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January 22, 2018

A Principal's Perspective

As I was reading the TEPSA News, a Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association newsletter, I thought that the introduction to the newsletter from the TEPSA president, Manuel Gonzales, would be great to share with our GP staff. Below is a copy of his newsletter article:

"Having won five World Cup titles, Brazilians take their soccer very seriously. Brazil is one of the most well-known countries for playing the game and they have produced many of the world's best players ever. One of those players was named Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as, Pele!

Pele was a natural athlete and a fantastic soccer player, but what set Pele apart from others was his ability to play with what Brazilians call, Ginga (pronounced jeen-gah). Ginga is a different style of soccer and it can be known as the soul of Brazilian soccer, similar to what soul is to R&B-vital, integral and essentiaL Ginga is the flare, swagger and creativity of playing. It is the ability to think outside of the box, do something different and not be afraid to fail at trying a magical, skillful move, which is rooted in the passion of the game.

However, there is history that indicates some Brazilian coaches, fans and teammates did not like it when another player put their Ginga on display. There would be attempts to keep players in a box and not let them play with the creativity burning inside the Brazilian player. However, when a player like Pele did play with Ginga, he provided fun and motivation for himself and others. More importantly, he created a winning attitude amongst the team through his play and leadership.

Similar to a Brazilian soccer player, it is time for you to unleash your Ginga on your campus. Regardless of outside factors keep­ing you from displaying it, you must show resilience, have fun and creatively lead your school. The end result should be success, but if not, you will have had fun on the journey!

I will leave you with these questions. How do you show your flare, swagger and creativity in the school you are leading [teaching]? What do you do to take risks regardless of failure? What magical moments will you create and make in your school through your actions? I am sure you will be planning out the next few months leading [teaching] into the spring, so now is the time to switch it up and lead [teach] with Ginga!"

TEPSA News, January/February 2018 by Manuel Gonzales, TEPSA President

Be Innovative - Design the possibilities!


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Morning Duties of the Week

Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20-7:45): Sullivan

Gym (7:20-7:45): Peterson

Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20-7:55): Henry

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:55): S. Rhine & Simpson

Cafeteria (7:20-8:00): Eppes

Bus (7:15 - 7:55 Buses/ Car Drop Off after all buses arrive): Lewis

Counselor Schedule: - 2nd & 3rd

Librarian: PC

Week at a Glance

Monday: GP Choir 3:05-4:00; Leadership Meeting @ 2:45

Tuesday: Campus Council @ 3:30 - Send agenda items to Donna by Monday, 1/22


Thursday: Data Team Group A; REACH & Chess Club 3:15-4:15

Friday: Data Team Group B

News & Notes

  • Newly Changed, Official 100th Day of School - Wednesday, February 7th.
  • Do you tweet on Twitter? CSISD now has #SuccessCSISD to tell our story to the College Station community about the great things happening at our schools and in our classrooms. Take time to tweet at #SuccessCSISD and @greensprairie to share what is happening in your classroom. During the month of January, any teacher that Tweets to #SuccessCSISD and @greensprairie (you can put your news on both hashtag and handle) three times during the month of January can wear jeans on Tuesday, January 30th! Jean TWEET Thursday! Note: Create your tweet. At the end of your tweet add the #SuccessCSISD and @greensprairie so that your tweet can be tweeted in both places. You can also post your tweet on the GP Facebook, your class page, and/or Instagram. You can go to Twitter to check out tweets for CSISD and Greens Prairie.
  • February faculty meeting will focus on CHAMPS in the classroom. There will be two meeting dates to choose from. The faculty meeting will be for all professional staff. Please see link for more information and to sign up for a meeting that fits your schedule best. Link:

Mustang Yee Haws!

Happy Birthday:

Jennifer Jordan, January 22

Melanie Marshall, January 26

Happy News!

Welcome back Sarah Rhine!!! We missed you!


Congratulations to Jensen McMurray, Jessica's daughter, for her leading role in High School Musical and her great interview on KBTX. A true STAR!

GP Former Student - Making Us Proud!

Posted on Pecan Trail & GP Twitter Page

When a student really wants an office aide position so he offers to interview for the job. He wore a tie. He brought a resume. He interviewed. Of course he was hired! We adore this child! #ThisIsPT @MelanieMarshal4 @PecanTrail