Sunday, September 24, 2017

Every Moment

If there's one thing I'm consistently reminded of as an educator, is that every moment matters.  Every single moment.

That's why so often you hear the phrases like "teach bell to bell" or "pay attention to the details" or things like that.  We are only given a limited amount of time with each other and it's so important that we take advantage of every moment. Especially when we are a school, with students, who have many gains to make!

This week I challenge you to find ways to take advantage of more "moments", and then celebrate those accomplishments!  Little moments can very quickly add up to big events!

Week at a Glance

Monday - MAP Testing Continues for 3rd-5th
Fire Drill
Literacy Team Meeting - 3:45pm - Library
Tuesday - MAP Testing Continues for 3rd-5th
Lock Down Drill
Book Discussion - Prek/1st/3rd/5th (pg 44-87) - 3:45pm - Library
Wednesday - MAP Testing Concludes for 3rd-5th
See You At the Pole - 7:00am
Science and Math Vertical - 3:30pm (Math in TP Room, Science in Library)
Thursday - Delic on Campus
Girl Scout Presentation - 7:40am - Gym
Community Outreach Meeting - 3:45pm - Library
Girl Scout Presentation - 6pm - Gym
Friday - Nesloney Out at mandatory Region Training
House Games
Kona Ice after Lunch

Progress Reports

Progress Report input closes TONIGHT at 11:59pm.  So please make sure you have grades in as we will start pulling progress reports Monday, to go out Tuesday.

MAP Testing

Thank you EVERYONE for all your hard work with getting our kids Istation, F&P, and MAP tested! Our MAP testing will conclude on Wednesday.

We need all F&P scores placed into Eduphoria by Tuesday morning.

Meetings

We will begin some of our committee meetings this week!  Even if you are not on a particular committee, you can join any of the meetings :-)

Delic on Campus

Delic will be on campus to meet with all teams on Thursday.  Please bring your respective data and be ready to talk kids and what we're doing to meet all needs. Let's keep it all moving in the right direction!

Fire/Lock Down Drill

We will have a Fire Drill Monday and Lock Down on Tuesday. Please review with your students all procedures. If you're confused or not sure please get with Jennifer Short.

Book Discussion

This week our PreK, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade teachers will be meeting to discuss our book, pages 44-87.

Nesloney Out

I will be out on Friday for a mandatory T-TESS training for the new Student Learning Objectives.  I am hoping I will be able to leave the training at lunch to be back in time for House Games.  If not, Kevin Bradford will be our games host! We'll start bringing kids down at 2:00pm since it's our first games, but we'll send specific information out later this week!

Kona Ice

Kona Ice will be back on campus on Friday!  It will happen after your lunch time.

TP Time

This week's TP Time will focus on Lead4Ward and TEKS Resource.

Car Rider (MORNING) Assignments

These assignments are ONLY for those who have TP that morning. Not the entire team.

Monday - 1st Grade
Tuesday - 4th Grade
Wednesday - 1st Grade
Thursday - 4th Grade

Friday

On Friday 5th grade will stay at 7:35am for their Camp Time (due to House Games).  So 5th Grade team will need to serve morning duty that morning.

Blogs/Articles


Positively Positive by our own Sue Ambrus



In Closing....

Every day we're given a choice.  We can allow our circumstances to define our attitude or we can "leave it in the car" and bring the best to our kiddos.  We have to remember that we were hired to educate these kiddos and bring our best despite things going on in our own lives.  It's tough and often we wish we could take a little break, but that's why it is soooo important to lean on each other in times of need.  TOGETHER we can do this!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Only One

We know how important our jobs are. We know we show up every day ready to not only educate our kids but also to spend time helping them see the greatness in themselves.  Sometimes though we're hit with the unexpected.  We're hit with things they don't teach you about in college.  Those things that the "outside world" of people who aren't in education don't understand about the work we do.  The "heart" work.

Wednesday I had one of those reminders.  I had one of those heartbreaking moments that so often happens with us educators.

I was doing Kindergarten lunch duty and I had a little girl (who I worked with a lot when she was in PreK) stop me. She said, "Mr. Nesloney, my daddy left a few months ago, and he didn't come back. Do you think he's going to come back to my house? Do you think he wants to see me anymore?"

In that simple moment, I must admit, it took everything in me not to break down on the spot. Just to watch the raw, open, honesty in that little girl's voice. She wasn't crying, she wasn't upset, she just asked so matter-of-fact.

