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Staff Information & Updates 01/19/15

From the Principal's Pen...

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

In addition to enjoying your long 3-day weekend, take a few minutes to explore some of these MLK resources that can be used in your classrooms this week! Honoring this great leader and continuing our recent efforts to teach our scholars about the importance of community service and helping others go hand in hand!

Scholastic - Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education World - MLK Day lesson resource ideas

Teaching Channel - Honoring MLK Day

Edutopia - Using Service Learning to Engage Students

MLK Day of Service website

Proud to be your principal! :)



As we begin our next round of Achievement data meetings, we become “ENGINEERS” in the truest sense when determining what each and every student at Cannon needs to be successful.

I recently read an article from the September 2014 issue of Educational Leadership about student motivation. Carol Ann Tomlinson discusses a set of three concentric circles of influence that we need to be aware of to help a student’s motivation.

“The Personal Sphere (the outermost circle)—in which motivation links to a student’s concerns about his or her personal relationship with school and school adults—is often the most powerful. In this sphere, a student poses two fundamental questions: Does the teacher see me? and How does the teacher see me? Some students feel invisible in their classrooms; some feel judged and found wanting. In either condition, the student’s desire to learn is likely extinguished.

A teacher does well to reflect on whether he or she sees each student as an individual. Considering an “unmotivated” kid, teachers should ask these questions: Do I believe in this student’s capacity to succeed in my classroom—and am I communicating belief in that potential? Do I give him or her support, voice, and autonomy in school work? What am I doing to know this child better today than I did yesterday?”

If you would like to read about two inner circles (The Social Sphere and The Academic Sphere) please stop by my office and pick up the 2 page article (a quick BUT powerful read ). I like how it poses the two fundamental questions from the student’s viewpoint. It aligns with my beliefs and is a great reminder to consider the whole child.

Carol Ann Tomlinson is the author of The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners​


Dates to Remember

1/19 Student Holiday

1/20 PLC Week B - Kinder 2:00-3:30

1/21 PLC Week B - 1st grade 2:00-3:30

1/22 PLC Week B - 2nd grade 2:00-3:30

1/23 Fire Drill - 2:00 pm

1/26 U.CAN 3:00

1/27 PLC Week A - 5th grade 2:00-3:30

1/28 Faith Christian Pals on campus

1/28 PLC Week A - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

1/29 PLC Week A - 3rd grade 2:00-3:30

1/31 High Tech-High Touch Science Safari Saturday 8:30 am

2/2 GCISD Employee Survey @ Cannon

2/2 STEM Leadership 3:00

2/3 PLC Week B - Kinder 2:00-3:30

2/4 PLC Week B - 1st grade 2:00-3:30

2/5 PLC Week B - 2nd grade 2:00-3:30

2/6 Play it Safe

2/9 Lake Worth ISD tours Cannon's 1:1

2/9 U.CAN 3:00-3:45

2/10 PLC Week A - 5th grade 2:00-3:30

2/11 PLC Week A - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

2/12 PLC Week A - 3rd grade 2:00-3:30

2/12 - GCISD Special Programs Expo - 5:30-7:30 CTMS

2/13 Classroom Valentine Day Parties

2/16 Professional Learning Day (Student Holiday)

2/17 PLC Week B - Kinder 2:00-3:30

2/18-2/19 Early Dismissal K-5 11:45 - Parent/Student-led conferences

2/18 PLC Week B - 1st grade DURING CONFERENCE TIME

2/18 Leadership Colleyville tours Cannon

2/19 PLC Week B - 2nd grade DURING CONFERENCE TIME

2/20 5th Graders tour GMS

2/21 5th grade to Perot Museum for Science Safari Saturday

2/23-2/28 National Engineering Week!

2/23 U.CAN 3:00-3:45

2/24 Class and Spring Picture Day Class

2/24 PLC Week A - 5th grade 2:00-3:30

2/25 PLC Week A - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

2/26 PLC Week A - 3rd grade 2:00-3:30

2/27 PTA provides lunch for staff - SOUPer Staff Luncheon!


