Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of May 27, 2019

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Student & Staff Holiday on Monday, May 27
  • 4th grade awards on Tuesday, May 28 at 8:30 am
  • 2nd grade awards on Tuesday, May 28 at 9:30 am
  • Kindergarten awards on Tuesday, May 28 at 1:45 pm
  • Ms. Snell's Wedding Shower on Tuesday, May 28 at 3:45 pm
  • 3rd grade awards on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:30 am
  • 1st grade awards on Wednesday, May 29 at 9:30 am
  • 5th grade awards on Wednesday, May 29 at 1:45 pm
  • Pre-Kindergarten awards on Thursday, May 30 at 8:45 am
  • Early Release at Noon on Thursday, May 30
  • Teacher Workday & Staff Lunch on Friday, May 31


Coming Up: EOY Awards; Early Release

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Captain's Log

Let's finish the year strong! Thank you all for your hard work.


Special thanks to Ms. Broughton for a great PK/K showcase, Coach Williams and Coach O for a super fun Field Day, Ms. Alvarado for a stellar drama club performance, and Ms. Olivarez for an amazing book fair. We are blessed to have such a talented and devoted staff.

Conscious Discipline

Our focus for May Morning Meetings is POSITIVE ATTITUDE. This skill ties in many of the things we have already discussed; it is a good reminder as we finish the year.


Here is a link to the May Morning Meeting lessons: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZfmUwbqOp0gZyq1WOnmr9zjJlNIFXRd1wDLC2FXDK2U/edit?usp=sharing


If you have ideas for Morning Meeting themes for next school year, please share them with Mrs. Helton.

End of Year Awards

See below for the schedule of End of Year Awards. We will conduct these in the cafeteria.

The office will provide you a certificate and brag tag for all of the awards we have been doing this year. You will just need to fill in the names. You will also need to create an award for the other students in your class that are not receiving one of these academic awards or perfect attendance.

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Early Release Lunch Schedule

Lunch TimeTeachers

10:20-10:40PK-Sierra, Scott

10:25-10:45PK-Hofheins, Picazo

10:30-10:50K-Williams, Lopez

10:35-10:55K-Bearden, A. Martinez

10:40-11:001st-Greer, Breeding

10:45-11:051st-Somers, Snell

10:50-11:102nd-Barnard, Haskett

10:55-11:152nd-Noel, Sharp

11:00-11:203rd-Templeton, Long

11:05-11:253rd-Villela, Terrell

11:10-11:304th-Martinez, Frost

11:15-11:354th-Palmer, Foreman

11:20-11:405th-Rawles, Spark

11:25-11:455th-Drake


Please note:

1. Lunches are 20 minutes in length.

2. You will come to the cafeteria at your designated time and pick up milk and sack lunches. Please be on time. I fully expect you will be in line with one or two other groups as we move classes through 2 or 3 at a time.

3. You will return to your classroom to eat with your students. Be sure to put all lunch garbage in a bag to be picked up by custodians. You may choose to have your class eat at a cafeteria table if they are available, but you will need to stay with the class. They will not be supervised otherwise.

4. Please be ready for dismissal (buses) at 11:50 am.

Communities In Schools

2019-2020 CIS registration has started! Please notify Ms. Walker of any student recommendations you have for the next school year and return any completed student applications. We will begin reviewing applications and assessing needs to determine next year's caseload (approx 115 students). Additionally, we will be making some changes regarding mentors/tutors. Moving forward, all 1:1 mentors/tutors will register with CIS and complete CIS training. If you have any feedback or suggestions regarding your experience with mentors, please email Ms. Walker at kwalker@cis-hot.org.

Summer Professional Development

Safe Schools Training

Dear Waco ISD Faculty & Staff

In an effort to provide the most effective and meaningful compliance training for all district employees, the Waco ISD Human Resources Department and Office of Professional Development have continued to team with SafeSCHOOLS to provide an online training platform. Starting May 24th, 2019 all district employees will be able to access and complete the following required trainings for the 2018-2019 school year: 1) Bloodborne Pathogen and Exposure Prevention, 2) Bullying: Recognition and Response, 3) Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting, 4) Copyright Infringement, 5) Homeless Students: Awareness and Understanding, 6) Sexual Harassment: Students Issues and Response, 7) Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention, and 8) Human Resources Policies and Procedures. The deadline for completion of these courses is September 2nd, 2019. Those that have not completed the trainings by that date will be required to attend face-to-face trainings to fulfill the requirements.


Courses in safeSCHOOLS are delivered by chapters and can be completed at your individual pace throughout the course of the summer. Courses have quizzes at the end that do require you to achieve a passing score for completion.


To access the safeSCHOOLS platform, use any of the links provided in this document or type in the URL:

  1. Access safeSCHOOLS: http://wacoisd.tx.safeschools.com/login

  2. Username will be: Employee ID# (8-digit)

  3. Password: First Initial (Uppercase) + Last Initial (lowercase) + @# + last 4-digits of Employee ID#

  4. Required courses will appear on your home screen

  5. All course completions will be tracked by WISD Human Resources and the Office of Professional Development.


Example Login Credentials: John Smith, Employee ID: 12345678

Username: 12345678 Password: Js@#5678


If you have any questions or difficultly accessing the SafeSCHOOLS platform, please contact Patrick Uptmore, patrick.uptmore@wacoisd.org in the Office of Professional Development.

District & Region 12 Summer Professional Development

Summer Professional Learning opportunities are being updated regularly in Eduphoria for registration, locations have been finalized.


ESL Summer Academy

The English Learners Department will be offering a Summer ESL Academy for all Waco ISD teachers that are interested in ESL certification. This important workshop is highly recommended for emergency certified ESL Teachers and teachers on ESL waivers.


Please note: Teachers who received ESL Waivers during the 2018-2019 school-year will not be eligible for a waiver in 2019-2020. Thus, it is important that they attend this academy as it will help to prepare them for the ESL Certification exam. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information or contact the English Learners Department at 254-755-9512 if you have any questions.
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PK & Kindergarten Summer Training

The following Early Childhood trainings will be offered at no cost through Region 12 this summer.


Please note: PK and Kindergarten teachers will be required to complete 15 hours of professional development in the area of Early Childhood during the 2019-2020 school year. The courses below will count towards the 15 hour requirement for the 2019-2020 school year.


PK Teachers:

• Early Childhood Conference, June 17th, Region 12, FREE, #148429

• Social Emotional Storytime, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #167269

• I Can See This Number In How Many Ways, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #168557


Kindergarten Teachers:

• Early Childhood Conference, June 17th, Region 12, FREE, #148429

• Social Emotional Storytime, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #167269

• I Can See This Number In How Many Ways, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #168557


How to register for the TransformED Early Childhood Conference:

  • See the document above for Registering at Region 12 and paying with a PO #.

Reading Professional Development

The 2019-2020 school year will start out with new K-5 Literacy Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). We are excited to be entering this new phase of TEKS where listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking will be interconnected, integrated and recursive. We will be offering the following trainings for all K-5 teachers this summer in preparation for the new year. Please see Donna Trigg if you have any questions.


“New” 2 Day Literacy Academy (Required for all K-5 Literacy teachers)

• June 11 & 12th, 2019 OR

• July 16 & 17, 2019 OR

• August 13 & 14, 2019 (back on contract)


We will be addressing the following:

• Understanding new Literacy TEKS

• Aligning resources and curriculum with the new Literacy TEKS

• Aligning instruction and assessments with the new Literacy TEKS

• Guided Reading will be offered as a choice of a beginning class or an advanced class during the Literacy Academy.


There will be something new for everyone! Please note: If you attend the Literacy Academy in June or July, you do not need to attend in August.


Repeated Trainings from 2018-2019


Sarah Waller-Units of Study, K-5

• June 13, 2019 OR

• July 18, 2019


Jeff Anderson-Patterns of Power, Grades 1-5

• July 24, 2019

• Sign-up in Eduphoria ASAP before summer spots fill up.

All Things Summer School

Summer school will be at KENDRICK ELEMENTARY due to campus construction. The dates are: Monday-Thursday, June 4-26 from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.


If you anticipate a student needs to go to summer school, the student needs to be added to the following tentative list (PAST DUE): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dEqLaK5qnMrbjtsffdLGH-OqY7Epl0zcML37aVe6cuk/edit?usp=sharing


You need to meet with the parents of any student that is in danger of failing. Parents will also need to fill out the Summer School Application REVISED here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zqdN5xlyQxV2X3dp4139nu0GtlPOWOr8psvYG9v8XEg/edit?usp=sharing

Return completed summer school applications to Mrs. Maynard.


Here is the parent letters that you can share with the application:

https://docs.google.com/a/wacoisd.org/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQ-HxX0Se9kHUNEkHhh-HsqrmpLvR_Z_H6S98xN3jDlPV3_T-214b80u2h52RK86K7XeMVlz36fmg1d/pub

Language Acquisition Summer School

In order to meet the 120-hour requirement of direct instruction for Language Acquisition Summer School, Waco ISD’s Language Acquisition Summer School will run during the following dates, days, and times:


  • Dates (with students): June 4th-July 2nd

  • Days: Monday- Thursday

  • Times: 8:00-3:35

  • Location: Bells Hill & Dean Highland


All current PK and Kindergarten LEP students will be invited. Applications and letters will be provided to parents in English and Spanish. The Bilingual Department will deliver the letters with students’ names and applicable information to campuses during the week of April 8. The letters will need to be sent home with students on April 11 per the Summer School Timeline.