Old Town Star Staff News

December 15th through January 9th

Our ROCK STAR of the Week Is...

Debbie Clifton, one of OTE's Star 1st Grade Teachers!!! You are entitled to a week long jeans/shorts pass and the "traveling parking space trophy!!!" CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!!

A little about Ms. Clfiton...

How many years have you been an educator?


Tell us about your family....

I have 2 daughters, Ashley and Amber, who always make me laugh and keep me on my toes. Bill, my husband, keeps us all laughing and can be quite the prankster.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to try new dessert recipes, go horseback riding, and travel--especially to the beach.

What's the one thing you enjoy most about working with students and/or families at Old Town?

The hugs and smiles I receive each day from my students.

Tell us about one strength you possess.

Laughter---some days you just have to laugh at yourself and have fun. Life's too short!

*If you haven't already done so, please tell us a little about yourself here!

Weekly Reminders...

A friendly reminder to..

  • Greet your students each day!
  • Nominate students for the Principal's Wall of Fame! Simply catch them doing something kind for someone! Certificates in the lounge!
  • Affirm someone today!
  • "LIKE" and share OUR FACEBOOK PAGE! https://www.facebook.com/rrisd.oldtown
  • Check the Professional Learning and Events Calendar regularly for updates! Also, email Shannon any dates and events you would like to have added!

Our Next Week...

Monday, Dec 15

Mya’s Coaching Day

Earthworks Presentation 2nd grade (Science Lab)

Tuesday, Dec 16

Minor’s Coaching Day

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

Wednesday, Dec 17

Mya’s Coaching Day

Popcorn day

Star Store 3rd – 5th

½ day Technology Training 4th AM / 1st PM

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

Faculty Mtg. @ 3:05

Thursday, Dec 18

Mya’s Office Day

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

School Wide Spelling Bee 8-10:20am Cafeteria

Classroom Winter Parties

Last Day for Students

Friday, Dec 19

CAT Mtg 8:00am

Staff Prep Day

End of the 2nd Nine Weeks

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses” -Marilyn vos Savant

Links of the Week!

Click the link below to access great websites that are free and require no student registration!


Also check out this easy coding website to create stories, games, and animations and share with others around the world: http://scratch.mit.edu/

Aiming for the Stars...

What another full and exciting week back!!! A GINORMOUS THANK YOU to our SpEd and Intervention Teams for your coordination of the Parent Simulation Experiences last Friday! What a great turnout and such good feedback received!! HUGE APPRECIATIONS to the Kinder Team for your yummy Grinch themed treats!! BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Karen Fincher, Julie Powers, and our OTE Choir Rock Stars for their remarkable "Pirates Christmas" performance!

As always, THANK YOU for your hard work in preparing to deliver world class instruction to our STAR Texans! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!


The Week After...

Winter Break, Dec 22 – Jan 1/2/15

12/20 Happy Birthday Wendy Sanchez!

12/24 Happy Birthday Kasey Baize!

12/27 Happy Birthday Tracie Johnson!

Monday, Jan 5

Student holiday / Staff Development

PTA Welcome Back Breakfast 7:30

Happy Birthday Angela Schaack!

Tuesday, Jan 6

Minor’s Coaching Day

2nd semester begins

Last day for PTA Mini Grant Applications

BAS Window Opens 1st – 5th

Environmental Art Club 3:00

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Clawson!

Wednesday, Jan 7

Mya’s Coaching Day

Popcorn day

8:00 – 9:00 Grade 1 Aimsweb TEL/Fluency

9:00 – 10:00 Grade 2 Aimsweb Reading Fluency

Kg – 5th loading for report cards due by 10pm

Special Committees Mtg. @ 3:05

Thursday, Jan 8

Mya’s Office Day

8:00 – 10:00 Grade 1 Aimsweb TEN

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

OTE Times Mtg 3pm

Friday, Jan 9

CAT Mtg 8:00am

SST’s 3rd – 5th

Old Town Elementary Mission

To highly engage learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking