Thursday, August 27, 2015

E-News 08.27.2015




Next Week's Schedule

Monday
  • Happy Monday
Tuesday 
  • AFT visiting our campus
  • 9:00am - Cub Scout Visit in Grade-Level Pods
  • 9:30am - Bright to Asst. Principal Mtg @ Miss May Vernon Elementary
  • 2:00pm - STAAR4ward Webinar @ Admin Building (Jacobs, Bright, Lancaster, Martin)
Wednesday
  • PLC Meetings Today
  • 8:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Worley, Glarum attending)
  • 9:30am - ARD (Bright, Alexander, Jenkins attending)
Thursday
  • ELAR Curriculum Mtg w/ Kristen Weichel 
  • 1:00pm - Bright @ Region 10
Friday
  • Happy 3-Day Weekend - Enjoy your Labor Day!

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.


NEW Updates

AR Update - This first six weeks we're going to be focused on getting the system up and running for teachers/students to set point goals, take tests, and monitor their progress (See Mrs. Jones previous email). During the second six weeks, I will begin monitoring students and their point goals. We're monitoring students to help them read on grade level and their points goals will need to set to support student learning.

We'll continue with the 17, 33, 50, 66, 83, 100 percentage goals for each week & the blog will be used to help to know where students should be. Here are several ways you can monitor AR in your classrooms thanks to Nikki Chick, Christiana Finch, Connie Jones & Jamie Garcia:





Copier Update - All of your teachers should be able to access the office copier. They can now release their print jobs in the office in addition to scanning, faxing, and copying in black/white.

RtI Testing - Our interventionists are getting preparing to start testing with the TEMI next week for Grades K-2. Afterwards, iStation testing will start after Labor Day. A specific schedule will be coming to your email very soon.

3-Ringed Binders (Curriculum Binder) - I would like each classroom teacher & interventionist to have an inch or inch and a half binder for curriculum materials that will be shared during PLCs and curriculum meetings. Please go ahead and remove the out-dated information in lieu of the new stuff your getting from the iACT Curriculum department or I'm sharing from STAAR4ward.

Kristen Weichel Visiting - She will be visiting our campus next week. Please bring TEKS Reading snapshot (Lead 4Ward) for your grade and the Unit 1 IFD.

Staff Meeting - We'll having our first staff meeting on Monday, September 14th @ 3:30pm in the library.

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.

8 Things to Look for in Today's Classroom | #TeamKid
As we begin to close this first week of school, let's focus for a moment on some things we should see classrooms. Perhaps you need some inspiration about professional goals for yourself as educators for this school year. Here are 8 different things that you could focus on throughout the school year. Perhaps by focusing on these things it will support student learning and success.

Friday, August 14, 2015

ENews 08.14.2015


Hello Scott Family! So it's been great catching up with so many folks the last several days. We've been to Revolutionize Learning, On the Border, New Teacher Training, Team Leader Meeting, and soon the whole staff with be together again... I'm very excited to start a new school year!

Below are some updates to our schedule for next week. Please take the time to review them so you know what to expect.



Staff Development Week Schedule

Here's our updated week for next week (click on the link below).


Take note of the following changes:
  • Teacher Workday is Tuesday and NOT Thursday
  • Martha and I are meeting with all hourly staff members on Tuesday afternoon to discuss payroll updates & time sheets
  • Student Health update will be Thursday after the convocation
  • The location for K-2 teachers meeting has been moved to Royse City High School
Our staff picture will be @ 10:00am on Monday morning. Let's wear professional dress for staff pictures, but you will have time to change clothes to something more comfortable afterwards.

I'm looking forward to our convocation this year... I love Angela's message about Mattering and how this can change how we relate to others. I'm so thrilled she's coming to our district! Afterwards, some of our teachers will have the chance to meet her, have lunch, and visit with her about using #YouMatter principles in the classroom with students.





Back to School Principal Newsletter

Finally I've created a digital newsletter for all our Back-to-School information for parents & students. Please share the link to this newsletter via our social media and Remind accounts.




Energy Update

Thank you all for your efforts over the past few years in adhering to the district "Energy Management procedures". Your efforts have truly made a difference for our district! For the new school year the district has added a few more additions to our procedures moving forward:
  1. Refrigerators and 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.
  2. Classroom doors are to be kept closed at all times.
  3. Exterior doors must NOT be propped open at any time. This includes before school, during the school day, and after school.
All of these changes will either help the district realize significant energy savings, make the learning environment in the classroom more comfortable or both.


Copier Update

On Tuesday, our campus will be receiving new copiers in each pod. This copier update is less expensive for our district and we're excited about some of the features. Teachers will also receive a 4-digit code they will be able to use to print their copies. Dr. Bright has been issuing folks new ID badges that will act as a key to the building. Once everything is setup, these ID badges will allow teachers to print without their 4-digit code. The front copier will have the ability to print in color where Team Leaders will given the ability to use this feature.