Sloan Creek Intermediate School

The Leopard- October 15th

Are you ready to TACKLE the CHALLENGE?

3 Focuses for High Reliability
SCIS Week 8

Culture Quote Connection:

"Kids only walk through the sixth day of fifth grade one time; that is our one opportunity to get it right. Therefore, there is an urgency to the business of education at Sloan Creek"

As we know, getting it right for our sloan creek learners centers on high quality team planning. As we get busy this time of year, it is tempting to rush through planning and become task oriented. We want each team to spend 80% of the time during planning thinking and sharing the "How" of instruction and only 20% of the "What and When".

Below are Rick DuFour's 4 questions to be asked in planning. I would strongly encourage your teams to take some extra time, ask your team to answer these questions so that we "get it right" in planning so that our instruction is rigorous and tightly aligned.

1. What is it that we want our students to learn?

  • What knowledge, skills, and dispositions do we expect them to acquire as a result of this course, grade level, or unit of instruction?

2. How will we know if each student has mastered it?

  • What evidence will students provide us that they have learned at the end of the class today?

3. How will we respond when some of our students do not learn?

  • What process will we put in place to ensure students receive additional time and support for learning in a timely, directive and systematic way?

4. How will we enrich and extend the learning for students who are already


  • For our learners who already have understanding of the concept, how do we extend the learning for them to grow them?

Bright Spots

Nina Hopkins and Courtney Mann: Communication Bright Spot for using Class Dojo to communicate with parents and Students! The way you have “modified” it for your own use is AWESOME! You are trail blazing innovators…

Cyndi Anderson: Flexibilty Bright Spot for the amazing amount of work you are juggling with teaching and grading for nearly 150 students and planning engaging lessons for 3 different class preps DAILY…all we can say is WOW!

Rebecca Toomey: Flexibilty Bright Spot for being so flexible this week when her team had an issue with supplies for their Roller Coaster project she took charge and spent an evening getting what they needed. She is also providing a new team member with support and encouragement for planning adjustments and pacing. Thanks for taking making science projects a fun ride instead of a scary one!

Lara Underwood: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot for putting together 5th Grade Camp you deserve s’more love and appreciation! We know it’s a huge challenge and want to say THANK YOU!

Darlene Griffin: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot After getting coached up on Kagan at yesterday's staff meeting she has decided not only to accept challenge of trying out Kagan groups, but to TACKLE them! Her plan is to group her students in groups of four and start working on engagement. Way to go Darlene…

Caroline Garcia and Eva Logan: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot Caroline we appreciate your hutzpah in challenging yourself by teaching a new subject with your mentor teacher off campus and Eva you have not only tackled the tough challenges this year has presented your family, but you have returned to jump right in ready to problem solve the issue of not having a shared planning time.

Kathy Bankes and Christina Person: Student Engagement for using a Kagan strategy Quiz, Quiz Trade to make sure all learners are engaged! Thanks for the awesome, awesome example of how to use this great teaching tool!

If you know a staff member who should be considered for a Bright Spot in Technology Integration, Flexibility, Student Engagement, Tackling the Challenge or Cognitive Demand, Communication, Formative Assessment, or Grow Each Child send Ms. Peschke their name, the category, and why you are nominating them.

Nuts and Bolts


All 5th grade teachers coming to camp should attend the chaperone training on Thursday, October 15th @ 6:00 p.m.


The first nine weeks grading period ends this Friday, October 16th. Please ensure that your grade book has a minimum of 10 formative grades and 2 summative grades.

  1. 5th Grade -Grades are due by Monday 7:45
  2. 6th Grade-Grades are due by Tuesday 7:45


Have you Joined PTA yet? 100% by 10.16.15- Free jeans for the remainder of October.

(10 full days of school!)


We need your feedback for our improvement: First 9 weeks survey here


Schedule your goal setting meeting with Ray or Lara.

For Lara: she has sent out an Evite sign up for her calendar.

For Ray: email Teri Duncan for an appointment.


Double check to ensure all summative assessments are on the calendar and labeled correctly. Remember only one summative test per day. Reminder to email Teri Duncan to put tests on the master calendar.


Friday “end of the grading period” sonic run. Click here

EVENTS FOR YOUR ADVANCED PLANNING: (see SCIS master academic calendar)


October 15th 5th Grade Chaperone Training 6:00 pm

October 16th End of the first 9 weeks

October 19-21 5th Grade Camp

  • Allyson Price, Traci Reagan, and Marci Peschke will be the acting administrators during 5th grade camp.
  • Vertical Alignment Team meetings cancelled for Wednesday

October 19-23 Digital Citizenship Week

LISD is doing a district wide initiative to bring this week into the classrooms. Our focus across the district is...Be safe, respectful and responsible online.

  • Social Studies class will do an introductory lesson and game. (6th on Monday, 5th on Thursday)
  • Tuesday-Friday there will be a video/announcements for students to view during morning announcements
  • Digital Citizenship awareness will be added to our website
  • Parent letter will be sent home on Thursday

October 22nd 1st 9 weeks report cards go home

October 22nd Reflect and Learn 6th grade (Allyson will schedule during planning)

October 23rd Reflect and Learn 5th Grade (Allyson will schedule during planning)


October 26th-30th Red Ribbon Week

October 26th Red Ribbon Pep Rally 1st period (College Shirt Day)

  • Shortened schedule after pep rally, all 9 periods.

October 26th 6th Grade Fine Arts Preview Concert (in evening)

October 27th Red Ribbon Week (Wear Red- Annual Tulip Planting)

  • Green Team and Student Council will plant tulips during each lunch

October 28th Red Ribbon Week (Elect to be drug free- Dress to impress day)

  • LHS Majestics and drumline welcomes students to school 7:20-7:45

October 29th Red Ribbon Week (Stand up for a cause- Wear your organizations you support/enjoy)

October 30th Red Ribbon Week (LOJO Spirit Day)

  • Poison Control Presentation to students. Kelly will get that time and schedule out to staff asap.


November 6th Principal Coffee- "Internet safety-What SCIS parents need to know" 7:45 a.m.

November 6th Progress Reports
November 8-12 Benchmark Testing (altered schedule Monday and Wednesday)

November 10th Thanksgiving Luncheon at Sloan Creek (Altered schedule on Tuesday)
November 11th Early Release for students (Professional learning 11:45-3:30)

November 11th Veterans Day celebration

November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break

SCIS Master Academic Calendar

Click here to check to see when summative assessments are being planned. Please only 1 summative assessment per grade level per day. All summative assessments should be on this calendar and your personal google calendar on your website please

Fall Book Club

Meet with your team, create your own thinking, share with the staff here by November 11th.

Lesson Planning

Share your team created lesson plans here each Friday

Digital Suggestion Box

Click here to give us anonymous feedback on areas that we can improve in and places that we are already meeting your expectations.

Sub Coverage

See current totals for who is covering classes