OTE Star Staff News

March 25 - April 5

Our Next Week...

Monday, March 25

Mya’s Coaching Day

3rd – 5th verify grades by 10:00am

Picture orders due today

Camp Write-A-Lot 4th grade 9:00am

Tuesday, March 26

Minor’s Coaching day

Mya’s Off Campus (Fort Worth Job Fair)

Report cards go home today

TELPAS Testing

Wednesday, March 27

Mya's Coaching Day

Faculty Mtg 3:10pm

Thursday, March 28

ARD Mtg. (see separate schedule)

Principal’s Coffee 8:00am

Camp Write-A-Lot 9:00am & 1:00pm

PTA Executive Board Mtg 6:00pm

Friday, March 29

Spring Holiday!

Happy Birthday Paula Eason!

Check out this inspirational video created by the ADL, the same organization who leads our No Place For Hate Initiatives...

Imagine a World Without Hate (Official Video)

Out & About...

Star Gazing...

Congratulations to Mr. David McConnell , star teacher 4th teacher ...our STAR Teacher of the Week! We appreciate all you do for your students and our learning community! You are entitled to a five-day jeans pass and an opportunity to park in the space designated all next week! Thank you for all you do for our Star Texan community, David!


HUGE APPRECIATIONS to Kim Ryan and team for planning and hosting OTE's very own Reflections Ceremony last evening and to Courtney Sullivan for seeing and filling so many needs this week for various staff members and students!


Thank each of you so much for your dedication, service and commitment to helping each of our students achieve academic success! You truly embody the district's motto of "Every student will learn...whatever it takes!" You are amazing!!!


Remember to appreciate someone today!


Hope you take time to do something for you this weekend! See you Monday!

"The greatest sign of a success for a teacher...is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." -- Maria Montessori

Enrichment Tips of the Week...


Have you ever sat through a meeting or training and felt frustrated because you already knew the material? Did you feel it was a waste of your time, so zoned out? That is how many of our higher level and gifted students feel. The article below gives six easy tips to create a pretest so that our children have an opportunity to learn something new or dig deeper into the topic. Pretest only need to be around 10 questions and the teacher Moodle has everything you need to create one. Come see Sunny and I if you would like help getting one started or ideas for what to do with the kids who test out. http://www.byrdseed.com/six-traits-of-quality-pre-assessments/?icn=best


Have you ever wondered how you could incorporate creativity into your curriculum? In the article at http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb13/vol70/num05/Assessing-Creativity.aspx you will find a variety of ideas and even a creativity rubric!


--Tracey & Sunny

Tech Tools...

Check Out...

For all the pinners, here are 25 of the best in education Pinterest boards! Pin away!

http://www.teachthought.com/social-media/25-of-the-best-pinterest-boards-in-education/


Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/03/creating-classrooms-we-need-8-ways-into-inquiry-learning/

Professional Library: Resource of the Week!

Pass the Test

The Week After...

Monday, April 1

Mya’s Coaching Day

Spike Visits 3-5 Students!

Mya to attend iStation - TTMath Briefing (3:30pm-5:00pm)

Tuesday, April 2

STAAR Testing (Closed Campus)

  • 4th Grade Writing Day 1
  • 5th Grade Math

Wednesday, April 3

STAAR Testing (Closed Campus)

  • 4th Grade Writing Day 2
  • 5th Reading
Happy Birthday Julie Hudson!

Thursday, April 4

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

STAAR Testing (Make-ups)

SAC Mtg (Here at OTE!) 4:30pm

Friday, April 5

CAT Mtg 8:50am

SST Grade 5

STAAR Testing (Make-ups)

Saturday, April 6

Empty Bowl Festival @ Cedar Ridge HS 11:00-2:00

Sunday, April 7

Happy Birthday Eddy Piwetz!

Old Town Elementary

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