Riverside Review

October 12 - October 16, 2015


UPDATE: October 12: Professional Development Day

Please sign up for October 12 PD sessions. The district is monitoring enrollment numbers in each course and would like you to know the following updates:

Close Reading for 2nd to 6th grade with Charley Carroll. TCHS M234. There is a morning and afternoon session.

Planning and Evaluating Effective Guided Reading Lessons with Jan Richardson Materials for K-4 with Doreen Krebs. TCHS S204. There is a morning and afternoon session.

Lesson Planning for ELA/Social Studies Integration K-3 with Angie Nayfa. TCHS S210. There is a morning and afternoon session.

Lesson Planning for ELA/Social Studies Integration K-3 with Amy Erb. TCHS S209. There is a morning and afternoon session.

Remember, MOST of these courses will be offered again on the November PD day. As soon as the November sessions are in Eduphoria, we will let you know. However, that will not be until after October 12.

Please remember to register for an AM and PM session.

T-TESS Walkthroughs

During this year of T-TESS, Keller ISD will also be conducting walk throughs on Domains 2 and 3. These two domains which we have gone over during our initial overview of T-TESS encompasses Instruction and Learning.

The walkthrough form covers five areas for learning and three focus areas for instruction.


  • 2.1 Achieving Expectations
  • 2.2 Content Knowledge and Expertise
  • 2.3 Communication
  • 2.4 Differentiation
  • 2.5 Monitor and Adjust


  • 3.1 Classroom Environment, Routines and Procedures
  • 3.2 Managing Student Behavior
  • 3.3 Classroom Culture

A completed walkthrough form will be sent to you electronically after each walkthrough visit. Please take the time to read it. Reviewing your walkthrough form and comments will help improve upcoming T-TESS observations.

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"The real questions for writing teachers are, 'How do we help our students develop a repertoire of approaches to writing? How do we help all writers identify problems, solve them, and take charge of their writing and thinking?'"
—Nancie Atwell

Writing is a complex, nuanced, and sometimes mystical journey. Ideas take shape in ways we wouldn’t expect—and sometimes they struggle to take shape at all. As teachers, we strive to guide our students through this process—to encourage, support, and challenge them. Now imagine having master teachers mentor you along the way. Imagine being invited to pull up a chair and sit shoulder-to-shoulder as they detail their learning goals for a unit, outline a powerful way to present a challenging concept, or expertly confer with a student?

Join us this fall for our Writing Masters blog series with classroom-tested tips from our Curricular Resources authors on how to improve your teaching of writing at any grade level. Each installment in this series will share author insights and practical suggestions on teaching writing in the classroom that you can use the very next day.

Check the Heinemann blog each Wednesday to see the next installment in this series—and sign up below to be notified by email when each new blog is posted.

To explore more resources by these master teachers and others, visit our Curricular Resources page.

The archive page is located at: http://www.heinemann.com/blog/tag/writing-masters/

Keller ISD Open Enrollment Begins!l

Keller ISD Employees,

Open Enrollment is just around the corner, Monday, October 12, 2015 through Sunday, October 25, 2015. Please take the time to view the 60 Second Play-by-Play Video and as always, if you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. Also, I have listed additional videos and attached the 2016 Benefits Rate Guide for you as well. Finally, you can access more information at THEbenefitsHUB at www.mybenefitshub.com/kellerisd.

Who Let the Cows Out?

Southwest Dairy Farmer Visit

Friday: 10/16/15 9:00-11:00

9:00-9:50: Kindergarten, First, Second, Life Class

10:00-10:50: Third, Fourth and STACC


  • PLCs will take place on Friday in the PLC room. Kelly Leach will be conducting Running Records Training. If you have already started assessing students, please bring the assessments to discuss establishing guided reading groups.
  • Review the end of the unit assessments to guide your instruction and prepare students.
  • Please have the hallway displays done by Friday.

Dates to Remember:

  • October 13: LOCKDOWN DRILL @ 9 a.m.
  • October 13: K Istation Math (A. Bryant & Davis)
  • October 13: Storybook/Vocabulary Parade Planning Meeting (Library)
  • October 14: K Istation Math (Jackson & McGinty)
  • October 15: Title 1 Parent Meeting (NRES @ 9 a.m.)
  • October 15: Fundraiser Delivery & Kona Ice Day!
  • October 15: Save A Smile Screenings
  • October 16: Kelly Leach (Literacy Trainer on Campus)
  • October 16: Parent Conference Forms due in AWARE
  • October 16: Southwest Diary on Campus (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.)
  • October 20: Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • October 21: Kelly Leach on Campus
  • October 22: Panda Express Night
  • October 23: Wizard of Oz Field Trip
  • October 26-30: Red Ribbon Week

One of 300 Reading Strategy Takeaways!

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Where is Everyone This Week?



Wednesday - Principals' Meeting (Jackie); Math Visionary Meeting (Oliver PM)


Friday - SIT MEETINGS/Kelly Leach/Title One Training (Jackie)

Answer the Question, Please!

Question: How many times can a teacher be awarded Teacher of the Month/6weeks?

Answer: The Teacher Award is a simple election process. You vote. We tally the votes and announce the winners.

Staff Birthdays

October 25: Mechelle Wagner

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