Please make sure you have the following dates on your calendars for required TELPAS training. This year, this mandatory training for all TELPAS raters and TELPAS Administrators is being provided through a collaboration of the Assessment Team and the World Languages Team. The training will replace campus-based TELPAS Rater training in an effort to not only increase teacher understanding of the TELPAS process, but also to reduce the number of incidents that occurred during the TELPAS administration across the district last year. Please ensure these dates are on your calendars as needed!

• February 9: Kinder, First Grade: TES; 3:30-5:00

• February 10: Grades 6-12, PDEC, 4:15-5:45

• February 11: Grades 2-5, TES, 3:30-5:00


There have been several changes to GCISD Summer Programs this year. Please review the information below to learn more about which programs will be held this summer and where they will be located. As you will note, there is no longer a Summer Academy offered for K-5 students to attend for remediation support. Summer Academy will be offered for only for 5th grade students who need to retake the 3rd administration of STAAR Reading in June. Please make sure you speak with Anne about the Language Academy that will be offered at Cannon, to make sure that all of our eligible students can attend. The Dual Language enrichment classes that were previously offered as part of the Summer Enrichment program will be offered at Cannon this summer, as part of the Language Academy.

Gayle Smith, Director of Summer Programs, and her team are in the process of taking applications for teachers, nurses, librarians, and clerical staff. Any interested person can view openings at TalentEd and/or contact the principal of the program with any questions.


• Ryan Martin--Principal; Housed at GHS

• Session A: June 15-26; Session B: June 29-July 10 - 7:30-11:20 and/or 12:00-3:55

• Fee: $220 for in-district, $270 for out of district


• Kim Ray--Principal; Housed at GHS - 5th (Reading only) and 8th grade June 8-23

• 7:30-11:30; Transportation will be provided; No fees


• Anne Ricci--Principal; Housed at Cannon Elementary

• June 8-July 17; 8:00-12:00; Breakfast and Lunch will be served

• Free to Pre K-K and those on F/R lunch program; $200 + $25 registration fee for all others; Transportation will be provided


• Cindy Pearson--Principal; Housed at CTMS

• Session 1: June 15-19; Session 2: June 22-26; Session 3: June 29-July 3; Session 4: July 13-17; Session 5: July 20-24

• Fees: $100 per class with a $25 registration fee


  • UCAN - SPRING SEMESTER - We have been busy planning our 2nd semester of U.CAN classes, in an effort to provide staff with flexible and purposeful professional learning options. This semester, we have planned 3-week long classes for the first three U.CAN sessions (1/26; 2/9; 2/23). Click HERE to read session descriptions and register for your class selection! Information about plans for remaining U.CAN sessions for this semester will be provided to all staff in late February. Please register for your class using the link above by Wednesday, 1/21 @ 4:00. Thank you!!

  • REQUIRED TEACHER SURVEY - Principals have been asked to request that all teachers complete THIS ANONYMOUS SURVEY by Friday, January 23rd. This survey is in regard to your comfort level with Restorative Practices. Thank you for your participation, as the district is seeking input to know how to best meet teacher needs as they move forward with the Restorative Practices initiative.

  • $1,000 FOR YOUR CLASSROOM! - Last year, Dr. Jesse Schroeder of Schroeder Orthodontics, one of the GCISD Education Foundation's official corporate sponsors and supporter of many schools, made a five-year $100,000 commitment to the school district. For each of the five years, he will sponsor five $1,000 teacher grants as part of his commitment. The grant will be given to a teacher in each grade, 1st-5th. All you have to do is have your students write or draw a one-page idea of what he/she thinks their teacher could do for students with a $1,000 grant. Teachers should select the ones that best express a good use of the grant money and must be completed by Friday, 2/6. These can be sent to the Education Foundation. Teacher winners will be announced at the upcoming Founder's Day Luncheon in February and will be invited to attend the luncheon with their principals. Click here for the official letter with the grant contest rules from Dr. Schroeder. Good luck!!

