Hackberry Howl

Vol. 1 No.25

My former principal would always tell me that change is the only constant in life. This was difficult for me to embrace early in my career because I liked being comfortable. It took me some time to realize that when I embraced change and was uncomfortable from it, I was able to grow the most.

Arnold Bennett says Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. Many would say this year in Hackberry has been difficult, and we all have experienced some discomfort, but I would argue through all of this we have made great gains. Keep Howling Lobos!

The best is yet to come!!!!

Recommended Reading

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.


Spotlight of the Week

Teacher Spotlight of the Week Questionnaire

Name: Melissa Lawley

Birthday: August 4, 1968

Hometown: College Station, Texas

Current Hackberry position: Third Grade teacher

Where did you attend College and what is your degree(s): Texas A&M University——— Bachelor of Science in Curriculm and Instruction

Who was your favorite teacher and why: Mrs. Rice She was a brand new teacher and she spent time making each of us feel special.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Something with animals

Do you have children: Daughter- Ryann 21years old at Southwestern University and Son- Daniel 19years old at Colorado Mesa University

Do you have pets: Maddie- 9 year old black lab, New black lab puppy (unnamed at this time), Cat named Chance 14 years old, and a tank full of fish.

Favorite Color: Blue/Purple

Do you have a favorite Quote or Saying: Different Strokes for different folk…you do you.

Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled: Germany

Favorite food: Chocolate, Mexican food

Hobbies or Activities/organizations you are active in: Hiking and swimming

Accomplishments or Honors you have achieved that you are proud of:

Girl Scout Gold Award

Dean’s List

Teacher of the Year

People Pleaser Award at Bryan Aquatic Center

Concept Mapping

Allows for connections between new concepts and prior knowledge. Students should be given a list of related concepts and asked to make connections between them. Students can also create their own lists.

Lobo Howls

Stephen gives a howl to Domenica for her great work in organizing TELPAS. She is amazing!

Tom and Stephen give a LOUD howl to Kristen and Kristan for their grants they received for Hackberry! Way to go ladies!

Stephen gives a howl to Olivia, Kelsey, and Silvia for always jumping in and helping when we need sub support in the classrooms.

Helping one of our own!

As many you may have heard Mindy Fulmer a teacher at Brent Elementary lost her husband. Many Schools in the district are allowing teachers to wear jeans on Wednesdays for $5.00 to help Mindy with hospital bills. If you would like to wear jeans on Wednesdays and help one of our own then turn in money to Karla every Wednesday.

Mark your Calendar

Monday, March 21

Planning Day-Kinder (PM)/ 1st Grade (PM)

Tuesday, March 22

Staff Meeting 3PM-All staff needs to attend

Kinder Performance-6PM

Wednesday, March 23

Thursday, March 24

Staff Luncheon

Friday, March 25

Good Friday-No School!