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Annual Report 201 1–201 2 The University of Texas Elementary School

Contents Letter from the Executive Director................................ 1 Letter from the Vice President........................................2 Brick-and-Mortar Dream Come True.............................3 Powering the Possible ......................................................4 Gender and Map Demographics.....................................5 Project-Based Learning....................................................6 Expenses and Revenue.....................................................7 Teacher of the Year............................................................9 Volunteer Spotlight...........................................................9 Stars of Texas Winners....................................................10 Donor List...........................................................................11 Management Board.........................................................14 Development Council......................................................14 Community Partners....................................................... 15 Frequently Asked Questions..........................................16

top photo: Bill Zapalac of Zapalac/Reed reviews construction plans with Executive Director Melissa Chavez and Little Longhorns. above photo: Layton Wilson, consultant, and Milton Hime, Studio 8 Architects, were also instrumental in completing the building project.

Letter from the Executive Director Dear UT Elementary School family, The 2011-12 school year was all about projects— construction projects, project-based learning and collaborative partner and community projects. Together, we are building the future! After seven long years of planning, UT Elementary School finally completed the first phase of its new building. We feel it is much more than just walls, floors and ceilings. Thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of so many, the new building demonstrates the permanence of our pledge to improve public education for all students. Its completion could not have happened without our founders, Development Council members, capital campaign investors, UT administrators, parents and community. We hope you will come visit and see what we have built together. As the students watched construction from their classroom windows, exciting projects were happening inside the classrooms as well. Project-based learning is instrumental to teaching the Social and Emotional Learning skills that we know are critical for our students to succeed in the 21st century. We are transforming the range of measures in student achievement to include not only literacy, math and science, but also critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. As we instruct our students in those skills, we are also modeling the skills for them. This year presented an amazing breakthrough in formalizing our collaboration with Austin ISD and other local highperforming charter schools. While we have always worked closely with these entities to share best practices, the Austin District-Charter Compact was signed this year. In a time of dwindling government funding for public education, strategy and efficiencies are crucial. The compact fosters sharing of knowledge and resources. Through these partnerships, we hope to continue to both teach and learn about best educational practices. Thanks to you all for making these efforts possible–we hope you will join us in taking pride in the achievements included in this report.

Melissa M. Chavez Executive Director and Principal 1

Letter from the Vice President UT Elementary School is certainly not the only university-based charter school in the nation, but we’re proud to say it is one of the best. Under the direction of Executive Director and Principal Melissa Chavez, UT Elementary has continued to break ground with innovative, resultsdriven programming that paves the way to academic success for East Austin students. And, we are pleased to report the school is also breaking ground for the second phase of its new permanent facility. The permanent facility sends a clear message that the university is committed to students in East Austin—whether they attend UT Elementary or neighboring schools that benefit from our charter school’s partnership and shared best practices. Neither the school’s stellar programming nor the new facility would be possible without our community partners and supporters, a few of whom you will read about in this annual report. We are eternally grateful for their dedication to both the school and the families it serves. We look forward to even greater successes as UT Elementary continues to provide the perfect educational home for our Little Longhorns.

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership, Professor of Law 2

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A Brick-and-Mortar Dream Come True Those familiar with UT Elementary School know the cheerily painted portables have been well loved. But the buildings were in need of repair and the space was inefficient to meet the needs of a demonstration school. For nine years, those who worked and learned at UT Elementary dreamed of a permanent facility. This past spring, the first phase of that dream became a reality. And what a dream of a building it is! Designed by Studio 8 Architects, the new building houses the administrative offices, gymnasium, cafeteria, library, faculty lounge and classroom space for University of Texas at Austin College of Education professors. “You know the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ that’s what it took to get this building constructed,” said executive director and principal Melissa Chavez. “So many people put in so much of their time, talent and resources to make this happen. It is a tribute to how much people care about this school and completely and truly believe it is important.” While the university contributed initial funding, most of the money for a new facility had to be raised. For the capital campaign committee, fundraising was a labor of love, reflecting the committee’s passion for the mission and the transformative power of the school, said committee chair Pat Oles. “We are all in this UTES Annual report | 2011–2012

