JMQ Flash

March 21-25, 2016


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Growing Fit Students!

Kristi Grimes and Coach Holland are growing fit students! A few of our students had fun sharing a Music and Motion routine at the Lobo Health Fair.
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Growing Resources to Improve Student Achievement

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We are grateful to Kay Ray and the Longview ISD Foundation for their diligent work and generosity to provide the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Program. Congratulations to Jodie Stewart, Debbie Kraus, and Kristi Grimes, JMQ 2016 grant recipients!


Highlighted Events

Monday, 3-21-16
  • Progress Reports grades due at noon
  • 4th Grade Writing Boot Camp - Fun Dress and Writing Activities All Week!

Tuesday, 3-22-16

  • 1:00 p.m. - First Grade Easter Egg Hunt
  • Limbs International Fundraiser money collection - Students bring $1.00 cash to classroom teacher for Free Dress on Wednesday (For $3.00, teachers may wear jeans on Wednesday.)

Wednesday, 3-23-16

  • PLCs meet in data room
  • Turn in STAAR Security Online Training Certificate to Lynn today

Thursday, 3-24-16

  • Kindergarten Zoo Field Trip
  • 2:45 student dismissal

Friday, 3-25-16

  • Good Friday Holiday

Future events for your calendar....

Monday, 3-28-16
  • K-2 half-day Writer's Workshop with Patsy Ramirez in Conference Room

Tuesday, 3-29-16

  • 4th Grade STAAR Writing
  • 5th Grade STAAR Math

Wednesday, 3-30-16

  • 5th Grade STAAR Reading

Friday, 4-1-16

  • STAAR Make-up


Johnston-McQueen Students and Teachers Raise Money for Limbs International

Students may bring $1.00 cash on Tuesday to wear free dress on Wednesday, March 23, in order to raise money for Limbs International, an outreach to empower developing countries with the ability to make low cost prosthetic limbs for amputees. Teachers may donate $3.00 cash to wear jeans on Wednesday.

Pam will put an accounting sheet in your box for the cash you collect, and all proceeds will go through the activity fund for Limbs International. Cash only, please.

Please let students know that this program began with the invention of Dr. Roger Gonzales and his students at LeTourneau University! If you have time, share a video or two with your students to explain how their $1.00 is helping someone less fortunate. Find more videos and information in the link below.

LIMBS International
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Click the link below to find some practical and fun strategies that will increase engagement for reluctant learners!
I follow a couple of these educators/links on Twitter, but did not realize they also have a presence on Pinterest. I marvel at the power of social media!

TEKS Science Challenge from Pearson

I have the TEKS Science Challenge on my iPhone. It allows the user to choose K-5 questions under the elementary tab! Fantastic resource! Use it with your students in the classroom or share it with parents/students for home.
TEKS Challenge App


The Power of Words

At the last Principals' Meeting, Ms. Mayo shared with principals a true story in which an employee's career was ruined because of words that were thoughtlessly and angrily spoken. As a staff, we are held accountable for the words we speak and how we deliver them. We must intentionally choose words that build up and empower both students and colleagues in order to be the best we can be!

I like the self-reflection below that Lynn, our ever empowering and sage counselor, shared with me. In stressful times, perhaps these five little questions can help us re-frame our perspective.

Will it matter:

5 minutes from now,

5 hours from now,

5 days from now,

5 months from now,

5 years from now ?

I love the affirmations you give to your students and to one another! Kind words of encouragement and affirmation can really turn around someone's day.

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A Timeless Message from Kid President!

Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often