September 24th Pony News

Building a Brighter Future!

LVES Mission and Vision

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Knowing our New Crew - Mrs. Hackworth

Hello Pony Family!

I am so excited to be part of Lewisville Elementary School and the 5th grade team this year! I taught in both Plano ISD and Richardson ISD teaching Kindergarten and 4th grades. I was born and raised East of here in a town called Sulphur Springs, TX where I attended school K-12. Go Wildcats! My parents still live there and my husband and I frequently go back and visit. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2015. I have a TON of pride for my alma mater. Go Lumberjacks! I have one sister who teaches technical theater and 8th grade ELAR in Frisco ISD, a brother-in-law who is a percussion director in Prosper ISD and another brother-in-law who is a chemistry and physics teacher in Plano ISD. I have a lot of teachers in my family!

My husband and I recently got married June 23rd of this year. We love married life and he is a great teacher’s husband. He willingly cuts out lamination and grades papers! We had the most magical wedding and enjoyed a week in South Lake Tahoe for our honeymoon.

We love ALL things Disney and even took some of our engagement photos at Disney World. When we aren’t dreaming of being in Orlando, we are playing with our little Maltese named Google, visiting our niece Riley Kate and nephew Hudson, cooking, participating in our group at Prestonwood Baptist Church and catching up on all of our favorite shows.

I absolutely love teaching math and science. I grew up in a science house with my dad being an aerospace engineer and then married into more science with my husband being a chiropractor! I also really struggled with math growing up so I know how to reach those struggling students because I can relate to them at their age. I love helping those kids grow in their confidence with numbers!

Taryn Hackworth

5th Grade

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Birthday Celebration

  • If it is your birthday, stop by the office so we can give you your birthday sticker.
  • If your students are celebrating a birthday, also send them to the office, and we will give them their special sticker.

Restorative Circle 4th grade Conflict Resolution

Campus Improvement Plan Connection: GOAL 2: PO: 2: We will Implement restorative practices and analyze our discipline referrals to decrease the amount of referrals by 25%

We are a Professional Learning Community- TEKS & ELPS Collaboration is part of being a PLC

CIP Connection: Goal 1: Student Learning/Performance Objective 2:

Strategies 1

Teachers and administrators will:

  • Participate in TEKS & ELPS Collaboration Sessions
  • Participate in Team Meetings
  • Participate in Vertical Alignment Meetings
  • Participate in district professional development sessions
  • Observe other classrooms (on and off campus)
  • Participate in book studies

Tuesday September 25th:

  • K, 3rd, and 4th grades

Click here to see the TEKS & ELPS Collaboration at a Glance 2018-19 Calendar.

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A Peek into the LVES Handbook

We will be showcasing parts of the handbook on each Pony News.


TEKS are the state-mandated skills that comprise our curriculum. The LISD curriculum is written to address the TEKS to the appropriate depth and rigor. However, programming is not limited to the TEKS. LISD is committed to providing educational programs that will permit all children to develop their abilities and aptitudes to the fullest extent possible.

  • All teachers will plan lessons with the TEKs in mind and follow LISD’s curriculum. Following LISD’s curriculum and content area frameworks are not an option.

  • The LISD online curriculum is based on Understanding By Design (McTighe and Wiggins) and follows the UBD Stages for each unit of study. Teachers first plan with the TEKS in mind, then determine how they will assess mastery of that standard, then plan engaging lessons and strategies to reach those goals.

  • When students are working, it is expected that teachers are walking around the room, checking for understanding, and monitoring students. Grading papers, lesson planning, responding to emails, or other non-instructional tasks should be reserved to before or after school or during the conference period.

  • Texas Education Code requires that student mastery of TEKS be closely monitored and needed remediation determined.

  • A variety of formative and summative assessment tools/methods will be determined by the teacher to evaluate student mastery of TEKS, along with district-mandated assessments.

  • Teaching and learning will take place from “bell to bell.” We need to maximize every instructional minute.

