News and Notes

December 11, 2015


Our Awesome Educator of the Week is:

Teri Keith

The future is ours because of what you do

Now you get the Lucky Longhorn Spot too!

The Future Is Ours...

Remember to tweet and hashtag :)


Don't forget to follow @lakesidecoppell

Thanks for keeping up the tweeting:

Lisa, Cindy, Mary, Skye, SaraBeth, Shari,

Annelise, Maureen, Liz, Dan, Dani, Carla,

Kelly F (2nd and 5th), Becca, Katherine,

Missy, Melissa, Kathy, Katie, Debbie, Sonya,

Molly, Kirby, Frankie, Rachelle, Dawn...

I love that the number is increasing!

Let me know if I missed you :)

The Holidays Are Upon Us

Formative Assessments:

Here's a strategy you can try....


Display 6 questions from the lesson Have students in groups of 4. Each group has 1 die. Each student rolls the die and answers the question with the corresponding number. If a number is rolled more than once the student may elaborate on.

Last week I shared:


3 things you found out

2 interesting things

1 question you still have

3 differences between ___

2 effects of __ on ____

1 question you still have about the topic

3 important facts

2 interesting ideas

1 insight about yourself as a learner

3 key words

2 new ideas

1 thought to think about

Write 3 questions about the text (unfamiliar words, confusing passages or ideas)

Write 2 predictions based on the text (what will happen next based on the reading)

Make one connection based on the text (connect to something you know or have


Trainings & Curriculum Updates

In an effort to keep you fully informed I'm including a link to the Curriculum Courier (admin newsletter). This link will give you access to current and past issues of the newsletter. The Courier will provide you with pertinent information for your grade and content area. Although some weeks are more informative than others you should try to review it regularly.

District meetings:

Gema (am) and Annelise (pm) to Stepping Up Training (not a dance class)

Jan to Counselor's Meeting on 12/17

Coaches Meeting on 1/4 (yes, January - yikes)

Gema to Principal's Meeting on 1/12

Annelise and Content Specialists to their meeting on 1/14

Kelly Fischer to Global Connections Meeting on 1/21

Gema to TASA and Principal's Meeting 1/25-29

Jan to Counselor's Meeting on 1/28

KN2K (Knows & Need to Knows) *Updated


Some things you should know for now (all subject to change based on certain factors)

  1. Spring training will include online training, backwards design planning and reflection.
  2. Summer training will be (hopefully) custom to Lakeside and provide all of us with summer flex hours. *Stay Tuned for dates
  3. Fall training and expectations include: planning days to prep for future units and the expectation that UbD will encompass all subject / curriculum areas by the start of the 2nd nine weeks. PBL units do not need to be abandoned...they should still be incorporated in the instructional design.

What can you do in the meantime?

  1. Keep thinking about backwards design, PBL, and lesson design.
  2. *Check out the splash screens and the UbD components that are already there for you
  3. Review The Learning Framework and our district philosophy in these areas.
  4. Reflect on your day to day and content to content practice.
  5. Think about the questions you might have.
  6. Smile and keep doing the great things you are doing!


11) CISD Open House - Choir will perform at the district

14) 5th Grade Spelling Bee

14-15) Hour of Code (over the course of 2 days)

  • You can see the proposed schedule here

16) School Wide Kindness Celebration

  • (additional details forthcoming - schedule and buddies shared)

17) Class Parties (2nd, Kdg, 1st, 4th, 3rd)

18) Class Parties (5th), Modified Schedule and EARLY RELEASE FOR KIDS @ 12:50

January 2016

4) It's time to come back

11) Staff meeting with PTO Sustenance

15) Spirit Rally to focus on CARING & End of the 2nd 9 weeks (We are half way through)

19) Grade Due

21) 4th Grade Program and Parent Learning Walks at 9 and 1

22) Report Cards go home


Happy Birthday


20) Sonya Green (Not May even though I still find myself typing that)

24) Dani Todd

25) Barbara Arnt

25) Katherine Broadhurst (even though she too will forever be Horton)

25) Dawn Rehling

  • Does anyone think it's odd that we have 3 bdays on Christmas Day?

28) Teri Keith

28) Dan Thompson

  • Twins/Not Twins

Walking Wednesday...

Denim Days...

Wednesdays will be College Days for staff and students

Fridays with a Lakeside or CISD Tee

All of next week :) Ho Ho Ho