Old Town Star Staff News

April 21- May 2

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Our Next Week...

Monday, April 21

Mya’s Coaching Day

Tuesday, April 22

STAAR Math 3rd & 4th

PTA snacks in the Lounge

Wednesday, April 23

STAAR Reading 3rd & 4th

PTA snacks in the Lounge

Thursday, April 24

STAAR Science 5th

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

PTA snacks in the Lounge

Friday, April 25

CAT Mtg 8:50am

SST K-2, 5 (SSI)

BAS Test Window Opens

Eat in Classrooms Today

PTA Spring Carnival 4-8:00pm

Saturday, April 26

Happy Birthday Brittany Gundersen!

Weekly Reminders...

  • Attendance must be taken at 9:00am. Please feel free to share an effective system that works for you here--> http://goo.gl/ZhFqnl
  • Get a head start on those Spring Conferences by beginning early! The official day for Spring Conferences is our Early Release Day, May 7th.
  • Please take time to post an affirmation or two for your colleagues in the staff lounge!
  • Check out our Professional Learning and Events Calendar regularly as revisions/additions are made often...http://goo.gl/u8peV

PBL Spotlight: Our Grade Level Driving Questions for Project 2

Kinder: 1) What is a happy habitat? 2) How can we teach others to recycle in the cafeteria?

1st: How do animals survive in their world?

2nd: How would the disappearance of honey bees affect me and the Round Rock community?

3rd: How is soil formed?

4th: How can we use camouflage to entice birds to build nests?

5th: How can we provide information about ways to reduce, recycle, or reuse resources in our community?

TaG Math: How can geometry be taught through the alphabet?

Music: How can we create an Orff Ostinati with a known song?

Check out https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/group-contracts-ntn for additional PBL ideas happening at similar schools!

Be better than you were yesterday. Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus

Star Gazing...

Congratulations to Debbie Clifton, star First Grade Teacher...our STAR Teacher of the Week having the most nominations! You are entitled to a week long jeans/shorts pass and designated parking!

Her colleagues write:

  • Debbie handles any challenge with compassion while standing firm with her expectation that all students can succeed with the school and home working as a team.
  • I love her caring heart for her kids, balanced with clear procedural directives. Whenever I have a classroom conundrum, she always offers practical advice that works.
  • Debbie is an excellent teacher--clear expectations and lots of love for her students! I love how she gifts each one with a $5 scholastic book pick on their birthdays. She grows them and knows them and has been an incredible example for each of us to follow.

Aiming for the Stars...

HUGE thanks to Linnea Vargas and team for another amazing learning experience at Outdoor School and to the Kinder Team for planning a fun experience for your Texans at The Thinkery! Congratulations to our 2nd grade Team on the having your PBL Bee project videotaped and featured at the PBL World Conference this summer! Warmest appreciations to our rock star Office Team the great flexibility and teamwork you showed this week!

What another fast paced, full and exciting week! Thank each you for your hard work in striving to deliver world class instruction to our STAR Texans! Remember to post an affirmation or two for your colleagues in the staff lounge and have an awesome weekend!

Starrrrific Websites!

Very unique and interesting web site regarding science and technology for kids! http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

Looking for additional topics/ideas for future PBL Projects?http://www.fno.org/nov97/toolkit4.html#anchor228022

Eye on the Gifted...

Interested in some fundamentals of formative assessment? Take a look at the following article by Carol Ann Tomlinson, an American educator, author and speaker. She is best known for her innovative work with techniques of differentiation in education.


Professional Resource of the Week! Check out your copy today!

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"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -JFK

The Week After...

Monday, April 28

Mya’s Coaching Day

Happy Birthday Vicki Arms!

Tuesday, April 29

Minor’s Coaching Day

Volunteer Appreciation Day (Science lab)

Blanton Art MuseumField Trip 9:00am

Kg Texan Tours 12:50pm

Wednesday, April 30

Mya’s Coaching Day

Kg-2nd Character Ed Awards 7:45am

Popcorn Day

Thursday, May 1

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

3rd – 5th Character Ed Awards 7:45am

Fire Drill 9:15am

Park Ranger PBL Presentation 4th Café 1:15pm

Happy Birthday Kathryn Warner!

Friday, May 2

CAT Mtg 8:50am

3, 4 SST’s Academic Danger

2nd grade field trip to YMCA Twin Lakes 9:00am

Happy Birthday Marie Schmidt!

Old Town Elementary Mission

To highly engage learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking