In the Loop
Anna ISD Staff Edition- October
Mr. Naylor directs the Coyote Vision Productions crew. He can be seen at many of the Anna ISD events coaching his students on video production and allowing them to do the work and get experience that could impact them for their future opportunities in the AV production field. The Coyote Vision production team recently had their footage used by WFAA Channel 8 for High School Sports Special, and VYPE sports requested the video for their weekly state competition for play of the week.
Nominate your fellow employees for a Coyote Salute
WHAT IS A COYOTE SALUTE?
It's our monthly employee recognition program. A Coyote Salute is awarded to individual staff members and a Collaborative Coyote Salute is awarded to a group of staff members that have done something EXTRA special and beyond their normal job duties.
We want to be intentional about honoring staff members that have gone the EXTRA mile for our students.
Think of teachers using innovative teaching strategies or support staff members that go that extra mile to make our children feel safe and loved. This award is not limited to individual recipients. Collaboration encourages professional growth and student success. We would also like to honor teams of staff members who collectively worked on a positive project or had an amazing outcome to something that was important to our students.
Any Anna ISD employee may nominate staff members that have gone above and beyond their specific job duties by filling out this form. From your nominations, a recognition committee will select the recipients for a Coyote Salute and the groups for a Collaborative Coyote Salute.
You may nominate staff anytime you see someone or a group that goes above and beyond their normal job duties. The nomination link is also located in the Staff Portal. Staff members that have been selected for a Coyote Salute or Collaborative Coyote Salute will be notified by Administration and recognized at an upcoming board meeting.
Early Voting Opportunity on October 31
FOCUS group summary
The first of our FOCUS (Focusing On Culture & Uniting Staff) meetings were held at the end of September. These groups are made up of representatives from each campus from various disciplines and grade levels. We split the groups into two separate meetings, elementary and secondary.
The first meeting focused on the start of school, staff morale, safety, and student discipline. Feedback from these topics and discussions are as follows:
AISD’s family atmosphere
Teacher buy-in is more evident
Administrators are more present in halls/duty
Opportunities for students to get involved
Discipline has been better
Extra jeans day
Want more content-specific PD options
Need better mental health support for staff
Class sizes are large
Safety concern with AMS/AHS kids coming in and out of the building
Procedures need to be communicated better at beginning of the year
We will meet again in January. Please reach out to your campus representative if you have a concern that you would like discussed at the meeting
Elementary- Mindy Powell, Rachel Swink, Cortni Turner, Christa Wilson, Alexa Hernandez, Ashlynn Robinson, Cassie Gleason, Rebecca Thornhill, and Rebecca Rollins
Secondary- Nicole Bontrager, Courtney Cunningham, Timothy Maurice, Glenn Price, Jeremy Young, Bradley Fuller, Chinar Young, Leslie Box
Anna ISD Employee Discounts
Did you know we have a dedicated webpage for you to learn about Anna ISD employeee discounts in the Staff Portal? If you know of any additional ongoing discounts offered to Anna ISD employees, please email Melane Woodbury.
We Appreciate our Tech Crew
Anna ISD's technology department is made up of 10 IT professionals. The team manages all of the technology across 15 buildings including 1000 laptops and desktops, 500 iPads, and more than 4,000 Chromebooks. Director of Technology Jerod Rollins says he is most proud of purchasing and installing 140 Newline displays in classrooms during the 21-22 school year. Rollins makes it a point to sit down with each campus administrator to determine technology needs for their campus to best meet the needs of teachers and students. Goals for this year include finishing the Newline installation project across the district and beginning a district-wide WIFI update.
Thank your Custodians
Anna ISD has 36 custodians who take care of eight school buildings and six other facilities, starting early in the morning and not ending until late at night. We always appreciate our custodial staff.
Teachers Night Out at Allen Americans
As a Thank You for all you do in our community, the Allen Americans would like to extend a special offer to all Teachers & Staff for select upcoming Allen Americans' home games.
Tickets are as low as $20!
Home Athletic games free for AISD employees
November Appreciation Days
National Native American Heritage Month
National School Psychology Week- Nov. 7-11
Veteran's Day- Nov. 11
World Kindness Day- Nov. 13
Education Support Professionals Day- Nov. 16
Substitute Appreciation Day- Nov. 18
Trusted World Clothing Drive
It's time to clean out your closet and drawers. Anna ISD is partnering with Trusted World to provide for those in need here in Anna and in surrounding areas. We are having a clothing drive October 24-28, which is also Red Ribbon Week. Each campus will have drop-off areas for donations. Trusted World will collect the donations, sort the items, and put them in their system to ensure they go to families needing them. Trusted World helps schools meet the needs of students in need and their entire families. For more information on how to help, log on to trustedworld.org.
From the desk of Chief Jones
Fall lockdown drills
Just a reminder that the fall lockdown drills will be starting this week. Thank you for all that have reached out in support and for helping to keep our district safe.
See Something, Say Something
The Anna ISD police department has a new TIP email address. If you hear or see something suspicious, please email the Anna ISD PD at email@example.com. This email is a one-way communication tool; you will not receive a response.
Additionally, you can download the iWatch Texas app. The tips on the app are anonymous and will help keep schools safe and secure by alerting the appropriate personnel of any potential threats.
Anna ISD Staff.... Know what you can say about the Bond
"The staff on our services and operations teams are the best! Our food services do a great job day in and day out serving nutritious meals to our student body each day. Our maintenance, landscaping, and custodial teams keep our buildings clean, our yards looking nice, and are always quick to respond to any problems on our campuses. Our technology specialists are the best at keeping us connected so that instruction to our students and communications with our community is seamless and always flowing. Our police keep our schools safe and are always visible to our community. Finally, I am honored to serve with our transportation team/family who gets up early each day to ensure that our students get safely to school. We average 1500 miles on routes each day and I'm proud to say that they keep our students safe on all of those miles!"
Chris Burk- Director of Transportation