The Echo Memo: May 16, 2016

A weekly memo to the Smith staff from your leadership team.

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Bright Spots from the last Week....

VIEW PHOTOS - of last week's Bright Spots! PLEASE add more from what you see! :)

Making memories as beautiful as April Showers and Flowers!

  • One and Only Ivan - Popular Read during STAAR!
  • DHS Students help with Kinder Program: Passport to Summer
  • Teacher of the Month Announcement! Congratulations Ms. VU!
  • Math Grant Award for Shelby - School Board Recognition! WTG

Morning Announcements

Morning Announcements Schedule:

This week students are 2nd graders - JENKINS

  • Select students for the week by MONDAY and have ready to roll.

  • Post their names in your room as a reminder.

  • Students will need to be in the office at 8:00am, ready to lead.

#EndOfSchool IDEAS

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Remind students that learning takes place at all times and places.

Questions and Answers from Staff Meeting 5/12/16

1. Q: What is the June 3rd schedule?

A: Still checking on this.

2. Q: What kind of locks for security will be on the classroom doors? Will the doors lock from inside the classroom?

A: Still checking on this.

3. Q: Can we open the building on a Saturday before school is out for teachers to be able to clean out their classrooms?

A: Yes, Saturday, May 28th the building will be open. Times announced soon.

4. Q: What needs to come off walls/what can be kept up?

A: ONLY remove those items you will NOT use next year, such as student work.

5. Q: When will we finalize End of Year Checklist?

A: At faculty meeting 5/19.

This Week's Highlights - View Calendar for full detail


Monday, May 16 - HOLIDAY

Tuesday, May 17 - Wear college shirts / caps

College and Career Week - See Schedule

Fire Drill - 9:30 am

Wednesday, May 18 - Bright Colors / sunglasses

College and Career Week - See Schedule

City-Wide Field Day for 4th Grade

Tools for Great Teachers - See Schedule

Thursday, May 19 - Socks

College and Career Week - See Schedule

Tools for Great Teachers - See Schedule

Pot Luck LUNCH - Nacho / Taco Bar!

2:00 pm Visit Daniel - all 4th grade

4:00 pm Staff Meeting in Library, Finalize End of Year; Launch Beg. of Year

Friday, May 20 - Dress in Career Choice

College and Career Week - See Schedule

All library books due from T. and Students.

2:00 pm Reverse Evacuation Drill

Monday, May 23

Dr. Mark Smith Visits Smith!

Last RtI Meetings in the Green Room - See Agenda / Preparation List

LEARNING WALKS - This week: Schedule (direct link)

Intranet > Academics > Learning Walks

SMITH CALENDAR - Click to view the calendar

OR - the HOME page of the Intranet CHECK IN at the Calendar for updates.

ALSO - Be sure to check: SMITH IMPORTANT dates for the year at a glance page.

REMINDER: Teachers will now scan unit tests in the Green Room


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Tools for Great Teachers: Wed-Thurs

Tool Time for Teachers: May 18th - 19th

Tools for Great Teachers Learning Session is scheduled for Smith Elementary teachers on the following two days:
Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 19th.

Paula Rogers and Kathy Fad will lead a rotating mini session to teams in a two-hour session during the day in the Green Room.

The session will include a reflection of this year, and a focus for next year on:
  • Beginning With the End in Mind
  • Planning in Advance to Re-teach and
  • Enriching at Tier 1.

This session will be very interactive and focus on the following topics:

  • The importance of a culture of commitment to every student
  • The Four Essential Questions of a Professional Learning Collaborative and Backwards Design Planning
  • Planning in advance at Tier 1 for those students who either need intervention or enrichment, and
  • Ideas and tools that can be used in every classroom to support student success at Tier 1
In addition to the learning session, Dr. Fad will visit classrooms both days, and then debrief with staff regarding co-teaching and observation feedback.


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