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December 19, 2016

A Principal's Perspective

As part of her Teacher Leadership Academy project, Tracy Brice is leading a Deep Dive team to investigate the achievement gap of our minority students at GP. As a faculty, we looked at student academic and behavior data in August. We recognize that there is a gap at GP as well as the district and nation. It is a district and national issue to address as well. Although the gap is recognized, conversations to discover solutions are limited. So, Tracy is leading a team on our campus to start the conversation with hopes to narrow the academic and behavior gap that we are seeing for our students to ensure that ALL students at GP are reaching our mission goals. Tracy provided a summary of our first meeting. Take a look:

"We have a GP Deep Dive team that met for the first time this week to investigate the academic achievement gap with our minority students (African American and Hispanic). The Academic Achievement Gap is a nationwide problem that is commonly ignored or overlooked. Our team is looking for ways to begin bridging the gap and making strides with ALL of our students. We began by discussing problems within our control and problems we cannot control. We will continue our work in this area after the holidays. More to come on this!" Tracy Brice

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Ahh, Winter Break!

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Morning Duties for Two Days!

Morning Assembly (7:20): S. Rhine

Gym (7:20): Cooper

Cafeteria (7:20): Specialists Split

Bus (7:15 - Buses/ Cafeteria after all buses arrive): Specialists Split

Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20-7:50): Hastings

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:50): Henry & Eppes

Counselor Schedule: Small Groups & School Support

Librarian: Open Circulation

Week at a Glance

Santa says THANKS for all you do with a holiday JEANS PASS Dec. 12-20th!

Monday: Ugly Sweater Day! Prize involved!; Cocoa and Cider Bar in Office; Sing-a-Long @ 8:30; 2nd Grade Polar Express; Schedule Link for the Day:

Tuesday: Holiday parties; 2nd Grade Polar Express in Cafeteria @ 8:00; End of 2nd Nine Weeks; Early Release @ 12:45

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News & Notes

  • Bonnie Roy will be out until we return in January. Lara Lewis will be subbing in the office until the holiday break.
  • Please let your parents know that the early bird price of $25 for the yearbook will end December 21st. After December 21st, the yearbook price will increase to $30.
  • We have about nine gallons of orange juice available for any party coming up next week. If you would like orange juice, call the office/email Deanne to claim the gallons that you would like.
  • We are a campus that incorporates Conscious Discipline, CD, and Foundations in our discipline plan. CD is also part of our district plan. One of our campus goals is to use the language of CD. We will have a professional development session at the February staff day on CD. But to avoid additional after school meetings or conference time sessions, I have asked Kathe Hawkins to create a monthly newsletter with CD strategies. Please take time to read these newsletters and use the strategies she highlights for us. It does take practice to use the language of CD where it is naturally part of our instructional practice.

January 3rd is a COMP Day!

January 4, 2016 Staff Development Agenda

7:45-8:15 - Rudy's BBQ breakfast served in cafeteria

8:15-9:45 - Book Study: K-4 Math with Bartosh in Cafeteria; 2nd-4th ELA in Science Lab; CAMP joins ELA; SPED attends math or ELA session

9:30 - Paraprofessionals Arrive

10:00-10:50 - Vertical Team Talks: 1st & 2nd in cafeteria facilitated by Melanie Marshall, Betty Helfeldt, & Amy Eppes; 3rd & 4th in library facilitated by Jennie Fortner & Pattie Bartosh

CAMP, SPED, & Paras divide and attend a grade level session

Kinder - Vicki Murphy in K pod

11:00-11:50 - Vertical Team Talks: K & 1st in cafeteria facilitated by Melanie Marshall, Betty Helfeldt, & Amy Eppes ; 2nd & 3rd in library facilitated by Jennie Fortner & Pattie Bartosh

CAMP, SPED, & Paras divide and attend a grade level session

4th: Vicki Murphy in 4th pod

11:50-1:15 - Lunch on Your Own

1:15-3:30 - Instructional Content Planning with grade level

Mustang Yee Haws!

Stephanie Anderson's daughter, Christina, is graduating from Texas A&M Friday Evening!
Whoop! She is graduating from the University Studies of Architecture and starting graduate school in the fall. Congratulations!