September 15-19

There is a LOT of information in our newsletter this week. I will include some information in future newsletters again to ensure that you are kept in the loop. As a reminder, all staff members are expected to review the newsletter each week, talk to your colleagues and share ideas, and ask questions on information you need further clarification on & seek solutions. We are here to support you, motivate you, and encourage you! ~ Kristen & Jane

Your "Rotel" Reminders for the Week

"The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future." Eric Hoffer

"By changing attitudes and finding solutions, we can regain our sense of hope, serenity, freedom and joy." from www.brightonrecovery.org

iCan@KHES Staff Meetings every Thursday from 3:15 - 4:30

September 18th - Differentiation Strategies in the Classroom

September 25th - NO MEETING (Kristen & Jane will both be off campus 1/2 day)

October 2nd - PLC meeting (we will ALL be working together in a Writing PLC)

October 9th - Google Drive with Shannon Bryant, KISD Technology Specialist

October 16th - Dyslexia simulation with instructors from Shelton School

Conference/Planning Meeting - Sept. 29

Jane and I are scheduled to meet with K-4 teachers during conference/planning on Monday, Sept. 29th. We would like to spend some time completing TEKS deconstruction in Writing. Please bring your ELA Vertical Alignment document share with you during our August PD.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

9/15 - 10/2 - Take the First Step Together - KISD Wellness Initiative

9/15 - Watch Dog Kickoff 6:30 - 7:30 in the cafe

9/20 - Run in the Dark (click HERE for registration information)

9/24 - All Big Kahuna fundraiser orders are due.

9/26 - PTA Reflections kick off at 5:30 in the cafe followed by the Cody Fisher Magic Show & PTA Membership drive.

10/3 - Book Fair Opens

10/3 - EARLY RELEASE AT 12:00/ Parent Conferences

10/6 - 10/10 Book Fair

10/6 - 3rd grade attends "Shrek the Musical" at Fossil Ridge High School

10/7 Student Pictures

10/9 - PTA Meeting/Math Night

10/10 - Cowboys with Character assemblies (grade level times will be shared soon)


Celebrate Freedom Week & Constitution Day

Celebrate Freedom week is this week and Constitution Day is Wednesday, September 17, 2014. If you would like to use, I will email a lesson plan that everyone can use and/or tweak. I have also included Freedom Week announcements to read aloud to your class everyday. According to EHBK(Legal): The district will observe Constitution Day and Celebrate Freedom Week by appropriate programs, celebrations, and activities. For more information and ideas on how to observe Constitution Day, the US Department of Education developed a resource page on its website last year, which can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/fund/guid/constitutionday.html and http://www4.esc13.net/socialstudies/resources-and-links-ss/freedom-week/ Other resources are available in Forethought.

It's Braggin' Time!

Bouncing into Learning

Kelly Mickler gets a high five! She recently earned funding at DonorsChoose.org for a classroom project called "Exercise Balls Help Us Bounce into Learning". Kelly shared, "When a child sits on a ball chair, they are able to direct their natural kinesthetic energy and need for movement in a positive way, because the child on a ball chair has to constantly move his body on the chair to maintain his balance." See why donors gave by clicking HERE.

Keeping Parents informed of Math Strategies

4th grade objective TEKS 4.1C, states that students can select tools, including real objects, manipulatives, paper and pencil, and technology as appropriate, and techniques, including mental math, estimation,and number sense as appropriate, to solve problems.

Here is an example of a number sense strategy 4th grade students are learning more about in Math. Brenda recently shared this with her students and families. The "grid method" simply shows the relationship of place value, i.e. the value of each digit in a number when multiplying two 2-digit numbers. Way to go, Brenda!
Multiplication - The Grid

Toni & Gayle Share Extension Strategies

The link below will take you to extensions available for you to use with your high achieving/gifted students. There are math, science, and social studies lesson extensions that correlate to the grade level teaching objectives. The best part is that the lessons have already been designed for you. All you have to do is click on the objective you are teaching about, and it will take you directly to a pre-made lesson plan that will be challenging for those students that need to be challenged. The lessons are available for grades K-6 and can be accessed at:


Take a moment to bookmark this site so you can get to it easily in the future.

