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Title: Welcome Families!

Welcome Families!
Meet the First Grade Team
  • Laura Martin
  • lmartin_at_nisdtx.org
  • (817) 698-7248
  • Room 514
  • Christine Benson
  • cbenson_at_nisdtx.org
  • (817) 698-7249
  • Room 513
  • Joanna Wilson
  • jwilson01_at_nisdtx.org
  • (817) 698-7247
  • Room 515

Meet the Specials Team
Visit their Websites Sarah Ascher, Art
Teacher sascher_at_nisdtx.org Stacie Breckley, PE
Teacher sbreckley_at_nisdtx.org Kayla Gentry, Music
Teacher kgentry_at_nisdtx.org
Cox Elementary Mission Statement
Cox Elementary is committed to creating a culture
of high achievement and performance for all
learners, both students and staff, while
fostering positive relationships within our
school community.
What is Love and Logic?
  • Love allows children to grow through their
    mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the
    consequences of their choices.
  • The Love and Logic process is as follows 
  • Shared control Gain control by giving away the
    control you dont need.
  • Shared thinking and decision-making Provide
    opportunities for the child to do the greatest
    amount of thinking and decision-making.
  • Equal shares of consequences with empathy An
    absence of anger causes a child to think and
    learn from his/her mistakes.
  • Maintain the childs self-concept Increased
    self-concept leads to improved behavior and
    improved achievement.
  • To learn more about Love and Logic, please visit
    their website at
  • www.loveandlogic.com.

Wayne A. Cox Elementary
Cougars Plan for Success
  • We will treat each other with respect.
  • If you have or create a problem, you will be
    asked to solve it.
  • If you have trouble solving the problem, or
    choose not to, we will do something.
  • What we do will depend on each person and the
    unique situation.

Elementary Student Dress Code
  • According to the NISD 2013-14 Student Handbook
    and Code of Conduct, students are required to
    have safe shoes for physical education and recess
    every day. Sandals must have a strap on the heel
    flip flops do not meet dress code. (Page 36)
  • Flip flops, open-toed shoes, platform shoes,
    crocks, and boots are unsafe for PE and recess.
  • Elementary dress and grooming guidelines can be
    found on pages 35-36 of the NISD Student Handbook
    and Code of Conduct.

Grades Online
  • A letter will be mailed home for each student
    with a Home Access Center (HAC) login and
    password. Progress reports and report cards for
    students in grades 1-5 are viewed online through
    the HAC, unless requested by the parent. If you
    have not received a HAC letter, please email us
    at coxelem_at_nisdtx.org.

  • The grading system for NISD is as follows
  • 100 90 A Excellent Progress
  • 89 80 B Above Average Progress
  • 79 70 C Average Progress
  • 69 0 F Unsatisfactory Progress (Failing)
  • Other areas of study such as art, music, PE, work
    habits, social behavior, and student progress are
    marked as follows
  • E Performs consistently at excellent/above
    standard expectations
  • S Performs consistently at standard
  • N Performs slightly below standard expectations
  • U Performs consistently below standard

TEA Website
  • TEA website www.tea.state.tx.us
  • - Select T from A-Z menu
  • - Select Texas Essential Knowledge and
  • - Scroll down to first grade

First Grade Schedule
  • Doors Open at 720
  • Tardy Bell 745
  • Recess 1045-1110
  • Lunch 1115-1145
  • Specials/Conference 1155-1250
  • Dismissal 245

  • Student Handbook and Code of Conduct at
  • www.nisdtx.org/studenthandbook
  • Class websites at www.nisdtx.org
  • -Select Cox ElementarygtStaffgtTeacher Name
  • Pay lunch account online ParentsgtMenus/Food
  • Transportation changes must be emailed to the
    front office at coxelem_at_nisdtx.org by 200 p.m.
  • Parent/Teacher fall conferences

