A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of January 18, 2018
Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar
- Reserve the January Makerspace Cart!
- RtI Updates on Monday, January 8 in Room 3
- Family Reading Night Planning Meeting on Tuesday, January 9 at 3:30 pm (Room 3)
- Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, January 10
- Grade Level House Parties during Specials on Wednesday, January 10
- UIL Team Rosters due to Helton Thursday, January 11
- Kindergarten ABC Parade on Friday, January 12
- Planning PLC with Judy York on Friday, January 12
COMING UP! Kid Inventors Day (1/17), Parent Engagement Event (1/18)
RtI Update Meetings
Make sure you bring any student reports or data so you can complete the progress monitoring at this time! If you are already done with progress monitoring in Eduphoria for the 3rd six weeks and have set goals/interventions for the 4th six weeks, we will just check your students and you will be free to go.
Reading Night Planning Meeting
Bring your students to the GYM on Wednesday so we can get House Parties started on time.
Bonus points for the teams with the most spirit! Staff and students may wear jeans with their House tshirt that day!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the UIL Meet on Saturday, January 20 at University High School. If you can help out, even just for an hour, we would appreciate your help! Email Mrs. Helton if interested. UIL Coaches are expected to attend the event.
From Your Captain
Email Mrs. Logan with the name of your favorite book by next Friday. We are going to be using the titles to create a book display.
See email from Mrs. Logan regarding UHS students. We still have many students that need to be placed. Your kids would love having a few minutes to read with them or do other work with these high schoolers.
Campus policy requires staff to check their mailboxes DAILY. Time-sensitive materials like report cards and newsletters are not going home on designated days. Make sure you are checking your box (and cleaning it out!) daily.
Here is a great article about ways to increase student achievement with simple words: http://ajjuliani.com/empower-students-one-simple-phrase-can-boost-student-effort-40/
The Makerspace challenge will have students design a new toy using only Legos. You can view the lesson plans here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18TbVAoOnVZ6WQi5dn7AzrWAqTqRTPMbRz1w4AQ-rid8/edit?usp=sharing
Starting this month, Mrs. Helton will be doing more math interventions, so she will not be as available to do the activity with your class. However, the lesson is simple and easy to follow and adapt to fit the needs of your class. Plus, there is NO PREP! Please send Mrs. Helton a time to reserve the cart.
To access the forms, click below: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-K4A8d_dcVsXzVpYjN1bFBRRmM?usp=sharing
You will need to print and complete the following forms (with parent signature/input): Checklist, Nomination Form, Teacher Questionnaire, Parent Questionnaire, Student Questionnaire (grades 2 and up). Turn completed forms into Mrs. Helton and see her for any questions!
Seesaw Reading Stations
If you would like her to come to your class and help you implement a SeeSaw activity as a reading station, please let her know!
College & Career Month
Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
The District is celebrating "College in Sight" Week next week. You will be able to wear a designated college shirt with professional pants on the following days:
Monday: A&M or UT
Tuesday: Texas Tech
Wednesday: Baylor (Everyone can wear House Shirt and Jeans this day!)
Thursday: Tarleton State
Friday: College of Choice
For more district-sponsored college activities during the week, check out http://www.wacoisd.org/collegeinsight