Friday Newsletter

January 29, 2016

Smith Elementary

Smith Mission

Smith Staff will collaborate to inspire and connect to each child by knowing every name and need to ensure success.

Collective Commitments

*All kids can learn in different ways and at different times.

*Relationships are vital to the success of students, teachers and families.
*Smith will provide all students with opportunities to experience success.

*All teachers share the responsibility for the needs of all students.

*Smith Elementary provides an enjoyable and engaging learning environment.

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Second grade

For being reflective about curriculum practices, aligning closely with the TEKS and doing what is best for kids!


Third grade team

Got a running start with prescriptive tutoring! During their collaborative planning time, they created a common formative assessment to give to students to get a baseline for individual student learning levels. They then are going to split the kids based on an agreed upon scale to provide targeted instruction on Friday mornings!


Fifth grade team

Also getting a head start on prescriptive tutoring. They have committed to carving out time on Wednesdays to group students by need for math! They are willing to be vulnerable and share kids and responsibility for student learning!


Jenny Pariss

You really did great thinking about writing. I am so impressed by your writing conferences and data gathering for student improvement.


Specials and First Grade teachers

Great job on the first grade performance. The kids looked adorable and the acting was amazing! The kids did an amazing job memorizing their lines and managed themselves quiet well in front of a captive audience.


Lisa Baril, Kendall Smith, Sarah Fariss

Thanks for supporting our first graders on Thursday night. Ya'll didn't have to be up here, but you are committed to growing the relationships with the students and parents.


Cheryl Hendrix and Kristen Mulos

Thank you for providing our staff learning on Wednesday. I can't wait to reflect with the team on next steps.


CIT Chairs

Thank you for being so organized and presenting to our team on our latest progress. You are phenomenal!


Jan Pelias

Thank you for always advocating for Smith on social media. I loved the video you posted this week on coffee filters.


Andrea Sibley

It was a tough week in the world of attendance. Thank you for being an advocate for our students in court.

Staff Perfect Attendance

These staff members were here every day from 10/26/15-1/15/16. Way to go everyone!

Lisa Baril

Andra Boney

Janis Dahl

Sarah Fariss

Ashlei Funtjar

Lindsey Redburn

Kendall Smith

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Here are this weeks results!

Our top three weight losing fanatics are:


  • Dana Andregg at 4.6%
  • Andrea and Carissa are tied at 2.9%
  • Amy and Donita at 2.2%


Way to go ladies! It is not always easy to stay on task, but if you reach deep and get your GRIT on, you WILL be successful!

See you lighter!

Two of our famous students getting ready for our Spring Book Fair! Thanks Jan!

DIY Groovy Coffee Filters
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Feb. 1- ITL meeting 3:20 (Room 106)

Feb. 2- Spirit Night at Jason's Deli, Groundhog Day:)

Feb. 3- Data Dialogue 1st grade 8:00-8:45, 3:20 Staff PD for classroom teachers, sped, SAIL

Feb. 5- Go Red Day - Wear Your Heart Association Shirts, Celebrate Smith
Super Saturday will be Saturday, February 6 Super Saturday is coming up for any person who needs to get more of their required 12 hours of non-contract PD training

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From Dominique...A speech lesson for all of you Star Warriors!

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What I am studying...

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Try to get out and enjoy the warmer weather this weekend!

Kasey