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Week of March 24, 2014

A Principal's Perspective

I know that it is spring. But I was thinking about the Winter Olympics this year. We saw both triumph and defeat on the world stage. My favorite part of the Olympics is the personal stories shared about the athlete. From the stories, we understand that for such a big moment there are lots of small steps along the way. What we saw at the Olympics were the final moments of a long journey. Watch the video clip below (only 31 seconds) about Patrick Deneen. Patrick is a 12 time World Cup medal winner. He placed 19th at the 2010 Olympics. This year he placed 6th! I love this clip because it rolls back time for us to see the journey that led up to a gold medal victory at the World Cup in men's moguls. I truly believe that the real story is about the journey along the way. Lessons learned, mistakes made, successful steps all tell a story.

In looking at the calendar, the STAAR state testing is coming up in April. On those days, our students will open their tests, work for hours on end, and send off to Austin a picture of what they have learned. What I wish that we could send is their story beginning in Head Start and/or kindergarten. Our students have a story of small moments day to day and year to year with outstanding, passionate teachers that coach them along the way. Yes, the STAAR test could be considered a big moment in our 3rd and 4th grade academic year. However, we should not forget all of the small moments that lead up to the opening of the first test booklet. Our students are successful because of their journey with amazing educators at GP.

If you want to know more about Patrick Deneed, watch the one minute and 53 second clip after the first clip. You will be truly inspired. Patrick goes 60 mph! With his coach, he has refined his skills over and over. Don't forget to notice that he didn't accomplish this alone. He had a support base of family, friends, and a coach. As we finish out the year working towards that final day of school, I hope we all take some time to reflect about this year and thank our own cheerleaders, coaches, family, and colleagues that have helped us as a staff educate our students to the best of our abilities.

Have a great weekend!


TD Ameritrade TV Spot Featuring Patrick Deneen

Morning Duties of the Week

Morning Assembly (7:30): Brown

Gym (7:20): Cooper

Cafeteria (7:20): Helfeldt

Bus (7:20): Luna

Parent Drop Off: Lake & Lindner

Librarian: At PC

Counselor: Lessons for grades 3rd & 4th

Week at a Glance

Tuesday, 3/25: 3:20 School Improvement Planning Committee, Library

Tuesday, 3/25; 9:00-10:00 Head Start Family Activity

Wednesday, 3/26: 8:45 Sing-A-Long; 12:45 Early Release

Thursday, 3/27: 3:15 Jennifer Reed Baby Shower

Friday, 3/28: LA Meetings with Reading Specialists during Conference Period

Saturday, 3/29: RODEO!!!! 10:00-3:00

News & Notes

GP Rodeo Details:

GP rodeo is a fun family, staff, and community event. It is a primary fundraiser for our school. Of all of our PTO events, participating/attending in any way is much appreciated. We want to support our PTO as they support us. There are lots of ways to get involved.

  • Bake Goods - Sign up in the office workroom to bake a pie, cake, or cookies to be able to wear jeans the week after spring break and one extra Monday (3/24-31). Please bring your baked item on Friday, 3/28, to the office.
  • Baking Contest - Enter the Baked Goods Contest. Follow the contest rules and bring your entry by Friday, 3/28, at 4:00. Entry forms are in the office. Wear jeans the week after spring break and one extra Monday (3/24-31). Please note: you do not have to do both the baked goods or baking contest. If interested, just pick one.
  • Volunteer -Volunteer to be a judge in the baking contest on Friday afternoon. Sign up is in the office workroom. Volunteer Saturday to help with a booth, sell tickets, serve lunch, or jump in where needed.
  • Attend - If you are able to attend sometime on Saturday, come on and enjoy the fun! Enjoy eating great BBQ, check out the craft fair, and enjoy the bands. Fun Day!!!!
  • Talk It Up! - Please encourage your students to attend. If you are excited, they will be excited!

Early Release Agenda:

1:15 - 2:00 Coaching Model at GP

2:00-3:30 STAAR training for all staff giving the writing, math, and/or reading test

2:00-3:30 K & 1st grade teachers - Rekenrek math training with Jeanna

First Grade Field Trip Rescheduled:

The first grade field trip has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 4/8, to the Waco Zoo. Transportation was not able to provide buses for the original date. If you were taking a personal day to go on the trip as a parent and would like to switch that day, please cancel the original date and request for the 8th.

CSISD iPadathon & Tech Dynasty 2014:

Save the date for the CSISD iPadathon & Tech Dynasty 2014 on August 5th & 6th at College Station High School. With all of the technology at GP, this is a great way to learn more about technology integration in the classroom. Learn about technology & receive credit for next year's comp day for Friday, April 3, 2015.

We need presenters at the IPadathon & Tech Dynasty. There are many awesome projects, activities, and use of technology going on at GP! If you would like to share and present at this event, please go to this link to submit your idea by April 4th.

GP Running Club

Now that the weather is nice (FINALLY!) , Running Club will begin again on Wednesday, April 2nd.

Mustang Yee Haws!

Something to Ponder...Only 9 more Mondays (10 if you include Memorial Day holiday)!

We want to wish well all of our ladies that are participating in the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Run tomorrow! Wear your tutus proudly!!!

Congratulations to Dr. Clark Ealy who was selected at Tuesday's School Board meeting as the lone finalist for the superintendent position in CSISD!

Congratulations to Jeanna Porter's daughter, Sarah, who was selected for the CSISD Hall of Fame. What an honor!!!!