Sunday, August 27, 2017

ENews 08.27.2017



Weekly Schedule

Monday
  • Happy Monday!
Tuesday
  • 9:00am - Asst Principal Meeting @ Central Admin
Wednesday
  • PLCs in the office (at the Farm House Table)
  • 3:45p - WOW Wednesday - Nepris Training @ Central Admin
Thursday
  • 10:00a - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Herpeche)
Friday
  • 8:00a - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Wilkins)
  • 10:00a - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Herpeche)

    Important Reminders

    Calendars & Important Dates

    We have updated our Scott Activity Calendar with current information for the whole school year! It would be good for you to look through at least this next month to see what upcoming events you need to be aware of.

    Staff Evaluations
    We're in the process of updating the NEW program called Strive that will house all our staff evaluation documents for this year. TTESS & Goal Setting folks, this is the time to begin drafting what you professional goal will be this school year. Brittany and I will be scheduling days/times in September to review these goals with you. Let us know if you need help with this process.

    Ed Foundation - North Texas Giving Day
    Last year, our campus received the honor for TOP DOG campus from the Ed Foundation because of the amount of money raised for classroom grants. We would also like to have 100% of the staff to support through the Employee Payroll Deduction program or some donation. You have received some information about this program in your mailboxes last week. Brittany and I will be sharing some additional incentives to help encourage participation in this process in the upcoming weeks.


    NEW Information

    NEW Calendar Shared
    I created another calendar that I shared with the ScottStaff last week called "RCISD Curriculum" which has dates/times for a variety of training, testing, PD opportunities for you as teachers. It includes MAP testing windows, Progress Report/Report Card information, Valerie James/Kristen Weichel/Jayne Knighton campus visits, and W.O.W. Wednesday topics. Please check this calendar to see upcoming information for this next month.

    Staff Meeting
    Our first staff meeting will be Monday, Sept 11 @ 3:30pm. Please make arrangements to attend.

    Open House/Parent Meetings
    Our campus will be hosting an Open House/Parent Meetings on Monday, Sept 11. This is our opportunity to share about grade level expectations. You can host the parents meetings in your pods, cafeteria, library, etc. I would encourage you to be sure to address some of the following topics:

    You can host the parent meetings in your pods and I would encourage you to be sure to address some of the following topics:
    • Teacher Contact Information
    • Social Media/Remind Accounts
    • Attendance/Tardies
    • Transportation - Dropoff/Pickup Procedures
    • Student Conduct
    • Thursday Folders
    • Homework
    • Snacks/Water Bottles
    • Shoes for PE
    • Elementary Grading Policy
    • MAP testing, DRA testing, STAAR testing
    • Field Trips
    • Parent/Teacher Conference Date on Tuesday, October 17th
    The schedule for the Monday will be:
    5:30pm - Head Start, PreK, Kindergarten & 1st Grades
    6:00pm - 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades

    Kona Ice Returns
    Our first Kona Ice visit will be Wednesday, Sept 6 during the afternoon. A schedule will be create and shared will you very soon.

    MAP Testing
    This will begin after labor starting with 4th Grade. Below is a link to the district calendar for this first round of testing with students:
    More information about this process will be shared with you soon. However we will be printing and reviewing MAP data this year with parents during conferences next month. Please review some of the information Julia Robinson has created for parents that you can share with them during parent/teacher conferences in October.

    PLC Wednesdays
    Our PLC days have been moved to Wednesdays this school year. This week we will be talking about your Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) and start working through that process with you.



    You ALL have done an outstanding job this past week... getting students into a new routines, student dropoff, school dismissal, responding to parents questions, lunchroom behavior and procedures, and the list could go on and on.

    Congratulations the FIRST week of school is completed! Thank you for all your efforts this last week!!

    Sunday, November 27, 2016

    ENews 11.28.2016



    Weekly Schedule

    Monday
    • Welcome Back - NO MEETINGS
    Tuesday
    • Math Instructional Planning Day (aka Valerie James Day)
    • 9:00am - Lancaster to Asst Principal Mtg @ Admin Building
    Wednesday
    • 8:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Martin, 4th Grade Teacher)
    • 9:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, 4th Grade Teacher)
    • 10:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander 4th Grade Teacher)
    • 3:15pm - Appy Hour Workshop in Library 
    Thursday
    • 6:00pm - Kindergarten Gingerbread House Night
    Friday
    • Happy Friday!!

