A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of October 22, 2018
Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar
- Techfast Technology Mini Conference on Saturday, October 20 at University High School at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Bears for Books (Gr 3) on Tuesday, October 23 at 9:15 am
- Bilingual Portfolios Training on Tuesday, October 23 at 3:45 am at Admin Conference Room
- Pack of Hope
- HEB Anti-Bullying Program (Gr K-2) on Wednesday, October 24 at 8:30 am in Cafeteria
- Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, October 24 **VERTICAL PLANNING-Bring your laptop**
- Reading PLCs on Thursday, October 25
- Bears for Books (Gr 3) on Thursday, October 25 at 10:45 am
- Book Talk Day on Friday, October 26
- Mayborn STEM Activity (Gr 2) on Friday, October 26 in Library
- STAFF POTLUCK ON Friday, October 26 **SIGN UP!!**
Coming Up: Faculty Meeting for next week will be on TUESDAY, October 30. It will be a Committees Meeting.
Blended Learning Information
HEB Anti-Bullying Program on Wednesday, October 24
To prepare, we will be pulling up the cafeteria tables and cleaning the floors the night before.
For Wednesday morning breakfast, students will receive a cold breakfast in a bag. They will go to the following locations under the supervision of assigned aides:
Pre: Cafeteria; supervised by L. Gutierrez
Kinder: Cafeteria; supervised by Varela
1st Grade: Breeding's Classroom; supervised by B. Alvarado & Burks
2nd Grade: Noel's Classroom; supervised by C. Martinez & G. Columbus
3rd Grade: Long's Classroom; supervised by Olivarez
4th Grade: Palmer's Classroom; supervised by Ross
5th Grade: Drake's Classroom; supervised by Coach O
Hallway Supervisors: Denton, Flores, Helton, Bernal
Book Talk Day
We also need teachers to volunteer for Book Talks! You can still create a Book Talk and email/text it to Mrs. Helton to receive a $50 credit to Lakeshore. After that, you can do a Book Talk each month to earn free books for your classroom.
From Your Captain
Paraprofessionals need to be clocking in and and out on time every day. Ms. Berryhill is having to do too many timecard corrections, which is keeping her from other important jobs.
Please be careful of the way you use the word "bullying" around school and with parents. If you have students that are engaging in behavior that you may think sounds like bullying, please report the issue to Mrs. Helton or Mrs.Logan and describe it as a situation that needs investigation. Bullying incidents must be investigated by Mrs. Helton or Mrs. Logan and the incidents have to meet several specific criteria to be determined as bullying. When we use the word "bullying" too frequently or inappropriately, then we incorrectly reinforce to students and their families that every incident of name calling, hitting, etc. is bullying. You are encouraged to rewatch your Safe Schools training about bullying as needed.
Don't forget to nominate students for GT. Forms found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jnMoqJ3VxSXZSJsXiJwvJd8cAed8gQ3l?usp=sharing
Please make sure your technology inventory is updated HERE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QR7YGXWWnDmmG5ExHQVLDN1kVhfVrH20f_ibD3W9vko/edit?usp=sharing
We will be using this information to make technology purchases, so if we don't have accurate information, you may miss out!
Congratulations Mrs. Picazo for being voted Alta Vista's Teacher of the Year!
Staff Members of the Week!
Congratulations Mrs. Broughton for being our Teacher of the Week. You planned a great musical performance for our upper grades, and you work hard to keep our students engaged and excited about learning. You are amazing for sponsoring TWO choir groups this year.
We still need a few more sponsors for the following teams:
- Chess (Gr 2)
- Maps, Charts, Graphs (Gr 5)
- Dictionary Skills (Gr 5)
- Social Studies (Gr 5)
- Number Sense (Gr 4-5)
We already have a LONG list of interested students...we just need sponsors. Email Mrs. Helton if you are interested!
RtI & Branching Minds
Each grade level will meet with Mrs. Helton on Monday, November 12 to review RtI data for the 2nd six weeks and print the parent information letter and student progress letter to go home with report cards. If you haven't completed your To-Do's that Friday, then we will be sending home inaccurate information to parents about student progress.
TTESS & SLO
Anyone can award points for good behavior or other behaviors that you feel are deserving. The points form can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/UCXb9cX7tHqfGuCw2
We will be awarding points on a consistent basis for:
Six Weeks Perfect Attendance-1 point for every student with perfect attendance for reporting period
Weekly Perfect Attendance-10 points for every class with perfect attendance for week
Anchored in Excellence-1 point for each person that receives a note (up to 150 per House per six weeks)
Cafeteria Behavior: Rate classes weekly (1st-20; 2nd-15; 3rd-10; 4th-5)
Specials Behavior: Rate classes weekly (1st-20; 2nd-15; 3rd-10; 4th-5)
Staff Activities (Limit of 2 per semester)-Up to 50 points per activity
Academic Achievement-Decided by grade level
Character Traits-Awarded by Maynard depending on activity
Makerspace-10 points for using Makerspace cart each month
Social Media Postings-1 point per post (email Koenig # of posts each six weeks)
Special challenges-Designated by Logan/Helton