because we have complete confidence in Melissa and her excellent team of teachers and administrators,” he said. Oles explained that over the past seven years, the school’s Development Council whittled the cost down from an estimated $25 million to $13 million. “We were able to do that with the great work of Sandy Gottesman and Layton Wilson along with the general contracting firm of Bill Zapalac,” he said. “It also would not have happened without the critical leadership of President Bill Powers, Dr. Greg Vincent, Dr. Pat Clubb and Dr. Ed Sharpe.” “There was a feeling among teachers because of the portables that the university would not commit to UT Elementary School permanently,” said Chavez. “One of the teachers told me after seeing the building, ‘Now we’ll be here forever, UT really wants the school to succeed.’ That is at the heart of the new facility’s true value. It means the teachers’ work matters, that what we do at this school matters.” When students got to tour the new building in late May, their oohs, ahhs and surprised expressions revealed their excitement. One student exclaimed, “Ms. Chavez, it’s like a high school!” “No,” she replied. “It is like a real school.”

“One of the teachers told me after seeing the building, ‘Now

we’ll be here forever, UT really wants the school to succeed.”


Powering the Possible with Confidence and Enthusiasm A grant from Dell led to school-wide enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at UT Elementary. Through Dell’s Powering the Possible program students are given information and communication technology skills that power life-long learning. Though many think of STEM programs as curriculum for upper grades, Assistant Principal Kelly Mullin explained the need for a focus on STEM activities in elementary school. “Quality STEM programming is a catalyst for transforming learning. Students learn to think about challenges, address problems, develop solutions and communicate at the global level,” she said. The Dell grant enabled UT Elementary to hire Michael Adams and Janice Friesen to teach technology during the 2011-12 school year. The lessons included basic information technology (IT) skills, blogging, digital storytelling, robotics, Apps for Good and Scratch—a Google application using simple programming language.


The STEM teachers also led afterschool programming in conjunction with the UT Austin College of Engineering and Austin Children’s Museum. In the afterschool sessions, Dell’s Lego® Mindstorm® kits engaged students in surprising ways. Adams explained, “Some of the students with reading difficulties seemed to excel due to the fact that the instructions were all pictorial—they could follow along as they went. This brought around a great bit of confidence in those students.” “The kids really loved robotics,” said Friesen. “There was a lot of begging to be included in the robotics group. Knowing how to make them [the Lego® robots] move the ways that you want them to is really fulfilling for students.” Friesen noted an even more significant outcome of the STEM program. “The types of questions the kids asked changed, which means that how they are thinking changed also,” she said. “They became more logical and curious.” Mullin also noted, “Students that have been reluctant to write have become avid writers because of digital storytelling. That’s really exciting. Students have really blossomed as far as their communication

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UT Elementary School Demographics

68% Hispanic

18% African American

13% White

1% Asian

52% Male | 48% Female

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skills and have become highly motivated not only to accomplish their own goals but to work with others.” With an eye to the future, the two teachers developed a STEM curriculum that incorporates the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for technology, science and math with emphasis on problem solving, communication, creative thinking and service learning. The new curriculum will be implemented in the 2012-13 school year as all classes, Pre-K–5, will receive technology instruction two to three times a week from a new full-time STEM teacher. “Our kids got really excited about the blogging and sharing with others what they had learned at school whether it was social studies or social emotional learning or Apps for Good they created,” said Mullin. “Next year, the full-time STEM teacher will collaborate with the wellness teacher, chef, fitness teacher and multicultural arts teacher to look at how students can use technology to share ideas, educate others, advocate for their communities and take part in philanthropy projects.”









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“The types of questions the kids asked changed, which means that how they are thinking changed also.”



Students science project on display.

