The Hornet's Nest

For Dodd City Elementary Hornet Families

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From the Principal's desk.....

The count down has begun! It will be summer before we know it. Please notice the calendar and all the many activities we have in the short few weeks before school is out.


Mrs. Munger

STAAR Testing Is Upon Us

Please see the calendar below for specific tests and dates for each grade level. All students in grades 3-8 will be testing in May. We are spreading out tests out over a period of two weeks to allow for smaller testing groups. Please be sure your students are well-rested and ready to go on test day. We are very excited to see how well our students will perform this year.

While we don't believe this test is the only indicator of a student's success or ability in the classroom, there are several factors that make this test an important test for our school and your student.

House Bill 4545 now mandates that students who are unsuccessful on any STAAR test must receive 30 hours of accelerated instruction in each subject in which they were unsuccessful. This instruction will be given during the summer and during the school year next year.

Field Day! Is May 23rd....

Stay tuned for T-shirt orders and more details.


We are nearing the end of the year! Please make sure all cafeteria accounts are paid, library fees are paid, and library books are turned in before the end of the year. All awards and report cards will be held until these items are taken care of. Thank you for helping us with this.

Kindergarten Graduation and Hornet Pride Rally

Wednesday, May 25th, 8:15am

West Gym

Parents are welcome to attend. Hornet Pride Rally will begin immediately after Kindergarten graduation. You may take your student if you wish after the rally, but we ask that you meet them back at the elementary office to sign them out.

House T-Shirt Day is THURSDAY!!

We were able to use class funds to purchase every DC Elementary student a house t-shirt in their house color with their house name! Now that we all have T-shirts, Thursdays will be "House Shirt Day". Individual students can earn points for their house by wearing their shirts on Thursday. Houses that have 100% participation earn bonus points for their house!

"Take-Out" Food for Lunch

Please remember that we are not allowed to make "take out" food deliveries from the front office. We have a special table reserved for lunch "dates" with parents. If you bring "take-out" for your child, please plan to stay and eat with them. Also please visit the office at their lunchtime for a visitor's badge before entering the cafeteria.

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END of Year Assessments

We are busy checking out how much your students have grown since the beginning of the year. Here are the assessments we have administered, or will soon be administering. All results will be sent home.

PreK: CLI Engage Circle Progress Monitoring - Required by HB 3 - Beginning and End of the year - Assesses language and literacy, math, health and wellness, and academic motor skills

Kindergarten: TxKEA - Required by HB 3 - Beginning of the year Literacy Screener and End of the year Dyslexia Screener.

PreK and Kindergarten: Istation ISIP (once a month) - Assesses reading and math levels

Grades 1-5: NWEA MAP testing (3 times a year) - Assesses reading, language, and math

Grades 1-5: Renaissance STAR Reading and STAR Math - At least once every 9 weeks

We will be in touch should your child show any areas of concern with these assessments.

Calendar - Check often for updates throughout the year!

April 19- Progress Reports go home

April 20 - Kinder Cap and Gown Pics

April 20 - Coach Lindsey's birthday

April 21 - 5th Grade Sky Ranch Student Meeting 1:00 pm (students only)

April 21 - PreK/Kinder Circus

April 22 - 5th Grade Recorder Contest and Picnic (Rich and Stephens attending)

April 23 - Spring Fling and Fun Run

April 25-27 - Sky Ranch

May 2-6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo

May 5 - Popsicles on the Playground - Incoming PreK Students

May 8 - Mother's Day

May 10 - 3rd STAAR Reading test

May 11 - 3rd STAAR Math test

May 11 - Mrs. Atchley's birthday

May 12 - 4th STAAR Math

May 12 - Mrs. Stephen's birthday

May 13 - 4th STAAR Reading

May 16 - Bad Weather Day

May 17 - 5th STAAR Math

May 18th - 5th STAAR Reading

May 19 - 5th STAAR Science

May 19 - Spring Recorder and Band Concert 6:00

May 23 - Field Day/Kona Ice

May 24 - House Points Winner Reward

May 25 - Last Day of School - Kinder Graduation and End of Year Awards & Early Release (12:30)

June 1 - Mrs. Sadler's birthday

July 12 - Mrs. Monroe's birthday

July 2 - Mrs. Walker's birthday