Writers Workshop
  • Teacher directed opening mini-lessons to model,
    encourage, and guide children to become writers
  • Independent student writing related to topics of
    choice, retells, expository, nonfiction, and a
    variety of genres
  • Student goal setting and guidance through
    individual conferring and small group work
  • Students share work in response group and
    authors chair
  • Student writing portfolios held at school

Readers Workshop
  • Teacher directed opening with mini-lessons that
    teach strategies for becoming a better reader
  • Independent reading, partner reading, and
    readers theater that include a variety of
    different genres and leveled books
  • Student goal setting and guidance through
    individual conferring and small group work
  • Readers Response Notebooks
  • Guided Reading Books

Social Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Families
  • Communities
  • Laws and Rules
  • Historical Figures
  • Time Lines
  • Maps

  • Students will explore
  • Food chains
  • Heat, light and sound
  • Plants
  • Force and motion
  • Weather
  • Living and Nonliving things
  • Magnetism
  • Rocks, soil, and water

Math Units
  • Patterns
  • Two and three dimensional shapes
  • Counting money
  • Telling time (hour and half hour)
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Measuring
  • Fractions
  • Place value
  • Graphs
  • Problem solving strategies

We love Math!
Make-Up Work
  • Make-up work may be requested only if a child has
    been absent for more than two days. Parents may
    email the front office before 900 a.m. to
    request homework on the second day of an absence.
    The make-up work will then be available at the
    front desk at 320 p.m. on the second day.
  • Work will not be sent home with siblings,
    neighbors, or friends.
  • Teachers often need to work with children when
    they return to school, so not all work will be
    sent home.

Birthday Celebrations
  • Parents may provide a treat for a childs
    birthday that will be served during the last hour
    of the day. Please provide individual servings
    for the celebration (i.e., cupcakes, cookies,
  • Napkins must be provided.
  • Treats are to be dropped off at the front office,
    or the student may bring them to the classroom in
    the morning.
  • Parents are not to be in attendance at this time,
    and we do not take pictures of this celebration.
  • Personal party invitations may not be handed out
    during the school day. The child, however, may
    stand outside the classroom door as students are
    leaving for the day to pass out party

Special Events
  • Boosterthon Fun Run
  • Field Trips
  • Winter Party
  • Valentines Party
  • Field Day (May)

Daily Folders
  • Your child will take home a yellow daily folder
    every day.
  • Important information, homework, and more will go
    home in this folder.
  • If you have any notes for the teacher, please
    place these in the folder in the clear pouch
    (coming soon).
  • Any notes regarding behavior will be noted on the

Getting Involved at Cox Elementary
  • Join the PTA
  • Email weathers_stephanie_at_yahoo.com
  • DadsBecome a Watch DOGS Dad
  • Program kicks-off in October. Information will be
  • Volunteer in the Library
  • Contact Ms. Savage at csavage_at_nisdtx.org
  • Assist in the lunchroom
  • Email coxelem_at_nisdtx.org
  • Assist the Room Parents
  • To check the status of your background check,
    please email coxelem_at_nisdtx.org.

Room Parents for First Grade
  • -Mrs. Martins -Mrs. Wilsons
  • Erin Bellows Mandy Knight Pate
  • 682-605-4254 817-914-4092
  • Erin.Bellows_at_sabre.com
  • -Miss Bensons
  • Nichol Lippert
  • 682-936-0112
  • Nichol.lippert_at_gmail.com

Thank You for Your Partnership!
  • Remember to check district, school, and teacher
    website for current information.
  • Be sure to keep your email, phone, and address
    information updated with the front office at Cox
  • It will be an extraordinary year at
  • Cox Elementary!

  • Questions or Concerns?

Meet the First Grade Team
  • Laura Martin
  • lmartin_at_nisdtx.org
  • (817) 698-7248
  • Room 514
  • Christine Benson
  • cbenson_at_nisdtx.org
  • (817) 698-7249
  • Room 513
  • Joanna Wilson
  • jwilson01_at_nisdtx.org
  • (817) 698-7247
  • Room 515
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