January 28th Pony News
Building a Brighter Future!
KNOWING OUR NEW CREW
Priscilla Gray 4th grade Dual Language
Hello Pony Family, I am thrilled to be teaching 4th grade at LVES!
I attended Sam Houston State University and majored in Criminal Justice. I completed my internship with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the summer of 2004. I spent a lot of time researching our prison system and interviewing men and women that were incarcerated while attending SHSU. A few months after graduation, my then boyfriend came back from boot camp and asked me to marry him and move with him to California where he would be stationed. I said YES and we were married and moved to California 3 months later. My husband is a United States Marine and was stationed on Edwards Air Force Base (in the middle of the Mojave Desert) to work on the CH53echo Helicopters. After four years, we were sent to Miramar in San Diego (what a vacation!!) for the remainder of his contract. I was so blessed to be able to stay at home with our daughter Kaylee after she was born in 2006. I LOVED being a stay at home mom. California is such a beautiful state and I loved every minute of it. I plan on moving back someday.
After California, we moved back to Texas and settled in Flower Mound. When Kaylee started school, I started my teaching career as a Special Education Aide at a Charter school in Farmers Branch. I fell in love with teaching and found my passion. The next year I was the new 3rd grade teacher. I then moved to another Charter school in Denton and spent three years teaching 3rd grade for that district. Last summer I applied for a teaching position here at LVES and GOT THE JOB!!! I was completely elated to be a part of LISD.
My daughter Kaylee is in 6th grade at Lamar Middle School. She is in the band and plays French Horn and also is in Choir and on the UIL writing team. She loves running track during the summer for the Flower Mound Running Club and tries to enter as many mud runs she can during the year. We also have a shelter dog named Tiana who has been part of our family for 9 years now. Sam and I will be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary this April.
I look forward to continuing working and learning alongside each one of you.
Kindness Activities for the GKC!!!!
Next week, January 28th-February 1st is The Greatness Kindness Challenge. We will be sending home challenge checklists for students and promoting the week on the news as well! Here are some ideas that you can incorporate into your classroom circles!
This is a great 3 minute video to kickstart your circle or discussions! https://youtu.be/9rPsJdO1PeE
https://bit.ly/2S8WpTm Free activity on Teachers Pay Teachers for ‘Compli-mats’
http://www.doodle-art-alley.com/free-coloring-pages.html There are some free, related coloring pages under words, quotes and greeting cards.
https://goo.gl/6N3DwJ Free activity on TPT for Kindness Activity Flip Book
I Statement Connection with PLC
I station Rate of Improvement (ROI)- Professional Learning Communities
Question 3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? –Intervention
Question 4. How will we respond if they already know it?
The I station Rate of Improvement shows students' improvement across the school year. Take some time to run your own classroom report and identify if your students are showing growth in each tier. One of Dr. Rogers' goals is that students will be on reading grade level or show a minimum of 6 months growth.
Question 3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? –Intervention
- Are these students in Pony Time groups?
- Would some of them be good candidates for tutoring?
- How could you use the I Station intervention lessons as part of their guided reading?
- Are they working in I Station 3 times a week for 30 minutes??
- Do they have access to I station at home where they can do some extra practice?
- Are your running records matching your I station scores?
- How might the Coaches or Learning Facilitators support you?
- Are these students in identified in RtI, 504, Special Ed., etc.?
Question 4. How will we respond if they already know it?
- These are the students that are already in Tier I on I Station but showing no growth. What can we do to push them?
- Collaborate with the GT Facilitators for ideas.
- Talk to Veronica Hernandez for suggestions.
- Talk to your colleagues. What are they doing to push their students?
As a campus, we are showing moderate progress in the English results for students that are in Tier 2 and Tier 3. But, we are showing low progress on our students that are on Tier 1. We are showing High progress in the Spanish results for students that are in Tier 3, moderate for students that are in Tier 2, and low progress on our students that are on Tier 1.
CIP: Goal 1, PO 2 Strategy 2: Below are some of the classrooms where students have shown growth in each Tier. Congratulations. PO 3: Strategy 1:
We will provide differentiated instruction to target students' individual needs resulting on an increase of 6 months to a year growth evaluated by Istation Reading and Math scores.
