Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of April 2, 2018

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Teacher Work Day on Monday, April 2 **Jeans allowed**
  • Vertical Alignment Meeting on Monday, April 2 at 2:00 pm
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, April 4 **STAAR Testing Procedures**
  • Adopt A School Meeting on Thursday, April 5 at 9 am
  • Reading PLCs on Friday, April 6
  • Mayborn Museum Discovery Box on Friday, April 6
  • STAAR Pep Rally on Friday, April 6 at 2:00 pm


Coming Up: Family Arts Festival (Gr 1-2 Performances) on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30-7:00 pm

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Interventions & Tutoring

Next week is READING for after-school tutoring (Week 2 of 2). Continue with the materials you received this past week. We will not be doing after-school tutoring during the week of April 9 due to STAAR testing.


Next week is MATH for intervention times for grades 2, 3, and 5 during the school day.

FOURTH grade will be doing WRITING interventions next week.

Reading PLCs

Bring your lesson planning materials, student work samples, and upcoming classroom assessments to discuss for reading PLCs this week.

From Your Captain

TTESS Time! Your TTESS Appraiser will be emailing you to schedule the conference. Here is what you need to be working on before then:


  1. Upload and document evidence towards the completion of your 2 goals in Eduphoria Strive
  2. Complete "Part II: Goal Reflection" AND "Professional Development Plan" in the "Goal Setting & Professional Development" form in Eduphoria Strive
  3. Gather evidence to support your performance in Domain 4 of TTESS (Professional Demeanor & Ethics; Goal Setting; Professional Development; School Community Involvement) **See example that Ms. Mattoon put together for a good idea of what we are looking for.
  4. Print out your student achievement data to discuss (District scores, Rigby, Istation, Education Galaxy, Smarty Ants/Achieve3000, or other documentation)
  5. Schedule time for your End of Year Conference (Logan/Helton will email you)


Steps 1-4 are to be completed by Sunday, April 22. End of Year Conferences will begin immediately on April 23. Once the End of Year Conference is complete, your TTESS Appraiser will release your Summative Annual Appraisal on Eduphoria for you to sign (on paper and electronically).


**Please review the forms below as you prepare for your End of Year Conference.

STAAR Testing Resources

STAAR Manual, training power points, forms, supplemental aids, and other resources can now all be found on this Google Drive folder (once you click on this link, you will be able find the file in the "Shared with Me" folder): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BzPtZw5xT-LdZnYtUUxNc3RNUXM?usp=sharing


If you did NOT receive STAAR security training, please see Mrs. Logan immediately.


If you are a NEW teacher or just want to freshen up on STAAR security procedures, here is the link to the training website: https://www.texasassessment.com/administrators/training/

New teachers will need to complete Modules 1-3 and print their certificate for each module; turn them in to Mrs. Logan.

Conscious Discipline

Weekly Commitment: I will be responsible in the restroom by using the toilets correctly and cleaning up my messes.

Restroom Issues

The custodial team has reported that boys have been pooping in the urinals, especially in the boy's restroom near the library. Classes that uses these restrooms will need to take group restroom breaks (if they haven't been already). Please have a male student check the urinals FIRST before your class starts their break and when the class is all DONE; that way we can try to pinpoint who is making the mess, and boys will be less likely to do it in the first place if they know it's being monitored.


If you need to send a boy to the restroom when it's not break time, please find a trustful buddy to go with him.


I hope this helps resolve the issue because no one should be making these messes or having to clean them up. If you have additional concerns, please email Mrs. Helton.

The 3 C's

Remember the 3 C's for student success: connected, capable, and confident. Building a confident student includes practicing without penalty. Below is "Make the Case"-a great strategy for giving students a chance to practice without being penalized.


NEED A GRADE? Once your students have had practice using "Make the Case" give them a similar problem or 2 that they have to answer on their own and make them justify their answers.

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April Makerspace

Because March was a short month, we will continue the March Makerspace cart for April. It is a great challenge to reinforce shapes, perimeter, and area!


Email Mrs. Helton if you would like to check out the Makerspace Cart this month! If you have already done the March cart, feel free to email Mrs. Helton to discuss a different challenge for April for your class.

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Family Art Festival

We are excited to announce our Family Arts Festival on Thursday, April 19 from 5:30-7:00 pm. This will be a showcase of students' work in specials, with a focus on grades 1-2.

Specials teachers and 1st and 2nd grade teachers will be sponsoring different arts activities throughout the evening, and we will even have a "Sandwich Art" snack station and cookie decorating. :)

While the focus of this event is grades 1-2, all students are encouraged to attend to show off their art work and engage in the different art activities that we will have around the school.

Here are the tentative plans: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17I3tyS_LXHokmuXhGZ9SJ0pBI5MLzTLVyw_Jt5DZLJY/edit?usp=sharing

FREE Math Resource

Right now, I am hooked on http://mashupmath.com/! This website has math videos, growth mindset information, and my favorite....math challenges! I have shared some of these with you during the school year.


I know we hate getting lots of email, but I did sign up for the MashupMath daily email, and it's one I look forward to reading every day. It usually includes a free themed math challenge for your class that makes for a great warm-up or bell ringer.


If you don't want a daily email, you can still check out the collection of free math challenges here: http://mashupmath.com/weekly-math-challenges/. Here's an example below.

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Makerspace Trash

Thank you for all the cardboard. I think we have a great collection!


Mrs. Helton is now collecting recycled items like bottle caps, plastic yogurt containers, cardboard food boxes, and other items that students could use to create projects in Makerspace. Mrs. Helton will have a white basket in her office to collect your items (PLEASE make sure they are clean so we don't attract bugs).

Super 7

Please review the district expectations for Super 7 for Advanced Questioning.
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