What's "Growing" On @ Cannon?

Staff Information & Updates 01/04/16

From the Principal's Pen...

It's January...2016...let's do this!

A blank calendar. A fresh start.

It’s the perfect time to evaluate where you’ve been, where you’re at, and where you’re going!! It’s a time for us to bring back that August enthusiasm, relentless joy, and passion for what we get to do every day as teachers at the BEST school ever...Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School!

As we begin this new school year, I encourage you to look at what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what is truly happening that you are grateful for, in the moment. Over the holiday break, I added two apps, that I absolutely LOVE, to my ever-growing app collection on my iPhone & iPad! Both are about capturing what is happening, what is working... in the moment. One is called Gratitude 365 and the other is called Collect. While they both have similar features and functions, my plan is for one to be for personal use and the other for professional use.

Each day, I plan to be intentional about seeking out a moment I can highlight, recognize, celebrate, and share through these apps. By collecting these moments throughout the year, I will be able to intentionally engage in reflection and purposefully express my gratitude, for things, both BIG and small, that deserve to be noticed. For moments that deserve to be captured, acknowledged and remembered.

There will be challenging moments in the coming months, of course, and the stress of this semester is sure to bring all kinds of highs and lows. But if we shift our perspective to refocus our minds, refresh our hearts, and renew our commitments, there’s no telling what kind of miracles lie in wait, in the moment, for us to celebrate for the rest of this year! Happy New Year!!

Proud to be your principal,

Tona :)

Lisa's Coaching Corner

As the new year begins, I keep thinking about my "word" of the year via Jon Gordon. Last year my word was intentional. I still think that this is a HUGE word for me. Every decision I make needs to be intentional otherwise I am wasting time and not improving. At work, this word has served me well, however I don't think it has been as effective in my personal life.

This year my word needs to help me personally as well. I seem to "take care of myself" LAST as most mothers do. However, 2016 will be a HUGE year of change for me as my seniors girls will be leaving home to continue their education.

So the words I have pondered are: improvement, selfish, motivated, commitment, and growth. These words can all relate to me personally and in the educational setting. I've decided growth will be my word, which makes me laugh because physically I do not need to grow!!! However, I need to focus on my growth as a STEM educator and personally to be the best me I can. That means I need to have more balance and make time for my health and personal goals that I have put aside.

Happy New Year and may 2016 be the best year for you!


Congratulations to Deborah & James Mattox!

Deborah and James are so excited to share their baby news with the staff! The photo below features Baby Mattox at 12 weeks old and the baby's due date is July 10th. Congratulations to all of the Mattox family on this awesome news!
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Dates to Remember

1/4 Teacher work day

1/5 Students return to school!

1/5 PLC Week B - Kindergarten 2:00-3:30

1/6 Report Cards available for parents

1/6 PLC Week B - 1st grade 2:00-3:30

1/7 Staff Training Day 1 (K-2 in a.m.; 3-5 in p.m.)

1/7 PLC Week B - 2nd grade 2:00-3:30

1/8 Staff Training Day 2 (during grade level conference times)

1/11 CEC 3:15-4:00 in library

1/12 PLC Week A -5th grade 2:00-3:30

1/13 PLC Week A - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

1/14 PLC Week A - 3rd grade 2:00-3:30

1/18 No School - Student Holiday!

1/19 Lunch with Dr. Ryan - during staff lunches in lounge

1/19 Shelter in Place drill

1/19 PLC Week B - Kindergarten 2:00-3:30

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

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


1/22 Dinosaur George Exhibit - during Specials in gym

1/25 U.CAN 3:00-3:45

1/26 Burleson ISD tours Cannon's STEM program

1/26 PLC Week A -5th grade 2:00-3:30

1/27 PLC Week A - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

1/28 Denton ISD tours Cannon's STEM program

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

Professional Learning Plans With Julie Jackson - 1/7/16 & 1/8/16

We are so excited to kick off 2016 with an awesome professional learning opportunity for staff!! Dr. Julie Jackson will be at Cannon on Thursday, 1/7 & Friday, 1/8 to work with Cannon staff on a variety of concepts that are very relevant for our work, including using inquiry instructional methods for science & math, while simultaneously providing support for reading & writing & visual literacy. She has worked extensively with K-12 educators on these concepts while placing a special emphasis on meeting the diverse needs of English language learners & economically disadvantaged students.

