Principal Connection

October 21, 2016


DISCOVERY DOME: The dome is here! The schedule for dome visits is posted in the staff lounge on the white board. Please check the schedule to make sure you know when to bring your class to the library.

SHARP FRIDAYS: Thanks to everyone for sending students to the office for SHARP recognition! Please remember to send them between 10am-2pm on Friday. For students who are absent or miss the office visit on Friday for another reason, wait to send them the following Friday with the other 2 students receiving the award.

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: A note from AISD Technology Dept- In today's world, technology is ubiquitous. Mobile phones, tablets and other devices allow for almost constant connection to the online world. Being safe and responsible in the digital world is increasingly important. For this reason, digital citizenship has taken a front seat in Austin ISD. Campus staffs are increasingly utilizing technology to enhance student learning and promote creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. This is changing not only the experience of our students in classrooms, but intentional and thoughtful lessons around what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. Schools must, as required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.

Required of all teachers/staff:

* Completion of the Cyber Safety online course (all new teachers are automatically enrolled through HCP).

* Provide all students targeted instruction about digital citizenship. Lessons are available through Commonsense media resources linked on the cloud in “My Training.” Teachers may choose age-appropriate instruction in both English and Spanish. These are high quality materials that should be familiar to returning teachers.

* Provide a dedicated age-appropriate lesson to all students.

Recommended for all teachers/staff:

* Consider how digital citizenship elements can be added to current rubrics for any assignments that leverage technology (District-provided rubric is currently in development).

We know that most, if not all, of you have already completed these requirements, but just want to make sure you have done so. If you're looking for more ideas, there are resources for these lessons on the Technology page of the Davis site. Of course, Lauren and Jannelle are great resources if you have any questions.

SPECIAL VISITORS: A note from Edmund Oropez, AISD Chief Officer for Teaching and Learning.....I've asked Specialists and Supervisors from several teams to pick up random samples of teaching materials being given to students so that we can capture a snapshot of what is being taught and ensuring our support aligns. They may also take pictures of anchors of support on their visits. This will occur over the next two weeks. Please welcome them on your campuses.

You do not need to do anything special for this visit. Just be aware that you may have visitors.

INTERNATIONAL DAY PASSPORTS: We have the passports in the office, bundled by grade level from last year (eg- 1st going to 2nd). We need Team Facilitators to pick up your grade level's bundle and, as a team, sort them into classes. After sorting them, please do the following:

Label each teacher's stack and put a rubber band around those

Add to the label how many more passports are needed for your class (new students who do not have a passport)

Put a rubber band around the passports of children who are no longer at Davis and label the stack as such.

Return your grade level's passports to the office.

You will receive all passports, with country stamps/stamp pads, the week of International Day.

LOOKING AHEAD: 10/24-10/28

Discovery Dome in Library


  • AISD Benefits Visit, office conference room (sign up in staff lounge)
  • 9:30am-1:30pm: Inner Space Caverns Field Trip (2nd)


  • ISIP BoY Deadline- K
  • 8-9am: Magnet Presentations (5th)
  • 9:45am-1pm: Thinkery Field Trip (1st)
  • 3:15-4:15pm: Faculty Meeting; Snacks provided by Essential Areas team; Agenda items- 504 Accommodations, CATCH/WOW, Structured Independent Reading; LOCATION: GYM
  • 5-10pm: Dine with Davis @ Newks




  • Fitnessgram Data Entry Deadline
  • SLO Submission Deadline
  • Happy Birthday Veronica Ashton!



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Thanks to Maja McElveen and Sherry Garza for providing awesome student support by meeting with small groups!

Thanks to Team Facilitators for providing great feedback on several campus initiatives, and especially for help in planning for our 1/3 PD day!


October 31-November 4

Monday, 10/31: Jump Rope Contest All Day (essential areas)

Monday, 10/31: Field Trip to Sweet Berry Farm (PreK/PPCD)

Tuesday, 11/1, 3:15-4:15pm: CAC Meeting, Library

Thursday, 11/3: PBL Planning (1st-am, PreK-pm)

Thursday, 11/3, 1:35-2:35pm: Don't Be a Monster Assembly (4th, 5th)

Friday, 11/4, 8am-2:30pm: McKinney Roughs Field Trip (5th- Thelen, Carrera, Gleason)

Friday, 11/4, 10am-1:45pm: Zach Scott Theater Field Trip (K)

Saturday, 11/5, 12-5pm: DolphinFest!

November 7-11

Monday, 11/7, 3:15-4:15pm: Campus Innovation Team Meeting, Library

Tuesday, 11/8, 8:00-8:30am: Double Unders Performance

Tuesday, 11/8, 3:15-4:15pm: PBS/SEL Meeting, Library

Wednesday, 11/9, 7-8pm: Night of Reflections

Thursday, 11/10, 9-10:30am: Austin Jazz Workshop Presentation

Friday, 11/11, 8am-2pm: McKinney Roughs Field Trip (5th- Hoffman, Weber)

November 14-18

Monday, 11/14, 3:15-4:15pm: Baby Shower for Erin Ikard

Tuesday, 11/15, 10:30-11:00am: AHS Band Performs on Blacktop (5th)

Tuesday, 11/15, 3:15-4:15pm: Faculty Meeting, Snacks provided by 4th grade team

Wednesday, 11/16: Writing Benchmark (4th)

Thursday, 11/17: Turkey Trot (PreK-5th)

Friday, 11/18: Fall Picture Retakes

Friday, 11/18, 7:45-8:30am: Kindergarten Tasting Day

November 21-25

Happy Thanksgiving!