Owl Notes

July 2018

Feathers for your Wings...

I took time this summer to reflect back over the last 4 years and think about the future of ORE. We have worked hard to embrace the changes we have experienced...growth of about 200 students, larger teams, addition of Bilingual program, Units of Study in Reading, CHAMPS, Foundations, Guided Math...and much more! I'm proud of the growth you have each experienced and dedication you have put forth while learning and growing with a never give up attitude. I also look forward, with anticipation, as our students reap the benefits..

As I started thinking about this new year and "Growing Lifelong Learners," I found the quote below. You will hear me talk about CONNECTIONS frequently this year. Starting with Community Circles, we will focus on making connections with students, parents, teammates and other staff members. I will share my personal goals with you at Staff Development and ask your support and accountability to make them happen!

My other big question aha this summer is WHY? Why did we change? Why Units of Study? Why Foundations? Why and the questions can go on and on. This, too, will be a big focus. Why are growing lifelong learners?

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. It truly is one of my favorite days of the school year when we all return. The buzz of excitement that is in the room reignites my passion for what I do. I hope it does the same for you!

See you Tuesday!

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Welcome new staff/staff changes

First - Melody Steel from fourth and Kaitliin Frederickson from Aldine ISD

Second - Dina Sauser resigned late Friday for personal reasons. We will be interviewing and hiring as soon as possible.

Third - Alyssa Barker will be self contained; Rachel Henderson from Aldine ISD

Fourth - Jan Shearon will teach math/science/ss; Mendy Carr - ELA from Houser, Shelby Harvey - ELA from Hayes ISD; Ginger Matthews - Math from New Caney ISD, Chelsea Taylor - ELA first year teacher

Specials - Felix Rodriguez - PE from Humble ISD

Special Ed - Michele Arrieta - SCSE Para,

Clinic/Instructional Para - Michelle Anthony

Instructional Para - OPEN

Diagnostician - Lorena Salguero

Staff Development Week

Professional staff return to work on August 7th (6th if you haven't completed your Safe Schools videos). Basic schedule will be:
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Goals for 18-19

1. By December, all math teachers will be trained and will have implemented Poster Method twice a month.

2. Starting in January, teachers will focus on aligning two anchor stations with current learning in the classroom.

3. By the end of the school year, reading and writing teachers will be trained in the conferring process and create their own documentation of conferences.

Things to know:

  • Foundations team will review cafeteria and hallway procedures as well as moving on to Levels of Behavior and how each level will be addressed.
  • Staff shirts are ready for ordering. Ordering forms are in the front office as well as samples. Congratulations to Melody Steel and Rachel Miller who tied both times so we did a combo shirt. They will be less than $15 each and will be worn on Wednesdays.
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Points to Ponder:

  1. Why do you teach? Knowing your why drives your what and your how. (More to come)
  2. What are your T-TESS goals? Be very specific this year on your own growth and learning.
  3. SLO - Student Learning Objective - think about your past few years of teaching. What seems to be a difficult learning objective for the students? (This is something new from T-TESS that we will systematically go through this year)
  4. What do you do to take care of yourself during the school year to de-stress?

Dates to Know


7 - Staff Development Starts

8 - Teddy Bear Tea

9 - Meet the Teacher

15 - School starts for students

22 - Boosterthon Kick Off

31 - Boosterthon Fun Run


3 - Labor Day Holiday

11 - PTO Spirit Night

20 - Title One/Parent Information Night


5 - Storybook Character Day/Early Release

12 - Fall Pictures

16 - Bosses' Day

18 - Fall Family Night


14 - Class Pictures/Fall retakes

19-23 - Thanksgiving Break


6 - Fourth grade program

19 - Winter parties/Early Release

20 - Jan 6 - Winter Break


7 - Staff Work Day

21 - MLK Holiday


4-8 - Counselors' Week

14 - Donuts with Dad/Valentine's Day Parties

18 - Staff Development Day/No students

22 - Go Texan Day/Luncheon

22 - PTO Kick off for Chocolate Bar sales


8 - Early Release Day

11-15 - Spring Break

22 - Spring Fling Picture Day


5 - Kinder graduation pictures

9 - STAAR writing

12 - Limo party for Chocolate sales

19 & 22 - Holiday

24 - Administrative Professional Day

25 - Spring Garden Night/Title One Info


1 - Principals' Day

6-10 - Teacher and Nurse Appreciate Week

10 - Muffins with Mom

13 - STAAR Math

14 - STAAR Reading

24 - Fun Day/EOY Parties

27 - Memorial Day Holiday

28 - Kinder Graduation

29 - Fourth grade graduation

30 - Last day of school/early release

31 - Staff work day