Friday Email

November 13, 2015

Smith Mission

Smith Staff will collaborate to inspire and connect to each child by knowing every name and need to ensure success.
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Tracy Barsch - Thank you for being a fabulous crossing guard on Monday! You kept our students and parents safe.

Veterans Day Committee - All I have to say is Wow! You really hit this one out of the park. We had John Keating report it was the best one he had seen. Way to go! Thank you for providing the goodies in the library after too!

Andra Boney - Thank you for providing a model to another teacher in the district who is news. I appreciate you mentoring and coaching one of Frisco's own.

Janie Dockweiler, Midge Schmidt, and Ashlei Funtjar - Thank you for adjusting for one of our students so quickly. I appreciate you always operating with what is best for students.

4th Grade - Thank you for taking the time to come up with really great next steps to help your students in math. I am excited about your pre-assessments and how you are using them for growth.

Danie Love and Jen Baker - Thanks for setting up a plan for a student who is struggling. The social stories will be amazing. Please invite me to one in particular:)

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Important Dates:

November 18 - 8:00 am Healthy Lifestyles Meeting, 2nd Grade to Frisco Heritage Museum, 5th Grade to Pine Cove, 3:20 pm All K-2 Teachers and Specialty Teachers (see note below about attendance) in Library

November 19 - 2nd Grade to Frisco Heritage Museum, 5th Grade to Pine Cove

November 20 - Celebrate Smith, Principal Award Nominations Due to Maas, 5th Grade to Pine Cove

November 23-27 Happy Thanksgiving!

November 30 - 3:20 pm ITL Meeting

December 1 - Pei Wei Spirit Night

December 4 - Celebrate Smith (Principal Award Winners Announced)

Wednesday Professional Development - November 18, December 2

We will be differentiating our PD by level for the next two sessions. All specialty teachers may choose a date to attend. Math teachers in grades 4 and 5 will be hearing something soon regarding your PD on December 2nd.

November 18 - K-2 teachers

December 2 - 3-5 teachers

Please read the attached article to the email prior to coming to the PD session. We will have an activity to share new thinking. Our math teachers will have a separate article to read.

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Principal Award Nominations

It is time for our next round of Principal Award Nominations. Please send Kasey your nominations by Friday, November 20th for the month of November. All winners will be announced on December 4th during Celebrate Smith.
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Elementary Instructional Coach Informational Meeting

An informational meeting for Frisco ISD staff interested in applying for the elementary instructional coach position is scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 4:30-5:30 in the FISD board room.

Job responsibilities and program expectations will be shared. Attendance is not required for applicants interested in future positions. Three or more years of classroom experience is required.

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Dimension 2.4 Differentiation

Dimension 2.4 Differentiation:

The teacher differentiates instruction, aligning methods and techniques to diverse student needs.


  • Adapts lessons with a wide variety of instructional strategies to address individual needs of all students.
  • Consistently monitors the quality of student participation and performance.
  • Always provides differentiated instructional methods and content to ensure students have the opportunity to master what is being taught.
  • Consistently prevents student confusion or disengagement by addressing learning and/or social/emotional needs of all students.

Looks Like: (Summarized from PD - Google Classroom)

  • Small groups- teacher table

  • Stations are aligned with skills (target which station we are going to)

  • Students grouped by level

  • Students reading into an iPad for fluency

  • Using sticky notes from a quick pre-assessment to decide on groups

  • Backwards Planning - using and monitoring student behaviors using the document

  • Materials are differentiated (leveled)

  • Graphic organizers are used

  • Journals for a small group needing word work

Sounds Like:

  • Engagement inventory
  • Students reading into a recorder and listening back
  • Small group of students reading with the teacher
  • Shared reading to support students (math problems, science passage, etc.)

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Who Are You?

If you are to succeed in your growth, then you need to know where you are starting from. Management expert Ken Blanchard suggests there are four phases of development, each with its own needs. To which class do you belong in the area where you want to grow?

1. Enthusiastic Beginner - You need someone to help give you direction.

2. Disillusioned Learner - You need someone to coach you.

3. Capable But Cautious - You need supporters to encourage you.

4. Self-Reliant Achiever - You need people to resource your dreams.

Find the people you need to assist you during your current phase of growth. Never forget that those closest to you determine your level of success.

From The Choice Is Yours by John C. Maxwell

Follow Smith on Twitter or Like on Facebook

Thanks to the following staff members for following us on Twitter!

Jan Pelias

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Jen Baker

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Andra Boney

Renee Dunagin

Donita O'Hair

Dana Andregg

Sarah Fariss

Katie Gonzales

Kristen Mulos

Carissa VanStory

Dominique Gonzalez

Lisa Baril

Katie Gonzales

Thank you for liking us on Facebook!

Julie Huffstickler

Renee Dunagin

Andra Boney

Jane McAllister

Dana Andregg

Carissa VanStory

Jen Baker

Mimi Probst-Taylor

Have a wonderful weekend!


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