Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of December 3, 2018

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Reg 12 Math Coaching with Mr. A (Select Teachers) on Monday, December 3
  • Depth & Complexity Choice Board PD on Monday, December 3 at 4:00-5:00 pm at Technology (6th St) Conference Room **Sign up in Eduphoria**
  • CDMC Meeting on Tuesday, December 4 at 4:15 pm
  • Outstanding Teacher Award Ceremony on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 pm at University High School
  • Reg 12 Science Coaching (Select Teachers) on Wednesday, December 5
  • Inspiracion Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, December 5 at 1:00 pm (Library closed)
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, December 5 **LEADERSHIP MEETINGS**
  • Reg 12 #DigIn Twitter Chat about Digital Portfolios on Wednesday, December 5 at 8:00 pm
  • PLCs with Judy York on Thursday, December 6 **Bring your laptop**
  • Mayborn STEM Activity (Gr 1) on Friday, December 7
  • 5th Gr. Fieldtrip to CCMS on Friday, December 7 at 8:30-10:30 am
  • Student Leadership Lunch on Friday, December 7 at 11:00-Noon

Coming Up: CDMC on December 4

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PLCs with Judy York

Judy York will be leading PLCs on Thursday. Don't forget your laptop.

From Your Captain

We need all staff here on time daily. Your supervision is so important to making sure we keep our school safe. If you are running late, please text me.

We will be hiring a new PK aide for the spring semester. If you know of anyone that is interested, please encourage them to apply and let Mrs. Logan.

This is a busy time of year for everyone. Remember that campus and district policy is that daily lesson plans are posted by Friday for the following week. Posting your objective is also a requirement. If you are having technical issues with Eduphoria, please let Mrs. Boggess know.

We appreciate your flexibility next week during our Inspiracion Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday at 1:00 pm. We will have special visitors in the library and throughout the building. Don't forget to wear your ID badge!

Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Maynard will be visiting your classrooms on Monday - December 3, Tuesday - December 4 and Thursday - December 6 to provide a guidance lesson focused on responsibility and good citizenship. Be on the look out for an email and reminder in your box to help you remember your assigned time and date.

Conscious Discipline

Everyone has done a good job of reinforcing our school commitments. Just keep practicing and referring back to them!

  • Be Safe
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Ready to Learn

If you would like copies of any our school CHAMPS posters, please let Mrs. Helton know.

Hour of Code

For December, we will be celebrating Hour of Code instead of our regular Makerspace activity. Email Mrs. Helton for a good date/time for her to come to your class and do coding robots.
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Staff Members of the Week!

Congratulations Ms. Brenda Alvarado for being our Staff Member of the Week! She is smiling and on-time every day for morning duty and is always willing to help those in need.

Congratulations Mrs. Haskett for being our Teacher of the Week! She has been a blended learning pioneer and leader by creating classroom videos and QR code activities to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of her students.


Ditch that Textbook

If you haven't already, you should definitely checkout Matt Miller's "Ditch that Textbook" website at It's full of great articles about infusing technology and increasing engagement in the classroom.

Here's a snippet from a recent article from his website:

Here are 10 questions...that you can ask yourself to upgrade your lesson:

  1. Do learning activities and assessments allow students to engage in complex and messy (not simple) problem solving?
  2. Do students have the opportunity to design, create, make or otherwise add value that is unique to them?
  3. Is student work authentic and reflective of that done by experts outside of school?
  4. Are students creating real-world products or performances for authentic audiences? If yes, does student work make a contribution to an audience beyond the classroom walls to the outside world?
  5. Are students utilizing authentic, discipline-specific tools and technologies? (i.e. the actual tools and technologies that people in that discipline use)
  6. Who selected what is being learned and how it is being learned?
  7. Who selected which technologies are being used?
  8. Do students have the opportunity to initiate, be entrepreneurial, be self-directed, and go beyond the given parameters of the learning task or environment?
  9. Are digital technologies being used to facilitate the communication processes? (i.e. writing, photo/images, charts/graphs, infographics, audio, video, multimedia, transmedia)
  10. Are digital technologies utilized by students in both appropriate and empowering ways? (i.e. promoting digital citizenship)

Ditch Summit: PD On Your Couch

Sign up for FREE access to the Ditch Summit virtual conference on December 14. The best thing about this virtual conferences is that you will be able to watch the videos/presentations any time from now until December 31.

Sign up here:

Don't forget to record the PD in TTESS!

Coat Drive

Communities in Schools is collecting jackets and coats. Please drop off any outgrown, gently used, or new donations in the bin at the front office. Youth and adult sizes. For questions please contact Ms. Hernandez in CIS at 254-662-3050 ext 210. Donations accepted through December 21, 2018.
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