Shawnee Trail Elementary, February 16, 2016

SHAWNEE TRAIL MISSION: Why do we exist? What is our fundamental purpose?

  • To create a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment, to inspire ALL students to become passionate, lifelong learners.
  • To make meaningful and enjoyable connections as we educate the whole child academically, emotionally, and socially.

At Shawnee Trail we believe ALL Means ALL:

  • ALL students will learn at their highest levels.
  • ALL decisions are based on what is best for students and are aligned with the mission of our school.
  • ALL, students and teachers, learn by doing and building on our own strengths and the strengths of others.

Collective Commitments:

Cultivate a collaborative culture of continuous improvement:

  • Read all resources before collaborative learning meetings.
  • Be prepared to share, listen and participate in all group discussions.

Foster a save supportive and trusting environment:

  • Start on time.
  • Be engaged 100% of the time. (Leave unnecessary distractions behind and focus wholly on the tasks at hand.)
  • Collaborate and contribute equally and meaningfully

Practice all of these collective commitments by asking, “How did we do? Are we holding ourselves accountable for the team’s norms?”

  • Be willing to apologize or confront with passion and purpose when a team member fails to honor the commitments.

Celebrate success large and small.


Shawnee Trail is the BEST!

  • SHOUT OUT to Shannon for helping 5th grade adjust math lesson "on the fly" to address unanticipated gaps with fractions!
  • SHOUT OUT to 4th grade! The hallway looks great Tuesday after school!!
  • SHOUT OUT to Trickett, Feichtinger, and Abbas! They were all observed putting the question stems into play after the learning from the staff meeting!

  • SHOUT OUT to 1st and 2nd grade learning meetings were strategic and had rich discussion!

  • SHOUT OUT to Cristi, Jodi, and Lucy, Al and Tim for making our front office look great! No only did they work all day Monday, Jodi and Cristi recruited their husbands to help on Valentine's Day!!

Professional Learning

"Know thy impact!"

Michelle Obama once said, "If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn't be here. I guarantee you that."

This is why we measure student success in multiple ways. This is why we know that if we do our best teaching, give students meaningful feedback and have high expectations, higher than those they have for themselves, most student will do fine on our state assessments. After all, the STAAR test is one measure taken on one day. It is not the only way to measure student success, in school or in life.

As educators we are change agents. We learn and plan for instruction, we evaluate, diagnose, and reflect. We understand what success looks like beyond state assessments.

Thank you, teachers, for your work on Monday learning together. I look forward to seeing the data and learning with you as you observe what your students know, and evaluate what they need to know. I also look forward to seeing your students make greater gains through small group instruction using leveled texts. Your impact will be enormous!

John Hattie - Teachers As Change Agents

Meaningful Discussion/Academic Discourse

SMART GOAL: Increase student’s advanced academic performance by 5% on campus based CFAs by improving meaningful peer conversations (academic discourse).

STRATEGY: Teacher will teach mini lessons, demonstrate, and provide practice using sentence stems and conversations structures. (Seravallo, Lone STAAR Problem Solving, Kagan Structures and Exemplars)

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: Administrative walk-throughs and campus CFAs will be used to measure progress.

Staff Meetings 3:20-4:20

February 17th

3rd Grade has volunteered to share their learning on academic discourse. Don't forget to read the mentor text Jennifer included in her email.


  • Sign your team up to present Academic Discourse at a staff meeting. The presentations only have to be 20 minutes, a mini lesson. :-)

February Character Trait Focus is OPTIMISM

Optimism is being hopeful about future outcomes combined with the agency to shape that future.

Being optimistic doesn't mean you don't get upset when bad things happen—it's normal to get upset! But the optimist recognizes that most bad things are temporary and looks for opportunities to change circumstances for the better through new efforts or strategies.

This isn’t your traditional “glass half full” optimism (which some might call blind positivity) because optimistic people seek to directly connect their own power and actions to the future they want. For example, after getting a bad grade on an exam, an optimistic student believes that studying harder or differently will earn her a better grade on the next one. Another critical part of optimism is not “catastrophizing” a situation. For example, when a friend doesn't want to play that day, the optimistic kid imagines that his friend is having a bad day, not that no one wants to be his friend.

Observing Optimism

Demonstrating optimism could involve:

  • Believing that effort will improve your future
  • When bad things happen, thinking about what you could do to avoid similar bad outcomes in the future
  • Staying motivated, even when things don’t go well

February Reminders:

February is Black History Month

February is Dental Health Month

Feb. 15

  • Staff Development (Continuum of Literacy)
  • New Raters Must Complete BASIC Online Training for TELPAS

Feb. 16

  • TELPAS Writing Window Opens
  • Early Voting Begins
  • 4th & 5th Grade Choir Practice (2:50-3:30)

Feb. 17

  • Staff Meeting (3:20 in Pod 3)

Feb. 18

  • CogAT Scores Go Home
  • Kinder at Fire Safety Town
  • PTA Night

Feb. 19

  • Good Morning Shawnee Trail
  • Kinder at Fire Safety Town

February Birthdays

Tricia Beck 2/6

Jodi Timbs 2/8

Amy Christian 2/14

Lindsie Petty 2/15

Tara Webb 2/20

Cristi Closs 2/25