Old Town Star Staff News

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The Bus Stop...

Your certainty must be greater than everyone's doubt... ~Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus

Our Next Week...

Monday, November 18

Mya's Coaching Day

Leslie Long Off Campus

Progress Reports Go Home This Week

Library closed for book fair previews

Blue Santa collections all week

Tuesday, November 19

Mya off campus (District Mtg.)

Minor off campus AM (Principal’s Mtg)

Book Fair 7:30-6:30

Thanksgiving Meal

Wednesday, November 20

Mya’s Coaching Day

The Contemporary Austin Museum Trip - 5th Art

Popcorn Day

Book Fair 7:30-3:30

SLT Mtg 3:10pm.

Thursday, November 21

ARD Mtg. (see separate schedule)

Principal’s Coffee 8:00am.

Mya to Board Meeting 7:00pm

Library closed for book fair pack up

Friday, November 22

CAT mtg. 8:50am

SST’s Kg – 2nd grade

Library open for passes only

Kona Ice 2:45pm.

Happy Birthday Beth Page!

Sunday, November 24

Happy Birthday Manuela Duarte!

Happy Birthday Juan Moreno!

Weekly Reminders...

  • Be sure your students get an opportunity to spend those hard earned tickets in the Star Store!
  • Greeting each of your students in the morning each day really sets a positive and safe tone for your classroom climate!
  • Check our Professional Learning and Events Calendar regularly as revisions/additions are made often...http://goo.gl/u8peV

Instructional Tech News


Over the next few days, we’ll be rolling out a feature that lets you view Gmail attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail. The next time you open an email with attachments, you’ll see new previews of the files at the bottom of the email. When you click on one of those previews, a full-screen view of the image or document will appear. You can now also save your attachments directly to Drive simply by clicking the Drive button that appears when you hover over the preview.

Click this link to learn the Top 10 Google search tricks-->http://lifehacker.com/top-10-clever-google-search-tricks-1450186165

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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself~John Dewey

Reframing Failure as Iteration Allows Students to Thrive

Out & About...

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see"~ Mark Twain

Star Gazing...

Congratulations to Jan Meyer, star Music Teacher...our STAR Teacher of the Week receiving the most nominations! You are entitled to a week long jeans pass and designated parking!

Her colleagues write:

  • She is a gifted student manager, a supportive teammate, and an all around fabulous teacher!!
  • Jan is doing a phenomenal job directing that huge choir group mostly on her own. She is handling her less than ideal space to practice very professionally. I applaud her poise and charisma.
  • Jan always does her job with a smile. Old Town children are so lucky to have such an awesome music teacher.
  • She is generally awesome and a fabulous teacher and collaborator!
  • Jan works really hard to ensure a successful music program and is great with the kids! She did an outstanding job preparing them for musical performances at both the Veteran's Day celebration and the Old Town 25th Celebration.

I absolutely enjoy getting to read all of the ToW nominations! Be sure to share your affirmation with your star nominee!

Our warmest appreciations go out to Old Town's Veteran's Day Committee for planning yet another amazing and special celebration of our nation's finest

A GINORMOUS THANK YOU!!! to our 25th Anniversary Committee for planning such a commemorative event! Kudos to Jan and Karen for leading our 4th grade students did an amazing job and "Deep In the Heart of Old Town" is a treasure! We had over 200 people attend and so many compliments were shared!! What a great celebration it was!!

Way to Go OTE Barbara and her awesome Kitchen crew for earning a PERFECT Score

on this week's Health Inspection!

Remember to thank a PTA member for the tasty treats on Wednesday! They truly go above and beyond to show their appreciation for our work with students!

What a full week this week! Thank each of you for your time and attention during Wednesday's Faculty Meeting! Though it was longer than expected, many walked away with some useful tools and next steps in terms of Science instruction and vocabulary development! Thank you again for your patience and flexibility!

Have a well deserved enjoyable weekend!

An Eye On the Gifted...

Do you have parents asking if their child should be referred for TAG testing? Are you wondering if you should refer one of your students? Check out what Gail Post has to say on the subject at http://www.blogher.com/dont-wait-get-your-gifted-child-tested?from=pop If you still have questions, feel free to contact your friendly TAG teachers!

Engaging the Brain through Active Listening with Active Storytelling

  1. Partners decide who will be the first storyteller. The teacher suggests a story prompt.
  2. The partners separate about 6’ apart or more.
  3. When the music starts, the partners run toward each other and continue to jog in place while the first storyteller begins to tell the story.
  4. The other partner is the “active” listener. When the music stops, the partners separate for about 5 seconds.
  5. When the music starts again, the partners run toward each other and continue to jog in place.
  6. The second partner becomes the storyteller and continues the story exactly where the first partner left off.
  7. This process continues with partners alternately continuing to tell the story.

Professional Resource of the Week! Check out your copy today!

The Week After...

Monday, November 25

Mya’s Coaching Day

3rd grade trip to Bob Bullock Museum 10:00am

Dragon Scales visits 4th grade

Blue Santa collections all week

Tuesday, November 26

Minor’s Coaching Day

PTA pies for all staff (on the stage)

Wednesday, November 27

Thanksgiving Break!

Thursday, November 28

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 29

Thanksgiving Break!

Saturday, November 30

Happy Birthday Vicki Brown!

Old Town Elementary Mission & Vision...

To highly engage learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -JFK