Isbell Elementary

Loving Every Minute of Learning!

Dodson’s Dish- 9-10-15

We are so fortunate that Frisco ISD believes in schools working as a Professional Learning Community. The definition of PLC- an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.

Your next question may be, how does this impact Isbell students?

Next week we are all excited to begin our enrichment time for our students. Enrichment allows each student to have an extra opportunity every six days to participate in one of the following activities: structured physical education, art history, music history, computer application, and guidance. On your child’s enrichment day, it is critical for them to wear closed toe shoes since they will participate in movement. Please check your child’s grade level website for enrichment dates. Enrichment dates are located in the nuts & bolts on grade level website.

While students are engaged in fine arts during this time, specific grade level teachers are focusing on student data and personalizing education for each individual student. Grade levels meet to discuss how students are performing and how to either add growth to a student or how to remediate deficiencies. This time during a teacher's day requires a lot of brain power. After teachers collaborate with each other, they are able to answer these four critical questions. 1. What do we expect our students to learn? 2. How will we know when they have learned it? 3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? 4. How will we respond when they already know it? Be proud of your child’s teacher for taking the time to know each child by name and need, and take action.

If you would like to read more regarding FISD strategic plan that involves PLCs, this link provides more information.

Curriculum Night is next week.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade will be held on Tuesday the 15th/5:30 - 6:45.

Kindergarten, First, and Second grade will be held on Thursday/5:30 - 6:45.

District News

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon, along with a member of the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, will be hosting coffee talks throughout the school year at each of the FISD high schools.

The first one is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, from 8-9 a.m. in the Liberty HS library. All parents are invited, however, as each one is held, we will draw more attention to it among the families within the feeder pattern of that particular high school. There is no agenda or topic, just a time for informal conversation with district leaders. Coffee will be provided.

Enjoy your weekend. There are a lot of great college games and our Cowboys are ready to beat the Giants!

Serita Dodson

Proud Principal-Isbell Elementary


I have received numerous emails and phone calls regarding the driving patterns during school hours. Getting our kids in and out of the school safely is our number one priority. Make sure when driving in school zones that you are driving the speed limit, not on your cell phone, and you are watching out for little ones. When you are driving through the carpool line all students need to exit from the passenger side. Parents, please stay in your car and your let your child exit without you getting out of the car. Last but not least, please be patient when our students are exiting the car. Stay in the carpool line and follow the traffic flow. This will help ensure that the line continues to flow and no one accidentally gets hit. Remember, all students should be using the crosswalk when walking to school or walking home after school. Let’s be the example!

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