Meadow Creek Monday Message

January 19, 2016

Meadow Creek’s mission is to promote learning by challenging all to reach their potential

in a safe, nurturing environment by communicating, collaborating and congratulating!

Thank you!

Thank you for your time, energy and engagement on Friday at our Team Huddle and for our professional development. We hope that you are excited about the Apex Fun Run, the opportunities to earn some fun things for your classroom, took away some thoughts and ideas from Bill's presentation and also learned new things at Monday's PD sessions!

Friday, January 22

This is our Report Card Day and College Day. If you wear your favorite college shirt or colors, Jeans will look great with that!

The Pizza Food Truck will also be here so be sure you have turned in your order and money to Peggy!

Parent Survey

Thank you for reminding and encouraging your parents to complete the on-line parent survey. Each parent should have received an email with a direct link to the survey. If they did not, they can find it on the HEB Home page. We will be sending out paper copies but would love it if they could take just a minute to complete the new, streamlined survey on line before February 2.

Thank you for your help with this!

Chapter 5: Creating a Strong Classroom Culture

Technique 32: SLANT

No matter how great the lesson is, if the students are not alert, sitting up and actively listening, teaching them is like pouring water into a leaky bucket. We have procedures for many things but we don't often think about how to teach behaviors and skills to help students to concentrate, focus and learn. Five key behaviors that maximize students' ability to pay attention are in the acronym SLANT:

Sit up.


Ask and Answer questions.

Nod your head.

Track the speaker.

Using the acronym or a nonverbal signal allows you to reinforce and correct SLANTing without interrupting what you are otherwise doing.

From: Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

APEX Fun Run Pep Rally

We will kick off the APEX Fun Run with the students on Tuesday, January 19 at 1:45 with a Pep Rally in the gym. We will have 6th and 5th come first and then call all of the other grades to join us in the gym.

Be sure to take a minute after the Pep Rally to talk about who they can ask to make a pledge for their laps and to show the 90 second video about "How to get a pledge."

Remember, the more enthusiastic you are, the better opportunity to raise money for you to spend on your goal!

Upcoming Faculty Meetings

Please be sure you have the dates on your calendar!

January 21 - Patricia Demaree Part 1 on NCI strategies

January 28 - Goal Team Meetings

February 4 - Patricia Demaree Part 2 on NCI Strategies

February 11 - Goal Team Reports and Chapter 5 Champions

February 18 - Testing Security Training

February 25 - Chapter 6 Champions

March 3 - Chapter 7 Champions

Thank you and Congratulations!

4th grade will have a change starting this second semester. After many years of leadership, Cathy Rodgers will be passing the Team Coordinator position to Olga Ortiz-Alers. Thank you to Cathy for all of the hard work, care and commitment she has shared over the last many years and welcome to Olga as she takes on new responsibilities!

Transfer Window

The transfer window is now open for students wishing to attend a different HEB than their home school. The window is also now open to apply for our Spanish Immersion program that begins in first grade.

HEB employees who live outside the district and have their children attending an HEB school, must make contact with Liz Richard at 2032 during the transfer window to keep their children in HEB. Out of district employees must do this annually. The window for transfers is Janauray 4 through February 29.

If you would like to transfer to another campus as a teacher or assistant, you should have received an email from HR with the process, the form and the important dates this week.

PTA and the Meadow Creek Yearbook needs pictures!

If you have pictures form events or form things you have done in your classroom this year, PTA would love to use them in the yearbook. Please email any picture's you would like to share to

PTA will be asking you to look at the proof pages for your classroom in the next week or so. Please be sure to match pictures with names, correct spelling and to add anyone new to your class. Thank you for your help!


On CBAs and DBAs, no grades are given to students. We are asked to focus on the students' strengths and weaknesses of skills so no % should be recorded on the test, in the grade book, or sent home to parents. The STAAR Power is a great tool to share with parents.

Please be at your door at 7:45 to greet your students. It is important that you are in your classroom at the start of each day.

January Birthdays

January 4 - Helene Ray

January 10 - Trisha Handy and Bill Willis

January 14 - Juan Lopez

January 25 - Sabrina Dunstan and Dotty Garrett

January 27 - Val Hannasch

Janaury 29 - Tiffany MacQuilkan

Professional Development

January 26

Number Talks with Rational Numbers

February 9

6th grade ELA

K-5 Reading and Writing with Problem Solving

February 15

3rd grade Math

5th grade ELA

K-2 Science

February 16

5th grade Social Studies

4th grade Math

6th grade Science

February 17

Grade 4 ELA

Grade 6 Social Studies

5th grade Math

6th grade Math Pre AP and Regular

Important Dates

January 19 - Apex Fun Run Pep Rally, in the gym at 1:45 PM

January 20 - Math CBA for grades 3, 4 and 6

January 21 - Faculty Meeting Part One of Behavior Strategies with Patricia Demaree

January 22 - Report Cards, College Days, Jeans Day, Pizza Truck

January 25 - Art Club resumes

January 28 - APEX Fun Run - Schedule to be sent out

January 28 - Goal Team meetings

January 29 - Picture Day - Class and Individual pictures

February 2 - 100th Day of School, Counselor Appreciation Week!

February 3 - Dolphin Choir dress rehearsal

February 4 - Dolphin Choir dress rehearsal and parent performance at 6:30 PM

February 5 - All Pro Dads' Breakfast. 6 Weeks' Luncheon - Souper Bowl!

February 8 - Progress Reports sent home

February 9 - 1st grade Valentine Day show for PK, K and 1 at 1:45 and parents at 6:30 PM

February 11 - Faculty Meeting

February 10 - CiCi's Spirit Night

February 12 - Valentine's Day Class Parties at 2:00

February 18 - Mad Science resumes

February 19 - Positive Proof

February 26 - Noon Dismissal MCE Work Day