Campus Rate of Improvement Report
Below are some of the classrooms where students have shown growth in each Tier. Congratulations.
Kinder - 2nd Istation Check-ins
Please click here to see the rest of the Istation Check-ins for the semester.
Before the meeting:
- Print and bring your classroom distribution report graph and your ISIP report by skill.
- Identify how many of your students are on each range.
During the meeting:
- Share 3 things that you can CELEBRATE based on this month's Istation data and running records for your class.
- Share 2 things that you have been doing in RESPONSE to your Istation data and running records for your class.
- Create a goal for your Tier I, Tier II and Tier III students for your next Istation Check-in using the Description of Instructional Tiers.
For example, for your students above grade level, your goal might be to increase by 5 points.
For your students below grade level, your goal might be to increase by 10 points (from 204 Tier III to 214 Tier II next month).
We will Identify strategies and resources to use to accomplish these goals, and discuss the skills on which to focus.
LVES BIGGEST LOSERS JANUARY 2019
The Biggest Losers contest is still in the works! This month our top four biggest losers are:
Mrs. Rutherford~6.3%= (equivalent to 10.8 pounds!!!)
Mrs. Wier 5.14% =(equivalent to 7.0 pounds!!!)
Mrs. Bodiford 2.58%=(equivalent to 4.2 pounds!!!)
Mrs. Valdes 2.20%= (equivalent to 4.2 pounds!!!)
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP FOUR!!!
Other contestants lost weight as well!!! Let's kick it in high gear for February!
WE GOT THIS!!!!
February 1st is Lewisville Elementary’s day to have the Baylor Scott & White wellness clinic at our campus. It is also national Go RED day and a perfect opportunity to take charge of your health in 2019!
The clinic will screen height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, calculated BMI, and waist circumference. It will also include a blood test that screens a lipid and chemistry panel, complete blood count, thyroid function, blood glucose, A1C, etc. that is then reviewed and returned with personal recommendations.
Appointments are on campus from 6:45a- 8:45a and you need to fast beforehand. To make an appointment, see the attachment or go to Benefits/clinics/sign-ups, and follow the hyper link instructions.
Rachael Myers, RN
The NEU Rally
Hello Pony Staff,
I want to thank the Specials Team for working so hard to create a stronger process for the NEU Rally.
Please click here to see the changes on times and seating areas for the Rally. Notice how the Rally will be divided into two blocks.
- 3rd – 5th AM 7:50 - 8:15
- K – 2nd PM 2:20 - 2:40
We want to make sure that our NEU Rallies are positive experiences for our students. This month’s Rally on January 28th has been redesigned to provide practice for the new logistics established by our amazing Specials Team. Please review the changes in the above referenced link in order to be prepared for your practice on Monday. Please ask any members of our Specials Team if you need clarification before Monday.
Our formal rally on February 4th will follow this new logistics plan.
Thank you again to Mrs. Zamora, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Kelly, Coach W, and Coach Green. You Rock!
Our Pony Week
Monday, January 28th:
- NEU Rally
- K - 2nd Istation Check-ins
Tuesday, January 29th:
- TEKS & ELPS Collab. 2nd, 5th, 1st - Writing Focus - Bring students' scored expository writing.
- 4th Grade Reviewing the Standards Writing online Part 1 (Think Spot after school)
Wednesday, January 30th:
- Safe and Civil Committee goes to Bolin for training (Day 1)
- TELPAS Training (Library after school)
- Dress for Success
Thursday, January 31st
- Safe and Civil Committee goes to Bolin for training (Day 2)
- Employee benefits clinic on campus-6:30- 8:45 a.m.
- Technology Audit (See the Technology Audit email sent to staff.)
- Go Red Day
Coach W Is Super Helpful everytime we ask for help about anything and everything. He's the man!
Thank you Mrs. Franco for being my sounding board in all things library and helping me create/launch our new reading initiative. I am so grateful to have you here! Mrs. Hernandez
Mrs. Kilam - Your themed circles presentation have motivated me to create my own. Thank You!
