Old Town Star Staff News

November 16th through December 4th

Our ROCK STAR of the Week Is...

Name: Jeanie Hermansen

Current Gig: Part-time Music Teacher at Old Town and Fern Bluff

Personal Life: I've been married 17 years to my soulmate, Bob, and we have one 13-year old daughter. She is the light of our lives! She loves to play volleyball, read, write poetry, novels, and fan fiction, and also design clothes. She attends St. Louis Catholic School where she has been since Kindergarten. Bob is a marketing and e-commerce director at an Austin-based company. He's originally from Massachusetts, and we love to vacation on Cape Cod every summer. I'm a closet beach bum. At home, all three of us are very involved in the ministries of St. Louis Catholic Church and enjoy spending time with our friends there.

One word to describe yourself and why: Open. I'm always ready for new adventures, places, and experiences. I'm also open about myself, and open to the viewpoints and stories of other people.

Most interesting job: Before becoming a music teacher, I worked in the education department of the Austin Children's Museum (now The Thinkery) and did lots of fun things there. Some of the most memorable things were leading very messy gingerbread house workshops every holiday season, leading tours for two-year olds (basically hearding cats), and caring for the lizards and tarantula we had during one exhibit.

Favorite hobbies away from school: I love to lead praise music within the ACTS evangelical community of our church, and I volunteer as one of the Core Team that oversees the retreats put on by this group. I also love to read, go to the movies, occasionally bike, and cook with my daughter.

Favorite song: Now, that's a hard one for a music teacher! For pop music, I'd have to say "Happy". For church music, "Amazing Grace".

If I wasn't at Old Town, I'd...: Teach singing and piano privately, or work in the music ministry at our church.
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  • Please remind students to not open doors for visitors/volunteers trying to access the school using the back doors. Students should be encouraged to find the nearest teacher to help the visitor/volunteer get to the office.
  • Take your attendance at 9:00am each day. By not consistently taking your attendance on time, our school could face losing significant amounts of money in the event of an audit. September alone could have cost us $14,198.58!!! That would be money taken directly from our teachers and students! :-(
  • Celebrate that "above and beyond" positive behavior with the Positive Referral slips located in the Staff Lounge
  • If you have not already done so, please bring your Social Dues to Shannon ($20). They are planning some great activities for the staff!

Next Week...

Monday, Nov 16

Vision & Hearing Screening (see separate schedule)

Superintendent’s Snapshot Visitors On Campus Today!

TAG Testing Referral Window Opens, packet coming soon!

UIL Practices Today @3:00pm

Mandatory LPAC Training for ESL Teachers only, @3:10pm in Sci. Lab

Tuesday, Nov 17

Mya’s off campus to RRHS VLT Mtg (AM)

Scholastic Book Fair Open 7:30am-6:30pm

Thanksgiving Lunch

Progress reports go home today

PTA Executive Board Mtg 8:15am

Student Council Mtg 2:45pm

Environmental Art Club Mtg 3pm

Wednesday, Nov 18

Mya’s off campus to CPI training

Scholastic Book Fair Open 7:30am-3:30pm

National Paraprofessional Day

Specials 1/2 day planning PM

Faculty Mtg 3pm (Good Things, Finance, TaG and STEM Information, Launch)

Thursday, Nov 19

ARD Mtg (see separate schedule)

Mya’s off campus to CPI training

Scholastic Book Fair Open 7:30am-6:30pm

ARD Mtg (see separate schedule)

Principal’s Brown Bag (2nd grade parents)

Karate Community Ed class 3pm

RRISD Board Mtg 6pm

Friday, Nov 20

CAT Mtg. 8am.

PTA Pies for OTE staff

SST’s Kg-2nd (Behavior)

Kona Ice 2:45pm

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Super Star Shout Outs!

Be sure to THANK A PTA Member for your Sonic Drink if you received one!


GINORMOUS THANK YOU to all of the Veteran's Day Social Committee for your hard work and planning another heartfelt commemorative event for our veterans and their families. We had over 90 veterans and family members join us for the event, which is quite possibly the most we have had participate!! And a Special THANKS to Mackie, Vicki, Delia, Andrea, Jyl, Nicole, and Jessica for all of your flexibility and help with setting up for the event...outside...at a moments notice!


HUGE THANKS for Jeanie and Karen for your leadership of our 5th Grade Choir. Their performance on Tuesday evening was beautiful!


Warm appreciations to our Social Committee and to each of you who contributed to our Breaking Bread fun the treats were a perfect end to a very busy day!


What another fast paced week full of on and offsite PD... among other happenings! Your hard work in delivering world class instruction and making a positive difference in the lives of our Star Texans each day is greatly appreciated by all in our learning community! Thank each of you for all you do for our TEXANS!


Have an AWESOME and another "stay dry" kind of weekend!

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The Week After....

Nov23 - Nov 27

Thanksgiving Break

11/24 - Happy birthday Juan Moreno & Manuela Duarte!

Monday, Nov 30

UIL Practices Today @3:00pm

Happy Birthday Vicki Brown!

Tuesday, Dec 1

Mya’s off campus to Principal’s Mtg

Student Fall Picture Retake Day

Student Council Mtg 2:45pm

Environmental Art Club Mtg 3pm

Wednesday, Dec 2

Early Release Day 12:45pm Prepping for "Hour of Code" 2015

Popcorn Day

Thursday, Dec 3

ARD Mtg (see separate schedule)

Disaster/lock down drill 9:15am

Karate Community Ed class 3pm

SBAC Meeting 3:15pm in Library

Friday, Dec 4

CAT Mtg. 8am.

SST’s 3-5th (behavior)

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Old Town Elementary Vision & Mission

To highly engage ALL learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking