Principal Connection

December 6, 2015


INTERNATIONAL DAY: Thanks to everyone for another successful International Day. I missed seeing everyone on Friday, but heard great things about the day and the assembly. Special thanks to Lucas Schoppe for planning the program and performance, and to Emily Espinoza for putting so much work into making the world on display a reality!

OFFICE CONSTRUCTION: As you know, a portion of our office space will be redesigned over winter break. We had a visit from AISD facilities staff and architect last week to finalize the plan. In the process of going over everything, we had to make a few adjustments based on the architect's recommendations. The plan going forward is to convert the office workroom into an office. A wall will be installed where the current door from the workroom to the staff lounge is located. This will create a nook with enough space for the copier and many of the workroom supplies. The bank of drawers in the staff lounge will be removed and that space will house the laminator and upper cabinets. The plan is for the bulk of the construction to take place over winter break, but there will likely be work to do after the break to complete the project. With our challenge to find space as our numbers grow, we will continue conversations about use of space and future facilities plans as part of our CAC discussions. Thank you for your continued flexibility as we work together and use our limited space in the best way possible.

CAMPUS INNOVATION TEAM: The purpose of the Campus Innovation Team is to collaborate in planning for the transformative use of technology in the classroom. This includes everything from students working collaboratively to create digital products to teachers flipping their classroom by recording video mini-lessons and using them for instruction, and more! Teachers who have received a set of iPads for daily classroom use are included in this team: Beth Hall, Nikki Salzberg, Nicole Crowe, Lety Garland, Diane Kasparek, Kay Hall, Nancy Schmidt, Liz Carrera, Stacey Henson, Nicole Garry, Joan Hampton, Kirsten Clemente, Melani Novinger. Team members also include technology integration experts Lauren Meyer and Jannelle Imken.

LOOKING AHEAD: 12/7-12/11


  • Benchmark Test, Reading (3rd, 4th, 5th)
  • 3:05-4:00pm: Campus Innovation Team Meeting


  • Benchmark Test, Math (3rd, 4th, 5th)
  • 3:05-4:00pm: CAC Meeting, Rm 309
  • 3:05-4:00pm: PBS/SEL Meeting, Library


  • Benchmark Test, Science (4th, 5th)
  • 7:30am-2:00pm: Jenny D out; Principal Meeting @ Delco


  • 7:50-9:20am: Murchison MS Band Performance (5th), Cafeteria
  • 7:30am-12:00pm: Jenny D out; AVT Meeting @ AHS; Technology Innovation Team Meeting @ Skyline
  • 9am-12pm: Nutcracker Field Trip (3rd)
  • 3:05-3:30pm: 4th Teachers, Lauren, Jannelle- 21st Century Planning Meeting
  • 6:30-7:00pm: JMM Parent Performance- Snowflake Journeys


  • Chinese New Year Parade (K)
  • 10am-1pm: Grandparents Luncheon
  • 10:00-10:30am: MMS Chorale Performance (5th)


  • Dine with Davis @ Chipotle (Arbor Walk), Proceeds benefit food gardens at Davis
  • Happy Birthday Valerie Lopez!



12/14, 3:05-3:30pm: PK Teachers, Lauren, Jannelle- 21st Century Planning Meeting

12/15, 9:15am-12pm: Blanton Museum of Art Field Trip (4th- Hall, Schmidt, Hampton)

12/15, 2pm: Fire Drill

12/15, 3:05-4:00pm: Faculty Meeting; Snacks provided by 5th grade team

12/16, 9:15am-12pm: Blanton Museum of Art Field Trip (4th- Clemente, Hutchison, Novinger)

12/17, 9:00-9:45am: Living Museum (1st), Cafeteria

12/18, 9:00-11:30am: Ice Skating Field Trip (5th)


Winter Break!


1/4: Staff Development Day

1/5, 3:05-4:00pm: Instructional Leadership Team Meeting

1/7, 3:05-3:30pm: 4th Teachers, Lauren, Jannelle- 21st Century Planning Meeting


Monday-Friday, 8:30a,-2:30pm: STARBASE (5th- select students)

1/12, 9:00-9:20am: Fire, Weather, Lockdown Drills

1/12, 3:05-4:00pm: CAC Meeting, Rm 309

1/12, 3:05-4:00pm: PBS/SEL Meeting, Library

1/13, 9:30am-1:30pm: Bob Bullock Museum Field Trip (4th)

1/14, 9:00-10:30am: Brass Building Blocks Performance, Cafeteria

1/14, 6:00-7:30pm: Parent & Teacher Collaboration Night