Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of March 4, 2019

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Interim (Online Mock STAAR) Math/Reading Testing (Gr 3-5) ALL WEEK
  • TELPAS Online Testing in Lab ALL WEEK
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Mayborn on Tuesday, March 5
  • Region 12 Make/Take PD with Mr. A (Gr PK/2) on Tuesday, March 5
  • Spring Break Academy Parent Meeting at AV on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:00 pm
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday,March 6 **BRING LAPTOP for Dreambox Data Webinar**
  • Campus Needs Assessment Survey Due Wednesday, March 6
  • Reading PLCs on Thursday, March 7
  • Region 12 Science Planning on Thursday, March 7
  • Pizza with the Principal on Thursday, March 7
  • Alta Vista Family Lunch on Friday, March 8

Please complete our Campus Needs Assessment Survey HERE. Your input is very valuable to us in planning for the next school year.

Coming Up: Spring Break Academy; March 18 Staff Planning Day; Lunch & Learn on March 20

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Reading PLCs

We will meet this Thursday for Reading PLCs. Don't forget to bring your student work samples and assessment data to discuss. Don't forget your laptop!
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From Your Captain

Lately, I have noticed more negativity in our PLCs. Remember that these are an opportunity for everyone to grow professionally which should be all of our goal. Please remember to come to PLCs as well as ARD and 504 meetings with student work and information to share so that these meetings and learning opportunities are meaningful and we maximize the time together.

I know many of you are growing tired and ready for spring break. Just a reminder that to many of our students that this is a stressful time to be going into a week without the nutrition, structure and caring environment that you provide each day. We want students to know we will miss them and we look forward to them being back with us. Some of us will have the pleasure of working with them over spring break. I am overjoyed at the response we have gotten from our students who are so excited to be with us for spring break for an engaging week of instruction. I hope everyone has a joyful spring break and has time to do some of the things you love with the people you love.

We will have guidelines of what needs to be done in rooms before spring break but make sure you have straightened up your room and electronics are turned off. we will be using all classrooms on 4th/5th grade hallway as well as Sharp, Haskett, Barnard and Art room for spring break academy. The teachers will need to be able to utilize projectors in those rooms. We will also be looking at technology needed for SBA staff.

If you need assistance getting something out of the storage sheds outside, please see Ms. Bonnie or Ms. Edwards. The doors have been left open and unlocked, and we don't want anything stolen.

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March 18 Professional Development

Review the PD Calendar for March 18 HERE to find out where you are supposed to attend training. When you are not at training, you should be on campus involved in grade-level planning.

Attendance & Duty

If you are teacher, make sure that you are planning to be here every Wednesday for Faculty Meeting until 4:30 pm. Appointments and other obligations should be scheduled for a different day of the week. This is especially important as we head into testing season and have to provide security/confidentiality training and STAAR procedures training to staff.

Aides, please make sure you are here every morning on time. EVERY person is needed to make sure that all students are safe and actively monitored at all times. There are times when I or Mrs. Helton are unable to assist with morning duty, and so we need to be able rely on our paraprofessional team to monitor and greet students in the morning. Thank you to those aides who are here every day on time and ready to go!

504 & RtI

4th and 5th grade teachers need to anticipate annual 504 meetings during the week of March 4th and week of March 19th. STAAR accommodations will be finalized through 504 with Mrs. Maynard.

Mrs. Helton will be finalizing STAAR accommodations (Gr 4 Writing & Gr 5 Math/Reading) for RtI students by Friday, March 8. You will receive an email before then to verify.

Conscious Discipline

Please reinforce our MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL AGREEMENT: Be Safe! My job it to keep you safe and your job is to keep the school safe.

Check out March Morning Meeting plans HERE. Send Mrs. Helton a picture of your Class Poster with Ideas for Solving Problems to earn House Points!

March Makerspace

Check out this FUN Makerspace challenge for March. Students will be able to apply different science skills as they create a new "uni-animal" based on "Not Quite Narwhal" by Jesse Sima. Email Mrs. Helton to check out the cart.

You can view the lesson HERE.

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Staff Members of the Week!

Congratulations to Ms. Burks for being our STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK for being ready to greet students with a smile every morning on time!

Congratulations to Ms. Sharp for being our TEACHER OF THE WEEK for setting high expectations for her students and guiding them towards those goals.


Student Data Conferences

Ms. Callan does a great job of conferencing with students after she gives them a running record fluency check during interventions. She show the students their progress and talks about what mistakes they made. Strategies like these move teachers to the "Accomplished" and "Distinguished" level on TTESS for Monitor & Adjust instruction or Achieving Expectations.


Cooperative Games and Activities

Do your students ever struggle with how to play at recess? Maybe they need some help from you to organize a game to play?

Digital Activity Center has an online library of lots of different games and cooperative activities you can do in your classroom or outside. It allows you to search by skill, age level, and type of activity. They have some great ideas for activities for Morning Meetings and for recess!