Mustang Message

April 30. 2018

A Principal's Perspective

This time of year is tough! This week I wanted to share a message to uplift, encourage, and inspire. As I was preparing this message, I read the Smore message from Jeff Mann to his staff. His message inspired me to keep on keeping on! So I would like to share his message with you.

From Jeff Mann:

In case you did not know, I run. I run because it pushes me to be a better version of me. I run because I just feel better after I have finished a run. I run because I like to eat good food that is not always good for me. I run because it helps me to think. There are many reasons to run.

I know what some of you are thinking... good for you. I don't run and I don't need you to tell me why you do run. Am I right?

I am sharing this so that you understand where this is coming from.

The Boston Marathon was last Monday. The Boston Marathon is like the Super Bowl or the World Series for running. It is the world's oldest marathon and one of the most elusive marathons to enter and win. That is why their logo is a unicorn.

This year's Boston Marathon was one of the most miserable weather days in the history of the race. It was very cold, very rainy, and very windy. Almost half of the elite athletes that started the race quit before it ended. It was a hard day, especially for those that are "made for running".

Des Linden made history on Monday. What did she do? See for yourself.
It was revealed in the post race marathon that she almost quit in mile 2 or 3. She said she was not feeling well. I am glad she was able to push through. I am sure she is too. As you saw in the video, she slowed down so she could support her fellow competitor, Shalane Flanagan (who won the NYC Marathon in the Fall of 2017) who was having a tough day. That is teamwork. That is placing the needs of other's before your own. We need more of that in the world today.

Des ended up leaving Shalane and the rest of the women's field behind at Mile 21. She became stronger and faster as the race went on. She pushed through the reasons to quit.

About a month before Boson, she sent out this tweet:

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"Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I've got, and try to be better."

What a great attitude about life.

She's right. Some days it feels like everything falls into place and other days it feels like everything is falling all over the place. What do you do on those days that everything falls all over the place? Do you give in? Are you giving up on what could be your best day ever? How do you know if you give up?

I am sharing all of this to remind you that you need to keep showing up. The last few weeks of the school year are some of the toughest. Even the best educators struggle this time of you. You are not alone. Keep pushing. Keep showing up. I bet you will find that more days will fall into place than fall all over the place.

Think. Achieve. Succeed.


Be Innovative - Design the possibilities!


Morning Duties for the Week

Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20-7:45): Eddy

Gym (7:20-7:45): Brice

Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20-7:55): Galow

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:55): Littlefield & Seagraves

Cafeteria (7:20-8:00): Bartosh

Bus (7:15 - 7:55 Buses/ Car Drop Off after all buses arrive): Magnuson

Counselor Schedule: - 4th Citizenship/Career

Librarian: PC

Week at a Glance

Monday: Six week progress reports due by 8:00 am; 3rd & 4th Choir 3:05-4:00

Tuesday: Imaganeers 7:30 am; $1 Day to wear jeans & hat

Wednesday: Lunch Lounge Wednesday (Jeans & a GP Shirt); Author's Visit (Steve Swinburne ) in Cafeteria 8:10-9:10 - 3rd ; 9:20-10:20 - 2nd (They will change recess time for that day.); 1:50-2:50 - 4th ; New to GP teacher meeting

Thursday: New to Kinder parent tour at 3:30

Friday: Faculty family party at Saddle Creek 6:00-9:00

Saturday: Relay for Life 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

News & Notes

  • Relay for Life Luminaries: Relay for Life will be from 10:00 am -10:00 pm on May 5th at the Expo Center/Fair Lot. The Survivor Lap will still be the 1st lap. The Luminaria Ceremony will be around 8:15 pm. To raise money from GP to Relay for Life, we will have a $1 day to wear hat & jeans on Tuesday, May 1st. Students can participate as well. Each classroom teacher can collect $1 at turn in class $ to Casey. Other staff members can drop off their $1 to Casey.
  • Faculty Party: Please join us for a fun evening of fellowship with all of our families. We will have a nacho/taco bar and all the fixins to share. We will also have swimming available for those that wish to get in as well has lifeguards on duty. This is a great opportunity to relax, enjoy the fellowship with GP staff and their families. Sign Up Link for Food to Bring:

Comp Day Information


The district has planned three comp days as professional development for next year. Dates: November 19 & 20, April 22

DRAFT Proposal (This will change as we get more information from Central Office.)

All Professional Staff:

1/2 Day = 3 Hours

1/2 Day Schoology Workshop (may be offered in person or on-line)

1/2 Day GT Credit (will be offered as a summer on your own activity designed by Murphy)

1/2 Day Required On-Line Training - Topics to be determined. There are Eduhero type trainings (bloodborne pathogens, etc. )

Classroom Teachers:

1/2 Day Grade Level Planning (Late July/August when curriculum is ready)

1/2 Day Running Records - K-1st & 2-4th ELA Offered by ELA Specialists

1/2 Day Math K-1st & 2-4th Math Teachers Offered by Math Specialist

1/2 Day Your Choice - District workshops, curriculum preparation, You Matter Planning, Writing Institute, conference/workshop, Day 4 of GT staff development


Life Skills & Resource District Summer Workshops

AGC Conference

1/2 Team Planning with like programs

1/2 Attendance at a GP grade level summer planning

1/2 Running Records with GP ELA Specialists


Technology Workshops

District Planned Workshops To Be Determined

Mustang Yee Haws!

Congratulations to Jensen McMurray who was voted Student Body Vice President for the 2018-2019 school year!!! She currently serves as Sophomore Class President. We are super proud!!!

Happy Birthday

This Week Birthdays:

No birthdays this week!

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