The Hero Focus

Heritage Staff Newsletter - January 9, 2017

Dear Heritage Heroes,

Thanks for your focus, commitment, and learning last Thursday and Friday with Amber Richards. Your questions and conversations were very impressive!

As you evaluate your math block be sure you are incorporating number talks and problem solving every day. Here is a link to the KISD Math Framework for instruction. When you get to the site, click on instruction, and then Math Frameworks for Instruction. I have also included a picture summary below of the daily percentages that are needed for each component of math instruction.


It is crucial that our students are working with number sense and problem solving each day. The more opportunities they have to stretch their thinking and add to their bag of strategies the more confident and successful they will be come. Be sure to talk with Amber or Mallory if you are struggling to figure out how to incorporate all components into your math instruction.

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Updates and FYI's

  • Jan. 10th: Severe Weather Drill 2:15
  • Jan. 12th - End of Six Weeks grades uploaded by Jan. 12th and finalized by 4:00 on January 17th.
  • Jan. 12th - Rise and Shine Assemblies
  • Jan. 13th - Professional Development - more information below
  • Jan. 16th - MLK Day - Student and Staff Holiday
  • Jan. 19th: Fire Drill 10:15
  • Jan. 20th - CBA data due in Aware
  • Jan. 20th: Report Cards Available in HAC


Upcoming Events to have on your radar:


  • March 24th - 12 hours of EQ time due
  • Check to see how you are doing on getting your 6 hours of GT update

TELPAS Update

Telpas is right around the corner. The new Rater training window will open Jan 30 through February 17. We are looking at getting a half day floating sub to cover the new rater training.


  • Feb. 13 Writing collection begins
  • School wide calibration day will be on Feb. 20

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Professional Development


  • Jan. 11th - PLC - We will share the first phase of the after school tutoring program for third and fourth grade students. All teachers will have the opportunity to help out and can earn $25.00 an hour. More details will be provided in this week's PLC.


  • Jan. 12th: Amber Richards on campus - please schedule to have her come in to model and/or observe you teaching the problem solving process.


  • Jan. 12th: VIP Professional Learning Meeting - Dyslexia Update


  • Jan. 13th: Writing Workshop Training and Composition Scoring: Start time 8:00 a.m. The morning will be training and the afternoon agenda will include time for you to score your Writing Benchmarks. Be sure that your students have taken their Writing Benchmark, so that you will have time to collaborate and score using your students authentic work. Be sure to sign up in Eduphoria.



  • Jan. 17th - 19th: Kasey Smith on Campus for ELA support



  • Jan. 18th: Analyze the results of the Writing Benchmarks


  • Jan. 18th: Amber Richards on campus - please schedule to have her come in to model and/or observe you teaching the problem solving process.


  • Jan. 19th: Dream Team Meetings


  • Jan. 25th: PLC meetings - Data Analysis for Reading and Math CBA's


  • Jan. 26th: Team Leader Meeting

Letterland Training and Support Update for K-2 Teachers

Thanks for welcoming our visitors on Monday afternoon. The National Letterland Trainer will be visiting our campus to observe, support, and conduct a Q and A at 3:30 for all teachers implementing Letterland.

It's Time for the Keller Film Festival Competition

Hopefully this week you should be seeing posters go up throughout your campus for this year’s Film Festival. I want to thank you for promoting this great opportunity to your students, and let you know a few highlights of this year’s festival in order for you to do that more effectively.

  • This is the 9th year of the Film Festival, and we are accepting online entries NOW through March 20 (the day we return from Spring Break)
  • 7 categories to choose from, including comedy, music video and documentary. Enter by yourself, with your friends, or as a class project!
  • Finalists will be honored at an Oscars-style Awards Ceremony to be held in May where they will receive certificates, trophies and prizes.
  • The “Filmmaker Campus of the Year” trophy is awarded to the school that enters the most films.
  • All the information can be found on the website www.kellerisd.net/film.
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