Maverick News

What all IES staff members need to know on 1/15/16.

One Word

For the past couple years I have reread the book One Word during Winter break. After reading it this year, I felt many connections to The Power of a Teacher. As I read I kept yearning for a word that would help me maintain a commitment to becoming better in every spoke of my wellness wheel.

After reflecting, I landed on the word FOCUS. I hope that by FOCUSing and giving attention, care, and time to the areas I need to improve, that I will improve every spoke in my wellness wheel.

I hope you too consider what your One Word will be for this year and share with us.

KISD Film Festival

A few highlights of this year’s festival...

  • This is the eighth year of the Film Festival, and we are accepting online entires now through Feb 29
  • 7 categories to choose from, including comedy, music video and documentary. Enter by yourself, with your friends, or as a class project!
  • Finalists will be honored at an Oscars-style Awards Ceremony to be held at Cinemark Alliance's spectacular XD theater in April
  • All the information can be found on the website www.kellerisd.net/film.

IES Events and Birthdays

1/15: Early Release

1/15: Staff lunch provided by 1st, 2nd, Specials and Scoop

1/15: Teacher workday in the afternoon

1/15: Transforming Instruction Reflection due

1/18: MLK Day, Staff/Student holiday

1/19: Laila out AM

1/19: Fire Drill, 8:15

1/19: Running Club starts back

1/20: Basham out all day

1/21: Kathy out AM NEAC meeting

1/21: Basham out AM

1/21: Staff meeting, 3:20

1/22: Schoola Clothes Drive

1/22: Diversity Day and 21 Days of Kindness Kickoff

1/22: Staff lunch provided by Tom Winders from Horace Mann

1/25: Happy Birthday to Hahn!

1/25: Lockdown Drill, 1:40

1/26: IES: Expectations and 3 year plan, 1st AM, 2nd PM

1/27: IES: Expectations and 3 year plan, Kinder AM, Co-Curr PM

1/28: Laila out all day

1/28: IES: Expectations and 3 year plan, Specialists PM

1/28: Staff meeting, 3:20

1/29: Rodeo Day

Independence Elementary, Keller ISD

​​​​Our Mission

We, at Independence Elementary School, as compassionate professionals, will inspire and empower our students to become independent thinkers, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners by building relationships, having high expectations, providing a safe and nurturing environment and embracing the community.​

​​Our Vision Statement

Inspiring Dreams
Empowering Minds
​Strengthening Our Community​​​


Our Goals

By June of 2016, ​67% of observed student tasks will include students using academic language, as measured by Instructional Rounds walk-throughs.


By June of 2016, 85% of K-4 students will demonstrate proficiency on Math Readiness Standards and 85% of 3rd and 4th grade students will demonstrate proficiency on STAAR, as measured by common summative assessments and STAAR.


By June 2016, 85% of K-4th grade students will demonstrate proficiency on Writing Process and Readiness Standards and 75% of 4th grade students will demonstrate proficiency on STAAR , as measured by Writing Process and Readiness Rubric and STAAR.