We are beyond thrilled to welcome our newest Bluejay, Principal Tiffany Phelps! Ms. Phelps, who will replace interim principal Bill Bechtol, will take the helm for the 2017-18 school year. The announcement followed a thorough process that included collecting stakeholder surveys and conducting candidate interviews with students, staff and parents. In total, more than 40 people were involved in the interviews and selection process.
Ms. Phelps currently serves as associate principal of Vandegrift High School in Leander ISD, a school which she helped open. She has seven years of administrative leadership and vast experience with professional learning communities, special education, and innovative teaching and learning styles. She previously was an assistant principal at Vandegrift, and served as a special education teacher and head cheer coach at Lake Travis High School.
Ms. Phelps earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas-San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds certifications in Principal (EC-12), School Counselor (EC-12), Special Education (EC-12), and Generalist (EC-4).
What is digital citizenship?
Our students learned about how to stay safe, respectful and responsible. We did a bit of app smashing and worked in Showbie to show our learnings.
Last week our 4th and 5th graders had the privilege to hear the engaging Carl Hooker talk about Digital Citizenship! He talked to them about the importance of staying safe while using devices, especially when on social media. If you didn't get a chance to hear him, you're in luck, it was all recorded! Check it out below.
This year we also went into K-5 classrooms to touch on Digital Citizenship. We used the platform Showbie so that each student could collaborate together and sharing their learnings.
We had some great visitors from Stephenville ISD today to see how Barton Creek is using iPads in the classroom. A big shout-out to the following classes/teachers for allowing us to pop and see what you're up to: Ms. Browder, Mrs. Peichoto, Mrs. Rimkus, Ms. McNicholas & Mrs. Vendetti (Mr. Matthews)!
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