      Important Reminders

      ForeThought Lesson Plans
      Please ensure you are submitting lesson plans using the ForeThought program in Eduphoria. We are beginning to check this system more consistently. If you need help with this, Morgan Knauth is an excellent resource. Also there are members of your team that are very knowledgable with this system.



      NEW Information

      Calendar Feedback
      Kaicy Thomas will be representing our campus of the NEW district calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have any suggestions you would like the committee to consider, please let her know.

      A-F Accountability System
      TEA will be updating the current accountability system with a letter grade system. This new system will look at five (5) areas including our local community based accountability system. Student performance, progress & populations will continue to be important moving forward. There will be a Community Forum on Wednesday, December 7 @ 6:00pm at the Administration Building for people to learn more details. The link below is the current information we have about this new system & more information will be shared as it becomes available:

      MAP Testing Window
      The middle of the school year MAP testing window will be January 5th - 27th. A schedule will be sent out after Christmas Break with your homerooms times/dates for each test. Here's a couple of tips to help ensure a successful testing session this round:
      • Look at the students that took a long time last administration - be sure to monitor them closely for this round of testing
      • The first 7-8 questions will determine what grade level the student will be assessed on - please monitor what the students are doing
      • The teacher can pause the entire class to allow for breaks as needed
      • Encourage the students to write their RIT Goal on a post-it note when they go in to take their test - have them write their scores down at the end
      Lesson Fixer-Upper Conference
      Julia Robinson is planning to a different way to deliver professional development for teachers. She will be offering for you all to either participate in-person at the high school OR digitally from your classroom. More details about this process will be coming very soon - but all teachers will have to participate in some part in a Twitter chat. So save the date for Tuesday, January 3rd for the Lesson Fixer-Upper Conference.

      ESL Certification is due this coming July 2017 - please ensure you have taken your test & contacted TEA to get the certification on your teaching license. If you have any questions about this process, please come visit me.

      Scott Elementary Facility Update
      Playground Renovations Project - The district is planning to update our playground equipment by replacing the mulch with a sponge-like material, moving both swing sets to a more central location, and covering the playground with a large shade. The project is expected to begin in December and be completed in about 3 weeks from the start. Also the project will include additional concrete so students will be able to walk to the playground without stepping into mud on damp/wet days & some additional seating with trash cans.

      Please be prepared to make different plans for recess or outdoor activities during this update.

      Also, the district will be replacing our current exterior door mats with news ones. 

      Sunday, November 6, 2016

      ENews 11.06.2016



      Weekly Schedule

      Monday
      • Instructional Planning Day
      Tuesday
      • Tutoring Canceled - GO VOTE
      • 9:00am - Asst Principal Meeting @ Scott Elementary
      Wednesday
      • 1:45pm - ARD (Lancaster, Martin, Kindergarten)
      Thursday
      • 8:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, 4th Grade)
      • 9:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Martin, 2nd Grade)
      • Tutoring
      • Education Foundation Dinner
      Friday
      • 8:45am - Verteran's Day Assembly
      • 12:45pm - Nana Puddin Assembly (HS, PreK, Kindergarten, 1st Grade)
      • 1:45pm - Nana Puddin Assembly (2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades)
      • 5:00pm - PTO Parent's Night Out


        Important Reminders

        ForeThought Lesson Plans
        Please ensure you are submitting lesson plans using the ForeThought program in Eduphoria. We are beginning to check this system more consistently. If you need help with this, Morgan Knauth is an excellent resource. Also there are members of your team that are very knowledgable with this system.



        NEW Information

        Instructional Planning
        Julia Robinson has sent several emails about this training for Monday. Please note your location you're attending in the morning or afternoon. Be sure to report to your location on Monday no later than 8:30am (which is plenty of time for that Sonic Drink run). Below is a link to the schedule Julia Robinson shared by email:

        GO VOTE
        I love this country and so thankful we have the right to vote. Be sure to exercise YOUR right on Tuesday, November 8th and go vote. Tutoring has been cancelled for this day - please communicate this change with your parents ASAP.




