January 8th, 2018 Pony News

On the Side of Hope!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

We get to empower the lives of our students and provide them with meaningful learning experiences. In this short positive moment, bestselling author Jon Gordon talks about the powerful perspective shift that happens when we replace HAVE TO with GET TO.

Let's be fast Llamas! The Five Essentials of Successful Classroom Management by Doug Currey

  1. Structure and Systems- The Need. You must have a system for everything. You must leave nothing to change. The fastest llamas are the folks with the greatest systems.
  2. Predictability and Consistency- "He's a kid. You are a teacher. We're not in the 'making them pay' business. It's not personal."
  3. Relationships- Superstar teachers just strive every day to utilize the special gifts and talents that they possess and they commit to using these unique qualities to benefit their students.
  4. The Magical Quality/The Super Star Factor- The only way you will experience your power in the classroom is to completely eliminate practices that negate your power.
  5. Unrelenting Hope- There is something about actually just doing the thing you fear that has a profound effect on your feelings.

Do you want to learn more about How to Train a Llama: Exceptional Classroom Management?

There are books ready for check out in the professional library.

Notes from How to teach like a Llama Fall training

Who is Your Marble Student?


A Minute with the LASes

2018 = New learning opportunities. Focus on the Cycle!

How does a lesson that is designed with ELLs in mind benefit all students look?

Let's go beyond identifying the standard and differentiating instruction, and think for a moment on the lesson cycle. In his book "ELLs in Texas: What Teachers Need to Know", John Seidlitz explains that language learners can perform better academically and grow in their second language if a lesson follows this cycle:

Before the lesson:

  • Share content and language objectives

  • Pre-teach vocabulary

During the lesson:

  • Activate background knowledge

  • Direct teach/Model

  • Scaffold activities with time to explore and practice in small groups

After the lesson:

  • Give time for individual practice

  • Review content and language objectives

Remember that you can check this book out from our professional library located in the Think Spot. Have an amazing year of teaching and learning!


Please click on the link to see the sequence of the Rally!

PLC Update

Our 90 minute sessions with PLCs will resume January 16th. During this time we will focus on creating the Rainbow Planner for Language Arts for the new 9 weeks.

January 19th is students' early release day. Our School Board requires campuses to use at least one of the 4 early release days for professional development. We will have a session with PLCs focusing on completing the Rainbow Planner for Math as well as structured planning time for Language Arts.

No Excuses University Logos

Based on staff feedback Mr. Lopez added a 3rd option for our logo. Which one do you like better? Let's vote.

Please click HERE to vote for your choice.

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LISD Banquet

Nominate a colleague for recognition at the district’s annual employee awards banquet.

Employee of the Year Nominations | Jan. 12 Deadline

Nominate an employee for a 2017-2018 LISD Employee of the Year Award at lisd.net/awards.

Retiree Form

Employees who plan to retire and would like to be recognized in our banquet ceremony, please complete LISD’s Banquet Retiree Form here.

LISD Banquet | Save the Date

LISD Retirees, Teachers of the Year and Employee of the Year finalists and winners, as well as 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40-year service pin recipients will be recognized at the district's 33rd Annual Employee Recognition and Awards Banquet set for Friday, April 27 at the Hyatt Regency at DFW Airport at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Banquet Tickets

Ticket information will be shared after all Teacher and Employee of the Year Finalists are announced at the beginning of March.


Please contact banquet@lisd.net or call 469-948-8041.


It is time to select our January Teacher and Paraprofessional of the Month.

Think of staff members who have exemplified dedication, efforts, accomplishments, and been 'on the side of HOPE.'

Winners will receive:

  1. Classroom door decorated
  2. Thursday jeans passes for the months of January and February since January is a short month
  3. One day of free duty
  4. Goody bag
  5. His/Her picture posted on the 'Staff of the Month' bulletin board.

Click here to submit your nomination by January 12th.

Assessment Data/Calendar (2017-18)

Lewisville Elementary Assessment Data/Calendar (2017-18)

Weekly Calendar

Monday January 8th

  • College Ready Rally 2:20-2:45 pm

  • Multilingual Coordinator

  • Sci. Math & Inst. Tech ACT

  • College/U shirt Day

Tuesday January 9th

  • LA 3-5 LF

Wednesday January 10th

  • All Level Team Meetings

  • Inst. Tech LF

  • LA ACT

  • Dress for Success Day

Thursday January 11th
  • Inst. Tech ACT

Friday January 12th
  • Staff Luncheon- Kinder/Cafeteria host

  • LVES Spirit Day

January Birthdays

Kim Kilam- January 05

Rosemary Dickinson- January 20

Paul Wieczorek- January 23

Staff Shout Outs

Mr. Thomas for singing to our kids at breakfast!

Coach W for going above and beyond with our First Grade friends during the day!!

Mrs. Morales for being Mrs. Hamilton when she was out!

Mrs. Rubio for your Positive Ponies help!!

Miguel - Thanks for being an awesome guided reading teacher!

Betty and Vando - Thanks for an awesome Holiday Shoppe!

Ms. Esch and Ms. Hamilton for putting together great gift baskets for our Holiday gathering!!

Sandra Hernandez for going the extra mile with some very special students!

Mrs. Kitchen for going above and beyond with all the behind the scenes details she handles...like the calendar!

Mrs. Miller...you rock!! Thank you for all you do for others.

Mrs. Sanchez for being an amazing listener and problem solver!

Mrs. Oden for being an exemplary example in situations that are not easy. AND for always respecting other teachers!

Vicki Butler for taking care of the lunch menu every week and being available to help with technical difficulties!

Beth Hayes your ability to draw out the best in our students to create amazing art is fantastic!

Specials team thank you for a great parent night. Every parent that attended was in awe of all you do every single day!

Click here to submit your Shout Out.