Hoot Hoot Herald

January 11-15, 2016


School Calendar:

The school calendar for 2016-2017 has been finalized. One significant change is that Thanksgiving Break will now be one full week. The winter break will now commence on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 and go through Monday, January 2 (staff development will be on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 and classes resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2017). Here's the link: https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/calendar-planning/docs/AISD_Calendar_2016-2017.pdf

MLK Day:

Remember that Monday, January 18 is a student and staff holiday for Martin Luther King day! I would love to have a student (s) write and deliver an announcement about MLK on Thursday of next week and on Friday in the assembly. First come - first serve! If you want to volunteer a student (or two) for this, please email me.

Also, please find time during social studies to talk about the importance of MLK and why our country has dedicated January 18th to his memory.

Leadership Team:

We will meet on January 11th- after school - in the library.

Agenda: benchmarks, interventions, technology,

Visiting Chinese Scholars:

We will have a team of four Chinese educators visiting our campus from January 15th through February 12th. These educators will be visiting several classrooms. Thanks in advance for welcoming them.

Happy Hour:

Lupe Tortilla - Wednesday - January 13th - starting at 4:30.

MOY I Benchmarks

Our students did a great job on the benchmark assessments. Good job teachers in preparing our kids! And, thank you for taking Monday to analyze this data so that we can develop our intervention groups. Great work!

Did your team provide benchmark scores to the parents of your students? If not, please do so. Did you provide the Doss Average and District Average? This information is key to parents understanding the scores. If you have not communicated these scores to parents, please do so. Here are the averages:













Let me know if you have any questions or if you need any assistance.

Staff Allowance Deadline is NEXT Week

The deadline for submitting your reimbursement request to the PTA is January 15th by 3 pm.

The PTA has not always been strict on the deadline in the past. However, this year we are going to roll any remaining funds from the staff allowance line item over into general classroom supplies line item to make sure funds don't go unused. If you have a special circumstance (like Mrs. Hodges mentioned) or if you anticipate that you will not be able to meet the January 15th deadline, please see me in advance of this date. We will get you what need!

Fifth Grade Transition to Murchison Information

Here are some key dates for our 5th grade parents:

5th Grade Transition to Murchison:

Jan. 8- Parent Principal Coffee - discuss up-coming events for choice sheets

Jan. 11-15- Classroom guidance on college/career choices

Jan. 20- 2:00- Murchison counselors will meet with 5th grade to discuss and hand out choice sheets

Jan. 25-29- Counselors will go into 5th classrooms to assist, help answer questions pertaining to choice sheets

Feb. 2

5:30-7:00pm at Murchison

Murchison Choice Sheet Night for parents and students

Feb. 5- Choice sheets due to Murchison

From our Reading Specialist

The new Reading Intervention Schedule will begin on Monday 1/11! Please make sure to send students down right at their allotted time as groups are back to back. Feel free to contact Leah Thomas with any questions about the new schedule. Thanks!

Counselor's Notes


  • Will begin in January and will meet approx. once a week for 6 weeks
  • Invitations will go out this week to students and parents.
  • A list of students and a schedule to teachers by Monday, 1/11.


  • Changing Families (Divorce/Break-Up)
  • Friendship Club (Social Skills)
  • My Fabulous Family (Students being raised by Gay or Lesbian Parents)
  • The Chill-Out Club (Anxiety)

Computer Lab News

Our new student devices (tablets & Chrome books) were scheduled to be delivered by January 15th. However, I am guessing they will be here about 2-4 weeks after that.

AISD IT Director Alan Stevens wrote ”We are still aggressively projecting that all deployments will be completed by the end of January.” Alan is providing a weekly update to all the schools and I will forward new information as soon as I get it. According to the last update, most of the schools that ordered a month before us have not been notified of their delivery date yet. Doss will be notified a week before the equipment arrives and it will take a few more days to test, label, and distribute all the student devices. Please let me know if you have any questions. -James

G/T Testing for Spring 2016

GT Testing Spring 2016:

Jan. 11-22

· Nomination Window for parents and teachers

· Parent nomination on paper or online

· Teacher nomination only online

Parents are encouraged to confer with teachers prior to nominating their child.

Feb. 2-4, Feb. 8, Feb. 12- GT Testing online in computer lab

Feb. 1-22- Teacher observation of students. Complete observation survey and inventory; collect student portfolio work- samples due to to Hill/Engel by 2/22

March 7 – April 1- GT Decision Committee Meetings, specific dates TBA

Nurse's Notes

Greetings! Hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break!

Staying on task with the Maintain No Gain program over the holidays is difficult. Congratulations to those of you who did! It is important to continue practicing what has been learned to maintain the goal. The following healthy tips will help with staying on task.

Controlling your environment is crucial:
*Eat with a small group when you can. One study found that dining with six or more people can cause you to eat 76% more, most likely because the meal can last a long time.

*Sit next to a fellow healthy eater.

*Keep visual evidence around of what you've consumed so you don't forget.

Bertha Cavazos, RN, BS