Old Town Star Staff News

April 7- April 18

SXSWedu 2014 Keynote - Jeffrey Tambor: Performing Your Life in the Classroom

Our Next Week...

Monday, April 7

Mya’s Coaching Day

PBL Presentation 2nd 8:00am Cafe

Happy Birthday Eddy Piwetz!

Tuesday, April 8

Minor’s Coaching Day

Mya’s off campus – Principal’s Mtg

PTA General Mtg 6:15pm

Family Fit Night 6:30pm

Happy Birthday Annie Durham!

Happy Birthday Elvia Nava!

Wednesday, April 9

Mya’s Coaching Day

Fire Drill @ 9:15am

Staff luncheon provided by PTA

Faculty Mtg 3:05pm: District Bond Presentation, EB Rule #3, Tech Tip, TwPiM Activity, Launch

Thursday, April 10

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

Friday, April 11

3rd – 5th SST’s

CAT Mtg 8:50am

Weekly Reminders...

  • Please take time to post an affirmation or two for your colleagues in the staff lounge!
  • Check out our Professional Learning and Events Calendar regularly as revisions/additions are made often...http://goo.gl/u8peV

PBL Spotlight: Our Grade Level Driving Questions for Project 2

Kinder: 1) What is a happy habitat? 2) How can we teach others to recycle in the cafeteria?

1st: How do animals survive in their world?

2nd: How would the disappearance of honey bees affect me and the Round Rock community?

3rd: How is soil formed?

4th: How can we use camouflage to entice birds to build nests?

5th: How can we provide information about ways to reduce, recycle, or reuse resources in our community?

TaG Math: How can geometry be taught through the alphabet?

Music: How can we create an Orff Ostinati with a known song?

Check out https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/group-contracts-ntn for additional PBL ideas happening at similar schools!

Be better than you were yesterday. Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus

Star Gazing...

Congratulations to Marlene Hicks, star PE Teacher...our STAR Teacher of the Week having the most nominations! You are entitled to a week long jeans/shorts pass and designated parking!

Her colleagues write:

  • Marlene is an excellent team leader, an invaluable team co-worker. In addition, she has embraced the additional role of "Safety Patrol Ambassador" and maintains a level of professionalism at all times, even under extremely stressful situations.
  • Marlene is always so positive and energetic! She has a great attitude.
  • She organizes the safety patrol kids every morning with a smile on her face. Every morning!!
  • Marlene is always so positive. She's extremely considerate of her colleagues and goes out of her way to support us.
  • Marlene is one of those people who always is positive and cheerful. SHe is a great role model for kids in that regard, as well a role model for living active & healthy life.

Starrrrific Websites!

Kuizza is a new entry into the online flashcard and quiz market. The free service offers a simple way to create multiple choice quizzes. The quizzes can have questions with single or multiple correct answers. Any quiz that you create can instantly be viewed as a set of flashcards by simply clicking the "flashcards" button displayed along with each quiz. You don't have to create an account and sign in if you just want to take the quizzes and not save your scores. http://goo.gl/CTPgP9

Looking for additional topics/ideas for future PBL Projects?http://www.fno.org/nov97/toolkit4.html#anchor228022

Aiming for the Stars...

HUGE thanks to Minor, Kelly, Kelly for your work in preparing for another smooth STAAR Testing cycle and to each of our hall monitors, relief personnel and all the grade levels for your flexibility and support you showed for our star Texan teachers and testers!

What another fast paced, full and exciting week! Thank each you for your hard work in striving to deliver world class instruction to our STAR Texans! Remember to post an affirmation or two for your colleagues in the staff lounge and have an awesome weekend!

Eye on the Gifted...

We have all heard that we need to encourage "grit" in our gifted learners, but what exactly does that mean? Is it the same for each child? Check out this article from Mind Shift to find out! http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/03/whats-the-sweet-spot-of-difficulty-for-learning/

Professional Resource of the Week! Check out your copy today!

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"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -JFK

The Week After...

Monday, April 14

Mya’s Coaching Day

Tuesday, April 15

Minor’s Coaching Day

Progress Reports To Be Sent Home in Tuesday Folders

5th Graduation Pictures (individuals & grade level)

Wednesday, April 16

Mya’s Coaching Day

Popcorn Day

5th Outdoor School Field Trip 10:00am

Kg Field Trip to The Thinkery 9:15am

Vertical Team Mtg 3:10pm

Thursday, April 17

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

5th returns from the Outdoor School Trip

Happy Birthday Shellie Burton!

Friday, April 18

Spring Holiday/No School

Old Town Elementary Mission

To highly engage learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking