The Echo Memo: Feb. 1, 2016

A weekly memo to the Smith staff from your leadership team.

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Bright Spots from the Week....

WEEK # 21

VIEW PHOTOS - of last week's Bright Spots! PLEASE add more from what you see! :)

  • Pledgers, Greeters, Artists, Writers!
  • Words on the WALLS - thank you 2nd grade "Pathway to Change"
  • RtI math and reading toolkit from MS. LAWSON! WTG!

EVERYONE NEEDS TO ADD Your Photos and if you like them - please click the heart to "Like" them or add comments if you wish! :) Let's communicate! Takes 2 minutes.

Download the app: Cluster and use this link to join the Smith Group:

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Response to Intervention Tools - See Lakien Lawson - 2nd grade - for this great way to organize!

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This Week's Highlights - View Calendar for full detail

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Professional Development -

This week - Flipped Learning Session: Thursday, Feb. 4th

VE is presenting at a Technology Conference on Wednesday. Follow the learning.


Music Program featuring the 4th grade students, Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 2pm / 7pm

Smith Supporters - Sweetheart Dance, Thursday, Feb. 11th, 6:30pm

Valentine's Day Parties - plan ahead for Feb. 12th

  • Be on the LOOK OUT for Bulletin Board Vocabulary Focus
  • Student Grade Level Data Notebook Learning Walks
  • Report Card Failure Follow ups
  • Data Accountability Conferences
  • Writing Portfolio Collection

Morning Announcements

Morning Announcements Schedule:

This week is J. Pope's class of PRE-Kindergarten students

  • Select students for the week by MONDAY and have ready to roll.

  • Post their names in your room as a reminder.

  • Students will need to be in the office at 8:00am, ready to lead.

Growing Great Readers - Let's Nurture the Leaves! Update those K-2 trees!

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Questioning - Be Prepared

*A PEDAGOGY OF QUESTIONING* How can I improve questioning in the classroom? How can I help my students ask better questions and ensure the learning sticks?" At a minimum, teachers need to learn the following idea in order to become more proficient at questioning...more

ESTAR / SMI Schedule for Smith Elementary Campus

Smith Elem will begin testing ESTAR-SMI on Monday, February 1, 2016. All testing has to be completed by Thursday, February 4, 2016. ... more »

Update from Smith Supporter Group: Partnerships Make the Difference

A Quick Note from Smith Supporters and our friends at Trinity Methodist Church Greetings Smith Staff: Smith Supporters, in partnership with Trinity Methodist Church, are working hard to support the faculty and students grow into great leaders. more »

Audit Scheduled for Feb. 10th of Smith Elem Cafeteria

Duncanville ISD Child Nutrition is scheduled for an Administrative Review on February 10, 2016. This audit is conducted by Texas Department of Agriculture and USDA. Smith Elementary campus has been selected, therefore auditors will be in our building starting Feb. 10th during breakfast and lunch. This audit should have minimum impact on the day to day operations at your campus.

Love and Logic Parenting Class - Please Share with Parents

Parents are invited to attend a series of six FREE classes to learn about parenting with love and logic.... more »

Primary Classroom Lesson Frames

A Reader Writes Primary Classroom Lesson Frames For Kinder and 1st Grade...

Coming Soon -- One School One Book: A Shared Reading Adventure!

Smith Elementary will embark on a special project, an all school book club called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book...

Tutoring After School Starts Jan. 20th

Smith After School Tutoring Info Sheet: One-Pager 2015-2016 Start Date: January 20, 2016. At this time, only 3rd and 4th grade students will participate, with a focus on Reading and Math. LINK to information goal sheet ... more »

Bulletin Boards are Teaching Tools

You may have noticed that we have new boards and cork strips to display student work.

Academic Vocabulary: Empowering Our Students

On Thursday before winter break, Mrs. Texada, Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Wilson met to discuss ways in which our school - SMITH ELEM - could increase understanding...

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