Sloan Creek Intermediate School

May 13th, 2016

Are you ready to TACKLE the CHALLENGE?

3 Focuses for High Reliability

A quick video message about summer PD and service learning

SCIS Staff Message 5.13.16

Finish Strong!

Let's work to support each other to ensure that we finish the year strong as a SCIS family!

  • Continue to love our kids and hold them accountable for work and rigorous thinking.
  • Be in the hallways during every passing period and before and after school without fail
  • Be sure to be on time to our duty stations
  • Hold students accountable for their academic and behavioral focus
  • Stay the course and hold our kids to our high expectations until the very last day.
  • Free Days/Parties/Movies/unstructured time is unacceptable
  • Continue to close learning gaps and pre-teaching content needed for the fall
  • Continue to love on your kiddos and celebrate their successes.


It's time to nominate your students for end of year awards- These are due May 13th

Click here for the spreadsheet and directions

Bright Spots

Shelley Q, Jan McGill, Teri Duncan: Flexibility Bright Spot for our FABULOUS office staff. I have noticed several times that the office was super busy with parents, students, and staff needing things from them. They are always so professional and make each person feel like what they need is important. They never lose their caring attitude and great big smiles. They inspire me to keep that in mind when I have several things that need to be done at once.

Eva Logan and Caroline Garcia: Technology Integration Bright Spot for your presentations at the Board Meeting on Wednesday about STEM.

See photos and video here on our closed staff facebook

Lara Underwood and Kelly George: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot for making STAAR testing so smooth. Testing has a million little details and everything is high stakes and you both make it easy for staff and you pre-think all those little details. Many many thanks for all your work in the evenings and weekends for our kids success.

Vicki Turner Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot she noticed that Ryan was on morning duty this week in the cafeteria and since he is on baby duty it needed to be covered. She took it upon herself to get the job done. Looking out for our kids and making things run smoothly without being asked or getting any ROCK Vicki!

Marci Peschke and Allyson Price: Flexibility Bright Spot: deserve a bright spot for Flexibility. Many thanks to Allyson and Marci for setting up all of the details for our last two staff meetings celebrating our staff and celebrating those who are leaving us. You both are wonderful and we appreciate you both!

If you know a staff member who should be considered for a Bright Spot in Technology Integration, Flexibility, Student Engagement, Tackling the Challenge or Cognitive Demand, Communication, Formative Assessment, or Grow Each Child send Ms. Peschke their name, the category, and why you are nominating them.

Did you read what kids said about you?

Read the student and parent kudos here

Expectations for Field Trips

  • Email all staff a list of students attending a week prior to the event
  • Each staff member needs to take attendance and turn it in before leaving to Jan Mcgill
  • Lets the cafeteira know days a week before to let them know who won't be in lunch
  • Notify Tamara to get medication and who will be responsible for administering meds- Nurse Peirce
  • Double check bus times with Teri Duncan
  • Leave your cell number with everyone in the front office incase parents have questions

Nuts and Bolts


(See SCIS master academic calendar here)

Do you have duty this week?

See SCIS duty schedule here)


*Disclaimer: In an effort to give everyone as much detail as possible during the month of May, there are lots of details here so this section is quite lengthy. We will continue to update this list as we move through the month.


Monday, May 16th

EOY Writing Assessment window opens for 5th and 6th ELAR

Social Studies Teachers- Please have students fill out the year social survey

6th Grade Choir gone at Sandy Lake-

  • Students report to first period for attendance.
  • We will call them out class at 7:55
  • Students will return before school is out at 2:20

6th Grade SCIS Orch Festival Allen HS

  • Students report to first period for attendance.
  • We will call them out class.
  • Students will return after 4:00 p.m.

Band rehearsal 3:00-4:00

Retirement party Debbie Noble @ HART

Tuesday, May 17th

Social Studies Teachers- Please have students fill out the year social survey

Band gone @NRH20 8:30 a.m.

Bright Bytes During Planning for all staff- See email from Donna

ILT Meeting 3:15-4:00 in Traci Regan's Room -Agenda

5th GT Math Unit Test

no more library books checked out

Wednesday, May 18th

Social Studies Teachers- Please have students fill out the year social survey

6th grade teachers and students travel to Hawaiian Falls

  1. All 6th graders report to homeroom (See below) at 7:45
  2. We will call them to load at 9:00
  3. From 7:45-9:00 you will take attendance and cover expectations
  4. You will ride the bus with your homeroom
  5. You are responsible for your homeroom students
  6. At 1:30 teachers will meet again to take exit attendance
  7. There will centralized early sign out with Lara by the gate for parents who wish to transport directly from HW. Parents may only take their own children.
  8. All students will be back on campus by 2:30

Here for the detail for the groups, which bus to ride, and who is covering classes and.

