September 22-26

Your "Rotel" Reminders for the Week

"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale." Hans Christian Anderson

"A smile is happiness you'll find right under your nose." Tom Wilson

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

September 25th - NO MEETING

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

October 23rd - Dr. Reid will share information about the Bond election

October 30th - Compacting with Toni Mucker & Lori Hamilton

November 6th - Google Docs training with Shannon Bryant

November 13th - PLC meeting

November 20th - NO MEETING due to KHES Open House


December 4th - Google Forms training with Shannon Bryant

December 11th - topic to be shared soon

December 18th - Something FUN will be planned. :)

Entering Parent Conferences in AWARE

It was brought to my attention recently that many of our students do not have any parent conference forms in AWARE. Teachers who are in the process of looking up information on a student in their classroom this year need to be able to see what has been discussed with parents in previous grade levels. You are responsible for entering all parent conferences into AWARE any time you have a scheduled meeting with a parent.

Please do your part and enter ALL parent conferences in AWARE. The details are important. Please be specific when entering strengths & areas of concern. Please be sure that you have completed this no later than October 17th.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

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

9/22 - CEIC meeting in the PD room at 3:30

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

9/26 - PTA Meeting 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 - Dr. Reid will be at our school to answer any questions regarding the upcoming bond election. You won’t want to miss it. Following Dr. Reid, we will start our fun night of math!

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

10/13 - STUDENT HOLIDAY/District Professional Development (schedule will be shared soon)

CEIC Meeting

Our first CEIC meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 22 at 3:30. We will be meeting in the PD room. We have two parents on the committee at this time; April Wetzig & 4th grade parent, Justin McCord. PLEASE encourage your parents to consider being a member of the committee. They can still apply. Just have them contact Jenni for more information.

Conference/Planning Meeting

Jane and I are scheduled to meet with 1-4 teachers during conference/planning on Monday, Sept. 29th & Kinder teachers on Oct. 6th. 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.

American Indian Heritage Day - September 26th

According to EHBK (Legal): The last Friday in September is in recognition of the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to Texas. American Indian Heritage Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in public schools to honor American Indians in Texas and to celebrate the rich traditional and contemporary American Indian culture. Gov't Code 662.056 This year the date will be Friday, September 26th.

Cowboys with Character Assembly - Friday, October 10th

We will have to rotate times for each assembly for co-curr teachers, 2nd grade and 4th grade. For the 1st 6 weeks:

8:15 – 9:00 Kinder & 1st

9:15- 10:00 2nd, 3rd, & 4th (2nd grade conference/cocurr affected)

It's Braggin' Time!

Digital Messages

Have you seen the new digital messages on the TV in the front office? Our librarian, Dr. Bray was able to upload some great information for you to see when you check in the office. She has added upcoming events, the Character Trait of the Month, our Cowboy Code, and so much more. Thanks so much Dr. Bray for making this happen!

Instrument Headband Game

Check out this picture from Tamara's class. Students were trying to guess what instrument they had.

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.

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

Campus Website update

The new campus websites will NOT be going live anytime soon. They are working hard to get the "kinks" out before going live. They are now thinking of testing the site with one or two campuses before rolling it out as a district. The technology department made that announcement at my last principal's meeting.

Because of this change, they are asking us to utilize our current teacher sites again. Please make sure your current site has your contact information and current schedule. You may choose to upload documents to your site if you would like. You will need to communicate what you are posting on your website with your parents.

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.

Donors Choose. org

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.

When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You'll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you'll also receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.

3 Tips for Teachers: Getting donations to your DonorsChoose.org projects

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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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.

The BINGO challenge card was sent home with students last MONDAY 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 NUTRITION.

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.

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).

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.