Thursday, December 7, 2017

Week of December 11, 2017

We hope you are looking forward to one more week of treats from Ashley, Leigh Ann, and I.  It is SO MUCH FUN planning out ways to show you how much we care for you!  You are the BEST staff on the planet and deserve to be celebrated!

Thank you for the incredible coding opportunities for our kiddos this week.  Your tweets were fantastic!  It was awesome being able to see the opportunities our kids had all the way from Allaso Ranch.

Have the BEST final week of school for 2017.  We know there are so many exciting things happening all over the building.  Have an incredible two weeks off and take time to celebrate the kindness of the giving season as you make memories with those you love.  We will miss you during the break, and be happy to catch up in the new year!  



DID YOU KNOW:
  • that we have two staff members being recognized as GEMS (Great Educators that Matter) before the Board Meeting on Monday.  We would love to have staff members in attendance to cheer ASHLEY and STEPHANIE on as they are celebrated.  Their celebration takes place at 5:30.  CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS!
  • that there is a new Coach's Corner?  Check it out here!



DECEMBER TO REMEMBER:
Don't forget you can wear jeans the entire month of December!  Please tweet out what you enjoy with #decembertoremember and #rjlyear4 
  • 12/11- We will host a Flannels and Flapjack breakfast for you.  
    • 3rd grade, don't forget to leave at your Team Time (get your duty covered, if needed)


  • 12/12- Bring your cookies to the cookie exchange
(bring a copy of your recipe and we will put together for participants)
    • 4th grade, don't forget to leave at your Team Time (get your duty covered, if needed)
  • 12/13-  Hot Cocoa Bar  
    • Join us at the Staff Holiday Party.  We will draw for the Gnome on the Roam winner.
  • 12/14- Luncheon provided by our PTO
    • Wear your UGLY SWEATER TODAY.  There will be prizes.  
  • 12/15- Wear your favorite holiday pajamas and stop by the lounge for our popcorn bar. You may watch holiday movies in  your houses after Spirit Rally until dismissal


Our Gnome is hidden and ready to be found.  
It could be up high...or down on the ground. 
Don't touch him or move him, he must stay in place. 
Capture a picture with him and your face.
Don't tell others you found him, or where he has been.
You want the most entries, so you can win!

He will be in a new location each day.

Take a picture of yourself with the Gnome and email the picture to: LeeGnomeOnTheRoam@gmail.com Each picture submitted will enter you into the drawing for a full day sub in January.  Our drawing will take place at the staff party next week. 



HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Help celebrate the holidays by joining us on Monday for the CMSW Choir & Band and on Tuesday for the 4/5 grade Choir.


ECONOMICS FAIR
Please encourage your learners to join in supporting our 3rd graders with their Economic's Fair on Thursday.  There will be a modified schedule for this day.


ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM AND WINTER PARTIES
Please have learners packed up and down to the gym by 1:15 on Thursday.  While we are in the program, your Room Parents will be setting up for your parties.  We will make an announcement when we are ready for you to come down.



LUNCHES ON DECEMBER 15:
We will have lunches in your spaces on December 15.  



SPIRIT ASSEMBLY
Please invite parents to attend our event on Friday.  We will start at 8:00.  Red and Black Superstars and Yearbook winners will be announced.  We also have some festive games for you to join in- BE READY!


EARLY RELEASE 
Friday is a half day of school.  The elementary school early release time is 12:15.  Please communicate this to your parents.  You may leave once the office is clear of ALL learners.  We will need all hands on deck to make sure learners get home the proper way so EVERYONE can leave early.  


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Modify testing and homework for ELLs. Content area homework and assessments needs to be differentiated for ELLs. Teachers should allow alternative types of assessment: oral, drawings, physical response (e.g., act-it-out), and manipulatives as well as modification to the test. Homework and assessment should be directly linked to classroom instruction and students should be provided with study guides so that they know what to study. Remember that the ELLs in your class may not be able to take notes.

LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Generosity- freely giving of time or resources

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness.  Go out of your way to do something surprisingly kind and generous for someone at least once a month.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"We make a living by what we get and a life by what we give!" -Winston Churchill

DATES TO REMEMBER:
Dec 10- April's Birthday
Dec 11- Julie B's Birthday
     RTI Meetings
     CMSW Choir Performs (1:30 Gym)
Dec 12- Lee 4/5 Choir Performs (8:00 Cafe)
Dec 13- New Learner Luncheons (lunchtimes)
     Frisco Principals at Lee ALL DAY
     Staff Holiday Party
Dec 14- Spurs Savings (7:20-7:40 Cafe)
     Economics Fair
     Anti-Bullying Program (1:15-2:00 Gym)
     Winter Parties (2:00-3:00)
Dec 15- Spirit Assembly (8:00 Gym)
     Early Release (12:15)
Dec 18- Jan 1- NO SCHOOL
Dec 19- Ayesha's Birthday
Dec 29- Ashley's Birthday

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Week of December 4, 2017

Welcome December!  It is a busy but exciting month to be an educator at Lee.  Such FUN and MAGICAL experiences take place this time of year.  Though there is much on all of our "to do" lists, please ENJOY this time with our kiddos.  You only get them so many days, and their wonder this time of year is priceless!  My hope is that our Mad Plaid December to Remember helps keep you happy these last two weeks of the year.  You can't even imagine how loved each and every one of you are!!




DID YOU KNOW:

  • that CISD came up with a name for the new 9th grade center?  It will be called Coppell High School Ninth Grade Campus.  The Board will revisit the name of the new middle school at their next board meeting.
  • strategic design summits are happening in order to plan the next five years in CISD?  If you are interested in giving input there will be a questionnaire that goes live in early December.
  • that early dismissal time for December 15 is 12:15?  Start telling your parents NOW!
  • that plans are being put in motion for our Jan 2 Staff Development Day?  I will keep you posted with an email on this.
  • it is time to nominate some more Red and Black Superstars?  Please take time to recognize a colleague or learner that go above and beyond, here.
  • if you did not order a Red and Black t-shirt that they will be reopening orders the beginning of January (for two weeks).  Get yours so you can wear jeans two Tuesdays a month.  Last year's shirt and other spirit shirts cannot be worn on these days, sorry!
  • we have tours on Wednesday and Thursday next week?  They are looking to see personalized learning and learning environments.  Please do your best to showcase this during their visit.



DECEMBER TO REMEMBER:
Don't forget you can wear jeans the entire month of December!  Please tweet out what you enjoy with #decembertoremember and #rjlyear4 
  • 12/1- We will come by and deliver a scratch off to you.  EVERYONE is a winner!
  • 12/4- Wear your favorite plaids!  We have a Mad about Plaid sign if you want to take a group picture.  You can get the sign from the front office.   
    • 5th grade, don't forget to leave at your Team Time (get your duty covered, if needed)
  • 12/5-  Breakfast will be in the lounge (announced on intercom when ready) and we have festive craft supplies for you.  Have fun being creative!  
    • Kindergarten, don't forget to leave at your Team Time (get your duty covered, if needed)
  • 12/6- Chex Trail Mix will either be delivered to you or in your mailbox.
    • Specials, don't forget to leave at your Team Time (get your duty covered, if needed)
  • 12/7- It's a cheese and cracker snack for you.  We will have this out at your lunch time.  Please take your fair share so there is plenty for the late lunches.
    • 1st grade, don't forget to leave at your Team Time (get your duty covered, if needed)
  • 12/8- Enjoy a special gift from us.  It will be delivered to your mailbox by the end of the day.
    • 2nd grade, don't forget to leave at your Team Time (get your duty covered, if needed)


Our Gnome is hidden and ready to be found.  
It could be up high...or down on the ground. 
Don't touch him or move him, he must stay in place. 
Capture a picture with him and your face.
Don't tell others you found him, or where he has been.
You want the most entries, so you can win!

He will be in a new location each day.

Take a picture of yourself with the Gnome and email the picture to: LeeGnomeOnTheRoam@gmail.com Each picture submitted will enter you into the drawing for a full day sub in January.  Our drawing will take place at the staff party next week. 



MAINTENANCE AND GROUNDS APPRECIATION WEEK
If you have your learners make thank you cards for these hard workers, please send them to the office by Thursday morning.  We will be putting together a basket of treats, from Lee, for them and sending it over to the Service Center.  Feel free to contribute to our treat basket however your house likes.




MADRIGAL VISIT
We will have a performance on Wednesday from 10:15-10:45.  Please join us in the gym bleachers so we can enjoy their festive performance.


CISD HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE:
Don't forget to head over for the festive FUN on Friday.  There are AWESOME door prizes and DELICIOUS snacks for all!  You are welcome to dress in "Grinchy" and festive attire.





LUNCHES ON DECEMBER 15:
We will have lunches in your spaces on December 15.  Please take time to find out what your learners plan to eat so that our cafeteria can place an order that meets our needs.  Please complete this by December 5.  THANKS for your help on this!


(please share with your FamiLEEs)



STAFF HOLIDAY PARTY:
Are you coming to our Staff Holiday Party?  Don't forget to RSVP here.  THANKS, Michelle, for organizing the event!



