Sunday, October 26, 2014

Get Ready for Red Ribbon Week!

It was such a fun way to end up our week with our Spirit Rally and our TCE social!  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Spirit Rally with our dancing and pumpkin challenge!  Also, thank you to everyone who was able to make it out and celebrate after school for a bit!  It was great to share a few laughs and enjoy some bonding time together!  

Here is a little video to the pumpkin challenge captured. . .

It is going to be another busy week with several trainings and Red Ribbon Week, but looking forward to wrapping up another wonderful month at TCE and starting off the week right with our TCE Potluck!
Upcoming Weekly Events 
October 27th-31st 

Monday- TCE Potluck (bring in a yummy dish or treat)
Wear jeans and a ball cap or crazy hat!
Fire drill/Tornado drill 8:15am

Tuesday- Wear sweats and something neon!

Wednesday- Wear jeans/sweats and crazy socks!

Sally Ride Training - several people out this day
Thursday- Wear jeans and cowboy boots!
Project Wild Training
Friday-Wear sweats and our TCE grade level shirt or another TCE shirt!

Texan Town
Jack O' Lantern Jog
Report Cards go Home!

Announcement Weekly Info  
Life Principle:  Cooperation
Cowboy Courtesy:  Keep yourself and bathrooms clean and germ free.
ABC of Etiquette:  Never reach over someone’s plate to get something. 

Important Reminders and Updates

 District Professional Learning Survey 
(REQUIRED by ALL TCE Educators)
Very important survey! 
has to be completed by Friday, October 31st!
(team leader's please let me know 
when all of your team has completed)

 Directions for Taking SAI On-Line Survey

Navigate to:
 using your web browser.

Click on “Register to take the survey”.

Enter your school specific token to take the survey. 

Our school’s token is CEEJG

password (choose a password you can remember in 
case you do not complete your survey in one sitting).

Enter a user name (your e-mail address or another user name you can remember)

Once you have completed these steps, you will link directly to your survey. If you choose not to complete the survey in one sitting, you may click “save” at any time to save your results and then return to the survey at a later time. You should never “Register” again.

If you did not complete the survey and need to return to complete it, go to and enter your user name and password. The site will present you with your home page from which you can return to your survey.

Teacher of the Year 
Nominations Due by Friday, October 31st!

Here is the link to nominate a teacher for the 2014-2015 school year:

Engineer of the Week 

Please remember that Brett or I will cover a morning/afternoon or lunch/recess duty for you during the week!  Just email us to let us know what might work out!  Also, you may leave early one day once your kiddos are dismissed!

This week we are celebrating:  Lorri Brehm

Shout Outs!
Becky Garrett and an absolutely fabulous musical performance with the kiddos!

Laci Garza, Ashley Martin and the 2nd grade team for all of their help getting the 2nd graders ready to go!

Kelly Spears and Candace Coffee for everything they did to get CoGat up and going and completed!  

3rd and 5th grade as well as KaTrina, Mary, and Sudeshna for all of your help in giving CoGat!

Linda for the fabulous job you did with our Crucial Conversations training!

Kristan Hruby for attending Write From the Beginning and Beyond training!

Kim Becker, Katie Tonemah, Meredith Garnier, Morgan Peccarelli and Lorri Brehm for attending the Literacy Training with the district!  

Kate Seifert, Renee Rohani, Courtney Rice, and Jenna Taylor for attending the first district Math Academy!

Resources and Using Technology
Remember that there are so many wonderful tools available to incorporate technology into learning!  As you design your lessons, try to constantly reflect on how you can use technology in a way to share learner work or assess learning throughout the lesson!
Click on the images below in order to go to Thinglinks allowing you to explore the pics in greater detail!

Final Quotes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Smile. . .It's Fall!

It is definitely a beautiful day and starting to really seem like fall!  Hopefully all of you are able to enjoy this beautiful weather and are taking time to enjoy some of those fun fall activities like football games, visiting pumpkin patches and attending the festivals!  

This week is going to be another great week of learning! Don't forget about the importance of focusing on modeling with your kiddos and using anchor chart ideas to help during and after instruction!  

