Colt Chronicle

December 18-January 8th


PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU COMPLETE YOUR SAFE SCHOOLS VIDEOS BEFORE YOU LEAVE! We do not need the certificates, but you do need to complete this by party time on Friday!

Important Items from the Site Calendar:

January 4th: PDH and Teacher Work Day

January 6th: Leadership Meeting at 3PM

January 7th: Data Meeting: Fifth Grade

AVID Corner

They are here, FINALLY!

Well it has taken longer than we had all hoped, but we finally received the rest of our AVID supplies and resources. Because this is our first year of having the AVID program our supplies were ordered late in the summer and ended up being backordered. We were actually lucky, some schools did not even receive their binders or pencil pouches at the beginning of the year. Now that we have all of the components that we need we will be able to fully implement the AVID organizational system. Teachers and students will establish a system for putting items from specific content areas behind a certain divider in their binder. This will also apply to spirals and composition books for specified content areas. In addition to helping keep the binders clutter-free, this will also help students keep track of where in their binder a certain assignment is. For example, if a student completes a foldable or graphic organizer for Cause and Effect assignment, they automatically know, without the teacher saying anything, that they should put that assignment behind the Reading tab in their binder. This will benefit not only teachers and students but will also aid parents in finding assignments as well. If parents know that a review sheet for a Social Studies test was sent home, they know right where to look.

In an effort to reward classes/students for doing a great job with organizing their binders, I will be conducting random binder checks. I will pop in classrooms and randomly pick students’ binders to examine. The class that scores the highest for that week will be awarded the illustrious GOLDEN BINDER AWARD!

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we get AVID off the ground this first year here at McCall. I know that with everyone’s support that the AVID Elementary program will be something that has a big impact on all learners here at McCall - not just those students in 4th and 5th grade.

Thank you and have a great day!


Tweets you may have missed!

Join Kimbriel's Flipped PD! Class on Google Classroom

I will be posting two more reflective questions for your responses on Formative Classroom Walkthroughs in my Google classroom "Principal's Flipped PD!". The code to join the class is: c1cz4kc. Please come join the discussion!
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Need some phonics refresh? Below is a link for a GREAT article!

Winter Break Campus Hours

The building will be open for cleaning during the break during these days and times:

Monday, December 21-Wednesday, December 23rd: 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Monday, December 28th and Tuesday, December 29th: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Friday, January 1st-Saturday January 2nd: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM.

PLEASE be sure you look for a car in the lot before you enter the building! I hope you don't need to work during the break, but I know our work is never done. I will likely be here one of these days too. :)


PDH/ Work Day

Monday, Jan. 4th 2016 at 8am

6601 Cloverhaven Way

Plano, TX

Wear comfy clothes and come hungry for breakfast! We will join together to have a morning of learning and reflecting on the first semester.

Tentative Agenda:


Data Reflections/PWT Reflections/Goal Review

Edugence demo (new data software to replace SAS next year)

Revisit team goals at the beginning of the year

SBIC Writing Goal Review/ Refresh

Question Sort/Examination of Depth

Revise Grade Level Goal after data review

AVID PLC Opportunity

Plan on the morning with us (Stacy, Scott, and Specialist Team) and you will have lunch on your own/with your team. The afternoon will be set aside for classroom work, preparation, and team planning. Some teachers will be going to a MAP training session in the afternoon as well.

McCall Elementary Administrators

Stacy Kimbriel, Principal/ @skimbriel

Scott Schweikhard, Assistant Principal /@SSchweikhard