It was a glaring reminder of how important we are in every child's life. Yes it is our job to educate these children and teach them their learning standards at a level of depth and complexity, but the heart of an elementary child is just as important. And how we might be that one person they need to see who won't walk out on them. Who won't leave them. Who won't "not come back".

So I did what any caring adult would do, I gave her a hug and I told her "I bet he loves you very much and you know what? He'd be crazy not to come back and see you, because I am so glad I get to see you every day". And I loved when she looked back at me and said "I'm glad I get to come here every day too".

We have to be love. There's so much hurt already.

Week at a Glance

Monday - F&P Testing Officially Begins
Constitution Ladies (5th Grade only, at their Camp)
Staff Meeting/Book Discussion (pages 24-43) - 3:45-4:45pm
School Board Meeting - 6:30pm
Tuesday - Argueta and Short Out (CPI Training)
Principals Mtg - 9am-12pm
Wednesday - Argueta and Short Out (CPI Training)
MAP Testing Begins (Hopefully!!)
Math Vertical Meeting - 3:30pm - Library
Thursday - Nesloney Out (closing on my home!)
Friday - Nesloney Out (An event in Prosper, TX and Moving!)
PTO Fundraiser Kick Off (Prek-2nd) - 1:30pm - GYM
PTO Fundraiser Kick Off (3rd-5th) - 2:30pm - GYM
Saturday - Staff Goat Yoga

F&P and MAP Testing

Last week we completed all of our K-2 Istation Testing! This week we are working on F&P for 1st-5th and Wednesday (yes, that's the new start date) we'll HOPEFULLY be beginning our MAP Testing.

As always, I am so appreciative of how patient and supportive you guys are to these changes.  There are some things that are just out of our control, yet THIS team keeps rolling with the punches and rocking it out. I know it's stressful, I know it isn't always easy, but I am so thankful you keep it all with a smile on your face.

Their a call with the MAP people on Monday to finalize everything. We'll get everything set up and hopefully be ready to go on Wednesday.  I will update you DAILY with progress.

Book Discussion

Until the last week, this is the only week we'll all be studying Disrupting Thinking together.  Please have pages 24-43 read and be ready to discuss.  This is OUR staff Book Study, so please make the 20 minutes to read these couple of pages.

Argueta and Short Out

Argueta and Short will be out Tuesday and Wednesday at CPI training. If you need anything during the day please reach me on Voxer or get a hold of Jackson or Thomas. I will be out Tuesday from 9am-12pm for a Principals' Meeting as well.

Nesloney Out

I will be out Thursday and Friday! Liz and I are buying a new home and closing and moving those days (as well as I'll be in Prosper briefly for an event). I've had SEVERAL of you ask about us moving, and just so you know we're only moving about 2 miles up the road from where we currently live.  No we aren't planning on leaving Webb and no we aren't pregnant at this time.  haha.  We just needed a bigger space. I will be available via Voxer and Text both of those days so let me know if you need anything.

PTO Fundraiser Kick Off

Our annual PTO Fundraiser kick off is this Friday.  Times are listed above. Please help with crowd control during this time.  Please try to sit with your students, instead of along the wall, to help with management.

Birthdays

Thursday, September 21 - Alex Cowden

TP Time

This week for TP Time we will be using the TEKS Deconstruction Tool (you can find it HERE).  Please remember to come prepared with the TEKS Deconstruction tool completed and a lesson ready to show and discuss.

Morning Duty

When it is your TP time it is important to have assigned staff at duty BY 7:15am. Not "around" 7:15am.  We also need help in the mornings with Car Rider Duty.  So for this week, the following grades in addition to who normally does it (when it's your assigned TP day) will be out on Car rider duty.  You need to open doors, and spread out along the sidewalk. 
Monday - Kinder
Tuesday - 3rd
Wednesday - Kinder
Thursday - 3rd

Friday

On Friday we will need all 3rd-5th Grade teachers helping with morning duty until 7:35am please.  5th Grade will be on car rider duty this morning.

Outdoor Classroom

Please continue finding ways to take your students OUTSIDE to learn and utilizing our outdoor classroom.

Student Forms

Please make sure you have filled out THIS form so the administration can work with you on getting forms back from those families.

Kids Deserve It

Here is this past week's episode with Tom Murray


Blogs/Articles





Delayed Gratification (by our very own Cassie Reynolds)

In Closing...

