Bobcat Staff Pride

Sunset Valley Elementary

The Principal's Den- from One Cool Cat to Another

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I am working with KISD PTA Council President Carolyn Salvesen to help form the SVE PTA. We are planning a parent Meet & Greet sometime towards the end of May. The event will take place at Basswood Elementary. There are two possible dates, May 24th or May 26th. Once the date is finalized, I will let you know. I would love for everyone to come so that parents can get a "first look" of the people that represent the best, most incredible, teachers & staff in the district!! You know...the bobCATs Meow!

Anna and I have been busy interviewing these last few weeks. I have officially invited one 1st grade teacher and one 3rd grade teacher. Once they accept the official offer from HR, I will be able to share their names. I will also be calling references this week and hope to invite at least one Kindergarten teacher and two more 1st grade teachers. The next interviews that we are setting up will be for our librarian, art, theater & IST positions. Anna and I have met two amazing candidates for Art and Theater. We still have a couple more interviews to go before making our final decision.

Sunset Valley will be participating in Instructional Rounds and ICLE (Rigor/Relevance Framework) next school year. If you are interested in joining the SVE teams, just shoot me an email. Both teams will be participating in teacher walkthroughs/observations on our campus and with our assigned campuses. Our "sister" campus for Instructional Rounds is Park Glen Elementary. The Instructional Rounds network team for SVE has not been shared yet. Our ICLE partners have not been shared with me yet. More information on ICLE can be found at

  • Instructional Rounds network team - we meet with several campuses 2-3 during the year. This is scheduled & led by the district's Curriculum & Instruction. We typically have 3 teachers on this team.
  • Instructional Rounds "sister" team - we meet at least once per semester with our Sister Team (Park Glen Elementary). This is scheduled by the principals of each campus. We typically have 2-3 members on this team.
  • District ICLE (Rigor/Relevance Framework) - we meet 2-4 times during the year with our assigned campuses. This is scheduled by C & I and led by a consultant from ICLE. The teams are made up of administrators and members of the learning function. The teachers on this team are observed by the team and then participate in a discussion after being observed. We typically have 3 teachers who agree to being observed.
  • Campus ICLE (Rigor/Relevance Framework) - we will all be trained on using the framework and we will all have the opportunity to observe other teachers in our building.

Important Dates to Remember

May 24 OR May 26 - Parent/PTA Meet & Greet @ Basswood

Friday, June 17 - Staff Meet & Greet

Thursday, August 18 - Meet the Teacher

Tuesday, August 23 - 1st Day of School

Sunset Valley Bobcat Meet & Greet

Friday, June 17th, 5-8pm

9700 Barksdale Drive

Fort Worth, TX

This is a fun afternoon/evening event at my house. You are welcome to bring your family along. The pool will be open for all to use! I will be making the main course, barbecue or grilled hamburgers/hot dogs. Please bring a side to share and your favorite summertime beverage. :)

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Campus start & end times for 2016-17

  • High Schools: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Middle Schools: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Intermediate Schools: 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Elementary Schools: 7:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
  • Early Learning Center AM: 8:10 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

  • Early Learning Center PM: 12:25 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Members of OUR Bobcat far. :)

Office Staff far :)

At this time, we are projected to have:

  • 3 classrooms in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades
  • 2 classrooms in 6th grade


1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

6th grade & Special Education

Special Education & Fine Arts

Fine Arts

What's New ?

Our hallways and offices will be named as follows:

  • "A" rooms - office & administration area
  • "B" rooms - Library & Special's rooms
  • "C" rooms - co-curr & cafe
  • "K" rooms - Kindergarten
  • "1", "2", "3", "4" rooms - 1st - 6th grade rooms (for example room 102 is a 1st grade classroom or room 303 is a 3rd grade classroom.)


To give you an idea...

The pictures below are pics taken at Boren Elementary in Mansfield ISD. Sunset Valley will have the same floor plan. The colors (flooring, wood, etc.) in our school will be much different.

Here's an idea of what your classroom furniture & teacher workstation will look like

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