Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of April 29, 2019

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Kindergarten Assessments window opens on Monday, April 29
  • EOAC Field Trip to Visit Kindergarten on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday April 30 at 9:00-10:45 am
  • GT District Fair on Monday, April 29 at 5-7 pm at University High
  • STARS Book Club Gala on Monday, April 29 at 6-9 pm (Admission Required)
  • Zoo Night on Tuesday, April 30 at 5-7 pm at Cameron Park Zoo
  • Mrs. Logan's Birthday on Wednesday, May 1
  • Sight Word Assessment Window opens on Wednesday, May 1
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, May 1 **ANCHOR TEAMS**
  • Blended Learning Committee Meeting on Thursday, May 2 at 4:30 pm
  • House Buddy Day on Friday, May 3 **STAAR Wars**

Coming Up: CDMC on May 9

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Our last House Buddy Day will be Friday, May 3. The theme is "STAAR Wars...may the skills be with you." We encourage you to do a fun skill-based spiral review activity with your buddy team. For example, big kids could help little kids with a math fact game. This day would also be a great opportunity to do a station or rotation-based review for STAAR for the upper grades.

From Your Captain

We will discontinue PLCs for the remainder of May. We appreciate all your hard work to finish the year strong.


We are quickly approaching the EOY TTESS Summative Conferences and wanted to give you notice of how to prepare. You will need to email your TTESS appraiser for a summative conference to be scheduled between Tuesday, April 23 and are due by Friday, May 3.

Please see the following documents to help you prepare.

• Steps for TTESS Summative Conference **VERY IMPORTANT**:

• Student Growth Tracker:

• SLO Conference Guide:

• TTESS EOY Conference Checklist:

• TTESS EOY Conference Overview:

Conscious Discipline

Our focus for May Morning Meetings is POSITIVE ATTITUDE. This skill ties in many of the things we have already discussed; it is a good reminder as we finish the year.

Here is a link to the May Morning Meeting lessons:

If you have ideas for Morning Meeting themes for next school year, please share them with Mrs. Helton.

May Makerspace

Our final Makerspace is based on "The Very Impatient Caterpillar." It's a great story to reinforce animal life cycles. The project will include students creating their own butterfly feeder that they can take home. Email Mrs. Helton to reserve the cart.

If you have ideas for Makerspace projects for next year, please share them with Mrs. Helton!

Small Containers Needed!

We are in need of small plastic containers, like yogurt or apple sauce cups, for our May Makerspace activity. They need to be on the shallow side so that butterflies can get in it okay (not tall like a pudding cup container). Students will be making and taking home their very own butterfly feeder. Your help is greatly appreciated!!
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Staff of the Week

Congratulations to Ms. Santoy for being the STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK for having a great relationship with the students in her class.

Congratulations to Ms. Mendoza for being the STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK for always having a smile and being able to make others laugh.

Congratulations to Mrs. Foreman for being the TEACHER OF THE WEEK for doing an amazing job implementing Morning Meetings with her team.

Congratulations to Ms. Andrea Martinez for being the TEACHER OF THE WEEK for holding her students to high expectations in writing.

Classroom Spotlight

Resource of the Week

Here are some fun Star Wars-themed activities that you could use for May 3.
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Summer Professional Development

Region 12 Summer PD

The attached documents contain a list of Region 12 courses you can attend this summer. There are also directions on how to get the PO # to pay for the courses that are not "free" under the Enhanced Co-op plan. Let Mrs. Helton know if you have any questions.

The TransformED Conference is being paid for by WISD if you follow the attached directions. :)

District Summer Professional Development

The district is working to finalize summer offerings for summer professional development to release next Friday, March 29th. All offerings will be available for registration in Eduphoria. For a preview, you can access the summer calendar at this link.

ESL Summer Academy

The English Learners Department will be offering a Summer ESL Academy for all Waco ISD teachers that are interested in ESL certification. This important workshop is highly recommended for emergency certified ESL Teachers and teachers on ESL waivers.

Please note: Teachers who received ESL Waivers during the 2018-2019 school-year will not be eligible for a waiver in 2019-2020. Thus, it is important that they attend this academy as it will help to prepare them for the ESL Certification exam. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information or contact the English Learners Department at 254-755-9512 if you have any questions.
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PK & Kindergarten Summer Training

The following Early Childhood trainings will be offered at no cost through Region 12 this summer.

Please note: PK and Kindergarten teachers will be required to complete 15 hours of professional development in the area of Early Childhood during the 2019-2020 school year. The courses below will count towards the 15 hour requirement for the 2019-2020 school year.

PK Teachers:

• Early Childhood Conference, June 17th, Region 12, FREE, #148429

• Social Emotional Storytime, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #167269

• I Can See This Number In How Many Ways, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #168557

Kindergarten Teachers:

• Early Childhood Conference, June 17th, Region 12, FREE, #148429

• Social Emotional Storytime, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #167269

• I Can See This Number In How Many Ways, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #168557

How to register for the TransformED Early Childhood Conference:

  • See the document above for Registering at Region 12 and paying with a PO #.

All Things Summer School

Summer school will be at KENDRICK ELEMENTARY due to campus construction. The dates are: Monday-Thursday, June 4-26 from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.

If you anticipate a student needs to go to summer school, the student needs to be added to the following tentative list (PAST DUE):

You need to meet with the parents of any student that is in danger of failing. Parents will also need to fill out the Summer School Application REVISED here:

Return completed summer school applications to Mrs. Maynard.

Here is the parent letters that you can share with the application:



Language Acquisition Summer School

n order to meet the 120-hour requirement of direct instruction for Language Acquisition Summer School, Waco ISD’s Language Acquisition Summer School will run during the following dates, days, and times:

  • Dates (with students): June 4th-July 2nd

  • Days: Monday- Thursday

  • Times: 8:00-3:35

  • Location: Bells Hill & Dean Highland

All current PK and Kindergarten LEP students will be invited. Applications and letters will be provided to parents in English and Spanish. The Bilingual Department will deliver the letters with students’ names and applicable information to campuses during the week of April 8. The letters will need to be sent home with students on April 11 per the Summer School Timeline.