OCT. 2nd, 2017 Pony News

On the Side of Hope!

All Means All!


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take you through a new journey during our Tuesday sessions as Professional Learning Communities.

Take a look at the Beliefs posters created by our teachers in each grade level. Our Specials Team, Special Education Team, and Instructional Specialists Team will soon be creating Beliefs posters, as well.

Here is the information regarding the development of your grade level SMART goals for team meetings next Wednesday, Oct. 4th.

A minute with the LASes

Ladies and Gentlemen... Your attention, Please!

Almost all of you have at least a Bilingual or ESL student in your class. We have observed many strategies that you are using to support them, and we need you to keep record of that. Since we are required to document the linguistic accommodations provided during the year, LISD Learning and Teaching Department has uploaded a form to Aware (for each Bilingual/ESL student) and made a video explaining how and when to use it (at the beginning, the middle and the end of the school year).

During the first 9 weeks, we should be able to complete the first part.

Here is the fun attached to this, the first grade level team (all means all) who completes all forms, will earn a jeans pass and a small teacher survival kit!

Bring us your questions; we will be glad to answer them!

PLC- September Focus: Reading Standard Analysis

We will be learning together the process of analyzing academic standards to guide our teaching, and collaboratively address the PLC question: What is it we want our students to know and be able to do?

Click here to see the standard(s) we will be discussing on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd.

What is our data telling us?

We now have our baseline to support our guided reading groups and literacy stations.

Take a peek at our students' data and reflect on the following questions:

  • How many of our students are on Tier I?
  • How many students are on Tier II?
  • How many students are on Tier III?
  • How could we adjust our groups, mini lessons and literacy stations to support the students in their growth?
  • Which Istation reports could we use to support our guided reading lessons?
  • How can we use the Distribution Report to plan for guided reading?
  • How can we use the Priority Report to plan for guided reading?
  • How are we using the teacher's resources from Istation and the Comprehension Toolkit lessons to support our guided reading?
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Do you need help with the implementation of guided reading?

  • Talk with your coach; they are happy to help.
  • Talk with the administration team; we are happy to help.
  • Check out great resources from the library.
  • Sign up for professional learning opportunities for guided reading:

Guided Reading 101: 10/3 - http://bit.ly/2xVMpPt

Guided Reading PLN: (pick either Cohort A or Cohort B and sign up for all 3!)

Cohort A

Guided Reading Professional Learning Network for Grades K-2 (Part 1 of 3) 10/17 - http://bit.ly/2xrs8p9

Guided Reading Professional Learning Network for Grades K-2 (Part 2 of 3) 11/8 - http://bit.ly/2gWHVV

Guided Reading Professional Learning Network for Grades K-2 (Part 3 of 3) 12/7 - http://bit.ly/2w1EuUg

Cohort B

Guided Reading Professional Learning Network for Grades K-2 (Part 1 of 3) 10/19 - http://bit.ly/2jEOtcm

Guided Reading Professional Learning Network for Grades K-2 (Part 2 of 3) 11/13 - http://bit.ly/2w3HWK3

Guided Reading Professional Learning Network for Grades K-2 (Part 3 of 3) 12/11 - http://bit.ly/2xgmzbF

RTI Reminder

As you monitor your students' data and/or behavior, please be sure to remember that if the data suggests that the student has moved from Tier 1 to Tier 2, you will need to recommend the student to the RTI committee. The RTI referral form is on The Pony Way 2.0. The following information will need to be scanned and uploaded in Aware:

  1. I-Station Data
  2. Running Record (completed within 2 weeks of the date of the referral)
  3. DRA/EDL
  4. CBA (test...not just the student's scores)
  5. Behavior Data (i.e. ABC forms, copy of information that you are tracking in Skyward)
  6. Notes of your conversation(s) with the parent
  7. Think Through Math Data

If your meeting is a follow-up meeting, please make sure that you complete the information on the LATEST FOG meeting in the space where it says: FOLLOW-UP NOTES. Please see below: (Thank you for your support in seeing that our students get the intervention that they need to be successful.)