As I started this post with, we all know there is hurting all around us. And in some of our own lives.  We have staff members who are dealing with losing a loved one, another miscarraige, a crumbling marriage, wondering how they're going to pay the bills, losing their only source of transportation, and so much more.  These are actual conversations I've had with members of our staff over the last two weeks.  Life is filled with sorrow, pain, and struggle.  But what it's also filled with is Hope.  And sometimes, I believe, that WE have to be that hope for others around us.  So this week I encourage you to slow down a little and take the time to talk to those around you, and actually listen.  Take time to show a smile, give a huge, or lend out a helping hand.  Everyone has something under the surface.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week 2!

Well we did it! We made it through our first week of school.  I can't begin to tell you how proud I am to work on this campus with all of you.  It was so evident on our student's faces how happy they were to be back at Webb Elementary after a long summer.

Sometimes when we just begin something, like the start of school, it's easy to focus on the many things that we personally could have done better.  Sometimes in our own heads we amplify our mistakes.  The one thing about education to remember is that you're dealing with people (adults and children) and people are often unpredictable.  As educators we preach every day the importance of an education and learning. So we have to remember ourselves that yes, even us, are learning every day and that we will make many mistakes.

We won't always make the right choice, we won't always handle our frustrations well, maybe we lose some paperwork or forget to take attendance.  Or maybe we didn't make enough copies or unexpectedly arrived late to work.  Mistakes happen, but what we have to to is keep pushing forward, learning, and growing in-spite of our mistakes!

As we enter Week 2, my prayer is that we continue to push ourselves to new heights of educational experiences and relationship building.

Week at a Glance

Monday - TP Time Starts
K-2 Istation Testing Begins (Math and Reading)
Tuesday - Admin out from 9:00-11:30 for Admin Meeting at Central
Disrupting Thinking Book Discussion - 3:45pm
Wednesday - Team Leader Meeting - 7am
Nesloney Out from 1:30-4:00
Writing Vertical Meeting 3:30pm - Library
PTO Meeting - 5:30pm - Library
Parent Title 1 Meeting - 5:30
Thursday - MAP Testing Begins for 3rd-5th
Friday - Grandparents Day at Lunch
International Dot Day Campus Wide Celebrations
Football Game

Kevin Haliburton

First and foremost, HUGE congrats to our music teacher Mr. Kevin Haliburton on the birth of his first child this weekend! Daniel Isaiah Haliburton is here and I know we all can't wait to meet him! Mom and baby are doing great, but Kevin will not be here this whole week.

TP Time

Our Team Planning time starts this week! You can find out what day you're meeting HERE (if you don't already know).  Remember for this week we will be discussing what a TP Time looks like, likes/dislikes, etc.  We will meet in the Team Planning room in the front office and will start immediately following announcements.

Please also remember that you should be serving morning duty on the day of your TP time.  That means cafeteria, car, or gym duty until 7:40am.

K-2 Istation Testing (Universal Screener)

For my K-2 teachers you will start Istation testing this week.  I have made sure that the "Technology" Google Calendar has been shared with you.

You will need to schedule a time on that calendar to take your screeners.  You will need to schedule a time to take the Istation Math Test AND also schedule a time to take the Istation Reading test.

You can use THIS video to show you how to schedule a time on the calendar.
Computer Lab 1 is Dorton's Lab
Computer Lab 2 is the open Lab next to his
iPad Cart is....obviously the iPad cart

Dorton will NOT be using his computer lab for the next two weeks so that there is plenty of computers to do testing.  Dorton's group will be meeting in the Makerspace for the next two weeks.  That is the room right next to the lab (Allison Thomas' old room)

MAP Testing

I spoke with all 3rd-5th Grade teachers on Friday.  Remember, your MAP Testing will begin on Thursday and run through the next week.

You will need to schedule a time on that calendar to take your screeners.  You will need to schedule a time to take the MAP Math Test AND also schedule a time to take the MAP Reading test.

You can use THIS video to show you how to schedule a time on the calendar.
Computer Lab 1 is Dorton's Lab
Computer Lab 2 is the open Lab next to his
iPad Cart is....obviously the iPad cart
MacBook Lab is on a different calendar!!!

Dorton will NOT be using his computer lab for the next two weeks so that there is plenty of computers to do testing.  Dorton's group will be meeting in the Makerspace for the next two weeks.  That is the room right next to the lab (Allison Thomas' old room)

Study Island

All teachers, as soon as study island logins are fixed, remember that Study Island is available for ALL students at any time! So please use it.  If you need help, I can show you (or your team) so tricks and things when it comes to Study Island.