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Raising Independent Thinkers! UT Elementary First-Graders Become Independent Thinkers Through Project-Based Learning At the end of the school year, firstgrade students at UT Elementary continued to stay busy. Teamed up in pairs or working in small groups, they intently read, wrote, discussed and created. The topics were of their choosing and ranged from bullfrogs and honeybees to the life of Michelle Obama. Their classrooms were part of a continuing study led by Dr. Jennifer Adair, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. In a three-year research project funded by the Foundation for Child Development, Adair is trying to understand how children in early grades respond academically and socially to increased agency in the classroom.


Through the support of their teachers, Natacha Jones and Molly Kelly, these students have been given more opportunities for project-based learning that enables them to problem solve, make decisions, experiment, think critically and help each other learn. “It is by nature student driven, not teacher driven,” said Kelly, a veteran teacher and former curriculum supervisor with Austin Independent School District. “They have more control over what and how they learn.” She and Jones were quick to point out that they still teach a curriculum according to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the state standards for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Jones explained, “We still have lessons on rocks and minerals in science, but those lessons spark student questions that allow them to go further than what is inside

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the curriculum. As teachers, we must find balance between whole group instruction and the project-based learning freedom.” “On their own, the students in these two classrooms have become more curious—they go beyond what they are asked to do in almost every case,” said Adair. Project-based learning has correlated with fewer behavioral referrals than in years past and has encouraged students to form relationships that might not develop in a traditional classroom. Kelly explained, “Conventional thinking says don’t put a high-performing student with low-performing child because the high performer would get frustrated. But with project-based learning, the high and low performers gravitated together and boys and girls gravitated together. Relationships formed around subject matter—two students who wouldn’t normally be friends might both love volcanoes.” “They are independent thinkers now,” said Jones. “We have many resources in the classrooms; the kids don’t have to ask us about topics, but see themselves as little researchers, little scientists. They get excited about things and make connections with the real world. It is good to see a six- or seven-year-old take control of their own learning.”

2011–2012 Expenses*

83% Salaries and Benefits 8% Maintenance and Operations 5% Instructional Supplies 4% School Programs

2011–2012 Revenue

“It is by nature student driven, not teacher driven. They have more control over what and how they learn.”

71% State 5% Federal 3% University 21% Private Funding *Full audited financial statements available online at

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Mary Ledbetter

Sharing Innovative Instruction for Young Learners Ask anyone who knows Mary Ledbetter what makes her a great teacher and you’ll hear about her innovative, cross-disciplinary lesson plans, dedication to sharing best practices and love for the students. Ledbetter, the fifth-grade social studies and language arts teacher, has taught for twenty-two years, five of which have been at UT Elementary. This past year she carried the message of the school’s best practices in urban education far and wide, from Tyler, Texas, to Washington D.C. In doing so, Ledbetter won the admiration of her peers who voted her UT Elementary’s 2011-12 Teacher of the Year. In Tyler, she conducted professional development training for forty-five educators. In Washington, she gave two presentations at the National Council of the Social Studies Annual Conference. The Council named

Ledbetter Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Mary Ledbetter teacher of the year and published an article that examined her lessons on the Occupy Wall Street movement in the March/April 2012 issue of Social Studies and the Young Learner. And as part of South by Southwest here in Austin, she conducted a workshop at in March. “It’s rewarding to share my experiences and ideas with other teachers,” Ledbetter explained. Ledbetter is passionate about connecting the students to social issues worldwide. For the third year, she and the fifth-graders have fundraised for H2O for Life. This year students raised $1,500 to fund a school sanitation project in Guatemala. In a recent blog she wrote, “As always, the kids are the stars and I’m the director of their learning.” “I am honored to be recognized by my peers,” Ledbetter said. “Our school community and the support we give one another are two of the things that set us apart.”