        Sunday, October 23, 2016

        ENews 10.23.2016



        Weekly Schedule

        Monday
        • Red Ribbon - Wear Red
        • PLCs in Conference Room
        • Lancaster at HumanEx Training @ Admin Building
        Tuesday
        • Red Ribbon - Nerd Day
        • PTO Fundraiser Ends
        • Box Tops Deadline
        • Lancaster at HumanEx Training @ Admin Building
        • Pig Out PayDay
        • Tutoring
        Wednesday
        • Red Ribbon - Western Wear
        • Dreiling & Edwards at Legal Issues Training @ Region 10
        • Jayne Knighton Visiting on Campus
        Thursday
        • Red Ribbon - Crazy Socks
        • Tutoring
        • 1:45pm - ARD (Jacobs, Martin, Wilkins)
        Friday - Snapshot
        • Red Ribbon - Storybook Character Day
        • StuCo Leadership Workshop @ Scott Elementary


          Important Reminders

          Parent/Teacher Conferences
          Be sure you are planning and communicating with your parents about parent/teacher conferences for Monday, October 31. This is a FULL day that needs to be used well so you're taking up some much time during your conferences or after school to meet with parents.

          There are several online tools and resources to help you schedule these meetings like:

          Please keep a record for each of the parent conferences (the "Journal Tab" in Aware is a great place for this too). You MUST be reviewing the following for each student during the conference:
          1. District testing (MAP testing data, unit assessments, DRA test)
          2. Plan for intervention (all students receive RtI)
          3. Accommodations & Modifications the student is receiving (i.e. ESL/SpEd/504 students) 
          4. Student Attendance
          Brittany Lancaster & I will be available as needed throughout that day to ensure conferences are running smoothly and concerns are being address as needed.



          NEW Information

          Red Ribbon Week
          Yes, it's Red Ribbon Week - this is a great time to remind students about standing up against using drugs. A schedule was placed in your mailboxes earlier with a list of activities we'll be participating in. Please communicate with your students ways that can participate this week.

          PigOut Pay Day
          Tuesday is PigOut Pay Day - so grab your lunch and make your way to the Teacher's Lounge on Tuesday this week. This is a great time to talk and share with other people on other teams throughout the campus. We'll have some delicious treats waiting for you too!

          StuCo Leadership Workshop
          Friday is a VERY busy day for Scott Elementary.... Snapshot, Storybook Character Day, parade, door decorating contest, etc.... So ONE more thing to add to that plate is the Student Council Leadership Workshop that we're hosting.

          We'll have about 100 additional folks on campus that day for various school districts. Our RCISD student council kids are all participating this day too ... so we'll have a lot of special attention on this school day. The StuCo Leadership Workshop will be in the Gym so the Specials schedule will be different for that day. 

          Sunday, October 9, 2016

          ENews 10.09.2016



          Weekly Schedule

          Monday
          • Campus PLCs in the Conference Room
          • PLC Training @ Admin Building
          • School Pictures
          • PTO Fundraiser Begins
          • 3:30pm - Staff Meeting in Library
          • 6:30pm - PTO Board Meeting in Library
          • 7:00pm - RCISD School Board Meeting @ Admin Building
          Tuesday
          • CKHearts Site Visit
          • 9:00am - Lancaster at Asst Principal Meeting @ Admin Building
          Wednesday
          Thursday - North Texas Giving Day
          • Bunnell & Edward at Strategic Planning Training @ Admin Building
          • 10:00am - ARD (Jacobs Martin, Woltman)
          Friday
          • Happy Friday


            Important Reminders

            RtI Groups, MAPs Testing, Report Cards
            Now that folks have been trained running reports for MAPs, please LOOK at your RtI groups again to ensure you have the right kids receiving the kind of interventions they need. Brittany Lancaster and I will be checking in with you from time to time to help support you all with RtI.

            Also, you have students with low report card grades, they need to be receiving intervention too.


