Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of April 8, 2019

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

Coming Up: STAAR Testing on April 9-10; House Buddy Day on Friday, April 12

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House Buddy Day

Our next House Buddy Day is Friday, April 12. We will be celebrating National Scrabble Day with a "Fun with Words" Day. We are encouraging students and staff to dress up as their favorite word that day.

We would also like grades PK-2 to have a STAAR vocabulary parade in the afternoon.

Please get with your buddy class and start planning now! Let Mrs. Helton know ASAP what supplies you will need.

From Your Captain

Thank you in advance for your flexibility this coming week with STAAR as we use many people and spaces to support our students testing needs. Please be reminded of the following schedule changes:

  • No specials on Tuesday ONLY

  • Kindergarten goes to lunch at 11:00-11:35 (5th grade time) (Tuesday & Wednesday)

  • 1st grade goes to lunch at 11:30-12:05 (4th grade time) (Tuesday ONLY)

Conscious Discipline

Please reinforce our MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL AGREEMENT: Be Safe! My job it to keep you safe and your job is to keep the school safe.

Check out April Morning Meeting plans HERE. Email Mrs. Helton each Friday with the number of "Say Something" notes from your class to earn House Points.

Great job to all who have already completed their Egg-Cellent Behavior Challenge and earned a Jeans Pass. You still have time to complete your challenge! Open to all staff.

April Behavior Incentives

Don't forget to reward your students who are making good choices with our weekly behavior incentive each Friday!

Please record your weekly incentive plan here:

House Parties

We will celebrate House Parties on Thursday, April 18 (day before holiday). We will be having a race outside for all students to raise awareness for homelessness. This is part of a student's GT project. We will do House Parties during Specials times. Please encourage students to wear their AV shirt and house colors that day. We will meet in the gym.

Awards are due by this Wednesday!

April Makerspace

We will continue the March Makerspace into April.

Check out this FUN Makerspace challenge. Students will be able to apply different science skills as they create a new "uni-animal" based on "Not Quite Narwhal" by Jesse Sima. Email Mrs. Helton to check out the cart.

You can view the lesson HERE.


We are quickly approaching the EOY TTESS Summative Conferences and wanted to give you notice of how to prepare. You will need to email your TTESS appraiser for a summative conference to be scheduled between Tuesday, April 23 and are due by Friday, May 3.

Please see the following documents to help you prepare.

• Steps for TTESS Summative Conference **VERY IMPORTANT**:

• Student Growth Tracker:

• SLO Conference Guide:

• TTESS EOY Conference Checklist:

• TTESS EOY Conference Overview:

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Staff Members of the Week!

Congratulations to Ms. Arthur for being our STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK for working patiently and encouragingly with our struggling students.

Congratulations to Ms. Walker from CIS or being our STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK for supporting our students in many different ways.

Congratulations to Ms. Vannessa Martinez for being our TEACHER OF THE WEEK for learning how to dig deep into her mock STAAR data to evaluate student progress and determine next steps for instruction.

Congratulations to Ms. Templeton for being our TEACHER OF THE WEEK for starting a weekly family newsletter using Smore.


Partner Talk

Students in Ms Barnard's class were having great conversations about different problems. They were discussing problems as part of the writing process before they started to write.


"Attack" Review Game

5th grade was playing a great review game the other day. It can be easily adapted for any subject. The great part about this game is that it requires student-to-student communication because all students on a team should be working to get the same answer.

The directions can be found HERE:

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All Things Summer School

Summer school will be at KENDRICK ELEMENTARY due to campus construction. The dates are: Monday-Thursday, June 4-27 from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.

If you anticipate a student needs to go to summer school, the student needs to be added to the following tentative list (PAST DUE):

You need to meet with the parents of any student that is in danger of failing. Parents will also need to fill out the Summer School Application here:

Return completed summer school applications to Mrs. Maynard.

Here is the parent letters that you can share with the application:



If you are interested in working summer school, the application is here:

The paraprofessional application for summer school is here:

The deadline for applying to work summer school is March 29.

Language Acquisition Summer School

n order to meet the 120-hour requirement of direct instruction for Language Acquisition Summer School, Waco ISD’s Language Acquisition Summer School will run during the following dates, days, and times:

  • Dates (with students): June 4th-July 2nd

  • Days: Monday- Thursday

  • Times: 8:00-3:35

  • Location: Bells Hill & Dean Highland

All current PK and Kindergarten LEP students will be invited. Applications and letters will be provided to parents in English and Spanish. The Bilingual Department will deliver the letters with students’ names and applicable information to campuses during the week of April 8. The letters will need to be sent home with students on April 11 per the Summer School Timeline.

Summer Professional Development

transformED conference

We hope you will consider presenting at transformED conference. This is a great opportunity to share all the amazing things you do in your classroom. See Mrs. Helton or Mr A if you have any questions!

ESL Summer Academy

The English Learners Department will be offering a Summer ESL Academy for all Waco ISD teachers that are interested in ESL certification. This important workshop is highly recommended for emergency certified ESL Teachers and teachers on ESL waivers.

Please note: Teachers who received ESL Waivers during the 2018-2019 school-year will not be eligible for a waiver in 2019-2020. Thus, it is important that they attend this academy as it will help to prepare them for the ESL Certification exam. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information or contact the English Learners Department at 254-755-9512 if you have any questions.
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PK & Kindergarten Summer Training

The following Early Childhood trainings will be offered at no cost through Region 12 this summer.

Please note: PK and Kindergarten teachers will be required to complete 15 hours of professional development in the area of Early Childhood during the 2019-2020 school year. The courses below will count towards the 15 hour requirement for the 2019-2020 school year.

PK Teachers:

• Early Childhood Conference, June 17th, Region 12, FREE, #148429

• Social Emotional Storytime, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #167269

• I Can See This Number In How Many Ways, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #168557

Kindergarten Teachers:

• Early Childhood Conference, June 17th, Region 12, FREE, #148429

• Social Emotional Storytime, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #167269

• I Can See This Number In How Many Ways, July 16th, Region 12, FREE, #168557

How to register for the TransformED Early Childhood Conference:

  • Register in Eduphoria
  • See 'notes' section for PO#
  • Register with Region 12 with PO# from Eduphoria
  • Everyone will need to register in Eduphoria first and not just Region 12; this will help PD dept keep track of how many are registered so that they are only processing one PO and not multiple PO's

District Summer Professional Development

The district is working to finalize summer offerings for summer professional development to release next Friday, March 29th. All offerings will be available for registration in Eduphoria. For a preview, you can access the summer calendar at this link.

Similar to last year, Waco ISD will also cover costs to courses provided through Region 12 that are not covered in the Enhanced Curriculum Co-op contract.