Mars Memo

The End is Near


Change is inevitable and usually a good thing but it can cause STRESS.... (stating the obvious, I know).

  • Jessica Parmerlee has volunteered to transfer to kindergarten for next year and has already started to meet with the K/Y5 team.
  • Jill Roberts and now Mishiki McIntyre have left for other adventures ... as they join Stacy Roach and Dennie Riley in leaving Mars
  • For next year Matt Schlutt, Amanda Janke and Marthita Chadwick will be looking for teaching jobs. I wish them well at the same time I hope to have them back at Mars next year
  • Danny Bartz will be the district's full time special education director... I will miss him at Sylvester but am selfishly glad that I can count on him with the tough work of helping students with extreme needs/disabilities

I suspect there will be more changes. Look for email updates this summer.

19 Days or Less to Deal with the Following...

There are several things to finish up and I want to give you all some dates to put on your calendars. Specific forms that are referenced below can be found under the employee tab on the district website. Please talk to me if you have any questions.

  • Make sure your Field Trips are on the electronic school calendar
  • Summer School Lists of Students due in the office by May 19
  • This is the last week for Student of the Week (who hasn't been picked?)
  • If your class has had 3 or more days of perfect attendance, tell me by May 20
  • DPPD forms are due to me by May 27
  • Probationary teacher forms documenting their additional PD hours are due May 27
  • Updated website pages to Heather by June 1 (MUST BE DONE...People are looking)
  • Dates for summer teaming work to me before you meet or by July 30 (2 days, 6 hours each, lunch time does not count, must meet on campus, $95.00/day stipend)
  • Essential Standards for Math and ELA are due to me by August 29
  • Grade Level Curriculum Guides are due to Emma and I by August 29
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New Physical Address for Mars

430 W. Mars Street

You may have seen the numbers 430 above the entrances that have been put there in the last month. This has been quite a process to get individual address for the different buildings on campus. This physical address will be used for deliveries and driving directions to get folks directly to us. Google, first responders, and delivery companies are using this now. Our mailing address will remain One Sylvester Ave.

Tuesday's Staff Meeting

Tuesday's Staff Meeting will be an informational meeting about guidelines for students with specific learning disabilities and what staff needs to know in relation to these. Jamie Bennett from the RESA will be presenting and our district RESA staff will be in attendance. They will be open to questions and thoughtful conversations. I would like to start no later than 7:45.

We All Need an Inspirational Message from Time to time

Admiral McRaven addresses the University of Texas at Austin Class of 2014

Spirit Days

We will participate in the district-wide Jeans for Jen for the remainder of the year.

Good News..... Jen is planning on being back full time next year!

May 20 Jeans for Jen ($5.00)

May 27 Field Day

June 03 Jeans for Jen ($5.00)

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Darla has Left the Building

Here are dates and times that I know I have obligations to be away from the building. If there becomes a need for an administrator, Vicki and Desiree know who to contact. Chelsea is always first choice if she is available.

  • May 16 Administrative Meeting at CO 9:30-11:30
  • May 16 At CO 1:00-2:00; School Board Meeting 7:00-8:30
  • May 17 Doctor Appointment 1:30-2:30
  • May 17 ELL Parent Night 6:00-8:00 and PLTW Demonstration Night 6:00-7:30
  • May 18 District School Improvement at Virtual 8:00-3:00
  • May 19 Coffee with Campbell 9:00 AM
  • May 23 Administrative Meeting at CO 9:30-11:30
  • May 24 Elementary Principals' Meeting at RESA 7:00-10:00 AM; Tech Cohort Meeting 4:00-5:00
  • May 25 Launch Meeting at CO 7:40 - 8:30 AM; Instructional Rounds PD at the RESA 8:00-3:30
  • May 31 Meeting at CO 4:00-?
  • June 1 Literacy Training at the RESA 8:00-3:30
  • June 2 School Board Meeting 7:00-8:30

Updates and Need to Knows

  • May 16 School Board Meeting at Virtual 7:00-8:30PM
  • May 17 Full Staff Meeting 7:45 AM (Guest Speaker)
  • May 17 ELL Parent Night 6:00-8:00 and PLTW Demonstration Night 6:00-7:30
  • May 18 District SI Workshop at Virtual 8:00-3:30
  • May 19 Coffee with Campbell 9:00 AM
  • May 20 Building Discussion Aligning Science 12:00-3:30
  • May 23 SI Meeting 4:00-5:00; PTO at Mars 5:30-6:30
  • May 24 Tech Cohort Meeting 4:00-5:00
  • May 24 Kindergarten Music Program 6:30 PM
  • May 25 Launch Meeting at CO 7:40 - 8:30 AM
  • May 27 Field Day
  • June 2 School Board Meeting 7:00-8:30
  • June 8-10 Half Days
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Happy Birthday


17 Tim Cote; 19 Diana LaValley; 20 Faith Tom; 29 Cara Rumer


07 Vicki Spitzke; 24 Sarah Carrington


03 Renee Peddie; 12 Chelsea Pollyea


07 Duane Fast; 13 Megan Roth; 15 Michele Tucker; 17 Diane Underwood

20 KeriAnn Wishart; 30 Melissa Beregsasy

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