LVHS Staff Newsletter

Excellence in Everything We Do.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Quote of the Week:

"Don't wait for your ship to come in...swim to it." Preighton Crillips

The semester test schedule is below, but important to know is that students are not allowed to take their tests early. If they are planning on going out of town, they will need to take them when they return. Do not make exceptions to this rule or you make life difficult for those trying to follow it! Thanks!

Progress Report Time - tomorrow!!

According to my calendar, Friday was the end of the second grading progress report period for this nine weeks. We will send out an alert to all parents to check their students' grades via TxConnect tomorrow morning, so please make sure your grades are updated at that time!

Wear your ugly Christmas Sweater on Friday!

It's THIS Friday, December 11th!


Click on the link below for inspiration:


http://www.nationaluglychristmassweaterday.org


Goodwill is a great place to find ugly sweaters if you don't already have one. And homemade ones are often the best. Get in the spirit and show your school spirit at the same time! Yeah!!

Happy Holidays!

Next week, everyone will be getting something special each day! Those of you doing Secret Santa will receive a daily goody from your Santa AND the office staff will be providing something for everyone each day! WooHoo!!


Be sure to drop by the front office to partake in your respective goody:

Monday - A sweet little gift in your box to start your week off right!

Tuesday - Breakfast in Mrs. Hendrix's room starting at 7:30 - hosted by boys athletics - show up hungry!!

Wednesday - Oatmeal cookies and apple cider in Mrs. Slaughter's office!

Thursday - Sonic drink of your choice (make sure your drink is updated in the Faculty Favs)!

Friday - Luncheon at Faculty meeting/Secret Santa reveal (12:45 in the MAC)


Just a little thank you for being such awesome people and teachers! This is a great place to work because of the people who work here! Thanks for all you do!

Parent Contact Reminder - so you can't say you weren't told!

You should be in contact with the parents of any student who is failing your class.


Just like last May, for each student who is failing your class for the semester, I will need documentation that you have contacted that parent this nine weeks to share this information with them. You can make a spreadsheet with date and time you called or emailed. You can print out a copy of the email that you sent the parent. You will need to provide this documentation to Cindy and/or Tyra when you do the end of semester grade "check out" with them. Cindy will send out a Sign-Up Genius next week for you to sign up to meet with them on the day we get back from Winter Break (which is a workday).


The whole idea is for you to contact parents early and they can help by providing support from home. It won't work all of the time, but it will work sometimes. Please don't wait until the week before the nine weeks ends to contact the parent for the first time.

PLC schedule This Week:

Scottie or Suzy Lofton (depending on your time slot) is meeting with you guys this week or next (see below) on curriculum. Please make sure your documents are updated and you are ready to meet!



Wednesday, December 9 (A day):

7:30 - 8:10 - ELA team and Hansen

8:15 - 9:00am None

9:10 - 9:55am None

11:30am - 12:15pm None

1:05 - 1:50pm Standiford/Bookout/Larkin

It's Secret Santa, Secret Santa time!

Please make sure you have picked up your Secret Santa sheet from Sutton ASAP. Remember, we will give out our gifts next week, culminating in a Faculty meeting/Luncheon/Secret Santa reveal at 12:30 in the MAC on Friday, December 12. (Everyone is invited to this - not just those who participated in SS).

Faculty Party this Week!

We will be having our staff Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus Party on Saturday, December 12, beginning at 7:00 pm at Spotlight Karaoke in Cedar Park. Please feel free to bring your significant other, but no children as Spotlight is a bar and that is illegal. We will be taking $5 contributions to pay for some appetizers and for reserving the tables.


Some of us are also bringing board games to play while we listen to the delightful voices on stage! :)

Students/Teacher of the Month Winners -

Since we won't have announcements this week, please share this information with your students:


Freshmen - Elizabeth Martinez and Evan Simons

Sophomores - Erin Beall and Daniel Smith

Juniors - Linzi Standiford and Meliton Rios

Seniors - Kelsey Jiles and McCoy Ornelas

Teacher of the Month - Robyn Statham


Due to STAAR testing this week, we will go to lunch at 11:00 on Monday, December 14!

If you missed Seussical, it was amazing! Congrats to Mrs. Hunter and thanks for all the work that went into putting that fine piece of musical mastery together!

First Semester Tests!

You will need to have a semester test that you can easily pull data from for our assessment PLC in January. You can use Eduphoria or you can do it by hand. I encourage you to do a performance assessment if that is a better way to assess your objectives (I'm talking about art, welding, theatre-type classes). If you have questions, let me know!


Tuesday, December 15 (A day): 4th and 5th periods

Wednesday, December 16 (B day): 6th and 8th periods

Thursday, December 17 (A Day): 2nd and 3rd periods (all students go to class from 11-12:30 so lunch for all at 12:30 - 99% of students will go home)

Friday, December 18 (B Day): 1st and 7th; 1st period will be from 8:15-9:45; 6th period will be from 9:50 - 10:55, 7th period will be from 11 - 12:30 (all students go to class from 11-12:30 so lunch for all at 12:30 - 99% of students will go home)


If your 5th period class needs longer than 50 minutes to complete the test, please make arrangements to spend more than one class period on it.

