Sloan Creek Intermediate School

May 5th, 2016

Are you ready to TACKLE the CHALLENGE?

3 Focuses for High Reliability

Finish Strong!


Let's work to support each other to ensure that we finish the year strong as a SCIS family!


  • Continue to love our kids and hold them accountable for work and rigorous thinking.
  • Be in the hallways during every passing period and before and after school without fail
  • Be sure to be on time to our duty stations
  • Hold students accountable for their academic and behavioral focus
  • Stay the course and hold our kids to our high expectations until the very last day.
  • Free Days/Parties/Movies/unstructured time is unacceptable
  • Continue to close learning gaps and pre-teaching content needed for the fall
  • Continue to love on your kiddos and celebrate their successes.

****ACTION ITEM**** AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE DUE MAY 13TH

It's time to nominate your students for end of year awards- These are due May 13th

Click here for the spreadsheet and directions

Bright Spots


Angie Carraway: Tackle the Challenge, Technology Integration, Communication, Grow Each Child, Student Engagement, Flexibility, Cognitive Demand, Formative Assessment Bright Spot For all of the categories mentioned! For being the BEST Team Leader at SCIS! (I am biased) Peter


Tammy Cooper: Student Engagement Bright Spot Thank you for sharing creative ideas with your team!!


5th Grade Math Team: Grow Each Child Bright Spot The 5th Grade math team amazes me with their teamwork and drive. They are always looking for ways to improve student performance while loving on kiddos!!



Claudia Love: Student Engagement Bright Spot While testing students last week, one asked me if he could come back from lunch early so we could finish faster. The student proceeded to tell me, "we're starting a project in English class and I don't want to miss it"! It's not often that someone wants to cut lunch short so that they don't miss class! Brie


Janet Tillman: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot for trying everyday to make sure students are safe in the library and have what they need, even when they are rude, refuse to sign in or ignore her requests. We appreciate all that YOU do!!!


If you know a staff member who should be considered for a Bright Spot in Technology Integration, Flexibility, Student Engagement, Tackling the Challenge or Cognitive Demand, Communication, Formative Assessment, or Grow Each Child send Ms. Peschke their name, the category, and why you are nominating them.




If you know a staff member who should be considered for a Bright Spot in Technology Integration, Flexibility, Student Engagement, Tackling the Challenge or Cognitive Demand, Communication, Formative Assessment, or Grow Each Child send Ms. Peschke their name, the category, and why you are nominating them.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Leave your friends and teammates kudos here!

Expectations for Field Trips

  • Email all staff a list of students attending a week prior to the event
  • Each staff member needs to take attendance and turn it in before leaving to Jan Mcgill
  • Lets the cafeteira know days a week before to let them know who won't be in lunch
  • Notify Tamara to get medication and who will be responsible for administering meds- Nurse Peirce
  • Double check bus times with Teri Duncan
  • Leave your cell number with everyone in the front office incase parents have questions

Nuts and Bolts

EVENTS FOR YOUR ADVANCED PLANNING:

(See SCIS master academic calendar here)


Do you have duty this week?

See SCIS duty schedule here)

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*Disclaimer: In an effort to give everyone as much detail as possible during the month of May, there are lots of details here so this section is quite lengthy. We will continue to update this list as we move through the month.

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Thursday, May 5th

Teacher Appreciation Week- Kendra Scott Drawing and treats from A-Team

5th SS exam

6 GT Science Unit Test

Choir rehearsal 3-4 Main Gym

Band Concert Clinic LHS

3:00-pickup after concert


Friday, May 6th

Teacher Appreciation Week- Bundtini's (Nothing But Bundt Cakes for each of you!)

Principal Coffee 7:45- 8:30- come by to meet Ms. Smith, Ms. Nash, and Ms. Emory!

Preheim Retirement Par-tay 3:30-5:00 in library. Mr. Messer and Mr. Winkler will be playing

Allyson Price's B-Day!

5th math unit 10 exam

6th math exam


Saturday, May 7th

Lovejoy Country Run

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Monday, May 9th

6th GRADE STAAR TESTING- MATH

5TH GRADE STAAR RETAKE-MATH

Reminder: Look at all the tabs.

Schedule- No Bells until after all testing is completed.

5th Grade students have normal schedule

6th Grade goes to 8th and 9th period after testing.

STAAR Coverage

6th Grade STAAR Master Plan

5th GRADE STAAR Re-Test Master Plan


Tuesday, May 10th

6th GRADE STAAR TESTING- READING

5TH GRADE STAAR RETAKE-READING

Reminder: Look at all the tabs.

Schedule- No Bells until after all testing is completed.

5th Grade students have normal schedule

6th Grade goes to 8th and 9th period after testing.

