Welcome to Richard J Lee Elementary
"Life isn't about the destination, it's about the journey"
Who Will Be Working at Lee Next Year?
Diana Sircar, Alicia Deranger, Roxann Krautkramer, Nick Coenraad, Elisa Farrell, Kylie Radka, Taylor Miles, Courtney Moore, Jamye Barron, Lauren Gaspard, Megan Schlossstein, Cassie Knight, Layne Sommers, Rachel Hyland, Kristen Appling, Nicole Jenkins, Amy Smith, Wendy Pray, Suzanne Hunt, Stephanie Shannon, Ashley Benson, Jessica Floyd, Stacey Harris, Shelley Sweatt, Todd Herauf, Courtney George, Amanda Erickson, Katie Pirog, Sara Mason, Jillian Phillips, Rachel Sunseri, Bethany Hooper, Sam Jensen, Angela Garvin, Samira Khan, Priscilla Shaner, Ayesha Khan, Caroline Plauche, Renee Beauford, Talat Khan, Veronica Howitt, Julie Landefeld, Alli Pryor, James Holloway, Jamie Hoelscher, Tiffany Cavalier, Sara Robinette,
Meet and Greet @ EcoCoppell Earthfest
Saturday, April 12th, 9am-1pm
255 Parkway Blvd
If you are available, it would be a treat to have you Join us at our first "Meet and Greet." This will be a great chance to meet one another as well as the community of Coppell. Stay a couple of hours-or all day-whatever fits into your schedule!
Since we are a Net-Zero school, Earthfest is a wonderful opportunity to share the eco-friendly components of our school with the public. (See page 2 of our recruitment brochure)
If you are planning to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make sure to have a Lee t-shirt ready for you. Also, if you have ideas in how to make this a FUN and interactive booth, please include that in your email.
To learn more about EcoCoppell Earthfest you can visit: http://www.coppelltx.gov/special-events-activities/clean-coppell-earthfest
We hope to see you there!
iDesign Professional Development June 18-20
New Hires: Go to the registration tab, click "Register Pay by Check", type in your information. Please type New Hire in the required payment boxes. Your attendance is free.
Current Employees: Go to the registration tab, click on "Coppell ISD Employee Registration." This will take you to your Eduphoria log in. Your attendance is free.
UPDATE: Here is the schedule for iDesign Go in now and make your course selections.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGY OFFERINGS:
Mark Your Calendars
May 13: Dad's Date at Wingstop- interested in being in a Dad's Club, join us!
May 22: Sweet Tomatoes "Fun"raiser- bring your family and meet our community
May 28: Kindergarten Round Up at Andy Brown Park East
June 16-20: iDesign Training in CISD
August 5-7: New Hire Training
August 11-15: Lee Staff Training
August 18-22: CISD Back to School Training
August 25: First Day of School
LEE Elementary Could Give Other Campuses a Run For Their Money
Saturday, May 3rd, 8am
185 W Parkway Blvd
I'm not sure if anyone is interested, but since we have a staff full of runners, there is a race in Coppell to raise money for our Education Foundation.
The 3rd Annual Coppell Education Foundation Run To Fund 1 mile Run/Walk, 5K and 10K race is a fun community wide event open to everyone of all ages. Races begin at 8:00 a.m. at Coppell High School Stadium.
J Macklin’s will be serving free pancakes, Bigby free coffee, lots of giveaways, live music, bounce houses and you on the BIG screen. Come join the fun and register today at www.coppellisdef.com.
Prices go up closer to race day, and discounts are available for CISD staff. Teacher code for discount is coppellcisd5. Lee Elementary has been added to their registration form.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to those of you that registered and attended!!
Vote below for school color, mascot, and other ideas!
Latest Images of Richard J. Lee Elementary
Helicopter View of the Building
This was November 15, 2013.
Latest Helicopter View of the Building
Here is a view of the building as of April 15, 2014. As you can see a great deal of work has been done! Louis Macias has assured me the building is moving along as projected. I will continue to keep you posted on how the building is progressing.
Outdoor Learning Pavillion
Here is a view from the top of the stairs towards House 5's teacher design studio and the outdoor learning space.
Latest Helicopter View of the Building
View of House 5
Here you can see House 5 and the back of the media center. The Art room can be seen framed in on the bottom left and the flex space behind the media center and special education rooms are in the center of the picture.
View of the Media Center
Here you can see one of the three sets of stairs, the elevator shaft, and the media center.
View of the Music Room
Here is a view of the Music room and stage from our cafeteria. I love the natural light pouring into all spaces of this building!