  • DATA MEETINGS - We have started our next round of Data Meetings with all grade levels. Each grade level teacher has already/will receive an email from Tona with your Data Meeting date, as well as reminders/directions on how to make sure you have updated your data sheets and prepared for the meeting.

  • MoY WRITING SCORES REMINDER - Please remember that all MoY Writing assessment scores need to be entered into Eduphoria by 4:00 on Tuesday, 1/20.

  • STAY INFORMED - The Feeder Pattern Task Force continues to review the 19 ideas submitted by the task force subcommittees and community suggestions. No single idea has been proposed as a solution to create pure feeder patterns in GCISD. As the process continues, updates are provided on the task force website. Feedback can be provided at this site as well. Several of the proposed plans recommend changing feeder schools for Cannon, so you may have parents or other community members asking you about this. Please take a moment to review these updates and stay informed about this process. Click here to see the task force website and proposed ideas for feeder pattern changes.

  • TECHNOLOGY UPDATES ON WEBSITE - Trisha has been busy working on updating information on our campus website. Be sure to check out this awesome RECOMMENDED APPS SYMBALOO, linked to our 1:1 page, that she created to share all of the most common iPad apps being utilized at Cannon. Also, check out the Symbaloo updates on USEFUL LINKS and WEB TOOLS, that are located on the technology page. Be sure to share these updates in your parent communications as well! Thanks Trisha!

January is School Board Appreciation Month!

GCISD trustees will be recognized at the monthly school board meeting during the last week of the month. All schools are asked to ―shower the school board members with special recognition by providing student-created posters, cards, letters or other objects of appreciation. All grade levels need to participate in this effort. Scholar work should be dropped off in my office by the end of the day on Friday, January 23rd. As a reminder, Cannon’s school board representative this year is Lisa Pardo, pictured to the right. However, we need to have items for all board members, so please refer to the following link to read short bios on all GCISD trustees. Thank you!


BLOG, WEBSITES, & SOCIAL MEDIA - All of these serve as a method of maintaining a web presence for our parents, scholars, local & global community, etc... for As we gear up for a super successful and productive 2nd semester, please make it a personal & professional goal to update your blogs/websites/social media sites on a regular basis. Several parents have commented that some teachers seem to do this on a more regular basis than others and have requested more frequent updates, in order to keep them informed. Updating blogs and social media sites at least 1-2 times per week is a good rule of thumb and most staff members do a great job of doing this! However, there are some campus blogs that have had only 1-2 updates all year long so far, thus leaving room for some improvement in this area. Thank you in advance for making it a goal to maintain a quality web presence in 2015!

Why should teachers maintain a web presence?

  • To inform parents.
  • To inform scholars.
  • To inform local & global community members.
  • To provide a place to share daily learning experiences and resources.
  • To share weekly goals, objectives, and assignments with all stakeholders.
  • To create a place for teachers/scholars to publish to an authentic audience, engage with learning/content anytime, anywhere.
  • To fulfill the technology goals & objectives for a 1:1 campus initiative.
  • To extend learning beyond the classroom boundaries.

What should a teacher publish on a web presence?

  • Post daily or weekly about classroom activities. Link to or embed a project created by scholars to illustrate classroom activities.
  • Pictures of class and scholar activities.
  • Assignments and due dates
  • Information about upcoming events
  • Additional resources that will reinforce learning. Examples: teacher-created videos that explain a process, show examples, or display a sample product.


  • Do attendance online between 9:45- 10:15 each day.
  • Display quality work in hallways & continue work on interactive hallway bulletin boards!
  • Register for U.CAN course selection using the link provided in this newsletter.
  • Get your scholars involved in helping you win $1,000 for your classroom from Schroeder Orthodontics!
  • Prepare for your grade level data meeting.
  • Complete your class/grade level appreciation items for School Board Appreciation and turn in to Tona by Friday, 1/23.
  • Check out new Technology/iPad App Symbaloo updates on the website!
  • Evaluate the quality of your/grade level's web presence and set goals for QUALITY maintenance for the rest of this school year.
  • Tweet & blog about all of the great things you are doing in your classroom/grade!