Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of September 2, 2019

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Labor Day (No School) on Monday, September 2
  • Leadership Sandbox on Tuesday, September 3 at 4:15 pm (Open to current and aspiring school leaders)
  • PLCs on Thursday, September 5
  • Hallway bulletin boards ready by Friday, September 6
  • Cabinet Visit on Tuesday, September 10
  • Adopt-A-Cop program (Gr 5) on Wednesday, September 11 at 9:00 am in cafeteria
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, September 11
  • Tribe Buddy Day on Friday, September 13 **Wear your favorite comic book character tshirt**

Coming Up: Labor Day on Monday, September 2

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Captain's Log

We still need representatives for CDMC, especially teachers. You will receive extra duty for your participation. Email Mrs. Helton to sign up.

Please review the Waco ISD Grading Policy found in the Alta Vista School House:

Don't forget preparations for our campus visit on September 10 by special guests and new teachers. Hallway bulletin boards should be ready with student work by Friday, September 6. You will also need to assign a "greeter" for each period that will greet guests and share with them the objective/focus for the lesson.

Conscious Discipline & CHAMPS

Our focus for the month of September in Morning Meetings will be RESPECT. Lesson plans are here:

Required activities for the month are the cards for troops on September 11, and starting our year-long kindness challenge on September 16 (with Kindness "Tree").

All things related to behavior, including CHAMPS templates and our behavior management plan can be found in the "Behavior" folder on the Alta Vista School House in Google Drive.

Tribal News

YOU can award points to a tribe for things that you observe and want to positively reinforce, especially when they are following our school agreements (Safe, Respectful, Responsible, Ready to Teach & Learn).

To enter points, fill out this short form:

Other ways that tribes can earn points: cafeteria behavior, specials behavior, perfect attendance (weekly and six weeks), pop-up games, receiving Anchored in Excellence Notes, sending Ms. Koenig pictures to post on Facebook, letting Ms. Koenig know when you post to your classroom FB page (if you have one), Box Tops (check out the new app-just email Ms. Koenig with how many you enter), and more! Each grade level can select a way for students to earn tribe points academically, like mastering sight words or facts or academic growth.

Our first TRIBE BUDDY DAY will be on Friday, September 13. You will pair up with another class from your tribe. We will be celebrating National Comic Book Day, so you and students can wear your favorite comic book character tshirt.

Data Wall

Our student data wall is LIVE. You can find it here:

You can add it to your Google Drive.

If you see something that needs editing, please let Mrs. Helton know.

This information is CONFIDENTIAL and may not be shared with others or viewed unless needed.


PLCs will continue to work on TTESS SLO for next week.
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NEW PROCEDURE: By 8:15 each morning, complete a paper roll so that the office can start calling families to check on absent students. Our goal for the state, district and Transformation Zone is 97%. Last year we were at 96.10 which was a small improvement over the past year, but we can do much better. If you begin noticing a trend with certain students being chronically absent, please let me know so that we can check to see what is going on and see what assistance is needed. Just a reminder that a lot of absences in elementary are not the students fault so we do not want the kids to feel bad. We want them to know they were missed and welcome them back. The best thing we can is create an environment that students want to be at school. I believe we are doing that and have had many great conversations especially with new families to our school about how happy their children are at Alta Vista. Keep up the good work.

Math Fact Fluency

We kick off our math fact fluency initiative on Tuesday, September 3. Make sure you send home parent letters to all students (K-5).

Students in grades 3-5 will not have an assessment for September because it's a review of addition facts, but grades 1-2 will have an oral assessment at the end of the month.

All the resources can be found here:


Dreambox is live and ready for your students for math.

Teacher login:

School website for students:

School Code for the Ipad app: b4aj/7uzr

Resources for Motivation:

Introducing to your Class:

How Students Login:

See chart below for campus expectations for usage. If you need any help getting going, please talk to Mrs. Helton.

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NWEA MAP Testing

NWEA Map testing will start on Monday, September 9 for grades K-5 and must be completed by Friday, September 20. Ms. Boggess will be coordinating technology usage for these tests.

Before testing starts, you need to watch the short video below and then view the 2 learning modules discussed in the video.

NWEA Professional Online Learning overview


We are looking for representatives for our Campus Decision Making Committee meetings that meet 4 times a year with the community and families. We will be paying extra duty for your participation. We need representatives in the following areas (email Mrs. Helton if you are interested):

  • 1 Specials teacher
  • 1 Special education teacher
  • 1 Bilingual teacher
  • 2 Primary teachers (PK-2)
  • 2 Upper teachers (3-5)
  • 1 Aide
  • 1 Aide for Childcare

The meetings will be on the following dates at 5:30 pm in the library:

  • October 10
  • December 12
  • March 3
  • May 7


We will start mandatory interventions for grades 4/5 next week for STAAR failures for the 1st six weeks. Math will be on Monday/Tuesday and reading will be on Wednesday/Thursday. Enrichment students will be pulled by Ms. Spark to the library to work on a special project. All other students not doing interventions should be working on computer-based activities like Dreambox or Smarty Ants/Achieve3000 or reading.

Teachers in all other grade levels should be starting informal interventions with students as well. We will create formal pull-out groups for grades 1-3 starting in the 2nd six weeks once all of the BOY testing is completed.

Family Pictures

Please drop your family picture into the Alta Vista Family Pictures folder found here:

We would like ALL staff to drop in a picture (label with your last name). We will be using them for a special project coming soon.

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K-5 District Math Newsletter

Check out the district math newsletter HERE.

IMPORTANT: Please note that we are following the TEKS Resource Center Pacing Guide, not the district pacing guide. That means that some resources from the district are not going to be aligned with your pacing. If you aren't sure, just come talk to Mrs. Helton.

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Goal Setting Conference

Make sure you are contacting all your families to schedule student goal-setting conferences for the week of September 23 (Late night on Tuesday, September 24 to 7:30 pm).

You can use this template (Make A Copy to Google Drive):

Here is the goal setting conference form to use with families:

Here are some other sample data forms:

Safe Schools Training DUE SEPTEMBER 2


In an effort to provide the most effective and meaningful compliance training for all district employees, the Waco ISD Human Resources Department and Office of Professional Development have continued to team with SafeSCHOOLS to provide an online training platform. Starting May 24th, 2019 all district employees will be able to access and complete the following required trainings for the 2018-2019 school year: 1) Bloodborne Pathogen and Exposure Prevention, 2) Bullying: Recognition and Response, 3) Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting, 4) Copyright Infringement, 5) Homeless Students: Awareness and Understanding, 6) Sexual Harassment: Students Issues and Response, 7) Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention, and 8) Human Resources Policies and Procedures. The deadline for completion of these courses is September 2nd, 2019. Those that have not completed the trainings by that date will be required to attend face-to-face trainings to fulfill the requirements.

Courses in safeSCHOOLS are delivered by chapters and can be completed at your individual pace throughout the course of the summer. Courses have quizzes at the end that do require you to achieve a passing score for completion.

To access the safeSCHOOLS platform, use any of the links provided in this document or type in the URL:

  1. Access safeSCHOOLS:

  2. Username will be: Employee ID# (8-digit)

  3. Password: First Initial (Uppercase) + Last Initial (lowercase) + @# + last 4-digits of Employee ID#

  4. Required courses will appear on your home screen

  5. All course completions will be tracked by WISD Human Resources and the Office of Professional Development.

Example Login Credentials: John Smith, Employee ID: 12345678

Username: 12345678 Password: Js@#5678

If you have any questions or difficultly accessing the SafeSCHOOLS platform, please contact Patrick Uptmore, in the Office of Professional Development.

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