HOUR OF CODE:
Computer Science Education Week and #HourOfCode are next week! This is a great time to use the coding and robotics resources located in your houses while celebrating problem solving and deeper thinking. Please tweet out your participation in #HourOfCode during coding activities this week.  You all use coding in such creative ways, and the world should get to see your talents! Check out some of the resources curated by the DLCs in the Hour of Code Folder inside the Curriculum & Instruction Schoology group. In the folder, you will find how to get started guides, activities, and a list of curated resources. Also available this year are self-directed Hour of Code K-12 Learner Choice Boards. On these choice boards, learners will select one of the four topics. Each topic has a learn, do, and reflect portion to complete. The reflection piece will be done district-wide through FlipGrid! Learners may dive deep into one topic or explore all four. Not sure where to start? Let Alli know if you need help!


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Use cooperative learning strategies.  Lecture style teaching excludes ELLs from the learning in a classroom.  We don't want to relegate ELLs to the fringes of the classroom doing a separate lesson with a classroom aide or ESL teacher.  Working in small groups is especially beneficial to ELLs who have an authentic reason to use academic vocabulary and real reasons to discuss key concepts.  ELLs benefit from cooperative learning structures.  Give students a job in a group.  Monitor that they are participating. 


This is a SMORE created by one of the CISD ESL Facilitators. It has great ELPS information to utilize when lesson planning. 

LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Justice- being fair, right and upholding what is right

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Never cut in line.  If someone cuts in front of you, do not say or do anything about it.  Let it happen, but let a teacher know about it.  They will handle the situation.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"In matters of style, swim with the current.  In matters of principle, stand like a rock." -Thomas Jefferson

DATES TO REMEMBER:
Week of Dec 4-8: Hour of Code Week
Maintenance and Grounds Appreciation Week
National Handwashing Awareness Week
Dec 4- CK serving lunch to kids in the cafe
Dec 5- Education Foundation Shirt with Jeans
Stop, Collaborate and Listen (3:45-5:35)
Dad's Club Mtg. (7:00 BWW)
Dec 6- Allaso Ranch (5th Grade)
College Shirt with Jeans
Buffalo Wild Wings Night (Office)
  Madrigal Visit (10:15-10:45 Gym)
Campus Tour (12:45-2:00)
Fed Ex Day (3:30-4:30)- we will send an email with course offerings- this blog is LONG ENOUGH!
Dec 7- Allaso Ranch (5th Grade)
NO Spur Savings
Campus Tour (11:20-12:35)
Stop, Collaborate and Listen (3:45-5:35)
Dec 8- Allaso Ranch (5th Grade)
CISD Holiday Open House (Conference times)
Red & Black Superstar Nominations Due
Spirit Stick Sales (Recess Times)
Mariah's Birthday
Dec 9- Drama Club Performance (12:00 pm)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Week of Nov 13, 2017

I'm experiencing "all the feels" as I write tonight's blog.  What a beautiful performance by Red House.  Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this happen for our kids.  The parents were overwhelmingly impressed with the evening's show.  They should have been!  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am reflecting about they many blessings at our school.  I want to remind you that each and every one of you are a blessing to me.  You are not taken for granted and appreciated beyond measure. Please know that I NOTICE all of the heart you pour into your work!  Take time with the people you love most doing the things you love most- you have earned it!  May you come back ready to tackle the last week of November and prepare for a "December to Remember!" (New hires- ask someone what we mean by that!!)



DID YOU KNOW:

  • requests for Special Pay need to be submitted before the last day of the month?  Please mark your calendars to get these in.  TRS has implemented new software and the district has to report every hour and every day worked by every person in the district- this includes extra duty.  THANK YOU for your help!
  • we cannot accept any more personal day requests for December 1?  SORRY!
  • you can order American Heart Association Shirts for a $20 donation? If you order before January 12, you will get a shirt delivered to Lee, and you get to wear it with jeans every Thursday the month of February.
  • Hour of Code is coming up?  Please sign up to participate and mark your calendars for the week of December 4-10. Plan on joining in by beefing up the coding opportunities in your lesson design. Alli, Leigh Ann, Carla, Nikki, and May are some of our super resources for this!
  • we have a new Enrichment designer starting on Monday?  Her name is Rucha Rajendra and she will be a wonderful addition to the Specials team.  Welcome, Rucha!

VISITING AUTHOR
In the spirit of gratitude, 4th and 5th grade, please have your learners write cards or notes of appreciation to PTO for funding the visiting author on Monday afternoon.  I can pass them along to PTO at Tuesday night's meeting.


DESIGN DAYS

We are excited to be able to work in Design 1/2 Days this week.  Please start on time, be ready to observe in some classrooms, and prepared with ideas for your next CBL Big Idea and Guiding Activities.  Support Staff, please plan to join each house design time and share your expertise during these planning sessions, too!

