The Coyote Trail

All you need to know to find your way this week.

Fundamental Five Follow Up

You were such a great audience on Wednesday afternoon. It was such a pleasure sharing information with you about the Fundamental 5 and STARR A. Thank you for your attention and participation.


After reading your exit tickets from the training Wednesday, there are a few things I want to highlight and give more detail on. Here is a summary of your comments~


I am concerned with:

- Getting carried away with teaching and not taking the time to stop and include FSGPT

- Teaching the students how to explain their thinking/reasoning

- Finding time to create seed questions and how to use them consistently

- I can't be in the power zone when I am working with individual students


Here are some suggestions for these concerns:

- Use a timer. We have several cheap, wind up timers in the office if you need one. This is a habit you will have to create. If you don't want to remember to set the timer, let one of your students. You can read more about this on page 67 of the Fundamental 5 book.


- "Academic conversation will be awkward to them at first, but given multiple supervised and guided opportunities, they will rapidly improve." (pg. 65)


- Seed questions will be a practice we are going to incorporate into our PLC time. We will meet with our content area planning partners and begin working on these. It is my understanding that there are already seed questions included in the math IFD's. :)


- You will not be walking around in the power zone 100% of your day. Try to make a goal of 50-75% of the day/period to begin with. There will be times when you are at the front board working. There will be times when you are conferencing with one child at your table. There will be tests. These are a natural part of your day and are okay. Try to reach your goal of 50-75% of your day/period being spent in the power zone and increase the time as you feel more comfortable.

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Veterans Day

Take a moment to remember those who have fought or are fighting for the freedoms that we have here in America. I would love to see as much red, white and blue on Tuesday as possible!

TELPAS Writing Samples

The week of November 10-14th is the second window to collect TELPAS writing samples for your students. Please check with Carmon if you have any questions.

Congratulations to...

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Coyote Super Hero Teacher of the Month for November

When you see Renee, tell her congratulations! Also, don't forget to write her a note in the lounge telling her how awesome she is to you. Renee will be celebrated Tuesday, November 11th at the Sachse Chamber Luncheon.

Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 10th, 7am to Friday, Nov. 14th, 2:30pm

Cox Elementary Library

Don't forget to get your teacher wish lists complete. The book fair late night is Tuesday, November 11th from 4-6pm.


4th grade will also be holding a silent auction for several dentistry and orthodontic gifts during the late night book fair into lunch the next day. Please spread the word in your newsletters and/or parent communication.

Thanksgiving Lunch

Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 10:30am-1pm

Cox Elementary Cafeteria

PTA Volunteers will be selling advanced tickets Monday and Tuesday mornings before school. Tickets are $3.50 each. We look forward to seeing everyone for a great lunch!

UIL Competition

Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 9pm to Thursday, Nov. 13th, 7pm

Cox, Akin, and Wylie East High School

Tuesday, November 11th- Writing Competition 9-10am in the Library. I will send an email to specific teachers with the details of students and times.


Thursday, November 13th- UIL Competition for all other events at Akin beginning at 4pm-6pm. Awards ceremony at Wylie East High School Auditorium at 7pm.

Cox Elementary

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