Smoke Signals: Staff Edition

July 9, 2018

Happy Summer!

Hello Shackelford,

I hope your summer break is continuing to be great. I'm back from vacation and ready to DREAM BIG in 2018-19! A few updates...


I would like to welcome Ms. Andrea Flippin to our special education team. She has many years of experience in the PK-2 classroom and will be a huge asset to our team! She comes to us from Ferris ISD and will be working with special education resource, content mastery, and inclusion students in grades K, 1, 2. Room 109 will be her classroom - right in the middle of the K-2 hallway! Please welcome her by emailing

Summer Hours -

  • Custodians and I will be on campus from 7:30 - 4:30 Monday through Thursday.
  • Mrs. Bigler and Mrs. Redd will return on July 24
  • Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Horn and our new AP will report back on July 30.

Open Positions - We currently have our assistant principal position open. Interviews will happen soon! I expect to announce our choice after the board meeting on July 23.

Yearbook - Thank you, Ashley Woodrow, for stepping up for this challenge!

Keep enjoying your summer and let me know if there is anything I can do for you!



Professional Development Opportunitites

Region 10 - check out Region 10's calendar of events. There are conferences and sessions offered throughout the summer. They also have good sessions online!

Region 13 - Region 13 offers a wealth of information and training about special education students, specifically those with Autism. I would recommend that everyone take the course series entitled, "Strategies for Working with Students with Autism in the General Education Setting" there are 10 sessions that range in the amount of time required for completion. Professionals can receive flex hours for any of these sessions. We will have the new Structured Instruction class on our campus next year, so any additional training in Autism you could take would be beneficial to all on campus.

Google Training - Consider studying for the Google Level 1 certification exam. This shows that you have a comprehensive understanding of Google's basic tools for educators. This certification identifies you as someone who is technologically savvy.

WISD Badges - Keep working on your badges! Try to add a couple more this summer. :-)

CPI Training - If you need the 4 hour CPI refresher course, sign up for a course in June. There will be very few, if any, offered in July or August. Those needing new CPI certification will have courses offered in August.

Calendar events for the week...

Summer & Back to School Events


24 - First day back for office staff, clerical training

30 - admin retreat - Burkhalter & AP off campus

23 - Online registration opens


1 - New student registration

2 - Kindergarten registration

6-8 - new teacher orientation

9 - 5:30-7:30 Evening Registration Hours

11 - Operation First Day of School

13 - Convocation & open house at new WHS

20 - Bring your supplies night 5:30 - 7:30

22 - First day of school!

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Shackelford Elementary

Principal: Theresa Burkhalter

Assistant Principal: Rusty East

Counselor: Monica Taylor