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									                             VALLEY WEST NEWS                                                        Valley West Elementary
                                                                                                     10707 S. Gessner
                                                                                                     Houston, TX 77071
                                                                                                     713-773-6151
Volume 1, Issue 8               http:/es.houstonisd.org/valleywestes                                           May 2007



News from the Principal…..Sandra J. Little
Important May Dates:

May 3… Spring Show
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         Valley West Cheerleaders and Steppers will present the Spring Show at 8:30 am for 3 -5 , 1:30pm for PK-2
         6:30pm for parents. Guest appearance by: Bomb Squad from Westbury, Fondren Middle School Steppers and Welch
         Middle School Cheerleaders.

May 7 & 15…SMaRT Academy Robotics Competition
        Students will participate in a robotics competition at Valley West. Students will work in groups of 3 or 4
        students. There will be 5 components to the competition: 1.Power Point Presentation 2. Create a turtle
        protection postcard or create turtle-information bookmarks. 3. Write a song, rap, or poem about the Kemps
        Ridley Sea Turtle. 4. Students will prepare a speech about the Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle. 5. Robotic Sea
        Turtle

May 8…Math Competition
        Several Fourth and Fifth Grade Students will be participating in the upcoming Math Competition on
        Tuesday May 8, 2007 at Clifton M.S. from 8:30am to 2:30pm.

May 9… SMaRT Academy Lunch with Schlumberger Engineers
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        5 Grade SMaRT Academy students will have lunch with Schlumberger Engineers from 10:00-1:00pm

May 10…Field Trip to Water Festival
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         3 , 4 and 5 grade students will go on a Field Trip to the City of Houston
         Water Festival, the cost is $10.00. May 10, 9:15am-2:00pm.

May 15…5th Grade TAKS Math Retest

May 16…Early Dismissal
         Early Dismissal at 12:00 p.m. Please pick up students on time and remember to tell your daycare to pick at
        noon.

May 17…Field Trip to the Houston Zoo
        Pre Kindergarten classes will take a field trip to the on May 17, 2007 from 10:30am-2:30pm. The cost of the
        trip is $5.00 per student.

May 17…PTA Meeting at 6:30pm
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          PTA meeting will be held in the cafeteria at 6:30pm and 5 grade students will be performing.

May 18…Field Day
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         Field day will take place on Friday, May 18, 2007. PK-K 8:00-8:30am, 1 -2 grade 9:00-10:00am and
         grades 3-5 from 12:00-2:00pm. Parents are welcome and we need parent volunteers. Please contact the
         front office or Coach McCain if you can volunteer. Students may bring a towel, water bottle, sunglasses,
         sunscreen, mosquito spray and a hat.




                                                 Newsletter 1
May 21-22…5th grade Trip to Corpus Christi, Texas
           5th graders will take their trip to Corpus Christi, Texas to the Texas State Aquarium. Students will leave May
           21 at 12:00 noon and return May 22 at 2:00 pm. Cost per student $25.00

May 24…5th Grade Graduation 1:00pm
       Last Day of School for Students

May 25…Professional Development Day for Teachers


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Title I will also offer Saturday Tutorials. The hours
will be from 7:30am to 12:00 noon. An
announcement as to the starting date for Saturday
                                                                                 READING FIRST
Tutorials will be made at a later date.                             Valley West is one of 80 schools in HISD
                                                                    to be part of Reading First. Reading First
Thanks to all third grade students for                              is part of the Federal No Child Left
participating in the upcoming City of                               Behind Act (NCLB) and includes first
Houston Water Festival’s t- shirt design                            through third grades. The major goal of
contest. Lizet Gutierrez is one of the four                         NCLB is to insure that all students are
finalists! She will be honored on May 10,                           reading on grade level by the end of third
2007 at the Downtown Aquarium.                                      grade. To achieve this goal Reading First
Congratulations, Lizet!                                             requires additional time for intervention
                                                                    to be provided for struggling readers.
                                                                    Classroom teachers in grades 1-3 receive
                                                                    additional materials and training designed
                                                                    to help their students.

