Sunday, February 28, 2016

ENews 02.28.2016



Weekly Schedule

Monday - Texas Public Schools Week
  • Math Benckmark (Mock STAAR) 3rd/4th Grades
Tuesday - VOTING Day!
  • Reading Benckmark (Mock STAAR) 3rd/4th Grades
  • 3:15pm - Tutoring
Wednesday 
  • 8:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, Knauth attending)
  • 1:00pm - Zooniversity (PreK-1st Grade)
  • 2:00pm - Zooniversity (2nd-4th Grades)
  • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
Thursday
  • ELAR Curriculum - Kristen Wiechel visiting classrooms
  • 6:00pm - Dr Seuss Reading Night 
Friday
  • TELPAS Writing Window Closes
  • 1:00pm - Middle School Play @ Scott Elementary

    Important Reminders

    Zooniversity
    Just a reminder... Zooniversity (@Zooniversity) will be next week on Wednesday, March 2. The schedule will be as follows:
    • 1:00pm - PreK, Kindergarten, 1st Grade
    • 2:00pm - 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades
    Middle School Play @ Scott Elementary
    Our Middle School students will be performing for our students on Friday, March 4 @ 1:00pm.

    Teacher & Support Staff of the Year
    In your mailboxes is a nomination form for our Teacher of the Year & Support Staff of the Year. We'll be selecting our winners differently this year using a volunteer committee. The names of the nominees will be covered and selections will be based on what YOU write about our nominees. All nominations are due to Martha Edwards by Friday, March 4th.

    So let this be an opportunity to BRAG on all the awesome things your teammates, colleagues, staff members do to support the student learning at Scott Elementary. The specific guidelines are LINKED below for each nominee.

    TELPAS Writing Window
    Reminder the writing window closes next week Friday, March 4. Ensure that you're collecting writing samples this week and next so we're complaint with TELPAS guidelines. Please see Nita Green if you have any questions.

    Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH) Site Visit
    Save the date for Thursday, April 7th - we'll have another visit from our CKH (@flippenedu) coordinator. He's looking for some specific actions/behaviors in our classrooms. Click HERE for the data collect during the most recent site visit. Look and self-reflect on areas of success & determine places where you can grow. We'll have discussion about ways we can continue to improve our implementation of CKH.

    Revolutionizing Learning Conference (#RLChat)
    Save the dates for this conference which will be hosted at Royse City High School again this summer. The dates are now in July! More information will be shared has it becomes available.



    NEW Information

    Benchmark Testing (Mock STAAR) 
    3rd/4th Grade MOCK STAAR testing will be on Monday, February 29th & Tuesday, March 1st. Please remind parents we will not have visitors on campus those days. Thanks Mrs. Lancaster for sharing this video with our staff this week.

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

    ENews 02.21.2016



    Weekly Schedule

    Monday 
    • PLC Monday
    • 3:30pm - Staff Meeting
    Tuesday 
    • 9:30am - Jacobs to Principal Mtg @ Fort Elementary
    • 3:15pm - Tutoring
    Wednesday 
    • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
    Thursday
    • Math Curriculum - Valerie James visiting classrooms
    • 2:30pm - STAAR4Ward Webinar @ Admin Buildiing
    Friday
    • 8:30am - Dentist Visit

      Important Reminders

      STAAR Testing Accommodations 
      It is countdown to the March test. I want to remind you all that all testing assignments and accommodations must be finalized by Friday, February 26th... this week! Decisions at this point are final. Last year we had quite a number of teachers come down with the panic and want to adjust these just a week before testing. Please let Mr. Powley and I know if any updates and changes you have in mind also for benchmark and the real test.

      Math/Reading Benchmark 
      3rd/4th Grade MOCK STAAR testing will be on Monday, February 29th & Tuesday, March 1st. Please remind parents we will not have visitors on campus those days.

      Other Important Documents:
      Revolutionizing Learning Conference (#RLChat)
      Save the dates for this conference which will be hosted at Royse City High School again this summer. The dates are now in July! More information will be shared has it becomes available.



      NEW Information

      Weekly Attendance Rate - Click HERE to see attendance by grade-level and homeroom
      This last weeks attendance was 93.35% (an increase from the previous week 91.37%). Just some reminders about attendance:
      • Communicate with parents daily/weekly about individual student's attendance - express how this affects their grades & understanding of grade-level content.
      • Record their absences on student behavior sheets.
      • Highlight/circle student attendance on all progress reports/report cards BEFORE they go home.
      Thanks for working with the office about student attendance and making it a priority in your classrooms.