  • AM Planning (7:30-11:30)
  • PM Planning (11:30-3:30)




PTO MEETING
Don't forget to have your sweet kiddos ready to share house updates in regards to CBL and house business on Tuesday.


FAMILEE FEAST @ LEE
All families are invited to join their learner for a traditional Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday during their child’s lunch time.  Lunch will consist of yogurt meal or roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, garlic green beans, orange smiles, apple cobbler, and milk.  The cost of a school lunch is $3.50 and will be easiest if guests use their learner's lunch account when purchasing.


FAMILEE LITERACY NIGHT
Please link in any resources so that our parents can access them in our course catalog by Tuesday.   Also, if there is anything you need to office or support staff to copy/cut/laminate for Thursday, we need it no later than Tuesday morning.  Feel free to use this blurb to share with your parents: 

Did you know that Thursday is National Parent Involvement Day?  Please join us on Thursday Night from 6:00-7:30 pm for our first FamiLEE Literacy Night.  Reading is more than just calling words, and we want to share ways that you can support reading, literacy, and comprehension at home. We will host three 15 minute mini-lessons for parents, therefore, please arrive at 5:45 so you can attend all sessions.  The last 15 minutes of the event is time reading with your child.  Learners are encouraged to come with you, and while parents are in sessions, learners can attend student sessions in the cafeteria.   The parent course catalog is here.  We look forward to seeing you! 



CISD FAMILY FEAST DRIVE
Please share with your parents: For 14 years, CISD has collected food for families in need around Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars to donate canned foods or non-perishable foods on Friday, Nov. 17, for the CISD Family Feast Drive! You also may make an online donation HERE. When you make your donation, make sure you choose Richard J Lee Elementary. Last year, CISD collected 12,397 pounds of food and $13,708 for a total of 51,454 nutritious meals for those in need in North Texas.


WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
This week is the last week we will focus on Domain 2 Dimension 4: Differentiation.  We will look at your lessons to see if they include a wide variety of instructional strategies to meet the diverse needs in your space.  Are all learners completing the same tasks with the same expectations? Is there evidence of content, product, and process in your lesson design?  We will observe you, too.  Are you monitoring the quality of learner participation and performance?   Are you recognizing and minimizing confusion or disengagement?  THANK YOU for reviewing each walkthrough form and using them for the praise and growth they are intended to provide.  Please use the comment tool to keep the conversation open when needed!  




ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Modify vocabulary instruction for ELLs.  English language learners require direct instruction of new vocabulary.  Teachers should also provide practice in pronouncing new words.  ELLs need much more exposure to new terms, words, idioms, and phrases than do English fluent peers.  Teachers need to tie new vocabulary to prior learning and use visuals to reinforce meaning.  Content area teachers should teach new vocabulary words that occur in the text as well as those related to the subject matter.  Word walls should be used at all grade levels


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Gratitude- the act of being grateful; thankfulness

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Always say thank you when given something.  When given an assignment, there is no moaning or complaining.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The ones you should try to get even with are the ones who have helped you." -Unknown


DATES TO REMEMBER:
Nov 10- GTI Student Interviews Due
Nov 13- Samira's Birthday
     Visiting Author 4/5 (1:00 Cafe)
Nov 14- Design 1/2 Day
     Progress Report Grades Due (8:00)
     PTO Meeting (7:00 Cafe)
Nov 15- Design 1/2 Day
     Educational Support Personnel Day
     School Shirt w/ Jeans
     Leadership Mtg (3:30 Enrichment Room)
Nov 16- Design 1/2 Day
     National Parent Involvement Day
     Send Progress Reports Home
     Thanksgiving Feast for FamiLEEs (lunch times)
     FamiLEE Literacy Night (6:00-7:30)
Nov 17- GTI Needs Assessment Forms Due
     Chantel's Birthday
     CISD Family Feast Drive
     Field Trips (1, 3, 4, 5)
Week of Nov 20- 24- NO SCHOOL- HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Nov 20- Courtney's Birthday
Nov 22- Jacque's Birthday

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Week of Nov 6, 2017

Thank you, houses, for reviewing our new CIP and noting what we have already accomplished this school year.  We have already done SO MUCH!  Our tour today was super impressed with what they saw in your spaces with authentic experiences for our learners.  There were hands-on science experiences, technology integration, small group instruction, goal setting, questioning, and MORE.  Thank you for doing such a great job with our learners!  THANK YOU for your persistence with our Write a Check campaign.  Your help is the reason it is a success.  Get ready to write some PTO grant requests!


