Old Town Star Staff News

November 11th-November 22nd

Our Next Week...

Monday, November 11

Mya’s Coaching Day

Veteran’s Day Program-Blacktop 8:00am

Bring Your Dad to School Week!

Tuesday, November 12

Minor’s Coaching Day

Mya’s off campus (Principal’s Mtg)

Wednesday, November 13

Mya’s Coaching Day

Faculty Mtg 3:10pm (EB Rule #5 -5th Grade), (Each teacher to bring one Student Science Notebook!)

OTE 25th Anniversary Celebration 6:00:pm.

Thursday, November 14

ARD Mtg. (see separate schedule)

Library closed for Book Fair set-up

Friday, November 15

CAT mtg. 8:50am

Leslie Long Off Campus

Library closed for Book Fair previews

SST’s 3rd – 5th grade

Classroom Spelling Bee’s

To This Day Project - Shane Koyczan

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see"~ Mark Twain

Weekly Reminders...

  • Be sure your students get an opportunity to spend those hard earned tickets in the Star Store!
  • Greeting each of your students in the morning each day really sets a positive and safe tone for your classroom climate!
  • Check our Professional Learning and Events Calendar regularly as revisions/additions are made often...http://goo.gl/u8peV

The Bus Stop...

Life is always going to knock you down. The important thing is to get back up. ~Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus


Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself~John Dewey

Star Gazing...

Congratulations to Monica Baldini , star Teacher 4th Grade Teacher...our STAR Teacher of the Week receiving the most nominations! You are entitled to a week long jeans pass and designated parking!


Her colleagues write:

  • Always here, working hard! She really cares for her students and is warm and friendly with them.
  • I want her energy!
  • There is so much mutual respect in her classroom. You can see and hear it in the way they walk down the halls, the classroom environment, and other areas of the school. It's very positive!
  • She is doing such a great job leading our team this year! She is an amazing person!
  • Screaming Rice! Also, I love how she leads 4th grade so well in so many engaging activities. Today they did an incredible hands-on experiment with dry ice demonstrating sublimation. The kids went bonkers! oohs and awws! SO impressive, love it!


I absolutely enjoy getting to read all of the ToW nominations! Be sure to share your affirmation with your star nominee!


A BIG THANK YOU to our third, fourth, fifth and sped teachers for providing an additional opportunity for our parents to learn more about the rigors of STAAR on our Information Night! Your leadership, flexibility and hard work is so highly appreciated! Also to our Veteran's Day and 25th Anniversary Committees! Thank you so much for your hard work in preparation and planning! We are looking forward to these memorable events!


Ginormous APPRECIATIONS to Leslie Long for hosting Tech Thursdays! This week's topics included adding a Symbaloo to your websites and discovering additional cool features within Brainpop! What a great way to learn new ways to leverage technology to highly engage your students!


Thank each of you for another great week of teaching and learning!


Have a well deserved enjoyable weekend!

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An Eye On the Gifted...

If you are interested in finding new, no-prep ways to extend learning for your high level students, check out Moby Max. "With the help of diagnostic placement tests, MobyMax is able to create a unique curriculum for each student. Moby targets areas where students are struggling and doesn't waste time reteaching concepts that students have already mastered. Student data is continually updated as students progress, so you know exactly how each student is performing on all standards." This site can be linked as a free app on Edmodo or found at http://www.mobymax.com/signin

Engaging the Brain...

Try these ten-minute lesson plans to "create success for your students at the speed of thought!" http://goo.gl/LTEkMh

Instructional Tech News

Math glossaries for kids!!!

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/10/five-mathematics-glossaries-for-kids.html?m=1


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The Week After...

Monday, November 18

Mya Off Campus (District Meeting)

Long Off Campus

Library closed for book fair previews

Blue Santa collections all week

Tuesday, November 19

Minor’s Coaching Day

Minor off campus AM (Principal’s Mtg)

Book Fair 7:30-6:30

Thanksgiving student lunch

Wednesday, November 20

Mya’s Coaching Day

The Contemporary Austin Museum Trip - 5th Art

Popcorn Day

Book Fair 7:30-3:30

SLT Mtg 3:10pm.

Thursday, November 21

ARD Mtg. (see separate schedule)

Principal’s Coffee 8:00am.

Library closed for book fair pack up

Friday, November 22

CAT mtg. 8:50am

SST’s Kg – 2nd grade

Library open for passes only

Kona Ice 2:45pm.

Happy Birthday Beth Page!

Sunday, November 24

Happy Birthday Manuela Duarte!

Happy Birthday Juan Moreno!

Old Town Elementary Mission & Vision...

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

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