Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of October 15, 2018

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Insurance Enrollment on Monday, October 15
  • Blended Learning Committee Meeting on Monday, October 15 at 4:30 pm at the Admin conference room **ALL ARE WELCOME!!**
  • Gr 3-5 Science DBA on Tuesday, October 16
  • Word Wall Toolkit on Tuesday, October 16 at 3:45-5:00 at Admin Board Room
  • Hero Night on Tuesday, October 16 at 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, October 17
  • WEAR PINK FOR BREAST CANCER on Wednesday, October 17
  • Math PLCs on Thursday, October 18
  • PK Community Helpers Parade on Friday, October 19 at 2:00 pm
  • WISD TechFast Technology PD on Saturday, October 20 at 8:30-12:30 at UHS

Coming Up: Book Talk Day on October 26

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Blended Learning Information

  • Blended Learning District Committee Meeting on October 15 at 4:30-5:30 at Admin Building~ANY TEACHER can attend!!
  • BLENDED LEARNING BOOK STUDY-You will need a copy of "Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change" by Catlin Tucker. If you need a copy, email Lisa Monthie by Oct 22nd, as copies are limited. This book study will be hosted in Google Classroom (ONLINE!). We will collaborate on discussion questions, use technology tools for reflection and applying information, and share resources and implementation ideas. Book study starts November 5.


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Hero Night Agenda

  • 5:30 - Doors Open
  • 5:40 - Ribbon Cutting for Born Learning Trail
  • 5:30 - 7:00 - Hands-on activities/stations, explore Born Learning Trail, grab a FREE HAMBURGER MEAL!
  • 6:00 & 6:30 pm - Special storytelling event with FREE BOOK for every family (in gym)
  • 7:00 - Music performance by 3rd-5th grade in cafeteria (all other stations/food close down)

Math PLCs

Math PLCs are this Thursday. Bring math work samples and any recent math assessment data to discuss.

From Your Captain

Don't forget to nominate students for GT. Forms found here:

We are using part of our campus incentive money to purchase an Alta Vista FLEECE JACKET for every staff member! Stop by the office next week (DUE FRIDAY) to try on different versions and record your size with Ms. Bonnie. We will have ladies and men's styled jackets, so make sure you indicate to Ms. Bonnie your preference.

Please make sure your technology inventory is updated HERE:

We will be using this information to make technology purchases, so if we don't have accurate information, you may miss out!

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Staff Members of the Week!

AMBER ORCHARD is our teacher of the week! She has done a great job implementing our new CICO software program and completing PASS Training Camp for specific students. We are excited to have her join our Alta Vista family!

JOBELIA FLORES is our staff member of the week! She always has a smile for staff and students, and she filled in as the substitute for Ms. Terrell's class this week without hesitation.

NEW Staff Attendance Incentives Starting Soon!

Perfect Attendance for the Six Weeks: Special Jeans day (or other fabulous prize) to be announced by Mrs. Logan each six weeks (for every staff member with perfect attendance for the six weeks).

Weekly Perfect Attendance: Weekly drawing (1 teacher winner; 1 paraprofessional winner) to pick a fabulous prize from our Staff Treasure Chest!

Conscious Discipline

Our commitment for this week is: I will be helpful in the cafeteria by cleaning up my mess.

Discuss the importance of keeping our cafeteria clean and how students can encourage each other. Ask students how they feel when the cafeteria and school looks dirty. Discuss school pride.

UIL Sponsors Needed!

We are looking for staff to sponsor different UIL teams. We already have an extensive list of students interested in each competition. The UIL competition is Saturday, January 26 at UHS. This is a fun event, and every student that participate will get to attend a special party after the event.

Here are the events we need sponsors for:

  • UIL Art (Gr 4-5) BRITT
  • Chess (Gr 2)
  • Creative Writing (Gr 2)
  • Dictionary (Gr 5)
  • Listening (Gr 5)
  • Maps, Graphs, Charts (Gr 5)
  • Music Memory (Gr 3-6)-BROUGHTON
  • Number Sense (Gr 4-5)
  • Oral Reading (Gr 4-5)
  • Ready Writing (Gr 3-5)
  • Social Studies (Gr 5)
  • Spelling (Gr 3-5)
  • Storytelling (Gr 2-3)

Book Talk Day

We will be hosting our first Alta Vista Book Talk Day on Friday, October 26 (during enrichment time). Each class will be kicking off Book Talks by hosting a Book Talk competition in their classroom (like we did for Staff Inservice). Ms. Alvarado's Reader's Theater group will be making several videos for you to share with your class as examples.

We also need teachers to volunteer for Book Talks! The first 4 teachers to create a Book Talk and email/text it to Mrs. Helton will receive a $50 credit to Lakeshore. After that, you can do a Book Talk each month to earn free books for your classroom.


Your Targeted Skill Profile (Part 3 & 4) are due on November 16. You can use the attached form below to electronically track student growth for SLO (or use the paper version we gave you in the meeting). Whatever you decide, DON'T LOSE IT! You will need this information for your summative conference at the end of the year.

House Parties

Here is the information about House Parties, including who is on each team and how we will award points.


Anyone can award points for good behavior or other behaviors that you feel are deserving. The points form can be found here:

We will be awarding points on a consistent basis for:

  • Six Weeks Perfect Attendance-1 point for every student with perfect attendance for reporting period

  • Weekly Perfect Attendance-10 points for every class with perfect attendance for week

  • Anchored in Excellence-1 point for each person that receives a note (up to 150 per House per six weeks)

  • Cafeteria Behavior: Rate classes weekly (1st-20; 2nd-15; 3rd-10; 4th-5)

  • Specials Behavior: Rate classes weekly (1st-20; 2nd-15; 3rd-10; 4th-5)

  • Staff Activities (Limit of 2 per semester)-Up to 50 points per activity

  • Academic Achievement-Decided by grade level

  • Character Traits-Awarded by Maynard depending on activity

  • Makerspace-10 points for using Makerspace cart each month

  • Social Media Postings-1 point per post (email Koenig # of posts each six weeks)

  • Special challenges-Designated by Logan/Helton

Google Slides

We have discussed the flexibility of using Google Slides in the classroom for collaboration and blended learning.

Here is an article with some great ideas & resources for using Google Slides in your classroom:


Sign up now for October Makerspace! This month's lesson is well aligned to your FORCE AND MOTION TEKS for science. Students will build a boat out of recycled objects and test it in water in front of a fan. They will diagram the force of the wind on the boat and the direction it travels.

We will be reading Alistair & Kips Great Adventure by J. Segal.

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