      TeachtheVote (@TeachtheVote)
      Mr. Worthy shared with us earlier this week a voting resource focused on educational issues only (www.teachthevote.org) . Check out this resource & take the time to VOTE for this election. Early Voting has begun and will continue through the rest of the week.

      Matt Damon - a well-know actor - gave a speech a few years back to a group of teachers. The talk is about public education and a call to decrease standardized testing. Damon has a strong interest in this topic because his own mother is a public educator too. You can see his speech in this SHORT video below:


      MakerSpace
      I loved seeing the pictures of several teachers in the MakerSpace lab last week. Thanks Jennifer Chaney & Robin Gowen for ensuring this space will be successful with our students. Also, please THANK our PTO for supporting the MakerSpace as you see them on campus and throughout the community. There's a surprise donation to the lab that will announced later this week -- say tuned!



      Here's the reminders Mrs. Chaney shared with the staff this week:
      1. I will be in there with you next week to help you get your kids started. :)
      2. I have attached the schedule for your convenience.  If you need to switch times with someone, or want to go in an empty slot, feel free.  Make this space work for you.
      3. Please make sure that the kids put everything back in it's place for the next class.
      4. I have also attached a spreadsheet with the stations listed so you can make a check list.  (please make a copy before using it).
      5. HAVE FUN!
      If you need anything from me, please ask.  I am more than happy to help. :)


      Zooniversity
      Just a reminder... Zooniversity (@Zooniversity) will be next week on Wednesday, March 2. The schedule will be as follows:
      • 1:00pm - PreK, Kindergarten, 1st Grade
      • 2:00pm - 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades

      Reading Night
      Dr. Suess Reading Night will be on Thursday, March 3 @ 6:00pm. We'll be discussing the details of this event during the staff meeting after school on Monday.

      Teacher & Support Staff of the Year
      In your mailboxes is a nomination form for our Teacher of the Year & Support Staff of the Year. We'll be selecting our winners differently this year using a volunteer committee. The names of the nominees will be covered and selections will be based on what YOU write about our nominees. All nominations are due to Martha Edwards by Friday, March 4th.

      So let this be an opportunity to BRAG on all the awesome things your teammates, colleagues, staff members do to support the student learning at Scott Elementary. The specific guidelines are LINKED below for each nominee.

      TELPAS Writing Window
      Reminder the writing window closes next week Friday, March 4. Ensure that you're collecting writing samples this week and next so we're complaint with TELPAS guidelines. Please see Nita Green if you have any questions.

      Middle School Play @ Scott Elementary
      Our Middle School students will be performing for our students on Friday, March 4 @ 1:00pm

      Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH) Site Visit
      Save the date for Thursday, April 7th - we'll have another visit from our CKH (@flippenedu) coordinator. He's looking for some specific actions/behaviors in our classrooms. Click HERE for the data collect during the most recent site visit. Look and self-reflect on areas of success & determine places where you can grow. We'll have discussion about ways we can continue to improve our implementation of CKH.

      District Calendar for Next School Year
      See this link for the NEW District Calendar for 2016-2017

      Sunday, February 14, 2016

      ENews 02.14.2016




      Weekly Schedule

      Monday 
      Tuesday 
      • Judy Caskey Visits Scott Elementary 
      • 9:30am - Bright to Asst Principal Mtg @ Administration Building
      Wednesday 
      • Jacobs to Region 10 Spring Leadership Symposium
      • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
      Thursday
      • Digital Fluency Academy 
      • ELAR Curriculum Meeting w/ Kristen Weichel
      • Pajama Day
      • 7:00am - All-Pro Dads
      • 12:30pm - Tooth Fairy Visits Grades PreK-2
      • 5:00-7:30pm - Chickfila Spirit Night (Kindergarten)
      Friday
      • Happy Friday & see you at #EdcampAwesome Tomorrow (February 20, 2016)

        Important Reminders

        STAAR Testing Accommodations 
        It is countdown to the March test. I want to remind you all that all testing assignments and accommodations must be finalized by Friday, February 26th. This gives the Mr. Powley 3 weeks to plan and prepare. Decisions at this point are final.


        Last year we had quite a number of teachers come down with the panic and want to adjust these just a week before testing. Please let Mr. Powley and I know if any updates and changes you have in mind also for benchmark and the real test.

        Math/Reading Benchmark 
        3rd/4th Grade MOCK STAAR testing will be on Monday, February 29th & Tuesday, March 1st. Please remind parents we will not have visitors on campus those days.

        Other Important Documents:


        NEW Information


        Your VOTE Counts! (from Mr. Worthy's email)
        The political cartoon above continues to be one of my favorite. Given the fact early voting for the March 1 primary kicks off next week, it seemed like the perfect time to share it. While some may not give much credence to primary elections, this particular primary could be very significant to the future of Texas public education and in particular, public school finance.