Stuff I leave in here for reference (nothing new, because hopefully you already read it, so just scan):

Announcements - please use the form!

I really want to share our good news when students perform well at tournaments or basically anything. :) I have to count on the sponsors to use the announcement doc to make sure this gets done. Sometimes I get lucky and I remember scores and results, but the only way to ensure your team's stuff gets shared is for you to let me know.


You can click on the link below to access the announcements form:


https://docs.google.com/a/lagovista.txed.net/spreadsheets/d/1ycjDWqu5iE6dB4bPBG3qQAoTnFDcnoBWcPZ2Ooupam0/edit?usp=sharing

Food Drive - Showing GIVING (November's character trait):

To support our November character trait, Giving, we will be holding a Superintendent's Harvest Challenge Canned Food Drive.


The Harvest Challenge begins November 2, 2015 and ends on November 20, 2015. A donation basket will be placed in the front office of each campus. Our Student Council is helping promote this food drive with incentives for students who donate.


All of the collected items will be donated to our new LVISD Clothing Closet and Food Pantry, which are lovingly run by our Life Skills and 18+ programs. All of the food items will be bagged and distributed to local families in need during the holiday season and throughout the year.


Listed below are items that are needed:

• Canned Green Beans

• Canned Cream of Mushroom Soup

• Canned Gravy

• Canned Cranberry Sauce

• Canned Potatoes

• Canned Meat

• Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes

• Canned Corn

• Canned Milk

• Peanut Butter/Jelly

• Mayonnaise

• Canned Fruit or Pie Filling


Please stress that we are asking for canned items only. Our food pantry is located in a portable building and we do not want to provide Thanksgiving dinner to any critters that might decide that a box of stuffing looks tasty. :)


Please share this information with your students and we encourage our student organizations to join the cause.

Second Nine Weeks Attendance Incentive!

This nine weeks, we are going to have the different grade levels compete against each other! The grade level with the highest attendance will earn a pizza party and an afternoon of movies in the PAC (with the pizza being eaten somewhere besides the PAC). Only the students with 98% better attendance will be eligible to attend. For competition purposes, we will look at their 10:00 attendance time to determine the winners and the eligible students.

Did you know there is a key drop for the suburbans? If you drop off your suburban after hours, you can drop the keys in the small, locked box to the left of the entrance to the admin building.

RtI Plan (please be sure you read thoroughly) -

RtI Team Members: Administrators, Counselor, Department Heads, Referring Teacher(s)


Other members are invited, as needed, including: Student, Teachers, ESL teacher, Special Programs Personnel


Tier I: Standards-Based Classroom Instruction - All Students


Tier II: Needs-Based Instruction (10-20% of Students)

• Interventions provided by classroom teacher

Teacher develops a Tier II Action Plan/Tier 3 Pre-Referral Form for any student who fails for a 9 weeks (or who is experiencing significant difficulty) & progress monitors

Teachers must make parent contact and inform them of the development of the Tier II Action Plan/Tier 3 Pre-Referral Form

• Teacher refers students not making progress to RtI Team using Tier III Referral Form

for Secondary Students


Tier III: RtI Team Driven Interventions (5-10% of Students)

• RtI Team meets to review campus discipline referrals, attendance, and grades,

identifying At-Risk students needing Tier III interventions, including:

o Any Student Who Fails 2 or More Classes

o Any Student Who Has 3 or More Unexcused Absences in a 4 Week Period

o Any Student Who has <90% Attendance in 2 or More Classes

o Any Student Who Has 3 or More Discipline Referrals in a 4 Week Period

• RtI Team sends Teacher Feedback Form for Secondary Students to teachers of

identified students

• RtI Team sends Parent Input Form for Secondary Students to parents/guardians of

identified students

• RtI Team meets to review Tier III referrals & teacher/parent feedback for students

identified by the RtI Team to determine appropriate Tier III intervention(s)

• Possible Interventions Include: Strategic Learning for Math, Writing Lab, Credit Recovery & Monitoring, Mentor, Behavior Contract, Small Group Counseling (Lunch Bunch), Daily Parent/Teacher Log, Saturday School, Truancy Prevention Measures


Tier IV: Specialized Learning (1-5% of Students)

• RtI Team meets to discuss students not making progress with Tier III interventions and

determines the appropriate Tier IV intervention(s)

• Possible interventions include: Individual Counseling (School-based), 504 Evaluation,

Special Education Evaluation, Retention

• Referrals to 504 or Special Education follow the flow chart for RtI to 504/SPED Process


So, if a student failed your class for the 9 weeks, you need to be keeping data on the Tier 2/Pre-Referral for Tier 3 Form and you will be receiving a Teacher Feedback Form request from me for students who failed more than 2 core classes for the first nine weeks. We are going to be holding meetings over the next few weeks with their students' parents, teachers, and the student to come up with a new plan to help them succeed.

If you pick up a cell phone from a student for improper cell phone use you can turn it into Mrs. Sutton to hold until the end of the day. The first time she gets a phone from a student, it is a warning and the parent has to come get it. The second time, they have to pay $15 and their parent has to come get it.

