December 3rd Pony News
Building a Brighter Future!
KNOWING OUR NEW CREW
Kristen Davis 2nd Grade
Hi Pony Family, I am so excited to be joining such an awesome family this year in LISD. This is my third year teaching, but first year in second grade. I was born and raised in the Frisco area, so getting to work in a district so close to home means a lot to me. I grew up knowing without a doubt that I wanted to be a teacher. I was blessed enough to make that dream a reality through attending college at The University of Oklahoma. I am a die-hard Sooner football fan. As a young kid my family grew up going to games as my great grandmother was a season ticket holder for over 65 years, so it’s no surprise that I too have the same passion for the Sooners! When I am not attending OU games, you can most often find me spending time with my family or my fiancee. I am one of four and the second oldest! My siblings are some of my best friends so we have a lot of memories and spend a lot of time together. Finally, this is a really exciting season of life for me as I am getting married in May! My fiancee, Jason, and I met almost 2 years ago and have spent every moment sense laughing through life and developing the best friendship I could ever imagine.
Fun Facts about me;
-I have a puggle named Owen who is the cutest dog on the planet.
-I have been to the Academy of Country Music Awards.
-I am getting married in May.
-I have a major phobia of Poptarts.
I am looking forward to the rest of the year with all of you! Thanks for all the continued support and encouragement.
Every Kid Needs a Champion | Rita Pierson
I have witnessed each of you going above and beyond for our Ponies, from tutoring to sharing your own food, taking your lunch time to eat with your students, buying them popcorn to celebrate their success, welcoming them with a high five in the morning and hugging them as they leave, looking closely at their data and collaborating with your peers to know how to best help them.
You have made a difference for each of our Ponies.
I can say without hesitation that our Ponies already have their champions.
From the bottom of my heart, Thank You.
Employee Assistance Program | 1-800-854-1446
I want to share with you some resources Ms. Norton shared with me. I know this last week was especially difficult for many of you. Take care of each other and yourselves.
Lewisville ISD offers all employees access to an Employee Assistance Plan through UnumProvident’s work-life balance program. When you need help with work, home, personal or family issues, UnumProvident’s work-life balance program is available. There is no charge when you use it. The work-life balance program has consultants who speak Spanish and offers simultaneous translation into more than 140 languages, as well as, TTY access for hearing-disabled customers.
One toll-free number to UnumProvident’s work-life balance program can help you find solutions to problems. Every call is answered by an experienced, masters-level consultant who can help in a variety of ways, including:
Personalized searches and referrals
Online Financial Calculators
Face to Face Consultants – If needed, consultants can arrange up to three in-person sessions for you to talk to a counselor at no charge.
To access your Employee Assistance Plan call toll free any time, day or night:
Spanish Language Phone Line: 1-877-858-2147
Or visit UnumProvident’s work-life balance website at:
NOTE: You must be a current employee of Lewisville ISD (other than a substitute) to access this plan.
Professional Learning Communities TEKS & ELPS Collaboration - Science Focus
The questions are (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, & Many, 2010):
- What is it we want our students to learn?
- How will we know if each student has learned it?
- How will we respond when some students do not learn it?
- How can we extend and enrich the learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency?
Special Note of Change in Schedule -
December 4th: 5th Grade will trade with 4th grade this Tuesday, as 4th grade is off campus.
(Fourth Grade will participate in TEKS & ELPS Collaboration December 11th.)
TEKS & ELPS Collab. 3rd, 5th, K (Science):
We will build a connection with ELA and discuss the TRTW (Talk, Read, Talk, Write) structure with each grade level. After viewing the ethics video, the teachers will learn what the structure of TRTW, see snippets of a lesson, and then experience an upcoming TRTW directly from Eduphoria. Teachers will also receive some examples from the TRTW book that discusses how they can use the structure in other content areas.
They will be allowed to park in the teacher and staff of the month parking spots (which are located in the front of the school), have their pictures posted in the lounge, and receive certificates and treats from the administration team.
Please click here to submit your nomination.
Please submit your nomination no later than 3:45 p.m. this Thursday, December 6.
CIP CONNECTION: GOAL 2 PO 2: We will promote and nurture collaborative relationships essential for a successful school by developing committees and staff recognition incentives.
We will recognize students during the NEU Rally, and they will receive a certificate and breakfast with Mrs. Valdes on Wednesday, December 14th in the library. At 7:45, I will make an announcement on the intercom and ask them to come to the library.
Please submit your nomination by 3:45 p.m. this Friday, December 7th.
CIP CONNECTION Goal 2: PO 5: We will create a positive environment for learners by connecting their learning with meaningful experiences through the NEU philosophy.
Lewisville Elementary 2018-2019 Nominations:
It's that time of the year to vote for the best of the best! In the past, we have been diligent with having a teacher of the year to represent us; however, this year we want to extend our acknowledgements to all the many representatives which the district celebrates. This year, we are asking that you take time to vote so that WE can celebrate as much as possible.
We are ALL important components who support and ensure that our school is a functional, safe, and loving learning environment, so when you win....WE WIN!!! All elected candidates will be acknowledged as winners on our campus, but will also move to the district's nomination to represent Lewisville Elementary School (with the hopes of winning).
Please click here to vote. All votes will be due by Thursday, December 6, 2018.
Thank you for your time and consideration! LET'S REP OUR SCHOOL!!!!