Volunteer Spotlight

UT Nutrition Majors Enrich the WellNest Program Since spring 2011, nutrition majors from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Human Ecology have been volunteering as teachers in UT Elementary’s after-school WellNest program. They’ve taught Lil’ Longhorns not only to garden, harvest, and prepare produce they’ve grown, but to love eating healthy food. According to Samina Qureshi, who graduated with a BS in Nutrition last December, the experience was UTES Annual report | 2011–2012

mutually beneficial. Lil’ Longhorns grew through their interactions with students and faculty from “the big UT,” and the university students were affected by the enthusiasm of their young learners. “I am very grateful for having the opportunity to work with UT Elementary School’s WellNest program. I know I made an impact on the students that were in the program,” Qureshi said. “Their excitement to learn more about different vegetables and fruits was inspiring as many of them hadn’t eaten some vegetables and fruits I thought were fairly common. This experience has allowed me to take what I learned in my classes to the real world.” 9

Stars of Texas

Penny Burck, Ed Sharpe and Layton Wilson Passion for education. Service to community. These two attributes shine forth from UT Elementary School’s 2011-12 Stars of Texas honorees. Mrs. Penny Burck, Dr. Ed Sharpe and Mr. Layton Wilson were presented Stars of Texas awards during this year’s fifthgrade graduation celebration. Penny Burck: If you want something done, ask a busy person As chair of the Annual Giving Committee and a member of the school’s Development Council, Burck has worked tirelessly to help raise funds for the programs that make UT Elementary stand out. She has served on the school’s management board for the last three years and, along with her husband, former UT System Chancellor Dan Burck, is a member of the Visualize Graduation Society. She is not only a steadfast UT Elementary volunteer, but also serves on the Dolph Briscoe Center of American History advisory board and the Seton Hospital development board. Burck said, “I am honored and privileged to be a part of the school’s efforts to ensure that more East Austin children have the quality education needed to go on to college.”

community and education. He played a major role in building the university’s relationship with neighborhoods in East Austin in the 1980s and has served on many local and national boards—most with an educational focus. Said his wife Molly Sharpe, “He has always been motivated by seeing peoples’ lives improve.”

Layton Wilson: Making a difference in the lives of children To Layton Wilson and his wife Ann, health care and education are intricately connected. Both have worked on issues in the Austin area, making a difference in the lives of many children. Layton Wilson has served as a volunteer coach for several youth sports teams and gets a thrill when some of those athletes, now grown, come up to him and call him “Coach.” He was a major force in getting the new UT Elementary building constructed. Executive Director Melissa Chavez, said, “He has worked twenty-four hours a day to see this project through.” As if one school construction project isn’t enough, he is involved with the KIPP Austin Charter School building project too.

Stars of

Texas Award

Ed Sharpe: His influence has touched us all

The Stars of Texas Award

Carrying on a family tradition of dedication to public schools, Dr. Ed Sharpe has been a guiding force since UT Elementary was established nine years ago. From instructional best practices to the construction of a new facility, his vision and high standards are visible throughout the campus. In Sharpe’s long career at The University of Texas at Austin, he has focused on the importance of connecting

is given to individuals who strongly support the mission of UT Elementary School and whose gifts of time and resources have significantly enhanced the school’s programmatic efforts and goals.

2011– 2012 UT Elementary Donors Contributions received September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012 Visualize Graduation Society The Visualize Graduation Society is a multi-year giving society for those who have pledged to invest at least $1,000 per year of unrestricted funds for a period of five years or more. Our Visualize Graduation Society members play a critical role in our ability to fulfill our mission, and are invited to join our fifth-grade graduation ceremony each year. Jennifer and Sam Adair Anonymous Laura and Steve Beuerlein Brook Anne Broesche Mack and Sally Brown Diane Pedrotty Bryant Buena Vista Foundation Penny and Dan Burck Norma V. Cantu UTES Annual report | 2011–2012

Ruy and Dionne Carrasco Rick Chambers Preston and Robiaun Charles Melissa Chavez and Charles Soto Graciela and Francisco Cigarroa Mike Golden Lisa and Sandy Gottesman Vaughn Gross Ted and Margaret Henken Randy and Julia Baker Howry Amy and Kevin Imes Suzon and Bill Kemp Family Michael and Jeanne Klein Laura Merritt and J. P. Kloninger Fritz and Mary Korth Bill and Lou Ann Lasher Christine Mattsson and John McHale Kris and Bryce Miller Mithoff Family Charitable Foundation

