Sunday, January 31, 2016

ENews 01.31.2016



Weekly Schedule

Monday - National Counselor's Week (#NSCW16)
  • 2:45-3:50pm - Student Council Meeting
  • 6:30-7:30pm - PTO Board Meeting in Library
Tuesday 
  • 4th Grade Writing Benchmark
Wednesday 
  • 8:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, Glarum)
  • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
Thursday
  • Math Curriculum Meeting w/ Valerie James
  • 10:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Worley, Williams)
  • 12:45 - ARD (Jacobs, Worley, Masters)
Friday
  • Happy Friday!

    Important Reminders

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

    Other Important Documents:
    EdcampAwesome
    This is my FAVE type of professional development! EdCamps are UNconference events organized by groups of educators, specifically designed to create a participant driven, fun-filled day of professional development. Educators can connect with like minded individuals, collaborate ideas, brainstorm solutions to common education problems, have group discussions, and receive information that can immediately be applied in the classroom.

    Save the date for Saturday, February 20th - be sure to get your FREE ticket with the link below.

    NEW Information

    2nd Quarterly Report Completed
    I'm happy to report that we have completed our 2nd Quarterly Report with Judy Caskey. She was very thrilled about the 3rd/4th Parent Meetings focused on student growth & goals/Bedtime Stories focused on literacy & the 360 minutes program, the upcoming Winter Writing Showcase & Dr. Suess Math/Reading Night. We shared progress our campus is making in writing in implementing the district writing program and writing samples. She has a copy of some of the data analysis protocol sheets that you all are using during PLCs.

    I cannot thank you all enough for the work you're doing with the students and working with us throughout this improvement process. You're doing some amazing work and you should feel proud of not only the kids BUT yourselves too. During her visit with us last Friday, Judy Caskey picked up the phone to speak with Kenny Kaye Hudson to brag on the work/effort/data collection/student growth/campus engagement with this process. She wanted Mr. Worthy to know how impress she was with this campus. KEEP IT UP TEACHERS & STAFF! The work you do each day with our kids is important.

    Staff Meeting Next Monday
    We'll be having a staff meeting next Monday, February 8th to review information for TELPAS procedures and prepare everyone to complete their online calibrations.

    Jayne Knighton visiting Scott Elementary - Tuesday, February 9th @ 12:00-3:00pm
    Next Week, Jayne Knighton will be visiting our campus to meet/plan with our 2nd/3rd/4th grade teams. I will be sharing a tentative schedule with those teams this week.

    Winter Writing Showcase - Tuesday, February 9th @ 6:00pm
    I can't wait to see the different writing activities for this event. Please to communicate with our parents/students the date/time for this. I would like to see great attendance. We'll have a special treat of the homeroom teacher of each grade level with the highest attendance for the evening! 

    Thanks Crystal Martin and Nita Green for helping to organize our campus Winter Writing Showcase. I'm looking forward to engaging our parents/students in the process and making this a focus for campus.

    Spring Pictures - Wednesday, February 10th
    Time to smile! Class pictures will be taken in the gym like the previous school year.

    Chick-fil-a Spirit Night - Thursday, February 11th @ 5:00pm
    Be sure to stop by and show your support for Scott Elementary this night.

    Valentine's Parties - Friday, February 12th 
    Dr. Bright will be sending a schedule with specific times for our parties.

    Staff Development Day - Monday, February 15th 
    This year we'll be meeting at the high school for this staff development day. We'll have a schedule of events & professional opportunities of each grade level and content area. During this time, we'll have everyone complete their online TELPAS calibration assessments.

    Judy Caskey Visiting - Wednesday, February 17th
    She will be visiting again with some classroom walk-throughs. I would like to see great teacher attendance this day. I would like you to encourage you to talk with her has she's visiting your classrooms. Be sure to share with her some of the specific things you're doing with your students.

    Tim is Closing His Place (#TeamKid | #KidsDeserveIt | #YouMatter)
    Do you recall from the beginning of the school year, we talked about this gentleman that LOVES his job and does a "Dance of Magic" each day before walking into work? Here's the link of the video in case you need to remember:

    Well, Tim is closing up shop! As much as he loves his place - the reason WHY he's made this decision will melt your heart. Take a look at his interview here:


    I love this because Tim's story defies a traditional one of a person living with down syndrome. He's a great encouragement and example for all our students. He's experiencing a rich life despite his perceived shortcomings. 

    As teachers, you have the power to make a difference in your kids' life that will allow them to experience a rich life too. Everyday you have the power to make a kid feel that they can learn, they can read, do math, and express themselves in writing. You help support them as they reach their goals, and most importantly let them know they are loved!

    If you do anything this week, be sure your kids KNOW that you love them. 

