Into Focus

February 2013

It is an exciting time in ASCISD as all stakeholders are working together to provide a quality education for all students. In this newsletter, you will read how our teachers are utilizing innovative strategies and technology to engage students in learning new content. You will also be able to determine that students are already making plans for their futures by having a clear career path direction. It is our hope in ASCISD that we will continue to work towards preparing students for their futures by integrating innovation, technology, problem-solving skills, collaboration, and personalized learning into our classrooms.

January Spotlight on Staff

Jessica Hassell, High School English Teacher

High School: Bryan High School and Saint Michael's Academy

College: Texas A&M University

How do you include innovation and technology in your classroom?

I try to seamlessly integrate innovation and technology into my classroom by allowing my students to use tools that they are comfortable with and teach them new ones that are exciting and cutting edge.

What is your goal for your students this year?

My goal for my students this year is to gain a new appreciation and motivation for their personal education. I want my kiddos to walk away with the skills necessary to successfully collaborate and problem-solve in any given situation.

What are your favorite technology devices, applications, and/or websites that you like to use in your classroom?

My classroom is now BYOT and I have a small amount of iPads checked out for the students to share. I have enjoyed implementing Edmodo into my classes. The kids get really excited about not having to do "paperwork," but I am still able to collect the same amount of data through digital questioning methods. I also use Remind 101 to send quick reminders to students and parents. Glogster, Smore, Prezi, Poll Everywhere, Discovery Education, Quizlet, and many other Web 2.0 tools and websites have become integral parts of my classroom environment.

Kristi Bracewell, 5th Grade Science and Social Studies

High School: Teague High School

College: Sam Houston State University

How do you include innovation and technology in your classroom?

On most days we use google docs, forms, web quests, edmodo, response systems, as well as interactives that relate to our content.

What is your goal for your students this year?

My goal for our students this year would be for them to learn how to successfully navigate & utilize current technology while effectively working with others, plan, & solve problems based on our content.

What are your favorite technology devices, applications, and/or websites that you like to use in your classroom?

Ipads! Edmodo, qwiki, google docs/forms, numerous interactive apps for science (just depends on the concept)!

January Spotlight on Support Staff

Anderson-Shiro JR/SR High School Cafeteria Staff

The Cafeteria Staff at Anderson-Shiro High School has not only been working to revamp the menu with new healthy, flavorful options, but has gone above and beyond in regards to customer service. Lead by Julie Yargo, Claudia, Jan, and Melissa have made quite the impression on the entire campus. Mr. Cosby is especially pleased with this new menu and went on to say, "The ladies do a great job serving all the students and staff. I look forward each day to their hospitality and enthusiasm." Thank you to these four ladies for their dedication to the students and staff of ASCISD and continued effort to do whatever it takes to be the best!

Spotlight on Students

Casey Bailey, Junior

Casey is a Junior at ASCHS. She is involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, and Crime Stoppers. In her spare time, she is a manager for the volleyball team. Ms. Goolsby observed that Casey "is thoughtful and helpful to students and staff. She does an outstanding job as a peer tutor." When Casey grows up, she has a clear path she would like to follow. She wants to be a Neonatal Nurse because she loves working with babies. While she knows her career aspirations, Casey is unsure where she wants to attend college. Right now, her front-runner is Mary Hardin Baylor in Temple.

Samantha Dewberry, 7th Grader

Samantha is involved in Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, and UIL. At the Middle School UIL competition, Samantha competed in Impromptu Speaking and placed 4th. "Samantha never settles for average. Her incredible, positive attitude is infectious to all who come into contact with her," reflects Ms. Goolsby. When Samantha grows up, she wants to be a teacher or doctor because she "loves to help others and doesn't want to sit and watch stuff happen." She "wants to be the difference in the world." Samantha does not know where she wants to attend college, so all the Aggies and Longhorns better start coaxing her now!

Slade Carey, 3rd Grade

Slade is in Mrs. Wetuski's 3rd grade class. His favorite subject in school is science. When he grows up, Slade wants to own a reptile store. Mrs. Wetuski said, "Slade is a hard worker even when the content is difficult for him. I admire his perseverance. He refuses to give up. Slade truly is an amazing kiddo!"

Makayla Kimich, 1st Grade

Makayla is a 1st grader is Mrs. Tagudin's class. She loves math because she "likes to think and solve problems." When Makayla grows up, she wants to be a vet so that she can help sick animals. Mrs. Tagudin says, "Makayla is a super sweet girl. She puts others above herself and always gives 100%!"