Junkins Express

Week of February 8th

All that and a Bag of Chips!

All that and a bag of chips goes to....

Ms. Morales, Mr. Saucedo, Ms. Jackson and Ms. Davidson for attending DI Training until 8:30 pm!

Ms. Kaifes for subbing in CAR when Garland was out.

Mr. Owens for being flexible, positive, energetic and a team player!

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Happy 100th Day of school!

JJ FOCUS-Climate vs. Culture

Our mission is to "provide a supportive culture for the twenty-first century learner to reach their academic destination and become productive citizens of the world."

This Monday we discussed the difference between culture and climate, which truly aligns to our mission. We (as a staff) have a responsibility of being part of this supportive culture to move our school and students. We all agree that the items we discussed, whether culture or climate, are moveable IF we decide as stakeholders that we want to move it!

1. PD sessions will be intentional and purposeful. We don't want your "climate" to be negative because you feel your time is wasted. If you feel that way, please give us feedback. I continuously ask for it, so share it. Our leadership team has worked hard to prepare for Monday.
2. Effective feedback-a suggestion was made to provide examples during feedback, that is an easy tweak.
3. Recognition is not just extrinsic, It is intrinsic as, as we read. Remember the donuts? Not only will I continue to work on making time to recognize teachers personally, but we ALL need to make an effort in making each other feel appreciated. We are working together towards a mission, and the truth is that we need each other to achieve it.


Topic: Tracking Student Learning

Group A: K-1 Reading- Ms. J. room (Ellis)

Group B: 2-5 Reading/Dupre/Reynolds-Thomas room (Thomas, Ms. J)

Group C: 2-5 Math- Hernandez room (Ramirez, Hernandez, Smith)

Group D: 4-5 Science Conner’s room (Conner, Smith)

Your questions are KEY to great instruction! This is a great resource! Use it!

Several of our teachers have analyzed questions to help them in facilitating their lesson, which is working smart!

Questioning is KEY to great instruction and discussion. This is a GREAT resource for ALL grade levels for every SE. Click on this folder, glue each SE on a notecard, and put on a binder ring! Ta da! (or have a room mom help you out). Now you have a go to "question stem" resource. Click here! This will help push the rigor while exposing students to great vocabulary! Use this!!!

Also in this folder, please find a great Lead4WARD Question Stem Resource.


*The social skills training will start back on February 17th due to the attendance committee meeting this Wednesday, February 10th.

Preparing our Students for the 21st Century

We will loop back through our social skills that we’ve covered thus far, which takes us back to greetings and arrivals. I have noticed more students engaging in conversation as I pass them in the halls, especially in their responses. At the beginning of the year, when I would tell students to have a good weekend, most responses would be “thank you”. And now, most of the responses are “thanks, I hope you have a good weekend, too.” This may seem small, yet you are teaching our students the foundation of valuable communication skills that will stay with them throughout their educational career and lives. Here is the video for this week:


Happy Valentine's Week!

Roses are red, violets are blue,

Happy Valentine's Day/Week to the Jerry Junkins Crew!

Feel free to wear jeans for the week. Make sure to wear a spirit shirt on Friday for JA for a Day! Thank you ALL for your hard work!!!

Upcoming Events

February 8th: PD- Bring laptops and an example of student trackers (to share what you are doing)

February 9th: Class Picture Day

February 10th: STAAR Live Forum - 10:30 in Auditorium/Attendance Committee Meeting at 3:15

February 12th: MSTAR Deadline/ JA for a Day/Valentine's Day Parties

February 15th: No School

February 16th: SBDM Meeting 3:30 pm

February 18th: Night at the Apollo 6:30 pm

February 19th: Jumprope for Heart

February 25th: Budgeting in the New Year- presented by Wells Fargo

Morning Duty

Gym: Kaifes, Sanford, Conner

Auditorium: McCord, Dupre, Stallsmith
Cafeteria: Ricci
*TAs are in their permanent assignment (Please see schedule)

Morning Announcements

Character word of the week is citizenship. Please send your 3-4 students with a sentence using the word fairness. Please see announcement script on Google.

Jerry Junkins Elementary


Jerry Junkins seeks to be a premier elementary school by creating global citizens through setting and achieving high expectations for students.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a supportive culture for the twenty-first century learner to reach their academic destination and become productive citizens of the world.