Shawnee Trail Elementary

February 8, 2016

Celebrating the 100th Day of School with Kinder

Campus Improvement Team (CIT) and Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

Please join us in the library this Thursday afternoon at 3:30 for an open CIT meeting. We will discuss plans for improving Shawnee Trail and the our campus academic performance report.

Coffee with Dr. Lyon (Superintendent of Schools, FISD)

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon, along with a member of the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, will be hosting a Coffee Talk Thursday, February 18, from 8-9 a.m. in the Centennial HS library. All parents are invited to attend.

GIANT Family Game Night!

Join the Shawnee Trail PTA for a brief meeting and stay to play! February 25 @ 6:45 PM in the cafeteria. We will have life-size Hungry Hippos, Giant Jenga, Giant yahtzee, and more! For more information visit

Reminder: School Safety (Bicycles and Scooters)

FISD Student Handbook:

"Since riding a bicycle to school requires students to obey the same traffic rules that apply to automobiles, students must also accept the same responsibility for safety. Students are to ride in single file WITH the traffic, stop for lights and stop signs, signal for turns, give pedestrians the right of way and watch out for their own safety and the safety of others. Students must also remember to walk their bikes when on school property or crossing at crosswalks. Students must secure their bikes with locks because the school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen bikes."

Thank you for all you do keep our school as safe as possible for our students and their families!


To encourage everyone to have heart healthy lifestyle, all students will participate in our Jump Rope for the Heart event.

Thank you for participating in our fund raiser for the American Heart Association and for supporting our efforts in teaching our students the importance of being heart healthy for life!

Optimism is being hopeful about future outcomes combined with the agency to shape that future.

Being optimistic doesn't mean you don't get upset when bad things happen—it's normal to get upset! But the optimist recognizes that most bad things are temporary and looks for opportunities to change circumstances for the better through new efforts or strategies.

This isn’t your traditional “glass half full” optimism (which some might call blind positivity) because optimistic people seek to directly connect their own power and actions to the future they want. For example, after getting a bad grade on an exam, an optimistic student believes that studying harder or differently will earn her a better grade on the next one. Another critical part of optimism is not “catastrophizing” a situation. For example, when a friend doesn't want to play that day, the optimistic kid imagines that his friend is having a bad day, not that no one wants to be his friend.

"I'm Not a Math Person"

In a recent blog post, Noah Heller, lecturer and master teacher in residence for the Harvard Teacher Fellows program, says that student beliefs about math "I am a math person." or "I'm not a math person" stems from the belief that math intelligence is a fixed trait. People who believe they are not a "math person" do not understand that math ability is something that grows and develops with effort and an opportunity to learn.

Mathematical abilities can be nurtured and enhanced. Parents and educators can take steps to help students develop a growth mindset. Heller recommends the following:

  1. Create opportunities for cooperative learning.
  2. Give students the chance to productively struggle.
  3. Encourage participation even if the student doesn't have the right answer yet.
  4. Re-envision math as a language.

For more information, here is the link to the full article:


Online Tools for Homework and Study Skills

  • – Students can create flashcards and study guides to review material online or on a mobile device. Created by high-school students in 2007, the site has more than 40 million study sets generated by users.
  • – This site helps students create a story or poem or present material using a variety of illustrations.
  • – Brief tutorials on a wide array of topics and grade levels.
  • -Handwriting Without Tears (FISD adopted) aims to make legible and fluent handwriting a skill that students can master easily. The program is simple for parents to use at home. Downloads and PDFs of the curriculum overview, letter formation charts and teaching guidelines by grade level are included under the Parent Extras tab.


Feb. 9

  • Choir Practice (2:50-3:30)

Feb. 11

  • Campus Improvement Team Meeting in Library (3:30-4:00)

Feb. 12

  • ​GMST
  • Valentine's Day Parties (2:00-2:50)

Feb. 15

  • No School -Student Holiday