Sunday, November 1, 2015

ENews 11.01.2015



Weekly Schedule

Monday
  • PLC Meetings
  • 12:45pm - Nana Puddin (PreK/HeadStart, Kinder & 1st Grade)
  • 1:45pm - Nana Puddin (2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades)
Tuesday
  • 9:30am - Principal Mtg @ Administration Building
  • 2:00pm - ARD
Wednesday
  • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
Thursday
  • Valerie James visiting classrooms
Friday
  • Early Release @ 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm - Curriculum Meetings (details coming from iAct Team)

    Important Reminders

    Student Attendance taken @ 9:30am -  Contact parents about student who are absent. Explain they were missed in school and hope they will return soon. Please let the office know how we can support you all and keeping our attendance rate high.

    Teacher Lesson Plans - Upload your lessons into Google Drive & make sure your file names include the date for lesson plans.

    Staff Meeting - Monday, November 9th

    Other Important Documents:
    AR Goal - By the end of this week, students should be at 75% of their point goal.

    New District Website Rollout - Monday, November 23 - Our district will be rolling out a new website for our parents, student, and community. Be sure to promote the new website your parents via newsletters, emails, weekly communications, social media, and remind accounts.

    Testing Updates - Lead4ward created a quick document about the resent changes to the testing system for this coming Spring. Below, I've included a link to this document and highlighted sections I believe is helpful for our students/campus:


    NEW Information

    Ed Foundation Survey - We're conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated. Click the button below to start the survey. Thank you for your participation!


    Ed Foundation Grant Winners
    Congratulations to Jennifer Chaney, Ashley Gilliland & Brittany Lancaster for receiving funding on their grant "Broadcasting the Big Future". This grant will help our student learn about news broadcasting and preparing reports for morning announcements.

    iStation Testing
    Once again it's time for iStation testing for Reading/Math. Here's a reminder from Mrs. McElroy:
    "Please stress to your students to do their best and try to meet their goals! You can show them what their goal is for November if you login to istation, go to toolbox and instructional tier goals. Thank you for all you do!"

    Discovery Education
    I've emailed the usage report for Discovery Ed to the team leaders. I have my own login and can monitor it's usage during the school year. Please use your own logins for Discovery Ed so our usage data is accurate. I've deactivated old accounts so please contact either Julie Jones or myself if you've been using a previous teacher's login.

    Week's Highlights (#kidsdeserveit | #YouMatter | #TeamKid)
    Here's a few pictures from the last few weeks with students and activities. Be sure to share your pictures with Scott Elementary (@scottelementary) so we can see what your kids are learning in your classrooms.

    Thursday, October 29, 2015

    Pirates Go to School

    Please share this video with your students today - Dr. Bright & I reading the book "Pirates Go To School"


    Sunday, October 25, 2015

    ENews 10.25.2015



    Weekly Schedule

    Monday - Red Ribbon Week (Wear your best Spirit gear about your favorite sports team)
    • PLCs
    • 3:30pm - Campus Leadership Team Meeting regarding STAAR4ward
    Tuesday - The West is Wild Without Drugs (Western Wear)
    • Finch to Google Academy
    • 9:30am - Asst. Principal Mtg @ Central Admin
    • 3:30pm - Tutoring
    Wednesday - Put a Cap on Drugs (Hat Day)
    • Spooky Pot Luck
    • 9:00am - ARD
    • 12:45pm - ARD
    • 2:00pm - STAAR4ward Webinar
    • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
    Thursday - Rockin' With No Drugs! (Rock Star Dress)
    • ELAR Curriculum Mtg w/ Kristen Weichel
    • Chaney, Knauth to Digital Fluency Academy
    • 3:30pm - Tutoring
    Friday - My Story Doesn't Have Drugs (Storybook Character Dress Day)
    • Snapshot Day - Be sure to mark your attendance correctly

      Important Reminders

      Pinkober - Wear your Pinkober (or another Pink shirt) on Thursdays this month.

      Student Attendance taken @ 9:30am -  Contact parents about student who are absent. Explain they were missed in school and hope they will return soon. Please let the office know how we can support you all and keeping our attendance rate high.

      Teacher Lesson Plans - Upload your lessons into Google Drive & make sure your file names include the date for lesson plans.

      Campus Leadership Team Meeting - Monday, October 26th

      Other Important Documents:
      AR Goal - By the end of this week, students should be at 66% of their point goal.

