Sloan Creek Intermediate School

The Leopard- January 21st

Are you ready to TACKLE the CHALLENGE?

3 Focuses for High Reliability

Bright Spots

Jamie Allen: Flexibility Bright Spot Jamie deserves something for stepping up in the front office. Even though she is just a Sub but, there is no way we could have made it through the week before Christmas break without her. Shelley and Teri appreciate having someone who can learn the job quickly. Now with the Perot trip......we are in one of the busiest times of the year for our office staff and extremely lucky to have someone that is able to step up to the plate! Thank you Jamie!

Jessica Ramirez: Technology Integration Bright Spot for helping her team share 6th grade Math projects through Hapara. Yay for using technology tools to save the team time!

Marci Peschke: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot: Marci set up a fantastic board appreciation presentation. She presented the book Circus Mirandus to our school board complete with props and a great story line. At the end Marci literally pulled a rabbit out of a top hat! Thank you for making this a memorable and fun presentation to let our board know how much we appreciate them.

Christina Person and Angie Carraway: Communication Bright Spot Christina and Angie strive to focus to make sure their grade level teams not only have the information they need to have effective planning but they clearly understand the "Why" behind the goal and task at hand. We are lucky to have these two mission driven leaders out in front making sure our teachers get taken care of!

Nina Hopkins: Cognitive Demand Bright Spot She is setting up an amazing unit based on the show "Sea Quest". She has immersed her students in this gamified environment and is always striving to find tools that will not only engage students in science but she finds a way to ensure that they master the concepts while enjoying the process. Thank you for leading our campus by example in the classroom and by your leadership of the communication committee.

Allyson Price: Grow Each Child Bright Spot because she works so hard on the details with some of our most struggling learners. She ensures they feel loved and feel successful in school. She has a gift with how to fill students learning gaps without making them feel small or awkward.

Jennifer Waters: Formative Assessment Bright Spot Jennifer does great work in constantly monitoring her students knowledge about what they know and what they don't know. She uses formative assessment to drive her planning and instruction and is a master at motivating all her students to master all the standards. Bravo Jennifer

Eva Logan: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot Even though her daughter Allie has health issues that tug at her heart, she continues to create world class learning experiences for our students. Eva is one of the strongest people we have ever known and we admire her ability to put smile on her face and love our kids not matter what. She is always willing to help a student, another teacher, or a parent and creates great relationships with her kids. We continue to keep Allie in our prayers and we are thankful to have Eva on our team!

If you know a staff member who should be considered for a Bright Spot in Technology Integration, Flexibility, Student Engagement, Tackling the Challenge or Cognitive Demand, Communication, Formative Assessment, or Grow Each Child send Ms. Peschke their name, the category, and why you are nominating them.


In spring, as we continue to focus down on intervention and increasing cognitive demand, some of our students will develop new behaviors that we need to correct. If you are struggling with students or their behavior, please reach out to your team leader, Lara, Kelly, or Ray for help. Please don't allow one student to derail your class. We can help you by putting structures in place in a proactive way to ensure that spring behaviors are addressed and planned for.

Please let us know if you need help!! We are here to support you.

Voting for Staff Professional Learning format

After hearing from staff during the meeting, the vote is in 58% want to move to a new model.

We will be moving to a shortened professional learning meeting after school (3:15-4:15) and a teacher lead Lunch-N_Learn.

We have set a January technology Lunch-N_Learn for Tuesday the 26th.

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Project WarmUS

STUCO and PTA kicks off Project WarmUS on Tuesday
- In an effort to continue our focus on leadership and gratitude, we are collecting warm clothing for the homeless in Texas. Students should bring items to their homeroom teacher. Mr. Winkler will be buying pizza for the winning homeroom per grade level. We start on Jan 19th and finish our drive January 29th

We need coats, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and shoes!!

  • Can you take hats, gloves and scarves? Yes! We will take them to the homeless and they will count toward our goal! The homeless need these items as much as the coats and blankets we originally started with. Knit hats only, please.

    Do you take other items? Athletic shoes and socks. Other than that, if you have any items you think we could place, shoot us an email. We got several industrial coffee makers last year that we were able to place. This is not our main focus, but we're happy to try and help if we can.GIVE ONLINE

    Is this program only in North Texas? Mostly, although we have added other areas that are interested in collecting for their area. You can ship a donation box to any of the drop points. If you would like to start this in your area, please contact us. We will gladly share our marketing materials and will add you to our website.

    Can you take used stuff? What condition? Yes, we can take gently used items. The whole point of these is for warmth. If it's a small hole or a broken button, that's not an issue. Please make sure donated items are clean, as most of these recipients don't have access to laundry facilities.