New Transportation Request Form!

Check out the transportation form to use when you need a bus or suburban – it can be found on Eduphoria, under Formspace; then "Submit New Form"; then "Transportation Forms"; then click on whatever type of transportation you need to request. Thanks!

Explorer Profile!

Students will be bringing around their Explorer Profile Applications to have you sign (or not) over the next few weeks. Students have to meet all of these requirements to be able to gain access to the App store and FaceTime:


1. Student maintains an 80% average or better in all classes.

2. This complete application submitted within 10 days of the last day of the preceding 9 weeks.

3. No documented technology referrals for improper technology use.

4. Principal approval of this application.

5. ALL teachers and parent approval signatures.

There is a new Fundraiser Form!

Please make sure you are using the newest Fundraising form for all your fundraising request needs. Tyra is the keeper of the forms and she will also be the one who you follow up with when you have to go back and document.

Chunking up big assignments:

Remember that great presentation that Randy and Scottie did on differentiation and cooperative learning during August inservice? Here are a couple of highlights that might come in handy:


When assigning big projects, like papers or group projects, chunk it up and create daily checkpoints along the way that you use to keep students on track and allow you opportunities to take grades along the way. An idea would be to have most of these checkpoints due by the end of a class period rather than giving them the option to 'finish it later and bring it in next class period'.


Some of you have expressed a struggle with students not turning in work and not finding a way to take enough grades, so here's an idea!

If you coach a UIL sport or event...

Please be sure to send me your SRA's prior to sending them out to the entire staff. Since you are removing students from academic instruction, I would like to know about their departure before you send them out to everyone (just in case there are problems with coverage, a conflicting event, or questions about what time you are leaving). Thanks!

Progress Report Dates for the Year!

The first three weeks grading reports went well! If you haven't found the awesomeness that is our LVHS Staff calendar on google, please do so! These dates and several more are already on there!


October 23 - End of Nine Weeks; Regain/Lose Eligibility October 30


November 13 - End of Three Weeks; Regain Eligibility November 20


December 4 - End of Six Weeks; Regain Eligibility December 11


December 18 - End of Semester; Regain/Lose Eligibility January 12


January 25 - End of Three Weeks; Regain Eligibility February 1


February 12 - End of Six Weeks; Regain Eligibility February 19


March 11 - End of Nine Weeks; Regain/Lose Eligibility March 28


April 8 - End of Three Weeks; Regain Eligibility April 15


April 29 - End of Six Weeks - Regain Eligibility May 6


June 2 - End of Semester

PLC Meetings for the Rest of the Semester:

Semester 1 Schedule:


Wednesday, October 14 - B Day Curriculum


Wednesday, October 21 - A Day Curriculum


Friday, October 23 End of 1st 9 Weeks


Wednesday, October 28 - B Day Assessments/Data


Wednesday, November 4 - A Day Assessments/Data


Wednesday, November 11 - B Day Instructional Technology


Wednesday, November 18 - A Day Instructional Technology


Wednesday, December 2 - B Day Curriculum


Wednesday, December 9 - A Day Curriculum


Friday, December 18 End of 2nd 9 Weeks

Announcement Procedures -

Please use the announcement spreadsheet shared with you on Google drive to submit announcements. If you are wanting to announce club meetings, you may announce the first club meeting twice prior to the first meeting. After that, we aren't going to announce your meeting every week. We would LOVE to announce scores after games, but we need coaches to submit them, please!

Duty Schedule...

October 14 - October 30


Morning

Main Hallway - K. Timms

Cafeteria - S. Johnson

November 2 - November 20


Morning

Main Hallway - B. Holt

Cafeteria - Howard

Student Drop Off - Pruitt

Bus Drop Off - H. Stachowski


After School

Main Hallway - Chapman

Student Pickup - Kassell

Grassy Knoll - Kirchhoff

Bus Pick up - H. Stachowski


Backups: Hansen, Stahl



November 23 - December 16


Morning

Main Hallway - D. Smith

Cafeteria - K. Walker

Student Drop Off - Duong

Bus Drop Off - H. Stachowski


After School

Main Hallway - J. Timms

Student Pickup - Hansen

Grassy Knoll - Grant

Bus Pick Up- H. Stachowski


Backups: S. Garcia, Standiford



December 17 & 18

*ALL HANDS ON DECK


Morning

Main Hallway/Bus Drop Off - Math Dept

Cafeteria - English Dept

Student Drop Off/Parking Lot - Science


After School

Main Hallway/Bus Pick Up - Social Studies

Student Pick Up/Parking Lot - Electives/CTE

Grassy Knoll/Bus Pick Up - Special Ed/LOTE


* Be prepared. If you cannot attend your duty, contact a back up person to cover your duty. If you do not get your duty covered, assume students will be unattended and unsafe in your area.


** Be prompt. Morning duty begins at 7:40 am and ends at 8:10 am.

***Student drop off and pick up are in the back of the school.

***Grassy Knoll is between the PAC and the main building, standing closer to the student parking lot to be presence in both the grassy area/parking lot.