      Storybook Character Day is coming on October 30! Dr. Bright & Martha Edwards are sending out details for that event but start thinking about what Storybook Character you would like to be this year.

      NEW Information

      Vote for Teacher of the Month
      We have a lot of hard working individuals on this campus who truly deserves an award everyday. So let's acknowledge each other's excellent work and dedication to education by honoring them through Teacher of the Month.
      The Teacher of the Month is a monthly award that recognizes a teacher who exemplifies excellence in education. The Teacher of the Month will be given a parking space in the staff parking lot for that month and a special treat.

      Red Ribbon Week - Be sure to encourage your students to participate in Red Ribbon Week... click here for a current schedule. If you choose to participate in the different dress up days, please be sure to wear jeans too!



      Spooky Pot Luck - This potluck is scheduled for Wednesday and it's looking very good! Thank you so much Martha for organizing this event for our staff and thank you everyone that has signed up to bring some "Spooky" treats. I can't wait to see that you guys have in mind. Click on the link below to check out the sign up list:

      Testing Updates - Last week I emailed some testing updates from Lead4ward. They created a quick document about the resent changes to the testing system for this coming Spring. As more information becomes available, the iAct Team will help keep us informed. Below, I've included a link to this document and highlighted sections I believe is helpful for our students/campus:


      Discovery Ed passcodes have been emailed to team leaders. Be sure to visit with them about access.

      Subs & Technology - I would like you know what you guys think about having subs in the building with technology. What do you do when you have a sub in your classroom and you have the laptop with you at a training or home? The subs can't even use the document camera without the laptop, so what is the solution to this issue? Please let me know with this document and we can develop a procedure the district/campus.

      Brightbytes - Zach Snow (@ZachSnow) will be sending out the links for the Brightbytes survey very soon. I would like to see 100% of our campus to complete this survey. Mr. Snow will be monitoring the completion and offering some incentive for the FIRST campus to complete the survey in the district. I want to be #1!!

      Grant Submission Timeline - Also, Jo Nell will be sending out a survey to all the staff about the timelines for Education Foundation Grant submissions. Basically, she would like to know if the Fall submission date is best of our district OR do we need a Spring submission date too. Be prepared to give her your feedback soon and visit with me if you have specific questions about the Ed Foundation Timeline.

      Digital Citizenship Week
      Below is the email Stuart Burt (@StuartBurt) shared with us this week about Digital Citizenship Week:
      Each year, Common Sense Media hosts a week long series on Digital Citizenship.  This years'digital citizenship week focuses on having discussions with students to get them started on the right foot in the digital world.
      I encourage you to check out the Digital Citizenship Week 2015 resources for teachers and parents. Have some discussions with your students and send the link home to parents.  Some students will not have these discussions with their parents and it is up to us to prepare them not only for the online world, but for their future.

      If you have never been on the Common Sense Media website, I encourage you to check it out. It has excellent resources for students, parents, and educators.  They have curriculum for all grade levels, movie reviews, video game reviews, and much more.  The best part is that its completely free.  Check it out!
      Additionally, Zach Snow (@ZachSnow) is working on a Digital Parenting Course via Common Sense Media (@commonsense) for our parents to access. Be sure to share these resources with our parents in your class newsletters, emails, social media, conferences, and other conversations you have with the home:
      RCISD is offering our 1st Digital Parenting Academy starting in November for Royse City parents. Interested? Apply here: http://bit.ly/dpa1516
      New District Website Rollout - Monday, November 23 - Our district will be rolling out a new website for our parents, student, and community. Be sure to promote the new website your parents via newsletters, emails, weekly communications, social media, and remind accounts.

      Week's Highlights (#kidsdeserveit | #YouMatter | #TeamKid)
      Here's a few pictures from the last few weeks with students and activities. Be sure to share your pictures with Scott Elementary (@scottelementary) so we can see what your kids are learning in your classrooms.

      Sunday, October 18, 2015

      ENews 10.18.2015




      Weekly Schedule

      Monday - Book Fair
      • PLCs
      Tuesday - Book Fair
      • 8:00am - Campus Admin Mtg
      • 9:30am - Principal Mtg @ Cherry Intermediate
      • 3:30pm - Tutoring
      • 6:00pm - Book Fair Family Night
      Wednesday - Book Fair
      • 8:00am - ARD
      • 12:45pm - ARD
      • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
      • 3:30pm - Eduphoria Training @ Administration Building
      Thursday - Book Fair
      • Math Curriculum Mtg w/ Valerie James
      • Jacobs, Martin to Lead4ward Training @ Plano
      • 3:30pm - Tutoring
      • 5:00-7:30pm - Chickfila Spirit Night (2nd grade)
      Friday - Book Fair
      • Happy Friday!!

