The Echo Memo: Feb. 29th: LEAP DAY!
A weekly memo to the Smith staff from your leadership team.
Bright Spots from the Week....
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- Pledgers, Greeters, Artists, Writers!
- Teacher of the Year - Ms. Wanda Smith Parade!!
- BOOT CAMP 4th Grade
- Music Class is thick into academics - GrowingGreatLearners
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Congratulations Wanda Smith, Smith Teacher of the Year
We Are Writers, Yes We Are! 1st Annual Writers Boot Camp was a Huge Success!
- Read Pages 81 - 93, Fundamental Five, "Critical Writing"
- Complete the Reflection Page by Thursday, March 11th.
This Week's Highlights - View Calendar for full detail
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March 1st Open House - 6:30-8:00. Teachers will share information with parents.
>> Consider having students share their data notebook with their parents. Watch the video to see examples of how it can be a fantastic way for parents to learn about their child's work.
March 1- Texas Public School: SPRING OPEN HOUSE, 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Student Data Notebooks are a great way to share during this come and go event.
March 3 - Early Act First Knight Ceremony, 8:30 PK-2; 9:30 3rd-4th
March 4 - Severe Weather Drill, 2pm
BE IN THE KNOW - CHECK YOUR CALENDAR
MARCH 7: All Day Planning:
4th Grade - Monday
3rd Grade - Tuesday
2nd Grade - Wednesday
1st Grade - Thursday
Kinder - Friday
March 5-9 - Diagnostician & LSSP Week
March 10 - Science Night: Strong Fathers Strong Families, 6:30pm
Capacity Teams for TEKS Resource System
This week students are from Ms. Bateman's 4th grade class:
Select students for the week by MONDAY and have ready to roll.
Post their names in your room as a reminder.
Students will need to be in the office at 8:00am, ready to lead.
Growing Great Readers
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Read about this NEW PARENT CONFERENCE MODEL Articles: more »
A great resource for *Guided Reading Text Connections. * Please bookmark it and refer to as you plan lessons either for the whole class or a *small groups *who are reading on the K-2 level. more »
Attention all kindergarten through 5th grade teachers: Don’t mess with Texas® and Keep Texas Beautiful invite you to participate in their Elementary School Art Contest more »
How does Math Madness help my students? It's a great way to get students excited about math! In 2015, students raced to answer millions of questions with more than 84% accuracy. more »
Mindful Practices empowers teachers and students through yoga and wellness to create a more effective educational environment. more »
Blendspace is a free web tool for teachers to collect resources in one place to form a bundled, interactive lesson for students or colleagues. The Ultimate Math Blendspace offers a huge collection of resources! more »
The *Duncanville ISD Spirit of a Champion* award recognizes district employees who have demonstrated expertise and leadership in the area of education for the betterment of our students and district. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Spirit of a Champion Awards. more »
*By Suzanne Gardner District Coordinator of Assessment and Counseling, Duncanville ISD* The spring semester brings increased opportunities for testing. For many students the anticipation of tests, especially high-stakes tests, can create test anxiety. What are signs that suggest your students may be experiencing harmful levels of test anxiety? more »
*A PEDAGOGY OF QUESTIONING* How can I improve questioning in the classroom? How can I help my students ask better questions and ensure the learning sticks?" At a minimum, teachers need to learn the following idea in order to become more proficient at questioning...more
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