Tuscany Heights

Celebrating 10 Years of Tiger Traditions

Tuscany Heights Elementary

Tuscany Heights is the 168th Lighthouse School in the Nation as recognized by Stephen Covey. Through student leadership, we grow leaders that encompass a growth mindset and establish lifelong skills that will support our students as they grow into adults. Our mission is a living action statement that we use to guide Team Tuscany, as we do great things for all.


"We, THE Tigers, will be inspired to LEAD, HONOR, and EXCEL today!"

Bailey's Bulletin

August 19, 2019


Dear Tuscany Heights Elementary Parents,


Thank you for choosing Tuscany Heights! It is with great excitement that we open the doors for your children this August! We are celebrating 10 years of excellence at the Greatest School on Earth! In 2016, we all SYNERGIZED and received the Stephen Covey Lighthouse recognition for being the 168th Lighthouse School in the world due to our student leadership opportunities, and we continue to embrace the habits to grow leaders. This school year, we will have a visit from the Lighthouse Team to audit just how prevalent these habits are throughout the day at Tuscany. We are on to new HEIGHTS this year! To all families, we look forward to SYNERGIZING with you, our students, and our staff to make this the best year yet!


By BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND and setting goals last year, our high achieving students and hardworking staff led us to meeting state accountability standards. The State of Texas has rated Tuscany Heights Elementary School, on an A-F rating system, a letter B. We are thrilled with the performance of all students, staff, and the parental support, and we are also using the data to ensure we continue showing growth. We will use our data to set new goals to focus on for the 2019-20 school year. The state accountability system is a complex method, yet we use it as a guide to support our staff and students in achieving student growth and increase student performance.


THINK WIN-WIN as we move into our second year with continued safety practices/precautions in place for our staff, students, and families! We have a buzz-in monitor system located at the front door for all visitors to the campus. Visitors are only allowed in after ringing the doorbell and being buzzed in by the office staff. The monitor allows us to see each person entering the building. The safety protocols for this year can be found on our Tuscany Heights School Website: https://www.neisd.net/tuscanyheights and they are also embedded below. The procedures will be briefly reviewed at Meet the Teacher, noted in the front cover of our Tiger Agendas, posted on social media, and on our website. We want to BE PROACTIVE, so please review these procedures. Help us keep our children, staff, and parents safe at all times.


As we move into this year, please remember that we PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST by making our instructional time a priority and ask that you respect our time with the students. Time in the classroom is crucial for our students to make adequate gains from one year to the next. Our teachers work hard to prepare our students for all grade level objectives as well as building the foundation for the upcoming grade level. Increasing our academic percentages and attendance continue to be two of our goals for this year. We are striving to meet 97% attendance rate each semester while increasing student growth in all accountability areas. In 2018-29, with the 97% goal in place, we reached 96%. We strive to reach 97% for 2019-20.


This is our second year as a STEAM Initiative Pilot Campus for NEISD. Last year, it was our one-year goal to incorporate Project Based Learning activities into 4th and 5th grade, as well as, give our K-3 classrooms opportunities to dive into this way of learning through our STEAM LAB and their classrooms too. All Pre-K-5th grade students will participate in our STEAM Lab where they will build, explore, create, code, design, and so much more. We are SEEKING FIRST TO UNDERSTAND the career opportunities your child will have and then wanting them TO BE UNDERSTOOD by sharing prototypes and inventions for feedback. Please join us by being a voice and an encourager for our talented students. We had nearly 20 different career specific speakers on campus supporting our students and their inquiry to learn more about the topics teachers were incorporating into their state curriculum. We also worked closely with Art to Remember to bring classroom art to life. This provided opportunities for families to purchase items with their child’s artwork. What a wonderful keepsake! We are continuing with this new tradition again this year times two! We will have a fall and spring order. The students love seeing their artwork!


As we continue to BRAND our school with goals, leadership, inspiration, honor, and excellence, we will have science, technology, engineering, art, and math making their mark on our instructional plans. We want all students, parents, and staff to work together to create a dynamic learning environment for our students. While we want to be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand and then be Understood, Synergize, Sharpen the Saw, we also want our adult and student leaders to FIND THEIR VOICE during inquiry based learning and exploration. Won’t you help us develop life-long learners and leaders by leading?


Sincerely,

Tara Bailey, Proud Principal of THE

Welcome Back 2019-2020
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Tuscany Happenings

Monday, August 12th- Class Placement Teacher Video Messages GO OUT by 5pm

*A Grade Level Video PowerPoint regarding curriculum, expectations, & more will follow by email, loop on the Smartboard during Meet the Teacher, and posted on our school website for viewing.

Thursday, August 15th - Prek- 5th grade Meet the Teacher @ 4:30-6:30pm

*5pm and 6pm Optional Summary Session with the Principal, Tara Bailey

*Stop by the library if you would like to meet administration and get a summary of the First Day Procedures and Arrival and Dismissal Procedures. We have an optional session at 5pm and 6pm

Monday, August 19th- First Day of School, 7:40am-2:55pm

*Families can walk straight to class as early as 7:25am on the first day

Thursday, August 22nd- PreK & Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

Monday, September 2nd- Labor Holiday- NO SCHOOL

Thursday, September 5th- Volunteer Coffee Orientation

Friday, September 6th - Grandparents Day Breakfast 7:15-8am

Monday, September 16th- Library Volunteers Orientation

Tuesday, September 24th- Eat for a Cause (More Info Coming)

Meet Our New Staff for 2019-2020

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Reaching New Heights, Tuscany Heights PTA

First Time Tiger Breakfast - Aug. 19 @ 7:40 am - Come to the library right after you drop off your child on the first day of school to enjoy coffee and donuts and meet other new Tiger families. Our Principal, Mrs. Bailey, and some PTA leaders will be there to welcome you and answer questions.


First PTA Membership Meeting - Sept. 3 @ 6:30 pm - This will be our PTA “Welcome Back” Membership meeting. We will have special guest representatives from RJ Riviera and Associates, the engineers working with TX DOT on the US 281 Construction Project. They will talk to us about the project, give us timelines, and answer any questions or concerns about the project.


How to Support Your Child Through PTA on our website Tuscany HeightsPTA.org

  • Join T.H.E. PTA- Membership is $5.50. Let your voice be heard. No volunteering time is required.

  • Spirit Store is Open - Buy spirit wear for your child to wear on Friday Spirit days!

  • Greenbacks - We encourage every family to make a Greenback Donation - every dollar counts!

  • Box Tops - Download the new app, Box Tops for Education! Buy Boxtop items! Take a photo of your receipt in the app!

  • Shop at Amazon using our custom link- http:/tinyurl.com/Amazon-THE-PTA

  • Volunteer Opportunities- Sign up to volunteer this year at school or from home.

⭐ Room Reps ⭐ Watch DOGS ⭐ Serve on PTA Board

⭐ Serve on a Sub Committee under a Board member

⭐ Workroom ⭐ Lunchroom ⭐ Library