Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of November 13, 2017

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Gr 4 District Writing Test ALL WEEK
  • Writing Coaching on Monday, November 13
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, November 15 **Discussing grade level strategies**
  • Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 16
  • Early Release on Friday, November 17
  • House Parties on Friday, November 17
  • LLI Training for all Teaching Staff on Friday, November 17

COMING UP! Thanksgiving Break!

Calendar Link:

From Your Captain

Remember to dress for success. Short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts may be worn on FRIDAY ONLY; this includes ALL Alta Vista shirts and "Hard Work Pays Off" shirts. Waco ISD and Bricklayer polo shirts may be worn on any day.

Grades should be posted weekly. Parents are checking Parent Portal and have brought the missing grades to our attention.

As we go into the Thanksgiving season, I want to say how thankful I am for each of you, your hard work, and dedication to our school family. I hope that you take the week to rest, re-energize, and spend lots of quality time with your family. Work can wait! Thank you for all that you do. As a Power of One, we can move mountains!

Lead4ward Strategies

Remember to be practicing your Lead4ward strategies that were discussed in PLCs with Judy York. We will be looking for these in walk throughs. The more you and your students practice a specific strategy, the better students will become and the deeper you can go with student conversations. If you need help or feedback, please let Mrs. Helton or Mrs. Logan know.

Your grade level will be reporting out about your selected strategy at faculty meeting on Wednesday so please be prepared to discuss your progress.

Thanksgiving Lunch

Here is the Thanksgiving Schedule.

The art room will be used that day for guests and will be relocated elsewhere. Specials will run a regular schedule except for PK/1st grade (see below).

Thank you for being flexible that day! Sometimes we are running late or behind, and may call for your class at a different time. Students may leave your class to eat with sibling at the parents' request or leave after lunch.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

10:10-10:40 PK-Scott

10:13-10:43 PK-Terrell

10:15-10:45 PK-Picazo

10:45-11:15 K-Williams

10:47-11:17 K-Alvarado

10:50-11:20 K-Bearden

10:53-11:23 K-Martinez

11:15-11:45 3rd-Ballard

11:17-11:47 3rd-Long

11:20-11:50 3rd-Foreman

11:23-11:53 3rd-Hampton

11:45-12:15 1st-Somers

11:47-12:17 1st-Snell

11:50-12:20 1st-Breeding

11:53-12:23 1st-Greer

12:15-12:45 2nd-Haskett

12:17-12:47 2nd-Barnard

12:20-12:50 2nd-Noel

12:23-12:53 2nd-Helms

12:45-1:15 5th-Spark

12:47-1:17 5th-Gillaspy

12:50-1:20 5th-Drake

12:53-1:23 4th-Sharp

12:55-1:25 4th-Rawles

12:57-1:27 4th-Martinez

1:00-1:30 4th-Mattoon

Specials Times

Pre-K 12:25-1:15

Kindergarten 9:20-10:10

1st Grade 8:30-9:20

2nd Grade 11:05-11:55

3rd Grade 1:20-2:10

4th Grade 2:10-3:00

5th Grade 10:15-11:05

Early Release Lunch Schedule

10:20-10:40 Terrell & Picazo

10:25-10:45 Scott

10:30-10:50 Alvarado & Bearden

10:35-10:55 Williams & A. Martinez

10:40-11:00 Long & Ballard

10:45-11:05 Foreman & Palmer

10:50-11:10 Somers & Snell

10:55-11:15 Breeding & Greer

11:00-11:20 Mattoon & V. Martinez

11:05-11:25 Rawles & Sharp

11:10-11:30 Gillaspy & Spark

11:15-11:35 Drake

11:20-11:40 Barnard & Haskett

11:25-11:45 Noel & Helms

**Teachers/staff will have lunch on their own after dismissal.

Aides will work on putting out Christmas decorations in the afternoon. Teachers will be doing LLI Training.

Please Note

  1. Lunches are 20 minutes in length.
  2. You will come to the cafeteria at your designated time and pick up milk and sack lunches. Please be on time. I fully expect you will be in line with one or two other groups as we move classes through 2 or 3 at a time.
  3. You will return to your classroom to eat with your students. Be sure to put all lunch garbage in a bag to be picked up by custodians. You may choose to have your class eat at a cafeteria table if they are available, but you will need to stay with the class. They will not be supervised otherwise.
  4. Please be ready for dismissal (buses) at 11:50 am.

