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
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: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-nxOHwVaBsDAGP5JRFs3WChDyU6BNqvo
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: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CKGLd2hn8dPg2xRt1t3awHEEbzsZ7uApYstsxw2me1w/edit?usp=sharing
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.
To enter points, fill out this short form: https://forms.gle/kZS51dT5dskoJ8bC9
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.
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.
Math Fact Fluency
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: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9Sqac3OGWQ2djJudXBINTJBYkE
Teacher login: www.dreambox.com
School website for students: https://play.dreambox.com/login/b4aj/7uzr
School Code for the Ipad app: b4aj/7uzr
Resources for Motivation: https://insight.dreambox.com/dbl-resources
Introducing to your Class: https://www.dreambox.com/assets/dashboard/introducing-dreambox-to-your-students.pdf
See chart below for campus expectations for usage. If you need any help getting going, please talk to Mrs. Helton.
NWEA MAP Testing
Before testing starts, you need to watch the short video below and then view the 2 learning modules discussed in the video.
Campus Decision Making Council-STILL LOOKING FOR REPRESENTATIVES!
- 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
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.
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.
K-5 District Math Newsletter
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.
Goal Setting Conference
You can use this template (Make A Copy to Google Drive): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M2ZwXKdJ9PsXpqhapBPnI11s_1LHGo6p_uDy_oIr4Uo/edit?usp=sharing
Here is the goal setting conference form to use with families: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aybVVcpRx7JQ1UAwh5Yfm5vnCrrNwsDY0qUWXdPkZO4
Here are some other sample data forms: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ApNZ31h-sJ-nRVaUt4ywjqxDq9pAVMxZ7vetLZeB9x4
Safe Schools Training DUE SEPTEMBER 2
AIDES MUST COMPLETE THIS TRAINING WHILE "ON THE CLOCK!"
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:
Access safeSCHOOLS: http://wacoisd.tx.safeschools.com/login
Username will be: Employee ID# (8-digit)
Password: First Initial (Uppercase) + Last Initial (lowercase) + @# + last 4-digits of Employee ID#
Required courses will appear on your home screen
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