        There are a number of reasons why you should make an effort to participate in the primary election. First and foremost, the majority of our elected officials for the 2017 legislative session will be determined by this primary election. Many of these primary election winners will be the same folks tasked to write and pass legislation related to the future of Texas' education when they take office in January 2017. And, depending on when the Supreme Court decision is released, these individuals may also be the same ladies and gentlemen who will be responsible for crafting legislation and finding a solution to make our public school finance system constitutional.

        Second, every vote counts and every vote matters. In the 2014 election, roughly 650,000 people determined who would be our next state leaders. This also happens to be roughly the same amount of people working in our public school system. As educators, our weapon to ensure the legislature has (1) the right priorities and then (2) is looking for the best answers to solve the problems, is VOTING. We get a vote in who runs the state, and who picks the conversations we have, and the laws that are drafted. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to change the conversation to things that are crucial to our public school finance system, like equity and adequacy.
        Staff Development
        Tomorrow we'll be at the High School spending the day learning & completing the online TELPAS calibration assessments. Julia Robinson emailed a schedule of the events last week. Dr. Bright will be attending the K-2 sessions & I will be attending the 3-4 sessions. Here's the link to the schedule for tomorrow:
        February 15, 2016 

        Judy Caskey Visiting - Tuesday, February 16th
        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.

        #Edcampawesome is this Weekend!
        This is the BEST professional development where you have choice & make your own schedule! 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.

        **Additionally this year, if you have school-aged children (Grades K-6)... you can bring them with you! They will be enjoying a MakerSpace Lab while you are attending sessions at Edcamp. So be sure to sign-up!**

        Be sure to register the Edcampawesome this Saturday, February 20th - you can get your FREE ticket with the link below.
        edcampawesome

        Revolutionizing Learning Conference (#RLChat)
        Save the dates for this conference which will be hosted at Royse City High School again this summer. The dates are now in July! More information will be shared has it becomes available.

        EduAllStars w/ Angela Maiers (#TeamKid)
        This is an episode of EduAllStars that Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd) co-hosted and interviewed Angela Maiers (@angelamaiers) our keynote speaker in August. This is a great interview with Angela who inspires me to be the BEST educator I can for our students.

        Take the time to watch this interview in chucks because it's a long one... but worth your time.

        Sunday, February 7, 2016

        ENews 02.07.2016



        Weekly Schedule

        Monday 
        • 3:30pm - Staff Meeting
        • 7:00pm - RCISD Board Meeting
        Tuesday 
        • 9:00am - Jacobs to Principal Mtg @ Royse City High School
        • 12:30pm - Jayne Knighton Visiting Classrooms
        • 6:00pm - Winter Writing Showcase
        Wednesday 
        • Spring Pictures
        • Bright to HUMANeX Training
        • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
        Thursday
        • Bright to HUMANeX Training
        • 9:30am - ARD (Jacobs, Reavis, Padgett attending)
        • 5:30-8:00pm - Chicfila Spirit Night (Kindergarten)
        Friday
        • 8:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Worley, Martin attending)
        • 1:00pm - HS, PreK, 3rd Grade Valentine's Party
        • 1:30pm - Kindergarten/1st Grade Valentine's Party
        • 2:00pm - 2nd/4th Grade Valentine's Party

          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.
          http://edcampawesome3.eventbrite.com

          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! 

          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.

          NEW Information

          I loved the luncheon from last week. Thank you so much PBIS team for organizing this for our campus. And thanks to everyone who participated in this event for our campus. It was delicious!

          **Updated Date - Judy Caskey Visiting - Tuesday, February 16th**
          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.

          STAAR Testing Accommodations 
          It is countdown to the March test. I want to remind you all that all testing assignments and accommodations must be finalized by Friday, February 26th. This gives the Mr. Powley 3 weeks to plan and prepare. Decisions at this point are final.

          Last year we had quite a number of teachers come down with the panic and want to adjust these just a week before testing. Please let Mr. Powley and I know if any updates and changes you have in mind also for benchmark and the real test.

          Math/Reading Benchmark 
          3rd/4th Grade MOCK STAAR testing will be on Monday, February 29th & Tuesday, March 1st. Please remind parents we will not have visitors on campus those days.



          Get a #KidsDeserveIt T-Shirt
          Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd) & Adam Welcome (@awelcome) are support Donor's Choose Projects by selling #KidsDeserveIt T-shirts & Hoodies for everyone. You can click on the link below to for more details and get your own T-shirt:
          http://www.kidsdeserveit.com/#!The-KDI-Project-KidsDeserveIt/jykdy/56ae2eba0cf2dc1600d97888