iCan@ KellerHarvel

Spring Break Edition & week of March 16-20

Congratulations Robin!

Robin Allen has been selected as one of the Top Five Finalists for Keller ISD's Elementary Teacher of the Year! When the email came this afternoon, I surprised her during 2nd grade team meeting. We are so proud of you, Robin and will be routing for you!

Rotel Reminder of the Week

What does it mean to be a superhero? We're all fighting for the better good. But, at the same time, I think what stands out is, as superheroes, you don't give up; you don't surrender. I think that's what makes a superhero.

Ellen Wong

Superhero posture turns you into a superhero!

Harvard social scientist affirms that just 120 seconds of powerful posture increases testosterone (dominance hormone) about 20%, while dropping cortisol (stress hormone) ~25%. - See more at: http://www.creativitypost.com/psychology/power_posing_like_a_super_hero_transforms_you_into_one#sthash.5QSwxgYs.dpuf

Super Hero Day!

Students and teachers donated$1.00 to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and wore their super hero capes/pjs. We raised almost $100.00 for the ADA!

Way to go Cowboys! A special shout out to PE superheros Mrs. Shipp & Mrs. Smith and SuperNurse Rhonda for organizing this fun event.

iCan@KHES Staff Meetings every Thursday from 3:15 - 4:30

March 12 - Spring Break - no meeting :)

March 19 - STAAR Training - please plan to stay until at least 5:00 pm

March 26 - no meeting due to Science Fair

April 2 -Reflection & Critical Thinking (rescheduled from March 5)

Upcoming Dates to Remember

3/9 - 3/13 - Spring Break Holiday

3/17 - PTA Cowboy Stampede Fun Run during co-curr

3/19 - Sky Ranch visits 4th grade at KHES

3/20 - 4th grade visits Sky Ranch

3/23 - Character Assembly (NEW DATE)

3/26 - Science Fair

3/26 - PTA General Meeting/ Mad Science presents "Fire & Ice"


3/30-3/31 - 4th graders will be taking the Writing STAAR test

4/10 - PTA General Meeting & Cosmic Bowling

Questions for Critical Thinking - Level 1 ~ Knowledge

Bloom's Taxonomy divides the way people learn into three domains. One of these is the cognitive domain which emphasizes intellectual outcomes. This domain further divides into categories which are arranged progressively from the lowest level of thinking, simple recall, to the highest, evaluating information. We will be revisiting these categories for the next 6 weeks. Be sure and check out the graphic below for more ideas on how to integrate technology too.

Level 1 Knowledge - exhibit memory of previously-learned material by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers.

Key words - who, what, why, when, omit, where, which, choose, find, how, define, label, show, spell, list, match, name, relate, tell, recall, select

Question stems -

  • What is...?
  • Where is...?
  • How did _____ happen?
  • why did...?
  • When did...?
  • How would you show...?
  • Who were the main...?
  • Which one...?
  • How is...?
  • When did ___ happen?
  • How would you explain...?
  • How would you describe...?
  • Can you recall...?
  • Can you select...?
  • Can you list the three...?
  • Who was...?
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GT Testing

Nominations for GT testing and screening will be accepted until 3:30 pm Friday, May 1st for grades 1-11. This date isn’t flexible as we each have to schedule testing at multiple campuses which can be quite challenging. Testing materials must be ordered for younger grades, too. GT testing begins Monday May 11th, and we begin the race to complete it within our two week testing window.

KISD Film Festival deadline EXTENDED!

The KISD Film Festival deadline has been extended! Films are now due Monday, March 23rd!

HR Information

Teacher Transfer Fair

The Online Teacher Transfer window opens Monday, February 23rd and it will close Sunday, March 15th at midnight. Instructions for how to complete this process were emailed on Wednesday, February 25th.

The Teacher Transfer Fair Day will be on Tuesday, March 24th at 4:00 p.m. in the Texas Rooms at the Education Center.

2015 Early Resignation Notice Incentive/Perfect Attendance Incentive - Extended to March 31

In order to assist campuses with planning for the 2015-16 school year, Keller ISD is again offering an Early Resignation Notification Incentive of $750 to the first 100 teachers and other professional instructional staff such as counselors, librarians, diagnosticians, LSSP, nurses, etc. who submit a resignation/retirement letter to their campus principal by March 31, 2015. This early notification will help principals determine staffing and recruitment needs for next year. In addition, teachers who submit their letter by March 31, 2015 will receive an additional $250 for perfect attendance from April 1 through the end of the school year. To be eligible, the employee must be on a probationary, term or continuing contract. This information is in DWW on February 25th.

Teacher of the Month Gallery

U.S. Wellness/Marathon Health to provide Biometric Screening

Thursday, March 19th 10:00 - 11:45

In the Science Lab. You must make an appointment. An email was sent to you on 2/20 telling you how to schedule an appointment.

  • For employees who are using the district plan.
  • A biometric screening includes a full cholesterol check.

The Keller ISD Film Festival is back and looking for student filmmakers to show off their creative talents behind and in front of the camera.

The festival is an opportunity for students to develop their visual literacy and expand their educational experience in Keller ISD by fostering the creativity, artistic, communication and technical skills required for producing a movie. Students have seven entry categories to choose from including: Story, Comedy, Music Video, Documentary, PSA Plus, and Animation. Entries can be made anytime between January 5 - March 16.

Students have the chance to be honored at an Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2015, hosted at a new venue: the spectacular Alliance Cinemark XD Movie Theater. Students can win trophies, certificates, prizes, and more!

Also new this year is a category for Vine videos. Students are invited to produce an engaging and creative six-second video using nothing more than their smart device camera.

For more information on the Film Fest, including details on how to submit your entries, visit www.KellerISD.net/Film

KHES needs representatives! The Literacy Institute dates are set!

The 12 day Literacy Institute is designed to enhance authentic teaching in reading and writing using research based interactive activities. Participants will experience the Institute from a learner’s perspective as trainers share writing strategies to help teachers differentiate to meet the needs of their students.

This year you have two Institutes to choose from:

Summer I: May 14,19,21,28 and June 8-11, 15-18


Summer II: July 27-20, August 3-6, Sept. 23, 30, and Oct. 7, 14

Sessions are limited to 30 participants, so sign up early to reserve your spot. Completion of 12 days = 72 CPE hours, GT and Sheltered Instruction 6 hours mailto:Joanna.ratliff@kellerisd.net updates.

Contact for additional information: Joanna.ratliff@kellerisd.net

Save the Date for Keller University!

"Keller University" will take place July 20th through 23rd. Check out who is coming below! Please add these dates to your calendar and look for more information in the coming months. You and your team will not want to miss it! Interested in presenting? Use the following Google link http://goo.gl/teSSZv to apply. The deadline for your application is March 5th.
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