Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of April 15, 2019

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Campus Mock STAAR Math (Gr 3-4) on Monday, April 15
  • Campus Mock STAAR Science (Gr 5) on Tuesday, April 16
  • Egg-Cellent Behavior Challenge due on Tuesday, April 16
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to George Bush Library/College Station on Wednesday, April 17
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, April 17
  • GT App Presentations on Thursday, April 18
  • Potato Bar Potluck on Thursday, April 18
  • House Parties on Thursday, April 18 during specials
  • No School on Friday, April 19 & Monday, April 22

Coming Up: T-TESS Summative Conferences start April 23; PK Roundup on Saturday, April 27

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House Parties

We will celebrate House Parties on Thursday, April 18 (day before holiday). We will be having a race outside for all students to raise awareness for homelessness. This is part of a student's GT project. We will do House Parties during Specials times. Please encourage students to wear their AV shirt and house colors that day. We will meet in the gym

From Your Captain

Invitation letters were sent to students regarding Saturday school for STAAR prep. Please encourage your students to return those signed letters as soon as possible. It's really important that they attend. Please call parents who do not respond by letter (because they probably didn't receive it).

We will wrap up Mock STAAR testing on Monday and Tuesday. Our intervention teams and other staff will be pulled for small group testing. The portables and the computer lab will be used, but the library area should not be affected. The campus schedule will not be affected. Thank you for your flexibility!

We hope you will join everyone for a delicious potato bar potluck on Thursday. Make sure you bring something to share so that everyone can enjoy the meal!


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

Please reinforce our MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL AGREEMENT: Be Safe! My job it to keep you safe and your job is to keep the school safe.

Check out April Morning Meeting plans HERE. Email Mrs. Helton each Friday with the number of "Say Something" notes from your class to earn House Points.

Your Egg-Cellent Behavior Challenge must be completed by TUESDAY to earn your Jean Pass for Wednesday.

April Behavior Incentives

Don't forget to reward your students who are making good choices with our weekly behavior incentive each Friday!

Please record your weekly incentive plan here:

April Makerspace

We will continue the March Makerspace into April.

Check out this FUN Makerspace challenge. Students will be able to apply different science skills as they create a new "uni-animal" based on "Not Quite Narwhal" by Jesse Sima. Email Mrs. Helton to check out the cart.

You can view the lesson HERE.

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!!


Our last House Buddy Day will be Friday, May 3. The theme is "STAAR Wars...may the skills be with you." We encourage to do a fun skill-based 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. There may even be a visit from a Storm Trooper, Princess Leia, or Jabba.
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Staff Members of the Week!

Congratulations to Ms. Cecilia Martinez for being our STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK for her flexibility in serving wherever needed and for her patience with students.

Congratulations to Ms. Berryhill for being our STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK for being the heart and soul of our school family.

Congratulations to Ms. Pavlas for being our TEACHER OF THE WEEK for advocating for our dyslexia students and being flexible during STAAR testing.

Congratulations to Mrs. Somers for being our TEACHER OF THE WEEK for focusing on student growth and reading progress.


Visible Thinking & Field Trips

Ms. Scott's PK class watched a short clip about a zoo field trip. Ms. Scott recorded what they knew and what questions they had on a KWL chart. This is in preparation for the field trip to the zoo that PK will be taking!


Summary Salad

Looking for a fun strategy to help students with summarizing? Check out "Summary Salad" from Lead4ward. If your students struggle with writing, encourage them to draw a picture with the sentence.
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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.

Summer Professional Development

transformED conference

We hope you will consider presenting at transformED conference. This is a great opportunity to share all the amazing things you do in your classroom. See Mrs. Helton or Mr A if you have any questions!

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:

  • Register in Eduphoria
  • See 'notes' section for PO#
  • Register with Region 12 with PO# from Eduphoria
  • Everyone will need to register in Eduphoria first and not just Region 12; this will help PD dept keep track of how many are registered so that they are only processing one PO and not multiple PO's

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.

Similar to last year, Waco ISD will also cover costs to courses provided through Region 12 that are not covered in the Enhanced Curriculum Co-op contract.