The Hero Focus

Heritage Staff Newsletter - May 30, 2017

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Dear Heritage Heroes,

On Saturday I had the honor of representing Heritage Elementary at the Fossil Ridge High School Graduation. As I watched the students cross the stage, I was proud of them and proud of Keller ISD. Whether it be with honors or by the skin of their teeth, it took the dedication and commitment of many professionals and families to get them across the stage. I saw so many students with anticipation in their eyes, maturity in their mannerism, and passion in their heart. They were ready for the next step!

We are doing such incredible work at Heritage. Your dedication to the whole child and to each students' progress and success is admirable. Teaching is hard work. It is work that is more important than any other work out there. Our work touches the future - it creates the thinkers, doers, and workers that will lead us and take care of this world.

Thanks for a great year and for committing your time and talents to each one of our Heritage Heroes. You are very much appreciated!



Updates and FYI's

  • May 26th: CBA Data Due
  • May 31st: Awards Ceremonies Kinder and Second
  • June 1st: First and Third grade Ceremonies
  • June 2nd: Fourth Grade Graduation and 9:30 4th Grade Clap Out and Reception
  • June 2nd: Early Release - Staff get together and luncheon in the library right after dismissal.
  • June 2nd: EOY Checklist Due to Lisa before you leave for the summer.
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Professional Development

  • Tuesday, May 30th: Final PLC - Writing Analysis - Please bring students' 4 Writing CBAs (if you have them) to put in students' Purple Writing Folders.

  • May 30th: CEIC/Faculty Meeting - We will be conducting the campus Needs Assessment

  • May 30th: Ellie Webb will be on campus from 12:00-5:00. She will be continuing to meet with staff and attend our CEIC meeting that afternoon.

Lucy Calkins District Writing Initiative Update

Please click on the link below to access information on the District Lucy Calkins Writing initiative roll out. Included in the newsletter are links to resources to get a head start, dates of district trainings this summer, and some highlights from Keller U. Be sure to check it out, so that you can get your spots at Keller U, get ahead, and be in the know!

Literacy Leaders – May Newsletter

Summer PD - Things to Keep in Mind

  • You will be required to have 12 EQ hours again for next year.
  • Six hour GT update hours for next year
  • Three hours Sheltered Instruction
  • If you are not ESL certified, please look at getting your certification as soon as possible.

Keller U

Keller U will be held July 18-20 at Central High School. All courses will be open and available in Eduphoria beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6.

Click here to access the Keller University Catalog Flipbook!
(especially great for viewing on mobile devices)


Click here to download a PDF copy of the Keller University Catalog!

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Principles to Action

There are a lot of great sessions at Keller U! Please consider attending some of the Principles to Action Math Sessions. They will be great and will help you re-frame and update your math instruction. Principals did a book study this year on Principles to Action and I can assure your time will be well spent!!!


  • Thanks to Ashely Cotton, Kathy Bolton and team for a great Talent Show!!!! It was really special and their extra was very much appreciated!!!
  • Thanks to Barbara Brockwell and Melissa Fletcher for planning our first ever Senior Walk. So special!!!
  • Thanks to the Kindergarten Team for welcoming our new Kinders last Tuesday night. We truly appreciate their dedication and extra time to help the transition of our Kinders!!!
  • Thanks to Melissa, Barbara, Cyndee, and Shayna for taking the Big Kahuna winners on the Party Bus and to get pizza!

Staff Shirt for 2017-2018

Just in case you missed it - here is the google survey for ordering your t-shirt for next year.

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Congratulations Terri Levy!!!

Way to go Terri! She was awarded $10,250 from the Hudson Foundation to begin innovating the Heritage Library! She has a vision for the future and she is working hard to make it happen. So proud of her!!!!

Employee Resignation Information

All contracted employees under a Probationary, Continuing or Term Contract, as per Board Policy DFE (Legal), may resign from their respective employment contract without penalty by filing a written resignation not later than the 45th day before the first day of instruction for the 2017-2018 school year. This year’s deadline is July 1, 2017 but because the resignation deadline date occurs during the time that the District will be closed, employees wishing to resign have three options. Resignations must be:

· Mailed/postmarked by June 29, 2017

· E-mailed from their Keller ISD e-mail account, date-stamped prior to 11:59 p.m. June 29, 2017 or

· Hand delivered to the Human Resources Office by close of business on Thursday, June 29, 2017 (4:00 p.m.).

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