Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of September 9, 2019

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Start NWEA MAP Testing on Monday, September 9
  • Progress Reports go home on Monday, September 9
  • Elementary Fall Math Support (Gr 3-5) on Monday, September 9 at 4:00 pm at Admin Conference Room (Sign up in Eduphoria)
  • Cabinet Visit on Tuesday, September 10
  • Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, September 10 in the Intervention Classroom (Portable Building). Employees MUST REGISTER for the Flu Shot Clinic to guarantee they will receive the flu shot. As instructed on the registration website, employees will need to have a copy of their insurance card, and the printed VAR form completed and brought to the clinic. The website is
  • Adopt-A-Cop program (Gr 5) on Wednesday, September 11 at 9:00 am in cafeteria
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, September 11
  • Cards for Troops due to Helton on Wednesday, September 11
  • PLCs on Thursday, September 12
  • Tribe Buddy Day on Friday, September 13 **Wear your favorite comic book character tshirt**

  • Ms. Mendoza's Baby Shower on Monday, September 16 at 3:30 pm in Library!!
  • Vertical Math Planning (1/2 Day) on Tuesday, September 17 from 12-4 pm with Mr. A
  • ELL Toolkit (Listening & Speaking) on Tuesday, September 17 at 4 pm, Mountainview Elementary
  • Blended Learning Meeting on Tuesday, September 17 at 4:30 pm at Admin Building Conference Room
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, September 18
  • PLCs on Thursday, September 19
  • Mentor Orientation/Work Day for First Presbyterian on Saturday, September 21

Coming Up: Goal Setting Conferences (Week of September 23)

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Letter From A Parent

I'm late in getting this out, but I can't tell you how excited I was to receive a 2nd grade Flipbook during Open House! It was awesome to see objectives discussed during our meetings come to fruition. I LOVE the information, style, ease and accessibility of the flipbook. I've used it several times already and it's hanging on my fridge for easy access. I can tell you, I'm not the only one either. I visited my neighbor who has a son in 4th grade at Alta Vista and she had her's on her table! You're awesome! Thank you Grassroots Community Development and the Alta Vista staff for all you do for our children!


Carmen Bell

Thank You from Special Education

Thank you to all the teacher with special education teachers. You have done a great job on getting the accommodations folders turned in and we are really seeing the benefits of looking at the accommodation lists on a regular basis.

Captain's Log

First Presbyterian will be having a work day at Alta Vista on Saturday, September 21. If you have anything you would like help with, please email me (IE: cutting out laminating, bulletin board, assembling folders, etc).

Make sure you have a SAFE PLACE in your classroom. Also, work on posting your CHAMPS posters. These will help reinforce your classroom expectations. We haven't seen many posted yet. The most important part of CHAMPS is REVIEW EXPECTATIONS every time you transition (no matter the age!).

Remember that all staff should be actively monitoring students during recess. Teachers should be spread out around the playground so it can be viewed at all angles-not sitting or standing together in one spot. You should be talking and visiting with students as well during this time; this is a great opportunity to increase your positive interaction ratio!

Thank you so much for your help with implementing our new attendance initiatives this week! Keep sending your roster at 8:15 am for us to call parents--it's helping! This is a great job for a classmate. Don't forget to add a popcorn kernel to your class chart for each day you have perfect attendance. Let Ms. Koenig know if you need a popcorn chart or kernels. You will also email her when you have your chart filled up so your class can receive its treat!

Conscious Discipline & CHAMPS

Our focus for the month of September in Morning Meetings will be RESPECT. Lesson plans are here:

Required activities for the month are the cards for troops on September 11, and starting our year-long kindness challenge on September 16 (with Kindness "Tree").

Tribal News

We can't wait to see the great activities you have planned with your Tribe Buddy for September 13. Don't forget to send your pics to Ms. Koenig for her to post (you earn Tribe points). Staff and students may wear their favorite comic character tshirt.

To enter points for Tribes, fill out this short form:


The district grading policy requires that students receive 2 daily grades/week for each subject (1 for social studies). If a student misses an assignment due to being pulled out (IE: dyslexia, special ed, etc), the student needs an opportunity to make up the assignment during class time if you have to have the assignment graded.

Teachers do not have to put in a grade for every assignment for every student. For example, if you are recording grades for 3 assignments in reading, and a dyslexia student misses an assignment due to pull out services, then you can leave the grade for one of those assignments blank (note pull out services) as long as you record at least 2 other grades for the week. Students should not be penalized for missing work for pull-out services, and they should not lose recess or lunch time to make up assignments. Use teacher discretion and have students make up required assignments during station time or other independent practice time.

Please review the district grading policy here:

GT Nominations

The window for nominating GT students is open now through October 31 for students in grades 1 and 3-12 (2nd graders are being screened). You will also receive GT nominations training during faculty meeting on September 18.

The process for GT nominations has changed slightly to please read carefully. All questionnaires, except the Nomination Form, must be completed digitally using Google forms this year.

Resources for nominations:


1. Have parent give permission to test for GT using the "Nomination Form."

2. Send home the link to the digital Parent Questionnaire or provide parent with a paper copy. You will have to input the parent questionnaire answers into the digital Parent Questionnaire.

3. Complete the digital Teacher Questionnaire.

4. Have your student use a computer to complete the digital Student Questionnaire.


Dreambox is live and ready for your students for math.

Teacher login:

School website for students:

School Code for the Ipad app: b4aj/7uzr

Resources for Motivation:

Introducing to your Class:

How Students Login:

See chart below for campus expectations for usage. If you need any help getting going, please talk to Mrs. Helton.

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NWEA MAP Testing

NWEA Map testing will start on Monday, September 9 for grades K-5 and must be completed by Friday, September 20. Ms. Boggess will be coordinating technology usage for these tests.

Before testing starts, you need to watch the short video below and then view the 2 learning modules discussed in the video.

NWEA Professional Online Learning overview
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Goal Setting Conference

Make sure you are contacting all your families to schedule student goal-setting conferences for the week of September 23 (Late night on Tuesday, September 24 to 7:30 pm).

You can use this template (Make A Copy to Google Drive):

Here is the goal setting conference form to use with families:

Here are some other sample data forms:

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Math & Science Vertical Planning Days

Region 12 will be planning with vertical teams (math & science) throughout the school year. Planning will be 1/2 day each from 12-4 pm. You will need to create a 1/2 day school business absence in TEAMS for the afternoon if you plan that specific subject (1 per grade level).

Math Planning Dates (Grades K-5): September 17, October 28, December 10, February 18

Science Planning Date (Grades 3-5 Only): October 15, November 12, January 10, February 19

Please work with Ms. Bonnie to secure subs for these days (grades 3-5 only). Grades K-2 will use the aides assigned to their grade level.

Box Cards & One Eyed Jacks Training for Math Coming November 14

Box Cars & One Eyed Jacks will be at Alta Vista Elementary on November 14 to train all math teachers in grades 1-5 on the resources that were purchased this summer.

Grades 3-5 Training: 8 am - 11 am

Grades 1-2 Training: 12 pm - 3 pm

You will need to create a 1/2 Day School Business Absence in TEAMS (7:45-11:45 or 11:45-3:45). Please work with Ms. Bonnie to secure subs. The subs in the morning will be able to cover the afternoon classes for the lower grades (if you don't have an aid in your room).

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