BIGGEST LOSER TOP 4 FOR NOVEMBER
#1 Mrs. Bodiford= 5.59%
#2 Mrs. Boston = 2.89%
#3 Mrs. Rutherford= 2.74%
#4 Mrs. Wier= 1.59%
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP FOUR AND TO ALL THE CONTESTANTS!!!
Continued success to all 27 contestants. Let's stay focused and encouraged! We can do this!!
POVERTY & TRAUMA ACTION RESEARCH: PARTICIPANTS WANTED
Mrs. Simpson is doing an action research project regarding Poverty and Trauma (in which she will share her findings with the district's cohort (which she is a part of). This Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 3:30, Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. McKensey will have their first session.
In the first session, you will:
- See a short video showing a poverty simulation to get a greater awareness of how our clients live.
- Mrs. McKensey will provide a brief presentation about Trauma and Learning.
- Mrs. Simpson will provide examples and tips on how to call parents to gain more information about their child so that you can make more informed decisions.
***Mrs. Simpson is looking for at least 2-5 teachers to track certain data for her research project as you attend these sessions. If you are interested in being a part of this project please click here to confirm your interest.
Please note, you can still attend the 3 sessions without being a part of the project. These sessions are to inform us all of who our students are and how to better know them.
December 7th: 2:20-2:45 NEU Rally
Click here to see Agenda.
Please be at the Gym by 2:00pm. Remember to chant and cheer from your classrooms all the way to the gym.
We will take time to celebrate the color groups. Please give Dojo Points to your students this week. We will also recognize the Students of the Month and the Teachers of the Year.
2nd Progress Report Grades - Due 12/3
Remember, Monday, December 3rd, our 2nd progress report grades (for the 2nd 9 weeks) are due!
It is also very important that grades reflect grade level TEKS mastery instead of just completion grades. If you need help with grading, reach out to your instructional coaches or your grade level administrator.
Grade Posting Dates for the year are HERE.
Think Outside of the Box
In the PLC framework, we always reflect on, 'What do we do when they have learned it?' and
'What do we do when they don't?' What about this question:
What do you do when you have done all that you can?
Thank you Audrey Bryant for sharing the video below about the doctor who found an out-of-the-box way to reach patients that were in need. In this video, notice how the doctor adjusted his actions to impact those that he served. You may not need to 'bust a move' to reach students, but consider these questions as you develop ways to extend and intervene.
- Does this lesson require students to try on different perspectives and ways of thinking?
- Does this lesson challenge students to take risks?
Thank you (all) for being out-of-the-box thinkers and finding a way to reach ALL students.
Our Pony Week
- 2nd progress report grades due for 2nd 9 weeks
- Science LF on campus
- 5th Grade to Outdoor School
- TEKS & ELPS Collab. 3rd, 5th, K (Science)
- 4th Grade to LISDOLA
- Poverty Simulation/ Trauma informed session Part 1 3:30
- Dress for Success
- Pony Dad's Kickoff Meeting
- Campus Spelling Bee 8:30 to 9:30
- Teacher/ Staff of the Month submissions due.
- Campus Nominations for 2018-2019 submissions due.
- LA 3-5 LF on campus
- 2:00-2:45 NEU Rally
- Team Leaders Meeting 7:30 to 8:30 -Revise Mission and Vision
- Choir Fundraiser Ends!
- December 3rd: 2nd progress report grades due for 2nd 9 weeks
- December 4th: TEKS & ELPS Collaboration 3rd, 5th, K (Science)
- December 5th: Poverty Simulation/ Trauma Informed Session Part 1
- December 6th: Pony Dad's Kickoff Meeting/Campus Spelling Bee 8:30 to 9:30
- December 7th: 2:20-2:45 NEU Rally
- December 10th: Santa's Shop Starts
- December 11th: On-line GT Extended LP Collaboration/ TEKS & ELPS Collaboration 2nd, 4th, 1st (Science)
- December 12th: Staff Learning/ PBIS/Mr. Booher campus visit 7:30 – 11:00 (Advisory Committee Members only)
- December 13th: Winter Celebration + Literacy Night/K-2nd Istation Check ins
- December 14th: Student of the Month Breakfast
- December 17th: 2nd & 5th Math CBA - 2nd 9 wks/ Baby Shower 3:15
- December 18th: 3rd-4th Math CBA - 2nd 9 wks/ NO TEKS & ELPS Collaboration/ Cookie Party
- December 19th: 3rd-4th Reading CBA - 2nd 9 wks/ 3:15-4:15 Advisory Comm. Mtg.
- December 20th: Holiday Staff Party at Salerno’s, Flower Mound 5:00 p.m.
- December 21st: STUDENT & STAFF EARLY RELEASE END OF 2ND NINE WEEKS (2nd 9 weeks grades due January 7th)
- Mrs. Butler for working so hard to get volunteers for our boys Lunch with a Leader program!
- Thank you to every member of this Pony Family for coming together during our time of loss.
- Thank you to the person who gave me the cookie ingredients to make some oatmeal cookies. (You know who you are!)
- Ms. Musser for her continuous support and efforts in servicing our students in the ACE program.
- Thank you Mrs. Simpson for being the epitome of good character during an unexpected distressing time for me and my LVES pony. Your genuine support will forever be remembered and embraced.
- Shout-Out to Mr. Colon, Mrs. Rosemary, Mrs. Beatty, Mrs. Vando and Mr. Thomas for all of your help during Movie Night.
- Shout-Out to all the amazing people who work here!
- Vicki Butler December 31st
- Sandra Hernandez December 31st