Tara shares her talent!

A big thanks to Tara for all of the extra training she has provided to our classroom teachers. I appreciate the extra time she has spent training everyone on TPRI updates, AIMsWeb, and Reading A-Z. Tara, you are a true leader!

There's nothing "plain" about Jane!

I slipped one day and described something as being too "Plain Jane". Jane and I laughed about that and ever since I am so much more aware of that particular saying. In just the first few weeks of being an AP, I have seen Jane provide our campus with such support in so many areas. I love how she has sets clear expectations with the students that she sees all around the campus and those that have already visited the front office. Thank you, Jane for giving our teachers the support they deserve!!!

An email from a parent -

Just wanted to say thank you for such a great start to the school year!!! The girls absolutely love their classes! And a big thanks to the afternoon Harmonson Farms walkers for getting the kids outside timely :))) they come now at 3:07 :))) Have a great week!

Thank you Sandy, Julie, Andrea & Jennifer!

Streeter's Leaders

Have you seen Amy's blog??? Check it out! They will have posts weekly about what they are learning and their feelings about their learning, etc


You deserve braggin rights too!

If you have something to share, please email Kristen or Jane.

Campus Goal - By June 2015, 90% of all students, will be on grade level in Writing as measured by campus, district and state created assessments.

Lucy Calkins Units of Study- Student Writing samples

Check out this website for easy to use mini-lessons. Just click HERE and bookmark it.

Please plan to collect one writing piece from each of your students by October 2nd. Pieces will need to be from the same grade level assignment. When we meet together as a PLC, we will all break into vertical teams and review writing samples.

Lucy Calkins on Minilessons

K-2 Series Overview

Lucy Calkins' Writing Workshop: A Series of Books for Teaching Writing (Virtual Tour)

3-5 Series Overview

Lucy Calkins' Writing Workshop: Books for Teaching Writing in the Intermediate Grades (Virtual Tour)

Important Information for YOU to know about

AWARE resources available

I've added a document on the KHES collaboration site. It's in shared documents, 2014-2015, AWARE resources. It is called the "Top 10 Things in AWARE". The document has instructions on how to utilize AWARE in a variety of ways. Click HERE for more information.

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Jody found this article about Formative Assessment. It offers MANY examples of ways to integrate this within your lessons. Thanks for finding and sharing, Jody! Check it out! Just click HERE.

ESL Certification Opportunity

You can be completely reimbursed for getting your ESL Certification! The following guidelines have been shared by director Mary Martin.

  • Teacher must be recommended by campus administrator and approved by Language Acquisition Department
  • To receive reimbursement for cost of exam and study time, teacher must complete exam and post to certificate prior to January 1st, 2015
  • Teachers completing requirements after January 1st, but prior to May 1st will receive reimbursement for exam cost
If you are interested, please fill out and email the reimbursement contract to Mary.Martin@kellerisd.net. I will send this to you via email. The picture below is just to let you know what it looks like. This will let her know how many reimbursements she should budget for this fall.
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Chapter 21 Contracts

The Board adopted Policy DFBB Term Contracts NonRenewal in July 2014. I have been asked to share this policy with all employees who are on a Chapter 21 contract. This is typically teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses, diagnosticians, and campus administrators. I will email a copy that highlights the revisions/additions with this newsletter link.

Kelly Leach, Literacy Trainer scheduled to visit on Sept. 24th

Kelly Leach is one of the district's new literacy trainers. She will be serving the Tribal Council feeder pattern. She is planning to spend a day here meeting with each of you to discuss how she can assist you. She prefers to meet with you individually during your planning time and possibly during class when you are teaching ELA. She is planning to be at Keller Harvel on Wednesday, September 24th.

As a Literacy trainer, Ms. Leach is here to support your needs. She and I have talked about our Writing focus and is aware of our Lucy Calkin's book study. Her first visit with our campus is to listen to you so that she can also provide you with the support that you need.