Here is what we sent parents:

Hello 6th grade parents!

Wednesday, May 18th is our annual 6th grade trip to Hawaiian Falls in The Colony!

We are very excited to take our students out for a day of fun. We have a few details to share about the trip:


Students will report to their homeroom -which is their teacher to

report to for the day. Students not going on the Field trip will have a designated schedule

to follow for the day, and will report to Mrs. Rexford’s room to start the day.

Students should arrive to school in swimsuits covered by a t-shirt and

shorts. Students should bring sunscreen a towel and reapply sunscreen as needed.

For girls, suits should be one piece, or worn with a t-shirt. Your ticket includes lunch, ice cream, and an all day drink pass. Students will be called for the hamburger lunch. Other food is available for purchase as desired. At the end of the day, students will report back with their Homeroom teacher to be accounted for. Students will be back at school by 2:30.

Parent Volunteers:

Only parents who have pre-purchased a ticket and are LISD approved volunteers will have tickets. The park is closed to the public on this day. No additional parent tickets will be sold at the gate. You should arrive at the park to meet the buses at 10:00. Parents

will not ride on buses to the park. Your ticket includes lunch, ice cream, and an all day drink pass. Parents may purchase a season cooler pass for a fee of $30.00: Glass

items, alcohol, sharp knives and outside vendor/fast foods from restaurants are not allowed in park. Parents may sign their own child out at the end of the day with Mrs.

Underwood if they will ride home with the parent. Parents may not

take other students.

5th Grade hosts 4th graders for Intro to the Creek- Here are the details

1st 7:45-8:29

2nd 8:33-9:17

3rd 9:22-10:06

4th 10:10-10:54

5th 10:58-11:41

7th 11:45-12:45 This is the time when 5th grade (7th lunch) will get food before the 4th grade goes in, and eat in the front office or somewhere. Then 4th graders will eat at 12:00-12:45.

6th 12:48-1:33- Regular 6th period lunch kids will eat during this time.

8th 1:36-2:07

9th 2:10-2:50

3:15-Leopard City Final Training all 5th grade teachers in band hall

Marci Peschke B-Day

Thursday, May 19th

Social Studies Teachers- Please have students fill out the year social survey

Summer tutoring staff training: 3:30-4:30 with Mary Mullen @ Admin building

6th GT math 9 weeks exam

STUCO Field Trip- See email Angie sent out 10:30-2:30 5/11/2016 9:00 AM

They will be gone from 10:30-2:30 for our annual STUCO field trip. We have notified the kiddos that they are responsible for making up any missed work while they are gone.

5th Graders
Aidan Smith
Ally Harris
Ashlyn DuBois
Audrey McCaffity
Bella Levin
Clay Diericks
Hannah Gonzalez
Jade Owens
John Falco
Luke Farkas
Maddox Willard
Reagan Friesland
Sydney Bardwell
Trista Tippin
Veronica Nickell

6th Graders
Abby Carraway
Aidan Murphy
Bennett Dingwerth
Brendan Bruner
Brinley Eckols
Connor Dunn
Emmerson Dingwerth
Grant Collyer
Jax Thompson
Keeten Levin
Kendall Carll
Logan Rose
Marcela Fischer
Riley McGowan

Friday, May 20th

5th Leopard City- Detail folder posted here.

6th grade visit WSMS

  1. All 6th grade teachers with homerooms will attend
  2. 6th Graders will check in and take attendance by homeroom
  3. Groups set by WSMS will be posted here.
  4. Load busses At 8:30
  5. Arrive by 9:00
  6. Tour and Eat At WSMS,
  7. Leave WSMS by 12:30.
  8. Be back to class by 8th Period
  9. Peter will take Nina' s homeroom to WSMS
  10. Plan for Mrs. Cooper/ Mrs. Anderson posted here:

EOY Writing Assessment window closes for 5th and 6th ELAR

Yearbook arrive on campus


Monday, May 23rd

Social Studies Teachers- Please have students fill out the year social survey

Yearbook pass out via homeroom teachers in afternoon.

