Monday, September 30, 2013

Forecast for Today is Snowing!!

"Your teachers are awesome!" - Billy Snow direct quote after seeing our teams today.

Thank you 3rd, 4th, and Intervention teachers for a successful day with intervention today! We are doing a great job implementing this process.

I will be getting a written report and visiting with you all about specific feedback we are getting from Billy Snow. All of his suggestions are "tweaking" some of the things we are doing...but we are doing a great job!

"This is my favorite part of the day!" - a student today during our visit!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Google Accounts

It's Done!!!

Zach Snow has setup our Google Accounts for our campus. You can go to this link and login with this:

username: your district email (i.e.
password: bulldogs
Once you login, the system will ask you to change your password. Please go ahead and do this. You can go ahead and get started using these tools. However, he will be visiting our campus on Wednesday, October 9th to train us how we can use them.

Using Data at Scott Elementary

We use data in so many different ways in our schools, but do we truly fine our data meaningful or useful?

Here I am in Austin attending the Advancing Improvement in Education Conference (AIE Conference) and we are speaking a lot about data. One of our sessions have us complete a survey about our perceptions of data usage in our district. This survey sparked an interesting conversation at our table... and Julia Robinson and Kenny Kaye were both sitting at our table so the conversation with VERY interesting... haha!

I left the session wondering what does our campus truly believe regarding using data. So.... I've decided to survey our staff about this. This link will take you to the same questions we answered here at this conference. Please help me out and respond to this survey.

Directions: Read each statement and tell me what you think about them. The scale is similar to our Star Enterprise data with Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green. Red means this is a concern for our campus and Green means we are doing great with this. The survey will take about 5-10 minutes.

Please let me know if you have questions about the directions.

Click here to take the Data Survey.

Monday, September 23, 2013

College Week

Let's celebrate college week and encourage this important decision for our students this week. 

All staff members, you may wear jeans and/or flip flops this week if...

1. You participate with the different days Mr. Powley set up for college week for the kiddos.


2. You wear a college shirt.

Throughout the week, be sure to share with your students about the college you attended.

Have a wonderful week and show off your college spirit!

Friday, September 20, 2013

National Punctuation Day!

So I saw this on Twitter today and thought it was hilarious! So it's National Punctuation Day is next week...who knew?!? But I thought perhaps some of you would like to do something special to celebrate it.

So along with is funny picture is a link to a website for some interesting activities. Be sure to take a look and share how you used this in the comments below.

Happy Punctuation Day!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

No Absences-Oct 3rd

Please do not schedule any absences or elective appointments for Thursday, October 3rd.

There will be several teachers from each elementary school out that morning attending training sessions, so subs are already in very short supply. Students will be released at 12:30pm, and staff development will take place in the afternoon.

Thank you

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Curriculum Diva's Blog

Julia Robinson (@curriculumdiva) has created a blog that will serve has a resource for our district teachers. Be sure to FAVORITE this site in your web browser along with our campus blog. You can also sign up for email updates to the blog...must like our own campus blog.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Curriculum Calendars 2013-2014

K-4 Homeroom Teachers,

The district has developed some curriculum calendars based on the Year-at-a-Glance documents. You will find both an ELAR and Math versions of these documents in your mailboxes. They have been printed in color and will been to be place in your curriculum notebooks.

Unit assessments are to be administered on the last day of each unit. Be sure to communicate with Dr. Bright about opening/closing your unit assessment windows.

Additionally, I have placed these documents on a shared Google Drive folder (the link is below). You will need to use your district Google account to access this documents.

Curriculum Calendars 2013-2014

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ask 3 Then Me

I saw this method being using by Mrs. Chaney today in her classroom! Go Mrs. Chaney!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Edu All-Stars Podcast

As many of you know, I love technology. And I especially love working with teachers to help integrate technology in the classroom. I have several Twitter friends (aka Tweeps) who promote the technology integration frequently.

One friend is Todd Nesloney (@techninjatodd) who is a 5th Grade teacher in Waller ISD in Texas. Lisa Pogue had the opportunity to meet Todd in Waller, TX last spring. He has a website and classroom blog (

Also, Todd is a co-host for a podcast title Edu All-Stars ( where he and his other colleagues interview some of the up and coming educators who share an interest in promoting educational technology. Here is one of the podcasts he helps to produce.

Their particular guest this week was Matt Gomez (@mattbgomez), a kindergarten teacher here in the Dallas area.

Be sure to check out this and other podcasts from Edu All-Stars here at their website.

Lesson Plans

Many of you are asking about teacher lesson plans and would like to know the expectations for them this school year. I'm going to get you a couple of options...

Option #1
You may use the Forethought application on Eduphoria to develop your lesson plans. Dr. Bright and I can view your lesson plans from the website. With this option, you do not have to remember to submit lesson plans and you can easily share plans with other teachers. Additionally, this option allows you to submit lesson plans from any computer with internet access... you don't have to be here at school to create and submit your lesson plans.

***Remember if one person on your team is creating the lesson plan, but sure to copy those plans into your own planner on Forethought***

Option #2
You may submit your lesson plans electronically. I have created a "Lesson Plan" folder on the Scott Shared Drive. In the Lesson Plan folder are individual folders for each teacher. Here you can save your lessons into your own personal folder on this drive. With this option, you can only submit lessons on school campus and using a district computer.

If you are handwriting your lesson plans, please scan and place them into your "Lesson Plan" folder on the Scott Shared Drive.

Tutoring sessions, intervention, and additional support will be provided to individuals needing to use the scanner.

Staff Development Survey Results


Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts about staff development week. We will take both your affirmations and concerns about staff development to heart and consider them in future plans.

Here is a link to the results of the survey.

Don't forget to respond to the new survey regarding teacher technology.

Thanks again for your comments. Have a wonderful Wednesday afternoon!

The Intervention Video

Here is the video I shared with you all today...

Technology for Teachers

Thank you for your time today during our campus PLCs. I would like to get your feedback regarding technology.

I believe as educators, we need to be using technology in the classrooms with students. Ultimately, students are the ones who need to use technology to collaborate, critical think, and create work developed by the teachers. I also believe teachers need to first be comfortable using technology BEFORE introducing digital devices into the classroom to work with students.

With this in mind, I would like to get your thoughts about a digital device you believe would be helpful to you as a classroom teacher. This would not necessarily be a device every student at Scott Elementary would need to be using. This would be primary a tool for the classroom teacher.

Please keep in mind this device would be a tool to help you do your work. This would need to be a device you can use in a PLC, take with you for professional development, use this to access student data, run reports, develop lesson plans, research curriculum ideas, collaborate with other teachers, and more... (Update a classroom website/blog, manage your educational social media accounts, and upload pictures of students learning---okay this little bit is for my "connected" educators in the room).

Updated 9/5/2013

I'm adding some resources to help you make an educated decision. Here are some resources I think you will find useful:

Let me know what you think in the survey below or here in this link.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

PLC Schedule & Agenda

Tomorrow will be our first PLC meeting for the school year. They will be given during your conference time tomorrow. Click here for the link for tomorrow's schedule. 

This process is not that different from a regular team meeting, however I will setting up an agenda for this first time to help establish expectations moving forward. So for this first PLC meeting, this will be our agenda:
  • Discuss our Mission/Vision for Scott Elementary 
  • Celebrate our STAAR 2012-2013 
  • Review the curriculum units for the 1st six weeks
I'm looking forward to meeting with you all tomorrow!