Austin ROO Staff Newletter

May 10, 2016

Summer Book Study (June 6 - July 29)

  • What Connected Educators Do Differently Book
  • One chapter a week (8 chapters in all)
  • Voxer discussion (Mon., Tues., Wed., Thur., Fri. Questions/Thoughts/Connections/Comments)
  • Goal for each staff member: Comment at least 5 times during the book study

Wise Words from Todd Whitaker

What Great Teachers Do Differently: Part One

Volunteer Luncheon - May 18th

Bring your favorite dish to share. Sign up sheet is located in the teacher's lounge.

May 19 - District Parent Dyslexia Meeting

  • At Austin Elementary
  • 6:00-7:00 pm

Positive Phrases to use with students

What if ...Every decision was based on these 4 questions?

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76% of our staff Tweeted within a week! 3rd grade, 5th grade and 6th grade had 100% participation!!!!

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Austin Staff Goal

  • Share the great things happening in your classroom (if you don't, who will)
  • Every staff member Tweets twice a day!
  • Advertise the "#austinblueroos"
  • How can we get more parents on Twitter?

#austinblueroos

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Upcoming Dates

May 12 - 6th grade band to Sandy Lake

May 12 - 7:00 p.m. WISD Board Meeting

May 13 - Roo Fest (5th grade, Kelley Long's class and Sarah Kline's class will be going)

May 13 - Kindergarten field trip

May 16 - Team Leader Day - off sight planning

May 17 - 6:30 p.m. Band Concert at Durant Auditorium

May 18 - Volunteer Luncheon (Bring something - sign up in the lounge)

May 18 - 3:45 CIT

May 19 - 3rd grade field trip

May 19 - 4:00 DEIC Meeting at BLC

May 19 - 6:00 - Dyslexia Meeting at Austin library/computer lab

May 20 - 4th grade field trip to the capital

May 20 - Kickball Tournament for Grades 5 and 6

May 24 - Kid Appreciation Day!

May 24 - Picnic Day!

May 24 - 3rd grade Talent Show (grades 1 and 2)

May 24 - Kindergarten and 6th grade to Durant Auditorium to Practice for graduation

May 24 - CiCi's Spirit Night

May 24 - 6:30 p.m. 6th grade Graduation at Durant Auditorium

May 25 - Awards Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Switch 2nd grade outclass to 8:00-8:45 a.m.

8:30 - 4th grade Awards

9:15 - 5th grade Awards

10:00 - 3rd grade Awards

1:45 - 2nd grade Awards

2:15 - 1st grade Awards

May 26 - 8:00 a.m. - Last AFV

May 26 - 9:00-9:30 Seniors Walk

May 26 - 9:30 6th grade Talent Show (grades 3, 4, and 5)

May 26 - End of year parties

May 26 - 11:45 a.m. Early Dismissal

May 26 - 1:30 p.m. - WISD staff recognition assembly at Durant Auditorium

May 27 - Field Day!

My 27 - 11:45 a.m. Early Dismissal

May 27 - 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten Graduation at Durant Auditorium

May 31 - 8:00-12:00 Teacher Workday (Last day on contract)

2016 Summer Compliance Bundle


  • In order to meet the training requirements in Texas statute, WISD will use online trainings offered by ESC 11. Each course is designed to take approximately 30 minutes or less.
  • Campus Instructional Staff will be required to complete all 11 trainings and will receive 1 day of comp time replacing November 22, 2016.
  • All other staff will be required to complete #1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11 and will receive ½ day of comp time that replaces ½ day of November 22, 2016.


Directions for registration will be sent to you in the next few weeks.

1. Bloodborne Pathogens

2. Bullying Prevention

3. Child Abuse & Maltreatment

4. Copyright

5. Teen Dating Violence & Abuse

6. FERPA: Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act

7. Internet Safety

8. Section 504

9. Sexual Harassment

10. Suicide Prevention

11. Texas Educator's Code of Ethics


  • Each of the eleven courses listed above will be available during each training cycle shown in the schedule below. Participants may complete all courses within a single training cycle or elect to complete different courses in different cycles. At the conclusion of a training cycle, if you have completed all of the required course activities, your name will be submitted to Region 11’s Registration Office. The participant will then receive a confirmation email that includes a link to a course evaluation. The session, along with its credit hours, will appear on your transcript at ESC 11 once you complete the course evaluation.
  • June 20th - June 26th
  • June 27th - July 3rd
  • July 5th - July 10th (note difference in start date, due to holiday)
  • July 11th - July17th
  • July 18th - July 24th
  • July 25th - July 31st
  • August 1st - August 7th
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We want to hear from you! Complete the form below if you want to. Thanks in advance!

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TWEET - #whywisd #austinblueroos

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What is the difference between group work and cooperative learning?

RSVP - Roo Student Voice Period

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