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Thursday, February 8, 2018



Please contact administrators via e-mail to schedule meetings as needed.

Amity Taylor, Assistant Principal
Becky Mien, Student Services Director
Kelly McRee, Social Emotional Program Director
Leigh Moss, Head of School
Lydie Jessin, Business Manager
Taylor Young, Operations Manage

Dates to Remember

Feb 9 - PTO's K-5 School Dance
Feb 12 - Class Picture Day
Feb 19 - Regular school day!  
Feb 23 - PTO's Soundluck & Parent's Night Out
Feb 24 - Stage-building Work Day
From the Front Office

Donations needed! We really need donations of bandaids and copy paper in the front office.  Thanks for your support!

Class Picture Day will be Monday, Feb 12.  Order forms have been sent home, and a copy is included at the end of this newsletter.  Please send your order forms to school with your child on or before next Monday morning.  (Not at dismissal on Monday!)  Late orders are typically a real hassle to fulfill so do it NOW.

February 19th, President's Day, is a bad weather makeup day for ADS, so YES, there is school that day.  

Are you planning to return to ADS next school year? We want to know! Please complete our 
Intent to Return Survey by March 1st.
Hoot Outs this week go to:
  • 5th grade parents, for the so much good food after school yesterday! - ADS staff 
  • Rock N Roll Rentals, for generously donating the use of lights for the two school dances!
  • Dolores, for all of your help and kindness with the Rainbow Bumblebees. - Lily
Lori & Lori Ann's Amazing Wildcats are holding a pet supplies drive from Friday, Feb 2 - Friday, Feb 23 for pets affected by Hurricane Harvey. A collection box will be located in the front office. 
From Jennette Everett, Aftercare Director

Spring Break Camp is filling up fast.  If you need care over Spring Break sign up now to ensure you get a spot.  Limited availability. It will be $50/day, or $40/day if you register for the whole week! 10% Family Discount. Register Now!
The ADS middle school has published another Hoot News Broadcast! 

Check it out here:
From the PTO
Elementary (K - 5) School Dance
February 9th, 6 - 9 p.m. on the ADS Campus
Children must be accompanied by adults
More details to come!

It's like a potluck for your ears!!
February 23rd, 6 - 9 p.m.
Paired with a Parent's Night Out at ADS
Stay tuned for more information next week!
(This is an adults only event, so drop your kids at Parent's Night Out!)

Slow Feast
April 7th in the ADS Courtyard
More Information to Come Soon!

BOX TOPS, Y'all!!!!
Don't forget to bring in your box tops!!  Remember that the person whose friend or relative sends a box top from the farthest location wins a prize!  And the class with the most participants wins a class celebration!!!

Appreciation Grams!!
Appreciation Grams - Send a note of Appreciation to your favorite person at ADS and have it delivered on Valentine's Day!  A-grams will be for sale for $1 before and after school Thursday, Feb 8 - Monday, Feb 12 and at the Elementary Dance on Friday, Feb 9. There will also be a box in the office for parents to share their appreciation with teachers and Admin - show them you care!
From Leigh Moss, Head of School

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Dear ADS families and supporters of our beloved school,

It is time to gear up for #AmplifyATX on March 1st at 6pm! We, ADS, are asking YOU to join us to campaign for your school! Last year we raised just over $12,000 through campaigns, allowing for continued improvements to our new campus.  Can we raise $15,000 to continue to make our campus an inviting and engaging place for all students this year? 

1. You can already sign up to campaign for our organization. Set your goal, get the word out, and watch the dollars roll in! 
Click here to create or log in to your donor account and get started. 

Attached are profile set-up instructions - these will take you step-by-step through the quick process of setting up your campaign! If you want some one-on-one help, we invite you to join us for one of our campaign tutorials that will be hosted in the ADS library on Saturday, 2/24.    

Sign Up to attend the Amplify Campaign Tutorial

3. Check out the other materials attached – there are sample social media posts, videos and graphics to share, and other strategies on how to promote your #AmplifyATX campaign. We appreciate all you do for our organization and our community! 