KISD Education Foundation

Kelli Marshall is the new Director for the KISD Education Foundation. Jane and I will be meeting with her sometime during the next two weeks to provide her with positive feedback and/or ideas on how they could better support us. If you have ANY feedback that you would like for us to share with her, please email me or Jane. Jane will be serving as our campus liaison this school year.

Don’t miss out, be a KISD Hero!….

  • Sept 24 - Grant Training Workshop (4:30 EDC-Board Room)
  • Oct 1 - Online Submissions for Grant Applications opens at 8AM
  • Oct 30 - Online Submissions for Grants Applications closes at 5PM

"Pink Out" Day is Thursday, October 2nd - UPDATED

The Keller High Cheerleaders, in partnership with the Central High Cheerleaders, look forward to your involvement and participation this year and hopes KHES is able to join with us in the 7th ANNUAL PLAY FOR A CURE! The community of Keller High and Central High are joining together again this year to PLAY FOR A CURE. We have been invited to be a part in supporting this worthy endeavor. All proceeds from PLAY FOR A CURE items will be donated to the Susan G. Komen research foundation for breast cancer awareness and research.

You can donate to this worthy cause by purchasing the Pink Out t-shirt. If interested in donating, please turn your order in to Jenni by September 23rd.

We can ALL wear a Pink Out shirt (from any year) on October 2nd with jeans. Those that purchase the new tshirt this year, will receive an additional jeans pass to be used sometime this school year & you will be able to wear your Pink Out shirt with jeans EVERY WEDNESDAY for the month of October.

Notes from Nurse Rhonda

I’d like to talk to you about a new program called Taking the First Steps Together. The program is meant to engage you and our families at home and to urge everyone to make small improvements in our physical and mental health. From September 15th – October 9th we will discuss ways on the announcements we can improve our health by exercise, nutrition, hydration, and mental health.

There will be a BINGO challenge card going home with students on MONDAY (not with Tuesday folders) and will be used throughout the next 4 weeks at home. There is also an opportunity to win some fun prizes too!

For this week, talk to your students about the importance of EXERCISE. The video link below will be shared with all students and families. Feel free to use this time to model exercising too.

Try something fun and different. For example...

  • Popcorn pushups - put a small bowl of popcorn on the floor. Lower yourself down and stick out your tongue to get a piece of popcorn with each pushup.
  • Wheelbarrow, Crab, and Bear-walk races - These tough positions mean you get a real workout.
  • Headstands - Great for the core muscles and gets blood going to the brain.
  • Pillow fight - No explanation needed.

You are all very talented with video and photos so please share photos or videos of you and your family exercising to Nurse Rhonda.

Campuses will be focusing on each component for a week at a time from September 15 through October 10 which will involve various campus activities and contests.

ExerciSe (Sept. 15-19) – Focus on exercise and physical activity
NuTrition (Sept. 22-26) – 5-a-Day Nutrition Challenge (sponsored by Sodexo)
WatEr (Sept. 29-Oct. 3) – Promoting the benefits of drinking water throughout the day
Positive Life (Oct. 6-10) – The Story of My Life (sponsored by KISD Guidance and Counseling)

PDAS & Classroom visits

If you are not eligible to waive your observation OR if you did not turn in your waiver, please be sure and stop by the office and sign up for your 45 minute PDAS observation. Everyone will begin to see Jane and I in your classrooms more often. All teachers will have a minimum of two 15 minute PDAS walkthroughs this school year.

Jane and I will also be in and out of your rooms just to get a glance of what your students are learning. These visits will be more informal and will not be related to PDAS evaluations. We plan to share with you both positive feedback and if applicable, suggestions as well.

Our focus at this time will be your "I can" statements.

  • Are they posted?
  • Are they "kid friendly"?
  • Does the lesson being taught match the statement?

PTA Reflections Kick off

Started in 1969 by the Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, Reflections has encouraged millions of students to express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Students in preschool through grade 12 may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. The theme for the 2014 – 2015 National PTA Reflections® program is “The World Would be a Better Place if…” Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.

