Willie Brown Academy Insider

November 22, 2019

Mindset News

WBA is teaching our scholars about Mindset. It is important for you to be aware of what it is, why it's important, and how you can support it.

How can you support a growth mindset in your children?

No parent thinks, "I wonder what I can do today to undermine my children, subvert their efforts, turn them off learning, and limit their achievement." Of course not. We think, "I would do anything, give anything, to make my children successful." Yet many of the things we do boomerang. Our best intentioned judgments, our lessons, our motivating techniques often say the wrong message, unintentionally.

In fact, every word and action sends a message. It tells children - or students or athletes - how to think about themselves. It can be a fixed mindset message that says: "You have permanent traits and I'm judging them," or it can be a growth mindset message that says: "You are a developing person and I am interested in your development."

The most important thing you can do to help your child instill a growth mindset it to praise them for effort rather than for talent. Messages like "You learned that so quickly! You're so smart!" teach the child that effort is a sign of weakness and that they either are or aren't smart. If they encountered difficulty in the future, they wouldn't know how to deal with it. Instead, messages such as "I like the way you approached that problem", or "Good job to hang in there and find a strategy that did work," or "Sorry, that seemed to be too easy for you, let's do something more challenging," teaches kids that effort is something we can all benefit from to reach our full potential, and that they need to be working purposefully in order to grow.

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2020-21 Calendar Survey

Members of the Mansfield ISD Districtwide Educational Improvement Committee (DEIC) recently selected two options as finalists for the 2020-21 school year calendar.

The district is now seeking the public’s feedback to determine which option will be best for MISD students, staff and the community. View the options here before completing the survey at the bottom of the page. The survey will close on Monday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

Classroom Spelling Bee Winners

3rd and 4th grade held a spelling be in individual classrooms recently. The top two spellers from each class earn their way into the WBA Spelling Bee to be held on December 13th! Congratulations to these scholars!

4th Grade: Aaron Fung, Jakob Taylor, Diego Duran-Carrillo, Kason Krodle, Jaxon Martinez, Olivia Hoffman, Kaylie Smith, Sophia Flores, Jayden Santos, Ian Wicker, Brady Green, and Tobi Sobande

3rd Grade: Luna Nashawati, Charlotte Shelton, Noah Verdier, Jensen Shelton, Noah Acosta, Muhammad Hamzah, Jazira Anderson, Preslee Padovich, Bryn Kralick, and Tyler Duong

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WBA Scholar Performances at Toys for Tots Event

We have 2 groups of WBA Scholars who will be performing at the December 4th Toys for Tots event at the Center for Performing Arts:

Eagle Choir - 6:00 on inside stage

Jumpin' Eagles - 8:00 on inside stage

Also, our illustrious librarian Sharon Dressel will be providing holiday story time at 5:00 in meeting room 2!

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Angel Account

Did you know you can donate money to a campus cafeteria Angel Account? Donations to this account help pay for standard meals when a student reaches the district charge limit. Cash or check donations can be sent to the cafeteria in an envelope marked Angel Account. Credit card donation can be made online at www. MySchoolBulcks.com using the Café Angel Account Donation button.

Volunteer/Chaperone Requirements

If you foresee that you will do any volunteering on campus or attend a field trip as a chaperone, you must complete a background check. This is a requirement in MISD. A background check must be completed EVERY YEAR. A completed check will apply to all MISD schools, but it is very helpful if you choose Willie Brown Academy when you apply. If you have not completed a background check for this school year (beginning July 1), you will not be able to volunteer or attend a field trip. https://www.mansfieldisd.org/parents-students/campus-volunteers


Please join the Willie Brown campus REMIND group! This is a fast and easy way for Principal Eastlick to get a message out to parents when needed. Your phone number stays confidential!
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