Principal Connection

January 3, 2016


Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break. I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2016 with you all as we work together for Davis children!


All staff will start the day together in the cafeteria.

8-8:15am: Welcome/Overview

8:15-11am: PBL (Special ed staff will work on other activities.)

11am-12pm: Lunch

12-1pm: Canvas

1-1:15pm: Break

1:15-3:00pm: Parent & Teacher Collaboration Night

TEACHER OF THE YEAR: ​The process for Teacher of the Year selection will begin this week. See below for more information on criteria, process, and timeline for selecting our campus Teacher of the Year. You will receive an email by Tuesday afternoon with the initial electronic ballot listing all eligible teachers.

Who is eligible for Teacher of the Year?

  • A full-time teaching professional (i.e. classroom teachers, Instructional Coaches, and Reading Specialists) with at least 3 years of experience, the last 3 of which occur in Austin ISD (including the current year)- Counselors, librarians and teaching administrators are not eligible.
  • A teaching professional who does not plan on retiring during the next academic year
  • A teaching professional who spends the majority of their day teaching children in a classroom
  • Not eligible are those teaching professionals who were selected as that campus’ teacher of the year during the previous three years.

What characteristics should Teacher of the Year possess?

  • Teacher of the Year should be: A teaching professional who exhibits demonstrable improvement in student performance; A teaching professional who exemplifies excellence in teaching
  • Per TEA- Candidates should be skillful, dedicated teachers who plan to actively continue classroom teaching. They should take an active role in their communities as well as their schools, and be professional, poised and articulate. The most important criterion in evaluating nominees is their ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

What is the process and timeline for selecting Teacher of the Year?

  • Week of January 4: Each teacher receives an electronic ballot with all eligible teachers listed and casts a vote. Voting guidelines: Only professional staff may vote; One vote per staff member.
  • Week of January 11: Top 3 candidates with the most preliminary votes move on to the final round of voting. Each finalist submits ‘Educational History and Professional Development’ form. This information is posted in a common area (staff lounge) for the week.
  • Week of January 18: Each teacher receives an electronic ballot with 3 finalists listed and casts a vote. Voting guidelines: Only professional and classified staff may vote (no administrators); One vote per staff member.

DOLPHIN CAMP: It's already time to plan for Dolphin Camp 2016. All interested staff are invited to submit a proposal for hosting a camp. Dolphin Camp will be held the first week of summer break, June 6-10, 9am-3pm. We will again offer before/after camp care, 7:30-9am and 3-5pm, and would like to have two TAs provide this each morning/afternoon. Teachers will receive the standard hourly tutoring rate and TAs will receive their regular hourly rate. If you're interested in hosting a camp, but are not sure what to do, you may want to visit the Highland Park Elementary camp website for some great ideas:

Look for a note next week with more camp info and a link for completing a camp proposal. We are hoping to have all camp plans finalized by the end of January so that we can start registering students beginning in February.


  • Staff Development Day, Student Holiday


  • 3:05-4:00pm: Instructional Leadership Team Meeting, Library


  • Happy Birthday Jenna Rice!
  • Happy Birthday Megan Cormack!


  • 3:05-3:30pm: 4th Teachers, Lauren, Jannelle- 21st Century Planning Meeting






Monday-Friday, 8:30a,-2:30pm: STARBASE (5th- select students)

1/11, 3-4pm: Campus Innovation Team Meeting, Library

1/12, 9:00-9:20am: Fire, Weather, Lockdown Drills

1/12, 3:05-4:00pm: CAC Meeting, Rm 309

1/12, 3:05-4:00pm: PBS/SEL Meeting, Library

1/13, 9:30am-1:30pm: Bob Bullock Museum Field Trip (4th)

1/14, 9:00-10:30am: Brass Building Blocks Performance, Cafeteria

1/14, 6:00-7:30pm: Parent & Teacher Collaboration Night


1/18: MLK Holiday

1/19: DRA Testing Window Opens (K only)

1/19: TPRI Testing Window Opens (K, 1st, 2nd)

1/19, 6:00-7:30pm: Family Fitness Night

1/20, 10am-1:30pm: One World Field Trip (K)

1/20, 3-4pm: Technology Infrastructure Committee Meeting, Library

1/21, 3:05-4:00pm: Technology PD

1/21, 7-8:30pm: PTA Meeting

1/22, 8-10am: Art Career Fair (Garry), Cafeteria