April 2nd, 2018 Pony News

On the Side of Hope!

We are a No Excuses University Campus!

The video below shares a few perspectives from people on what the world would be like without teachers. Many of the perspectives were created by relationships each person had with an educator. As you begin another week of intentional instruction, add some intentional interactions that will accelerate the sense of belonging and trust for students in our learning environment.



Please click on the link to see the sequence of the Rally!

I will be asking the students to share what they have learned about your colleges or the colleges you represent.

Sessions with Professional Learning Communities for this week:

Tuesday's K-5 PLC agenda is Here

Remember to bring a charged computer and your Lead4ward/Click-On TEKS binder.

Third and Fourth grade teachers - If you would like to look at a paper copy of your data, please print beforehand. Otherwise, it can be viewed digitally.

See you Tuesday in the Data Hub ready to participate with your PLC!

A Minute with the LASes...

"Reading and writing float on a sea of talking" - James Britton

To be successful in school and later in college, students need to be able to read complex sentences, increase their vocabulary by 4,000 words/year and develop mental stamina.

Below are some resources to support vocabulary development:

  • Vocabulogic, bridging the verbal divide - Word harvesting
  • iStation - Skill words list per reading cycle. Use these links for 5 question Kahoot games as an introduction or review K-1, 2-3 and 4-5
  • Books: "The words collector" by Peter H. Reynolds (available as a read aloud in YouTube) and "Life in a crowded Place" by Ralph Peterson (How to make a learning community)
  • AVP cards
  • Foster oral communication - Conversation, discussion and dialogue (use the first two as a casual social encounter, and dialogue with the purpose of constructing meaning)
  • Check Oral and Visual communication from the Literacy Continuum

Click here if you are ready to test your own vocabulary knowledge and at the same time collaborate with the United Nations World Food Program!

LEAD- Goal Attainment Review/End of Year Conference:

We enjoyed meeting with you and learning your progress towards your Goals. We will begin meeting with you for the End of the year conference mid April. Remember to continue adding your artifacts in Strive. Artifacts that you have been collecting during the year need to be submitted on Strive by April 16th.

Goal Attainment Review/End of Year Conference: This meeting is conducted within the last 9 weeks of instruction. The conference is a time for the teacher and appraiser to review the information collected throughout the year, and present any artifacts supporting the goal progress or attainment.

The teacher and appraiser will collaboratively determine the appropriate dimension for each element of the LEAD rubric. Comments will be added based on evidence and discussion during the Goal Attainment Review/End of Year Conference.

Take some time to begin reflecting on your progress and where you are in relationship to each domain. Remember that LEAD is a professional growth tool. There will not be a total rating. Each domain will be rated in isolation.

LEAD Rubri Click here


It is time to select our APRIL Teacher and Paraprofessional of the Month.

Think of staff members who have exemplified dedication, efforts, accomplishments, and been 'on the side of HOPE.'

Winners will receive:

  1. Classroom door decorated
  2. Thursday jeans passes for the month of APRIL
  3. One day of free duty
  4. Goody bag
  5. His/Her picture posted on the 'Staff of the Month' bulletin board.

Click here to submit your nomination by APRIL 6th.

Student of the Month- April- Integrity

Submit your student of the Month.

Click here to submit the student of the month for each grade level. Complete survey by APRIL 6th.

Assessment Data/Calendar (2017-18)

Lewisville Elementary Assessment Data/Calendar (2017-18)

Weekly Calendar

Monday April 2nd

  • College Ready Rally 2:20-2:45 pm
  • College/U shirt Day
  • TELPAS Window
  • Writing Collections 3/5-4/6
  • GRADES DUE at 4pm
  • 3rd 9 wk. Report Cards
  • Math, Science ACT

Tuesday April 3rd

  • PLC in Data
  • 5th Grade - Administer Math CBA - 3rd 9 weeks
  • TELPAS Window
  • Writing Collections 3/5-4/6
  • Math, Science ACT
Wednesday April 4th
  • 4th Grade - Administer Math CBA - 3rd 9 weeks
  • *All Level Team Meetings
  • TELPAS Window
  • Writing Collections 3/5-4/6
  • Science LF
  • LA ACT
Thursday April 5th
  • TELPAS Window
  • Writing Collections 3/5-4/6
  • Multilingual Coordinator
  • STAAR Room Walks after school
Friday April 6th


*3rd @ 8:05

*2nd @ 9:00

*4th @ 1:30

*5th @ 2:10

  • LVES Spirit Day
  • TELPAS Window
  • Writing Collections DUE

Staff Shout Outs

  • 3rd grade team for using positive reinforcement with their students and praising the right behaviors!
  • Ms. Simpson for taking time with me and helping to get a students' educational needs met.
  • Mr. Thomas- Thank you for helping 4th grade during transitions! We appreciate the help!
  • Mrs. Burleson, for being such an amazing support and sharing all of her ELAR knowledge!
  • Ms. Arocha for helping figure out my gradebook when it would not show the 3rd nine weeks!
  • Stephanie Sanchez for helping Kindergarten out so faithfully!
  • Lori McNamara for always having that one (or many) item that I forgot!
  • Ms. Kitchen for supplying my class with items to always make science interesting and fun!
  • Ms. Norton for being so helpful and resourceful with our students...what a blessing you are to all Ponies!
  • Thank you Ms. Lawson for helping with the design of the STAAR training power point.
  • Thank you Mrs. Wallace, Mrs. Holder, & Mrs. Rockne for always going the extra mile!
  • Thank you Ms. Maurier & Mrs. Rowland for proofreading the Science STAAR groups.
  • Thanks Mrs. Kitchen for always being willing to assist in any capacity!
  • Thank you Mrs. Betty & Mrs. Vando for setting up the snacks for STAAR training!
  • Thank you Ms. Ramage, Mrs. Holguin, Ms. Taylor, Mrs. Norton, & Mrs. Echevarria for getting me the documents I needed to check the precodes for STAAR.
  • Thank you to everyone who assisted with the Science STAAR released test!
  • Shout out to Wanda Oden...YOU ROCK!

  • Click here to submit your Shout Out.

April Birthdays

  • Rachel Myers - April 1st
  • Allie Isham - April 2nd
  • Dana McGraw - April 5th
  • Robert Reed - April 5th
  • Luz Garcia - April 7th
  • Sharica Jones - April 11th
  • Marla Rodriguez - April 22nd
  • Antoinette Boston - April 24th
  • Sandi Rockne - April 28th
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