Karen Nelson Howard and Amy Nirken Pat and Julie Oles Tess and Greg Peters Jane Quentan Piper Lisa and Randy Ramirez Don and Gina Reese Paul and Virginia Resta John C. Schweitzer James and Mallory Shaddix Dan Sharp and Maura Brady Molly and Ed Sharpe Susie and Chris Shields The Stahl Family Foundation Katie Starley Studio 8 Architects Gregory J. Vincent Barbara Wallace Joe Bill Watkins Harriet Youngblood 11

Friends of the Little Longhorns Individuals Darryl and Katie Adams Brigit Alexander Erin and Boone Almanza Cassandra L. Alvarado Mel and Lori Alvarado Kristin Alvarez Wendy and Steve Anderson Bliss H. Angerman Anonymous Anonymous* Emilia I. Arce and Marcelo Campos Ronny and Chris Attal Chad Auler Ashley Ayala Rose V. Baladez John and Heather Banczak Martin Barrera and Veronica Castro de Barrera M. Barrientez Lee Bash Hannah M. Beck Troy D. Bennett W. S. Benson III Brett Bidwell Betty Sue Bird Barrett K. and Nikol Blackmon Leslie D. Blair Ann and Jeff Bomer Adam and Lynn Bonsky Kurt Boring Kathy Borth Dewey and Melissa Brackin Martha Bradshaw Julie Branc Andria E. Brannon Corey and Cameron Breed Britt and Bob Buchanan Ann T. Brown Tiffany and Wayne Brumley Elizabeth C. Bryan Matt Burns John S. and Debby R. Burns Edward J. and Kathryn M. Burshnick Edna Ramon Butts Leslie D. Cedar 12

Donald and Shirley Chase

Charles and Suzanne GeigerÂ

Robert Chavarria

Diana S. and James K. George

Stephanie M. Chiarello

Gail Giebink

Essie Childers

Blanche Gill

Maria-Elena Cigarroa

LeAnn L. and Michael L. Gillette

Wayne and Natalie Coffey

Ethan A. Glass

Pamela Colloff

Mark F. Goldberg

Peter A. Conforti Jr.