Here is what we have happening so far this week:

Upcoming Weekly Events 
October 20th-24th 

Monday- 2nd Grade Assessment Planning 1/2 Day - Lit. Library
Team Leader Meeting 3:15 - C106

Tuesday- PTO Grant Committee Meeting - 8:15

Fire/Shelter Drill - 1:15pm
1st and 2nd Year Teachers (GYEP) - 3:15pm - Jennifer M.'s room
Dyslexia Parent Meeting - Library 5:30pm

Crucial Conversations - 8:00am- Candace's room

Kinder, 1st and 2nd - Fire Department - 9:00am - Cafeteria
CoGat Testing 3rd and 5th Grade

Thursday-Crucial Conversations - 8:00am- Candace's room
CoGat Testing 3rd and 5th Grade
Friday- End of 1st 9 Weeks 

Spirit Rally (2nd grade performs) 8:20am - Gym
CoGat Testing 3rd and 5th Grade

Announcement Weekly Info  

Life Principle:  Humility 
Cowboy Courtesy:  If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, congratulate them. If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger.
ABC of Etiquette:  If you drop your fork, napkin, or anything else on the floor, pick it up before leaving the cafeteria.

Important Reminders and Updates
Tutoring info
3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers, KaTrina, Mary and Cathy:  Please make sure and check with me this week to make sure you know how to fill out your extra duty pay sheet.  
Also, you will need to turn in a separate sheet this year briefly stating who was in attendance during tutoring for each session (sign-in sheet) and a brief description of specific skills the learners were working on during the session.  
Ex:  istation, Reflex math, multi-step problem solving, reading inferences/analyzing text, etc.  
Spirit Rally 
Please let me know by Wednesday of this week if you have anything you need to announce for Spirit Rally this Friday.  This might include anything your Texan Town jobs/clubs need to announce or any other special thing going on with your grade level! 
Red Ribbon Week will be coming up next week as well as our TCE PotLuck will be next Monday, October 27th! 
October Birthdays 

Gloria Yates - 8th
Jenna Taylor - 25th

Engineer of the Week 

Please remember that Brett or I will cover a morning/afternoon or lunch/recess duty for you during the week!  Just email us to let us know what might work out!  Also, you may leave early one day once your kiddos are dismissed!

This week we are celebrating:  Katie Tonemah

Marly purchased a new book the other day that you may want to check out!  I saw it in her room and it had some excellent resources for Kinder-5th grade for making connections with poetry and science.  The book is entitled:
  The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (Teacher's Edition): Poems for the School Year Integrating Science, Reading...
Here are a few pages. . .

Shout Outs!
Shout out to our Kinder and 1st grade team for their hard work during their data assessment days!  

Shout out to Alicia for swinging by to let us see her and Libby!  It was so nice to see them both as well as meet Alicia's mom! 

Shout out to Brad for getting our App Smash board up while Alicia is out!  

Final Quote

Monday, October 13, 2014

Loving this Weather!

I hope all of you had a chance to get outside this weekend and enjoy the amazing weather!  Even though it was definitely a bit windy for me today!

Upcoming Weekly Events
for October 13th-17th
Monday- Holiday!

Tuesday- Angie Out Morning - Principal Meeting

Wednesday- Kinder Assessment Half Day (AM)-Literacy Library

Vertical/PLC Meeting 3:15 (Library)

Thursday-1st Grade Assessment Half Day (AM)-Literacy Library
Friday- Texan Town
RTI/PST meetings- C106 

Announcement Weekly Info  

Life Principle:  Optimism

Cowboy Courtesy:  When homework is assigned, do not moan or groan
ABC of Etiquette: Do not play with your food

Important Reminders and Updates

Texans of the Week
Please remember to fill out the form Cindy sent out for our Texans!  This year we wanted to do something a little different to add more of an emphasis to our life principles.  
Make sure and nominate your first five learners or one's that would be selected for those principles!

   TCE UbD Lesson Design
Please make sure that your team is downloading our lesson design units to our new site for this year!  Marly sent out an email to those team members who have rights to download.  If another team member needs to have rights, 
please let her know. Here is who currently has rights: 
Lori Vincenzo
Kelly McShan
Ashlin Bowman
Meredith Garnier
Heather Judd 
Candace Coffee

Remember that you can still access last year's plans on our site from last year!  
Site from last year:
Site for this year:

October Birthdays 
Gloria Yates - 8th
Jenna Taylor - 25th

Shout Outs!
We are so excited that Meredith got engaged this last week!  Congratulations!!
Shout out to Marly and Alicia for getting our TCE UbD website ready to go for this year!

Shout out to our classroom teachers for the amazing job you did with our parent conferences and helping to continue forming relationships with all of our learners and their families!  

Shout out to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grade and Ashley Martin for the incredible planning and brainstorming you had during your STEM days!  