    Monday, January 18, 2016

    ENews 01.18.2016



    Weekly Schedule

    Monday
    • NO SCHOOL
    Tuesday
    • ELAR Curriculum Meeting w/ Kristen Weichel 
    • 8:00am - ARD (Bright, Worley, 4th Grade Teacher)
    • 9:30am - Bright to Asst Principal Meeting @ Royse City High School
    Wednesday
    • 9:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Worley, 2nd Grade Teacher)  
    • 2:30pm - STAAR4ward Training @ Admin Building
    • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting 
    Thursday
    • Math Curriculum Meeting w/ Valerie James
    • 7:00am - All Pro Dads
    Friday
    • Happy Friday!
    • Tomorrow - Coding Seminar @ Scott Elementary 

      Important Reminders

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

      Other Important Documents:
      ELAR & Math Curriculum Meetings
      Next week both Kristen Weichel and Valerie James will be on campus for TWO different days. Be sure note the ELAR meeting will be on Tuesday, January 19th & the Math meeting will be on Thursday, January 21th. Please be sure to make arrangements to attending these meetings with our curriculum specialists.

      Hour of Code - Coding Seminar
      On Saturday, January 23rd, Scott Elementary will be hosting a coding seminar designed to help teachers support their curriculum/TEKS while teaching use their students coding. The workshop will start @ 9:00am-3:00pm. Teachers that attend the Coding class will receive a FREE jeans pass the following Monday. The link to signup for this workshop is below:
      EdcampAwesome
      This is my FAVE type of professional development! EdCamps are UNconference events organized by groups of educators, specifically designed to create a participant driven, fun-filled day of professional development. Educators can connect with like minded individuals, collaborate ideas, brainstorm solutions to common education problems, have group discussions, and receive information that can immediately be applied in the classroom.

      Save the date for Saturday, February 20th - be sure to get your FREE ticket with the link below.

      NEW Information

      Angela Maiers Returns to Royse City | #YouMatter
      Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers) will be coming back to Royse City ISD next Friday, January 29th to meet with district & campus leaders about Choose2Matter (http://choose2matter.org/) and empowering students. I will be taking a few staff members to meet with Angela that afternoon in hopes to integrate the YouMatter message into our campus culture.

      Staff Meeting Next Monday
      We'll be having a staff meeting next Monday, January 25th to review our testing procedures for the 4th Grade Writing Benchmark (aka Mock STAAR). Please make arrangements to attend.

      TEA's School Report Card & PEG letter
      Our School Report Card includes our state accountability rating and some basic information about student performance. This report MUST go home with each student with their individual report card this week.

      Additionally, the Public Education Grant (PEG) letter MUST go home with each student with their report card too. The PEG letter is a part of our improvement process and permits parents to request their children to transfer to another campus. If you have any parents that have questions about this process, please refer them to me directly. Let me know if you have any questions.

      "Making Questions Flow" Article
      In your mailbox, you will seen an article shared to us by Judy Caskey about student questions in the classroom. I have read this article and underlined the parts that stood out. If your short on time and simply read the underlined parts, you will get the jist of the article... of course you can go back and read more in depth at a later time. However it's an excellent article about student questioning techniques that you can use to empower students in their learning.

      Tutoring
      We'll be starting our tutoring groups next week again for the Spring Semester and we need tutors. The dates are Tuesday/Thursday beginning on January 26th and is pay $20/hour. You could earn about $480 for participating in Spring tutoring this semester.

      4th grade will begin with Writing Tutoring and going Jan 26-Feb 18 (8 sessions). Afterwards they will change gears and tutor Reading/Math on Feb 23-Mar 10 (6 sessions).

      3rd grade will need tutors for Reading/Math on Jan 26-Mar 10 (14 sessions).

      We'll take a break for the 4th Grade STAAR Writing Test on Tuesday, March 29th for a couple of weeks.

      3rd/4th grade tutoring will begin again on April 5- May 3 (10 sessions).

      3rd/4th grade STAAR Math/Reading Tests is on Monday, May 9th & Tuesday, May 10th
      .

      Last year, we had several folks helping to supporting the 3rd/4th Grade with tutoring and I believe it helped a lot of show grow and target our high needs students. I would like to see a similar effort from all staff members to help support these students/grade levels again.

      Please let me know how you can help support the tutoring efforts with our students this year.

      Sunday, January 10, 2016

      ENews 01.10.2016



      Weekly Schedule

      Monday
      • PLC Meetings 
      • TEMI Testing - Kindergarten 
      • Judy Caskey Visiting Campus 
      • 3:30pm - Staff Meeting @ Library  (Rescheduled for Monday, January 25th)
      • 7:00pm - School Board Meeting @ Admin Building 
      Tuesday
      • TEMI Testing - 2nd Grade 
      • 9:30am - Jacobs to Principal Meeting @ Herndon Intermediate 
      • 2:30pm - Head Start Meeting 
      • 6:00pm-8:00pm - Shenaniganz Night
      Wednesday
      • TEMI Testing - 1st Grade 
      • 8:00am - 4th Grade Data Mtg w/ Julia Robinson 
      • 1:45pm - 3rd Grade Data Mtg w/ Julia Robinson 
      • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting 
      Thursday
      • Early Release @ 12:00pm 
      • 12:30pm - 3rd/4th Grade Teachers to Admin Building 
      Friday
      • Teacher Workday
      • 10:00-11:15 - HUMANeX Staff Feedback Session @ Library

