Old Town Star Staff News

March 16th through April 3rd

Enjoy Your Home This Spring Break!!!

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Our ROCK STAR of the Week Is...

Jyl Gibson, one of OTE's Star TaG Teachers!!! You are entitled to a week long jeans/shorts pass and the "traveling parking space trophy!!!" CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!!

A little about Mrs. Gibson...

How many years have you been an educator?

21 years

Tell us about your family....

I have been married for 22 years. My husband and I have three children. My oldest son is 19. I also have a daughter that's 8, and a son that's 5. My youngest two children go to Old Town and they love it!

What do you like to do for fun?

I love swimming, reading, shopping, going to the movies, and spending time with my family for fun.

What's the one thing you enjoy most about working with students and/or families at Old Town?

I have been working at Old Town Elementary for 6 years, and I love the students and parents at our campus. The students are fun to teach, and the parents are involved and very supportive. It's a great place to be!

Tell us about one strength you possess.

My passion is teaching math. I try to make my math lessons fun and engaging so my students will grow to love math as much as I do. I also enjoy writing. I write stories about my family and adventures in my life.

*If you haven't already done so, please tell us a little about yourself here!

Weekly Reminders...

A friendly reminder to..
  • For the safety of our students, if you let visitors in through the back doors, you must escort them to the office. This week we had three different visitors through the back and one was a salesman...who could have
  • Complete Teacher Self Report Pt. 2 & 3 in eduphoria by end of day Friday, March 13th
  • Provide opportunity for students to take the Student Climate Survey by end of day Friday, March 13.
  • Complete your Technology STAR Chart by end of day Friday, March 13th.
  • Print Services requests will be approved on Monday mornings only. Please plan accordingly!

Our Next Week...

Monday, March 16-20

Spring Break

3/21 Happy Birthday Kati Vaclavik!

Sunday, March 22

Happy Birthday Sadia Tabassam!

Monday, March 23

Mya’s Coaching Day

Happy Birthday Haley Lechtenberger!

Tuesday, March 24

TELPAS Online Testing Tutorials 2nd – 5th in Computer Lab @ 8:00am

Camp Write A Lot – Café 8:40am

Elementary Art Exhibit begins – RRISD PAC

4th grade Parent Alamo Trip Info Night 6pm

Regular RRISD Board Mtg 6pm

Wednesday, March 25

Mya’s Coaching Day

Star Store 3rd – 5th grade

Kg – 5th loading for report cards due today

Popcorn Day

Vertical Team Mtg 3:05pm

PTA Executive Board Mtg 6:30pm

Thursday, March 26

TELPAS Online Testing (Actual) 2nd – 5th in Computer Lab @ 8:00am

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

Kona Ice 2:45pm

Campus Write A Lot – Café 12:50pm

OTE Times Mtg 3pm

Happy Birthday Isebel Doran!

Friday, March 27

CAT Mtg 8:00am

SST’s 3rd – 5th

Elementary Art Exhibit ends – RRISD PAC

Saturday, March 28

Elementary Music Festival 11:30am (PAC)

RRISD PIE Foundation Gala 6pm

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses” -Marilyn vos Savant

Link of the Week!

Need teaching ideas with an emphasis on educational technology and creative thinking? Check out the 15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers at the bottom.


Kudos to this Week's Staff Stars...

What another full and exciting week!!!

Warm affirmations to each of you for all you are doing to move students to higher levels of learning! The visiting Principals and district personnel were impressed by the teaching and learning they observed, the science planning with Dr. Jackson, the art displayed and the rich evidence of intentional learning spaces and displays you have created. Way to SHINE OTE Staff!!! You ROCK!

BIG THANK YOUs to Vicky Arms and Melissa Tidwell for your presentations and leadership during our Closer Look At Writing pt. 2 and to Kelly Dorman and Kelly Peters for your leadership in helping us to be fully prepared for the upcoming STAAR Writing and Reading administrations!

Please share special THANK YOUs with our PTA members for the wonderful Taco Bar and delicious desserts!

As always, THANK EACH OF YOU for your hard work and your commitment to delivering world class instruction to our Texans despite some of the challenges we may face along the way! This week we were hard at work moving our writers to


The Week After...

Monday, March 30

STAAR Testing – 4th Writing Day #1

Tuesday, March 31

STAAR Testing – 4th Writing Day #2 & 5th Reading

Report cards go home today

Wednesday, April 1

TaG testing placement letters go home today

Faculty Mtg 3:05pm

Thursday, April 2

ARD Mtgs. (see separate schedule)

4th grade Field Trip to the Alamo 7:30am

Last day to turn in items for Backpack Project

Friday, April 3

Student & Staff Holiday

Happy Birthday Julie Hudson!

Old Town Elementary Mission

To highly engage ALL learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking