THE STALLION STAR
MAY 1, 2016
A Good Read for Teachers Needing an End of Year Lift
A FARMER'S LIFE -- Way to go FIRST and SECOND GRADE!!
IN THE NEWS...
There will be a staff meeting this week ON WEDNESDAY in order to go over some details of several end-of-year events: STAAR, Field Day, Enrichment Clusters, etc.
Please note, the STAFF MEETING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, instead of Thursday (due to Talent Show Auditions, Summer School training, etc.). We will NOT have a staff meeting the following week, May 12th. Please plan accordingly.
Please plan on having a staff meeting on the 19th, and if we are able to accomplish what needs to be done by end of year, we will AIM t to NOT have a staff meeting on the 26th and June 2nd.
FIRST GRADE ESL
Take a look at our first graders learning about how to take care of our Earth this month! This is just a small capture of what they learned about recycling. Thanks Mrs. Harris!
Scholastic Book Fair May 17 – 19 (no previews/purchases only)
Student materials are due to the library by Monday, MAY 23rd (because will have a book fair the previous week). Encourage your students to clear fines and overdue books prior to end of the year activities and field trips.
Teacher materials will be due back Friday, May 27th.
SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY
School Lunch Hero Day is a nationwide celebration hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series, the School Nutrition Association and Random House Children’s Books. Inspired by his own childhood school lunch hero, the inspiration for his series. This gives schools the opportunity to thank the nutrition professionals who serve 30 million students each day. It will be celebrated on Friday, May 6th this year. Have your students take a brief moment to create and sign a card for the ladies that work so hard to serve them each day!
SCHEDULES -- ALL CLASSROOM & SPECIAL/SUPPORT TEACHERS
Yes, yes, the end of year is coming upon us... and as much of a pleasurable thought that may be, we need to still be mindful of our schedules. We may not realize what other teachers have planned, especially for STAAR and end-of-the-year assessments/projects. ALL teachers, if there are any changes in your schedules, it is IMPORTANT that you are communicating your changes to ALL involved -- this applies to all classroom, special areas, special ed, and ESL staff. Your changes can have a significant impact on other teachers' plans.
Along the same lines, please try your best to stay on schedule -- we have one more week before STAAR. This includes specials, support, lunch and recess times. Most of our STAAR prep plans involve having central support staff come to our campus on a limited time schedule... just a five minute delay in schedules can impact multiple plans.
THE DATE HAS PASSED! The cafeteria will no longer accept personal checks!! Do not send any!
ENRICHMENT CLUSTER PLANS
If you will be out on a day when enrichment clusters are occurring, you are responsible for leaving detailed notes about the procedures, as well as your cluster plans. A substitute will need clear and detailed plans in order to understand.
TRACKING/RTI DOCUMENTS/RED FOLDERS
Please make sure these items are UTD. We will be needing to review/collect them soon to make some decisions for next year.
STUDENTS - DISCIPLINE/REFERRALS
It's becoming that time of year when the frenzy for summer begins. Teachers, please make sure you re-establish expectations to remind students of our standards and the ramifications for violations, both at the classroom and office level.
We are seeing an increase of students being sent to the office for classroom level violations. Please when you seek assistance, ensure that the severity warrants an office level consequence. We will refer students back to the teacher for horse-playing, swearing, or basic silliness. If it is a student whom you've handled several times with classroom level consequences, please send documentation of what has been done -- there is a good form on Google drive that is easy to use for those kids with ongoing issues. This also applies to special area and support teachers.
A couple other points:
* Unless it is a serious offense (i.e. fight), the office should not be placing the first phone call to the parent. Nothing is worse than the parent not being aware that there was a problem in the classroom or in specials, and the teacher had not called to describe the issues.
* Don't place students in the hallways unattended, especially if they are upset. Please use your buddy rooms.