        Important Reminders

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

        Other Important Documents:

        NEW Information

        Improvement Plan Report Update

        Judy Caskey will be visiting our campus tomorrow for some classroom walkthroughs and over all observation of the building. We'll be meeting to talk about our targeted campus improvement plan and progress towards completing our goals for this plans. Be sure to complete some of the tasks/assignments either Dr. Bright or I ask for so we can be ready to report this information to Mrs. Caskey by the end of this month.

        No School, Monday January 18th
        We have a 3 day weekend coming up. Be sure to communicate with parents and students that we'll have no school next Monday.

        ELAR & Math Curriculum Meetings
        Next week both Kristen Weichel and Valerie James will be on campus for TWO different days. Be sure note the ELAR meeting will be on Tuesday, January 19th & the Math meeting will be on Thursday, January 21th. Please be sure to make arrangements to attending these meetings with our curriculum specialists.

        Scott Elementary Shenaniganz Night - Updated Information
        Our staff Shenaniganz Night is Tuesday, January 12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Please be sure to click on the link below to register for this event:

        Hour of Code - Coding Seminar
        On Saturday, January 23rd, Scott Elementary will be hosting a coding seminar designed to help teachers support their curriculum/TEKS while teaching use their students coding. The workshop will start @ 9:00am-3:00pm. Teachers that attend the Coding class will receive a FREE jeans pass the following Monday. The link to signup for this workshop is below:

        EdcampAwesome
        This is my FAVE type of professional development! EdCamps are UNconference events organized by groups of educators, specifically designed to create a participant driven, fun-filled day of professional development. Educators can connect with like minded individuals, collaborate ideas, brainstorm solutions to common education problems, have group discussions, and receive information that can immediately be applied in the classroom.

        Save the date for Saturday, February 20th - be sure to get your FREE ticket with the link below.
        http://edcampawesome3.eventbrite.com

        One of the Edcamp Organizers (Aimee Bartis) wrote a blog post about her experience at last year's event (She wrote about yours truly too). Check out this posting below:


        Sunday, January 3, 2016

        ENews 01.03.2016



        Weekly Schedule

        Monday
        • PLC Meetings
        • 2:45pm - Student Council Meeting @ Art Room
        • 6:30pm - PTO Board Meeting @ Library
        Tuesday
        • Happy Tuesday!
        Wednesday
        • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
        Thursday
        • 5:00pm - Chickfila Spirit Night w/ 4th Grade Team
        Friday
        • ELAR Curriculum Meeting w/ Kristen Weichel 
        • 9:00am - Jacobs to Facility Meeting @ Central Admin

          Important Reminders

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

          Staff Meeting - Monday, January 11th

          Other Important Documents:


          NEW Information

          TEMI Testing
          Kindergarten, 1st Grade & 2nd Grade will be conducting testing for the middle of the school year next week. I'm looking forward to these results... I know you've been working very hard with these students.
          Kindergarten - Monday, January 11th
          1st Grade - Wednesday, January 13rd
          2nd Grade - Tuesday, January 12th

          iStation Testing
          Once again it's time for iStation testing for Reading/Math. Here's a reminder from Mrs. McElroy: "Hope everyone had a relaxing break! Please remember as you put students on istation this week, they will be taking the test for January. Please encourage them or give them incentives. Our campus has been doing fantastic on istation scores this year and i would love for us to be the top scoring campus this year on istation! Thank you for all you do!"
          I would like to echo the affirmation about the iStation data. Scott Elementary has had excellent ... I dare say TOP scores for the district and it's because of the attention you guys are pulling into it. Thanks for making this a priority for student achievement.

          GT Testing 

          Just a reminder about GT testing - If you would like to request for a student to be tested for the GT program, please visit with Mrs. Chaney. Testing began in December and goes through January. Be sure to visit with her about specific students if you have any questions.

          Early Release Next Thursday
          Thursday, January 14th @ 12:00pm - We'll have another early release day. Please be sure to communicate this date with parents via your newsletters, social media, and remind accounts. We're planning to stay on campus for the afternoon and work in grade level teams. I will have some specific expectations for each group by next week.

          Tutoring
          Student tutoring will begin again by the end of this month. Specific dates will be share later this week. Just a reminder... we have a tutoring budget that we must spend. I need teachers to tutor on both Tuesdays & Thursdays - please plan to attend both days.


          I trust ya'll have enjoyed your vacation... but it's time to get back into the swing of things. I can't wait to see our kids again and hear about your Christmas break. Have a wonderful week!