All 5th Grade Students should report to Homeroom at 7:45.

We will call for teachers over the PA after you take attending

5th grade AWARDS 8:30-10:50 in large gym

5th Grade Legacy Day 10:50-2:50 Details posted here more details here

6th Grade has a normal school day

W Davis B-Day

Tuesday, May 24th

All 6th Grade Students should report to Homeroom at 7:45.

6th grade AWARDS 8:30

We will call for teachers over the PA after you take attending

6th Grade Legacy Day 10:50-2:50 Details posted here

5th grade has a normal day

Legacy Leaders graduation 6:00-7:30 in band hall

Wednesday, May 25th

Last full day of normal classes

Tornado Drill 8:00 a.m.

Lockdown Drill 8:15 a.m.

Fire Drill 8:30. a.m.

See all 9 periods on shortened schedule

Yearbook signing after 9th period (shortened schedule). click here for a printable schedule

Christina Person's B-Day

Thursday,May 26th

Service Learning/ Field Day Click Here for details more details to follow

No Hot Lunches--sack lunches

Sandra Dennis's B-Day

Friday, May 27th

Chick Fil A lunch

Early Release - 11:50

Spring Social

  1. Teacher interest survey will be sent week of 5.16.16
  2. Student survey will be sent week of 5.16.16

Grading period ends

Report Cards Due

Final Check out start at noon

Saturday, May 28th

Graduation: Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Please make note that this year graduation is the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Every teacher and staff member on every campus plays an integral role of each graduating class. It is a tradition in Lovejoy for our teachers and staff to support our graduates on graduation day. As we have done in the past, all staff are expected to be at graduation and the staff luncheon on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 to honor our graduating class of 2016. Personal days will not be granted. If a faculty member is not present during the graduation ceremony and luncheon, they will be a docked pay. Exceptions will be granted to faculty who have a graduating senior. Please dress in your "sunday best" and be early to both the graduation event and the luncheon. In the past there was a bus provided for transportation.


JUNE 2016

Tuesday, June 21

STAAR 5th Math Retest

Wednesday, June 22

STAAR 5th Reading Retest


July 2016

Wednesday, July 13th

ILT Planning Session 8:00-4:00 @ SCIS

Monday, July 25th

campus based new teacher training day

Tuesday, July 26th

L@L Day 1 *Required

Dan Heath

Allyson Zumuda

Wednesday, July 27th

L@L Day 2 *Required

Robin Jackson

Ray Levy

Thursday, July 28th

L@L Day 3 *Required

Bright Spots Day

New Teacher Luncheon @SCIS

Friday, July 29h

L@L Day 4 *Required

Todd Whittaker


August 2016

Monday, August 1st

L@L offerings click here!

Tuesday, August 2nd

L@L offerings click here!

Wednesday, August 3rd

Knowing What Counts in Classroom Assessment (K-6) *Day 5-Core Teachers

by Sandra Herbst and Anne Davis

Thursday, August 4th

L@L offerings click here!

Friday, August 5th

L@L offerings click here!


Tuesday, August 9th

Tentative PD Exchange Day #2 (*Required-more details from ILT next week)

A day refining our planning, learning targets, and formative assessments for the first three weeks of school.

Wednesday, August 10th

PD Exchange Day #1 *Required

A day to knock out some required trainings

8:00-11:30 Required Trainings

11:30-1:00 Lunch off campus with your team

1:00-4:00- Dr. Hughes

Thursday, August 11

PD Exchange Day #1 for those who were absent during learning at lovejoy

Friday, August 12th

PD Exchange Day #2 for those who were absent during learning at lovejoy __________________________________________________________________________________________

Monday, August 15th

Click here for the academy schedule by department

Convocation- 8:00 a.m. (wear your staff shirt and khaki pants for your staff picture that will hang on the entry way all year)

11:30- Take your picture in the courtyard before you leave for lunch. All team members must be present for your picture

11:45-1:00 Lunch on your own with your team

1:00-4:00 Staff work day- (Work in your rooms- no meetings)

5:30-7:30 6th Grade Walk the Creek (Parents Come and Go) Click here for schedule

Tuesday, August 16th

Click here for the academy schedule by department

C&I in Morning

Technology In Afternoon

Wednesday, August 17th

Click here for the academy schedule by department

Campus PD


Thursday, August 18th

Click here for the academy schedule by department

8:00 - 11:30 SPED/504/PST Accommodation Fair

5th 8:00-9:30
6th 9:30-11:00
Lunch at Rudy's BBQ 11:30-12:30

5:30-7:30 5th Grade Walk the Creek (all 9 class rotation) Click here for schedule

Friday, August 19th

Click here for the academy schedule by department

8:00 - 11:30 Nuts & Bolts Rotations

11:30-1:00 PTA Luncheon/Final Q&A before monday in Cafeteria

12:30 - 4:00 Work Day- No Meeting


Monday, August 22nd

Start of School- Camp Leopard

Save The Date!