DID YOU KNOW:
  • the 2017-2018 Clarity survey window opens next week?  Here is a link with resources for the survey in our Lee Schoology course.  (thanks Alli!)
  • CISD added a science training in Eduphoria for Building Academic Vocabulary in the K-8 Science Classroom on November 16 at 4:00?  It is being held at CMSW.  Register in Eduphoria if you are interested.
  • that our MAT Team (Medical Assistance Team) met after school yesterday to practice emergency situations?  If you hear an announcement over the intercom that says "MAT TEAM ----location---"please know we are practicing or having an actual emergency in that area.
  • STRIVE is ALIVE and making everyone crazy?  PLEASE DO NOT WORRY if your SLO attachment will not upload and you get a nasty raccoon image.  There are issues with Stive and you can try at your next grade level team time.  In the meantime, please fill in the initial Skills Profile and the Targeted Skills Profile and hit save and submit.
  • Friday is Jean Guidry's last day?  We thank her for being part of our fami"LEE" the beginning of this year.  We also welcome back, Jess on Monday!
  • Friday, November 3, is National Sandwich Day?  Please do not pack your lunch, we have it taken care of for you!!  There will be a sandwich (we have gluten-free ones for five of you), chips or popcorn, and drinks.  We even have ice cream "sandwiches" for dessert!  ENJOY- we LOVE our staff at Lee!

STAFF MEETING
Wednesday's Staff Meeting time will be used to go over Databases and information literacy.  We will also use this time to meet and design for Literacy Night that is coming up on November 16th.  We are giving you this job embedded time to collaborate, create the catalog description, and any other preparations for our event.  We will meet in Layne's space.


VETERAN'S DAY CEREMONY
Please make sure you share this link with your famiLEEs so that they can RSVP to Thursday's Veteran's Day Ceremony.  They should plan to arrive at 8:00 and expect to stay until approximately 8:45.  We will be called down by grade to the cafe at 8:00.  Please remember to wear red, white, and blue jeans on this day!  THANK YOU to Stephanie and Becky for pulling this program together.  Thank you, Red House designers, for practicing the songs for the performance.  Thank you, Jessica, for the artwork.  Thank you, Specials, for giving up time to prepare the performance.  Thank you, Purple House, for switching Specials time this week so that Red House has extra practice time!


WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
This week, we will continue to focus on Domain 2 Dimension 4: Differentiation.  We will look at your lessons to see if they include a wide variety of instructional strategies to meet the diverse needs in your space.  Are all learners completing the same tasks with the same expectations? Is there evidence of content, product, and process in your lesson design?  We will observe you, too.  Are you monitoring the quality of learner participation and performance?   Are you recognizing and minimizing confusion or disengagement?  THANK YOU for reviewing each walkthrough form and using them for the praise and growth they are intended to provide.   




ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Determine key concepts for the unit and define language and content objectives for each lesson.  Teachers write the key concept for a unit of study in student-friendly language and post it in the room.  New learning should be tied to this concept.  Additionally, teachers should begin each lesson by writing a content objective on the board.  At the end of the lesson, students should be asked if the objective was met.  Classroom teachers also need to set language objectives for the ELLs in their class.  A language objective might be to learn new vocabulary, find the nouns in a lesson, or apply a grammar rule. 


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Effort- doing  your best in an endeavor.

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
It is rude to ask if you are getting something for good behavior.  You should be good and try your best because you are trying to better yourself, not because you are anticipating a reward.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Don't be content with being average.  It is as close to the bottom as it is to the top." -Anonymous



DATES TO REMEMBER
Nov 5- Daylight Savings
Nov 7- Education Foundation Shirt and Jeans
     Dad's Club Meeting (7:00 pm @ BWW)
Nov 8- Convocation Shirt and Jeans
     Fall Picture Retakes
     Staff Meeting (Layne's Space 3:35-5:00)
Nov 9- Spur Savings (7:20-7:40)
     Red House Veteran's Day Performance (8:15 and 6:30)
Nov 10- Green House Field Trip
*be getting your learners ready to present for PTO Mtg next week

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Week of October 30

Ladies, THANK YOU, for yet another wonderful week with the children.  Being in  your spaces has brought me such joy.  One of my favorites today was watching one of our struggling learners be uber successful subtracting with regrouping using exploding dots and a numberline.  THANK YOU for finding ways to reach each of our learners and bringing out the best in each and every one of them!  We appreciate your participation in this week's Red Ribbon Week spirit days.  We cannot wait to see your costumes for tomorrow!  Have a super weekend and we will see you at the dance!



DID YOU KNOW:

  • that Jacque updated her blog on differentiation?  Don't forget to book her.
  • that TOY nominations are due, tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 27?  Thank you so much to those that took time to submit nominations. 
  • that we will be looking for a new Music Designer?  We are very sad to lose Megan.  She will be taking care of herself, and her family, and hope she will return to Lee one day.
  • you, and your learners, can download Office 365 on  your home computers?  Look for an email from CISD. 
  • we will keep the canned food from the dance for 1 week for those of you that want to use it for math experiences with your learners.  Please tweet out how so we can see your creative lessons!



