Primary Points to Ponder

September 9-13

Sign up for Teacher Observers

We will have some students from Kilgore College this fall who need observation hours. Sign up to have someone come to your room.

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Teacher Websites

Find your name and fill out the information. This will take the place of updating Teacher Websites this year. This is due by September 18.

Teaching Self-Regulation by Modeling

Discovery Education

The Region 7 Digital Learning Department would like highlight your district subscription to Discovery Education. Below you will find the codes for teachers that do not have an account to create individual teacher accounts as well as short videos on how to create accounts. If teachers think they have an account, they can use the forgot password link. We would be more than willing to help you or a designee in managing teacher and student accounts for the 19-20 school year. If your district has never created student access to Discovery Ed, we would strongly encourage you to allow this to increase usage of these high-quality, vetted resources.

To promote teacher usage, we have created online courses to help teachers learn more about DE . These run in September and November. However, we would be glad to have one customized for your district. If you have links on your website to what used to be United Streaming, please make sure they are up to date and direct teachers to

Also, as part of your subscription, the DL department provides a complementary in-district training. We would love to schedule a time we can come out and work with you and a lead team on the great resources found in Discovery Ed. Please let us know when and where works best for you.

If you have any questions about your subscription(s), please let us know.

Your Region 7 Digital Learning Department








Meet the Staff Presentation

Please find your name and fill out the info. Copy and add if you don't see yourself.


Incentives for Attendance:

100% of Class is at School(Students and Teachers)- Extra 10 minutes on shorter recess

98% of the School is here- Pajama day the next day

97% of the School is here- Dance Party in the Halls

What we need:

Teachers- Contact students when they are absent: text, seesaw, phone, etc.

If students are absent 2 days in a row and you don't know why, email Regina.

If parents/students mention they have moved, have a new address, etc- Let Regina know so she can get an updated residency on them

Join the Staff 2019-2020 Remind. Text @3k744ab to 81010.

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From the Custodians:

It's been a great start to the year!

A Few Reminders to help us out:

  • Playdough needs to be used on the tile area only
  • Check with your custodian about what to have picked up before they come to clean the room. Custodians can clean more of the room if the students pick up the room before they leave during the cleaning time.

The Golden Dustpan

This will be given to 2 classes each month who:

  • Students pick up after themselves in the classroom: Crayons, toys, etc off the floor
  • Tidy room- A room that custodians and focus on disinfecting
  • Bathroom- No paper on the floors of the bathroom
  • Trash is in the trash can

Cafeteria during Lunches:

  • There will be a custodian on duty in the cafeteria during lunches.
  • Child Nutrition will clean the tables in between lunches.
  • How you can help- Train students to keep food on the tray. Wipe spills onto the trays and not onto the floors. We can train students to wipe tables as well. Keeping the floors clean will prevent injuries.

Boxtops for Education

Please download the app, connect to our school, and help us earn money!

From the Counselor

Signs that a student may need to receive food:

*Rushes to the cafeteria line - pushes to be first or cuts in line

*Sits down and immediately begins eating/focused on the food in front of them

*Consistently cleaning their plate, not throwing food away

*Asking others for food

*Exhibits extreme hunger in the mornings arriving to school

*Some might have poor hygiene, difficulty concentrating, frequent illness

*They might try and 'save' food in their pockets to take home

Please get these in as soon as possible. Students who we know are homeless or lacking resources need to be referred early on. Wit many of our students qualifying as economically disadvantaged, we may have a good size group getting weekend help.


If Jackson, Walker or Parsons remove a student from your room, enter it in SKyward. If you don't know how, ask a friend because the admin side looks so different that Walker and Parsons can't help.

Walker will fill out from there.

Thank you

T-TESS Refresher for Teachers

Please review the ppt in the T-TESS Folder in the Staff Notebook.

Here is a video link if you would like to watch a video:

To Do:

Update Goals and Part 1 and 2 in DMAC by September 20.

Review the T-TESS Folder in the Staff Notebook

We will get the observation calendar ready this week to get sign up for your formal observation.

How to set up DMAC T-Tess:

T-TESS Folder in Staff Notebook

This has the appraisal calendar and refresher presentation.

T-TESS for Teacher Videos

There is specific guidance on each domain.

Grants You Can Apply For

Monthly Instructional Grant Application

The Education Foundation will be doing monthly grants this year. Apply Today!

Horace Mann and Donors Choose

They are picking lots of projects to fund. Sign up today!

Links you need

The Dock

This Hyperdoc has quick links to many things you may need to access.

Primary Calendar of Events

Check this every week so you can keep up with events. Click on links to see attachments.

Primary Staff Notebook

This has just about everything you need! This is a new version for the 2019-2020 school year.

Google Classroom

Primary 2019-2020 Classcode is eki1vlo. We will use this for trainings that can be done on your own time.

Parent Liaison Referral Form

Please fill this out when you want Ms. Chism to help with contacting and working with parents.

Student Recognition per Month

Check Primary Events Calendar for Due Dates

Pine Tree Primary Symbaloo

This has links to many of our pages. You can make it your homepage!

Professional Development Opportunities

Teacher to Teacher Observation

You must complete one a semester.

CLI Engage Training

You can earn your CDA through here if you are interested.

Project ETELL Registration

This is a route to begun ESL or bilingual certified with no cost to you.

SIOP Texas Gateway Training

All staff who work directly with students must complete this training.

TEA Gateway Course

This has self-paced course on different programs from the Texas education Agency.

SeeSaw PD in your PJs

This has links to video with training on how to use different parts of Seesaw Learning Journal

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