                                                     Newsletter 2
Mr. Brian Roswell, A Fourth Grade Math Teacher at Valley West Elementary, has been working tirelessly in
preparing and sponsoring several Fourth and Fifth Grade Students who will be participating in the upcoming Math
Competition on Tuesday May 8, 2007. These students will be competing against some of the brightest students
from renowned schools in and around Houston. The competition has been divided into three sections: Mental
Math, TAKS Math, and Problem Solving. The students have been working really hard to prepare for this
challenging competition. We wish them all the best!

       Fourth Graders                                                     Fifth Graders

       Janica Abella                                                    Ann Romero
       Lawrence Chibueze                                                Avril Martinez
       Johnisha Demease-Williams                                        Chimaka Ujari
       Grace Egbo                                                       Chioma Ujari
       Emily Garcia                                                     Felipe Garcia
       Michelle Huynh                                                   Juliana Orjey
       Krishna Marepalli                                                Luis Bonilla
       Clarissa Nguyen                                                  Mary Vo
       Kiana Poindexter                                                 Penny Nguyen
       Maegan Raglin                                                    Sai Vadlamani
       Sandy Tran                                                       Saul De La Mora
       Justin Tu
       Ogechi Ujari
       Deveon Victor
       Nancy Vo
              Valley West Elementary
       Cindy Zelaya
              Title 1 Summer School
Valley West Elementary will have Title 1
                                                               Our Principal, Ms. Little and the Magnet
Summer School. This will ensure that all                       Teachers, Ms. Washington, Ms. Parker, Mr.
children have a fair, equal, and significant                   Roswell and Ms. Arnold attending the Magnet
opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and             Schools of America conference on April 30-May
reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging                3, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clark
state academic achievement standards and state                 County School District hosted of the 2007
academic assessments. This approach will better                Magnet Schools of America 25th Annual
serve students at Valley West Elementary by                    Conference on Magnet Schools. The
                                                               conference also included two magnet school
ensuring that students at risk of failing have a               tours. The participates attended training
better opportunity to succeed.                                 sessions in: Achieving Equity and Diversity,
                                                               Improving Achievement, Innovative Curriculum
Parents should check with your child’s teacher to              and Theme Integration,
see whether or not your child qualifies to attend              Leadership of
Summer School. The first day of Summer School                  Excellence,
is May 31, 2007. The last day of Summer School                 Mathematics and
                                                               Science Initiatives,
is June 28, 2007.                                              and Technology
                                                               Innovation.
Summer School Hours: 7:30am-2:30pm
Have a Wonderful Summer
     S. Gillum                                                                  Ms. Little and two school tour guides at
     Title 1 Coordinator                                                        Walter Bracken Magnet School.


                                                Newsletter 3
 Our                                                              May 2007
                              Sunday      Monday             Tuesday       Wednesday          Thursday             Friday         Saturday
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  to                                                                                       for 3rd-5th,
                                                                                           1:30pm for PK-2
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                                                                                           parents

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                                       Academy           grade Math
                                                                              5th Grade
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                                                                                           to City of
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                                       3:00-5:00pm                        with             & 5th Grade-$10
  In our                                                                  Schlumberger
trip to                                                                   Engineers

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                                                         Grade TAKS       Dismissal at     Trip to the         PK-K-8:00am
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                                                         ** SMaRT                          ** P.T.A.           3rd-5th -12:00-
not                                                      Academy                           Meeting -5th        2:00pm
                                                         Robotics                          Grade
exactly                                                  competition                       performing
                                                         3:00-5:00pm                       6:30 pm
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on but                                 Trip to Corpus    Trip to Corpus                    School for          Professional
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                                       TX State
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                                                         TX State
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                          27           28                29               30               31 First Day of
Galvest                                                                                    Summer School
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