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L.O. Donald Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Finish STRONG!

The end of the school year is almost here. 13 more days to be exact. Let's finish strong! ACP testing begins Wednesday, May 18 and will conclude Thursday, May 27. Since class time will abbreviated due to testing in the morning, please work with your teammates to ensure you have the time you need to prepare your students for the ACP.

You are an amazing group of educators! You got this. Take care of yourself and FINISH STRONG!

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May 16-20, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

  • Prepare your students for ACP testing
  • No PD after school

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • 8:00-12:00 First Aid training – J. Sanitago
  • 8:15-8:35 PLC Meeting – Specials Team
  • 8:50-9:40 PLC Meeting - 2nd grade
  • 9:45-10:35 PLC Meeting - Kindergarten
  • 10:40-11:30 PLC Meeting - 1st grade
  • 12:05-12:55 PLC Meeting - 3rd grade
  • 1:00-1:50 PLC Meeting - 4th grade
  • 1:55-2:45 PLC Meeting - 5th grade
  • 3:15-4:30 LPAC Cum Folder Updating in the library (optional)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

  • 8:30-10:00 Social Studies ACP 3-5
  • 11:00-1:00 KFP Principals’ meeting
  • 1:00-5:00 Districtwide Principals’ meeting

Thursday, May 19, 2016

  • Last day for Summatives
  • 8:30-10:00 Language Arts ACP 3-5
  • 3:15-4:30 Visioning: Planning for 2016-17 in the library (optional)
  • 4:00-4:30 Guidance Advisory Committee Meeting: Counselor Chat

Friday, May 6, 2016 - Field Day

  • 8:30-10:30 Field Day - PK, FLS & TC
  • 9:00-11:00 Field Day - Kindergarten
  • 9:30–11:30 Field Day - 1st grade
  • 10:00-12:00 Field Day - 2nd grade
  • 10:30– 2:30 Field Day - 3rd grade
  • 11:00–1:00 Field Day - 4th grade
  • 11:30–1:30 Field Day - 5th grade
  • 4:00-7:00 5th grade Dance


5/23 Science ACP - Grades 3 & 4

5/23 CIC Summer PD Planning

5/24 Math ACP – Grades K-2 & 5

5/24 Office Manager Meeting

5/25 Reading ACP – Grades K-2 & 5

5/26 ART, Music & PE ACP – Grade 3-5

5/27 5th grade trip to NASA

5/27 PK Awards Showcase

A Conversation about Our Beliefs, Vision, & Mission: Planning for 2016-17

This Thursday afternoon, I would like to invite to a conversation about our vision, beliefs, and mission. Everyone is invited, but no one is required to attend. We will be planning for the 2016-17 school year. For us to grow and develop into the school our students need to intentional about what we believe, who we want to be, and the steps we are willing to take to fulfill our mission.

Beliefs create vision and drive action. Purpose-driven organizations are clear about what they believe, who they are, why they exist, what vision they seek to realize, and what missions they must accomplish.

(from Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas)

Ten years ago 35 superintendents, including Dr. Hinojosa, came together to discuss a new vision for public education in Texas. They created “Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas: A Work in Progress for Conversation and Further Development.” Some of the things they call for are:

  • Schools that are safe havens for students physically and emotionally, where students and teachers feel liberated to develop and nurture the whole person.
  • Students who are encouraged to cultivate their curiosity and who realize questions are sometimes more important than answers.
  • A culture that inspires all to do their best and a curriculum that is relevant, challenging, and meaningful.
  • Students who own their learning, who can remember what they learned, and who can apply it wherever and whenever needed.


  • Schools that are kid-friendly and safe, with multiple and varied learning spaces incorporating state-of-the-art technology, and possessing the capacity, in alliance with the community, to meet the needs of all children and youth.
  • Schools that are staffed by competent, committed adults who are supported and appreciated, and who understand their first priority is the children they serve.
  • Schools that foster a sense of community, where local citizens know that the schools belong to them and they are responsible for the quality of education and creating the community conditions in which great schools can flourish.

The conversation will center around what makes Donald a great school and what do we need to change or do better. We will meet in the library at 3:15.

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L.O. Donald Campus Priorities 2015-16

  • Improve academic achievement through data-driven and small group instruction.
  • Build a strong, achievement-oriented campus culture.
  • Improve parent involvement and school-community relationships.

L.O. Donald Goals 2015-16

  • 80% of students will meet the passing standard on STAAR reading/math in grades 3-5.
  • 70% of students will meet the passing standard on STAAR writing in grade 4.
  • 85% of students will meet the passing standard on STAAR science in grade 5.
  • 80% of students will perform on or above grade level on the Iowa/Logramos K-2