Bison Bulletin

Volume 1 Issue 7

Smile, take a deep breath and relax

It's been quite a journey so far and we've only just begun! We had a very successful Grandparent's Day breakfast. Although time some time was lost in the classroom, it was gained spending quality time with their grandparents. For many, it was their first visit to Hancock and they truly enjoyed their time with their grandchildren.

Keep working hard and stay positive. You are doing great!



Grandparent's Day 2016!

Update on Staffing

Please welcome Ms. Corado to Hancock! She has joined our 2nd grade team and we are so happy and excited to have her join our school family!

1st Grade- We will finally get some relief for 1st grade and have posted the position on the PISD website. We will begin interviewing next week!

Viva Hancock!! Pre-K students dressed in their best to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month!

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4th Grade Writing Workshop in action!

PISD Summer Slide District Initiative- Event

We tend to see regression in students' fluency and comprehension when they do not read during the summer. As a result, our school district developed the Summer Slide Initiative to encourage and promote reading during the summer.

Students who demonstrate gains from last year's reading levels to this year, will be invited to attend a district-wide event. Eligible students from Hancock will attend September 28, 2016. Teachers will receive rosters during PLC meetings to confirm the reading levels were entered in AWARE correctly.

Once we confirm for accuracy, we will send home permission slips to the eligible students.

Please note, this incentive is only available for students who were in PISD schools last year.

TLA Power-up Library Day Initiative

Our library participated in the state wide Power Up Library Day. Our school will be recognized through the Texas Library Association but more importantly, it was an opportunity for 3rd and 4th graders to be creative, explore, and collaborate. They were able to participate in a MAKERSPACE of their choice. Thank you Mrs. Garza for preparing for this event!

Cafeteria Update!

When you walk through the cafeteria this week, take a moment to say a HUGE THANK YOU to our cafeteria staff. They are working so hard to manage BOTH lines without additional staff. If this works out, we might be able to KEEP BOTH LINES! Please know, it takes a tremendous amount of work and planning for our cafeteria staff but they realize how important it is for us; and are willing to do it if it will help our school!

You can help us by:

  • Being on time when you take your kids to lunch.
  • Ensuring your students are ready with their selection when they come to the line.
  • Teaching students to say their food choice clearly as they go through the line.
  • Teaching them to say their name clearly at the registers.

Committee News

Bison Bunch (aka culture and climate)- Membership dues are $25 for certified staff and $10 for non-certified staff. This will go towards courtesy fees to help offset costs for major events such as weddings, baby showers, etc. They will be creating the by-laws and will be added to our Hancock One Note.

Deadline for committee dues: October 15. Teams who reach 100% will receive a free "Jeans Week" pass to be used November 14-18, 2016.

Health and Wellness Committee- Their goal is to promote healthy eating and exercise among students, employees and the community. They are working on the logistics of our upcoming Trunk or Treat Community Event.

Our bison has a name .....BRUNO the BISON!

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Grade Level Refrigerators and fees

You may have noticed shiny-new refrigerators in your workrooms- They were purchased with our last FFE funds. Grade level teams will pay for the $25/year fee.

Kinder Team- yours is on the way!

If you have a personal refrigerator in addition to the Grade Level refrigerator, you will have to pay for your own fee of $25/year or you may take it home.

Look Ahead

Sept 22: Possible Fire Drill - be ready!

Sept 22: Mrs. Cooper's Class Field Trip

Sept 28: PISD Summer Slide Field Trip for students who meet the criteria

Sept 29: Team Leaders Meeting

Sept 29: Social Studies CBA 1

Sept 30: Science CBA 1

Oct 3: Math CBA 1

Oct 4: Reading CBA 1

Oct 4: Progress Reports sent home

Oct 6: School Family Assembly

Oct 6: End of the 9 weeks

Oct 7: Focus Meetings

Oct 10: Planning Day