BOOK CHARACTER PARADE
We will take the parade INDOORS this year due to the cold and windy weather.  At 8:00, we will make an announcement and ask everyone to walk as if they are leaving for PM bus dismissal.  Please keep learners in an organized line and keep the line moving as we weave through the building.  Learners who do not dress up, and parents who come up to watch, can sit on the wooden steps of yellow and red house and cheer on the participants.  THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU THAT PARTICIPATED and got our learners involved!  Morning broadcast was prerecorded (thanks Sam, Taylor, and your crew) and I emailed out a WAC update. Please watch the broadcast, as a house, at a time that works for you.0000000000000


CAMPUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN
At Monday night's Board Meeting, the Board approved our 2017-2018 CIP.  Please review it in one of your house meetings this week.  Leadership, a printed copy is in a binder, in your mailbox, so that you may notate things already being worked on in the October column.   Please ask Leigh Ann, Ashley, or Chantel if you have ANY questions about our action steps.



STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Please make sure you have completed the following tasks for Student Learning Objectives by Friday, November 3rd.

  1.  Use your BOY data to input each learner into your Student Growth Tracker (Google Sheet). Hint: you can cut and paste your class list from Pentamation.  Learners should have a rating for their Initial Skills Profile AND for their Target Skills Profile.  Remember, these use two different rubrics (the ones you created as a team), so even if a learner is "typical" for the Initial Skills Profile and "typical" for the Targeted Skills Profile, they would still be showing growth. 
  2. Once your Student Growth Tracker is filled in, you need to save it as YOURLASTNAME Student Growth Tracker 2017.   Upload it to Strive.  On the "evaluations" tab, you will see a place to "upload documents" with a plus sign. 
  3. Go back into Strive to your SLO page that we started together as a team.  Make sure it is complete.  You'll need to add the number of learners you had at each level (typical, above typical, well above typical, etc.) for both the Initial Skills Profile and the Targeted Skills Profile. Once it is complete, hit save and SUBMIT.  


FED EX DAY
Enjoy your one hour on Wednesday where you learn about a topic of YOUR choice related to YOUR goals, and earn Flex credit for it.  This is a time for learning.  Unfortunately, this is not time for reading your Book Study book, because you get additional flex hours for that learning.  Please post to Today's Meet after 4:30, but before 5:00, on Wednesday, and share what you learned during your time in order to get credit for your hour.  Here is the link to the webinar if it interests you.  You will need to create a free ASCD account to access it. 


NEW TECH STAR PARTY
Please advertise to your parents that New Tech is hosting a Star Watching party for Lee Learners on Wednesday night.  The event is at New Tech High.


WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
Did you see this tweet about differentiation from Jacque at Math Academy?  This week, we will continue to focus on Domain 2 Dimension 4: Differentiation.  We will look at your lessons to see if they include a wide variety of instructional strategies to meet the diverse needs in your space.  Are all learners completing the same tasks with the same expectations? Is there evidence of content, product, and process in your lesson design?  We will observe you, too.  Are you monitoring the quality of learner participation and performance?   Are you recognizing and minimizing confusion or disengagement?  THANK YOU for reviewing each walkthrough form and using them for the praise and growth they are intended to provide.   




ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Link new information to prior knowledge.  Teachers need to consider what schema ELL learners bring to the classroom and to link instruction to the students' personal, cultural, and world experiences.  Teachers also need to know what their students do not know.  They must understand how culture impacts learning in their classroom. 
Are you using ELLEVATION?
 (your CISD username and "forgot password" will get you into this wonderful resource)


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Perseverance- the ability to persist or continue to the end

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Make every effort to be as organized as possible.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The man who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones." -Chinese Proverb

DATES TO REMEMBER
Oct 29-Nov 3- Write a Check Campaign
Oct 30- Jessica's Birthday
     RtI Meetings
Nov 1- Yellow House takes over Lounge clean up
     College Shirt with Jeans
     Buffalo Wild Wings Night (Yellow House)
     Fed Ex (3:30-4:30)
     New Tech Star Party (7:00-8:30 @ New Tech)
Nov 2- Campus Tour (7:30-9:30)
Nov 3- LEEdership Council (8:30-9:30)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Week of October 23, 2017

SUCH AN AWESOME WEEK!  Thank you for your incredible House meetings and for your efforts moving forward with your newest Big Ideas.  It is exciting that we have Design Days coming up in a couple of weeks!  You did a wonderful job of representing our school with our many visitors and continue to impress.  Our guests leave Lee feeling inspired and hopeful with new ideas to take back to their schools.  This is because of each and every one of YOU!  Please remember "You Are ALL Wonders" and that YOU make a difference in education and at Lee.  