View of House 5
View of the Media Center
WELCOME TO OUR NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Here is a little bit of information about Todd:
Todd Herauf is excited to be joining Lee Elementary as an Assistant Principal. He is joining our family after spending 2013-2014 at CMS North. He has been an administrator in Allen, Denton and Richardson as an Assistant Principal, (primarily at the elementary level). Before that he taught 5th grade, 3rd grade, and English as a Second Language in Spring and Lewisville ISD's. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Education Administration at UNT, where he received his Bachelor's, Master's, and Superintendent's Certification.
Mr. Herauf was born in MN, spent middle and high school in Austin, TX, and since then has spent nearly 20 years in the Denton County area. He has a wife, Holly, that teaches elementary school in Lewisville, along with his son Jackson (8) and daughter Piper (6). When not at work, the Herauf's love supporting the Mean Green of UNT!
Please take time to welcome Todd to our Lee family through email at email@example.com .
UPDATE: OUR WONDERFUL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL HAS A NEW TITLE AS OF APRIL 30TH: PLEASE ADD THE TITLE OF DOCTOR TO THE FRONT OF HIS NAME. CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. TODD HERAUF! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!
School Supplies for 2014-2015
One idea I would like each person/grade level/house to be open to is the concept of "community supplies." As be build a campus culture of collaboration, supplies is a wonderful place to start teaching the children about how we work together.
Please give your input by Tuesday, May 6, so that we can get kits created with EPI. We appreciate your timely help!
Wish Lists for Curriculum and Educational Resources for Lee
- ISBN #
- Total Cost
What might be items you would request? Examples may include: Comprehension Toolkits, digital microscopes, rolling chart stand/easel, etc. Again, this might be something you would want to collaborate on as grade levels. List your items in order of importance/priority with the most important at the top. This is your time to dream, and dream big.
Thank you so much, Ashley, Jessica, and Alicia for already dreaming about what your Music, Art, and PE programs need. I am sharing those lists with Dr. Denison this week.
Check Out Our Playground Designs
Hot off the press! Here are the designs that were created based on feedback from staff and learners. The top row is our PreK-2 design and the second row is our 3-5 design. Click on each image to enlarge.
If we can't find Todd, we will know where to find him...
Sweet Tomatoes FUNRaising Night
Thursday, May 22nd, 5-8pm
1820 Market Pl Blvd
What is the Floorplan of RJL?
School Colors and Mascot Determined
I'm excited to announce that our school colors are dark blue and green (think Seattle Seahawks) and our mascot is the Spurs (sorry, Mavs fans). Thank you for submitting your mascot ideas!
If you have suggestions for our logo, feel free to sketch something out and email/text it to Chantel by Sunday night (5/18/14). We are meeting with the Communications Department, on Monday, and want you to be able to share your ideas. I apologize for the short notice.
What is Coppell ISD All About?
New Hire Flyer From CISD
Congratulations to recently married, Kristen Appling, who is now Kristen Schliewe!
Congratulations to Elisa who got engaged last weekend!
If you have news you would like us to share, please email Chantel or Diana. We will be happy to add your celebrations!
Challenge Based Learning
On Monday, June 23, from 8:30-11:30, we will have a visiting Apple Distinguished Educator working with anyone available from Lee that wants to learn more about CBL. CBL will be the framework for how curriculum will be designed for our learners, so it is important that you have a strong understanding of the WHY behind this framework. I have attached a classroom guide for you to read to learn more.
If you are available to attend on June 23, please email Chantel, by June 22, so that we can have adequate seating. We will go to lunch afterwards, and anyone wanting to come back after lunch to work with their teams on a Challenge are welcome to participate. Some of the CISD Curriculum Department will be present to lend support.
Grade Level and House Teams
Here Are Your Building Assignments!
Now that we have your favorite three colors, we have assigned where each house will be living in our building. Everyone got one of their top three choices! YAY!
DISCLAIMER: the picture and color designation is not drawn to scale. Each house has 4 classrooms along the back, 2 lab classrooms, a design studio, a storage room, a teacher restroom, boys/girls restrooms, and 5 collabs.
Your next challenge is to figure out where each of you want to go in your house. Think outside the box here folks...mobility...not being tied to one space...accessibility for younger ones to the restrooms.
Each house will have 1 extra room this year (only). Think about how your house will use that room. Could it be a reading clubhouse for your learners? Maybe a mini science or math lab? The possibilities are endless. The chidlren may have great ideas for utilizing that space.
House Leads, once your group has decided who is going where, please communicate that to Diana, Todd, and Chantel.
Heads Up- Technology Survey Coming Soon
In order to serve your professional learning needs at Lee, you will get an email on Wednesday, July 2, from Chantel. The email will include a weblink to Apple's Education Technology Profile self assessment survey. Please take the time to complete the survey before it closes on July 11.
THANK YOU to those of you that completed the survey. I am assured by Apple that no viruses were attached to the survey :)!!
