Week at a Glance

Week of January 18 to 22, 2016

Week at a Glance

Monday, January 18:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No school

Tuesday, January 19:

  • Campus Professional Development, 4:15-5:00pm in Library
  • Honor Roll students must have jean pass in order to wear their jeans today

Wednesday, January 20:

  • Team meetings
  • College shirt or school spirit shirt and khakis or slacks

Thursday, January 21:

Friday, January 22:

  • Happy birthday, Ms. Landaverde!
  • Superhero shirt with jeans

Upcoming events/important dates:
January 25 - Happy birthday, Ms. Binion!
January 25-February 5 - CIRCLE assessment MOY (PK only)
January 26 - Job-alike, 4:30-6:00pm (Please register here http://goo.gl/forms/UC7p4d01Yx)
January 29 - 5th grade field trip to Dallas Wind Symphony
January 29 - Textbook check
February 8-19 - Assessment window for interim exam (Released STAAR) for 4th Writing, 5th Reading, and 5th Math
February 16-19 - Assessment window for interim exam for Reading (K-4th), Math (K-4th), and Science (5th)
February 25 - African American Heritage Month Program

Morning Announcements - Send students no later than 7:50am

Teachers who have Morning Announcements, please send students to office no later than 7:50am every day, so that we don't interrupt 8-9am Power Hour instruction.

Power Hour

This week, during 8-9am Power Hour, students are working independently in centers. All students have their center's folder and know what to do. Since students are working independently, you pull a small group (previously determined students--the form shared with you last week to tier students for small group is here, in case you still need it, https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-yTT9niHE3iM09GdkxuX0M2Mkk

Weekly Data Meetings - Destination 80/80

Our goal is 80% of students achieving at 80%, or higher! As was communicated last week, to ensure we are doing our very best, we will begin meeting weekly to track our data.

Here is the schedule and what you will need to bring to our meeting https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-yTT9niHE3iRmdsVXlrZXQ5eWc.

Computer Club

Mr. Navarro will begin our Computer Club in February. The targeted grade levels will be 3rd and 4th grades. The first 30 minutes, our students will be working on FastForward to improve their critical reading skills and language proficiency. The second 30 minutes, students will be working on writing code. Yes, students will be writing code for video games! This club will be by invitation only as we are targeting our students who are underachieving due to reading critically concerns and language proficiency. Students from all 3rd and 4th grade classes are being considered for this club.

Accelerated Reader initial testing by Ms. Alvarenga

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 9am to Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 2:45pm

This is an online event.

All 10,000+ books that are AR in our library are labeled with AR information! Many thanks to Ms. Alvarenga, Mr. Jourdan and the many volunteers who made this happen!

Starting Thursday, January 21, to Wednesday, January 27, Ms. Alvarenga will be conducting the initial AR testing for 2nd to 5th grade students. She will give students the second information session along with showing them the prizes they can win if they meet their goals. The top prize being $100 cash to the top point earner boy and girl. This year, Ms. Alvarenga will be running the program and prizes. Teachers, we will need your support by ensuring students select books that are at their reading level (outside the library) and allowing students to take quizzes on the computer.

Kudos to Spelling Bee Committee for a job AWESOMELY done!

Last week, on January 12, our campus hosted the area Spelling Bee. I received only positive feedback! The district personnel said they were impressed with the professionalism of our Spelling Bee Committee. They also mentioned that the sequence of events of the Spelling Bee were enhanced by the classical music playing as parents and students came in, during awards presentation, and again at the end of the event (thank you, Mr. Falcon, for being our DJ!). They even liked our snacks (thank you Office Manager Martinez for selecting the snacks and setting up!). Also, thank you Ms. E. Glenn for setting up tables and even ironing table cloths! Teamwork really paid off!

Destination Imagination -- Kudos to Ms. Sanders

Our Destination Imagination students went on a field trip last week. They had a blast! All they talked (to me) about was how they made foil critters. Then, they spoke about the modification they had to make to the foil critter because it had to fly too! I was told, "And then I had to cut the tail because the critter now had to be a butterfly and fly!" I asked, why did you have to cut the tail specifically? "I had to cut the tail because it was too heavy and the critter didn't fly right." To that I asked, what is flying right? "Flying right is, you know, like a bird. The critter looked more like a bumblebee with one wing, that was just not right."

I could really see those 'wings flying'! Keep up the fabulous work, Ms. Sanders!

African American Heritage Month Program--February 25, 5-7pm

Team Leaders,
At your next Team Meeting, please add song(s) selection to your agenda. Then, please communicate your grade level's song via email to the Multi-Cultural Committee Chairperson (Mr. Cortez) so that he can support you during Music class.

There was much improvement from our Hispanic Heritage Month Program to our Winter Program! Our parents had nothing but good things to say about the performances! All of your planning and preparations paid off! Thank you for your dedication to our students and families! I am confident that our African American Heritage Month Program will be even better!