Friday, April 15, 2016

Week of April 18

Happy Friday!  What a GREAT week of Challenge Based Learning experiences for our learners.  It is really neat observing the learner generated Guiding Questions posted in your spaces.   Keep up the great job using all of the spaces in a flexible manner and telling your story on Twitter.  

OUR GUIDING PURPOSE: We empower learners to positively impact the world by designing learning experiences that promote relationships, risk taking, and collaboration in a flexible environment.
What YOU are doing to do to LIVE out this VISION at Lee?  

  • that all of you will be getting a macbook and dongle to connect to your projectors for a presentation station?  Please thank Jennifer for going to bat for us to get these!
  • that Chantel will be at TTES (our new evaluation tool for next year) M-W next week?  I will start my day at Lee and head over to the Admin building after morning broadcast.  
  • CSMW will be visiting on Thursday?  9 educators will be with their Principal in the morning and 8 with her in the afternoon?  They want to see what a typical day looks like at Lee and learn all they can about #challengebasedlearning
  • there is an optional guest Marimba performance on Friday at 9:30 
  • summative documents must be submitted in Eduphoria by Friday?


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.  Please post to this Today's Meet after 4:30, but before 5:00, on Wednesday.  Please share what you learned during your time to get credit for your hour.  Those who post will automatically be enrolled through Eduphoria.  You have permission to complete the Math Schoology Course, and the 3 surveys listed below during this time.

We have been trying to get Ashley on campus (as much as her schedule will permit) as she transitions to her new role as our AP.  Please give her a FEW minutes at the beginning of your house conference time, on Friday, to visit with your house.  She is working on building relationships with each of you and completing a needs assessment as she prepares to work at Lee.  If you want, you can complete this 2 question form (anonymous) or you can answer with her in person. 

Friday is Earth Day.  In celebration, please encourage learners to participate in Waste Free Lunch Day on Friday.  Check out these blogs Ashely found on Twitter.

Please invite your parents to attend our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on the outdoor learning pavilion on Friday morning from 7:30-8:30am.  Social Spurs will pick up the tab for ordering breakfast.  Each house is to create a banner to hang Thursday night or before 7:15 a.m. on Friday. 

Thank you for bringing your family and friends to attend the FamiLEE Carnival on Friday from 5:30 - 8:00.  If you have not turned in an auction date idea to PTO, please send it to them ASAP so they can create bid sheets.   It can be as simple as a lunch date with a learner or as fancy as you like.  Wouldn't it be nice for every staff member in the building to have some item in the auction?  Please consider signing up for the teacher event, on the sign up, by Designer mailboxes.  Also, there will be a sign in/out sheet in the front office for our carnival.  This time will be recorded and documented because you are scheduled to be off for a bad weather day on Friday, June 3rd, but you are scheduled to work Saturday, June 4th. A decision has been made to move the bad weather day to Saturday, June 4th, so now nobody is scheduled to work on that Saturday. 

If you would like to have an option to wear jeans for the remainder of the school year, please put your cash (with name attached) in the inter-office envelope on Chantel's round table.  $20 = jeans with school shirts every day and $25 = jeans with school shirts on Wed and Fri Spirit Days and your choice on the others.  Jeans begin the day you submit payment.

The schedule is here.  If you are the AM session, your training is from 7:30-9:30.  You must be back from observations, ready to teach, at 11:30 (including a 30 minute lunch).  If you are in the PM session, your training is from 1:30-3:30.  Please observe, and have a 30 minute lunch between 11:30-1:30.  Be back on time, ready to learn, at 1:30.   It is up to you to connect with other educators to ask permission to observe.  Principals were emailed and so far we are approved at Cottonwood Creek, Wilson, Mockingbird, Austin, Town Center, Valley Ranch, and Pinkerton. (will add other schools on here as I hear back from Principals) You can also observe here, at Lee, if that is your preference.

Please complete this survey (you completed this at the beginning of he year and our district uses this as a comparative study.)  If you are a 3-5 grade Designer, your learners need to complete it, too. It must be completed by Friday.

Please complete this survey from Dr. Denison.  Every person is expected to fill this out.  Be aware it captures your name and our school, so the district knows if you do not participate.  

Yes, there is a THIRD SURVEY THIS WEEK.  This is a different survey than the one I emailed you about earlier this week.  This survey was conducted last year and in order for Stantec to compare before and after results and have validity over time, it’s imperative it is completed again by the same elementary schools.
Staff, please take this 15-minute survey at your convenience:

Please also find a 15-minute window to have your students take the student survey.  The question language on the student survey has been adapted for their comprehension, but this still needs to be an activity guided by you.  Kindergarten, First and Second grade students are not required to take the survey.  
Student Survey:

Please complete the student and teacher surveys before Friday April 29th, 2016:  The survey  is confidential and anonymous.

      This is our FINAL CALL for any orders or check requests through SEPTEMBER 10, 2016.  Our Business Office is changing over systems so we must these turned in to the district.  

Optimism- to anticipate the best possible outcome.

"Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in every day." -Anonymous

Be positive and enjoy life.  Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good.


April 16:  CISD Ed Foundation Fun Run
                Coppell EarthFest
April 18:  Austin Elem 5th graders visit Lee (am)
April 20:  Convocation T-shirt w/ Jeans
                Walk at School Wednesday
                Counselor Mentors at Lee
                Fed Ex (3:30-4:30)  
April 21:  Spur Savings
                 LEEdership Council (8:15 Cafe)
                 Tours (9:00, 1:00, and 3:15)
                 CMSW visits Lee (morning)
April 22: Volunteer Appreciation Event
                Heather's Birthday
                Summatives Due in Eduphoria
                Clarity Surveys Due
                FamiLEE Carnival (5:30-8:00)

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