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2015-2016 LVES Weekly Staff Newsletter

Week of January 18-22, 2016

Professional Development Day

I am attaching Monday's agenda to the email today. We will start promptly at 8:00 in the library with breakfast tacos, fruit and coffee:-)

Early Release Friday

We will release at 11:30 on Friday, January 22nd. Kindergarten and 1st grade will have specials that day. Specials times are:

  • 7:55 - 8:45: 1st Grade
  • 8:50 - 9:40: Kindergarten

Please make sure you let Zita know your lunch count for Friday by Tuesday afternoon. The afternoon is designated for you to hold conferences with parents for students who failed the 2nd nine weeks, or students that you are worried about. You can use the same conference form from Fall Conferences for the conferences. Eric and I will both be gone with UIL, so we will not be available to sit in on any conferences that afternoon. If you need one us in a conference, please let us know and we can be there at another time.

UIL is Friday

UIL participants will load the bus for Jarrell at 10:45 on Friday. All participants will need to have their sack lunch (if ordered from cafeteria) before loading the buses. I will make an announcement to release UIL students once the bus arrives. If you are going to Jarrell as a monitor, judge or director, you will need to split your class for the last 45 minutes of the day.

Good luck to all of our UIL participants and coaches!!

Randy Mathisen's Day

Randy Mathisen will be on our campus one day a week! His scheduled day will be Thursday, however, for the next couple of weeks he will be here on Fridays due to previous commitments. Randy is here to assist you with instructional technology needs, so please let him know how he can assist you.

DRA and IStation

Please make sure that you take your students to the computer lab for the monthly IStation assessment. This data, along with DRAs, will help us determine Tier 3 students. The DRA window will close on January 29th. K-1 will need to DRA all students, 2-4 will need to DRA students below grade level or students that you are worried about. Joanne and Rachel will DRA students they pull for Title 1.

Math Screeners

To be consistent with the beginning of the year math screeners, we will be administering MCOMP/MCAP and Early Numeracy assessments. Tasha will send out a schedule soon for the Early Numeracy assessments for K and 1. She will put the copies in your boxes that you will need for MCAP and MCOMP. Please administer these the week of January 18th - 22nd, and have the results to Tasha by Wednesday, January 27th.

Calendar Invites

When you receive a calendar invite for meetings (ARDS, staffings, RtI, etc), please make sure to accept the meeting so that we know who will be attending. This is especially important for ARDS, as those meetings have to be held within a certain time period and everyone who is invited must be in attendance.

Thank you so much for your help!

PLC's this week...

We will have PLCs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Keep sending the agendas ahead of time so Eric and I know what will be discussed.

Faculty Meeting

The faculty meeting this week will be Student Support Meetings. We will start in the library at 3:05 pm.

Weekly Attendance Goal

Our attendance percentage for the week of January 14th:

  • 96%

Weekly Quote

Here's a funny little video on teacher interviews:

Hugh Jackman's Teacher Interview

Faculty Birthdays

We have no birthdays next week, but Jillian Field's birthday was January 14th. Happy belated birthday Jillian!

Mark Your Calendar - be sure to add "Elementary Staff Calendar"

  • January 18th - Staff Development Day, Student Holiday - schedule coming soon
  • January 21st - Ocean Week 2016 Planning Meeting, 3:05 pm in Library
  • January 22nd - Early Release at 11:30 am
  • January 22nd - District UIL Meet in Jarrell
  • January 25th - End of 3rd weeks grading period
  • January 25th - Tier 3 Meetings