Jeffries Weekly Update

January 4-8, 2016

Feedback Opportunity

Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete a Friday Feedback- some have done it multiple times- love it! Feel free to complete one once a week, once a month- or as you feel the desire. I appreciate you taking the time to share celebrations, area of consideration and anything else you would like to share! It's called Friday Feedback on the Jeffries CANVAS page/Feed Forward. Go directly to CANVAS or click on the hyperlink above.

This Week's Events

Jan. 4- Classes resume; Watch DOG: Justin Lawson

Jan. 5- Jaguar Junction; Watch DOG: Damon Bess

Jan. 6- Leadership Team Mtg. 7:45-8:30AM; Watch DOG: Justin Senteno

Jan. 7- Throwback Thursday (wear your college attire); Fire Drill (pending weather); TST 7:45-8:30AM; PTA Executive Mtg. 6:30PM (Library)

Jan. 8- Leadership Assembly (December & 2nd Quarter Attendance, etc.) with Jump Rope for Heart Teacher Competition; Grade Cards Go Home

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Jan. 12- Professional Learning- We will get our staff devices (no vertical teaming); Jeffries Texas Roadhouse Night! 4-9PM (2nd Grade students dance at 7PM)

Wednesday, Friday, Jan. 13-15- Liz out of town for State Leadership Academy Meetings

Wednesday, Jan. 13- Watch DOG: Justin Senteno

Thursday, Jan. 14- Watch DOG: Brandon Essary

Monday, Jan. 18- No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Tuesday, Jan. 19th- CANVAS Step 2 Training with Debbie Hammer 4-5PM (We will bring our new devices to the library and she will provide training on the different elements of CANVAS); Liz has MOY Meetings with staff

Thursday, Jan. 21- Liz out all day for Professional Advisory Committee Mtg.

Thursday, Jan. 28- Jeffries Health Risk Assessment (sign up!)

Make Someone's Day!

Have you completed a SPS Recognition Form lately to recognize a SPS R-12 employee for a job well done? Please do that here!

When will staff get their new laptops? Timeline (tentative) revealed!

Jeffries Elementary: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (at our scheduled faculty mtg./professional learning time from 3:50-5:00PM in the Library!). Blended Learning Dept. will hand out the devices, get everyone logged in, and do some customization. The day after our staff receives their device, they will have a tech start at Jeffries to answer questions or assist with needs.



  • HP Hybrid device

  • Device cases

  • Wireless projection module (installations on-going)

  • Tablet stands (arriving starting in December)


  • Certified staff in certified positions

  • Staff rosters will be emailed prior to deployment for verification


  • 30 minutes to deploy

  • Short presentation covering basics

  • Everyone will login, configure their email, and personalize their device

  • A technician will be available the next day on site to answer questions and help with other setups

  • Desktops are not pulled this year

Google for Education Training

Want to begin training modules so you can work at your own speed on learning all about Google? I have invited you to a CANVAS training for Google. I would highly encourage you to begin going through the online courses.

MOY Meetings with Liz (Everyone's included!)

Sign up for a time/day here!

Complete the MOY Feedback Form prior to your MOY Meeting!

MARRE Reading Recovery Conference- Information Provided to Us from Brian Hubbard

As with anything newly introduced, be sure to model apps and websites before turning kids lose.

Unite for Literacy provides digital access to picture books, narrated in immigrant and indigenous languages. They are for everyone.

Myon App: Reads books aloud to students, can assign books, can share folders of genre or topic. Can pull small group books, subscription required.

Zing! : free, but not a huge selection of audio books. Can highlight, sticky note to capture thinking.

Front Row: Gives non-fiction articles in a variety of reading levels on different topics. Can assign reading. Tons of stuff on math.

Epic! : free subscription, online library. Great choice of high quality literature, not as many informational texts.

Word Work Apps: ABCya!, Starfall, FunBrain

Cimo Spelling: for emergent readers

Chicktionary: Gives a variety of letters and students make all the words they can. For higher level students

Word Ball: from the electric company, great videos on vocabulary words

Reader’s WS Ideas:

Author’s Studies: Use QR codes for author studies, used the real book, but also the digital copy. Students created QR codes and found resources.

Mentor texts: used google docs to share info

Book recommendations: aurasna app: took a pic of cover of the book, links to video of student giving a book recommendations. Students can scan the cover, then put on youtube video/class video of book recommendations. Quick and easy, can make hallway work interactive, cool idea!!!

Response to literature:

Edmodo: for higher grades- Set up by reading groups. Kids pose questions about their books they are reading in groups. Teacher can pose questions and facilitate discussions.

Writer’s WS:

Sock Puppets: animated story creator

Zimmerman Twins: create animated cartoon movies with their stories

Haiku Deck: like a power point with pictures.

Popplet: kids put in pics they’ve taken, can create webs, can research, and publish their research.

Scribble Press: like an interactive whiteboard

Educreations: like an interactive whiteboard

Story Bird: online book creator-parents can buy the created book. Students can do voice overs

Teachers Resources:

Notability app: DRA’s (running record form), student portfolios, have to pay, syncs to google drive, can keep everything in one folder, can keep a folder for each student, can voice record.

Plan can put sub-plans in from home. Great collaborative tool for working with other teachers. Paid subscription $12.99 for whole year. Can do by grade level to share cost.