dena Laurel
14th Place, Brownsville Veterans Memorial HS, Elizabeth Stone