        Important Reminders

        Pinkober - Wear your Pinkober (or another Pink shirt) on Thursdays this month.

        Student Attendance taken @ 9:30am -  Contact parents about student who are absent. Explain they were missed in school and hope they will return soon. Please let the office know how we can support you all and keeping our attendance rate high.

        Teacher Lesson Plans - Upload your lessons into Google Drive & make sure your file names include the date for lesson plans.

        Campus Leadership Team Meeting - Monday, October 26th

        Other Important Documents:
        Reminders about Subs
        Be sure to have the follow items available for a sub in your classroom: 
        • Seating charts w/ essential student information
        • Daily schedule with duty location
        • Location of Emergency folders in the classroom (fire, severe weather, lock down procedures)
        • Staff Directory with important numbers highlighted
        • Lesson Plan for the week
        • Discipline referrals
        • Other information you feel is necessary to make the day easier for the sub
        Flu Shots are Coming - On October 20 @ 2:30pm bring your insurance card to get your flu immunization. Click on this link for additional information: https://goo.gl/SO8Zlh

        Storybook Character Day is coming on October 30! Dr. Bright & Martha Edwards are sending out details for that event but start thinking about what Storybook Character you would like to be this year.

        NEW Information



        Accelerated Reader (AR)
        AR reports have been printed and placed in your mailboxes. Take the time to review the report this week with your students. The "pink" highlights are the students that are not on target to meet their goal for this grading period. The "yellow" highlights are students whose AR Quiz averages that are too low. Perhaps they didn't read the book carefully or the book is too hard for the student.

        Be sure to monitor the progress of the students that are highlighted for this week (either meeting their AR point goal or too challenging of a book). By the end of the week, students should be at 50% of their point goal. Continue to monitor and encourage students to make weekly targets and a comprehension score of at least 80%. Nita Green will have some books available to ensure all for our 3rd and 4th grade students to ensure they have a book on their reading level each day.

        Students should be asked to take home a book every night and read for 20 minutes. Be sure to communicate with parents about their child's AR point goal and their progress toward reaching that goal.

        Book Fair starts this week with a Family Night on October 20 beginning @ 6:00pm. Please encourage your students to visit the book fair at this time.

        Challenging students (#kidsdeserveit | #YouMatter | #TeamKid)
        Sometimes kids can be very challenging to for us to work with. I was reminder of that idea this week when I spent 3 days in a cabin with nine 10 year boys at Camp Grady Spruce. Relationships are key to helping a kid to succeed and sometimes that's all I had to work with.

        Last week I had a "special friend" during my time at camp... and because I'm a "Principal" this kid will listen to me and follow my directions, right?

        Let me tell you a secret about the principalship... my title or position has little impact on a student's behavior and even less in an outdoor education camp setting. However, developing trust, respect, and showing care with my "special friend" did so much more than any position I held.

        To help foster my relationship with this kid, I ate meals with them, carried their water bottle in my backpack, helped them look for loss money, ensured they didn't wear the clothes from the previous day, and more. I did everything I could to communicate my love for this kid and at times we had some challenging conversations.

        My special friend was considered "challenging", "difficult", or "impossible" to other people. But these were no reasons to give up on this kid. To me, my special friend craved love, affirmation, and some attention... and that's exactly what he got from me.

        The challenge for this week (and possibly all year)... give some additional love, affirmation, or attention to one of your "special friends". Perhaps you feel like you already do... then I would encourage you to keep it up. These kids crave the attention you're giving them. You're probably the only person in their life that is willing to give them what they need. So even though it's hard... love them anyway.

        After all... our "special friends" deserve it!

        Monday, October 5, 2015

        ENews 10.05.2015




        Weekly Schedule

        Monday
        • Fair Day - No School (Love those 4 day weekends)
        Tuesday
        • 9:30am - Principal Mtg @ Administration Building
        Wednesday
        • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
        Thursday
        • Math Curriculum Mtg w/ Valerie James 
        Friday - Nothing scheduled - Wow that never happens :)

          Important Reminders

          T-TESS Update - We're still working on scheduling your Goal Setting Conferences & beginning to have Pre-Conferences for Classroom Observations. Be sure you've completed the worksheet and have contacted your appraiser by now.

