Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Welcome Back for #RJLYEAR3

Welcome back for another incredible year at Lee.  It has been a BUSY summer in the office as we have been hiring the best and most amazing additions to our school.  A special thank you to our Leadership Team for screening applications in the Spring, and to Courtney, Samira, Nick, Layne, and Ashley for their MANY hours as we find candidates that match our RJL educator profile.  To date we have hired 11 new famiLEE members and still need to find the perfect fourth grade teacher for Yellow House.  We have our eyes set on a gal from Arkansas and are waiting for her to pass the ESL test so we can move forward with a complete famiLEE.  We will keep you posted!  Here is our latest staff roster.  Lastly, please welcome Gabriella McCord when you meet her.  She will be Taylor's long term sub as she stays home with baby Kasen.

Our new hires are required to attend Induction Week.  Here is the schedule of events.  I look forward to seeing you at the Chamber Breakfast.  This is a FUN event, to kick of the week, where you get to win prizes from Coppell community business partners.  Professional dress on this day.
During this year's Convocation, CISD will host George Couros as our guest speaker.  We will study his book Innovator's Mindset this year.  For those of you that want a jump start on reading the book, we have copies in the front office.  The book is yours to write in and make notes.  It is a quick and enjoyable read! 

Samira, Sam, Priscilla, and I had the privilege to be on the IBM campus, in Austin, last week.  We not only got a preview of the app (A-MAZ-ING) but also gave input on future components of the app.  It is going to be EXCITING being the only elementary campus putting this app into practice this school year.  I truly believe it is going to make the day in the life of a teacher more streamlined and benefit the learners.  Unfortunately, I got an email today that our August 8 and 9 training will be postponed.  The district will, instead, offer a series of trainings during the school year.  I apologize for the inconvenience this causes, and will keep you posted as information comes my way.  This means the gift of time on August 8 and 9 now.  ENJOY!!   Leadership Team...we will see you on the 9th.

Thank you to Courtney for working on next year's master schedule as part of her Summer internship hours.  She shared the schedule out for feedback at the beginning of summer and, for now, we will move forward with it.  Please know that the goal of our master schedule is to always keep in mind:
  1. Large teachable blocks of time
  2. Avoiding Red and Green houses in their space during lunch periods (as much as possible)
  3. Keeping recess before lunch

Our faculty website is updated (thank you Sam for helping me with this task!) and ready as a resource for ALL.  It is meant to be a "one stop shop" for you, so if there is something we need to add, please email me and I will add it on there.  For those of you that want to get ahead and start reading the Lee Campus Handbook, it is posted, and updated.  It is required this is read and signed of by September 16.  Updates after 7/19/16 are highlighted in yellow.  The district is going to send me the LATEST Learning Framework.  Once I have that, I will update the link.

Please take a chance to fill out this Google Form that includes information about you and your favorites.  This is a tool the office, PTO, and staff uses to treat you and get to know you better.

If you are interested in partnering with Jodi Dienhammer to create a book similar to the ones her middle schooler's made, she is looking for interested individuals.  You can email her or tweet her.

We have asked for compliance videos early so that they do not need to be completed during the school year.  You can get these done, NOW, in the comfort of your home.  Here is how:
  • Log into Schoology
  • Select "Compliance Trainings 2016-17" for Lee and enter the access code: W2TRS-2B7FM
  • Once you complete the course, take the quiz.  It will record in Schoology and we can monitor your participation
  • All 3 must be completed by September 30, 2016


July 31:  Wendy's Birthday
Aug. 2-5:  New Hire Induction
Aug. 9:  Leadership Meeting
Aug. 10-11:  Kindergarten Assessment Days
Aug. 11:  Residency Verification Day
Aug. 15-19:  Back to School Professional Learning
Aug. 22:  First Day of School

1 comment:

  1. Sure have missed these blogs! Hope everyone has a great year!