Whitley Road Elementary School

Week 33, May 2 - 6, 2016

Girls Night Out at WRES

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Motivation for Teachers
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PLC Groups for Tuesday:

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Info from Principal's Meeting:

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Teaching Reading Next Year?

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The 12 day Literacy Institute is designed to enhance authentic teaching in reading and writing using research-based interactive activities. Participants will experience the Institute from a learner’s perspective as trainers share writing strategies to help teachers differentiate to meet the needs of their students. The Institute is recommended for all teachers who desire to better understand how to teach and support writing in the classroom. The curriculum used is from Abydos Learning International. This year we are offering two different sessions.

Fall 2016 Session plans to offer childcare for school-aged children if needed and will include 4 summer days, 4 instructional days, and 8 night classes:

August 1-4 (8:00-3:00),

Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 26, and Nov. 15 (Sub Days 8:00-3:30), and

Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 13, 20, and Nov. 3, 10 (5:00-8:00 pm).

Summer 2017 Session will include 4 instructional days and 8 summer days:

May 16, 18, 23, 25 (Sub Days 8:00-3:30) and

June 5-8, 12-15 (8:00-3:00).

Sessions are limited to 35 participants, so sign up early to reserve your spot. Completion of 12 days = 72 CPE hours, GT and Sheltered Instruction 6 hr. up-dates/exchange time.

For further information, please contact Joanna Ratliff.

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EOY Assessment Calendar Updated 4/29/16...

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News from your Principal -

Feedback for Hill due by May 16th.

Keller University 2016 – a four-day learning conference for Keller ISD teachers and employees – will be held July 18-21 at Central High School. Watch District-Wide Wednesday and your email inbox for the Keller University Catalog that will be available beginning May 2. Peruse the many learning opportunities, select your favorites, and then plan on registering for your selections on Friday, May 6!

Technology has asked that all KISD Employees update their contact information in EAC. Please use the link below to access the site. Click HERE to Update Info in EAC

Keller ISD will hold its annual Board of Trustees Election this May with Place 1, Place 2, and Place 3 up for an election.

  • Each seat is being contested this election. Get to know more about the candidates by attending the Keller Council of PTAs' School Board Candidates Forum at 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Education Center.

    Below are some key dates to be aware of in preparation for this year's election:

    • Last Day to Register to Vote for May Election – Thursday, April 7, 2016
    • Early Voting Begins – Monday, April 25, 2016
    • Council of PTAs Board Candidate Forum – 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at KISD Education Center
    • Early Voting Ends – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
    • Election Day – Saturday, May 7, 2016

    For more information on this year's election, visit the 2016 Board of Trustees Election page on KellerISD.net.

Documentation for RtI groups - DUE weekly. Please make sure you are uploading your information.


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News from your Assistant Principal -

STAAR Round 2 Math and Reading:

· Covering of halls started last week. Thank you all who had a jump start on this. Please see bullet below regarding the covering of halls.

· This year, STAAR will occur on Monday, May 9th, right after the weekend. All instructional materials in hallways and classrooms should be covered by Weds. May 4th. We need to be test ready before the weekend. We are testing in many areas, therefore, all hallways will need to be covered ( Kinder hallway, main hallway, Specialists Hallways, 3rd and 4th grade hallways, along with 2nd and the gym hallway).

EOY Dyslexia Testing:

· The testing window starts on May 16th. Cheryl and I met to review names and numbers.

News from your Librarian -

May 2 Extra books will be checked out to 3rd and 4th grade students this week in preparation for STAAR

May 9 & 10 Library Closed for STAAR

May 11,12, & 13 I will be sending out a revised schedule for when your class should come this week for their library time so I can get everyone fit in. It just so happens that this is also the last week to bring your class to the library for their weekly scheduled time.

May 13 Last day for students to check out books.

May 17 Library is closed for Instructional Rounds. Karen will also be out of the building that day at a district librarian meeting. There will not be a substitute in the library, so please do not send kids.

May 18 Mrs. Ever’s from the Watauga Public Library comes to speak about the summer reading program and activities that will be offered. This will happen in the auditorium. 4th is out this day at Camp Carter. I will find a time to fill the students in on what Mrs. Evers shares.

May 18,19, & 20, from 7:30-3:15 daily, Scholastic BOGO Book Fair (Buy one book, get one book of equal or lesser value free). It also includes all of the posters and toy-like things that they sell. When adding this information to your grade level newsletters, please add that all library book fines for lost and damaged books, must be taken care of before shopping at the Book Fair. I realize that student books are not officially due until the 20th, but I’m referring to students I keep begging and the parents I have emailed about returning or paying for a book(s).

May 20 All student iPads that are checked out need to be returned by the end of today and will be unavailable the rest of the year. I’m not sure yet about teacher iPads. All student books are due. Students can definitely turn them in early as well!

May 27 All books that are not professional resources that have been checked out by faculty members need to be returned. You can definitely turn them in early, too!

May 23 Reading Bingo Party at 9:30am in the auditorium