DID YOU KNOW:
  • there is a special event at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy?  If you are interested in attending, here is some information.  The RSVP for 2 free tickets is October 25.  I know I'm excited to go! 
  • this website has cool and interactive, live and recorded, activities for all grades and content areas.  Don't forget to filter the provider.  There is more than Bass Hall included! You have to register, but it is FREE and EASY.  Thanks, Cassie, for re-sharing in Purple House meeting and for Taylor and Cassie showing us (on Twitter) how this can be used!
  • parents are missing important weekly information in our weekly PTO newsletter?  Designers may be missing this info, too!  Please give directions in your weekly newsletter for them to register to receive it.
  •  Coaching Corner is updated?  Check out the blog to see what's new with your #RJLyear4 coaches this month!
  • there is a "Wonderous" portrait maker?  How cool is THIS?  What about becoming a Wonder Certified Kind Classroom
  • that New Tech is inviting Lee Learners to come to a Star Watching Party, on November 1, from 7:00-8:30 at New Tech?  They are bringing fliers to Lee, tomorrow, and hope we will spread the word to our children.  If you choose to go to the event, we will offer you flex credit for learning about constellations with New Tech learners and our kids.  

WRITE A CHECK
Write a Check will begin next week.  The minute I hear something from PTO, I will forward that information on to you.  As of tonight, I am still waiting for information.  There MAY be a last minute request to add a letter to your report card envelopes.  If you have subs in your house, we may need to help them with putting these letters in the envelopes.  Stay tuned....SORRY!


RED RIBBON WEEK

You may wear jeans if you participate in our theme days for Red Ribbon Week.  Here are the details for next week's spirit days.

STORYBOOK CHARACTER PARADE and SCHOOL DANCE
Please encourage learners and plan to participate in Friday's parade.  A book should accompany "costumes" and learners are allowed to wear their costume to the school dance on Friday night.  Entrance into the event is free WITH A CANNED FOOD DONATION per person.  Canned food will be donated to Metrocrest.  (if you would like to graph or have authentic math experiences with the donations- you are welcome to do so!) . Please plan to attend the dance and engage with the learners and their famiLEEs.  We love it when you bring your family, too, so bring them with you!  It is a great opportunity to build relationships and have FUN! 



WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
This week we will be starting a new focus for our walkthroughs.  We will focus on Domain 2 Dimension 4: Differentiation.  We will look at your lessons to see if they include a wide variety of instructional strategies to meet the diverse needs in your space.  Are all learners completing the same tasks with the same expectations? We will observe you.  Are you monitoring the quality of learner participation and performance?   Are you recognizing and minimizing confusion or disengagement?  We KNOW we will continue to see great learning environments and experiences for our children.  THANK YOU for reviewing each walkthrough form and using them for the praise and growth they are intended to provide.   

Campus administration will be sending out dates to sign up for your formal T-TESS Observations, soon.  Be on the lookout!



ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Make lessons visual.  Use visual representations of new vocabulary and use graphs, maps, photographs, drawings and charts to introduce new vocabulary and concepts.  Tell a story about information in the textbook using visuals. Create semantic and story maps, graphic organizers to teach students how to organize information. 


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Integrity- acting according to a sense of right and wrong

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Do what you know is right, even if no one is watching.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he wouldn't be found out." -Thomas Macauley


DATES TO REMEMBER:
Week of Oct. 23-Nov 4- Write a Check Fundraising
Week of Oct. 23-Oct. 27- Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 23- Britt's Birthday
Oct. 24- Mentor Meeting (3:35)
     Stop, Investigate, Listen (4:00-5:00 CCE)
     Japanese Club Author Visit and Dinner (5:00-7:00)
Oct. 25- House Shirt with Jeans
     3rd Grade at ADI Training
     K-2 Math Educator Academy
     Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
October 26- 3-5 Math Educator Academy
     Spur Savings (7:20-7:40)
     Lee Learning Walks (8:00-9:00)
     Campus Tour (9:30-10:30)
     MAT Team Drill (3:30 Media Center)
Oct 27- TOY Nominations Due
     Book Character Parade (8:00 Track)
     So You Think You Can Dance (6:30-9:00)


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Week of October 16, 2017

BOY DID THIS WEEK FLY BY and how nice is this Fall"ish" weather we are getting?  It is hard to believe we have already concluded our first quarter.  KUDOs to ALL of you (and your learners) for the BEST Spirit Rally behavior today!  I am super impressed with their power claps.  It was fun hearing house chants and house songs as we entered.  Thanks Leigh Ann and Ashley for helping with our fun games at the end. Congratulations Amanda and Samira for your recognitions, and thank you to those who nominated learners and staff.  I appreciate your great work in Staff Meeting as we work to better infuse this committee work into our lives at Lee.  There are some incredible ideas!!  Thanks to the folks who attended Stop, Collaborate, and Listen as you learned about Math for the 2nd 9 weeks.  A huge shout out to May who has planned and delivered sessions of SCL this week.  You all have done a FANTASTIC job of telling your Lee Story on Twitter- it doesn't go unnoticed!  Lastly, impressive global connections this week in so many classes for Global Math Week and Global Read Aloud.  ALL OF THIS IN A SHORT WEEK??!!!



