What's The Buzz

Week Of March 14th - March 18th

Learning Targets


Focus: Author Study: Leo Lionni & FABLES

I can retell stories by using the following transition words: In the beginning, Next, Then, After that, & In the end

I can explain the elements of a Fable & identify the moral of each FABLE.


moral, message, theme, lesson, & summary

Word Work:

Focus: BOSSY "R"- _or & ore

I can read, sort, & write "or" & "ore" words.


Focus: Capitalization/Punctuation

Review: Contractions

I can edit my writing to check for correct capitalization and punctuation.


Continue-Focus: Writing a Retelling/Summary

Review: First, Next, Then, & Last

I can write about my Spring Break & share my writing with others.

I can write a summary of one of Leo Lionni's stories.

I can explain the difference in REVISE and EDIT.


Focus: 3D Shapes/Solid Shapes

Monday -- 120th Day of School -- Ways to Make 120

I can identify the attributes of solid shapes by explaining how many vertices, faces, & edges of each shape.

Vocabulary: Vertex/Vertices, Face, Edge, Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, Cube, Rectangular Prism, Triangular Prism, & Pyramid

Social Studies:

I can identify & classify sources of light as natural or man-made. I will explain how light is important to everyday life by recoding my observations in my journal.


energy: what keeps things moving

light energy: a form of energy that travels in waves and can be seen with our eyes

light source: the thing where light comes from

light: the illumination that comes from something

reflection: light bounces off a shiny surface and reflects the image of an object


We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research and analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning.

We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our school/district questionnaire. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

When you complete the survey, complete it with McGowen in mind. If you have children at other MISD schools, there will be separate surveys for those schools. Also, you need only complete one survey per campus, regardless the number of children you have at that campus.

The last day to complete this questionnaire is March 18, 2016.

Please go to www.BByt.es/FY3LP to complete the survey.

Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!

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Important Dates

Monday, March 14th -- 120th Day Of First Grade

Tuesday, March 15th -- Art Reflections @ 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16th -- Report Cards Go Home & Drama Kids @ 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 17th -- Happy St. Patrick's Day -- Wear GREEN

Friday, March 18th -- 5th Grade Leadership Day

Tuesday, March 22nd -- Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night

Wednesday, March 23rd -- Drama Kids @ 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 24th -- Mav Fan Jam @ 8:00 a.m.

Friday, March 25th -- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 29th -- STAAR Testing -- NO Visitors or Volunteers

Wednesday, March 30th -- STAAR Testing -- NO Visitors or Volunteers

Thursday, March 31st -- 1st Grade Field Trip

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Dear McGowen Families,

We are excited to announce McGowen will begin using the School Dismissal Manager program after spring break. Here are some of the features of the program to make life easier for you and the school.

  • Easy to use website to make changes in dismissal plans.
  • You no longer have to call the school or write notes when dismissal plans change.
  • You can make changes up until 2:35pm each day. This will allow ample time for the system reports to be generated and distributed.

On Wednesday you received an email with instructions, as well as a user name and password, via email tomorrow. Once you receive the email from School Dismissal Manager, you can begin editing your child's dismissal calendar. We will go live with the program on Monday, Marth 14th. For additional information, please visit www.schooldismissalmanager.com.

We want to thank our PTA for providing this for us and we are excited about the program as it will add a layer of safety and makes it much easier for the parents as well.


Jennifer Little