2018 - 2019 W.E.S. Computer Science Club



The W.E.S. Coding Club is now the W.E.S. Computer Science Club! This year we will be meeting in Room 501 in the 3rd Grade pod. Since my goal is to allow all students who have an interest in computer science to have an opportunity to participate, I have divided the club into two different meeting days:

2nd and 3rd Grades - Monday Mornings - 7:45 a.m.-8:20 a.m.

1st and 4th Grades - Wednesday Mornings - 7:45 a.m.-8:20 a.m.

All students who participate in the W.E.S. Computer Science Club should have breakfast before they come to Room 501.

You can access the Google form to sign up for Computer Science Club at bit.ly/WESCSClub1819


Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Gustin's 2018 - 2019 W.E.S. Book Clubs


I have created a Flipgrid page for my 4th grade book clubs so we can continue our book discussions when I am not at WES. Log in to your MagnoliaISD google account, then go to the link for our WES Book Clubs Flipgrid and participate in the discussion thread for the book your group is reading. I'm looking forward to participating with you!


Happy Reading!



Mrs. Gustin's Expectations


1. Be kind.

2. Collaborate.

3. Work hard.

4. Go forth and be brilliant!



Elementary Advanced Academics Information


Project: REACH is a special pull-out program for qualifying 3rd and 4th grade students. See the link on the right navigation menu for more information.


1st and 2nd grade students identified as gifted will be pulled from class for 45-60 minutes a week for an enrichment project.

Please contact Claudia Gonzales, our school counselor, for gifted and talented (GT) identification and assessment information.



Mrs. Gustin’s Schedule

Mrs. Gustin serves as the Advanced Academics teacher for Magnolia Elementary and Williams Elementary according to the following schedule:


Williams Elementary: Monday, Wednesday and part of Friday

Magnolia Elementary: Tuesday, Thursday and part of Friday


WES Project REACH Schedule


4th Grade:

Monday 1:45-2:45 & Wednesday 9:25-10:25


3rd Grade - Cohort 1:

Monday 8:20-9:20 & Wednesday 12:25-1:25


3rd Grade - Group 2:

Monday 12:25-1:25 & Wednesday 8:20-9:20


WES GT Schedule


2nd Grade:

Monday 9:30-10:00 & Wednesday 2:40-3:10  



Meet Mrs. Gustin


This year marks Mrs. Gustin's 29th year as a public educator. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of Houston - Clear Lake, with a BA in Literature. Mrs. Gustin currently holds certifications and endorsements for: Elementary self-contained (PK-6), CTE Human Development and Family Studies (8-12), Reading Recovery, and Gifted and Talented Education.


Mrs. Gustin began her career in education as a Chapter 1 paraprofessional at Bailey Elementary in Pasadena ISD, Texas during the 1990-1991 school year. The following year, she was a member of the second class of alternative certification teachers in the Pasadena school system. She taught 2nd, 3rd, and 1st grades at Pearl Hall Elementary in Pasadena, before moving to the Magnolia area. 


Mrs. Gustin spent the next seven years teaching at J.L. Lyon Elementary. While working at Lyon, Mrs. Gustin taught 1st grade, sponsored Lyon's K-5 Drama Club, trained to become a Reading Recovery Teacher, worked together with colleagues to create the 1st multi-age vertical team in Magnolia's history, taught multi-age 1st and 2nd grade, Reading Recovery, Title 1 literacy groups and started the district's first Literacy Lab. 


In 2001, Mrs. Gustin was asked to move to Willie E. Williams Elementary to assist with the establishment of the district's Reading Recovery training site, begin the district's Literacy Coaching initiative and help with expanding the Literacy Lab concept to all of MISD's elementary campuses. After several years of working as a Reading Recovery teacher, Literacy Coach and Literacy Intervention Specialist, Mrs. Gustin was finally able to return to her favorite setting - the classroom! During the following decade, Mrs. Gustin had the opportunity to teach 3rd and 2nd grades; as well as the 1st grade inclusion class. Mrs. Gustin is often invited to share her expertise in literacy acquisition, practical intervention strategies and technology integration with educators at workshops and conferences. She's also had the great honor of serving as a mentor teacher for eighteen student teachers and literacy block students from Sam Houston State University. Mrs. Gustin continues to enjoy collaborating with and supporting her colleagues as Williams Elementary's Technology Liaison.  