House Parties

House Parties will be on Friday, November 17. For this six weeks, classes will be meeting by HOUSE on the basketball court (good weather predicted). We will have a complete schedule for you later in the week. ALL STAFF and students should wear their house colors that day to celebrate! House points will be awarded for spirit. We will have awards printed and ready to go.

Conscious Discipline

Our Weekly Commitment: We will be treat each other respectfully by using kind words. (CONTINUED!)

Classroom Tip: Morning Meeting is a great way to discuss the weekly school commitment. You can ask a different question each day like:

-What do kind words sound like?

-How can you be kind to others, even if you don't like a person?

-Why is it important to use kind words?

-How do you feel when other people don't use kind words to you?

-Do you have some ideas on how we can do a better job at using kind words?

November Makerspace

The November Makerspace activities will focus on Earth Science objectives. Grades PK-2 will read Roxaboxen and create a new tool using rocks, straw, popsicle sticks, and tape. Grades 3-5 Will read Iggy Peck, Architect. Students will test their building skills as they try to create an earthquake-proof house. Email Mrs. Helton to reserve a time!

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Turn in a copy of your class roster listing all of your parent conferences to Ms Maynard ASAP. Please include notes if a parent scheduled a conference but didn't show up or if you were unable to reach a parent.

If parents are not responding to notes, please follow up with a phone call. Chances are the student is not delivering your notes, but parents want and need that communication!


Your Post-Observation plan is PAST DUE to Mrs. Logan. Form here:

Our next triad meeting will be after the early release on December 15. Make sure you have completed your observations prior to this date. The focus is on student to student communication. Form here:


Thank you for keeping your identified RTI Tier II and RTI Tier III student's forms up to date in Eduphoria / Aware / RTI. Remember specific academic and / or behavior goals and interventions need to be set at the beginning of each six weeks.


Reading goals can be tied to increasing overall reading level, fluency and accuracy based upon BOY Rigby results and / or increasing upper level skills such as comprehension. Math goals can be tied to results from Campus Common Assessment results. Students maybe working on basic computation skills or higher skills like word problems. Each math intervention group has a specific goal that it is working towards. See your math intervention plans (with goals) here:


RTI Tier II Reading and Math interventions can be what you provide to your student in class (small group , one on one) and/or what they receive outside of your class (pull out). The Data Wall Mrs. Helton has posted in Google Drive is a great place to find a list of interventions. IStation can be considered an intervention too: Tier II = 60 minutes a week and Tier III = 90 minutes per week.

RTI Tier III students should receive above and beyond what an RTI Tier II student receives; for example, before or after school interventions.

Progress Monitoring

Progress Monitoring RTI Tier II progress notes need to be entered at progress reports and end of six weeks. RTI Tier III progress notes need to be entered every week. Use data points to reference growth or lack therefore of; for example, limited growth based upon ISIP report on vocabulary in Sept being 20% and Oct being 22%. Common math assessments are also a good tool for measuring progress since they are specific to the student's intervention goal. Common math assessment results are posted in each grade level's math intervention folder.

Texas Education Agency has opened up lots more STAAR accommodations for students in RTI Tier II and III; for example, extended time and oral administration. However, we have to have valid RTI histories for our students before these can be implemented. Thank you for taking care of your student's RTI.


Accommodations are an important part of success for many of our students. These accommodations can be documented through 504, Special Education ARD, LPAC (ELL students), or SAT. In order for a student to use an accommodation, you must be able to provide evidence that the accommodation is routinely and effectively used. The easiest way to do this is to provide work samples where the accommodation was used in student data folders.

Some examples of accommodations are:

  • Indivdiualized Structured Reminders
  • Math Manipulatives
  • Supplemental Aides (Pictures of: math charts, graphics, science graphics, fraction bars, shapes, money, etc.)
  • Extra Time
  • Oral Administration
  • Content & Language Supports (Online only)
  • Calculation Aids
  • Spelling Assistance
If you have questions about a specific accommodation, including the actual resource, or how to use it, please see Mrs. Helton. You can also see Mrs. Maynard for information about how to document the use of these accommodations.

Online resource about accommodations:

**SPECIAL NOTE: Accommodations as listed in a 504 or Special Education plan are required to be implemented by law. This is NOT optional. **