Monday Memo

December 7th - 11th

It is not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. -Anonymous



Team,


'Tis the season! It seems as if we have hit the cold, flu and random intestinal bug season. Several of our 5th grade students experienced some untimely illness while they were gone and by tomorrow morning, I may have two children down with the flu. Please make sure that your students are washing their hands regularly. If you have several students out due to illness, please let the office know so that we can schedule a deep clean. In addition, as much as you are able to wipe down your student desks, I would encourage you to do so.


We have a Team Leader meeting scheduled today after school. If there is anything you would like for me to include on the agenda, please use this link to make your request.


On Thursday, December 10th, we will have our next round of RtI meetings. Please make sure that you have updated all of your forms and are prepared to discuss your students. We will make every effort to manage our time so that we can review all of the students during the meeting. We will also make this a free jeans day for everyone. Enjoy!


Next week, our dress code will look a little different. As in past years, Monday through Thursday, you may wear jeans with a holiday or staff shirt. However, given that we will have so many visitors in the building, I ask that you are professionally dressed on Friday.


While many of you are already aware, I wanted to share with all of you that Shana Prugh has officially resigned. This is not something that she wanted to do, but her FMLA ran out and she still needs to be home for Madeline. She is hopeful that she can return to work next year, and she will always be part of the McGowen Family. We will be following the legal process and interviewing to select a permanent replacement. Laurie Leotaud will continue stay with us during this process and will also be interviewed for the position. We will keep you posted.



As we continue to pray for The Prugh Family, count your blessings and make today count!


JL

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Teacher Scales for Reflective Practice

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Gift Wrapping Reminder

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Miss Irma

Each year, we collect money to present to Miss Irma as a Christmas gift that reflects our gratitude for all that she does, as well as a small token of our deepest love and respect for someone who represents the heart of McGowen. If you would like to contribute to this gift, Stacie has an envelope at the front desk. We will collect donations until Thursday, December 17th.

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ELAR Winter Point People Dates

Winter Point People @ McNeil Elementary

  • Jan. 26 @ 3:30-5:00 (Tuesday) 4th and 5th
  • Feb. 4 @ 3:30-5:00 (Thursday) Kinder and 1st
  • Feb. 11 @ 3:30-5:00 (Thursday) 2nd and 3rd


Please register in Eduphoria so that you get credit for attending.

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Bad Dude

This week we want to honor Sharon Butler as our Bad Dude. In addition to all that she does for her students on a daily basis, she attended camp last week and provided 24/7 support for one of her students, served as chaperone and teacher, and was a constant support to the staff, students and parents. Even when her student came down with a stomach bug, Sharon took care of her while maintaining a happy and positive heart. THAT is love, dedication and most certainly a BAD DUDE!

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Shoparoo

Did you know that each week I give out jeans passes to those who are one of the top three participants on Shoparoo? I know that many of you have already joined, but if you haven't, it is not too late. Simply go to www.shoparoo.com to create your account. If you use veft4467 as a referral code, McGowen will earn money for you just signing up. Please feel free to push this information out to your parents as well. Once you sign up, Shoparoo will give you a referral code for your parents to use when they sign up. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year.


Congratulations to Barbara Peebles, Lhauren Chitwood and Jennifer Little for being in this week's top three!

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Focus for 2015 - 2016

In order to help every child their personal best, McGowen teachers and staff will:

  • Develop a common language needed to become High Reliability School.
  • Develop an understanding and process for effective Professional Learning Communities.
  • Engage in collaborative team planning and lesson design to promote higher level thinking and student engagement.
  • Present lessons in such a way that students understand and can speak knowledgeably about posted learning and language targets.

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Remind for Staff

I have created a Remind for our staff in order to send out just-in-time reminders, last minute notifications of jeans/warm-up days, and/or emergency info. If you haven't already, please click on the link below to join the group.



https://www.remind.com/join/mcgowenst

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Happy Birthday!