            NEW Information

            Parent/Teacher Conferences
            Be sure you are planning and communicating with your parents about parent/teacher conferences for Monday, October 31. This is a FULL day that needs to be used well so you're taking up some much time during your conferences or after school to meet with parents.

            There are several online tools and resources to help you schedule these meetings like:

            Please keep a record for each of the parent conferences (the "Journal Tab" in Aware is a great place for this too). You MUST be reviewing the following for each student during the conference:
            1. District testing (MAP testing data, unit assessments, DRA test)
            2. Plan for intervention (all students receive RtI)
            3. Accommodations & Modifications the student is receiving (i.e. ESL/SpEd/504 students) 
            4. Student Attendance
            Brittany Lancaster & I will be available as needed throughout that day to ensure conferences are running smoothly and concerns are being address as needed.

            ARDs
            As we continue to more throughout the school year, please be sure you are coming to each ARD meeting prepared to share about the progress of the student. Homeroom teachers, please bring current grades & assessments with you to the meeting (attendance, report cards, progress report, MAP data, DRA, Unit Tests data, and previous STAAR data). SpEd teachers will be bringing IEP goals/objectives but can help to support teachers with this data.

            Capturing Kids Hearts Site Visit
            On Tuesday this week, we'll be visited by someone from CKHearts. This is a great day to demonstrate what progress your understanding of CKHearts & how you're implementing in your classroom.

            Sunday, September 25, 2016

            ENews 09.25.2016



            Weekly Schedule

            Monday
            • PLCs in the Conference Room
            Tuesday
            • 9:00am - Lancaster at Asst Principal Meeting @ Royse City Middle School
            • 5:00-7:30pm - Chickfila Spirit Night
            Wednesday
            Thursday - North Texas Giving Day
            • 1st Grading Period Ends
            • PTO Membership Drive ENDS
            • 9:00am - ARD (Jacobs Martin, Finch)
            • 10:00am - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Soto)
            • 1:45pm - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Richardson/Martinez)
            • 6:30pm - DI Parent Night
            Friday
            • Instructional Planning Day w/ Julia Robinson


              Important Reminders

              TTESS Goal Setting Conferences
              Please take note of the dates/times you are scheduled for your Goal Setting Conferences. ACTION ITEM REQUIRED - Complete the "RCISD T-TESS Teacher Self-Assessment and Goal Setting" at least one (1) day  before your Goal Setting Conference with your appraiser. This gives us time to review your goals and helps the conference to run more smoothly. See the link below for the schedule:


              NEW Information

              North Texas Giving Day | Education Foundation
              Thank you to everyone that helped promote and contributed to the Education Foundation on North Texas Giving Day. We had a great showing of support and were the #1 campus for the day (I love seeing Scott being #1). It's because of your support that we were able to give so much support for the Ed Foundation. It's still NOT too late to contribute and participate. They are still accepting donations through October 30th. We have forms & envelops in the office if you wish to participate.

              A special shout out to Martha Edwards for counting money & organizing all the student and staff contributions for that day. You're our Super Hero!


              Instructional Planning Day | Kagan Cooperative Learning
              The district will providing training of Kagan Instructional Strategies (@KaganOnline). This is an amazing organization with some great tools for all teachers to use in the classroom. We'll be meeting at Miss May Vernon on Friday morning ... I would highly suggest CARPOOLING with another Scott Elementary staff member (parking will be limited).

              The focus will be on Cooperative Learning Strategies - were teamwork and working in pairs will help create a greater level of student engagement. Kagan specializes in engaging all learning including the reluctant ones. You can learn more about the Kagan Workshops with this LINK.

              504 Coordinators will be having an legal update in the Admin Training Room with Kenny Kaye Hudson. Also, BAU will be working with Dorcas Schale with updates also in the ALC Training Room (PM Only).


              1st Grading Period ENDS | Report Cards
              As this first grading period is coming to a close, be sure you're following the RCISD Grading Policy. Lori Dreiling will be sending out information about submitting grades for this 1st report card soon.

