Smoke Signals: Family Edition

January 21-25, 2019

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This week...

All Week:

  • Mid Year Testing

Monday, 1/21

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, student & staff holiday

Tuesday, 1/22


Wednesday, 1/23

Thursday, 1/24


Friday, 1/25

  • 4th grade field trip to the Perot
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Upcoming Events...

February -

12 - 2nd grade field trip to SPARK

13 - Valentine's Dance

14 - Valentine's Parties 1:15 for 3rd grade, 2:00 for all other grades

18 - President's Day, no school, weather day

22 - DEAR day

25 - Benchmark Week - 4th writing, 5th math & reading

27 - Breakfast with a police officer


March -

5 - Brave Rally - Bingo

6 - 5th grade Career Day at Lumpkins Stadium

7 - First Grade program

8 - Parent Conference day - student holiday

11-15 - Spring Break

18 - Professional Development day, student holiday

19 - Grading Period 4 begins

22 - Report Cards go home

25-29 - Benchmark Week - 3 & 4 Reading & Math, 5 Science

28 - 2nd grade program


April -

2 - 1st grade COGAT testing window

5- STAAR Rally - 4th & 5th grades

9 - STAAR 4th writing, 5th math

10 - STAAR 5th reading

11 - I love my school day!

16 - CAT Meeting

18 - Ambassadors Field Trip

19 - Good Friday, staff/student holiday

22 - Earth Day

25 - 3rd grade field trip to Ft. Worth Museum

29 - 5/24 - EOY Testing window


May -

3 - School Lunch Hero day, honor our cafeteria staff

3 - Volunteer Breakfast

6 - 10 - Teacher Appreciation Week

8 - PIE Luncheon

10 - Muffins with Mom

10 - STAAR Rally Grades 3/4/5

13-17 - STAAR Testing - 3 & 4 Reading & math, 5th science, 5th M & R retest

15 - Breakfast with a police officer

20 - College & Career Day

20 - Seniors Serve Day (tentative)

20-24 - Spring Book Fair

21 - Grade Placement committee meetings

21 - 5th grade Talent Show 8:00-10:00

21 - 4th Grade AG day, Expo Center

22 - Grade Placement Committee Meetings

23 - K, 1, 2 Awards Programs

24 - 3rd & 4th grade Awards program

24 - Donuts with Dad

27 - Memorial Day Holiday, student/staff holiday

28 - End of year Party

29 - Students last day, Elephant Walk (5Th), 5th Awards, Early Release

30 - Staff Work Day

31 - Staff Celebrations & last day for paraprofessionals

Gifted & Talented student referral window is open!

Waxahachie ISD Advanced Academics would like to remind all staff and families that the gifted and talented referral window is open through March 1. We encourage you to refer any student that you believe may have a need for gifted and talented services. Referrals are submitted online at link listed below.

The referral form is available from October 1 through March 1. A student may be referred by any staff member, parent, community member, or even the student themselves! We encourage anyone that questions whether a student may need services to refer them during this window.

Kindergarten, 2nd – 4th grade, and 6th – 12th grade students may be referred. The district automatically screens all 1st and 5th grade students, so they do not need to be referred.

Please go to the following links for more information:

· Informational Slide Show – bit.ly/GTInfo18-19

· Referral Form – bit.ly/GTReferralForm18-19

If you have any questions, please contact an Advanced Academics team member.

Jill Chapman at jchapman@wisd.org (WISD Coordinator of Advanced Academics)

Joy Cook at jcook@wisd.org (GT Specialist at Clift, Felty, Marvin)

Sarah Pickard at spickard@wisd.org (GT Specialist at Dunaway, Wedgeworth, Wilemon)

Linda Spencer at lspencer@wisd.org (GT Specialist at Northside, Shackelford)

Claudette Ratliff at cratliff@wisd.org (GT Specialist at all junior highs)

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Mary Poppins, Bert, Jane & Mr. Banks made a stop by Shackelford on Thursday

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Science Fair Winners

2nd grade

1st - Taylor Stone

2nd - Reese Valley


3rd grade

1st - Cara-Lynn Keller


4th grade

1st - Maxten Hogan

2nd - Alexa Ellis

3rd - Coen Findley


5th grade

1st - Luke Duvel

2nd - Tucker Shugart

3rd - Jordan Findley

4th - Emily Garcia

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Mrs. Burkhalter loves to have students come read!

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Spelling Bee winners - Kade Bruce, 1st place & Kailee Fowler, runner up

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email tburkhalter@wisd.org to sign up!

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Follow us digitally at the following links...

Shackelford Elementary

Principal: Theresa Burkhalter

Assistant Principal: Brittany Griffith

Counselor: Monica Taylor