STAAR Coverage

6th Grade STAAR Master Plan

5th GRADE STAAR Re-Test Master Plan

Early Voting at SCIS Starts at 2:00 on the stage

All 6th Grade Choir students report to the Choir room at 2:06 p.m.

CHOIR courtyard concert @ 6:30
Summer Tutoring Letters Mailed home.


  • MATH and ELAR teachers should call and let parents know they they were nominated for summer tutoring and why. Letters will be sent home with info and the summer tutor will call them to set up times.
  • Students should hear first about summer tutoring from their parents before we address them by Friday, May 13th



Wednesday, May 11th

5th GRADE STAAR TESTING- SCIENCE

Reminder: Look at all the tabs.

Schedule- No Bells until after all testing is completed.

6th Grade students have normal schedule

5th Grade goes to 8th and 9th period after testing.

STAAR Coverage

5th Grade Science Testing Master Plan

EOY Staff Meeting 10 min. 3:15-3:30 in Band Hall


  • Check out sheets will be handed out and questions answered in person if needed
  • 5th Grade teachers only- Leopard City planning 3:30-4:00 in Band Hall



Thursday, May 12th

5th SS exam

6GT LAVA 4 Test

Choir rehearsal 3-4


Friday, May 13th

A Team 8:30-10

STAAR make up window complete

***EOY AWARDS ARE DUE Click here for the spreadsheet and directions** (see above)

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Monday, May 16th

EOY Writing Assessment window opens for 5th and 6th ELAR


6th Grade Choir gone at Sandy Lake-


  • Students report to first period for attendance.
  • We will call them out class at 7:55
  • Students will return before school is out at 2:20



6th Grade SCIS Orch Festival Allen HS

  • Students report to first period for attendance.
  • We will call them out class.
  • Students will return after 4:00 p.m.


Band rehearsal 3:00-4:00

Retirement party Debbie Noble @ HART


Tuesday, May 17th

Band gone @NRH20 8:30 a.m.

ILT Meeting 3:15-4:00 in Traci Regan's Room -Agenda

5th GT Math Unit Test

no more library books checked out


Wednesday, May 18th

6th grade teachers and students travel to Hawaiian Falls


  1. All 6th graders report to homeroom at 7:45
  2. We will call them to load at 9:00
  3. From 7:45-9:00 you will take attendance and cover expectations
  4. You will ride the bus with your homeroom
  5. You are responsible for your homeroom students
  6. At 1:30 teachers will meet again to take exit attendance
  7. There will centralized early sign out with Lara by the gate for parents who wish to transport directly from HW. Parents may only take their own children.
  8. All students will be back on campus by 2:30


5th Grade hosts 4th graders for Intro to the Creek- Here are the details

1st 7:45-8:29

2nd 8:33-9:17

3rd 9:22-10:06

4th 10:10-10:54

5th 10:58-11:41

7th 11:45-12:45 This is the time when 5th grade (7th lunch) will get food before the 4th grade goes in, and eat in the front office or somewhere. Then 4th graders will eat at 12:00-12:45.

6th 12:48-1:33- Regular 6th period lunch kids will eat during this time.

8th 1:36-2:07

9th 2:10-2:50


3:15-Leopard City Final Training all 5th grade teachers in band hall


Marci Peschke B-Day


Thursday, May 19th

Summer tutoring staff training: 3:30-4:30 with Mary Mullen @ Admin building

6th GT math 9 weeks exam

STUCO Field Trip- Angie will send out names of students gone



Friday, May 20th

5th Leopard City- Detail folder posted here.

6th grade visit WSMS


  1. All 6th grade teachers with homerooms will attend
  2. 6th Graders will check in and take attendance by homeroom
  3. Groups set by WSMS will be posted here.
  4. Load busses At 8:30
  5. Arrive by 9:00
  6. Tour and Eat At WSMS,
  7. Leave WSMS by 12:30.
  8. Be back to class by 8th Period


EOY Writing Assessment window closes for 5th and 6th ELAR

yearbook delivery

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Monday, May 23rd

yearbook pass out via homeroom teachers.

5th grade AWARDS 8:30-10:50 in large gym

5th Grade Legacy Day 10:50-2:50 Details posted here more details here

6th Grade has a normal school day

Semester Exam Math 6GT

W Davis B-Day


Tuesday, May 24th

6th grade AWARDS 8:30

6th Grade Legacy Day 10:50-2:50 Details posted here

5th grade has a normal day

Legacy Leaders graduation 6:00-7:30 in band hall


Wednesday, May 25th

Last full day of normal classes

See all 9 periods on shortened schedule

Yearbook signing after 9th period (shortened schedule). click here for a printable schedule

