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!