Jenn and Adam Goldman

Jane G. and Gareth W. Cook

Mark A. Gooden

Crystal Cotti

Lisa and Sandy Gottesman*

Susan Culp

Jack and Catherine Gourley

Warren Darilek

Diana and Sean Greenberg

Donna Reily Davis

Carolina O. Guajardo

Monica I. Davis

Cathy L. Hagenbaumer

Cesar De La Garza

Dottie Hall

Andrea de Waal

Deborah Hamilton-Lynne

Mandy Dealey

Jennifer W. Harris

Beth and Andy Deck

Mary Juan Harris*

Don and Martha DeGrasse

Ben and Jan Harry

Kelley Denby

Seth R. Hasenour

William Dick

Wilmeter A. Haynes

Aida and John Dieck

Kim L. Heilbrun

DeLoss Dodds

Julian Vasquez Heilig

Charlynn Doering

Ann-Marie and Chris Helling

Lisa Doggett

Rebecca Henken

John D. and Cathy Doty

Carlos Guerra and

Laura and Brad Duggan

Lorna Hermosura

Roosevelt C. Easley

Roni Hernandez

Lorena Elias

Richard L. Herrman

Kathy Estes

Betty Hewell

Chiquita W. Eugene

Sara Hilgers

Janet K. Evans

Arby and Vera N. Hinojosa

Lilla K. Ezell

Patrice J. Hochstetler

Tracy Bell Fielder

Jeannadele B. Holzmann

Maria Figueroa

Hollis L. Horner

William G. and Sandra B. Fivecoat

Treva and Jeffrey R. Horowitz

Arlis Flores

Candice Medlin House

Andrea L. Flower

Howard Humphreys

Claire McCloskey Ford

Susan Hutchison

Amanda Foreman

Mary Ellen Isaacs

Adriane and Kevin Foster

Melissa Jackson

Nancy Frank

Libby Jacobson and Mike Gagne

Jolynn and Gregory Free

Jim Jerome

Janice Friesen

Bobby Johns

Renee Frisbie

Carol S. Johnson

Jane Fuchs

Beatrice Jones

James Gabriel

Natacha and Michael Jones

Alida Tallman

Abigail and Albert Gashi

Dorothy Garretson

The Silk Kapasis

Ryan R. and Leslie Leal Gauna

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Rusty Kelley*

Patti and Dick Obenhaus

Mary and Charles Teeple

Molly Kelly

Chris and Katie Ogden

Andy Thomas

Ramona Kelly

Pat and Julie Oles*

Ric and Lisa Trahan

Marsha Kelman

Jessica O’Mary

Yasmin H. Turk

Meredith and Brian Kelsey

Adesupo Oni

Nathan Scott Turner

Michael and Jeanne Klein*

Hector Ortiz

Becky Urhausen

Barbara and Bart Knaggs

Maria D. Ortiz

Juanita M. Vasquez

Bob Knipe

Jane and David Oshinsky

Michelle Voss

Sandy Knott

Penne and Andrew Peacock

Carol and Adam Wagner

Jeff and Dana Kocurek

Jerry Perkins

Mary Walker

Suzanne P. Kossow

Susan and Ben Perkins

Melanie and Bill Walters

Aileen Krassner

Al Peterson

Muffy and DeWitt Waltmon

Betsy Kreisle

Katie O. Pritchett

Jessica and Greg Weaver

Dolly Lambdin and Larry Abraham

Ernest E. Ramirez

Sarah Susanne Weldon

Michael E. Lambert

Lisa and Randy Ramirez

Evelyn and Wyeth Wiederman

Tema L. Khiev

Mike and Joan Reed

Kay and Stan Wilemon

Ellen Le Blanc

Haruko Reese

Layton and Ann Wilson

Norma L. Leben

Daniel R. Renner

Marie A. Wilson

Mary Ledbetter

Mary Dean and Terry Richards

Mary and Will Wilson

Lynda Lerma

Rodney M. Rideau

Joan Windler

Charles J. Lewis

Kelly Rigsby

Marc T. Winkelman

Joe Limon

Josephine K. Roche

Sam Winters

Cindy Y. Lo and Scott L. Francis

Amy S. Rollie

Buzzy Woodworth

Mary Helen Lopez

Suzette Ruedas

Charles G. Workman

H. Perry Lorenz*

Steven and Anna Salinas

Patience Worrel

David Lundstedt

David and Melissa Sullivan

Janet R. Young

Lynda A. Macleod

Rebecca Michal Saltsman

Amanda Youngblood

Jamie MacWilliams

Hazel Sanchez

Patricia Younts

Angela M. Maldonado

Jenifer Sarver

Angie Pete Yowell and Curt Yowell

Ellen Mangelsdorf

Meredith and Kevin Schoch

Danielle Zibilski

Tracey and Chris Marchbanks

Lily and Wayne Schwartz

Pam Martin

Laurie P. Scott


Sergio and Amelia Martin

Molly and Ed Sharpe

Alpha Capital Management

Octavio N. Martinez Jr.

Brigid Shea

Apple Inc.

Norman L. Mason

Jennifer Sherrill

Austin Capital Area CLC

Anthony Maxie

EmilyAnne Skinner

Austin Pi Beta Phi Foundation

Keith A. and Alice M. Maxie

Amy Skudlarczyk


Randy and Jenna McEachern

Jan Slagter

Buena Vista Foundation*

Camille Scioli McNamara

Keri L. and William E. Smeaton

Chevron Corporation

John and Marcie Merrell

Evan and Julia Smith

Chronic Crave

Ellen and Steve Miura

Monte H. Smith

Cortez Insurance Agency

The Jennifer Huggins

Shelly Ann Smith

Dell Inc.