Christina Person's B-Day


Thursday,May 26th

Service Learning/ Field Day Click Here for details more details to follow

No Hot Lunchs-sack lunches

Sandra Dennis's B-Day


Friday, May 27th

Chick Fil A lunch

Early Release - 11:50

Spring Social

  1. Teacher interest survey will be sent week of 5.9.16
  2. student survey will be sent week of 5.9.16


Grading period ends

Report Cards Due

Final Check out start at noon


Saturday, May 28th

Graduation: Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Please make note that this year graduation is the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Every teacher and staff member on every campus plays an integral role of each graduating class. It is a tradition in Lovejoy for our teachers and staff to support our graduates on graduation day. As we have done in the past, all staff are expected to be at graduation and the staff luncheon on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 to honor our graduating class of 2016. Personal days will not be granted. If a faculty member is not present during the graduation ceremony and luncheon, they will be a docked pay. Exceptions will be granted to faculty who have a graduating senior. Please dress in your "sunday best" and be early to both the graduation event and the luncheon. In the past there was a bus provided for transportation.

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Save The Date!

End of the Year Awards Ceremonies (Save the Date)

5th Grade: Monday, May 23rd at 7:45-10:50 in SCIS Gym
6th Grade:Tuesday, May 24th at 7:45-10:50 in SCIS Gym


Learning at Lovejoy 2016: Tuesday, July 26th— Friday, August 5th.
As you begin making your summer plans, all SCIS staff will participate in a total of five days of Learning at Lovejoy between July 26 and August 5. This year, we will have 5 exchange days in the 2016-17 workday calendar. Four of the exchange days will be earned during the National Conference Week July 26 – July 28 (Tuesday—Friday). For the fifth exchange day, teachers and staff will choose an additional day during the second week of August 1-5. Any teacher who does not participate in five days of Learning @ Lovejoy will be required to come to professional development through LISD on the designated exchange days during the 2016-17 school year. Personal days will not be granted for Learning at Lovejoy or the exchange days.


Sign up in Eduphoria here

Link to the L@L brochure


It is the expectation that all core teachers sign up for the following course so that we can continue our focus on co-created criteria and formative assessment:



Knowing What Counts in Classroom Assessment (K-6)

Do you want to know more about how to involve your students in their own assessment? Do you need more practical strategies to add to those you are already using? Are you wondering how you can make this new school year even better for your students? Then be part of this session that features incredibly practical and possible strategies to engage students in their learning! You will learn from two experts in this area AND from each other. This is a session for educators who want to begin the year with plans that set their students up for success. At this session you will learn about: • How to use samples and criteria with your students • More ways to use the criteria so you can give feedback without grades or marks • Building self-assessment into classroom practice • Ways to have students set goals for their own learning • Including your students in providing proof of learning to others • Involving students in communicating their learning to others Highlights include: • Lots of practical ideas that you can take away and use as soon as the school year begins • Cross-curricular examples and classroom video clips • Time to network, reflect, and share with other educators during the session


Dates/Times: August 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM to August 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Course Instructors

Davies, Anne

Herbst, Sandra



August 10th PD Day
If you have viewed the 2016-2017 academic calendar, you will notice that we have a PD day scheduled for Saturday, October 29th. As we have done in the past, SCIS, WSMS, and LHS will not work on Saturday, October 29th. Instead, we will again have our PD day on Wednesday, August 10th. For a copy of the 2016-2017 academic calendar, please click here

16-17 Master Schedule Draft

As a reminder we are working on details but we are close to having a static master schedule for next year.

16-17 Room Location Draft

This is the feedback from our grade level meetings on May 2nd, 2016

16-17 SCIS Academic Calendar

Click here to see the calendar for next school year at SCIS

16-17 Supply List

This list was drafted by ILT and finalized in our April meeting

16-17 LISD District Calendar

The official district calendar for 16-17

Sub Coverage

See current totals for who is covering classes. If you are covering someone's class, you are welcome to update this sheet. If Lara, Ray, or Shelley ask you to cover, we will update it from now on.

15-16 SCIS Master Academic Calendar

Click here to check to see when summative assessments are being planned. Please only 1 summative assessment per grade level per day. All summative assessments should be on this calendar and your personal google calendar on your website please

Lesson Planning

Share your team created lesson plans here each Friday

Digital Suggestion Box

Click here to give us anonymous feedback on areas that we can improve in and places that we are already meeting your expectations.

Communication Committee Updates

Here is a direct link to the communication committee updates that Nina sends you each month.

SCIS Vision

We become leaders, growing and learning together.

TACKLE the CHALLENGE!


SCIS Mission

At Sloan Creek Intermediate, we are a community of diverse, independent learners becoming positive leaders in a safe environment through:

  • Confidently embracing challenge and change
  • Persevering through difficulty with grace and dignity
  • Collaborating and communicating effectively within our community and the world around us
  • Engaging in relevant problem solving using critical and creative thinking