F&P Testing

In a previous email I may have misspoke, but F&P Testing is the week of September 18th.

Sarah has already made all of your copies of your tests for you in the workroom.

You can start earlier, but all tests must be completed by September 22nd.

Ms. Klammer is also available to help with new teachers so please reach out.

Reserving Computers on Calendar

PLEASE remember, as stated every year, you can NOT go onto the calendar and put your name on a certain date and time and have it repeat for the entire year. I've already had to go on there and delete some who have done that.

You can ONLY schedule lab time up to two weeks in advance to share the time with the other 48 teachers.

Disrupting Thinking Book Discussion

For those teachers who received the "Disrupting Thinking" book we will have our first book chat on Tuesday at 3:45pm in the Gym.  All of the book chat dates are on the campus calendar and the info in the calendar post has what pages will need to be read.

For this first meeting we will be discussing pages 1-23.  Please read them and come ready to discuss.

Grandparents Day at Lunch

Friday we will be inviting all Grandparents to come to lunch to have lunch with their grandchildren.

International Dot Day

A favorite day of mine is always International Dot Day!! We will be celebrating that (with the rest of the world) on Friday.  HERE are some great resources.

Peter Reynolds (the author) is a big fan of the work you guys are doing.  He also took the time, if you remember, to make a short video for you that I put in that video I emailed you two weeks ago.

Two years ago I also recorded myself reading the book "The Dot" for kids and staff. So if you need access to that, it is HERE as well.

Let's really go all out with Dot Day this year!!

Outdoor Classroom

We want to remind all teachers that last year we got a great grant and had that Outdoor Classroom built! Please be finding ways to take your class outside and do lessons!  We will be creating a sign up sheet soon, but as of now there is enough space for at least 3 classes so use it!

Student Papers

We have had some changes with these papers as we correct our mistakes. Please remember I shared THIS document with you. We need these forms collected. When you're collecting remember these things...


- Place each paper in a different stack.
- Alphabetize each stack
- Keep the checklist filled out so you know who you're still missing.
- Call to get the forms you need, send extra copies, make home visits.
- Get with admin if after 2 weeks we still don't have forms.
- When all forms from all of your students are collected turn into front office.

Birthdays


September 13 - Nicole McMillian


Blogs/Articles


"And So It Begins..." (By our very own Kevin Bradford)


10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day


I Was a Racist Teacher and I Didn't Even Know It


5 Creative Ways to Engage Readers with Books

In Closing...


I met a man named Josh Shipp this past summer. I was blown away by his story and spent quite a bit of time talking to him. Then I found his talk and was reminded again of how important every one of us are in someone's life. I hope you take the time to listen to his story. And get your kleenex ready.



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Let's Do This!

The beginning of the year is always an exciting time.  It's that moment of freshness.  We've had the summer to recharge a little and it's an opportunity to start again.

I can't wait to see the smiling faces and hear the little voices of laughter and excitement back on our campus.  I have loved working and preparing the last couple of weeks with all of you, but our campus just isn't the same without the kids in it!

Our state has faced some of the worst destruction and devastation in our history and we may have many families and students bringing in additional pains and hurts than they were already carrying.  Let us remember to bring hope, to bring smiles, to bring joy, to bring patience.

I am ready to open our doors and have the kids flood in.  I am ready to see the incredible work each and every one of you are going to do to not only educate our kids academically but also emotionally.  We're gonna keep this train moving forward and we're gonna blow the top off of any and all expectations this year!  Let's do this!

Week at a Glance

Monday - School Holiday
Tuesday - First Day! Arrive by 7am
Staff Meeting - after dismissal
Wednesday - Reading Vertical Meeting - 3:30pm
PTO Meeting - 5:30pm
Friday - Boy Scout Talk and House Welcome - 7:45am

First Week

Don't forget you find our "First Week Reminders" HERE.  We always say the biggest goals on day one are get your kids here, feed them, and get them home! With the students we serve it's so important we start building those strong relationships from day one as well!

Staff Meeting

We will have a very brief staff meeting after dismissal (in the gym) just to debrief from day 1!

Vertical Meeting

Our first vertical meeting will be Wednesday.  It is our Reading Vertical.  If you don't remember what vertical team you're on please see THIS document.  You will need to bring something to write with and be prepared to talk about your Reading Plans for this first couple weeks of school.  We will meet in the Library at 3:30pm.