* Don't trust students to call parents on their own -- they either don't really call home or they tell the parent a different version of the story. Students may call but should be supervised by a teacher to ensure authentic communication.
* Do NOT just send students to the office to be seen by an administrator or liaison. We had a couple students last week spend over an hour in the office, being entertained by the activities going on and getting out of class (which turns into a reward), because there was no available administrator or liaison.
PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
As we near the end of the school year, we tend to get a bit lax with our own professional responsibilities. Please understand that the little things can have an impact on the overall feel of student expectations. If we let up, they will sense the laxness and they will let up.
Please make sure you are turning in jeans passes when you choose to wear jeans on a day other than College Mondays or Spirit Fridays. Also, please know that when you arrive late to school or to duty, there are students not being supervised or undersupervised. Thank you in advance for keeping up with professionalism and communicating to our kids that what we do IS important.
SUBMISSIONS TO THE STALLION STAR
Anyone is welcome to submit entries to our weekly staff newsletter. Please email any submission requests to Carlene by the Thursday before publishing.
TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS
Thursday, May 5th, 3:15pm
ACE Multi-Purpose Room
3:15-4:00MAY 5th -- PK-2nd grades on Thursday
MAY 6th -- 3rd -6th grades on Friday
Permission slips MUST be turned into E.Williams completely filled out OR NO AUDITION.
TEAM SWAGGER GIVES BACK!
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING ONE LAST TIME!
Tuesday, May 17th, 8am
ENRICHMENT CLUSTER DATES
Spring Enrichment Clusters
Cluster Drill- THURSDAY, MAY 12th!!! -- CHANGE!!!!!
Session 1-Friday, May 13th
Session 2-Friday, May 20th
Session 3-Monday, May 23rd
Session 4-Tuesday, May 24th
Session 5-Wednesday May 25th
EXPO- Thursday, May 26th
KUDOS GOES TO!
* Terry Smith and Roger Westbrook -- for continuing the charge to inspire young hearts!
* Elsa Williams and Maren Farmer -- for helping out with siblings after school last week!!
Dye - Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to breakfast at 7:50-Give stop sign to last student.)
A Gonzales - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50
Hanson - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50
Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line
Holloway - Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time
Lee - Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time
Bakhshi (Brown) – Cafeteria @ 7:20 - Expedite Food Line
Afternoon Duty: Anderson– Cones - stand by front cones @ 2:45 to let daycare buses/vans through Farmer and Clayton– Daycare
Farmer - Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to breakfast at 7:50-Give stop sign to last student.)
Saavedra - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50
Steinberger - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50
Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line
Tanner - Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time
D.Williams - Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time
Burke – Cafeteria @ 7:20 - Expedite Food Line
Afteroon Duty: Clayton – Cones - stand by front cones @ 2:45 to let daycare buses/vans through E.Williams and Dye – Daycare
- May 2nd & 3rd - LAST WEEK OF TUTORING!!!
- May 3rd -- PROGRESS REPORTS MUST GO HOME -- NO EXTENSIONS!!!!
- May 4th -- STAFF MEETING (WEDNESDAY!)
- May 5th -- GLIMs
- May 5th and 6th -- TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS
- May 9 -- STAAR MATH (Grades 3-6)
- May 10 -- STAAR READING (Grades 3-6)
- May 11 -- STAAR SCIENCE (Grade 5)
- May 12 -- Grade Posting Window opens for PK/KG; No GLIMs-No Staff Meeting
- May 17-19 -- Scholastic Book Fair
- May 19 -- GLIMs/Staff Meeting
- May 19 -- Grade Posting Window opens for 1st-6th
- May 23 -- Student Materials due in the Library
- May 24 -- Draft Report Cards due
- May 27 -- Teacher Materials due in the Library; FIELD DAY
- May 30 -- MEMORIAL DAY -- NO SCHOOL
- June 3rd -- 6th Grade Graduation
- June 3rd -- Last Day -- Report Cards go home