          Student Attendance taken @ 9:30am -  Contact parents about student who are absent. Explain they were missed in school and hope they will return soon. Please let the office know how we can support you all and keeping our attendance rate high.


          Teacher Lesson Plans - Upload your lessons into Google Drive & make sure your file names include the date for lesson plans.

          Moving PLC Day to Mondays

          Digital Fluency Academy Application - Click this link for the application

          Other Important Documents:

          NEW Information

          Pinkober
          Thanks Martha Edwards for designing our amazing Pink T-shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. She's placing another order for T-shirts on Tuesday, October 6th and they are $15. Pay with cash or check made payable to Scott Elementary. Wear your Pinkober (or another Pink shirt) on Thursdays this month.

          Staff Meeting Next Monday, October 12th 
          The focus on this meeting will be on campus security and instructional updates.

          Reminders about Subs
          Be sure to have the follow items available for a sub in your classroom: 
          • Seating charts w/ essential student information
          • Daily schedule with duty location
          • Location of Emergency folders in the classroom (fire, severe weather, lock down procedures)
          • Staff Directory with important numbers highlighted
          • Lesson Plan for the week
          • Discipline referrals
          • Other information you feel is necessary to make the day easier for the sub
          Grades
          Students are due Tuesday @ 8:00am. If you have a SpEd student, be sure to contact Mrs. Worley or Mrs. Alexander about that child's progress in your classroom. Also, I will be visiting with teachers about students with failing grades to determine what level of support is needed for the child to be successful (RtI, Tutoring, Parent Support, etc).

          iStation
          Reminder... be sure to monitor your iStation reports. The students are taking their ISIP assessment for October and I would like to see progress for every student. Please contact Mrs. McElroy if you have any questions.


          Accelerated Reader (AR)
          On of the strategies we're doing for our Target Improvement Plan is based on AR and supporting students with reading. Our goal is to move students forward with reading and helping them read on grade level. AR is one program we can use to help us monitor students in this way.

          Students should be at 17% of their goal by this Friday. If you notice someone who really needs help, please let me know. We will continue to monitor and encourage students to make weekly targets and a comprehension score of at least 80%. Nita Green will have some books available to ensure all for our 3rd and 4th grade students to ensure they have a book on their reading level each day.

          Students should be asked to take home a book every night and read for 20 minutes. Be sure to communicate with parents about their child's AR point goal and their progress toward reaching that goal.

          PTO Fundraiser begins next week Monday - please include this information in your class newsletter and update your Social Media accounts.

          Book Fair will be opening on October 19-23 with a Family Night on October 20 beginning @ 6:00pm.

          Flu Shots are Coming - On October 20 @ 2:30pm bring your insurance card to get your flu immunization. Click on this link for additional information: https://goo.gl/SO8Zlh

          Storybook Character Day is coming on October 30! Dr. Bright will be sending out details for that event but start thinking about what Storybook Character you would like to be this year :)

          Parent/Teacher Conferences & After-School Tutoring will begin very soon. More information will be shared with your Team Leaders this week about this process. 

          Challenging our students (#kidsdeserveit | #YouMatter | #TeamKid)
          I shared this video with teachers during our digital PLC meeting this last week. It's a great video that captures why we must challenge our kids the way we do. Be sure to watch it if you didn't last week... or watch it again because it's just that good.


          Also I just got word that my good buddies Adam Welcome & Todd Nesloney are writing a book together with Dave Burgess.... OMGosh! I can't wait to read it!

          Friday, September 25, 2015

          ENews 09.25.2015




          Weekly Schedule

          Monday
          • PLC Meetings Today w/ Christiana Finch
          • 3:30pm - STAAR4ward Meeting (Grades 3 & 4)
          Tuesday
          • 9:30am - Asst Principal Mtg @ Administration Building
          • 2:00pm - STAAR4ward Webinar #3
          Wednesday
          • Judy Caskey on campus (AM only)
          • 3:15pm - STAT Meeting
          • 3:30pm - New Teacher Meeting
          Thursday
          • ELAR Curriculum Mtg w/ Kristen Weichel
          • School Day Pictures Re-Takes
          • First Steps Training 
          Friday - NO SCHOOL (See you NEXT Tuesday - Enjoy the break!)

          Important Reminders

          T-TESS Update - We're still working on scheduling your Goal Setting Conferences. Be sure you've completed the worksheet and have contacted your appraiser by now.

