Principal Connection

January 10, 2016


TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS: Congratulations to Nicole Garry, Beth Hall, and Nikki Salzberg, finalists for Davis Teacher of the Year! We will post more information in the staff lounge this week about each of these fabulous teachers. Our final round of voting for Teacher of the Year will take place next week.

OFFICE CONSTRUCTION/COPIERS: Our new office layout has taken some getting used to, but we are glad to have the construction completed and to have the much needed additional office space. As we settle in to the new spaces, particularly the 'nook' and new shelving in the staff lounge, we are open to suggestions for how to best utilize this space. In the process of the construction and moving of Ernie, all data previously saved on Ernie was lost. This means that Ernie is not accepting copier codes or emails for scanning at this time. Mariana will be working hard Monday morning to restore all of this data as soon as possible, and our hope/plan is that Ernie will be up and running again by Monday afternoon. We understand that this is an inconvenience for everyone and appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work to resolve the issue.

CIP PROGRESS CHECK SURVEY: Thanks to the many teachers who have already completed this survey! A special thanks to 2nd grade, so far the only grade level where all teachers have submitted responses. We have 26 responses at this point, and need many more in order to have sufficient feedback from each team. Please remember that we will use this information as we plan for CIP goals for the 2016-2017 school year. Go to to complete the survey. The deadline is Monday, 1/11.

PARENT & TEACHER COLLABORATION NIGHT: We will be preparing signs to direct parents to the correct location. So far, we know the following locations: 3rd- cafeteria, 4th- library, 5th- gym. If you will be combining classes, please email Jenny with the classes that will be combined and the room number where you will be meeting. Thanks for all of your hard work in preparing for this event!

DOLPHIN CAMP: Dolphin Camp will take place the week of June 6-10. If you are interested in leading a camp, go to to submit a proposal. Teaching Assistants interested in providing before/after camp care should also follow this link to state your interest. The deadline for submitting camp proposals is next Wednesday, 1/27.

LOOKING AHEAD: 1/11-1/15


  • TEMI Testing Window Opens (K, 1, 2)
  • GT Nomination Window Opens
  • Deadline to complete CIP Progress Check Survey
  • 3-3:30pm: Campus Innovation Team Meeting, Library


  • 3:05-4:00pm: CAC Meeting, Rm 309
  • 3:05-4:00pm: PBS/SEL Meeting, Library


  • 9:30am-1:30pm: Bob Bullock Museum Field Trip (4th)
  • 1:30-3:30pm: Celia Israel, Austin City Council, visits
  • Happy Birthday Maurey Best!


  • 9:00-10:30am: Brass Building Blocks Performance, Cafeteria
  • 6:00-7:30pm: Parent & Teacher Collaboration Night
  • 7:30am-1pm: AVT Meeting @ Anderson, AISD Technology Innovation Team Meeting @ Skyline
  • Happy Birthday Elry Falkenstein!




  • Happy Birthday Greg Rohde!



1/18: MLK Holiday

1/19: DRA Testing Window Opens (K only)

1/19: TPRI Testing Window Opens (K, 1st, 2nd)

1/19, 6:00-7:30pm: Family Fitness Night

1/20, 10am-1:30pm: One World Field Trip (K)

1/20, 3-4pm: Technology Infrastructure Committee Meeting, Library

1/21, 3:05-4:00pm: Technology PD

1/21, 7-8:30pm: PTA Meeting

1/22, 8-10am: Art Career Fair (Garry), Cafeteria


1/25, 3:05-3:30pm: K 21st Century Planning

1/26: Science Fair Projects Due

1/26, 3:05-4:00pm: Faculty Meeting- TELL Survey

1/26, 5-8pm: Dine with Davis @ Brick Oven

1/27: TEMI Data Entry Deadline

1/27: Deadline to submit Dolphin Camp proposals

1/27: Science Fair Judging

1/27, 3:05-3:30pm: 1st 21st Century Planning

1/28, 3:05-3:30pm: 2nd 21st Century Planning

1/29, 9:30-10:30am: Murchison Choice Sheets (5th), Cafeteria


2/1, 9-11:30am: Paramount Theater Field Trip (2nd)

2/1, 3:05-3:30pm: 3rd 21st Century Planning

2/2: NAEP Testing (4th)

2/2, 3:05-4:00pm: ILT Meeting

2/3, 3:05-3:30pm: 5th 21st Century Planning

2/4, 9-11:30am: Armadillo Clay Field Trip (3rd)

2/4, 3:05-3:30pm: 4th 21st Century Planning

2/4, 6-7:30pm: Science Fair Exhibition and Awards