Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of November 5, 2018

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Parent Involvement Meetings on Monday, November 5 at 8:00 am and 5:30 pm
  • Spinal Screenings (Gr 5) on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6-7
  • Region 12 Science Planning (Gr 3-5) on Tuesday, November 6 in Conference Room
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, November 7 **SLO Workshop-Bring laptop!**
  • Behavior PLCs on Thursday, November 8
  • Twitter Chat with Mrs. Helton on Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 pm #wacoisd (Awesome prizes for staff that participate!)
  • Report Card grades due on Friday, November 9

Coming Up: RtI Update with Helton on 11/12; Thanksgiving Lunch on 11/16

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Behavior PLCs

Ms. Padilla from BEAR Project will be leading Behavior PLCs. Come ready to learn!
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From Your Captain

Make sure you are arriving on time for your assigned duty, including morning, lunch, and after-school. We need everyone on board on a daily basis.

Our attendance is low for student compared to other campuses across the district. Please remember to greet students warmly when they return, help them get caught up on missing assignments, and communicate with parents as needed. Please let Ms. Cuevas know about ongoing attendance issues.

Keep building those great classroom connections and designing engaging learning experiences. We are seeing lots of amazing things happening in classrooms. It's those classroom experiences that make students want to come to school, even when they are feeling bad.

Conscious Discipline

Please review our school agreements on a daily basis:

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Ready to Learn

When students are not following school expectations, direct them back to these 4 agreements and have them identify the agreement they are not following and ask how they are going to fix it.

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Staff Members of the Week!

Congratulations Ms. Villela for being our Teacher of the Week! She passed her ESL test and has done a great job of establishing a positive classroom culture.

Congratulations Mrs. Maynard for being our Staff Member of the Week. She organized an amazing Red Ribbon Week and works tirelessly to make sure our students are receiving the services that they need.

November Makerspace

November's Makerspace is a fun Thanksgiving-themed lesson. We will read "Run Turkey Run" and then students will have the opportunity to use different materials to build a turkey hideout. There will be a writing activity that you can use as an extension as well as a turkey disguise craft activity that students can do at home or at school.

Link to plans:

Email Mrs. Helton to reserve the cart for November.


Ed Tech Resource

Check out this great ebook resource with lots of ideas and links for different ways to use technology in the classroom.


House Party Awards

Please nominate students for 2nd six week awards. These are due by Wednesday, November 14. We will make a certificate and give a brag tag for each student that receives an award. If you have ideas for other awards/achievement you would like to recognize, please let Mrs. Logan know.


The next House Party will be on Tuesday, November 27. You will be meeting with the other classes from your entire house.

Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule

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Thank you to the following staff for sponsoring UIL: Mrs. Helton, Mrs. Logan, Mrs. Alvarado, Mrs. Haskett, Mrs. Barnard, Ms. Britt, Mrs. Broughton, Mrs. Foreman, Ms. Spark, and Ms. Picazo!

We still need a few more sponsors for the following teams:

  • Chess (Gr 2)
  • Number Sense (Gr 4-5)

We already have a LONG list of interested students...we just need sponsors. Email Mrs. Helton if you are interested!

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