          Student Attendance taken @ 9:30am

          Moving PLC Day to Mondays

          Digital Fluency Academy Application - Click this link for the application

          Other Important Documents:

          NEW Information

          Congratulations to our Teacher of the Month

          Bethany Bunnell,
           2nd Grade Teacher


          Staff Meeting Next Monday, September 28th (Grades 3/4 ONLY)
          The focus on this meeting will be on STAAR4ward information. The meeting will be for Grades 3 & 4 and include the Interventionists. K-2 & Specials teachers, I will be getting you guys at another time. Be sure to have a 3-ringed binder for this meeting ... your curriculum binder will do nicely.

          Campus Handbook
          I placed a copy of the campus handbook is several mailboxes this week. Be sure to sign the "Acknowledgement of Receipt" and return to back to me ASAP.

          Teacher Lesson Plans
          Be sure to upload your lessons into Google Drive in the folder I shared with you at the beginning of the year. If you have any questions, please let me know so I can help you. Also, please make sure your file names include the date for lesson plans so that we can easily read them and locate the correct plans for the week.

          Attendance @ Scott Elementary
          On Monday our Campus Improvement Team met at the administration building and spent the day creating 3 targeted goals for our campus this year. The goals for focused on student attendance, reading instruction & writing instruction.

          We're currently working on some procedures for attendance which include student incentives (details coming soon). We also need to post our attendance rates regularly so teachers, students, and parents can all work together to improve score.

          Be sure you are accurately recording student attendance in the gradebook and in a timely manner. Also, please contact parents about student who are absent. Explain they were missed in school and hope they will return soon. Please let the office know how we can support you all and keeping our attendance rate high.

          iStation Results

          I am so proud of the iStation results for our Beginning of the Year data. Our groups are looking very good across the board this year! Last year our data for each Tier has equal numbers in each group, but now it's very appropriate. Great work team!!

          Thank you Mrs. McElroy, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Garcia, and Mrs. Gowen for helping all our students log into iStation and complete their testing.

          Goal Setting Conferences
          I've been having a lot of great conversations with teachers about their goals for this school year. Please don't hesitate to ask Dr. Bright or myself if you have any questions or need help with getting your goals completed. Remember to link your goals back to the T-TESS rubric and that we're working to create student-centered classrooms. Here's one resource that could help you determine how student-centered is your classroom.


          WHY we teach (#kidsdeserveit | #YouMatter | #TeamKid)
          Last week I challenged you with reading this blog post titled: Why Are You Still Not on Twitter?  (yep... I still love that title!) and ask you to print the poster from the website and write one statement how using social media can/has impacted your practice as a teacher. I have a few smarties TWEET their responses to the challenge too:

          I've got to love that out-of-the-box thinking! Go Scott Teachers!!

          This time we need to focus on the WHY we teach. We all know WHAT our jobs are as we teach kids... we even know HOW we do it... looking at the TEKS, selecting appropriate materials, deliver instruction, monitor & adjust, provide feedback, assess knowledge and skills, etc. But let's not start with the WHAT we do but instead with the WHY we teach.

          WHY do you come to work each day? WHY do we design lessons to challenge kids daily? WHY do we talk to those hard to reach parents about their kids progress? WHY?

          Focusing on the WHY helps to change the way we see our positions. This isn't simply a job... but a calling. Our kids must know they deserve it, that they matter, and that we cheering for them daily. These ideas are NOT simply fun little hashtags we use in social media ... but instead it's constant reminder of WHY we're here.

          When I use one of these hashtags to share pictures or messages of students learning, teachers teaching, parents supporting our campus... my message joins a huge collection of similar messages from other educators. It reminds me of the privilege I have in working with kids and teachers.

          So my challenge for you this week is to get onto Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. Look the hashtags #kidsdeserveit or #YouMatter or #TeamKid & to add your own message to this collection! Educators are powerful, creative, passionate people and I love seeing the work they do with kids daily. They share their passions for our practice and experiences online. Each time I see a teacher get excited about their work... I get excited too! So I challenge you to add your voice to messages being shared about our practice.

          Take a picture... write a message... share a special moment with a kid or group of kids and use one of these hashtags in that posting! Share it with me too because I love to brag about Scott teachers!


          Sunday, September 20, 2015

          ENews 9.20.2015




          Weekly Schedule

          Monday
          • 9:00am - Campus Improvement Team @ Administration Building
          Tuesday
          Wednesday
          • PLC Meetings Today (next week on Monday)
          • 11:30 - Superintendent Advisory Committee Meeting
          Thursday
          • Math Curriculum Mtg w/ Valerie James
          Friday
          • 12:00pm - Early Release (Communicate with Parents)
          • Staff Development @ Fort Elementary in the afternoon

          Important Reminders

          T-TESS Update - We're still working on scheduling your Goal Setting Conferences. Be sure you've completed the worksheet and have contacted your appraiser by now.

