Shawnee Trail Elementary, October 5, 2015

SHAWNEE TRAIL MISSION: Why do we exist? What is our fundamental purpose?

  • To create a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment, to inspire ALL students to become passionate, lifelong learners.
  • To make meaningful and enjoyable connections as we educate the whole child academically, emotionally, and socially.

At Shawnee Trail we believe ALL means ALL:

  • ALL students will learn at their highest levels.
  • ALL decisions are based on what is best for students and are aligned with the mission of our school.
  • ALL, students and teachers, learn by doing and building on our own strengths and the strengths of others.

Building On Our Strengths

Dr. Lyon's Celebration

"This just off the presses from our demographers: FISD is the highest performing and fastest growing large district in Texas BY A LOT. In the last five years, FISD student population has grown 46%. The next fastest growing large district in the state in the last five years is Alvin ISD at 24%. And each year in the last four years, FISD students have exhibited the highest STAAR passing rates, grades 3-8, of large districts in Texas. Number One in growth, Number One in academic performance."

Sorting Students by Reading Level

Shout-out to our primary teachers!! Most of our kinder, first and second grade students are reading at or well above grade level! Reading levels are displayed across the bottom of the white board, PreA-8 for kinder, A-20+ for first grade and 2-30+ for second. At the beginning of the year, most of our kinder students are in the A-C range, most first grade students are in the 10-20 range and most of our second graders are reading levels 18-30+!

Educating the Whole Child

Self Control -Character Lab

Self-control is about harnessing your energy toward a particular end goal—it is not the same as obedience or following rules.

Two important types of self-control for students are work self-control and interpersonal self-control. Having work self-control allows you to stick with your long-term goals and stay focused on a task that may be difficult or even boring. (This is the sort of self-control that also helps you stick to an exercise plan or make healthy eating choices in the face of temptation.) Interpersonal self-control allows you to maintain your temper, hold back from interrupting, and respond to others in ways that are socially appropriate.

Someone displaying self-control can delay a short-term temptation to play games on her phone if it interferes with her long-term aspiration to do her homework each night. Someone with high self-control who aims to run a marathon will not press the alarm clock’s snooze button on the morning he scheduled a training run. In this way, self-control is linked to grit, growth mindset, and optimism.

For more information on goal setting through Character Lab you can visit:


  • Complete the TBSI training. (Most existing staff members have already completed this training. If you are not sure, see Heather.)
  • Pay your $20 Sunshine Committee dues.
  • Join PTA (Our goals is 100% staff membership.)

Oct. 5th

  • I & E begins
  • 4th Grade SST meeting in room 310 @ 3:10

Oct. 6th

  • Instructional Team Leader meeting in the conference room @ 7:10
  • 4th & 5th Grade Choir from 2:50-3:30
  • 5th Grade SST meeting in room 310 @ 3:10

Oct. 7th

  • 5th Grade goes to Pine Cove through Friday
  • Kinder goes to the Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 8th

  • Olweus meeting in room 405 @ 3:15

October Birthdays

Marla Nolan 10/3

Pamela Tracey 10/3

Shelby Campos 10/20

Sarah Venters 10/31

"No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another." ~Anonymous

Thank you for all you do to lighten the load for our students and professional peers. On Friday, October 9, as soon as all of your students have been dismissed, please feel free to leave for the day!