Mustang Message

December 7, 2018

A Principal's Perspective

I follow a few blogs because of interest and potential thinking opportunities to help me grow professionally. Carl Hooker is one educator that I follow. He organized the Ipadpalooza in Eanes ISD. Mr. Hooker is well-known for his technology predictions for the upcoming year. I reread his 2018 predictions. What caught my attention was his reference to resolution alternatives. Perfect timing as we think about 2019.

From the Hooked on Innovation Blog posted January 2018: "Tim Ferriss, the renowned and often maligned podcaster and author, doesn’t make resolutions for the new year. Instead, he likes to reflect on the year that has been and look at what events in his life brings him joy and what events do not. Using that data, he then makes sure to schedule more of what brings him joy in the year to come. Not all of us have that freedom, but I do like the intent behind his reasoning in doing so."

As you reflect on your year both personal and professional, what brought you joy and what did not? What will you do in 2019 to bring you more joy?

Want to check out his 2018 predictions for both technology, pop-culture, politics and life to see how he did? See link: Thinking about attending LearnFestATX (formerly know as Ipadpalooza) in June with fellow colleagues? Let me know!

Be innovative - Design the possibilities!


Morning Duties for the Week

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

Word of the Week: 12/10 dumbfounded; 12/17 destination

Tuesday Book Share: Watson (speech) & Bingaman

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

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

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:55): Wilson & Simpson

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

Bus (7:15 - 7:55 Buses/ Cafeteria after all buses arrive): Tutt

Counselor Schedule: 1st & 2nd Guidance: Caring/Empathy

Librarian: PC

Week at a Glance

Saturday: Frosty Snowbash 9:00-11:00

Monday: Six week progress reports due by 8:00 am; Twelve Days of Christmas: Wear Christmas Movie Character shirt & Jeans; GP PTO Grants Open; Gift of Time @ 1:30

Tuesday: Faculty Meeting @ 3:30 - All Staff; Twelve Days of Christmas: Christmas PJS/Slippers; PTO Hot Chocolate Bar; Safe Shelter in Place Drill

Wednesday: Twelve Days of Christmas: Wear Green & Jeans; 4th Grade Instructional Planning Day (ELA am & Math/Science pm); Gift of Time @ 1:30

Thursday: SIT Meetings; Twelve Days of Christmas: Christmas Head Gear & Warm Ups

Friday: Ugly Sweater Contest

News & Notes

  • Frosty's Snowbash: Frosty Snowbash 9:00-11:00 - Love pancakes? Want to kick off your holiday season with festive, holiday singing from our honor choir and staff? Want a picture with Santa? Come on out to Frosty's Snowbash tomorrow morning!

  • PTO Grants: Grants open on Monday, December 10th. This is a great resource to fund your innovative ideas for your classroom. Guidelines: Application: Grant applications are due Wednesday, January 9th.

  • Mustang Elf: The Mustang Elf on the Shelf will start Monday. Details shared in Morning Assembly this morning. If your class spots the GP Mustang Elf, call the office. Confirm that your students have been following school/class procedures and demonstrating Mustang Spirit. Once confirmed, your class will be entered in a daily drawing for a class prize.

Happy Birthday

This Week Birthdays:

Jennie Fortner, Dec. 10th

Mustang Yee Haws!

Overheard in Eppes Room:

Teacher - sounding out word "g. . . as"

Student - hesitant, "like a bad word?"

Teacher - "yes, but put g in front"

Student - still hesitant, "g . . . shit"

You can't make this stuff up!

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