Weekly V-Mail

January 30, 2016

Tuesday Afternoon PD

Tuesday afternoon (12:30 - 3:30) is intended to be professional development time on campus. We will not meet as a campus, rather I am giving you/your team the majority of the time to work on campus on what you need to work on. However, there are 3 things you will need to complete. Together all of these should not take more than 30 - 45 minutes, so please use this gift of time to complete them.

1) Conference Feedback - Please provide feedback at the following link


2) Your portfolio planning page - see attachments with email

3) Employee Engagement Summary - Be watching for link from see_survey at ut austin. The survey should only take approximately 10 minutes and your input on employee satisfaction, retention, productivity and commitment to our District's goals and mission is important. Input is anonymous, except that the district/campus can tell how many employees from each campus respond.

Portfolios for 2015 - 2016

Last week, the Academic Leadership Team discussed portfolios for this year. We want your portfolio to be authentic work and learning that you are doing in/for your classroom this year and beyond. In addition, your portfolio learning should be connected to our campus goal of 90% or more of our students reading on/above grade level by the end of the school year. With this in mind, you have the 4 options below for your portfolio. Please let me know if you have any questions about portfolio expectations this year.

1) Use our professional development on campus this year as a springboard toward new professional learning and increased student learning in your classroom.

2) Use a session you attend at February Conference as a springboard toward new professional learning and increased student learning in your classroom.

3) Use an area of personal interest as a springboard toward new professional learning and increased student learning in your classroom.

4) Focus your portfolio on further development of Leader in Me & the 7 Habits with your students.

Safety Updates

The Safety Expectations that you received at last Wednesday's faculty meeting are attached to this email. If you were not present at this meeting, you must get with Staci to get the safety update information you need. Please remember the expectation is that you will have any necessary changes made within one week's time which will be this Wednesday, February 3rd. We really appreciate your diligence in improving our safety practices here at Cypress!!

This Week at Cypress

February: Habit 4 - Think Win-Win: I respect the rights and properties of others.

Garden Adoption - Mrs. Haley's class

2/1 - 2/5 National School Counselor Week - Let's show Ami how much she means to Cypress!

Monday & Tuesday, February 1st & 2nd - February Conference

See Special Edition V-Mail for additional information

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - B Day for Specials

Faculty Meeting - PLC time for all teams

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - C Day for Specials

Some staff attending Terra Vista Leadership Day in Round Rock this a.m.

Cypress Night at PDQ
Vertical Team Meetings - Team leads will let you know the location

Friday, February 5, 2016 - D Day for Specials

Shannon Haley's Birthday - Let's help her have a 1st rate day!

Go Red for Women's Heart Health - Wear Red today

State of the District Luncheon - Select Cypress 2nd - 5th grade students to serve as host.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

1/2 Birthday for Kathy Tristan (August 7th) - Let's help her have a super special birthday!

Around the Corner

February: Habit 4 - Think Win-Win: I make deposits in others' Emotional Bank Accounts - complete at least one bucket-filler a day

Garden Adoption - Ms. Underwood's class

Monday, February 8, 2016 E Day for Specials

Kindergarten 100 Book Lunch w/Principal & Assistant Principal @ 10:30

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 F Day for Specials

4th Grade PLC w/Learning Walks 7:20 - 8:40 - Students Report to MPR in the a.m.

Volunteer Appreciation Tea in Science Lab (Please plan to stop by during your planning)

5th Grade PLC w/Learning Walks 1:50 - 2:40 & 3:10 - 3:40

RtI Improvement Crew Meeting 3:10 - 4:10 in library

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 A Day for Specials
Valentine Celebrations - Please advertise date and pre-registration link to parents.


Kindergarten 11:00 - 12:00

1st Grade 12:00 - 1:00

2nd Grade 1:15 - 2:15

3rd Grade 1:30 - 2:30

4th Grade 1:35 - 2:35

5th Grade 1:05 - 1:45

Faculty Meeting Share Out for Math, Technology & Science @ 3:10 - 4:10

Thursday, February 11, 2016 B Day for Specials

1/2 Birthday for Allison Bailey - Please wish her the best of days today!

3rd Grade PLC w/RtI & Learning Walks 7:20 - 8:40 - Students report to MPR in A.M.

Multiple staff members attending Leader in Me training

Friday, February 12, 2016 C Day for Specials

Multiple staff members attending Leader in Me training

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PTA General Meeting & Reflections Ceremony 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.