April 7 - 11, 2014

Principally Speaking: National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.

In addition to free poetry lesson plans and curriculum units, the Academy provides tip sheets for teachers, including ideas and success stories from past years. If you're a teacher with a success story you'd like to share, email us and we may post your story on

Poetry in Your Pocket Day 2014!

Poem in Your Pocket Day is Thursday, April 24

On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day.
You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Professional Development: What Great Teachers Do Differently! AND PRINCIPALS, TOO!

EDMODO QUESTION #5: Great teachers make decisions based on three guidelines: What is the purpose, Will this actually accomplish the purpose, and What will the best people think. Do you agree with this? Why? Which is the easiest to do? Which is the hardest?

JOURNAL QUESTION #5: What is the most important idea discussed in chapters 13 and 14? How would you implement this idea?


Please click on the survey below to provide the PBIS committee with the expectations you want the students to follow in the common areas. This survey will be in the weekly newsletter until April 25 to give you ample time to review the current behaviors and make suggestions on what behaviors we would like to change. Your input will help the committe make the PBIS plan for next year.



Tejas LEE and TPRI.

April 7 and 21: Progress monitor AR students (since beginning of year)

April 28 - May 9th: End Of Year Benchmark (all students)

May 26: Last Progress monitoring AR students (since beginning of year)

Recess Supervision

It's getting that time of year! As we plan daily activities outside time for our students, let's also plan active supervision. Please ensure ALL areas of the playground are properly monitored and students are socializing and engaging in play appropriately.

Weekly Happenings

Monday - Friday: TPRI Progress Monitoring

Monday - Friday: Kindergarten Round UP

Monday: Kona Ice Event (Fundraiser Participants ONLY)

Tuesday: Kindergarten Round UP Night Registration

Wednesday: First Grade Program @ 1:30 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Thursday: PTA Taco Villa Fundraiser Day

Thursday: K-2 Fountas and Pinnell Phonics Training

Friday: Monthly Luncheon (Co-Curr Sponsored)

Where is Everyone this Week?


Tuesday 8: Administrative Meetings (Jackie 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Wednesday 9: Feeder Pattern Meeting (Jackie 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)


Friday 11: Joint Campus Admin/Diag Meeting (Jackie 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)

Dress Code Reminder!

After the STAAR madness dies down – just something to consider…

With the return of WARM weather – shorts and tank tops are coming out - please take a moment to review the district dress code. Shorts must reach mid-thigh and no tank tops/spaghetti straps are permitted.


  • Shirts must cover to the point of the shoulder.
  • No half-length, tank top, strapless, backless, cut-off, halter, or bare-midriff shirts/blouses shall be worn.

  • No sheer or see-through garments will be permitted unless worn over a shirt that meets dress code guidelines.

  • Shirts must have appropriate coverage of undergarments. Undergarments must be completely covered at all times.

  • No cleavage shall be visible. Low cut blouses, tops, sweaters, etc. with plunging necklines allowed


  • Pants and shorts must be worn at the natural waistline. Belts must be worn if pants will not stay at the natural waistline. Exposure of undergarments is unacceptable.

  • The minimum length of any garment, regardless of what it is called, must be no shorter than mid-thigh.

  • Cut-outs or holes of any kind may not be above the top of the knee.

  • Slits in skirts cannot be higher than mid-thigh.

  • Form-fitting/skin tight pants, such as leggings, yoga pants, and tights, must be covered with a top/shorts reaching no higher than mid-thigh.

  • Leggings/tights may not substitute as pants.

  • Athletic shorts must follow dress code regulations except during athletic periods or activities as approved by coaches.

Please also review the KISD Employee Dress Code: