Shawnee Trail Elementary

February 23, 2016

Shawnee Trail Teachers -Learning and Leading

Shawnee Trail teachers meet often to build on their strengths and learn from each other. They share best instructional practices and strategies that will support all learners. They meet often, during the school day at least four times per week, after school, and on days when our students are not in school. They are wholly dedicated to the children and families in our community. They are what makes Shawnee Trail the best of the best!

In the next few weeks we will have several visits from district representatives who want to learn more about what we do at Shawnee Trail. The teachers will tell you it is all about collaboration, learning together with a focus on what is best for children. I am very proud to be the principal of such a great school and have the opportunity to learn with such professionals.

Pam Schaeffer

Principal, Shawnee Trail

Don't Forget -GIANT GAME Family Night is this Thursday!

Join the Shawnee Trail PTA for a brief meeting and stay to play! Thursday, February 25 @ 6:45 PM in the cafeteria. We will have life-size Hungry Hippos, Giant Jenga, Giant yahtzee, and more! For more information visit


Jump Rope For Heart is here! If you haven’t already, please register for our school team at or through the Jump/Hoops app. Our students are learning all about what they can do to keep their hearts healthy, and how they can help others by collecting donations for the American Heart Association. We are a healthy and service-minded community!


Our Lost and Found is overflowing with jackets, sweaters, hats, and coats. Please encourage your child to check for their lost items. Parents are also welcome to come to the school and check . At spring break all unclaimed items will be donated to charity. Thank you!

Optimism is being hopeful about future outcomes combined with the agency to shape that future.

Being optimistic doesn't mean you don't get upset when bad things happen—it's normal to get upset! But the optimist recognizes that most bad things are temporary and looks for opportunities to change circumstances for the better through new efforts or strategies.

This isn’t your traditional “glass half full” optimism (which some might call blind positivity) because optimistic people seek to directly connect their own power and actions to the future they want. For example, after getting a bad grade on an exam, an optimistic student believes that studying harder or differently will earn her a better grade on the next one. Another critical part of optimism is not “catastrophizing” a situation. For example, when a friend doesn't want to play that day, the optimistic kid imagines that his friend is having a bad day, not that no one wants to be his friend.


Online Tools for Homework and Study Skills

  • – Students can create flashcards and study guides to review material online or on a mobile device. Created by high-school students in 2007, the site has more than 40 million study sets generated by users.
  • – This site helps students create a story or poem or present material using a variety of illustrations.
  • – Brief tutorials on a wide array of topics and grade levels.
  • -Handwriting Without Tears (FISD adopted) aims to make legible and fluent handwriting a skill that students can master easily. The program is simple for parents to use at home. Downloads and PDFs of the curriculum overview, letter formation charts and teaching guidelines by grade level are included under the Parent Extras tab.


Feb. 23

  • Choir Practice (2:50 - 3:30)

Feb. 24

  • 2nd Grade at Frisco Heritage Museum

Feb. 25

  • Diverse Abilities Day
  • 2nd Grade at Frisco Heritage Museum
  • PTA Meeting/Game Night at 6:30

Feb. 26

  • GMST (Spirit Store Open)