What's Hoppe-nin?

September 18, 2014

High Five!

It's hard to believe that we are almost half way through the first nine weeks!! Everyone has been working hard to get the year started off right. Expectations have been set, procedures are in place, and your kids are benefiting from the purposeful activities you have planned for them every single day! I am thrilled to be part of such a passionate group of teachers. Thank you for sharing your passion for learning with me, your teammates, and your students daily!

Let's Celebrate!

Your hard work is already paying off!! Make time to celebrate the accomplishments we have made so far this year!!
First graders in Mrs. Poynor's class are already reading independently for 20 minutes! They are also using sticky notes to record their thinking and make predictions.
Second graders are hard at work in math stations!

Curriculum Updates


All BOY literacy assessment data must be entered into Aware before you leave school on September 26th. Please let me know if you have any questions about how to get this done!


The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade math curriculum writers are beginning to reflect on a blog-like Google account that can be viewed by grade level teachers for affirmation, ideas, suggestions, etc. The curriculum writers have set a goal to update each site a couple of times each month. Third grade has already posted on their site. Fourth and fifth grade will be updating this site soon. This will be a great resource to use during planning!

3rd grade: https://sites.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/reflections-3rd-grade-math-group/

4th grade: https://sites.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/reflections-4th-grade-math-group/

5th grade: https://sites.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/reflections-5th-grade-math-group/

Please Note:

The UPS Check model of yesteryear does not match the complexity of the PS model TEKS for today. The TEKS requires a focus on thinking through analyzing, determining, reasoning, evaluating, and justifying. The UPS Check model (if used) would be an organzation tool and NOT to be used as a procedure (series of steps) students must comply with it to solve. The thinking required is a much deeper level. See the document below (created by Lauren Spurr) for examples of the types of questions students should be thinking about before, during, and after they solve problem solving problems.

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

September 25- 4th and 5th grade ELAR PD at the Annex from 3:30-5:00

September 30th- 5th grade math PD at the Administration Building from 12:30-3:30

October 2nd- 3rd grade math PD at the Administration Building from 12:30-3:30 AND 2nd grade ELAR PD at the Annex from 3:30-5:00