Old Town Star Staff News

May 4th through May 15th

Our ROCK STAR of the Week Is...

Annie Durham, one of OTE's Rock STAR First Grade Teachers!!! You are entitled to a week long jeans/shorts pass and the "traveling parking space trophy!!!" CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!!

A little about Mrs. Durham...

How many years have you been an educator?

13 years

Tell us about your family....

Colin began kindergarten this year. He is 5 and gives the best hugs on the planet. Gavin is in 2nd grade. He loves to play baseball and enjoys learning about animals and the Earth. I've been married to my husband, Scott, for 10 years and counting!

What do you like to do for fun?

I LOVE to read. I am always reading a book.

What's the one thing you enjoy most about working with students and/or families at Old Town?

I enjoy building relationships with my students and their families. I love my kiddos!

Tell us about one strength you possess.

I am really good at remembering kids' names. When I see students after many years I can (almost) always greet them by name!

*If you haven't already done so, please tell us a little about yourself here!

Weekly Reminders...

A friendly reminder to..
  • Affirm someone today!
  • Update your hallway displays...they are looking a bit bare! Go ahead and show off your students learning these last few weeks of school!
  • For the safety of our students, if you let visitors in through the back doors, you must escort them to the office. Also, remind your students to not open the back doors for strangers or anyone not wearing an RRISD badge!!
  • Print Services requests will be approved on Monday mornings only. Please plan accordingly!
  • Have a wonderful weekend!

Our Next Week...

Monday, May 4- Wear Your Jeans/Shorts All Week!!!

Mya’s Coaching Day

BAS opens 3rd – 5th

AIMSWeB Kg-5th opens

Teacher Appreciation Week (PTA reserved the Science Lab all week!)

PTA staff luncheon

Teacher of the Year Reception 6pm

Tuesday, May 5

Rdg/Wtg CBA Window Opens (2nd grade)

Book Fair 7:30-6:30pm. – Library

Environmental Art Club Meets 3:00pm.

PTA General Meeting and 3rd grade Music Performance 6-7pm. Café

Happy Birthday Vicky Arms!

Wednesday, May 6

Mya’s Coaching Day

National Nurses Day!

PTA staff luncheon

Book Fair 7:30-3:30pm

Early Release 12:45pm.

Faculty Mtg 1:00pm (in the Science Lab) – Identifying Child Abuse/ Class Placement w/ Pinks & Blues

Birthday Social Goodies, 3rd grade

Thursday, May 7

ARD Mtgs (see separate schedule)

SBAC Mtg. 3:05pm.

Friday, May 8

SST’s – Academic Danger Meetings,K-3

PTA staff luncheon

5th grade picture orders due today!

Saturday, May 9

Election Day 8:00am-5:30pm.

Link of the Week!

Paste your text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a ton of information about your writing. Analyze My Writing will give you a break-down of the readability of your writing on five indices. The analysis will include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in your writing. A listing of how frequently you use punctuation and punctuation types is included in the analysis provided by Analyze My Writing. Finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of your writing.


“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses” -Marilyn vos Savant

Kudos to this Week's Staff Stars...

What another full and exciting week!!!

Welcome back Mr. Baker!!!

Many, many thanks to 2nd grade for another great honeybee PBL project. Your student's knowledge and presentations of their work were AMAZING!!! What an awesome parent turn out you all had! And to Angela Schaack and the 4th Grade Team for coordinating another fun and informative Career Day for our Texans!

KUDOS to Mrs. Glover and Ms. Lee for coordinating another smooth 5th grade trip to the Blanton Museum of Art!

Warm appreciations to each team for your great work and preparations in celebrating our ROCK STAR volunteers this week!

AWESOME job on the fire drill today!!! Thank each of you so much for taking such good care of our Star Texans and ensuring they are safe in the event of a real evacuation situation! YOU ROCK!!!

As always, THANK EACH OF YOU for your hard work and your commitment to delivering world class instruction to our Texans despite some of the challenges we may face along the way!

Have a FABULOUS Weekend!!!

The Week After...

Sunda, May 10

Happy Mothers Day!!

Monday, May 11

Mya’s Coaching Day

Tuesday, May 12

5th grade Reading & Math STAAR Retest

Wednesday, May 13

Mya’s Coaching Day

SLT Mtg 3:05pm

Employee Service Awards 6:30pm

Thursday, May 14

ARD Mtgs (see separate schedule)

Science CBA 3rd and 4th

Popcorn Day

Stare Store Kg-2nd

Happy Birthday Sunny Bonnecarrere!

Friday, May 15

SST’s – Academic Danger Meetings

CAT Mtg 8am

Author PJ Hoover visit with 3rd – 5th grade

2nd grade presentation Ronald McDonald House 2pm Café

Kona Ice 2:45pm

Old Town Elementary Mission

To highly engage ALL learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking