Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of March 26, 2018

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Computer Lab closed on Monday, March 26 to complete TELPAS Testing
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, March 28
  • Math STAAR Blitz on Thursday, March 29 **Library & Lab Closed**
  • No school on Friday, March 30
  • Teacher Work Day on Monday, April 2 **Jeans allowed**
  • Vertical Alignment Meetings on Monday, April 2


Coming Up: Family Arts Festival (Gr 1-2 Performances) on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30-7:00 pm

Interventions & Tutoring

Next week is READING for after-school tutoring (Week 1 of 2). Continue with the materials you received this past week.


Next week is READING for intervention times for grades 2, 3, and 5 during the school day.

FOURTH grade will be doing MATH interventions next week.

From Your Captain

Triads will meet on April 18. The focus for this round is "Monitor & Adjust." Teachers should be actively engaged with students and up, moving around the room or working with a small group. See the rubric graphic below for more specifics.


Here's the link for the observation form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GozHheMZBfDDS6CIttHxmps0HyK52LiiEaLXdSVvsAE/edit?usp=sharing


Remember that the campus and district expectation is that you are speaking to all adults and students with respect. We are adults and professionals and should always act in accordance. You would not want an adult to yell at you, so please make sure you extend the same courtesy to students and staff.


It's is critically important that all adults are actively monitoring during lunch, recess, and dismissal. These are the times of day when we are having the most behavior incidents. If you are late or ill, please let me know ASAP so we can make sure your duty position is covered. Calling Ms. Bonnie does not count as letting me know.

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STAAR Testing Resources

STAAR Manual, training power points, forms, supplemental aids, and other resources can now all be found on this Google Drive folder (once you click on this link, you will be able find the file in the "Shared with Me" folder): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BzPtZw5xT-LdZnYtUUxNc3RNUXM?usp=sharing


If you did NOT receive STAAR security training, please see Mrs. Logan immediately.


If you are a NEW teacher or just want to freshen up on STAAR security procedures, here is the link to the training website: https://www.texasassessment.com/administrators/training/

New teachers will need to complete Modules 1-3 and print their certificate for each module; turn them in to Mrs. Logan.

Conscious Discipline

Weekly Commitment: We will be respectful to one another by using kind words and our Big Voice instead of put-downs.


Kuddos to PreK classes for great morning meetings!

The 3 C's

Remember the 3 C's for student success: connected, capable, and confident. Part of building a CAPABLE student is helping them learn from mistakes. When you give a test back to students, some of them don't have the skill or know how to look at their wrong answers and learn from mistakes. "Fixer Upper" a fun strategy from Lead4Ward can help teach that skill while building students' capability. Below are the directions for this strategy and then template. You can also find the directions and more great strategies here: http://lead4ward.com/docs/instructional_strategies/playlist2017_2018jan2018.pdf

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March Makerspace

Because March was a short month, we will continue the March Makerspace cart for April. It is a great challenge to reinforce shapes, perimeter, and area!


PK-2 students will use random objects to create a robot. They will draw a picture of their robot and label the 2D and 3D shapes found on their robot.


Students in gr 3-5 will also create a robot. They will then use grid paper and a ruler to draw a picture of their robot and calculate the perimeter and volume of their robot.


Email Mrs. Helton if you would like to check out the Makerspace Cart this month! If you have already done the March cart, feel free to email Mrs. Helton to discuss a different challenge for April for your class.

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Family Art Festival

We are excited to announce our Family Arts Festival on Thursday, April 19 from 5:30-7:00 pm. This will be a showcase of students' work in specials, with a focus on grades 1-2.

Specials teachers and 1st and 2nd grade teachers will be sponsoring different arts activities throughout the evening, and we will even have a "Sandwich Art" snack station and cookie decorating. :)

While the focus of this event is grades 1-2, all students are encouraged to attend to show off their art work and engage in the different art activities that we will have around the school.

Here are the tentative plans: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17I3tyS_LXHokmuXhGZ9SJ0pBI5MLzTLVyw_Jt5DZLJY/edit?usp=sharing

Cardboard Needed

Please save cardboard boxes for our Family Art Festival in April! We are looking for regular cardboard boxes as well as thinner cardboard boxes from food packaging (like cereal boxes, granola bar boxes, etc). There is a blue garbage bin in the workroom by the fridge...thank you!

FREE YouTube Math Resource

I'm excited to share NUMBEROCK on YouTube. You can subscribe to this playlist full of cartoon-animated math songs for just about any math concept, and some others as well. Here's one of their videos below-about measurement. I hope you find this resource useful! I will also be sharing with parents on our monthly electronic newsletter.
https://youtu.be/P9sYvDCnI0g

Super 7

Please review the district expectations for Super 7 for Active Word Wall.
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