The Soto Scoop

Week of May 16-May 20

Principal's Message

THANK YOU for all your hard-work and dedication as we near the end of the school-year. With just 13 days of school ahead, it seems hard to believe how far we have come from the beginning of the school-year. "Oh the places we will go!" was our motto this school year and we can now say, "Oh the places we DID go!" with the great success we saw this school-year. Just some of our celebrations...

  • Growth on ACP and STAAR scores
  • New Clubs, such as the Running Club, making a mark on campus
  • 19+ Speakers at Career Day (students were even heard on the radio!)
  • Record-breaking number of tutoring hours
  • Record-breaking attendance at PTA meetings and Coffee w/ the Principal
  • More resources for parents than ever before with a functioning Parent Center and new partnerships with organizations, such as the HIPPY program
  • Teachers and staff working as a team! ...and SO SO MUCH MORE!

As we prepare wrap up the end of the year, let the successes of this school-year energize you. Be proud. You've earned it!

Notes and Reminders--

  • Summer PD Plans: All teachers are required to obtain 14 PD credits over the summer to makeup for two days of staff development in August. Depending on the teacher’s level of proficiency, the principal has the ability to choose a certain number of those credit hours. Please turn in your PD plan to me and get an item checked off your EOY list!

  • SLO/Roster Verification: Instructions on how to complete your SLO and verify your TEI Roster were emailed out last week and have been part of our TEI Newsletter since March. Please complete it by our stated deadlines. SLO Due: May 18th

  • Student Survey Results: Results will be available to teachers on Schoolnet on May 18th.

  • Climate and Culture Survey: Please check your email/clutter folder and complete your survey by May 20th.

  • School Excellence Study: A Starbucks card was placed in your box as a thank you for completing the Elementary School Excellence Study. The survey is confidential and will take less than 20 minutes to complete.

  • Spot Observations/Summative Conferences- Please note that the last day for Spot Observations is June 2nd and Summative Evaluations will be submitted this week.

  • 2016-2017 School Contracts: Contracts for the upcoming school-year have been issued. We will have two weeks to accept the contract offer. Deadline: May 25, 2016
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A Week in Review

Counselor's Corner

I enjoy working with you and all our Soto Stars! If a student needs to see me please have them fill out a request form and place it in my box. I will go get them as soon as I can. I want to say Thank You to all our teachers for helping all our student grow at Soto Elementary.

THANK YOU for making our Career Day a SUCCESS!

Assistant Principal-Notes & Reminders


The end of the year is fast approaching us and we are almost ready to wrap up testing. Our last test will be our end of year semester ACP test. Testing will start on Wednesday May 18th - May 24th.

Also, please start covering your room and bulletin boards. Please be reminded that all items in the classroom need to be covered. This includes LOs and DOLs. There should not be anything left uncovered. I will check walls at the end of the day Monday, May 16th.

Upcoming Testing Dates

    • Wednesday 5/18: K-2 and 5th Grade Math

    • Thursday 5/19: K-2 and 5th Grade Reading; 3rd-4th Science

    • Friday 5/20: 3-5 Specials

    • Monday 5/23: 3-5 Language Arts

    • Tuesday 5/24: 3-5 Social Studies


    We will begin picking up textbooks on May 25th. Mr. Hernandez will be passing out the textbook inventory, so that you may double check everything that was passed out to you. Please start highlighting items that you have and place all items in a corner of your room. Please choose a space that will not be intrusive to your class since, TAs will come by and check to ensure you have everything that was given to you and pick up materials to store in the book room.

    Thank you for all that you do!

    Annabell Villarreal

    Your Voice Matters

    Be sure to participate in our various committees at Staff Meetings this month to plan and prepare for the upcoming school-year.

    Go Above and Beyond!

    Help our school by advertising and helping fund Mrs. Caraway's Donor's Choose Project. We are in need of an ice machine to help in the clinic. Due to the amount of clinic traffic, having a new ice maker will be a time saver, allowing student's to get back to class quicker. Right now, Mrs. Caraway has to make one or two trips to the cafeteria to get ice in order to serve our students. Check out her project here. Please share!

    Shout Out!

    Shout Out!!! to Running Club for helping our students prepare for a 5K and allowing them to experience something new. Many staff members work together to make the running club a success. We are lucky to have them and appreciate their handwork and dedication. For going above and beyond, they are shinning stars!!!

    3rd grade morning duty

    Monday, May 16th, 7:15am to Friday, May 20th, 7:45am


    Staff Meeting

    Wednesday, May 18th, 3:15-4:15pm


    We will meet this week to reflect on this school-year in order to provide guidance on what should be done next school-year.

    ACP Testing

    Wednesday, May 18th, 8:15am to Tuesday, May 24th, 10am

    Campus Wide

    Math:Wednesday 5/18

    • Kinder 8:15-9:45 a.m.
    • 1st 8:15-9:45 a.m.
    • 2nd 8:15-9:45 a.m.
    • 5th 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Reading or Science:Thursday 5/19

    • Kinder Reading 8:15-9:45 a.m.
    • 1st Reading 8:15-9:45 a.m.
    • 2nd Reading 8:15-9:45 a.m.
    • 3rd Science 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    • 4th Science 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    • 5th Reading 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Specials Acps: Friday 5/20

    • 3rd Music 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    • 4th PE 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    • 5th Art 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Language Arts: Monday 5/23

    • 3rd,4th, and 5th 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Social Studies: Tuesday 5/24

    • 3rd,4th, and 5th 8:30-10:00 a.m.

    2nd grade morning duty

    Monday, May 23rd, 7:15am to Friday, May 27th, 7:45am


    5th grade NASA field trip Houston, TX

    Wednesday, May 25th, 6am

    2101 NASA Road 1

    Houston, TX

    PTA Meeting

    Thursday, May 26th, 5:30-6:30pm


    Breakfast Sponsored by Kinder/Pre-K

    Friday, May 27th, 7:15-7:45am

    Large Conference Room

    3rd grade perot museum field trip

    Friday, May 27th, 9am-2pm

    2201 North Field Street

    Dallas, TX

    Sunshine End-of-Year Party

    Tuesday, May 31st, 4:30-6pm


    Celebrate the end of the school-year with food, fun, and games. More information is forthcoming. For questions, suggestions, and more details, please see Mrs. Barron or Mrs. Waters.

    1st Grade Morning Duty

    Tuesday, May 31st, 7:15am to Thursday, June 2nd, 7:45am


    Award Ceremonies

    Tuesday, May 31st, 9pm to Thursday, June 2nd, 4pm


    End-of-the year award ceremonies will take place the last week of school. More information is forthcoming. For questions, details, and suggestions, please see grade-level chairs and Mrs. Ramos.