    Do the items need to be clean? This may sound like a crazy question, but yes, it's extremely helpful to have clean items. Homeless people rarely have access to laundry facilities.

    Does a jacket count? Yes. Jackets, heavy sweatshirts and very heavy sweaters are fine. People can layer these and they do count toward our total.

    Do sheets count as blankets? No, as they provide no warmth, but we will place them if we get them in.

    Do you need kids blankets and kids coats? We do need mostly adult items, however we can take kids items. They will be distributed through Denton County Friends of the Family, Mission Arlington and Casa Hogar Elim orphanage (Nuevo Laredo, Mexico). We really do need a lot of adult sizes though, so please think about giving those coats you just don't wear anymore.

  • 6th Grade Overnight at the Perot

    6th Grade Teachers-

    Just a reminder, our overnight visit to the Perot Museum is on track and scheduled for February 12th. As a reminder, it is an expectation that each 6th grade teacher attend this trip and stay overnight with our kids. Thank you in advance for arranging your family's schedule and events to assist our students and parents so that the event is well managed and safe for our students. If for some reason you have a medical need that would prevent you from attending the overnight, please schedule a meeting with Ray.

    Show What You Know

    Participation is optional and anonymous - HOWEVER, the campus that has the highest completion rate on January 29th will earn 250 bonus points! The second highest will receive 200 bonus points and the third highest will receive 100 bonus points.

    As we discussed during your first semester campus visit, our goal is to provide you with conversational level knowledge about the six topics we presented during the competition. This survey will provide us a benchmark of how effectively we presented the information. You know in Lovejoy ISD, we are all about the learning!

    We will be visiting your campus again during this semester and are currently in the process of scheduling those dates. You are always welcome to contact any member of the SLC to ask questions about the topics we presented or any other question you may have about our district. We value both your opinion and knowledge base around all aspects of public education. We truly appreciate the tremendous work you do with each of our students.

    SAVE THE DATE-Graduation- May 28th, 2016.

    It is our tradition and expectation that the entire district attend graduation on May 28th, 2016. This is a fun time when we get to see our students walk across the graduation stage being cheered on by all of their teachers! Please let me know (via email) by Friday if you can not for some reason attend this important event.

    HRO reminders:

    Grading: Reminder, you should be on track by having at least one major grade and 4 minor grades. Please do not plan on giving major assessments within the last 5 days of the grading period to give students time to re-learn.

    Greeting – Spring has Sprung: This is a reminder that it is our expectation that everyone is standing outside their door between passing periods and greeting students in the hall, this helps reinforce students making good choices regarding behavior.

    Student Failing: Just as in years past, if a child is failing your class or has 3 or more zeroes, it is my expectation that you call the parent.

    Accommodations and Modifications: Please ensure that you include these in your planning. As we talked about in our meeting, it is our expectation that 100% of our students get what they need 100% of the time. We will be talking to each team over the next two weeks about our next steps from our January professional learning

    Nuts and Bolts


    (See SCIS master academic calendar here)

    Do you have duty this week?

    See SCIS duty schedule here)


    Thursday, January 21st

    Friday, January 22nd

    Legacy read kick off In class

    A Team 8:30-10

    6th Math short Assessment

    End of the Progress Report period.

    E Payne B-Day on Saturday, January 23rd

    Brooke Grall B-Day on Sunday, January 24th


    Monday, January 25th

    **GRADES ARE DUE** Monday morning 7:45 a.m.

    Health and Wellness/PST committee 3:15-4:00

    Tuesday, January 26th

    Kelly visit 5th grade for registration info

    SC/WS Choir Solo Contest

    Technology Think Tank- Lunch and Learn format- Duty Free Lunch

    Progress Reports Home

    6th ELAR STORYTELLER in lib all day

    Legacy Leaders Leadership Pilot- 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Cafeteria

    Wednesday, January 27th

    Kelly visit 5th grade for registration info

    5th math unit 7
    Staff Meeting-ILT

    6th Earth Science Exam

    Thursday, January 28th

    Kelly visit 5th grade for registration info. (makeups)

    Book signing at 6:00-7:00

    5th legacy author visit

    6th Earth Science Exam

    Friday, January 30th

    **Deadline to Email Mr. Winkler if you can not attend Graduation on May 28th**

    5th grade fine arts showcase WSMS

    A Team 8:30-10

    6th Math short Assessment


    ** = Action Items **

    SCIS Master Academic Calendar

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    Digital Suggestion Box

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    Sub Coverage

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