          Student Attendance taken @ 9:30am

          Remind - Scott Staff - join here with this link: www.remind.com/join/scottst 

          Share the Principal Newsletter - https://www.smore.com/fmba3

          Other Important Documents:

          NEW Information

          I really enjoyed seeing the pictures from the homecoming parade. Thank you so much to everyone that helped with organizing, communicating, decorating, and riding on the float during the parade. I heard lots of positive feedback from Dr. Bright, Mrs. Gilliland & Mrs. Ortega. Below are some of the pictures that were shared with me directly or posted online for our parents to see about our #BulldogPride Week:


          Moving PLC Day
          We've had to move around our SpEd ARDs to Wednesdays which either Dr. Bright or I will be attending... therefore we're moving PLCs to Mondays so we can attend them and support classroom instruction beginning next week.

          Digital Fluency Academy Application
          Zach Snow sent an email with an application for the Digital Fluency Academy. If you're interested about what you learn there, be sure to visit with Christian Finch or Robin Gowen who both attended last year. Kasey Bell (@shakeuplearning) was the presenter for this academy and she created a blog with lots of resources she shares with teachers called: Shake Up LearningClick this link for the application & also email Zach Snow if you're interested.

          Technology Integration Specialist & Digital Media Showcase
          Christiana Finch will be visiting your PLCs next week to help you all with technology integration ideas. One of the topics we'll be sharing will be a Digital Media Showcase. The general idea of the showcase is like a Science Fair but the focus will be on digital products created by students. Mrs. Finch and I will be around next Monday to give you additional information. Here's Wes Fryer (@wfryer) sharing his thoughts about developing student work digitally:

          Staff Meeting Next Monday, September 28th
          The focus on this meeting will be on STAAR4ward information. We'll have two different groups for this meeting... K-2 teachers & 3-4 teachers. Specials and Interventionists we'll have you assigned to a specific grade level next week. Be sure to have a 3-ringed binder for this meeting ... your curriculum binder will do nicely.

          Teacher of the Month
          We have a lot of hard working individuals on this campus who truly deserves an award everyday. So let's acknowledge each other's excellent work and dedication to education by honoring them through Teacher of the Month.
          The Teacher of the Month is a monthly award that recognizes a teacher who exemplifies excellence in education. The Teacher of the Month will be given a parking space in the staff parking lot for that month and a special treat.

          Social Media @ Scott Elementary (#kidsdeserveit | #YouMatter | #TeamKid)
          Last week I shared with you a blog called "Kids Deserve It" created by two good friends Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd) & Adam Welcome (@awelcome). These are folks I collaborate with frequently. When I mean collaborate... I mean we share ideas about teaching/learning, things we're doing with our students, how we're supporting teachers, etc.

          Twitter continues to be my FAVORITE way to connect with others and share ideas & my friends think so too. In fact they wrote a blog post about this Social Media platform titled: Why Are You Still Not on Twitter?  (gosh I love that title!) You're got to take the time to read this blog post.

          In the post, they list WHY they use Twitter & HOW they use it in their schools. They don't stop there either... they share stories how people have tweeted to connect with others and improve their situations in life. There's a couple of videos too (my favorite is the one about the bookstore).

          I have LIST of Royse City ISD employees I follow on Twitter which helps me to notice what's going on here in our community. Click on this link to see what's currently happening with our district folks right now: https://twitter.com/Don_Jacobs/lists/royse-city-isd

          Angela Maiers spoke at our district convocation to us about using Twitter and using the hashtag #YouMatter throughout the school year. If she's using and talking about teachers using Twitter, are you one of them? Click on the #YouMatter hyperlink and you can see all the photos people are sharing with this hashtag from around the world... I love that Royse City ISD teachers are included in that.

          If you're not connected ... then there's a whole conversation you missing out on... tons of resources you don't have access to... lots of missed opportunities to improve your educational practice.

          "I don't have the time" seems to be one the number one reason educators give to not be connected. I completely understand that because our time is valuable. However being connected has helped saved me lots of time... lots of energy ... and lots headaches creating something that someone else has done and posted for me to use. This is a FREE tool that has helped improve my educational skills & my practice. Why not use it?

