Monday Memo

May 16-20

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” -D. Blocher

Team,


At the beginning of the year Kevin James delivered complete class sets of the Go Math and Science Fusion consumables to every campus. Based on grade level survey results, we are aware that not all of the books were used by the students this year. If you happen to have any unused consumable books, please give them to your team leader to turn into Coach Relle. He will then contact Kevin James to pick up these items. Any unused materials will be placed back in our inventory for future use. Thank you for working with us to be financially responsible with our resources.


While I know this has been addressed in the past, I want to send out a reminder that grade level and/or entire class consequences are not appropriate and should not be given. If there is something that you or your team is struggling with, please let me know and I would be happy to problem solve with you.


Wednesday is Miss Irma's birthday. We will present her the staff gift on morning announcements, but if you, your class, your team or your grade level would like to present her with a card, please feel free to do so.


As we continue to pray that Madeline remains cancer free, count your blessings and make today count!


JL

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Teacher Scales for Reflective Practice

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Congratulations to Danielle!!!

Darius Fortenberry

May 5, 2016

4lbs 4oz

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OVERVIEW

Please utilize this link to see information about the courses being offered this summer.


  • 5 hours of G/T credit will be awarded with ELM training
  • G/T credit can also be earned on the first day of Converge

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New Team Members and Staffing Changes

I wanted to take a moment to officially share some of the staffing changes for the 16-17 school year. Please feel free to reach out to these people as you feel led to do so.


  • Shannon Hershberger (current nurse and good friend of mine from RJE) - Nurse
  • Shana Prugh (woohoo!!) - 5th Grade Math
  • Jennifer Smith (in the hiring process) - 4th Grade ELAR
  • Deanna Harris (in the hiring process and a good friend of Krisit Ward) - 4th Grade Math
  • Lora Lovell - 3rd Grade Math & Science
  • Trisha Kincaid - 2nd Grade
  • Quin Hance (current 1st grade teacher at Vega) - 1st Grade

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Converge

The DelCom Group will be hosting a Pre-Conference Meet Up at The Mellow Mushroom in McKinney the night before Day 1 of Converge (June 20). Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

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Shoparoo

Did you know that each week I give out jeans passes to those who are one of the top three participants on Shoparoo? I know that many of you have already joined, but if you haven't, it is not too late. Simply go to www.shoparoo.com to create your account. If you use veft4467 as a referral code, McGowen will earn money for you just signing up. Please feel free to push this information out to your parents as well. Once you sign up, Shoparoo will give you a referral code for your parents to use when they sign up. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year.


Congratulations to Barbara Peebles and Jen McCartney for being in this week's top three!

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Focus for 2015 - 2016

In order to help every child their personal best, McGowen teachers and staff will:

  • Develop a common language needed to become High Reliability School.
  • Develop an understanding and process for effective Professional Learning Communities.
  • Engage in collaborative team planning and lesson design to promote higher level thinking and student engagement.
  • Present lessons in such a way that students understand and can speak knowledgeably about posted learning and language targets.

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Remind for Staff

I have created a Remind for our staff in order to send out just-in-time reminders, last minute notifications of jeans/warm-up days, and/or emergency info. If you haven't already, please click on the link below to join the group.



https://www.remind.com/join/mcgowenst

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Happy Birthday!

May

Rhonda Taylor - 3rd

Lisa Crates - 16th

Miss Irma - 18th

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APPRECIATIONS

  • A million or more thank you’s to my team for taking care of my kiddos last week when the stomach plague got me! You’re the best!!! -Jen
  • Relle, Shambo & Nall- Thanks for a Fabulous Field Day! The kids had a blast! -Jen
  • Butler – thanks for making calls and getting stuff lined up for the Volunteer Luncheon! -Jen
  • Barton – I owe you…again! Thanks for helping my subs, covering my ARD, dealing with my munchkins, etc, etc…. I couldn’t do this pesky adult life stuff without you! -Jen
  • Tara~ Thank you for putting the caterpillars in their cups! ~KT
  • Cathy~ Thank you for figuring out how to put iStation back on my computer! ~KT
  • Michelle & Maria~ Thank you for taking care of lunch on Friday! ~KT
  • Relle~ Thank you for watching my kids for a few minutes so I could see Pierce at his very first Field Day! ~KT
  • Lori Roof, Michelle Haas & Caballero, Tracey, Holly B., Tara Zappe, Coach Nall, Nurse Vicky, Sharon~ From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU so much for your help in getting clothes for my sweet friend for Field Day! You guys came through in a matter of minutes and totally saved the day- and saved me a trip to Wal-Mart!!! I had so many offers of clothes that I ended up having to turn people away! Because of you all, my baby had a fun, and comfortable, day!!!!! You all were her HEROS- thanks for making her day, and mine, a success :-) If I forgot to list you here, please know that you too are appreciated! It’s such a great problem
  • Relle, Shambo and Nall – Thank you for letting my Purple Peeps squeeze in some P.E. Time this week! We loved it! Lp

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Action Items

  • K-2 Schedule Math DA with Bonnie ASAP
  • Verify who will be attending the Spring Program on May 17th by Friday, May 13th
  • (Optional) Contribute to Miss Irma's birthday envelope by EOD Tuesday, May 17th
  • Complete ELM Training Registration Form by EOD Thursday, May 19th
  • MVM due by EOD Thursday, May 19th
  • K-2 TEMI & DRA due in Aware by EOD Friday, May 20th
  • Grades entered by 8:00am on Tuesday, May 24th
  • Corrections finalized by 8:00am on Thursday, May 26th
  • DRA2 Protocols & iStation Student Summary Handouts due by EOD on Thursday, May 26th

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Bad Dudes

I have no idea if any of these people have been awarded the Bad Dude this year, but after Friday, it really does not matter. With no explanation needed, Nick Relle, Gaby Shambo and Amanda Nall pulled off another amazing Field Day! When we look at the Stages of Team Development, this team is off the charts! I cannot express enough how much I admire and appreciate their team work and the job that they do with our students every day. I love and adore each one of them.


Amanda, Gaby and Nick - Thank you for all that you do for our students and campus as a whole. You all are simply the best!.

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McKinney ISD's Vision, Mission and Beliefs

Any time we have an idea, concern, solution and/or comment, this is the filter through which we should speak. Let's help each other live up to our vision, mission, and beliefs.


Vision:

We are a cohesive, diverse community providing engaging learning experiences for all.


Mission:
We will provide engaging learning experiences so students can become effective communicators, quality contributors and socially responsible citizens.

Beliefs:
  • Partnerships between students, parents, community members and staff are foundational to educational success.
  • Positive school culture and a safe environment foster growth.
  • Everyone has inherent value and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Learning is an active process requiring engaging tasks and engaging minds.
  • Relevant and authentic experiences ignite continuous, deeper learning.
  • Meaningful relationships enrich learning.
  • Confidence fuels risk taking and higher achievement.
  • Financial stewardship ensures a tomorrow for education.

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