Week of December 15th
Farewell... & Hello!
Tim will be replaced by Juan Hernandez. Please welcome him, and make him feel at home at Austin. He should begin shortly after the Break.
Also, Principals continue moving forward with work on our "building redesign." With our most recent bond, money was allocated for updates/improvements to the existing campuses. What does that mean for Austin? It means we get an Austin Elementary makeover! We met with the design firm this past Friday to give input for our individual campuses, and we meet again this Monday to begin looking at specifics. Included in the design will be new furniture, tech resources, etc. We may also have some opportunities to make some structural changes (windows, walls, etc).
It's an exciting time to be at Austin!
Hour of Code
It was great hearing from a few of you on how you saw kids that typically struggle really light up during this time. Who knows... You may have helped spark a new interest!
Let's Share Our PBL Expertise...
This Spring, I have designated 1 week per grade level to share examples/details of a PBL unit they have designed for our learners. See below for the schedule. I would like to feature pictures, resources, products, etc.
By the Friday prior to your grade level's "feature date," please email me any items you would like to include in your Mustang Weekly PBL Grade Level "Feature" (fancy name, I know). This is an informal way for us to share some of our design/unit ideas with our fellow educators. Let me know if there are any questions!
- 5th Grade - Week of Feb 2nd
- 4th Grade - Week of Feb 16th
- 3rd Grade - Week of March 2nd
- 2nd Grade - Week of March 23rd
- 1st Grade - Week of April 6th
- Kinder - Week of April 27th
Formative Assessment Through Technology
Some Interesting Data I Wanted to Share...
Also, please note that these Snap Shot demographics play a large role in determining our accountability reports.
American Indian - .5%
Asian - 35% (up 6% since 2012-2013)
African American - 6.7% (down 1% since 2012-2013)
Hispanic - 12%
White - 42% (down 6% since 2012-2013)
2 or More Races - 3%
ESL - 13% (up approx. 3% since 2012-2013)
Economically Disadvantaged - 15% (down 1% since 2012-2013)
At-Risk - 35%
Special Education - 7%
Life Principle - Diligence
Quote - "All things are difficult before they become easy." - Thomas Fuller
Healthy Tip - Try at least one bite of food before deciding if you like it or not!
Week At A Glance...
- Enjoy a Tappy's Yogurt Bar with your lunch!
- SBDM Meeting - 3:30 - C201
- Cooper @ Building Redesign Meeting - PM
- Cooper @ Principal Meeting - AM
- Blended Crew Meeting - 3:30 - C201
- K-2 Holiday Feast (2nd/3rd switch Specials/Lunch)
- PTO Staff Holiday Party
- E-Time Schedule
- Ugly Sweater Competition
- Pizza Luncheon for Staff!
- Brown Bag Lunch!
- K-2 Holiday Parties
- Staff Sing-A-Long - 8:15
- Happy Birthday Martha!
- 3rd-5th Holiday Parties
- Early Release - 12:50 (see schedule below)
December 19th Early Release Schedule
8:15-9:15 Teacher Skits
If your grade level will NOT be eating in the cafeteria, please email Araceli.