Old Town Star Staff News

January 26th through February 6th

Our ROCK STAR of the Week Is...

Brittany Gundersen, one of OTE's STAR 4th Grade Teachers!!! You are entitled to a week long jeans/shorts pass and the "traveling parking space trophy!!!" CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!!

A little about Mrs. Gundersen ...

How many years have you been an educator?


Tell us about your family....

So far it's only my husband and I, but we are trying to grow our family. We have two doggies, Mickey and Minnie, who we absolutely love!

What do you like to do for fun?

Walking, hiking, traveling to CA, and watching T.V.

What's the one thing you enjoy most about working with students and/or families at Old Town?

I love that I get to have my students all day, because our relationships grow throughout the year. I love when they have been working so hard at something they are struggling with and they, "get it!"

Tell us about one strength you possess.

I think I am very structured within the classroom, the kids know what to expect everyday which makes it a positive environment.

*If you haven't already done so, please tell us a little about yourself here!

Life Is Your Talents Discovered...

Life is your talents discovered | Sir Ken Robinson | TEDxLiverpool

Weekly Reminders...

A friendly reminder to..
  • Pick up your students from their Special Classes and Lunch on time!
  • Submit all your samples of feedback given to your writers by Monday, January 26th!
  • Submit your Teacher of the Year Ballot by Monday, January 26th!

Our Next Week...

Monday, Jan 26

Mya’s Coaching day

Leslie off campus today

Semester Awards – 8:00 1st grade & 9:00 5th grade

BAS MOY testing window opens for Kinder

Samples of Writing Feedback due to Mya

Happy Birthday Kathy Callaway!

Tuesday, Jan 27

Minor’s Coaching Day

Semester Awards – 8:00 4th grade & 9:00 2nd grade

Science Fair projects due today

Student Council Mtg 2:45

PTA Executive Board Mtg 6:30pm

Wednesday, Jan 28

Mya’s Coaching Day

Bluebonnet Voting

Faculty Mtg. @ 3:05

Thursday, Jan 29

Mya off campus RRHS Vertical Team Meeting

Science Fair!

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

OTE Times Mtg 3pm

SOS Mtg 3:05pm

OTE Variety Show rehearsal 3pm-5:30pm

Friday, Jan 30

BAS MOY testing window closes for 1st through 5th

Last Day for BAS Data Entry

CAT Mtg 8:00am

3rd Grade Semester Awards 1:00pm

Kindergarten Semester Awards 1:50pm

SST’s Kinder– 2nd

OTE Variety Show at 6:00pm

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses” -Marilyn vos Savant

Link of the Week!

http://viewpure.com/ orhttp://safeshare.tv/ Watch YouTube videos without all the ads and distractions. Just paste the URL of the YouTube video into one of these sites. This does not necessarily stop the compilation of suggested videos that show afterwards (that is a setting done by the video creator when they upload it).

Aiming for the Stars...

What another full and exciting week!!! On Wednesday, January 21st we hosted Angela Patrick, Asst Principal from Teravista Elementary. She was thoroughly impressed with many of our classes from the Reading Workshop elements observed to the seamless transitions of several classes from one place to the next. She was also impressed by the collaboration and sharing observed during 4th Grade's Team Meeting. A BIG THANK YOU to you and your students for always for being flexible and open to showcasing the great things happening here at OTE with other district personnel!

Way to go!!!! Social Committee for coordinating such a fun Chili Cook Off on Thursday! Congratulations to Marie, Beth and Julie and your teams for some of the BEST CHILI around! BIG Thanks to each of you who entered the competition!!!

Warm Appreciations to our Virginia, David, Haillie and Vicky for your participation in the math vertical conversation at Walsh on Thursday! It's so awesome to see teachers from elementary and secondary schools partner for student success!!

As always, THANK YOU for your hard work in preparing to deliver world class instruction to our STAR Texans! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!


The Week After...

Monday, Feb 2

Mya’s Coaching Day

Leslie off campus Feb. 2-5

Counselor’s Appreciation Week

Lock down / Disasterous Weather Drill 8:15am

TELPAS Writing Sample Collection Window Opens

Happy Birthday Virginia Vandiver!

Tuesday, Feb 3

Minor’s off campus AM

Writing CBA 3rd – 4th

Spinal Screenings (see separate schedule)

Environmental Art Club Mtg 3:05pm

PTA Mtg 6:00pm

1st grade Music Performance 6:15pm & Family Math and Science Night 6:30pm

Happy Birthday Tom Scurry!

Wednesday, Feb 4

Mya’s Coaching Day

Popcorn Day

Star Store Kg-2nd

Early Release 12:45pm (K-5 Teachers remaining on campus will continue with Writing PD began on 1/5)

Thursday, Feb 5

Spring Picture Day (see separate schedule)

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

3rd – 5th grade load Progress Reports

Horizontal Planning 5th AM, 2nd PM

OTE Times Mtg 3pm

SBAC Mtg 3:05pm

Friday, Feb 6

CAT Mtg 8:00am

SST’s 3rd – 5th

Happy Birthday Scarlett Steele!

Old Town Elementary Mission

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