Yolanda Soriano

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

The Molinar Family

Rodney and Marcy Sprott

Frost National Bank

Ann Moody

C. Jackson and Andrea Stolle

The Hartford

Kristi and David Moriarty

Tom and Brenda Strama


Kelly J. Mullin

Kristopher D. Swift

Highland Mall

Dean Munyon

Kiyoshi Tamagawa

IBM International Foundation

Maria Nehring

Eunice R. Tanco

Ray Jackson’s Rising Stars

Missy Colbert Nichols

Kent and Lucie Taylor

David E. Jones and Associates

Modesett Family

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KDK-Harman Foundation Kingston Consulting Inc. L & M Charitable Foundation Inc. Longhorn Alumni Band Longhorn Bikes T. C. Lupton Jr. Family Foundation RunTex Inc. The Schweitzer Family Foundation Southwest Constructors Inc.* St. David’s Foundation* The Stahl Family Foundation State Farm Companies Foundation Strategic Education Solutions Sylvan Learning of Austin Tartaglino Richards Family Foundation University Co-operative Society University Federal Credit Union University Masonic Lodge Foundation

Jennifer Esterline – 2012 Executive Director,

2011-12 Development Council


KDK-Harman Foundation

Whole Foods Market Inc.

Dr. Chiquita Watt Eugene – 2014

Whole Foods Market Southwest L.P.

(2nd term) City of Austin

Capital Campaign Committee:

George and Fay Young Foundation

Dr. Andrea Flower – 2015

Betsy Abell

Zimmerman Family Foundation

Department of Special Education,

Buena Vista Foundation

of the Raymond James

College of Education

Hughes Abell

Charitable Endowment Fund

Dr. Mark Gooden, Chair – 2012

Llano Partners, Ltd.

Department of Educational

Laura Beuerlein

Endowments Criaco Family Endowed Excellence Fund Ira and Muriel Maxie Endowment *Donors who have contributed to the capital campaign this year

2011-12 Management Board

Administration, College of

Heritage Title Company of Austin


Gigi Bryant

Cathy Hagenbaumer – 2013

GMSA Management Services

Finance Manager, DDCE

Sam Bryant

Dr. Dolly Lambdin – 2013

Bryant Wealth Investment Group

Department of Kinesiology

Lisa Gottesman

and Health Education,

Community Volunteer

College of Education

Sandy Gottesman

Dr. Taylor Martin – 2013

Live Oak-Gottesman Group

Department of Curriculum and

Vaughn Gross

Instruction, College of Education

Community Volunteer

Randy Ramirez – 2015

Betty Hewell

Dr. Jennifer Adair – 2012

Program Manager, Solarwinds

The University of Texas at Austin

Department of Curriculum and

Suzette Ruedas – 2015

Rusty Kelley

UTES Parent

Blackridge, TX

Penny Burck – 2012

Dr. Laurie Scott – 2015

Perry Lorenz

Community Volunteer

Department of Music and Human

Real Estate Developer

Instruction, College of Education

Robiaun Charles – 2013 Assistant Vice President for Development and External Relations, DDCE

Learning, College of Fine Arts

Howard Nirken

Dr. Ed Sharpe – 2013

DuBois, Bryant, & Campbell, L.L.P.

(3rd term) Department of

Julie Oles, Co-Chair

Educational Administration,

Community Volunteer

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Pat Oles, Co-Chair

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent

Barshop & Oles Co.