Team Planning

We will not have Team Planning (PLC) meetings this week.  They will begin next week.  Team Leaders from K-1 need to fill out THIS document with who is on what planning days.

For the first weeks of PLC:

September 11-14 - Discuss what should PLC look like, possible ideas to discuss, likes/dislikes, etc
September 18-21 TEKS Deconstruction (for an upcoming lesson using THIS form you're familiar with)
September 25-28TEKS Resource/Lead4Ward  (how are and how can teachers use these)
October 1-5 Rattler Time expectations and setup


PTO Meeting

The first PTO meeting is Wednesday at 5:30pm in the Library. Please encourage kids to tell their families. Our PTO reps, if you could be there that would be great.

PTO dues should have already been paid by now, but if you haven't please turn that into Annie before Wednesday.

Student Papers


There are packets of student papers you either have already given out or will give out. Please remember I shared THIS document with you. We need these forms collected. When you're collecting remember these things...


- Place each paper in a different stack.
- Alphabetize each stack
- Keep the checklist filled out so you know who you're still missing.
- Call to get the forms you need, send extra copies, make home visits.
- Get with admin if after 2 weeks we still don't have forms.
- When all forms from all of your students are collected turn into front office.

Houses

Please note the House Color you're in. That will never change. The other thing that will never change is the color of house that your students are in.

Remember, last year they took on the color of their Homeroom teacher, so this is going to be a change for them. They KEEP the same color as last year.

Also, for our new enrollees, they obviously won't have a house color. So they will adopt the color of their homeroom teacher. So please let the student know that.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Universal Screening, Interventions, and F&P Testing

We will begin Universal Screening on the second week of school (September 11-15th). More info will be coming.

We will begin interventions on September 18th

F&P Testing will be the week of September 18-22nd.  We will make copies like before.

Staff Information

I still have about 10 people who have not filled out the "Staff Information" Google Form.  Please do this today.

Birthdays (since the last blog post and ahead)

August 28 - Gloria Wilkinson
August 28 - Jane Brewer
September 2 - Mariah Robinson
September 3 - Sue Ambrus
September 9 - Shelia Nelms

Kids Deserve It

You can buy a KDI shirt until next Sunday HERE.  All proceeds will be donated to schools affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Here is this past week's episode with Steven Lamkin.


Blogs/Articles





In Closing....

As we meet our kids and get to know them, let's remember that often times their only limitations are those that we place on them.  Let's keep our expectations high, our dreams even higher, and our love overflowing.  Our kids are capable of incredible things


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Our 2017 Debut!

This week is our debut week! It's the week we have "Meet the Teacher".  That moment we get to share our campus with the community and families for the first time for this school year.  I. Can't. Wait.

I am so excited to open our doors and to have the hall filled with children again. The school just doesn't quite feel the same without it.  Over the last week it was wonderful to get our staff family back together.  To hear the laugher and see the smiles during our first day back with the Goose Chase around town.  To watch the lightbulbs go off in the "Talk, Read. Talk, Write" training. To hear stories from some of the Home Visits all teams completed.  To see teams coming together with incredible plans for the year. I could just go on and on.

And thank you to all who were able to attend our community walk on Saturday!  I always love that moment to get out and just see some families on a Saturday morning!

This week is going to be another fast and furious week as we place last minute touches on our campus to make it just perfect!

Week at a Glance

Monday - District Convocation, 8:30am - Brosig Auditorium (wear your new Webb Shirt)
Staff Events - After Convocation until 3:30pm
Tuesday - T-TESS Training (all certified teachers) - 8:00am-11:00am, Webb Gym
11:00am-4:00pm - Work in rooms
PreK-Kinder Meet the Teacher - 5:30-6:30pm
Wednesday - K-2 STEMscopes, 8:30am-12:00pm
3-5 STEMscopes (science teachers), 1:00pm-3:30pm
Thursday - RCA Team Meeting, 8:30am, TP Room
Work in Rooms
1st-5th Meet the Teacher - 6:00-7:30pm
Friday - Work in Rooms - 8am
Faculty Meeting - 1:00pm
Colbert Baby Shower - 3pm

Reminders:

1. Please bring your strength finders test PRINTED OUT for our meeting on Monday.
2. Teachers, please make sure you've completed the items on your "Teacher To-Do List"
3. All handbook forms, technology forms, and teacher certifications should have been turned in on Friday.
4.  Home Visit paperwork should have been turned in Friday.
5.  "What Am I Reading?" should have been updated Friday.
6.  Letters to students should have been mailed out last week.
7. You ALL should have already filled out THIS staff information document.

