Abbett All-Star Article


Let's Run the Race!

The new year can bring about busy times and hectic schedules! Let's make a commitment to run the race for our kids. We don't want to go too fast to miss the special times and individual needs of our students, but we want to be intentional with our time and learning. One tool that will help you during this "race" is the Lead4Ward website. If you have not become familiar with this site, you will be amazed at the data tools and resources provided on this site. We will have a district staff development over some of this information on Wednesday afternoon, so I wanted to highlight my favorite tool on the site. The link below directly links you to the resource page. Click on your subject areas under the snapshot column and you will see the beautiful colored code table on readiness and supporting standards. We will talk more about this as the year goes on, but take a look and let me know what you think!


During PLC meetings today, we talked about using I-station resources and other various resources for small group instruction to target individual needs. We have created another challenge for you! We are calling it Workstation Wednesday! If you are using small group instruction of any type on a Wednesday, take a picture of it, put it on Twitter, add @BetsyCummins and @Abbett_AllStars and a jeans pass, leave early pass, or other special treat will make its way into your box or on your desk! Can't wait to see the learners engaged in meaningful small group instruction!

What Did You Learn on Twitter This Week?

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Comprehension ToolKits are Here!

In December, I informed you that we were purchasing Comprehension Toolkits! This is an excellent resource. I encourage you to check these out from the library. We will have more training and indepth discussion about this resource, but you are more than welcome to use the kits! Here is a brief explanation of the toolkits:

From Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, known for their work with schools and educators on teaching comprehension strategies, the Comprehension Toolkit series provides everything needed to help students understand, respond to, and learn from nonfiction text. The lessons in the Comprehension Toolkit series model research-based strategies and give you an explicit framework for your teaching. Through carefully crafted learning tools including language, lessons, and professional support, the Toolkit helps you to design your own strategy lessons to develop independent readers and learners across any content or curriculum.

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Digital Resources Carnival! Hope to see you there!

January 19, 2016

Pizza, door prizes, scavenger hunt, photos and plenty of devices for participants to play and learn.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

at Curtis Culwell Center 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
Garland, TX 75040

Students, staff, parents and community members are invited to this free night of family fun.

A "digital petting zoo" will feature tablets, laptops and other devices in use throughout GISD. Students will also showcase their favorite educational software and staff will provide tips on how to stay safe online. Be sure not to miss the interactive science exhibits from Discovery Education, as well as the opportunities for at-home technology training for parents...Learn more

Dinner, prizes and photo opportunities are included at no cost.

Preregistration is encouraged but not required. Sign up now through Eventbrite.

Painting the Cafeteria!

Our generous PTA has offered to fund the painting of the cafeteria! I met with a local artist and the Leadership Team this week. The kids came up with a great idea! What about painting about 6 "All-Stars" and his/her corresponding famous quote? For example, Neil Armstrong on the moon with his quote, "This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Another idea was to have Yoda and his quote, "Truly, wonderful the mind of a child." I would love to have your ideas as well! Take a few minutes to talk to your teams and classes and see if anyone has some great ideas! We just need a picture of the person and a quote, and the artist can paint the image on the walls in the cafeteria. I am really excited to spruce up the walls! My plan is to send out the ideas to students, teachers, and parents. We will vote on the quotes and then have the artwork begin!

Calendar Craziness!

Monday, January 18


Tuesday, January 19 POSTPONED--no staff meeting

Staff Meeting 3:30-4:30: Amy Clark will be here to present on dyslexia.

Digital Resources Carnival 6-8 at CCC

Wednesday, January 20

District Lead4Ward training 3:30-4:00 in library for all teachers who access core content; bring Ipads

Friday, January 22

Donuts with Dad 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 26

Barbara Springs will be here during conference times to assist with digging through data in SchoolNet. We will focus on looking at MOY assessment data. Please send at least 2 team members to the conference room.

Campus Improvement Team Meeting 3:30-4:30

Thursday, January 28

Picture Retakes

Friday, January 29

PLC Meetings-self directed as teams-this will be time to work together as a team-you choose the topic and let me know if you need assistance


Tuesday, February 9

Perot Museum Family Science Night---we will need numerous volunteers!