Shout out to Ashley Minton, Brad Cook, Candace Coffee and Lisa Hansen for helping during the STEM planning days!

Engineer of the Week 
This year we will be celebrating an "Engineer" of the week, because each of you are incredible designers 
each day in lesson design!  
Please remember that Brett or I will cover a morning/afternoon or lunch/recess duty for you during the week!  Just email us to let us know what might work out!  Also, you may leave early one day once your kiddos are dismissed!

This week we are celebrating:  Candace Coffee

Visible Thinking in the Classroom

The following are a few links sharing tools to use on the iPad that would help to show learner thinking.  
Also there are pictures of examples of how you might use questioning or show learner thinking through formative assessments or visuals. 
Remember that the more learners can see how others are thinking and give feedback on their thinking the more connections can be made in learning! 

Final Quote
One of my favorites I reflect on from time to time in my life:  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Important Additional Info

Just a couple of important info items that I had thought of today. . .

***Don't forget that Dr. Waldrip will be visiting us tomorrow afternoon on campus after lunch!  :) 

1.        Vertical Team will be cancelled tomorrow.  We will do a combo PLC/Vertical meeting all together next Wednesday, October 15th.  Hopefully this will give you some extra time to gather any data for parent conferences and any other materials you will share with parents!


2.       Sub folders– If you could all please make sure that you have a sub folder with any info that could help them as they go through the day.  This should be easily accessible and should be ready to go at any time, because you never know for sure when you might get sick, etc.


3.       Sub Plans- Please make sure that you are leaving detailed plans for you subs when you are going to be out.  It is never a guarantee who the sub might be (even when you have a request).  We have had concerns already this year with plans not being ready to go and subs having numerous questions in the office.


4.       Engineer of the Week (teacher of the week) – Brett is placing these sheets in everyone’s boxes.  (new teachers he still needs to get pictures of you and will do this on Thursday).  I would like for everyone to have their sheet filled out and returned to Brett, so when we are ready to post on the board for that week, they are ready to go!  Please have this filled out and turned back in by Tuesday, Oct. 14th!!  (we will be trying to focus on highlighting specific lesson design activities happening in your room!)


5.       Texans of the Week (student of the week) – We will be starting these up again the week of October 20th!  We are wanting to make sure that this year a student is chosen based on something they did well.  (ex:  a life principle such as responsibility, perseverance, etc.)  Cindy will be sending out an email with updates on how to enter the Texans. 


6.       Parent Teacher Conferences – Please make sure that Marnie has a copy of your schedule for parent conferences on Friday!  This helps us in the office, in case parents call, etc. 


7.       New Bulletin Boards -  You may have noticed we have gotten in some new bulletin boards for our hallways!  They are meant to be interactive and more info will come this week about how learners and educators can use these for learning! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Keep On Keepin' On!

I know it is officially that time of year when we are literally pushed to our limit!  Please know that each and every one of you are absolutely fabulous and I promise we are about to be over the BIG hump for this fall after our parent conferences wrap up this week!  I have been so impressed with the level of lesson design and assessments in learning happening so far this year and your hard work and dedication to our campus and kiddos is beyond AMAZING!!!! 

Upcoming Weekly Events
for October 2nd-October 10th
Monday- Stomp out bullying day!  (Wear jeans and blue)
2nd Grade STEM day

3rd Grade STEM day

WednesdayBrett Out all day
4th Grade STEM day
Vertical Team Meeting (everyone together) - Library

Thursday-5th Grade STEM day
Friday- Parent Conference Day

Announcement Weekly Info
Life Principle:  Responsibility

Cowboy Courtesy:   Enter a public building quietly

ABC of Etiquette: Do not slurp or blow bubbles in your drink.

Important Reminders and Updates
 In case you didn't remember, we have a holiday on 
Monday. . .and that is about all we need to 
be reminded of right now!!
Shout Outs! 
Kinder and 1st grade teams for their great job planning for STEM planning!

Becky Garrett, Laci Garza, Brad Cook, Candace Coffee and Ashley Minton for all of their help during the STEM planning days!
Everyone that was able to help out during our Technology Showcase Night!  There was such wonderful parent feedback from the evening!  
Everyone for participating in the potluck on Monday!  It is so nice to celebrate with everyone while tasting so many yummy treats!  Thank you for taking the extra effort to participate in these TCE family fun days!
  Final Quotes
I thought we might need a few laughs this week, so these were a few quotes and pics that made me smile!