Birthdays

August 22 - Jessica Schutzenhofer
August 23 - Doris Banks
August 25 - Sarah Martin
August 27 - Olivia Aguinaga

Meet the Teacher

Our Meet the Teacher is coming fast! I met with Team Leaders last week to relay some information but I wanted to go ahead and put a few reminders here too....

1. Every classroom teacher must have a sign in sheet.  I need a copy of it by 8:30am the next morning.
2.  Meet the Teacher is an opportunity to meet you, but also to meet a few others (like our camp Teachers).
3.  Encourage families to stop by the Gym. We will be having some tables of different groups in there (PTO, Bus, Girl/Boy Scouts, etc).
4. This is our DEBUT to families. Smile big, show excitement, rock it out!
5. Our theme this year is "Hollywood: Where Everyone Is a Star". We've hired a party planner who will be transforming the front foyer! Super excited! Dress code is: Professional **but go all out with the hollywood theme!

Kids Deserve It

This last week we interviewed author/educator Trevor Muir who wrote, "The Epic Classroom".


Sparks in the Dark

Last week, after being incredibly moved by what happened in Charlottesville, my friend Travis Crowder and I organized a diverse panel to have an open and honest conversation about racism, diversity, and empathy. It's lengthy, but I wanted to share regardless.  We have to have more of these conversations if we expect things to change. (You can also listen through iTunes if you prefer just audio HERE.)


Blogs/Articles






In Closing...

There is a lot of hurt going on around us.  There is a lot of hurt going on within our own lives.  It's important that every day we interact with others that we take that into account.  Everyone is fighting a secret battle.

As I've seen events unfold over the last week in our country, and as I spoke with some of my friends who come from backgrounds far more diverse than mine, I've been reminded of the work that is still to be done.  The injustices that exists.  The prejudices that are present that we are aware of and those ones we're not.

We can't put our head in the sand.  We can't allow ourselves to be ignorant.  We can't sweep it under the rug.  We need to have open, honest, heartfelt conversations.  And we need to be teaching our kids about empathy through rich, diverse characters that look nothing and sound nothing like them.

I love this image and little story from my friend Brad Montague that he share last week.



Dear kids of the world,


It's not supposed to be like this.

Hate is an ugly thing. Do not believe it.

There is beauty within you and all around you. You'll forget sometimes or you'll see people forget that. Love helps us remember.
We need each other. 

Us grown ups are quick to tell you how things should be (share, be kind, love everybody), but not always great at modeling it. May you stay childlike in a world that can be so childish. Love love love love love love love. ALWAYS. When things seem crazy and you don't know what to do? Love like crazy. Always. There's more to say, but even more to actually do. Fight for love. Rebel joyfully.

Sincerely,
A grown up who still believes


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Welcome Back!!

WELCOME BACK!!  I can't believe the day is finally here to bring our Webb Elementary family back together again!  The office team has been anxiously awaiting your return and we have a lot of great things planned over the next two weeks in preparation for our students coming back!

First and foremost I want to say a HUGE "job well done" to everyone on our campus team.  Why? Because of your hard work, countless hours, sweat, tears, and yes even some blood, we were able to make it OFF the IR list this year!!!!!  That is such a testament to our team.  Though we still have much work to do to continue moving forward, it is so very important that we take the time to celebrate as well.  And this celebration includes everyone because ALL of you put forth the work to make this happen!  I just know that this year we're going to do even bigger and better things!

This year's theme is a Hollywood theme with the tagline of "Where Everyone is a Star".  I look forward to finding ways to celebrate each other, as well as our students and their families, in different and unique ways this year!

As in years past, this blog will be where I share our "Week at a Glance" and any other upcoming events for the week! This will be your go to source of information!

Week at a Glance
(all of this information is also on the campus calendar)

Monday - Staff Bonding (dress comfortably!!) We'll meet in Gym at 8am!
Tuesday - District Symposium (everyone)
Wednesday - Talk Read, Talk Write Training (All K-5 teachers)
Teacher Mentor Meeting
Thursday - Guided Math Training (K-2)
3rd-5th TEKS Resource Refresher
3rd-5th Language of Choice Training
Friday - Guided Math Training (3-5)
K-2 TEKS Resource Refresher
K-2 Language of Choice Training
3-5 ELA Teachers - Independent Reading GHO
Saturday - Back to School Community Walk

Monday

We will be playing a city-wide scavenger hunt on Monday.  Please download the free app "Goose Chase" as you will need it for our game!!

