Mustang Weekly

Week of December 8th

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I am so proud of Brittney being selected as our Austin Elementary Teacher of the Year! She is an excellent choice to represent us as an exemplary educator in her work with learners, parents, and colleagues alike.

We had some excellent candidates nominated, any of whom would have been a great choice. Nominees included Mrs. Duff, Mrs. Matthews, and Mrs. Saxon. Congrats to you all!

Thank you to those who completed an nomination. Your time is well worth it!

Curriculum Design

What does Brain Pop (Jr.) have to offer?

Check out some of the amazing features on our new Brain Pop (Jr.) subscription!

After you follow the directions provided by Jodie to create your educator account, I encourage you to check out some of the ways Brain Pop can become a part of your instruction. One feature I'd like to point out-

  • After logging in, click on the box on the left "Brain Pop Educators"
  • In the new window, use the 3 drop-downs entitled Academic Standards to filter down to your grade level / content (i.e. Texas / Science / 3rd Grade).
  • Once you have selected, Brain Pop will sort each TEKS and provide you with relevant movies and games. In other words, they're doing the work for you!

Please send me an email of any other great features/updates, and I'd love to share them out with the staff!



Our next round of Standards Based Bulletin Boards will be up Wednesday, December 10th. Please remember to tweet out a picture of your board and include #AustinSBBB. Still looking for inspiration/ideas? Search the "#" and see previous boards from around the building!

Why SBBBs?

  • Provide a "window" into classroom instruction for visitors and fellow educators
  • Feature quality student work and add to the overall physical environment of our building
  • Model individual/constructive feedback towards learning standards
  • Use as a teaching tool for other classrooms/grade levels

Learning Design

Learning Forward... And We're Off!

As you know, Liz, Jennifer, Brandon, and I will be attending the National Learning Forward Conference this coming Monday-Wednesday. This is truly a great opportunity for Austin, as this conference gathers educational leaders/speakers from around the country and provides a tremendous amount of variety and choice for attendees. Please follow along with our professional learning on Twitter using #AustinLearns. Here's a preview of just a few sessions I'll be attending-

  • Leveraging iPads for Differentiated Learning
  • Blended + Project Based Learning = 21st Century Skills
  • Move it, Move it... With Formative Assessment
  • Inquiring Minds: Disciplinary Literacy in Math and Science

Elementary APs from other campuses (Kristan Perryman, Brett Shelby, and Betsy Cummins) will help provide admin coverage for Austin while we are away. Please do not hesitate to let them know if you need anything! They will be working out of my office. Also, with Monday being Jennifer's first day, please help her feel "at home!"

We can't wait to share our learning!

Got Math?

Check out the following resource -

This website is from the recent TAGT conference and includes countless ideas and resources for Math differentiation. From product ideas, to sample projects, to actual data sources to use, this could be a great resource for lesson design!

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Hour of Code

Remember, the worldwide Hour of Code is coming up this week (December 8th-14th). There is still time to register your class!

Several educators participated in a Fed Ex "Coding" session this past Wednesday with Shelly and saw how engaging coding can be for our learners. Want more information? Check out the link above or chat with Shelly.

Share your coding session with us using #AustinLearns!

The Hour of Code - WORLDWIDE

Morning Announcements

Life Principle - Tenacious

Quote - "The man who removes mountains begins by carrying away small stones." - Chinese Proverb

Healthy Tip - After you eat dinner, wait 10 minutes before you go back for seconds. Sometimes it takes a while for the food you eat to make you feel full.

Week At A Glance...

  • Learning Forward - Kristan Perryman covering
  • Jennifer Parker's first day
  • Eistein Brothers Bagels in the Lounge for breakfast!


  • Learning Forward - Brett Shelby covering
  • 8:15 - CMSE Band Performance in Gym
  • David Noel (Science Coach) meets w/ teams for Vocab Professional Learning


  • Learning Forward - Betsy Cummins covering
  • 2nd Standards Based Bulletin Board (#AustinSBBB)
  • No Wednesday meeting


  • Dr. Waldrip Visits Austin
  • Staff Holiday Party
  • PTO Board Meeting/Party


  • CISD Open House - Please plan to make an appearance
  • 9:00 5th Grade Spelling Bee

Looking Ahead...

  • 15th - SBDM @ 3:30
  • 16th - Blended Team Meets 3:30
  • 17th - K-2 Holiday Feast
  • 17th - PTO Staff Party
  • 18th - E-Time (E-Time Schedule)
  • 18th - Brown Bag Lunch
  • 18th - Ugly Sweater Competition! ( - Now you don't have an excuse!)
  • 18th - K-2 Parties
  • 19th - Teacher Skits
  • 19th - 3-5 Parties
  • 19th - 12:50 Release!

Thanks for being a good sport Mrs. Dobecka!

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