Sunday, September 25, 2016

ENews 09.25.2016



Weekly Schedule

Monday
  • PLCs in the Conference Room
Tuesday
  • 9:00am - Lancaster at Asst Principal Meeting @ Royse City Middle School
  • 5:00-7:30pm - Chickfila Spirit Night
Wednesday
Thursday - North Texas Giving Day
  • 1st Grading Period Ends
  • PTO Membership Drive ENDS
  • 9:00am - ARD (Jacobs Martin, Finch)
  • 10:00am - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Soto)
  • 1:45pm - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Richardson/Martinez)
  • 6:30pm - DI Parent Night
Friday
  • Instructional Planning Day w/ Julia Robinson


    Important Reminders

    TTESS Goal Setting Conferences
    Please take note of the dates/times you are scheduled for your Goal Setting Conferences. ACTION ITEM REQUIRED - Complete the "RCISD T-TESS Teacher Self-Assessment and Goal Setting" at least one (1) day  before your Goal Setting Conference with your appraiser. This gives us time to review your goals and helps the conference to run more smoothly. See the link below for the schedule:


    NEW Information

    North Texas Giving Day | Education Foundation
    Thank you to everyone that helped promote and contributed to the Education Foundation on North Texas Giving Day. We had a great showing of support and were the #1 campus for the day (I love seeing Scott being #1). It's because of your support that we were able to give so much support for the Ed Foundation. It's still NOT too late to contribute and participate. They are still accepting donations through October 30th. We have forms & envelops in the office if you wish to participate.

    A special shout out to Martha Edwards for counting money & organizing all the student and staff contributions for that day. You're our Super Hero!


    Instructional Planning Day | Kagan Cooperative Learning
    The district will providing training of Kagan Instructional Strategies (@KaganOnline). This is an amazing organization with some great tools for all teachers to use in the classroom. We'll be meeting at Miss May Vernon on Friday morning ... I would highly suggest CARPOOLING with another Scott Elementary staff member (parking will be limited).

    The focus will be on Cooperative Learning Strategies - were teamwork and working in pairs will help create a greater level of student engagement. Kagan specializes in engaging all learning including the reluctant ones. You can learn more about the Kagan Workshops with this LINK.

    504 Coordinators will be having an legal update in the Admin Training Room with Kenny Kaye Hudson. Also, BAU will be working with Dorcas Schale with updates also in the ALC Training Room (PM Only).


    1st Grading Period ENDS | Report Cards
    As this first grading period is coming to a close, be sure you're following the RCISD Grading Policy. Lori Dreiling will be sending out information about submitting grades for this 1st report card soon.

    If you have any students with failing grades for this 1st Six Weeks, you and I will be meeting to discuss interventions and supports for those students (RtI, Tutoring, homework for additional practice, etc). Also, you MUST conduct a parent conference with each of these students ASAP before the scheduled P/T conference day on October 31 - we need parents to be aboard with supporting the students sooner rather than later.

    RtI Groups & MAPs Testing
    Now that MAPs testing is over, I know many grade level teams have started to create intervention groups for RtI. If you need help with that process, please let Brittany Lancaster or myself know and we'll come help you through this process. We'll be checking in with you from time to time to help support you all with RtI.

    Also, we have several teachers attending training for MAP Reports next Thursday & Friday, so someone on your team will know how to use the report to BEST plan for intervention.

    Fair Day (@StateFairOfTX)
    Next Monday, October 3 is Fair Day - No School. Please communicate with parents.

    Kona Ice is Returning (@KONAICE)
    We'll be having Kona Ice back on campus on Wednesday, Oct 5th. Please communicate with parents.

    Sunday, September 18, 2016

    ENews 09.18.2016


    Weekly Schedule

    Monday
    • MAP Testing
    • PLCs in the Conference Room
    • 10:00am - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Bryant)
    • 3:30pm - BAU Team Meeting @ Ruth Cherry Int
    Tuesday
    • MAP Testing
    • 9:00am - Jacobs at Principal Meeting @ Royse City High School
    Wednesday
    • MAP Testing
    • WOW Wednesday
    • 8:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, A. Jones)
    • 6:30pm - Homecoming Parade @ Downtown Royse City
    Thursday - North Texas Giving Day
    • 12:45pm - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Knauth)
    • 3:00pm - Initial ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Garcia, Bobbitt, Wilkins)
    Friday
    • Pig Out PayDay!!
    • 2:45pm - ARD (Jacobs, Reavis, Lee, Showler)



      Important Reminders

      MAP Testing
      Thanks again for all the support from testing proctors for their support during testing. Apryl McElroy and Stuart Powley will continue being available to help support testing this week. Please let them know if you have anything questions.


      NEW Information

      Happy Homecoming Week
      I hope you all are excited about this week for Homecoming. We encourage everyone to participate as you can for each day. Also, please be sure to take photos and share on your social media accounts to promote our campus/district using #BulldogFamily #ScottSquad as appropriate.


      Thanks Brittany Lancaster and Stuart Powley for coming up with these FUN Disney Themed days.




      Fall Tutoring
      This year we will be hosting tutoring groups in the fall for 8 sessions (October 18-Nov 10). If you are interested in helping with tutoring please send Brittany Lancaster an email.

      TTESS Goal Setting Conferences
      Please take note of the dates/times you are scheduled for your Goal Setting Conferences. ACTION ITEM REQUIRED - Complete the "RCISD T-TESS Teacher Self-Assessment and Goal Setting" at least one (1) day  before your Goal Setting Conference with your appraiser. This gives us time to review your goals and helps the conference to run more smoothly. See the link below for the schedule:

      Employee Payroll Contribution Campaign
      Additionally, we are looking for 100% of our staff members to participate in the Employee Payroll Contribution Campaign. Scott Elementary has benefited from the monies given to the Education Foundation through grants awarded to the campus, first-year teacher grants, and staff recognition programs. Also we have received iPads for you to use during instruction because of these monies.

      All you would have to do make a One-Time Donation to the Education Foundation OR sign-up for the Payroll Deduction Program (min. of $2.00/month). ONLY $2.00/month!!

      If we have 100% participate, we will be recognized by the district and given a sign that will hang in the building so that everyone that walks into the building will know we support the Education Foundation. So let's all contribute that we can get that sign! We have flyers in the front office if you need to sign-up.

      North Texas Giving Day | Education Foundation
      On Thursday, September 22 - RCISD is hosting the North Texas Giving Day event at the Administration Building. They are looking for 500 donations of at least $25 that will trigger bonus funds for the Foundation. We're exploring some FUNdraiser ideas to get a competition going among the classes.


      Mrs. Lancaster had a great time visiting 1st Grade last week...

      Loving our Amazing Kindergarten Team!

      Love seeing our teachers getting kids excited about learning. Please share some of your learning adventures with us too!  

      Sunday, September 11, 2016

      ENews 09.11.2016




      Weekly Schedule

      Monday

      • MAP Testing
      • 3:30pm - Staff Meeting
      • 5:30pm - Parent Meetings Begin
      • 6:30pm - PTO Board Meeting
      • 7:00pm - RCISD Board Meeting


      Tuesday
      • MAP Testing
      • Lancaster to Training @ Region 10
      Wednesday
      • MAP Testing
      Thursday
      • 8:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, A. Jones)
      • 5:30pm - STEM Dinner @ Royse City High School
      Friday - Happy Friday!


        Important Reminders
        Staff Meeting
        We have a staff meeting on Monday, September 12 @ 3:30pm in the library.


        NEW Information

        PAWS Assembly


        ARDs
        As we begin ARDs this school year, I would like to remind everyone about the importance of this time. The General Ed & SpEd teachers have been working so hard with these students so we want to be sure this time runs very smoothly especially in front of parents.

        1. Please do your best to be on time to all schedule ARDs. 
        2. SpEd and General Ed teacher must consult about the student's progress before the ARD. 
        3. Bring current grades (report cards, progress reports) & assessments (MAP, iStation, DRA, Unit Tests) to the ARD.

        This is "Show Time" for our parents. You have ALL being working so well with our SpED students and building trust with our parents. Be sure to remain professional and put you BEST foot forward on during these meetings.

        MAP Testing

        Good luck this week with MAP testing for most of you. Apryl McElroy, Stuart Powley, and other intervention teachers will be helping to ensure testing runs smoothly. Please let them know if you have anything questions.


        Sunday, September 4, 2016

        ENews 09.04.2016




        Weekly Schedule

        Monday - Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

        Tuesday
        • 9:00am - Jacobs to Principal Meeting @ Herndon Intermediate
        • 9:00am - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Craven)
        Wednesday

        • Kona Ice Visit
        • MAP Training with Susan Lay in conference room
        • 3:45pm - WOW Wednesday ELAR w/ Angela Homan

        Thursday
        • Early Release @ 12:00pm for Students & 1:00pm for Staff
        • 9:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Martin, Martinez)
        Friday

        • 8:00am - Speech ARD (Lancaster, Reavis, Lee, Showler)
        • 9:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, 4th Grade)
        • 10:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, 4th Grade)


          Important Reminders
          Absences
          Be sure to enter all requests for absences into Aesop for approval. Hourly employees, all overtime must be approved by the principal in advance. If you'll going to be out or late, please enter your absence and then call Mr. Jacobs.


          NEW Information

          MAP Training
          Susan Lay will be here on Wednesday to conduct MAP Training for your grade level in the conference room. Be sure to visit with her during your conference time on this day. It should be about 20 minutes in length.

          Lesson Plans in Forethought
          I visited with Julia Robinson about attaching files to your Forethough Eduphoria accounts. This is allowed and if you need help doing this with your lesson plans, please come by the office and I will show you.

          Also, Morgan Knauth has been working to make this more user-friendly for the teacher. So she is another great resource if you need some additional assistance.

          Kona Ice 
          They will be coming to our campus on Wednesday and order forms were sent home with the students last week. Staff members will be given this treat for FREE so be sure to stop by during your lunch time.

          Early Release @ 12:00pm
          Please be communicating with parents/students about the Early Release day on Thursday. We will be releasing students @ 12:00pm. Please post this information your Social Media accounts and Remind. A note will be sent home with the students Wednesday as a reminder also.

          Staff Meeting Next Monday
          Be sure to make arrangements for our staff meeting next Monday, Sept 12 @ 3:30pm in the library.

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