DID YOU KNOW:
  • that there is a blog post about YOU and your work at Lee?  Thank you Cassie for finding this. These would be some AWESOME folks to connect with in your PLN.  Let me know if I can help with being a connector for you! 
  • we earned $108 from our Green House BWW night?  THANKS for attending and earning money for our school! 
  • there is this cool infographic about how school librarians are helping to transform learning? Keep up the collaborating with Melinda! 
  • there is a Google Folder to upload pictures to for our yearbook?  This is a GREAT WAY to make sure your learners are showcased.

FamiLEE CAMP IN
Please advertise the FamiLEE Camp In to your parents and learners this week. It is a super FUN event and is one way our dads earn funds for projects they help us with at school.  Registration deadline is Monday.  Here is the link to register.  


TOY
Please work on your Teacher of the Year nominations.  If you need admin to cover your class so you can observe your nominee, to help you better answer the questions, please arrange that with us.  We are happy to help.  Nominations are due October 27.


WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
This week is the last week we will give you feedback on Domain 3.1: Learning Environment.  We will look at your physical and virtual environment.  We will also be looking at what your learners are doing, what transitions look like, that all subject areas are displayed in anchor charts, that learning objectives are posted, that there is current learner work displayed, and that you have CBL evidenced in your space.  

Keep in mind with THREE administrators, there is a chance that you could have walkthroughs three weeks in a row, out of four.  We have a system and you should not have more than one per week. Please take time to view your walkthroughs and provide comments back, if necessary.  These are intended for GROWTH!


TRANSFORMATION IN ACTION VISITS
Tour season is starting and our first tour is a BIGGIE!!!  We need all of our campus to be prepared as we showcase the incredible work we are doing at Lee.

We will have visitors from 9 high performing school districts visiting from 9-11 and 1-3 on Tuesday.   This visit is a BIG DEAL and aligned with the Visioning Document.   21 morning guests and 17 afternoon guests are coming to learn more about Lee's vertical scheduling, vertical collaboration, and Challenge Based Learning.  They are also looking to observe the integration of authentic experiences through technology (for example: coding, robotics, learner creation of products).  They are encouraged to talk and engage with the learners AND YOU.

Your digital signage looks INCREDIBLE.  Please have it turned on (should be each day of school) and ensure house info and learners are looping.  Please take advantage of ALL areas of the building, and make sure that all spaces in your house are presentable.  Learner work should be displayed in your space and CBL should be evident in EVERY space.


BOOK CHARACTER PARADE
Please start talking this event up to your learners, NOW, so they have time to think about and prepare their costume for the 27th.  Wouldn't it be awesome if ALL kids participated?  The 27th is also our PTO fall school dance, so please mark your calendars now, so you can make it.  


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Provide comprehensible input for ELLs.  Language is not "soaked up."  The learner must understand the message that is conveyed.  Comprehensible input is a hypothesis first proposed by Stephen Krashen.  He purports that Ells acquire language by hearing and understanding messages that are slightly above their current English language level.  When newcomers are assigned to a mainstream classroom and spend most of their day in this environment, it is especially critical for them to receive comprehensible input from their teachers and classmates.  If that teacher provides information by lecturing in front of a classroom, the ELL will not be receiving this input.  Teachers need to speak more slowly, use gestures and body language to get across the meaning to ELLs. 


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Accountability- being responsible for one's actions

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return.  It is only polite to show others that you are just as interested in them as they are in you.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"I am NOT a product of my circumstances.  I AM a product of my decisions." - Stephen Covey


DATES TO REMEMBER:
Week of October 16-20- National School Bus Safety Week
October 16- RtI Meetings
October 17- Ed Foundation Shirt with Jeans (don't forget to tweet for Sonic)
     Transformation in Action Site Visits (9:00 and 1:00)
     Mentee Meeting (3:35- Room 402)
October 18- Deepa's Birthday
     CISD Education Foundation Grants Due
     School Shirt with Jeans
     New Learner Luncheons (your lunch times)
     Leadership Meeting (3:35- STEAM Lab)
October 20- Report Cards Go Home
     LEEdership Council Meeting (9:30)
     Fall Camp- In (7:00pm-8:00 am)