  • It is expected that all students are taught a rigorous and engaging curriculum that is relevant and meaningful to the students.

  • There should be an emphasis on higher-level thinking and ongoing assessments. Activities should be hands-on as much as possible, using group activities, technology and differentiated instruction.

  • There should not be a strong emphasis on worksheets, especially in the early grades. In fact, worksheets should be kept to a minimum and should be used only if the concept being taught needs written practice that can’t be provided any other way.

  • Students should be writing every day in every grade level.

  • Content objectives and language objectives should be written on the board daily and utilized by and with students during the lessons so that students take ownership of their learning.

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Celebrating the Implementation of our Campus Improvement Plan


Monthly, we will recognize our teachers and staff (teachers, instructional support, specialists, counselors, CIS and ACE, office, cafeteria, learning facilitators, custodian, etc). The teacher and staff member receiving the most nominations will be recognized as the Teacher/Staff Member of the Month.

They will be allowed to park in the teacher and staff of the month parking spots, 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 Friday, September 28th.

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.


Each month we will be recognizing the student of the month. Please select one student from your own classroom that is the leader representing the character trait of this first 9 weeks. "RESPONSIBILITY/RESPECT"

We will recognize them during the NEU Rally and they will receive a certificate and breakfast with Mrs. Valdes.

Please click here to submit your nomination.

Please submit your nomination by 3:45 p.m. this Friday, September 28th.

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.

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Master Calendar

Click here to access the LVES Master Calendar. Thank you Coach Green for keeping the calendar up to date.

Our Pony Week

  • College Day
  • TEKS & ELPS Collaboration
  • K, 3rd, and 4th grades
  • Multilingual Coordinator
  • Tutoring
  • Creation of Assessment calendar (Team leaders only)
  • Dress for Success
  • Learning Leaders (Principal)
  • Tutoring
  • Spirit Day
  • Teacher, Staff, and Student of the Month submission

Important information

  • October 8th: Student Holiday/ Professional Learning
  • October 9th: GT Social & Emotional - Online
  • October 17th: 3rd-5th Reading CBA/ Staff Learning 3:15 to 4:30
  • October 18th: 3rd-5th Math CBA/ 2nd Grade PTA Performance

Vertical Meetings 3:15 to 4:30

Our first Vertical Meetings will begin in October. This team won't be meeting this Wednesday after school.

NOTE: If you are interested in brainstorming how to do clubs for our campus, please join us in the library on Wednesday after school.


Click here to submit a Shout-Out.

  • Ms. Diaz, Mrs. Sammon and Mrs. O'Donnell for sharing their knowledge in the AVP video.
  • Sandra Zamora - For helping out my students with technology when I was not able to be there.
  • Mrs.Hackworth: Thank you for lending me science supplies for our experiment!
  • Mrs. Kilam for caring and always be willing to help her grade level team.
  • Mr. Dixson for doing an amazing job with the students! He is very caring, yet firm with some of our students, and he is creating a culture of respect with them!
  • Ms. Echevarria for always being willing to lend a hand and get things done! And she always does it with a big smile! :)
  • Ms. Green for being a constant source of support for our students and always encouraging them to make choices about what's best for them!
  • Ms. Gibbs for helping my kinder students find the restroom during her conference time. :)
  • The whole 3rd grade team. All teachers were in attendance for the 3rd grade PTA performance!! Thank you!!
  • Mrs. Hayes and Coach W for help with the 3rd Grade PTA Performance, and the rest of the specials team for helping with the practices.
  • Ms. Norton, Ms. Echevarria, Ms. Green, Ms. Vando and Ms. Ramos for all their help getting us ready for Grandparents Day! We had over 90 visitors! Wow!
  • Ms. Huerta for being so flexible when an issue arose with her counseling lesson time!
  • 5th Grade Teachers: Thank you for your proactive and quick response to learning your team was short a substitute. You are appreciated...You Rock!
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