          Ok... Homework time....
          1) Read the blog post on Kids Deserve It! - Why Are You Still Not on Twitter? 
          2) Print the PDF poster located in that blog post!
          3) Write your name of the poster & write one statement how using social media can/has impacted your practice as a teacher.
          4) Submit your name into Mr. Jacobs' mailbox and you will  be entered into drawing for a Sonic Drink this Friday (my treat). FIVE teachers will win... will you be one of those teachers???


          Thursday, September 10, 2015

          ENews 09.10.2015




          Next Week's Schedule

          Monday - Homecoming Hat Hilarity (Wear your hat!)
          • 3:30pm - Staff Meeting in Library 
          • 6:00pm - Campus Improvement Meeting 
          • 6:30pm - PTO Board Meeting 
          Tuesday - Bulldogs Through History (Wear your best 50's, 60's, or 70's clothes)
          • 9:30am - Bright to Asst. Principal Mtg 
          • 5:30pm - GT Parent Meeting 
          • 6:00pm - DI Parent Meeting 
          Wednesday - Bulldogs in the Future! (What are you going to be when you grow up? Wear that outfit!)
          • PLC Meetings Today 
          • First-Steps Training @ Admin Building (McElory, Green, Worley attending) 
          • 3:30pm - Eduphoria Training (Blaine, Bunnell, Lancaster, Martin, C. Jones, Chick attending)
          Thursday - Sock it to Forney! (Crazy Sock Day)
          • ELAR Curriculum Mtg w/ Kristen Weichel 
          • Fall Pictures 
          • 7:00am - All-Pro Dads 
          • 5:00pm - Chick-fil-a Spirit Night (3rd Grade Team) 
          Friday - Bulldog Day! (Go all out! Cheer outfits, football jerseys, spirit shirts all look great!)
          • 12:00pm - Early Release 
          • 3:00pm - Homecoming Parade

          Important Reminders

          T-TESS Update
          You should now be able to go online into the Eduphoria system to complete the T-TESS Teacher Self-Assessment and Goal Setting paperwork. Below are some documents that should be helpful for you including the campus appraiser plan. This includes your appraiser's name & the approximate month your observation will scheduled for the school year:
          Remember you must setup a conference with your appraiser and this must be completed by Monday, September 21st. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about this process.


          Student Attendance
          Please do not take attendance before 9:30am. If they student is not on campus at 9:30, they are marked absent. If they leave before 9:30 to go to an appointment and say they are coming back, mark them absent. Proper documentation must be received in order to mark the student present for the day. Please visit with Judy if you have any questions about this process.

          Remind
          Be sure to JOIN and subscribe to messages from me about campus news and events. If can sign-up with a phone number OR email address: www.remind.com/join/scottst 

          Share the Newsletter
          Please take the time to share the link to digital newsletter from the principal in your newsletters and social media accounts: https://www.smore.com/fmba3 (also read the information too)

          Social Media
          Below is a link to a form about our social media accounts at Scott Elementary. If you're using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Remind or other tools to share/collaborate, please complete this form: Social Media Questionnarie

          Other Important Documents:

          NEW Information

          Next week is our Homecoming Week (#bulldogpride | #teamkid)! Be sure to take pictures/videos of students and your team members all celebrating this exciting and fun set of days! Post your pics/vids to social media and tag with #bulldogpride and/or #teamkid so we can easily locate them.


          Social Media @ Scott Elementary
          Below are the results from the latest survey about social media usage at Scott Elementary (click on the pictures to see larger views):




          If you haven't completed the survey yet, click on the link at this time: Social Media Questionnarie

          Staff Meeting Next Monday, September 14th
          Be sure to watch the video below BEFORE the staff meeting and be prepared to discuss this topic:



          Kids Deserve It (#kidsdeserveit | #TeamKid)
          Many of you have heard me talk about Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd). Recently he and another friend of mine Adam Welcome (@awelcome) have started a new blog called "Kids Deserve It": http://www.kidsdeserveit.com/

          It's primary focus is about kids... determining what kids need, listening to student voice, and changing up adult behavior to serve our kids better. The most recent blog post was focused on slowing down & taking the time to be with kids... why? Because #kidsdeserveit!

