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A Vision Revisited
I hope parent conferences are going well. I know it's a time consuming process, but it is such an important time. I know the families really appreciate y'all putting forth the effort to meet with them and update them on the progress of their students. I also hope that you are enjoying your year so far. We are almost halfway through October and it's amazing how fast things are moving. I had to stop myself today while working on "stuff" to think about just how much I'm enjoying this school year. It's been a blast so far and I feel like the luckiest principal alive. That can sometimes get lost when we are stuck doing "stuff."
Another thing that can get lost in the midst of doing "stuff" is the vision we have for our kiddos. I was looking back at the mission and vision we created together at the beginning of the year, and I couldn't help but begin to analyze just what it is that we hope for our students. I want to just look at the first line of our vision this week. It says, "At Dorinda Pillow Elementary School, students will feel valued, safe, and respected." Thinking back to the activity we did together at the BOY PD where I asked you to envision the type of school you would want that special kiddo in your mind to go to, this was the first thing we came up with as a team. That we would create a place where students feel valued, safe, and respected. That's the number one thing on the list. Not that they would do really well on a standardized test. That they would feel valued, safe, and respected. Because, as we all know, before a kiddo can learn, they have to feel valued, safe, and respected.
Ask yourself, "Do kiddos at our school truly feel valued, safe, and respected?" If not, why? What is keeping kiddos from feeling valued, safe, and respected? What are the road blocks and barriers to students feeling valued. safe, and respected? Now ask yourself, "What am I doing to help my students feel valued, safe, and respected?" You play such an important part in the lives of your students...sometimes the MOST important role. What are you doing to help them feel valued, safe, and respected at Pillow? Because, until they feel that way, they can't truly learn.
Thank you for all that you do for our Panthers each and every day. Thank you for helping each of them feel valued, safe, and respected. You make me proud to be your principal.
Ms. Garcia’s 4th Grade Panthers Lead Us In The Pledges At Assembly!
Ms. Garcia’s 4th Grade Panthers Share Facts About Kilgore College At College Monday Assembly!
Ms. Frenzel’s Class Learned About P.I.E. With Pie From Marie Callenders!
Ms. Garcia Shares SEL Vocabulary Posted In Their Room After Lessons As A Reminder.
Ms. Garcia’s Panthers Share Ways To Have Successful Conversations At SEL Tuesday Assembly!
Panthers Use Number Cards To Create Large Numbers & Compare. Hands-on math practice.
Spotted Some Scientists In Ms. Allison’s 4th Grade Class!
Over 90 Panthers Showed Up For The First Running Club Practice Of The Year!
Ms. Garcia Shares A Story With Our Panthers During W.A.R.P. Wed. Assembly!
Ms. Davishines’ Panthers Show Off Mockingbird Challenge Book Reviews!
Thanks To Wells Fargo For Raising Funds For Our Panthers To Go To Outdoor School!
Ms. Finnegan With Some Of Our Eco Action Crew, Beautifying The Campus!
New Logo For The Pillow Button-up Shirts!
Ms. Major & Her Panthers Have Started Their Own Garden!
One Of Our Panthers Shows Off His Marathon Kids Mileage Log. First Time Doing Multiple Laps!
Food Service Workers Appreciation Week
National School Lunch Week
Parent Conference Day
10/13/15 - Tue
3:00pm - 4:00pm - CST Meeting
10/14/15 - Wed
3:00pm - 4:00pm - Panther P.A.W.S.
3:00pm - 4:00pm - Data Dig 1st & 2nd Grade
10/15/15 - Thur
9:00am - 10:00am - Magnet Recruitment Visit
10/16/15 - Fri
National Boss's Day - A.K.A. National Ms. Cardenas Day
10/17/15 - Sat
8:15am - 12:00pm - Marathon Kids Kickoff Event