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Week of April 14-18

Our Week at a Glance

April 14 - 18 - Kdg., 1st, and 2nd grade Progress Monitoring

April 14 - Fire Drill (time will not be announced)

April 17 - STAAR Training (review) - All testing administrators & those helping must attend

April 18 - Staff Breakfast hosted by Co-Curr & Office

April 18 - All instructional materials must be covered for STAAR testing

Where are Kristen and Kathleen this week?

Monday: Kristen leaves around dismissal for an off campus meeting

Tuesday: Kristen leaves around dismissal for an off campus meeting

Wednesday: Kristen will off campus all day for General Admin. Meeting (GAM)

Kristen's Quote of the Week

Please be sure and add to your Grade Level newsletters

Weekly Math Message

Information about Casey's Kids Fun Run (see below)

Parent Letter about Class Placement due May 2

Reminders about Cafe expectations

Don't forget to vote on May 10th


Thank you again for all of the grade levels sending me a copy of the weekly newsletter. It is very important that newsletters include any important information listed above. Thank you for spreading the news!

GT Nomination deadline

If you are interested in having a student screened for the GT program, the spring testing window is April 28th through May 9th. The deadline for the referral paperwork is April 14th. Please see Toni or Gayle for more information.

Need a Laugh? Check out this April Fool's Day joke on a teacher.


Extra Curricular Opportunities for Kids

Chess Club in 2014-2015

We have been asked by Dr. Reid to participate in a 2 year chess program for our 2nd & 3rd graders. The time commitment is only one hour per week during the school day. Teachers would be provided with a video that would give a brief lesson so there is little to no prep work for teachers. There are online tournaments available against other campuses in Texas. Benefits for students include self control, higher level thinking, concentration, stamina, social interaction, and cognitive growth. Campuses participating this school year in KISD have enjoyed it so much they have coordinated a chess tournament at the administration building. There is no cost to do this.

Spanish Club in 2014-2015

I will be meeting with Norma Riley next week to hear more about an after-school Spanish club. I will share more details soon.

Curriculum & Instruction updates

Model VESTED Lesson Writing

Opportunities will be become available for you this Spring to earn money for each VESTED lesson written. Prior to participating you will need to attend an overview session on May 19th or 28th from 4:00 - 5:00 or 4:30 - 5:30. Lessons are written at your convenience and will then be due by June 19th. More information will be sent out soon from C & I.

Curriculum - what to expect

Cleaning up Eduphoria - the DSOs will be completely removed from Forethought.

Math - moved around based on TEKS updates

ELA, Science, Social Studies - minor tweaks based on previous teacher feedback and feedback received during curriculum writing.

The Scope & Sequence will be ready by June 6, 2014.

Curriculum Writing

Curriculum & Instruction will work with small teacher teams to facilitate process. The teams will be pulled for one day and guided through the process. Specific information will come at a later date. Looking to have 4-5 teachers total from the district to help with each subject.

Job Opportunities

If you are interested in working this summer at the KISD Summer School, please be sure to turn in your application no later than May 9, 2014. An email was sent out on April 9th from Communications regarding what forms to use and who to send it to. You can also click on the title "Summer School" above to gain access to this same form.

Students for Summer School

We have not received any information yet regarding the process for recommending students for summer school. As soon as we have more information, we will let you know. In the meantime, be thinking about your Tier 3 students who might benefit from attending Summer School.

Preparing for Enrollment for 14-15

Parent Letter

We are preparing a letter/form to go home in Tuesday folders asking parents if they are returning to Keller Harvel next year. All forms are due by May 2, 2014 and will need to be turned in to Jenni when they are returned. Please add this information to your newsletters so we can get as much information as possible from our familes.

Teacher Preparation for Class Rosters

A new process will be in place for when you and your team to help place students on class rosters for next year. We will submit all rosters electronically on an Excel spreadsheet. This will allow us to easily sort students by gender, programs, tiers, etc. Pink and blue sheets will still be utilized in some way. I am unsure at this point if those forms will be electronic or handwritten. More to come!

Professional Development


CAMT is an annual Texas conference for K-12 mathematics teachers. The conference is sponsored jointly by the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics, and the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The conference is being held in Fort Worth July 21-23. If you are interested in attending, please let me know by Friday, April 18th.

Professional Development Catalog

You are encouraged to take as many updates as you can over the summer. The Summer Professional Development Catalog is now availabe for you. Updates/trainings required: 6 hour GT, Sheltered Instruction, and HAZCOM, PDAS Refresher. Go to the following link to view what is available to you.

Sharing Time

Come do amazing things! Email me a picture/video and a short description of something you would like to share.

Skip Counting

1st grade

Here is the innovation without technology going on in first grade this week.

We are skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. The kiddos worked in groups of two to create a hopscotch game board with chalk on the concrete play area. Each group was racing two other teams to finish a game board. Almost all of the groups finished all 3 boards! The winners were rewarded with some extra play time.

Hope you enjoy the photos!


Fun Incentives for Casey's Kids Fun Run...share with your students

Mark your calendar for the Casey’s Kids Fun Run in Bear Creek Park on April 26. Proceeds benefit the Casey’s Kids fund in KISD. Funds are distributed by campus counselors as they become aware of needs. We are now collecting coins! PTA will place containers for each grade level in the main foyer. Bring $5 on a Friday during the month of April and you can wear your pajamas to school! Bring $1 on a Friday during April and you can wear a hat or flip flops to school!

Casey's Kids Fun Run Facts

Many of our parents are unsure what Casey's Kids is all about. Here are some facts about the race this year.
  • This race will be a true 5K. There will be Chip Time for the more competitive runners. Runners start at 7:30 & Walkers begin at 7:50
  • There will be a "Munchkin Mile" run for our youngest up and coming runners
  • Shuttle service from Bear Creek Intermediate School
  • Funds are distributed through our campus counselors as they become aware of needs.
  • A majority of the time, the families in need do NOT ask for help. Most often, contact is initiated by one of our counselors.
  • This program doesn't just serve our economically disadvantaged families. Some of our KISD families suffer from life changing events (divorce, death of a spouse, house fire, etc.) and need a hand from time to time.
  • This program is a one-time helping hand for students in need in KISD. ALL funds brought in are kept LOCALLY and serve only our Keller ISD families!
  • Please invite our families to join on Facebook!