          Take a look at the most recent blog post and ask yourselves what are you doing to slow down, take a look around, and notice the small things we could be missing: Slow Down - Take Your Time #KidsDeserveIt

          Monday, September 7, 2015

          ENews 09.07.2015




          Next Week's Schedule

          Monday
          • Labor Day - No School 
            Tuesday 
            • Jacobs & Bright training @ Administration Building
            Wednesday
            • PLC Meetings Today
            • Jacobs & Bright training @ Administration Building
            Thursday
            • Math Curriculum Mtg w/ Valerie James 
            • 8:30am - Leveled Literacy Training @ Administration Building (Green, C. Jones, Knauth, Martinez attending)
            Friday
            • Homecoming Next Week! If you're participating for the theme each day ... you may wear jeans for those particular days.

            Important Reminders

            Energy Management
            Just a reminder that refrigerators & microwaves will no longer be allowed in the individual classrooms. The only exception will be if there is a specific medical need and we will approve any issues of that nature through our office.
            Additionally, floor lamps, desk lamps, Scentsy's, plug-ins, fans, space heaters, etc. will no longer be allowed in classrooms. Classroom doors are to be kept closed at all time & exterior doors must NOT be propped open at any time.

            Use the Scott Elementary Energy Management Form request the use of an appliance in your classroom OR report any temperature concerns in your classroom. Even if I have previously approved your request to use an appliance, I would like a record of your request on this form.

            Student Attendance
            Please do not take attendance before 9:30am. If they student is not on campus at 9:30, they are marked absent. 

            If they leave before 9:30 to go to an appointment and say they are coming back, mark them absent. Proper documentation must be received in order to mark the student present for the day. Please visit with Judy if you have any questions about this process.


            NEW Information

            Thank you for everyone for participating in the #BackTheBlue campaign. It was great seeing all the pictures of teachers and students wearing their T-Shirts throughout the building. A picture of our 4th Graders was even included in a news story on Fox 4 Friday evening! Below are just a few of the pictures shared online with our community. Go #TeamKid!

            Remind
            Be sure to JOIN and subscribe to messages from me about campus news and events. If can sign-up with a phone number OR email address: www.remind.com/join/scottst 

            Valerie James Visiting - She will be visiting our campus next week. Please bring TEKS Math snapshot (Lead4Ward) for your grade and the Unit 1 IFD. Below is a schedule of dates for all our curriculum meetings for the school year:


            Staff Meetings
            This school year our campus is participating in implementing the strategies and activities from Lead4ward. We'll be using the learning from the STAAR4ward website to lead of conversations around student learning and best practices. Some of our staff meetings will be focused on this information. We'll be breaking up the grade levels to address this information and meeting in the classrooms. More information will be shared at our first staff meeting on Monday, September 14th @ 3:30pm in the library. Click on the link below to see the schedule for all our staff meetings.


            Share the Newsletter
            Please take the time to share the link to digital newsletter from the principal in your newsletters and social media accounts: https://www.smore.com/fmba3 (also read the information too)

            Social Media
            This is becoming an increasing vital way for us to communicate with our community and get out information quickly and accurately. Often these tools are used to highlight the amazing work teachers are doing with students.

            Starting next week, I'll be positing some tutorials (or PD) about best practices with social media. The tutorials will be digital so you access them anywhere at anytime. Included with these best practices will be shortcuts I've learned over the last several years to manage my social media accounts and keep it SIMPLE. As educators, we must continue to strive to engage our parents, students, and the learning community.

            Below is a link to a form about our social media accounts at Scott Elementary. If you're using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Remind or other tools to share/collaborate, please complete the form below. I will post the results in next week's blog post:


            Shoes for Teachers
            Now that we've been back to school for two weeks, perhaps you're experiencing some problems with your shoes. If so, I believe I have an answer for you. Below are some of the most comfortable shoes for teachers... a timely posting I believe.


            The Colorful Principal (#TeamKid)
            I spend a lot of time reading about educational news, updates, best practices, and stories about other people. Yes I do subscribe and read some conventional types of materials (i.e. books, newsletters, emails, and other printed sources). However I do consume most of my information digitally (i.e. blogs, websites, videos, photos).

            One particular blog I read often is one called "The Colorful Principal". It's written by Ben Gilpin (@benjamingilpin) who's an administrator in Michigan. He always includes a weekly schedule, articles worth reading, and videos worth watching in his blog post to his community. His most recent posting was especially interesting because it showcases teacher classrooms and how they create learning spaces for their students. Take the time to look at the 18 different classrooms - perhaps you can steal an idea or two for your learning spaces.


            Also, explore his blog and pay attention to the blogs and videos his shares. Perhaps you can recognize a few of them: http://colorfulprincipal.blogspot.com/