Mrs. Bodiford - thank you for remembering all our ponies have a story.
Mrs. Cichy - thank you for encouraging your students with a smile.
Ms. Helbig - thank you for keeping your students engaged and moving.
Mrs. Boston - Thank you for pointing out the positive in every situation.
Mr. Fitzgerald - thank you for building relationships with all our ponies.
Mrs. Hernandez - thank you for being an advocate for every student.
Mrs. Simpson - thank you for helping me see my strengths.
Thank you for your support, excitement, and for staying later to look at the new curriculum: Vowel, Y Bernal, Salazar, Helbig, Oporto, Frasier, O'Donnell, Rutherford, Rodriguez, Troyer, and Sammon!!!
Mrs. Franco for helping Second Grade with dismissal when needed and for always being available to work with any student at any time!
Ms. Vando She is just amazing and helps get things done!
Ms. Lopez, Coach W., Ms. Davis, & Ms. Becker making your MOY Conferences enjoyable!
Mr. Berg for being a great Math Vertical Team Leader!
Ms. Kilam for my hat (one of a kind from the Kim Kilam Kap Kollection) :)
Mrs. Oden for always supporting and bringing a smile!
2nd & 3rd Grade Teachers for being prepared for your RTI meetings! (You Rock!)
Ms. Ramage for assisting me during the evacuation!
Mrs. Blake for coming on and being hands on and positive!
Mr. Ledesma for always having kind words!
Mrs. Salazar for sending me gentle reminders!
Ms. Snell & Ms. Green for attending RTI meetings to support our students!
Mrs. MacNamara for engaging her students with IPS! :)
Ms. Silvia for always having a calmness about herself.
Mrs. Varona for being kind and encouraging!
Mrs. Crawley thank you for having patience and love for your students!
Ms. Brittany for being an awesome partner at the CPI training. :)
To our awesome counselors for always following up and going the extra mile for our kiddos!
Ms. Lawson, thanks for sharing your notes!
Mrs. Anguita and Mrs. Rowland, thanks for supporting with RTI!
Ms. Dickinson, thanks for noticing the small things that make a huge difference!
Ms. Scruggs, thanks for always giving me a reason to laugh!
Mr. Reed, for modeling peace and patience!
Mr. Colon & Ms. Wooster, thanks for helping with a situation this week! (You ROCK!!!)
To the ENTIRE campus for being diligent and following procedures during the fire drill.
Mrs. Betty & Mrs. Anguita for helping me with phone calls to parents!
Mrs. Brinegar for keeping me educated and making my "on the go" learning interesting and fun!
Ms. Bullough for your timeliness with supporting with our referrals!
Mr. Dixson, thank you for what you do for our students who are in need of your services!
Ms. Maurier & Mrs. Rowland for supporting me with TELPAS.
Front office staff (Mrs. Rubio, Mrs. Vando, Ms. Ramage & Mrs. Ramos), thanks for remaining professional and keeping it happy (regardless)!
Ms. Davis, for rocking CHAMPS!
Mrs. A. Hernandez thanks for making the little notices for me to add to my letters!
Mrs. Franco & Ms. Becker for helping me with a situation!
Mrs. Sayers for always being willing to assist!
Mrs. Franco for sharing Hook a Book with our students as an incentive to read.
Mrs. Franco for sharing the compliment charts with 3rd grade. It's a great visual and reminder for them to make positive choices.
Mrs. Franco for intentionally coming around to the 3rd grade classrooms and allowing the students to hear you giving their teachers compliments about their morning gym behavior.
Mr. Anderson for helping with my classroom on Friday.
Mr. Colon for keeping me encouraged and holding me accountable during my weight loss journey.
Mrs. Lopez for being such a thorough team lead.
SHoutout to Mrs. Hernandez for always advocating for the needs of our students.
Mrs. Cichy for her positive attitude. The pride you exude for your student's progress is refreshing!
Ms. Helbig and Mr. Fitzgerald for hanging the planets in the 3rd grade hallway