Don’t forget to use #AmplifyATX, tag @AmplifyATX, or like and share the school campaign from the official 
ADS Facebook page.
2018-19 Calendar Survey

During the February board meeting (Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm) I will be presenting the board with staff and family survey data and making a recommendation for next year's calendar. There are only 2 options and they're not super different from one another, but differences do matter, so take the 1 minute it takes to look this over and provide feedback, so we can make the best choice for everyone.
2018-2019 School Calendar Survey
Before the ADS board votes on the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year, provide your feedback here. All calendars assume a 7:45 am - 3:05 pm school day and assumes a Wednesday 2 pm early release. We will be reviewing both family and staff responses before a final recommendation is presented to the Board of Directors on February 20.
Yearbooks are now on sale!  They are $25.  They will be limited edition hard cover with amazing original artwork designed by one of our 5th grade students, Zoë Myers!

You will definitely want one!  Order yours today by 
clicking here.  Deadline to purchase is April 6.  Our School Yearbook Code: 10851818

A Yearbook order form will be sent home with your child tomorrow so be on the lookout for it!

Want to honor someone special?  Buy a “Hoot Out” in the Yearbook!  This can be done by a parent for their child, a child for their classmates or teacher, or as a way to honor your favorite administrator!

$5 - text message (limit of 150 characters including spaces)
$15 - text message and 1 small photo (photo will be the size of a yearbook portrait)
$20 - text message and 2 small photos (photos will be the size of a yearbook portrait)

This is new this year, and space is limited.  We expect the space we have to sell out fast, so buy yours early.  Deadline is March 2. Order your "Hoot Outs" online by 
clicking here.
ADS Workday and Stage Installation Scheduled

On Saturday, Feb 24th from 9-12, ADS will host a volunteer workday.  Last year the Middle School secured a grant to build a small stage in the outdoor center courtyard.  The stage has been designed, supplies ordered, and materials are on their way!  If you have experience with building, please consider coming to help!  Contact Taylor Young at if you'd like to participate!

On the same day, Leigh Moss, Head of School, will be hosting tutorials for the upcoming Amplify Austin Fundraiser platform.  This is a great way for those who are active on Social Media to set their own goal to help raise funds for Amplify Austin Day (6pm on March 1 - 6pm on March 2)  If you're interested in learning how to set up a page and are willing to teach others how, please consider coming out to learn how during the workday on Feb. 24 from 9-12.
News from Ms. Elizabeth, your librarian

I have begun showing the kindergarten classes how to search our school's online public access catalog to select books ( and also to discuss digital safety with them.  I am keeping it very simple and we are mostly talking about private vs. public information.

For all grade levels I use lesson plans from, a great resource.  They've got many good articles and resources about online safety for children of all ages.  Check out these two:

Austin Discovery School is sharing this information about the district and your child’s campus with you as part of its obligations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

Federal Report Cards for the state, the district, and each of the district’s campuses are now available on our website 

Information on these report cards includes:

Part I:  Percent Tested and Student Achievement by Proficiency Level – Provides the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) performance results and participation for each subject area and grade level tested.

Participation reports also include reports of the participation of Children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) by assessment type.

Part II:  Student Achievement and State Academic Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) – Provides the AMO outcomes and data table of STAAR performance results for each subject area tested in the accountability subset. This section also includes participation rates on STAAR for reading/English and mathematics, use of alternative assessments, plus four-year and five-year graduation rates.

Part III:  Priority and Focus Schools – Priority schools are the lowest 5% of Title I served campuses based on performance in reading and mathematics and graduation rates.  Focus schools are 10% of Title I served campuses, not already identified as priority schools, that have the widest gaps between student group performance and safeguard targets.

Part IV:  Teacher Quality Data – Provides information on teacher quality in three parts.

Part – Percent of Teachers by Highest Degree Held – Professional qualifications of all public elementary and secondary teachers in the Texas.
Part B and C – Teachers with Emergency/Provisional Credentials, Highly Qualified (HQ) Teachers Low Poverty/Low Poverty Summary Reports – Percentage of all public elementary and secondary school teachers teaching with emergency or provisional credentials, and the percentage of classes in the state not taught by highly qualified teachers disaggregated by high-poverty compared to low-poverty schools.

Part V: Graduates Enrolled in Texas Institution of Higher Education (IHE– Provides the percentage of students who enroll and begin instruction at an institution of higher education in Texas during the school year (fall or spring semester) following high school graduation.- N/A for K-8 schools.

Part VI:  Statewide National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Results – Provides most recent NAEP results for Texas showing reading and mathematics performance results and participation rates, disaggregated by student group.

If you have difficulty accessing the information from the website, hard copies of the reports are available at the district or campus office.  If you have questions about the information, please contactInsert contact information.

A review of these reports will be presented at the next ADS board meeting scheduled for 2/20 at 6:30 PM in the ADS library.