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Attendance Reminder

TEA is very specific about a moment in time to take official (funding) attendance. LISD official attendance time is 9:00---there is a 20 minute window between 8:50 to 9:10. Please help us to ensure we are in compliance.. Notice on the picture below how our attendance as campus has not been following the required window. Thank you for helping us keep in compliance.
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On Wednesday, October 18th, Lewisville High School will host its annual Homecoming Parade. The theme this year is "Big John Goes Back In Time." Each participating school has been asked to decorate their float to represent a decade of their choosing. LVES will be representing the 60's. If you would like to participate by helping to prepare materials, decorating the float, or walking with LVES in the parade email Miss Lawson. Please click the title to see more information about our float.

What is Happening at our school for the next week?

Click here to see the school google calendar. (Thank you Ms. Kitchen for working so hard on this calendar.)

Monday 2nd


· Sci & Math ACT

· College/U Shirt Day

· K to 5th Pony Time Begins

· Digital Citizenship Lessons 4th and 5th

Tuesday 3rd

· PLC in DataHub

· Inst. Tech LF

· Campus Design Team mtg. Review Safe and Civil 3:30

Wednesday 4th

· All Level Team Meetings

· Sci, Math, ITF, & LA ACT

· Dress for Success Day

· Inst. Design Team mtg. Focusing on assessment calendar 3:15

Thursday 5th

· **No Excuses Univ. Application Writing**

· Kindergarten Orientations (Library)

Friday 6th

· Staff Luncheon- 3rd/Specials host and Birthday Celebration

  • LVES Spirit Day

Trunk-or-Treat Following the Yellow Brick Road (The Wizard of Oz)

* 6 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Car Trunk-or-Treat - Decorate your car. Park your car and open your trunk with candy.

  • Tent Trunk-or-Treat - Decorate your tent. Pitch your tent and open your tent with candy.

  • Rain Around Pumpkin

  • Pumpkin Bowl *****Ms. Green

  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest - Parents will vote for the best decorated pumpkin.

  • Emerald City *** (Like a Haunted House) Boston, Anderson

  • Candy Corn Guest

  • Music Coordinator

  • Bounce House Supervision

  • Hot Dog Stand

  • Face Painting and Tattoos * Ms. Hayes

Happy October Birthdays!

  • Melanie Goodman - Oct. 3rd
  • Ashley Sinnott - Oct. 5th
  • Taylore Rimling - Oct. 7th
  • Lynda Shield - Oct. 9th
  • Teresa O'Donnell - Oct. 10th
  • Samia Sarkis Rutherford - Oct. 23rd
  • Polly Miller - Oct. 24th
  • Meredith Mullikin - Oct. 29th

Staff Shout Outs

  • Ms. Medlock for sharing some very useful resources with my class!
  • Ms. Kilam for staying after and sharing your guided reading skills with us.
  • Beth Hayes for taking time to help her students create artwork that made the 3rd grade performance Out Of This World!
  • All specials teachers for being flexible and helping with the 3rd grade PTA performance and rehearsals :)
  • Ms. Sandra Hernandez for take care of my class while I was sick!
  • My rockin' First Grade team for getting everything together when I was sick!
  • Mrs. Sammon for all her energy and excitement around data folders.
  • Mrs. Wier and Mrs. Sammon - Thank you for always thinking as a team and what's best for kids.
  • 3rd grade - thank you for your joy!
  • Hamiliton - Thank you for helping your teammate out when she was sick!
  • Mrs. Jones - thank you for descalating behavior time and again with your calming voice.
  • Mrs. Valdes, thank you for the video you shared in the 09/25-29 Pony News "The Words Have Power", inspiring and touching video, thank you
  • Mrs. Veronica Hernandez for implementing such great ideas in the library!
  • Veronica Hernandez for leading us in the Digital Citizenship lessons!

Click here to submit your shout Out.