Vice President for Diversity and

Michael Klein

Community Engagement

Neighborhood Longhorns Pan-Am Recreation Center PetSmart

The Klein Foundation

Angie Pete Yowell

Responsive Classroom

Jeanne Klein

Development Officer for

Rotary Club

The Klein Foundation

Annual Giving Campaign Committee: Penny Burck, Chair Community Volunteer Jennifer Esterline KDK-Harman Foundation Kathy Estes Frost Bank Courtney Houston West Austin Youth Association Randy Ramirez Solarwinds Buzzy Woodworth Woodworth Homes

UT Elementary School, DDCE

RunTex St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

2011-12 Community Partners

St. David’s Legacy of Giving Students of the World Sustainable Food Center

A Community for Education (ACE)

Texas Child Study Center

Action Based Learning

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Active Life Movement

University Co-op

Austin Bat Cave

University Federal Credit Union

Austin Children’s Museum

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin District Charter Collaborative

Blanton Museum of Art Cockrell School of Engineering

Austin Energy

College of Education

Austin Independent School

College of Communication


College of Fine Arts

Austin Zoo

College of Natural Sciences

Marketing and Communications Committee:

Bike Texas

LBJ School of Public Affairs

Born to Run Foundation

Rec Sports

Breakthrough Austin

School of Human Ecology

Felicia Adams

Canine Center for Training and

School of Nursing

Community Volunteer


School of Social Work

Leslie Blair

Center Stage Texas

University Development Office

Division of Diversity and

Central Texas Safari Club

UT Longhorn Alumni Band

Collaborative for Academic,

UT Longhorn Jazz Band

Community Engagement Crystal Cotti

Social and Emotional Learning

Sylvan Learning

Committee for Children

Sandy Fivecoat

Dell employees

El Milagro

Aileen Krassner

Expanded Food and Nutrition

Community Volunteer

Education Program Travis County

UT Strings Project UT Taekwondo University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center UTES Parent Forum

Lisa Henken Ramirez


West Austin Youth Association

NetSpend Corporation

Frost Bank

Whole Foods

Green Gate Farms


STAFF Robiaun Charles Assistant Vice President for Development and External Relations, DDCE Melissa Chavez Executive Director, UT Elementary School Dr. Sherri Sanders Associate Vice President, DDCE Dr. Ed Sharpe Management Board Vice-Chair,

H-E-B H20 for Life HostGator Austin Ignite A Dream Joe’s Bakery Jordan Shipley Summer Camp KDK-Harman Foundation Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) KIPP Austin Lower Colorado River Authority McKinney Roughs Nature Park

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Is this school only for the children of UT faculty and staff? The school serves the children of East Austin regardless of UT affiliation. Anyone who resides in the zip codes: 78702, 78721, 78722, 78723, or 78741, is eligible to apply. Our student demographics reflect an 87% ethnic minority. Seventy percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch based on a household annual income of $41,000 or less for a family of four. Most of our students will be first-generation college students. What makes UT Elementary School different from other public charters?

UT Elementary School Frequently Asked Questions

As the first university-sponsored charter school in Texas, we put into practice the proven, effective research about teaching and learning that comes from University of Texas faculty. We also help to train and mentor future educators from the university. In addition, we have an obligation to share the practices we use and disseminate them among educators to help spread effective instructional practices to as many educators and students as possible. Are you funded by The University of Texas? The University of Texas invested resources to create and build our school, and also provides us an enormous wealth of intellectual resources in the form of faculty and staff who provide training, mentoring and time to assist the school in its mission. The University of Texas at Austin provides between two and three percent of our general operating budget.

You can find additional FAQ as well as more detailed answers by visiting What is a charter school, and how is a charter school different from a traditional school? A charter school is a public school that operates as a one-school public school district. In our case, the charter is held by The University of Texas Board of Regents.     Do charter schools have admission policies? Can they “pick” who attends? Charter schools cannot “choose” which students attend. By law, charter schools must have a fair and open admission process, conducting outreach and recruitment to all segments of the community they serve. Eligibility for enrollment at UT Elementary is based on a family’s residence within our geographic service area. Our students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, or by public lottery when applicants exceed available slots. No tuition may be charged. 16

UTES Annual report | 2011–2012

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UT Elementary School Annual Report 2011-12  
UT Elementary School Annual Report 2011-12  

The annual report from The University of Texas at Austin's Elementary School for 2011-12