Don't Get Testy!

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Don't Get Testy!

WOEF Grants

The White Oak Education Foundation grant applications are available online at www.woef.wonecks.net. The WOEF is dedicated to provide funding for student, teacher, and school programs, projects, and initiatives that are not provided through district funding. They have been responsible for over $430,000.00 of funding since 2002.

The deadline for grant applications is Friday, October 12, 2013. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. Get your grant application in NOW. Grants will be awarded November 18-22, 2013.

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Beginning of the Year Screening

Intermediate teachers will be giving DRA (Developmental Reading Assessments) this week to students in order to set a baseline for this year’s progress. Next week, students will take a Math Screening Assessment. Let’s all work hard to do our best!

 
 
 
 
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Lunch and Learn

All of you are members of TCEA because Scott registered you when you attended the Area 7 conference held at White Oak last June.  As TCEA members, you have the opportunity to register for free Lunch and Learn webinars held each week at 11:45.  Now, do not fret because you cannot stop teaching and participate in a webinar…….If you register (free) for a Lunch and Learn session, they will send you a link via email to the recorded webinar, and you can watch it ANYTIME YOU WANT TO WATCH. There are some really good ones, and I have learned a lot from participating in these year after year.

Give them a Try!
http://www.tcea.org/learn/webinars/lunch-and-learn?utm_source=TechNotes+09-03-13&utm_campaign=TechNotes+09.03.13&utm_medium=email

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Come LIKE us on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/WhiteOakPrimary

http://www.facebook.com/WhiteOakIntermediate

Each campus has its own respective Facebook Fan Page, and we would like to urge you to visit each page to see the information and resources posted there. If you have a Facebook account, you can click “LIKE” and the posts made to that Fan Page will appear on your Facebook wall. NOTE: You have to “LIKE” the Primary Facebook for Primary information, and “LIKE” the Intermediate Facebook for Intermediate information.

Please KNOW that you DO NOT have to have any kind of Facebook page to view the wealth of links and resources found on these pages. You will find links to Apps, Websites for Students, Tools for Teachers and Parents, Featured Blog Postings, and much, much, more.

Get quick information right to your phone BEFORE anyone else by visiting our Facebook and subscribing to our posts. We are always working to maintain the best communication with our parents and community.

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Important Schedule Change

The upcoming Early Release date has changed. We will have our Early Release on Tuesday, April 16th. This will be a training day for teachers. Five professional development classes will begin shortly after your children are dismissed. Because of the scheduled events, we are asking that parents NOT eat lunch with their child on the 16th. Please make note of the times below:

  • Afternoon PreK will meet from 8-11 with the morning class
  • Primary and Intermediate Campuses – 12:00
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Shhh…STAAR Testing April 2nd & 3rd

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, will begin this week. On Tuesday, April 2nd, our 4th grade will participate in Day One of the Writing STAAR, and the 5th grade will take the STAAR Math assessment.  On Wednesday, April 3rd, 4th grade will complete Day Two of the Writing STAAR, and fifth grade will take the STAAR Reading assessment.

We encourage our students to:

  • Go to bed early
  • Be on time for school
  • Plan to bring your lunch from home that morning or purchase your lunch from the cafeteria on these two testing days. Food brought in for lunch will not be allowed for any grade level on testing days. VISITORS for lunch will not be permitted on campus on April 2nd or 3rd.
  • Students may bring one, sealed bottle of room-temperature water. Any other drink will not be allowed.

We are proud of our students and know that they are ready to show what they can do. Let’s stand behind them and show our support by making sure these tips are followed by all.

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Building Vocabulary Skills

 

This game will help our students understand and recognize compound words. Students will be asked to pick out the compound words from paragraphs. Have fun while adding to your vocabulary skills!

Learn and practice your capitalization rules in this fun online Capitalization game. Watch your writing skills improve as you master these rules.

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Intermediate Benchmark Tests

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Practicing and Remembering Multiplication Facts

If you have students who are having a difficult time memorizing multiplication facts, then this site may be just what you and your students are needing. Multiplication.com is a site where students (and parents) can choose a specific fact that is proving difficult and listen to an audio and video story that will bring meaning to the math fact. Students can also take pre-test on facts, view tips and tricks for remembering facts, play games, and much more. Also, students can use this site to practice addition and subtraction skills. This site would made a GREAT Center during small group time.

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4th Grade Writing/5th Grade Math & Reading Benchmarks

Spring Benchmarks for fourth grade writing and fifth grade math and reading have been scheduled for the week of February 11 – 15. Benchmarks will be structured as closely to STAAR testing as possible in order to give our students an opportunity to experience a simulated testing environment equal to the rigor of state assessment dates. This will help students to be more successful in time management and give teachers an opportunity to observe and make any needed changes before the April assessments. Our students have worked hard this year, and we are proud of the progress of they have made.

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