The Echo Memo: Dec. 7, 2015

A weekly memo to the Smith staff from your leadership team.

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Bright Spots from the Week....

The month of December brings beautiful bright spots at Smith!

At the faculty meeting, we heard BRIGHT SPOTS from Shelby Bateman about the great feeling of accomplishment which comes from persisting to reach your goals. The math team is moving toward using Station Rotation as the model for small group instruction. She was able to meet with students in small group by creating targeted activities and stellar classroom management.

VIEW PHOTOS - ADD Your Photos and "Like" them or add comments if you wish! :)

  • Student art - Snowmen get their attention in the hall! What if their writing were in the hall too? #EngagementAllDay
  • Region 10 Consultant with TEKS Resource System boosted our understandings
  • Small Group instruction, Fill My Bucket, Lesson Planning, and Data-Driven Instruction - Learning Session: Thank you Leadership Team!
  • RtI Meetings - Intervention to Bring Success - Team work works!
  • Parade march and singing - Thanks Coach Garcia and Ms. Pryor! FUN Memories!

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This Week's Highlights


WEEK 15 - 108 Days Remaining for Students to Achieve One Year Growth

Coat Drive and Recycled Toys for Tots 11/30 - 12/18

GOAL MEETINGS with Principal Echols - See Schedule

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  • Mon. 12/7 - Campus Leadership Team Mtg.
  • Tues. 12/8 - Winter Concert Performance, 7pm
  • Thurs. 12/10 - STAFF Photo - Wear Blue T-Shirts
  • Thurs. 12/10 - Technology LAP TOPS ARRIVE- Exchange OLD laptops. - READ MORE --Teacher Laptops
  • Friday 12/11 - Progress Report Grades Due by 4pm

WEEK 16 - 103 Days Remaining for Students to Achieve One Year Growth

Coat Drive and Recycled Toys for Tots 11/30 - 12/18

GOAL MEETINGS with Principal Echols - See Schedule

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  • Mon. 12/14 - Campus Leadership Team Mtg.
  • Tues 12/15 - Approaching Deadline, DRA Due Friday!
  • Tues 12/15 - Fire Drill, 1:30
  • Tues 12/15 - Ms. Cook's Retirement Reception, Library 4:00pm
  • Wed. 12/16 - GUESTS ON CAMPUS: Guest Principal Learning Walks
  • Wed. 12/16 - Campus Data Team Meeting, 11:45 - 12:45, Green Room
  • Wed. 12/16 - Love and Logic Book Club, Green Room
  • Thurs. 12/17 - Staff Meeting
  • Friday 12/18 - Holiday Sing a Long, 2pm, Gym, Whole School
  • Friday 12/18 - Parties 2:30 - 3:30

  • MUST DO - Lesson Plans due by Sunday. GOAL 2-weeks ahead, starting January. Get ahead now for the new year. New lesson plan template coming in January.

  • Must see written frames in student language - on your white board each day.


Professional Dev. Day - JAN 4th (more info coming)

Morning Announcements

Morning Announcements Schedule:

This week is Mr. Price's class of 1st grade students

  • Select students for the week by MONDAY and have ready to roll.

  • Post their names in your room as a reminder.

  • Students will need to be in the office at 8:00am, ready to lead.

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The Echo Memo has an additional portion this week - called a MOVENOTE!

The Movenote is 10 minutes long. You will need to listen to the entire session, and then complete a form with a response. Complete the form after watching the memo, by end of day Tuesday, Dec. 8th.


Watch the MoveNote -

Complete the Form -

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Service is the new Virtue for Knighthood!

December - "Service" Learning is our Focus

55 Ways to Fill A Bucket: Service

Song to Learn and Sing During the Month of December -

Visible Learning - Let’s Fill the Halls with Drawings and Essays about Service

Service-learning is a proven civic education practice that extends learning into the community and builds a strong sense of agency among young people. Service-learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic skills.

Add more photos from the service you see from our students.

Growing Great Readers - Let's Nurture the Leaves! DRA scores are due soon.

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