End of the Year Awards Ceremonies (Save the Date)

5th Grade: Monday, May 23rd at 7:45-10:50 in SCIS Gym
6th Grade:Tuesday, May 24th at 7:45-10:50 in SCIS Gym

Learning at Lovejoy 2016: Tuesday, July 26th— Friday, August 5th.
As you begin making your summer plans, all SCIS staff will participate in a total of five days of Learning at Lovejoy between July 26 and August 5. This year, we will have 5 exchange days in the 2016-17 workday calendar. Four of the exchange days will be earned during the National Conference Week July 26 – July 28 (Tuesday—Friday). For the fifth exchange day, teachers and staff will choose an additional day during the second week of August 1-5. Any teacher who does not participate in five days of Learning @ Lovejoy will be required to come to professional development through LISD on the designated exchange days during the 2016-17 school year. Personal days will not be granted for Learning at Lovejoy or the exchange days.

Sign up in Eduphoria here

Link to the L@L brochure

It is the expectation that all core teachers sign up for the following course so that we can continue our focus on co-created criteria and formative assessment:

Knowing What Counts in Classroom Assessment (K-6)

Do you want to know more about how to involve your students in their own assessment? Do you need more practical strategies to add to those you are already using? Are you wondering how you can make this new school year even better for your students? Then be part of this session that features incredibly practical and possible strategies to engage students in their learning! You will learn from two experts in this area AND from each other. This is a session for educators who want to begin the year with plans that set their students up for success. At this session you will learn about: • How to use samples and criteria with your students • More ways to use the criteria so you can give feedback without grades or marks • Building self-assessment into classroom practice • Ways to have students set goals for their own learning • Including your students in providing proof of learning to others • Involving students in communicating their learning to others Highlights include: • Lots of practical ideas that you can take away and use as soon as the school year begins • Cross-curricular examples and classroom video clips • Time to network, reflect, and share with other educators during the session

Dates/Times: August 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM to August 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Course Instructors

Davies, Anne

Herbst, Sandra

August 10th PD Day
If you have viewed the 2016-2017 academic calendar, you will notice that we have a PD day scheduled for Saturday, October 29th. As we have done in the past, SCIS, WSMS, and LHS will not work on Saturday, October 29th. Instead, we will again have our PD day on Wednesday, August 10th. For a copy of the 2016-2017 academic calendar, please click here

End of year Survey

Please take the end of year survey!

16-17 Master Schedule Draft

As a reminder we are working on details but we are close to having a static master schedule for next year.

16-17 Room Location Draft

This is the feedback from our grade level meetings on May 2nd, 2016

16-17 SCIS Academic Calendar

Click here to see the calendar for next school year at SCIS

EOY Checkout List

Incase you lost it

16-17 Supply List

This list was drafted by ILT and finalized in our April meeting

16-17 LISD District Calendar

The official district calendar for 16-17

Sub Coverage

See current totals for who is covering classes. If you are covering someone's class, you are welcome to update this sheet. If Lara, Ray, or Shelley ask you to cover, we will update it from now on.

15-16 SCIS Master Academic Calendar

Click here to check to see when summative assessments are being planned. Please only 1 summative assessment per grade level per day. All summative assessments should be on this calendar and your personal google calendar on your website please

Lesson Planning

Share your team created lesson plans here each Friday

Digital Suggestion Box

Click here to give us anonymous feedback on areas that we can improve in and places that we are already meeting your expectations.

Communication Committee Updates

Here is a direct link to the communication committee updates that Nina sends you each month.

SCIS Vision

We become leaders, growing and learning together.


SCIS Mission

At Sloan Creek Intermediate, we are a community of diverse, independent learners becoming positive leaders in a safe environment through:

  • Confidently embracing challenge and change
  • Persevering through difficulty with grace and dignity
  • Collaborating and communicating effectively within our community and the world around us
  • Engaging in relevant problem solving using critical and creative thinking