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: https://hookedoninnovation.com/tag/mrhooker/ 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
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: https://tinyurl.com/yadv3art Application: https://tinyurl.com/y7sleq9z 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.
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!
More Thanksgiving Celebrations
From Jessica McMurray: This is a picture of my family at Thanksgiving dinner in Colorado. You may notice a picture frame on the table. Her cousin, William Dowling otherwise know as "Iron Bill", was injured in a Houston fire and died over a year ago. His wife Jacki welcomed us into her home for Thanksgiving. He was a true hero!.