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Latest Looks @ Lee
Congrats to two of our Lee Spurs staff members. Their families will be growing by one this school year. Congratulations Jamye and Nick. We share in your excitement and can't wait to plan baby showers!!
Speaking of Baby Showers, THANK YOU, Courtney for heading up our ????? Committee. I don't know the name yet, but I am sure there is one in the works. We appreciate your leadership! Again, if you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, THANK YOU to Courtney for all of the library book and ebook orders she has complied so that we can have opening day circulation (or at least we will see a library full of books.) This is HUGE!
CONGRATS to all of you that have moved to the area and found your places to live. Some of you have found apartments, town homes, and even bought houses. We are so happy you are in your new homes!
THANK YOU to the following individuals who will serve as mentor teachers this year: Alicia, Kylie, Samira, Shelley, Priscilla, Layne, Ashley, Wendy, and Renee. We know your knowledge and experience will serve our first and second year educators well.
THANK YOU to the following individuals for giving up their Monday to attend our "Lee"dership Retreat: Todd, Diana, Angela, Stephanie, Stacey, Roxann, Cassie, Lauren, Nick, and Rachel. We started compiling some school wide expectations and your house leaders will communicate those out with you. We also had fun establishing trust (or laughing) with one another as we attempted to play golf. Ask your house lead about their experience! :) Ayesha- you were missed, sweetheart!
THANK YOU to our incredible Administrative Assistant, Diana! She has been working tirelessly to get all of our orders in and set up for delivery. She has gone above and beyond to learn our budget system. Not only are we impressed with her, but the district notices too! She returns to major registration appointments, so SHE EARNED THIS WEEK OFF, FOR SURE!!
THANK YOU to all of you that have been taking care of the construction crew each week: Layne, Lauren, Kylie, Jessica, Shelley, Sara, Stacey, Elisa, Roxann, Wendy, Samira, Rachel, Nicole, Todd, and Nick. (If I missed you because you weren't on the list, I apologize.) Let's hope the crew stays motivated. They are most certainly enjoying the treats, but we want in that building!!
THANK YOU to our Admin Team, Todd and Angela, for your efforts. Each of these two have been working behind the scenes to plan and organize systems in our building. Their hard work and ideas do not go unnoticed!
THANK YOU, again, for the kindness you have extended my way. I have truly felt "the love" and appreciate EACH OF YOU more than words can express. It has been an incredibly growing experience for me as I learn something new EVERYday. I LOVE serving YOU!
Have a Passion? Want to Serve as a Content Specialist?
CISD Learning Portrait
1. Balanced classes anyone would be able to teach
2. Cluster Tier 2 and Tier 3 GtI learners in different rooms (preferably 3-4 learners)
3. Cluster MLI learners in a room
4. Cluster SPED in a room
5. Cluster RtI Tier 2 and Tier 3 Learners in rooms. If we can separate them from SPED, this would be preferred.
Class lists can be found at the Administration Building with Diana. You should coordinate with her when you will work on these lists so that she can reserve a room for you to use.
Moving in the Building
Club 21 @ Lee
With this grant comes great responsibility. Before we deploy iPads to our fourth and fifth graders we must go through intentional steps to ensure its success. If you are a 4th or 5th grade educator, here are dates you need to be aware of to put on your calendars:
Monday, September 8- Club 21 Meeting @ Lee
Thursday September 25, Parent Club 21 Information Night
Friday, September 26- Send Parent and Learner Technology Survey Out
Monday, October 20- Club 21 Teacher Training Day
Monday, January 26- Club 21 Teacher Training Day
Wednesday, February 18- Mid Year Club 21 Surveys
Friday, April 10- End of Year Club 21 Surveys
New Hire Orientation (note the yellow highlight)
LATEST DRAFT VERSION OF CISD LEARNING FRAMEWORK- TAKE A LOOK!!!!
Celebrate Good Times, Come On!
Happy 8th Anniversary to Priscilla and her husband on Tuesday, August 5! Way to go Team Shaner!
Congratulations to Jessica and her husband on Tuesday, August 5, TOO! They have the same anniversary as the Shaner's!
Congratulations to Samantha Jensen. She had her LIveScribe grant completely funded through Donor's Choose. WAY TO GO, Sam!
Congratulations to Wendy Pray. Her daughter got married this weekend, too! Congratulations Mrs. Baugus!
Well wishes to Shelley's husband who went home from the hospital today. He has had major surgery and is on his road to recovery!
Our Media Center is Almost Done!
Flexible Learning Space
2nd Story Outdoor Learning Area
Atrium Learning Area
Don't forget that we have Lee training all week from August 11-15. A detailed invite will be sent to your inbox.