December

Barbara Peebles - 9th

Shannon Dophied - 12th

Danielle Fortenberry - 13th

Nick Relle - 13th

Cathy Haney - 21st

Krista Daniel - 24th

Aly Flint - 25th

Amber Evans - 26th

Kay Novosel - 27th

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APPRECIATIONS


  • Lynn- Thank you for making our 5th students their Google login card! The kids are so excited to have these to reference from. You are the best! -JD
  • 5th grade team, Sylvia, Vicky- Thank you for another amazing year at camp! We had several ‘firsts’ this year, but we survived. Everyone had a blast and I have only heard great things from the parents, chaperones, students, and YMCA staff! I cannot wait until next year :) -JD
  • McGowen Staff- Thank you for helping us on Friday with 5th grade returning from camp during dismissal time. You all pitched right in when needed and made the crazy transition go very smoothly! You all are the best and I’m beyond blessed to be working with such amazing people! Thank you :) -JD
  • Stacie- Thank you for being so efficient and helping me on Friday. You are amazing friend! -JD
  • Cab- To put it simply, thank you friend! -JD
  • Reeves- Thank you for taking care of our friend while we were at camp. You are awesome friend! -JD
  • Kristi, Aly, Trisha- Thank you for housing our friends on Wednesday and Thursday while we were at camp. We truly appreciate it! -JD
  • Bonnie- Thank you for taking the time to fill me in on a student. You are awesome for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions. Thanks friend! -JD
  • Melanie- Thank you for helping First Grade with the Holiday Research Project. The QR code was very helpful. Thanks again!! SD
  • Krista Daniel, thank you for your support and encouragement! Laurie Leotaud
  • 1st Grade Team, thank you for being a supportive, cohesive team that has it all together! You are all great roll models! Laurie Leotaud
  • David Cohen, thank you your extra time to help our friend this week. Laurie Leotaud
  • Stacie & Barbara– Thank you so much for ALL you do each and every day! Truly not sure what we would do without you?!?! You simply blow me away with all you manage for us ALL and always with a happy heart! - Michelle C.
  • Everyone – Thank you for helping out so much on Friday after school! THIS STAFF is AMAZING and always jump in whenever and wherever needed!!!! Much love and gratitude to you all!- Michelle C.
  • Lisa, Tracey, JD, Tara, Marley--Thank you for your Time and dedication to leadership cadre and PLCs. I appreciate your flexibility and understanding when the district made a recent schedule change. I know how time-consuming it is to secure a sub and then create sub plans.… And not to mention missing time with your students, but please know we all grateful your collaboration and leadership. - Michelle C.
  • JL & Stacie- Thank you for being on Sonic Fairy! The timing could not have been more perfect -after being up all night sick so thank you very much! - Michelle C.
  • Elwood- Thank you so much for your extremely kind gift! I love them and you! - Michelle C.
  • Peterson and Nall--Thank you so much for covering my duty when I had to be out! You both are so generous and kind!! Thank you!! - Michelle C.
  • Valerie- Thank you for letting me tag on to your lunch. You're amazing! - Michelle C.
  • 2nd grade team- Thank you for pulling together to support Ticehurst's temporary sub when her "Wonder Woman" moment was unexpected! You're all wonderful!! - Michelle C.
  • Relle- Thank you for always thinking of the mommy in me with a pic and video! I appreciate it so much! - Michelle C.
  • I appreciate the prayer warriors. Gaby aka coach Shambo
  • I appreciate the people who appreciate the articles I put in the staff bathrooms - Gaby aka Coach Shambo
  • Jennifer, I appreciate your support. Gaby
  • Bonnie and Reeves - Thank you for your flexibility in providing coverage for our friend last week. -JL
  • Stacie - Thank you for making the Sonic run. You were my hero! -JL
  • Michelle and Melanie - Thank you so much for your help with getting things done on Friday. I really appreciate it! -JL
  • Relle, Shambo, Nall and Caballero - Thank you so much for flying into action on Friday to create a workable plan for the camp busses! -JL

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Action Items

  • MVM names due by EOD Thursday, December 10th
  • 5th grade Science data due in Aware by EOD Friday, December 11th
  • Complete Math and/or Science surveys by Monday, December 14th
  • 3rd-5th grade Social Studies data due in Award by EOD Monday, December 14th
  • Grades entered by 8:00am Tuesday, December 15th
  • Grades proofed by 8:00am Thursday, December 17th
  • 3rd & 4th grade ELAR data due in Aware by EOD Friday, December 18th

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McKinney ISD's Vision, Mission and Beliefs

Any time we have an idea, concern, solution and/or comment, this is the filter through which we should speak. Let's help each other live up to our vision, mission, and beliefs.


Vision:

We are a cohesive, diverse community providing engaging learning experiences for all.


Mission:
We will provide engaging learning experiences so students can become effective communicators, quality contributors and socially responsible citizens.

Beliefs:
  • Partnerships between students, parents, community members and staff are foundational to educational success.
  • Positive school culture and a safe environment foster growth.
  • Everyone has inherent value and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Learning is an active process requiring engaging tasks and engaging minds.
  • Relevant and authentic experiences ignite continuous, deeper learning.
  • Meaningful relationships enrich learning.
  • Confidence fuels risk taking and higher achievement.
  • Financial stewardship ensures a tomorrow for education.

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