January 12, 2014- January 24, 2014

Old Town Star Staff News

Alice Herz Sommer in A Century of Wisdom

Our Next Week...

Sunday, January 12

Happy Birthday Jean Barrett!

Monday, January 13

Mya’s Coaching Day

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

TAG testing begins (see separate schedule)

Board Member Recognition Gifts Due Today!

MegaByte Monday Topic: The difference between Google Apps and Extensions

Tuesday, January 14

Minor’s Coaching Day

Report Cards Go Home Today

Ebook Literacy Night @ 7pm

Wednesday, January 15

Mya’s Coaching Day

Art student’s field trip to Blanton Art Museum 9:00am

Minor’s off campus (Lead4ward training)

1st grade ½ day team planning AM

Kg ½ day team planning PM

Special Committee Mtg 3:10pm

Thursday, January 16

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

Friday, January 17

Kg – 2nd grade SST’s

CAT Mtg 8:50am

Saturday, January 18

Happy Birthday Lauren Glover!

PBL Management Tip of the Week!

Use Social Media One of the best ways to document collaboration and engage students with technology is use social media platforms like Edmodo. Students can use it to share ideas, you as the teacher can use it to formatively assess where students are in terms of products and content knowledge, and it is a great way to have real evidence of collaboration. -www.edutopia.org

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.” -Plutarch

Weekly Reminders...

  • Please set aside time clean out your Google Mail inboxes! We want to be sure you are kept up-to-date on any reminders, deadlines, updates etc...that may come through!
  • Remember to post an affirmation or two for your colleagues in the staff lounge!
  • Join the Old Town google+ community here--->http://goo.gl/gqVE4H
  • Be a part of Old Town's Emergency Tree by texting @oldtow to 972.382.9004
  • Check our Professional Learning and Events Calendar regularly as revisions/additions are made often...http://goo.gl/u8peV

Be better than you were yesterday. Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus

Instructional Tech News

Webtools for students that don't require any registration!

http://nathanghall.wordpress.com/about-2/webtools-no-registration-needed-for-students/


MegaByte Monday!!!-

January 13th -

The difference between Google Apps and Extensions - we will be exploring both of them!

Out & About...

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself~John Dewey

Star Gazing...

Congratulations to Isebel Kirkwood, star Paraprofessional ...our STAR Teacher of the Week receiving the most nominations! You are entitled to a week long jeans pass and designated parking!


Her colleagues write:

  • Isebel has a gentle nature and stepped into various rolls here at Old Town seamlessly. Our students who need the extra TLC will benefit.
  • always has a smile on her face! The children and teachers love her because she works hard everyday and spreads joy wherever she goes.
  • She is always smiling and willing to do whatever is needed without hesitation!
  • Isebel is amazing in my classroom and always goes above and beyond!
  • Isebel has shown a tremendous amount of loyalty, compassion, and kindness not only to her team mates but to our Star students. I appreciate all her hard work and her willingness to go above and beyond her duties.


Warmest appreciations to each of you for a great week back! Our Coaching Days this week saw some really engaging and challenging activities for our Star Texans! Keep up the great work!


Remember to post an affirmation or two for your colleagues in the staff lounge!

Eye on the Gifted...

Please remember to fill out, total and turn in the Teacher SIGs to either Mrs. Gibson or Mrs. Bonnecarrere by January 17th. Thanks for your help in finding OTE's gifted!

Professional Resource of the Week! Check out your copy today!

The Week After...

Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King Holiday-No School

Tuesday, January 21

Minor’s Coaching Day

Minors off campus AM (AP meeting)

TAG Testing continues this week (see separate schedule)

Library closed for Bluebonnet voting parties

Happy Birthday Phillip Tamburro!

Wednesday, January 22

Mya’s Coaching Day

Popcorn day

Library closed for Bluebonnet voting parties

Faculty mtg 3:10pm Paras,Office Staff present EB Rule #10, Science Series pt. 3

Thursday, January 23

Benjamin Franklin Presentation:

8:00am – 3rd grade

9:00am – 5th grade

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

Library closed for Bluebonnet voting parties

Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 2:00-6:00pm

Friday, January 24

3rd – 5th grade SST’s

CAT Mtg 8:50am

BAS/SEL MOY Testing for 1st – 5th grade closes

TAG testing ends today (see separate schedule)

Talent Show 6:00-8:00pm

Sunday, January 26

Happy Birthday Kathy Callaway!


Old Town Elementary Mission & Vision...

To highly engage learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -JFK