Hoot Hoot Herald

November 30-December 4, 2015


A Teacher for All Seasons

A teacher is like Spring,
Who nurtures new green sprouts,
Encourages and leads them,
Whenever they have doubts.

A teacher is like Summer,
Whose sunny temperament
Makes studying a pleasure,
Preventing discontent.

A teacher is like Fall,
With methods crisp and clear,
Lessons of bright colors
And a happy atmosphere.

A teacher is like Winter,
While it's snowing hard outside,
Keeping students comfortable,
As a warm and helpful guide.

Teacher, you do all these things,
With a pleasant attitude;
You're a teacher for all seasons,
And you have my gratitude!

By Joanna Fuchs

THANK YOU, teachers, for all that you do everyday to make Doss such a special place. I am THANKFUL for you!

5th Grade Musical!

The Monotone Princess is this Thursday, December 3rd! If you have a Monotone Princess T-shirt, please wear it on Thursday. The fifth grade has been working very hard and they are very excited to share their musical with you and your students!

December 3 -5th grade Musical

8:30am (5th, 1st, 3rd (am specials), Kinder).

1:30pm (2nd, 3rd (pm specials), 4th).

6:30pm (families & friends)

MOY Benchmarks Start this Week

Look for specific campus testing guidelines coming to you via email from Ms. Hill.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015- 3rd Math

Wednesday, December 2, 2015- 3rd Reading

Friday, December 4, 2015- 4th Reading

Tuesday, December 8, 2015- 4th Math and 5th Math

Wednesday, December 9, 2015- 4th Science and 5th Reading

Thursday, December 10, 2015- 4th Writing and 5th Science

3rd Grade Canned Food Drive-This Week!

It is that time of year! Third grade will be collecting canned food from all grade levels. The following list is which third grade classes will be collecting from which grade levels:

Bones/Zhou - 2nd grade

Hyvl/Barrick - 3rd grade

Francis/Stover - 1st & 5th grade

Johnson/Gall - 4th grade

Sheridan/Hodges - Kinder

If you have any questions regarding the drive, please contact the third grade teacher(s) who will be collecting from your grade level.

There will be graph in the cafeteria showing where different classes stand in the canned food drive.

Hour of Code next week, December 7-11

A Note from Mr. Young in the computer lab-

National Computer Science Week is December 7-13! In a collaborative effort to increase awareness of computer science in schools, AISD is joining the global movement to reach tens of millions of students and teachers to encourage them to just try “an Hour of Coding” during the week December 7-13 or before. Code.org and other organizations have created very simple, easy to follow lessons that are teacher and student friendly. Our district-wide goal this year is to introduce every student and teacher in AISD to an “Hour of Code” and be part of the goal to reach over a 100 million students world-wide by the end of 2015. I will help set up all the students (and teachers). Please contact me if you have any questions. Thanks -James

Counselor's Corner

Teachers, there are several bits of information we need from you:


  • email Shanna or Vickie a list of those students that you feel may need additional emotional support in the event of a campus-wide crisis..

* HOLIDAY/WINTER BREAK ASSISTANCE for "adopt-a-family" :

  • return to Riggsbee or Engel ASAP

*Owls' Nest:

  • Let us know if there are any basic clothing needs right now.


  • Please complete google doc (via email link) regarding student referrals for small group sessions.

* CST/504: K-2 teachers:

  • If you have a student with a specific academic or behavioral concern and you are ready to schedule a CST or 504 meeting to discuss interventions/assessments/whatever, please schedule a time with Shanna. It would be helpful if we can keep our meeting days to Tuesdays if possible, but we can be flexible with enough notice.

Nurse's notes-Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies

1. Bring Your Own Food!
Contribute a healthy dish to a gathering to ensure there's something you can indulge in.

2. Eat the best-for-you offerings first.
For example, hot soup as a first course-especially when it's broth-based, not cream-based-can help you avoid eating too much during the main course.

3. Stand more than an arm's length away from munchies, like a bowl of nuts or chips, while you chat so your're not tempted to raise your hand to your mouth every few seconds.

4. Concentrate on your meal while you're eating it. Focus on chewing your food well and enjoying the smell, taste, and texture of each item. Research shows that mealtime multitasking (whether at home or at a party) can make you pop mindless calories into your mouth. Of course, dinner-party conversation is only natural, but try to set your food down until you're finished chatting so you are more aware of what you're taking in.