Old Town Star Staff News

March 23- April 4

Our Next Week...

Sunday, March 23

Happy Birthday Haley Lechtenberger!

Monday, March 24

Mya’s Coaching Day

Tuesday, March 25

PBL Spring Support Visit (during planning periods)

Minor off campus AM AP mtg

Report cards go home today

SLT Mtg 3:10

Wednesday, March 26

Mya’s Coaching Day (AM)

Camp Write a Lot 4th 1:00

Mya’s Off Campus PM District Meeting

Happy Birthday Isebel Kirkwood!

Thursday, March 27

Central Office Visitors Tour OTE, with breakfast:-) @ 7:15am

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

Principal’s Coffee 8:00am

Friday, March 28

3rd-4th SST’s

CAT Mtg 8:50am

Camp Write A Lot 1:00pm

ACCHaos for 5th Grade

Saturday, March 29

Happy Birthday Paula Eason!

Weekly Reminders...

  • If you have not already done so, schedule a computer lab visit or grab netbooks to capture student input on the climate survey!
  • Find new ways to engage students with technology in your lessons!
  • Be sure to send potential yearbook photos to OTEYearbook@yahoo.com.
  • Share an affirmation or two for your colleagues in the staff lounge!
  • Check out our Professional Learning and Events Calendar regularly as revisions/additions are made often...http://goo.gl/u8peV

PBL Spotlight: Our Grade Level Driving Questions for Project 2

Kinder: 1) What is a happy habitat? 2) How can we teach others to recycle in the cafeteria?

1st: How do animals survive in their world?

2nd: How would the disappearance of honey bees affect me and the Round Rock community?

3rd: How is soil formed?

4th: How can we use camouflage to entice birds to build nests?

5th: How can we provide information about ways to reduce, recycle, or reuse resources in our community?

TaG Math: How can geometry be taught through the alphabet?

TaG ELA: (3rd) - How much wisdom can fit in four lines? (4th) - Is failure an option? (5th) - What would the bard want us to know today?

Art: How can we, as artists, collaborate to help solve social issues, such as hunger?

PE: How can we create a work of art that demonstrates what we have learned and the purpose of Jump Rope for Heart?

Music: How can we create an Orff Ostinati with a known song?

Be better than you were yesterday. Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus

Star Gazing...

Congratulations to Kasey Baize, star Paraprofessional...our STAR Teacher of the Week receiving the most nominations! You are entitled to a week long jeans pass and designated parking!

His/her colleagues write:

  • She is always smiling and and encouraging with her words and actions!
  • Kasey is absolutely amazing. I love having her in my room. She always willing to above and beyond to not only help students, but to also build relationships with them. Every day she has a smile on her face and something nice to say.
  • She goes out of her way to help where ever she is needed. She shows so much dedication to the students she works with. She is a team worker!
  • She is such a friendly person. No matter how she may be feeling, she is always upbeat and has a smile on her face. We can always count on Kasey to help out any way she can with a smile on her face!

Starrrrific Websites!

Check out this Mission Map Quest, developed by Russel Tarr, is a map-based tool for creating virtual treasure hunts. The concept is simple, you create a series of clues that your students need to follow to identify places around the world. You can add as few or as many clues to your Map Quest as you like. When you're ready to have students try your Quest just give them the web address of the challenge. http://www.classtools.net/mapgame/game.php

Looking for additional topics/ideas for future PBL Projects?http://www.fno.org/nov97/toolkit4.html#anchor228022

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself~John Dewey

Aiming for the Stars...

HUGE thanks to our primary teachers, Mrs. Callaway, Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Dorman, Mrs. Hicks, Mrs. Glover, and Ms. Meyer for your work in making this night such a huge success!

Warmest appreciations to Lori Mustain and team for all of your work in planning another memorable learning experience at the Alamo!

What a fast paced week! Thank each you for your hard work in striving to deliver world class instruction to our STAR Texans! Remember to post an affirmation or two for your colleagues in the staff lounge and have an awesome weekend!

Eye on the Gifted...

It is important to remember that your gifted students have a wide variety of burdens in which they deal with every day. Please take the time to read Celi Trépanier's blog post about the seven burdens of a gifted child.


Professional Resource of the Week! Check out your copy today!

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"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -JFK

The Week After...

Monday, March 31

Mya’s Coaching Day

Spike's Visit!

Tuesday, April 1

STAAR Testing 4th – Writing & 5th – Math

Snacks provided by PTA in the Lounge

Copy numbers roll over today 3:30pm

Wednesday, April 2

STAAR Testing 4th – Writing & 5th – Reading

Snacks provided by PTA in the Lounge

Thursday, April 3

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

Popcorn day

1st grade trip to Austin Science & Nature Center 9:15am

Superintendent Advisory Council Mtg (OTE Library)

Happy Birthday Julie Hudson!

Friday, April 4

No SST’s

CAT Mtg 8:50am

Lucas Miller science demonstration for 5th grade (see separate schedule)

Old Town Elementary Mission

To highly engage learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking