September 17th Pony News

Building a Brighter Future!

LVES Mission and Vission

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Knowing our New Crew - Dennis Berg

I am originally from Upland, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. I am usually asked how I learned my Spanish. When I was 15, just after my sophomore year of high school, I became a foreign exchange student to the beautiful country of Colombia! There I picked up Spanish and became more immersed in the Hispanic culture than I was as an Angelino. After high school I went on to attend Arizona State University, then took a hiatus and joined the U.S. Air Force. I was assigned to Germany in my last 4 years and spent 4 months of that initially in Aviano, Italy. I did graduate from the University of Maryland with a degree in Business. When I came back to the States, I moved to Dallas as my sister was already here and convinced me it would be good, and so far after 20 years it has been great!

I have two children. Haley is 21 and lives in Virginia close to her Mom. My son, Gregory, lives here in Lewisville with me. I am fortunate that my Mom had also moved out here from California years ago. Greg and I usually spend time going to Stars or Allen Americans hockey games, as well as, those of FC Dallas for soccer. When I can, I try to make it back to Yosemite as much as possible, as that National Park is one of my favorites.

Dennis Berg

5th Grade

Dual Language -


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Jeans Pass

If you earn a triple crown, a certificate will be printed and posted outside your classroom.

How are your Restorative Circles going?
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We are a Professional Learning Community

How do you respond when students don’t learn?

Schools cannot ensure the success of every student unless they can effectively intervene when students struggle. Research and evidence in our field is conclusive—RTI is the best way to intervene.

Now that you have been working with your students for several weeks and have your data including I Station data, monitor your students and identify if you need to refer anyone to RTI. Make adjustments to your instruction based on your students' needs.

  • Decide which students (RTI/At Risk) will be participating in Pony Time for their intervention.
  • Take some time to read the RTI students' SMART goals in eduphoria. Ensure you are providing the interventions that the RTI committee recommended last year- It is the LAW.
  • Determine if you need to call for another RTI meeting if your students are not showing progress.
  • Identify any new referrals.

RTI is not only for reading. RTI is for academics and behavior.

CIP Connection: Goal 1: Student Learning/Performance Objective 2:

Strategy 2: WE will use our data to reflect and improve our practices to meet the needs of our students resulting on an increase on the student success status on the STAAR test for the number of students approaching, meeting and mastering standards.

No Excuses University Connection: Interventions

Good schools are able to take interventions and analyze their effectiveness through the use of data. Great schools, however, are able to take data and translate it directly into the creation of appropriate interventions.

I Station Data: Guided Reading and Interventions

Look at our Istation data below. We have our baseline. Take some time to look at your individual data. You can run several reports on Istation that will provide you with good data to be used to group your students for their guided reading groups and to modify your literacy stations to reinforce reading behaviors.

Istation Reports:

  • ISIP Summary
  • Priority Report

Istation interventions:

  • Do you know that Istation has several lessons that you can use during your instruction? They are located under 'toolbox' on the Istation website.
  • Do you know that you can assign specific lessons for the students based on their reading deficits?

Need help with Istation? You have several people who can help. Here are some people I have observed have expertise with Istation:

  • Samia Rutherford
  • Alicia Rowland
  • Marcine Simpson
  • Veronica Sammon
  • Lisa Burleson
  • Aracely Hernandez
  • Vicki Butler
  • I will be happy to help. :-) Mrs. Valdes

CIP Connection:
Goal 1: Student Learning/Performance Objective 3:

Strategies 1.

We will provide differentiated instruction to target students individual needs resulting on an increase of 6 months to a year growth evaluated by Istation Reading and Math scores.

Strategies 2.

We will focus on reading and writing monitoring of student progress resulting on a 20% increase on the number of students who approach on the Reading and Writing STAAR test.

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We are a Professional Learning Community- TEKS & ELPS Collaboration is part of being a PLC

CIP Connection: Goal 1: Student Learning/Performance Objective 2:

Strategies 1

Teachers and administrators will:

  • Participate in TEKS & ELPS Collaboration Sessions
  • Participate in Team Meetings
  • Participate in Vertical Alignment Meetings
  • Participate in district professional development sessions
  • Observe other classrooms (on and off campus)
  • Participate in book studies

Tuesday September 18th:

  • 2nd, 5th, 1st grades
  • Click here for the Agenda

Click here to see the TEKS & ELPS Collaboration at a Glance 2018-19 Calendar

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A Peek into the LVES Handbook

We will be showcasing parts of the handbook on each Pony News.

Attendance Laws and Policies

School Hours

Elementary School: 7:45 a.m-3:00 p.m.

Attendance for Students

  • Attendance will be completed between 8:50 and 9:10 am AT THE LATEST. A bell will ring as a reminder for attendance. A timestamp is recorded each day attendance is taken and if you do not take attendance on time, we are losing school funding for your students.

  • Substitutes will not enter attendance on computers. Classroom teachers will provide a class roster in their sub folder for substitutes to circle absent students and send to the office.

  • Classroom teachers will contact parents about absences to express concerns. Hearing concerns from teachers is much more meaningful than hearing from the office or administration because you can explain how the absences or tardies are directly affecting the student. Please follow the attendance procedures flow chart.

  • Classroom teachers will fill out the Attendance Concerns Google Form ( )to notify the administrator over attendance once a student has been absent or tardy more than three times. The teacher will be required to enter information such as when parents were contacted and any information pertaining to the student’s absence. This will help the administrator when contacting parents regarding attendance.

  • Send copies of any absence notes to the office the day you receive them. Please send reminders to parents if notes are not received. Absences without notes will be considered unexcused and may result in filing for truancy.

  • Students who begin to show a pattern of school absences or tardies will be assigned to a Check-and-Connect (CAC) Adult. These adults will keep a weekly sticker/stamp card for the students they check in with.

Compulsory Attendance Laws

Parents are required by Texas Compulsory Attendance Law to ensure their child(ren) are in school the full day of instruction a minimum of 90% of the school year in order to be promoted to the next grade level. If a student's’ attendance drops below 90% at the end of any 9 weeks, an attendance meeting will be scheduled. If attendance is not at 90% at the end of the school year, the attendance committee will review reasons for absences, student data, and parent and teacher input to determine if the student will be retained, promoted, or if accelerated instruction will be required.

Truancy Laws

Texas Education Code also mandates that once a certain number of days or parts of days (tardies or early pickups) of school have been missed without excuse, then the school must follow truancy procedures which could result in judicial action against the parents. We would prefer to not file charges with the court, so it is our desire to work with families to address and improve attendance concerns.


Students are considered tardy if they are not in their classroom, in their seat, ready for instruction by the start of school. Attendance may not be taken by students, classroom aides, or clerks. Using a “sign-in” sheet to record attendance is not acceptable. A tardy is considered missing any part or parts of the school day, which includes leaving early. Tardies are always unexcused except in rare circumstances that an administrator may approve.


Parents can access days that children are tardy and absent on Skyward.

Click here to see the entire Handbook

Helping hand

Look at all of the Helping Hands that are available and willing to help!

There is still an opportunity to become a helping Hand for Others. Please complete this google doc,

If you already completed this form, click here to verify your name.

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Master Calendar

Click here to access the LVES Master Calendar. Thank you Coach Green for keeping the calendar up to date.

Our Pony Week

  • College Day
  • Fundraiser Starts- Cookie Dough Kick off
  • LA K-2 LF
  • TEKS & ELPS Collaboration 2nd, 5th, 1st grades
  • Tutoring
  • Dress for Success
  • Staff Learning 3:15 to 4:30
  • Pony Time will begin. Please see the master schedule for your assigned Pony Time.
  • Multilingual Coordinator


  • 3rd Grade PTA Performance (3rd Grade team please make sure you join your students on this night).
  • McDonald's Night
  • Tutoring
  • Spirit Day
  • International Peace Day

Important information

  • September 26th: Vertical Meetings
  • October 8th: Student Holiday/ Professional Learning
  • October 9th: GT Social & Emotional - Online
  • October 17th: 3rd-5th Reading CBA/ Staff Learning 3:15 to 4:30
  • October 18th: 3rd-5th Math CBA/ 2nd Grade PTA Performance

Happy Birthday

Birthday Celebration

  • If it is your birthday, stop by the office so we can give you your birthday sticker.
  • If your students are celebrating a birthday, also send them to the office and we will give them their special sticker.


click here to submit a Shout-Out.

  • Thank you, Mr. Frosch and Mr. Thomas for escorting staff from their cars into the building on Saturday morning in the pouring rain.
  • Mrs. Oden-for always having a positive attitude and offering to help when needed. She has made me feel welcome at LVES since day one! We are so lucky to have her!
  • Ms. Wooster-going above and beyond to meet the needs of our 5th grade students. Your hard work is going to help our oldest Ponies be so very successful this year!
  • Thank you Mrs. V. Hernandez for organizing digital citizenship training!
  • Mrs. Anguita for being flexible, understanding and so caring and professional screening/ testing our GT.
  • Mrs. Norton & Ms. Green ... the BEST, most caring, fun & amazing team members
  • To everyone who volunteered to donate bedding (and other items) when the call for help was put out, especially to Mrs. Sayers who donated a mattress to a family in need.
  • To Ms. Eva, our campus health aide, who picked up and delivered a mattress to one of our families. She is amazing everyday and goes above and beyond out of her own kind heartedness! We love you!
  • Thank you to all my emergency response team volunteers! I appreciate you all!
  • Ms. Bernal (4th Grade) because she always respects our time and keeps our team updated on important info.
  • Mrs. Varona for being so knowledgable.
  • Mrs. Rutherford for always helping us to be our best!
  • Mrs. Medlock for donating all the nice clothes to the school clinic! Thank you for handing down your gently used things!
  • Emily Becker for sharing her AWESOME 2 minute connections list!
  • Mrs. Crawley for helping my Newcomer! =)
  • Mrs. Kilam - for making sure I hadn't passed out when she heard a thud! <3
  • Thank you Mrs. Hayes for displaying the dot art made by first grade students outside the library just in time for Dot Day!
  • Thank you to Mrs. Varona, Ms. Heim, Mrs. Oporto, Mrs. Colmenero, Mrs. Simpson, Mrs. Burleson, Mrs. Cichy, Mrs. Anguita, Mrs. O'Donnell, Mrs, Arocha, Mrs. Crawley, Ms. Rodriguez, and Ms. Green, Mrs., Vando, Mrs. Guerrero and Ms. Lawson for coming to the community day on Saturday.
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