We will be kicking off this year's PTA reflections contest in an assembly on October 14th for 1st - 4th grade. On October 15 - 17 we will be highlighting different entry examples on the morning announcements to help encourage our students to participate in this year's contest. We need your help! We need you to identify potential students who might want to create poem/short story ahead of time and we need your help in suggesting a charismatic student who is well spoken to interview Ms. Laurie.

Parent Conferences forms due date

Don't forget to enter ALL parent conferences in AWARE. Please be sure that you have completed this no later than October 17th.

KHES After School Opportunities

KHES Running Club

When - Mondays 3:00 - 3:45 staring on October 6th

Registration- click HERE

Contact sarah.shipp@kellerisd.net

KHES Art Club

When - Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 in the Art room

New classes every 6 weeks. 20 students will be able to sign up at at a time.

Students may sign up beginning Sept. 22 at 7:30 right outside the Art room door.

Classes begin Wednesday, October 8th

Contact kirsten.laurie@kellerisd.net

KHES Music Club

When - Dates and sign up information will be shared soon.

Contact tamara.masters@kellerisd.net

Young Rembrandt's Art Enrichment Program

When -Thursdays 9/4 - 10/23 from 3:05-4:05 in our Science Lab

Registration - www.youngrembrandts.com/northcentral-tx/default.aspx

Mad Science

When - Wednesdays 9/24 - 11/12 (1st session) from 3:05-4:05 in our Science Lab

Enroll at fortworth.madscience.org or call (972) 241-0475.

Spanish Club

When - Tuesdays 10/7-12/16 & 1/13-3/24 in the Science Lab and/or KHES Library

Registration - http://spanishprogram.wix.com/kellerharvel-afterschool

Drama Kids

When - Wednesdays beginning 9/17 from 3:00-4:00 in the KHES Library

Registration - http://dramakids.com/tx9/keller-isd-classes/

District News

K-Well begins October 8

Keller ISD is excited to announce the opening of the KISD Employee Health & Wellness Center, also known as K-Well, October 8. This exciting new benefit will be available for all Keller ISD healthcare members and will provide medical services for your healthcare needs.

The services Marathon Health will provide include care for common illnesses and injuries, lab draws, routine physical exams, immunizations, health assessments, and health coaching. Health coaching services address lifestyle health risks such as tobacco cessation, stress, nutrition and physical activity, as well as chronic condition coaching for conditions such as diabetes, GERD, asthma and others. These services may be used to supplement your primary care physician (PCP).

Run in the Dark

We would like to make sure that every family has an opportunity to participate in our 15th Annual Run in the Dark, happening on Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. The more people who register to participate, the more funds our community raises for children in KISD and NISD. At this time, almost 12,000 children in Keller and Northwest districts qualify for our services.

You can also help us in our mission to provide for the well-being and educational needs of local kids by sharing the following attachment and link with your school’s families: http://www.runinthedarkdfw.com/

Employee Bond Communications Dos and Don'ts

Now that the Board of Trustees has called for a November 2014 Bond Election, Texas Education code prohibits the use of school district resources – including personnel or property – to produce or distribute political advertising in connection with the election.

This prohibition applies to any employee of the district while working in their official capacity. However, the prohibition does not apply to a communication that factually describes the situation. Factual information is that which can be objectively verifiable such as tax-rate effect, student capacity and growth rates, student performance data, or House Bill 5 information. Voting information is also considered factual, and while it is not a violation to encourage people to vote, it must be done without leading anyone to vote a certain way.

Of course, there are ways to deliver facts that are persuasive, so employees need to be mindful when communicating with text to resist the temptation to use of bold, italicize, underline, or emphasize information that could make a factual statement one that advocates. No amount of advocacy is permissible.

Employees should avoid phrases like, “This bond is the right thing to do for the children of this community,” or, “It is very important for your children and the school district that the bond election pass.”

For a more complete list of “Dos” and “Don’ts,” click on FAQs to find out more.