              If you have any students with failing grades for this 1st Six Weeks, you and I will be meeting to discuss interventions and supports for those students (RtI, Tutoring, homework for additional practice, etc). Also, you MUST conduct a parent conference with each of these students ASAP before the scheduled P/T conference day on October 31 - we need parents to be aboard with supporting the students sooner rather than later.

              RtI Groups & MAPs Testing
              Now that MAPs testing is over, I know many grade level teams have started to create intervention groups for RtI. If you need help with that process, please let Brittany Lancaster or myself know and we'll come help you through this process. We'll be checking in with you from time to time to help support you all with RtI.

              Also, we have several teachers attending training for MAP Reports next Thursday & Friday, so someone on your team will know how to use the report to BEST plan for intervention.

              Fair Day (@StateFairOfTX)
              Next Monday, October 3 is Fair Day - No School. Please communicate with parents.

              Kona Ice is Returning (@KONAICE)
              We'll be having Kona Ice back on campus on Wednesday, Oct 5th. Please communicate with parents.

              Sunday, September 18, 2016

              ENews 09.18.2016


              Weekly Schedule

              Monday
              • MAP Testing
              • PLCs in the Conference Room
              • 10:00am - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Bryant)
              • 3:30pm - BAU Team Meeting @ Ruth Cherry Int
              Tuesday
              • MAP Testing
              • 9:00am - Jacobs at Principal Meeting @ Royse City High School
              Wednesday
              • MAP Testing
              • WOW Wednesday
              • 8:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, A. Jones)
              • 6:30pm - Homecoming Parade @ Downtown Royse City
              Thursday - North Texas Giving Day
              • 12:45pm - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Knauth)
              • 3:00pm - Initial ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Garcia, Bobbitt, Wilkins)
              Friday
              • Pig Out PayDay!!
              • 2:45pm - ARD (Jacobs, Reavis, Lee, Showler)



                Important Reminders

                MAP Testing
                Thanks again for all the support from testing proctors for their support during testing. Apryl McElroy and Stuart Powley will continue being available to help support testing this week. Please let them know if you have anything questions.


                NEW Information

                Happy Homecoming Week
                I hope you all are excited about this week for Homecoming. We encourage everyone to participate as you can for each day. Also, please be sure to take photos and share on your social media accounts to promote our campus/district using #BulldogFamily #ScottSquad as appropriate.


                Thanks Brittany Lancaster and Stuart Powley for coming up with these FUN Disney Themed days.




                Fall Tutoring
                This year we will be hosting tutoring groups in the fall for 8 sessions (October 18-Nov 10). If you are interested in helping with tutoring please send Brittany Lancaster an email.

                TTESS Goal Setting Conferences
                Please take note of the dates/times you are scheduled for your Goal Setting Conferences. ACTION ITEM REQUIRED - Complete the "RCISD T-TESS Teacher Self-Assessment and Goal Setting" at least one (1) day  before your Goal Setting Conference with your appraiser. This gives us time to review your goals and helps the conference to run more smoothly. See the link below for the schedule:

                Employee Payroll Contribution Campaign
                Additionally, we are looking for 100% of our staff members to participate in the Employee Payroll Contribution Campaign. Scott Elementary has benefited from the monies given to the Education Foundation through grants awarded to the campus, first-year teacher grants, and staff recognition programs. Also we have received iPads for you to use during instruction because of these monies.

                All you would have to do make a One-Time Donation to the Education Foundation OR sign-up for the Payroll Deduction Program (min. of $2.00/month). ONLY $2.00/month!!

                If we have 100% participate, we will be recognized by the district and given a sign that will hang in the building so that everyone that walks into the building will know we support the Education Foundation. So let's all contribute that we can get that sign! We have flyers in the front office if you need to sign-up.

                North Texas Giving Day | Education Foundation
                On Thursday, September 22 - RCISD is hosting the North Texas Giving Day event at the Administration Building. They are looking for 500 donations of at least $25 that will trigger bonus funds for the Foundation. We're exploring some FUNdraiser ideas to get a competition going among the classes.


                Mrs. Lancaster had a great time visiting 1st Grade last week...

                Loving our Amazing Kindergarten Team!

                Love seeing our teachers getting kids excited about learning. Please share some of your learning adventures with us too!