In addition to presenting at a number of local, state & national conferences, Dr. Jackson has published a number of authentic works that are based on her work in actual classrooms in Texas public schools. She is also currently working as a professor in the department of Curriculum & Instruction at Texas State University. Members of our Cannon staff that attended the CAST conference this year in Ft. Worth went to several of her sessions and all gave very positive feedback about their learning in her sessions! Dr. Jackson has a very dynamic personality and is sure to make learning fun & fast-paced, as well as informative!

Debbie sent out an email to staff early in December to let you know that subs have been requested for the day on Thursday, 1/7. These subs will be covering classrooms for K-2 teachers from 7:30-11:15 on Thursday and for 3-5 teachers from 11:15-3:15. On this date, 2nd and 3rd grade teams will be switching Specials.

K-2 -Professional Learning with Dr. Jackson from 7:30-10:45; Lunch for K-2 teachers - 1:45-11:15 (Subs will be provided for K-2 classrooms from 7:45-11:15 **)

3-5 - Lunch for 3-5 teachers 11:15-11:45; Professional Learning with Dr. Jackson from 11:45-3:15 (Subs will be provided for 3-5 classrooms from 11:15-2:45 **)

**Please note that lunch times for substitute teachers will be designated on their schedules. Due to switching grade levels from a.m. to p.m., they may NOT all be eating lunch during the time they are covering your classroom. We will send out the substitute teacher schedule on Tuesday to all teachers.

On Friday, January 8th, Dr. Jackson will be visiting with all teams during their conference times, as a follow-up from Thursday's learning. We are SO excited to be able to offer such a powerful professional learning opportunity to our staff!! What great momentum this will add to the start of a new year!


  • IMPORTANT REPORT CARD/PROGRESS REPORT REMINDER Now that all of our grade reporting has gone digital, please make sure that you are notifying parents when all grades are posted and ready for viewing. Don't forget to include directions on how to view these reports, as we help parents transition to digital reporting. Under no circumstances, should a parent be hearing/learning for the first time that their child has a failing grade in a subject/class through their receipt of a progress report/report card. Personal contact must be made to all parents to inform them of academic concerns about a scholar, prior to their receipt of a progress report or report card. Additionally, please make sure you are scheduling parent conferences, so that you can work together with the parent to help develop a plan for their child to make progress and be successful.

  • 2016-2017 STUDENT/TEACHER CALENDAR APPROVED FOR PRELIMINARY PLANNING PURPOSES Students will begin classes on August 22 next year under the preliminary planning 2016-2017 Student-Teacher Calendar. The GCISD Board of Trustees adopted next year’s instructional calendar during the December 14 meeting. Under the new HB 2610, school districts are required to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, rather than 180 days of instruction. As the calendar is currently approved, student holidays for 2016-2017 are Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day/Washington’s Birthday and Memorial Day. Breaks reflect traditional community preferences of a week at Thanksgiving and Spring Break, and two weeks for Winter Break. The last day of school for students is Thursday, June 1, 2016. View the 2016-2017 Student-Teacher Calendar.

  • 2014-2015 CAMPUS TAPR REPORT NOW AVAILABLE Please take a few moments to review Cannon's TAPR (Texas Academic Performance Report) report for 2014-2015. This report replaced the AEIS report several years ago and is a culmination of our staff & student demographics, accountability and academic performance, as well as our state accountability rating for 2014-2015. All campuses are required to make this report available to all families. It will be shared through the parent newsletter electronically, as well as through paper copies that will be available in the office for families that cannot access it online. Our school report card will be made available in January 2016 and will also be made available to families at that time. Click here to see Cannon's TAPR for 2014-2015.

  • STAY UP TO DATE WITH GARDEN NEWSLETTER! Heather Hagar, our garden coordinator, has created a monthly newsletter that will be sent out to all staff to keep us abreast of all garden-related news! Be sure to check out her first edition of The Seedling here! Big thanks to Heather for her work to provide us with update, lesson ideas, and important reminders!!


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  • Set a timer and complete daily attendance ON TIME!
  • Make sure report cards are ready to be viewed by parents!
  • Read information about Professional Learning plans on 1/7 & 1/8 & plan accordingly.
  • Review the 2016-2017 calendar.
  • Review Cannon's TAPR 2014-2015 report.
  • Read The Seedling garden newsletter!
  • Work on your websites, blogs, and social media accounts to get them updated. Ask Ben for help!
  • Tweet & blog about all of the great things you are doing in your classroom/grade!