Mrs. Gustin received the honor of Williams Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year. That April, she also received recognition as Magnolia ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year.  The following October, she was recognized as a finalist for Region 6 Elementary Teacher of the Year. The following spring, Mrs. Gustin became a Discovery Education Network Star Teacher, and during the summer of 2013 she was featured as number 45 on the Teacher Certification Degrees website's  Top 50 Early Childhood Educators on Twitter. In 2016, she moved up five positions on the chart and was ranked number 40.  In May of 2017, Mrs. Gustin was honored to be named Tomball VFW Post 2425 Elementary Teacher of the Year in recognition of her work as Co-founder and sponsor of MISD's Flags For Our Heroes event.


This school year, Mrs. Gustin is honored to be able to continue serving as the Elementary Advanced Academics Teacher for Magnolia Elementary and Williams Elementary and is so excited to be able to work with Project Reach and GT students from both campuses. Mrs. Gustin has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and it is that love for learning that she strives to bring to her students every day. She believes in working tirelessly to insure that every child reaches their maximum potential, and will do whatever it takes to make that happen!


Recent Posts

Jury Trial - Opening Statements


Use the information on this Opening Statements Guide to help your team draft an opening statement which introduces the jury to the case you will present during our Mock Trial.

Jury Trial Webquest

Click on the link to make a copy of the Jury Trial Webquest Template then share it with Mrs. Gustin and your team members.  Collaborate with your team to complete the Webquest which will help you learn the language and procedures of jury trials.
Happy researching!

Touch Typing Practice

Many of you have asked how I learned how to type so quickly without looking at my fingers.  Back in the olden days, when I was in high school I had to take a typing class where we learned the home keys and how to type without looking. We used old fashioned electric typewriters that didn't have correction tape. If we made a mistake in typing class, we had to start all over if we wanted to get a perfect score.
Today, we are so fortunate to have computers that allow us to put our thoughts on digital paper, and correct any mistakes we make easily as we go by using the backspace and delete keys. We also have access to great apps and websites which can help us learn anything we want to learn.
If you would like to learn how to use touch typing to help you get your thoughts onto your documents more quickly, you can use this website: Typing Club.  If you login with Google, the site will save your progress.

Arcade Game Engineering Challenge Flipgrid

Greetings Apprentices!
To post a response or respond to a response on our Cardboard Challenge Flipgrid reflections:
  • Make sure you are logged into your Magnolia ISD student account. (This grid is only able to be accessed my students and staff within the MISD domain)
  • Go to flipgrid.com
  • Use code: c3512d
  • Record a response or view the responses of your colleagues at Williams Elementary and Magnolia Elementary.
  • If you have a suggestion for one of your colleagues from either campus to assist them with solving a design challenge, be sure to record a video response to their video submission.  (I adjusted the settings so you will now be able to collaborate in that fashion.
  • Give a colleague a smiley if you were impressed by their design.
I'm looking forward to the productive and kind feedback you offer your colleagues. Be sure to check for feedback from me, as well.  Go forth and be brilliant!

Project: REACH Self-Introduction

Click on the link to the WES All About Me Slides Presentation. Go to your assigned slide and create a visual representation of yourself.  Use the comment feature to leave a brief description of who you are, then comment on a colleague's slide.

Reliability and Credibility of Research Sources

One of the most important things to consider as you are doing research is how to determine if a source you want to use is a credible, reliable source. There are several ways you can use to determine if an internet source you wish to use for your project is reliable.
Click here for an online copy of the 5 W's of Website Evaluation.
Click here for more information about Website Evaluation.
Click here to learn more about how to tell the difference between information and misinformation.