Owl Notes



*OCTOBER - Can you believe that Monday is October 1? I don't know about you, but this year is going by quickly!

*ATTENDANCE - Must be taken at 9:00 a.m. Please set an alarm on your phone to remind you. TEA is monitoring this concerning our entire district. Help us help the district by doing it at 9:00 a.m.

*TEAM LEADER MEETING - We will have a team leader meeting on Monday. The agenda will be sent to team leaders.

* MATH STAFF DEVELOPMENT - This has been cancelled until further notice!.

*OBSERVATIONS - Kara and I are gearing up for observations. Pre-conferences are set and observations are being scheduled. If you are being observed this year and haven't signed up for the two week window, please take care of that by Monday afternoon.

*T-TESS - If you are new to our campus and did not participate in the T-TESS training at New Teacher Orientation, please let me know immediately. You must be trained before you can be observed.

* SCHEDULES POSTED - If you don't have a schedule posted outside your classroom door, please take time to get that done. I'd like to have them all up by the end of next week.If you want a template with the Owl on it, I'll be happy to send it to you.

*STORYBOOK CHARACTER PARADE/EARLY RELEASE DAY - The schedule for the day is in the Oak Ridge Elementary Canvas course under schedules. The parade will be at 8:45 a.m. Students will have an abbreviated "specials" class and all students will be served lunch before we leave for the day. There is not a recess schedule for that day as we have so many other things going on.

*PROJECTORS - Turn off when not in use!

*FALL FAMILY NIGHT COMMITTEE - There will be a quick meeting on Tuesday, October 2 in the library to discuss what we are doing that night.

*GT THREE PART MAINTENANCE TRAINING - If you are interested in participating in GT Maintenance training that Kara emailed about earlier in the year, MARK YOUR CALENDARS. The first date is October 16 after school in the library. You will have to attend all 3 sessions to get credit. This will give you 6 hours maintenance credit after all three sessions.

*JEANS PURCHASE - If you have coupons from last year, they can be used through the month of September (no more than 1 a week). If you want to purchase 1 more jeans day a week, you may do so through Kathie G. It is $5 per day or $20 for the month. Note that you may only wear jeans 1 extra day a week and you must wear a "dressy" top with them and no tennis shoes

*TEAM HUDDLES this week finishes the third rotation. We will start with Fourth grade on Monday, Specials on Tuesday and Special Ed on Thursday.

*TEAM HUDDLE QUESTION FOR THOUGHT - What is something you are struggling with or a stressor for you currently?


Monday is Team Leader!

Tuesday Bilingual coach will be on campus visiting.

Friday is Storybook Character Day and Early Release at 12:10 p.m.


ELA Staff Development @ Ford - Oct. 11 from 3:30 - 5:00.

On campus opportunities to note: (Second Monday after school opportunities)

October 9 - Words Their Way (Note that this is a Tuesday as Monday is a holiday)

November 12 - Rubrics

Points to Ponder:

1. Are you including question stems in lesson plans so you can guide discussions and/or get the conversation started?

2. When is the last time you have attended a staff development provided by the district other than district-wide?


Kim D, Heidi F, Kaitlin F, Sherry K, Raquel S, Melody S, Diana W for all your help with Vision and hearing screening. You are greatly appreciated! - Audra

Maria Falcon - Thank you for letting us use the library for screenings! Thanks a million! - Audra


"Do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the best way it can be done, and do it that way every time!" - Bob Knight

Goals for 18-19

1. By December, all math teachers will be trained and will have implemented Poster Method twice a month.

2. Starting in January, teachers will focus on aligning two anchor stations with current learning in the classroom.

3. By the end of the school year, reading and writing teachers will be trained in the conferring process and create their own documentation of conferences.

Upcoming Dates


1 - Team Leader Meeting

2 - Kara out at EOP

5 - Early Release - Storybook Character Parade

8 - Lisa Jones' birthday

8 - Holiday from school

9 - Kaitlyn Frederickson's birthday

9 - After school staff development - Word Their Way

10 - ORHS Homecoming Parade - Stage in our parking lot at 5:00 p.m.

11 - Fourth grade to Pavillion

12 - Fall Picture Day

12 - Dr. Shellie Winkler campus visit

12 - Math Review Quiz

15 - Site Based Team Meeting (Previously CORE)

16 - Gina Godinez's birthday

17 - Raquel Santa Cruz's birthday

17 - Foundations Meeting after school

17 - Tami out to Principals' Meeting

18 - Gretchen Montgomery visit classes for Math Review

18 - Fall Festival

19 - Poster Method Day

20 - Alyssa Barker's birthday

21 - Virginia Vera's birthday

22 - Faculty Meeting

23 - Technology Staff Development during planning time

24 - Kara out to AP meeting

26 - Math Review Quiz

30 - Tami out to Curriculum Meeting

Big picture