Hackberry Howl

Vol. 1 No.20

National School Counselor Week

We are blessed to have such a talented counselor who works with our students in many ways, such as removing potential learning barriers by addressing academic concerns and by helping students with personal and social skills. Lecrecia is actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children and focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, education. She works with teachers and students to helping them to realize their full potential by setting healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. When you see Ms. Robinson make sure to tell her how much we appreciate everything she does for Hackberry!


Recommended Reading

Teach like a Pirate-Dave Burgess

Based on Dave Burgess's popular "Outrageous Teaching" and "Teach Like a PIRATE" seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. You'll learn how to:

• Tap into and dramatically increase your passion as a teacher

• Develop outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in like a magnet

• Establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom

• Transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students This groundbreaking inspirational manifesto contains over 30 hooks specially designed to captivate your class and 170 brainstorming questions that will skyrocket your creativity. Once you learn the Teach Like a PIRATE system, you'll never look at your role as an educator the same again.


Name: Colleen O’Donnell Miller

Birthday: March 5

Hometown: Dallas, Pennsylvania

Current Hackberry position: 4th Grade Teacher

Where did you attend College and what is your degree(s)?

Misericordia University, Bachelor’s in Education.

Lesley University, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Literacy.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My fourth grade teacher, Mr. Shaver, was my favorite teacher. We were called Shaver’s Super Stars. I remember him because he brought a lot of humor into the classroom.

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

Social Worker

Do you have children? I have two boys named Zachary and Nicholas.

Do you have pets? No

Favorite Color? Depends on the day

Do you have a favorite Quote or Saying?

Things happen for a reason.

Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled?


Hobbies or Activities/organizations you are active in?

I love to read just about anything.

JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

PAK (Parents of Adopted Kids)

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

Graduating college

Getting married

Adopting my children

Teaching in Las Vegas, Nevada

Teaching in Little Elm, Texas


Post four pieces of paper in the four corners of the classroom. Write a controversial topic on the board (for example: Schools should eliminate report cards). Have students move to the corner that best matches their position (Strongly Agree, Somewhat Agree, Strongly Disagree, Somewhat Disagree). If social cliques are a problem, have students write their choice on a card first in order to ensure honest reactions. Each corner will have 2 minutes to discuss and solidify their reasoning/logic. Each group selects a spokesperson to express the group's position. He/she has 30 seconds to express thoughts concisely and persuade their classmates. Other groups must listen intently. After the first corner presents, invite those who have been persuaded to move to the appropriate corner. Direct each group to present their group's position in turn. Allow students to move to the appropriate corners if they have changed their minds.

Lobo Howls

Stephen and Tom gives a howl to LeCcecia for handling some difficult situations this week! She is always willing to jump in and problem!

Stephen gives a BIG howl to all those teachers that dressed up for the 100 days of school!

Stephen gives Darilyn, Manny, and Kimberly a HUGE howl for helping with a campus visit as part of the Digital Implementation of Hackberry!

Tom and Stephen give a howl to TEAM GRANPHAN for all their work with TELPAS!

Stephen and Tom give a HUGE out to Ms. Locke for her amazing job during the Campus Instructional Review this week. Her class was fantastic!


Mark your Calendar

Monday, February 8th

Tuesday,February 9th

  • PLC

Wednesday, February 10th


Thursday,February 11th

  • Camp Jolt Informational Meeting 6pm
  • TELPAS Training All day Faculty

Friday, February 12th

  • Valentines Parties 1:30-2:15

Lunch Coverage This Week

Monday-4th and 5th

Wednesday-Kinder and 3rd

Friday-1st and 2nd

I promise we will be covering lunches this next week...It's been a crazy couple of weeks.