Old Town Star Staff News

February 15th through February 26th

Our ROCK STAR of the WEEK is...

Name: Sadia Tabassam

Current Gig: 4th Grade Teacher

Personal Life: I am English and my parents were immigrants from Pakistan. I have two older brothers and one older sister. I also have 3 nephews who are amazing. I moved to the states around 4 years ago after I met my husband ( an Austinite) whilst working in the Middle East. We just bought a house in December 2014 and live with our two rescue cats which came back with us from Oman.

One word to describe yourself and why: Open-minded

Most interesting job: Kindergarten teacher at a private school in the Middle East.

Favorite hobbies away from school: I play soccer, I like to workout and be active.
I love, LOVE cooking and try new places to eat.

Favorite Song: American Boy by Estelle
If I wasn't at Old Town, I'd..: be teaching at another school!

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Next Week...

Monday, Feb 15

Presidents Day

PBL Spring Support PD

DQ: How can we create more authentic experiences in our classrooms?

Happy Birthday Kerrie Bennett!

Tuesday, Feb 16

STAAR Ready window opens 3 & 4 reading/5 science

RRISD 16/17 teacher transfer window opens

Jessica to AP Mtg AM

2nd PBL planning AM

Environmental Art Club Mtg 3pm

SXSWedu & EdTech Austin Event @ The Thinkery 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, Feb 17

Mya’s Coaching Day

Popcorn Day

Chair Massages in Science Lab

SLT Meeting at 3:05pm

Thursday, Feb 18

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

5th grade Parent Info Night @ Walsh MS 6pm

RRISD Board Mtg 6pm

Friday, Feb 19

CAT Mtg 8:00am

SST’s 3rd-5th (review Tier 2 students)

ACChaos Science Fun in Cafeteria

Students eat in classrooms today

Sunday, Feb 20

Happy Birthday Josie Morales!

Friendly Reminders To...


  • Remember you can subscribe to receive online textbook updates and info specific to the textbooks you're using in your classroom. http://eepurl.com/bPYwa9.
  • Don't forget to complete your STaR Chart if you haven't yet!
  • Sign up for Monday's PBL Staff Development on E-Campus!
  • Get your Security Awareness and Suicide Prevention Compliance Modules completed by March 24th!
  • Here is the ELA Just In Time Schedule for March!
  • Please remind parents that no video/photos are to be taken during classroom events as a courtesy to all families who have not given video/photo permission. However, photos may be taken of their own children!
  • T-TESS Teachers: The window for completing your T-TESS Goal Setting document in eduphoria is a two- week window that will open Monday, March 21st and close April 1st. We share this information early to give you the time needed to gather the evidence you used to support attaining your goal! We are here to support you throughout this process, so please let us know if you need help with anything.

From Debbie Miller's Teaching with Intention...

From all the ways we put our thinking and theirs on display to what we say and do to foster and find significance in student thinking, we’re letting kids in on who we are, what we expect from them (and ourselves), and what we believe about teaching and learning.

Super Star Shout Outs!

BIG KUDOS to Alicia Guevara and the Kinder Team for your 100th Day of School celebrations! So happy we could help that Naughty Number 9!


GINORMOUS THANK YOU to Sadia Tabassam for sharing your Chinese New Year Celebrations with the Office Team! And to Marie Schmidt for your above and beyond customer service this week!!!


Warm appreciations to our Next Gen Teachers Mrs. Bonnecarrere, Mrs. McWain, Mrs. Haillie Johnson, and Mrs. Rabe for being such gracious hostesses to our district visitors this week!!


HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO Kathryn for your participation in the Reading Rocks cohort this year and to David and Julie for your participation in the Math Rocks cohort year! We are so proud of each of you for your hard work and dedication to building stronger readers and mathematicians through your own personal commitment to continual growth! You RROCK!!


As always, thank each of you for another fantastic week of teaching and learning!


Have an AWESOME weekend everybody!!!

These Texans represented OTE well at the RRISD PTA Reflections Awards event!

The Week After....

Monday, Feb 22

Engineering Week- School Wide STEM Project Launch

Mya to Executive Leadership Team Mtg

Dyslexia Parent Info Night 6pm

Tuesday, Feb 23

Mya to VLT Mtg

Thomas Edison Assembly (8am - 5th & 9am - 3rd)

PTA Executive Board Mtg 8:15am

5th grade to Walsh 9am

Student Council Mtg 2:45pm

Wednesday, Feb 24

Mya’s Coaching Day

Engineering Career Day!

Character Ed Awards Kg-2nd

Jessica to TELPAS Training

Special Committees Mtg 3:05pm

Happy Birthday Michelle Martinez!

Thursday, Feb 25

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

Leslie to iPad Next Generation Training

Fire Drill 9:15am

Discovery Girl’s Engineering Assembly (3rd-5th girls)

Variety Show dress rehearsal

SBAC Mtg 3:15pm

Friday, Feb 26

STAAR Ready window closes (3rd & 4th Reading / 5th - Science)

CAT Mtg 8:00am

SST’s Kg-2nd (academics)

OTE Variety Show 6pm

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Old Town Elementary Vision & Mission

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