Birthdays
August 13 - Haven Wisnoski
August 14 - Traci Colbert
August 20 - Kheli LaBlue

REMIND

Join our Remind for Staff Updates!

Voxer

Make sure you download the free "Voxer" app as we use it to communicate campus wide


Kids Deserve It

Here is a great interview with Weston Kieschnick, author of "Bold School"


Sparks in the Dark

About once a month I will be sharing with you a new podcast that focuses on reading and writing.  Here is an episode with author of "Allegedly", Tiffany Jackson.


Blogs/Articles






In Closing....

Bringing everyone back together for the first time in a school year, is always an incredibly exciting time.  I countdown the days to seeing everyone again and having our school family back in the same building.  I know that we have some exciting things planned this school year and that together we are going to change lives.  Let's get at it!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Grand Finale

This is it! Our final 3 and a 1/2 days to make a difference in the lives before us at this school!  Just like the best finales on TV I want us to provide experiences worth remembering this week!  The kids will be filled with excitement (and some apprehension) of summer and we need to be ready to channel that excitement into great opportunities for bonding and learning! We can do this!

Week at a Glance

Monday - Grades Due
Jon Harper on Campus
Bem-Vindos Field Trip - 10:30am-3:00pm
After School Training with Jon - 3:45pm
Tuesday - 5th Grade Field Trip
Prek-2 Field Day
Senior Walk - 9:15am
Student of the Year Dinner - 5:30pm
Wednesday - 3-5 Field Day
PPCD Water Day
Thursday - Release at Noon
Staff Potluck and Awards
Friday - Inservice Day
District Lunch/Awards - 12pm - High School


Grades Due

Grades will be due Monday at Midnight.  We will be printing final report cards Tuesday morning.

Jon Harper

Well known educator, blogger, and speaker, Jon Harper, will be on campus on Monday.  I will be getting out a schedule, but he will be going into 2-5th Grade classrooms for about 30 min each to talk about mistakes and writing.  He will then meet after school (3:45) with all certified teachers to do a brief PD with you guys too!

Bem-Vindos Field Trip

For the Bem-Vindos trip we will leave at 10:30am and return about 3pm.  We need to be in the cafeteria at 10:15am

5th Grade Trip

The 5th Grade trip will leave at 8am.  They will remain in the cafeteria that morning instead of releasing down to class.

Camp this Week

MONDAY will be the last day for Camp.  If it is not raining you will take your students outside during camp time.  If it is raining you will take your students to the gym during your camp time.

Field Days

Prek-2 Field Day is Tuesday and 3-5 is Wednesday.  If you have any questions about field day please get with Joni Leonard.

Senior Walk

The Senior Walk will be taking place during our Prek-2 Field Day.  When the Seniors arrive we will have all the students outside form up in a giant line for the seniors to walk through and we'll have the seniors come into the 3rd-4th hallways.  The estimated time is 9:15am.

Dress Code This Week

If you're attending a field trip this week and when it's your field day, you may wear shorts or jeans!

Potluck and Awards

Don't forget our final staff event is Thursday.  You should have signed up HERE to bring something for the potluck.  Also, don't forget to think of a fun award for someone on staff from something that happened this year!

Friday

On Friday you will report to school at normal time.  We will then have the District Lunch and Awards at noon at the High School.  After that, if your sign out sheet is done and turned in, you may leave! If not, head back over to Webb and get finished what you need to!

Floors

Please remember that the school will be COMPLETELY closed May 29-June 9th for cleaning of floors.  You CAN NOT be on campus those days.

Birthdays

Here are our July and Beginning of August Birthdays

Becky Madison - July 2
Marylee Argueta - July 14
Kitty Tripp - July 28
Susan Ballew - July 31
Karla Hinojosa - August 4
Kathy Leiva - August 8

KDI: Stories from Webb

Don't forget that I'd like to have stories by June 2nd if possible!

Kids Deserve It

We had two great guests this week.  Season 8 American Idol Winner, Kris Allen and Dove Award winning music video producer Joel Banta.



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In Closing...

As we finish off this week let's finish off strong! Better even than we started!