Sloan Creek Intermediate School

May 2nd, 2016

Are you ready to TACKLE the CHALLENGE?

3 Focuses for High Reliability


Staff- If you have not seen this video we sent to parents yesterday, please take a moment to view it.
SCIS Parent Message

Bright Spots

Rebecca Toomey and Traci Reagan: Grow each Child Even when the students not their own! Both teachers generously donated some of their class time to support Ms. Hopkins' students in their Celestial Objects Travel Agency PBL. Much appreciated!

SCIS Custodians: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot These ladies and gentleman gracefully accept the challenge of keeping our school beautiful! They not only clean the school till it shines but they do so with the patience of a saint and a happy heart! Thank you custodial staff!

Sunny Bradshaw, Claudia Love, Traci Reagan, Stephanie Chaney, Eva Logan, and Melissa Wilson Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot These guys are always on top of their game they go above and beyond our schools expectations. They are the heart of this school and really make this place more than a school they make it a home. And they do it not for the pay but because they know that their leadership helps to make this school better. Thank you 6th grade team leaders!!

Nina Hopkins, Eva Logan, Melissa Wilson, and Keelee Kennington for Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot for your amazing work with our 5th grade recycled fashion show. Check the end of this week's video for a 4 min feature! Thank you all for giving our kids an experience that is second to none!

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.

New Staff!

  • We are excited to announce Ms. Amber Smith as our new counselor for 2016-2017. Ms. Smith is moving to us from Hart Elementary where she has served as the counselor for 5 years. We are excited to welcome Ms. Smith, and sad to be losing Ms. Kelly George as our counselor. Ms. George is getting married and moving to the Houston area this summer.

  • We are also thrilled to introduce Ms. Naomi Emory who will serve as our Library Media Specialist for 2016-2017. Ms. Emory will be joining us from Slaughter Elementary in McKinney and will be a great addition to our library and reading programs. We will be missing Ms. Peschke who has taken a job in Dallas ISD for next year. Ms. Peschke has been with SCIS since the start and we will miss her!

  • We are very excited to welcome Ms. Dallena Nash to 5th grade social studies! Dallena is currently teaching GT ELAR and Social studies at Lovejoy Elementary. Dallena is a great edition to our 5th grade team and we are thrilled to have her join our team next year!
Teacher Appreciation Week

Leave your friends and teammates kudos here!



Just as in years past we need your feedback as we transition students to the next grade. We have sent each teacher an individual email requesting detailed information about each PST learner. Our goal is to meet with WSMS this spring to ensure a smooth transition for each PST child. We will take time during academy week for our current 5th grade teachers to speak to 6th grade teachers using this important data as a reference.

As a reminder, this input is due from each teacher by Monday, May 2nd.

May 25th Service Learning and Field Day-Draft Plan


On Thursday, May 26th we will be having a service learning activity along with a field day experience for all kids. This year our field day will not include the water component but will include some of the fun games that our kids like to play. The A team will be sending additional details regarding the service learning activities your home room will be able to do. Please see Allyson if you have ideas.

Kudos to Coach Davis and his team for creating a solid plan for field day this year.

Please review this plan and give me any feedback for improvement:

Nuts and Bolts


(See SCIS master academic calendar here)

Do you have duty this week?

See SCIS duty schedule here)


Monday, May 2nd

Reminder: Grades DUE 7:45 a.m.

16-17 Master Schedule Draft click here (Please remember that conf/planning/lunch periods may change)

Teacher Appreciation Week-Snack bags in your box

SCIS Orchestra Concert 6:30 LHS

EOY Reading Assess thru 5/20

6th Grade Room Meeting 3:00 in Ms. Carraway's room

5th grade Room Meeting 3:30 in Ms. Person's room

Tuesday, May 3rd

Teacher Appreciation Week- Kendra Scott Drawing and treats from A-Team

Band rehearsal for concert after school

communication committee meeting 3:30 in Hopkins room.

Legacy Leaders- 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4th

Teacher Appreciation Week- La Fina Taco Bar during lunch

6th SS exam

6GT 4.3 LAVA

Staff Mtg - Committee TLIM and Celebration-Kelly, Ryan, Jen, Will, Courtney

Thursday, May 5th

Teacher Appreciation Week- Kendra Scott Drawing and treats from A-Team

5th SS exam

6 GT Science Unit Test

Choir rehearsal 3-4 Main Gym

Band Concert Clinic LHS

3:00-pickup after concert

Friday, May 6th

Teacher Appreciation Week- Bundtini's (Nothing But Bundt Cakes for each of you!)

Principal Coffee 7:45- 8:30

Preheim Retirement Par-tay 3:30-5:00

Allyson Price's B-Day

5th math unit 10 exam

6th math exam

Saturday, May 7th

Lovejoy Country Run


Save The Date!

Next Round of STAAR -May 9th, 10th, 11th.

6th Grade MAth-May 9th

5th Grade Math Retakes May 9th

5th Grade Reading Retakes- May 10th

6th Grade Reading- May 10th

5th Grade Science- May 11th

End of the Year Awards Ceremonies (Save the Date)
5th Grade: Monday, May 23rd at 7:45-10:00 in SCIS Gym
6th Grade:Tuesday, May 24th at 7:45-10:00 in SCIS Gym

Graduation: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 (Save the Date)
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 docked pay. Exceptions will be granted to faculty who have a graduating senior.

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.

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

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.

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.

16-17 SCIS Academic Calendar

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

16-17 LISD District Calendar

The official district calendar for 16-17

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