Halliburton Happenings

January 3, 2015

Goal for the Week: Goal Setting

LEAD 2021 I. Personnel Strategy: We will purposefully hire, continually train, and hold accountable all GCISD staff to ensure the fulfillment of the GCISD mission and strategic objectives. Staff will develop, reflect, and revise an individualized professional learning plan that is uniform throughout the district.

Happy New Year! As we enter the new year, what are your goals and resolutions?

Campus Goals: For the second semester, we will continue to work toward accomplishing our CIP goals (click here to see CIP). Team leaders will spend part of their meeting Monday afternoon reviewing progress toward our campus goals. My personal goals for myself and our campus include being more intentional about integrating Portrait of a Graduate language into our staff meetings, newsletters, and discussions; establishing tech nights for families(see below for more information); focusing on integrating reading and writing workshop (more details and learning to come during PLCs and our February professional learning day); and extending and enriching for our all of our students.

Professional Goals: Take some time over the coming days to revisit your PLP. What goals have you already reached? What goals do you need to add now that you know your students and their needs? What goals to do you have to work on your professional growth? For myself, I am continuing my professional growth through taking doctoral classes through Lamar University as well as staying connected through my Twitter PLN and reading.

Personal Goals: Come January 1 and everywhere you look there are ads about losing weight and getting in shape. Buy this device to track, this equipment to build, this outfit to look good while tracking and building. It's hard to get in a workout when trying to decipher all the gadgets and gizmos! If you have a goal of moving a little more during 2016, then Fit in Five may be the challenge for you.

  1. Step one: Sign up here. You can sign up as an individual or a team of five.
  2. Step two: Find a tracking device. Your smart phone, Fitbit, pedometer, or other tracking device is GREAT!
  3. Step three: Record your steps each workday, Monday - Friday, starting from the moment you wake up until you go to sleep that evening.
  4. Step four: Post the numbers each week. Form coming.
  5. Step five: Enjoy prizes and a healthy competition over the next five months with the BEST staff! Happy tracking!

Thank you for all you do as we continue to build an excellent school together!

Remember to... Check this list, check it twice!

  • Apply for summer school if you are interested.
  • Join Fit in Five, if interested.
  • Check your website to ensure it is meeting district expectations (see below)
  • Save students' work to Google Drive
  • Host student goal review and update conversations as for students to reflect on progress and adjust and redefine as necessary
  • Order your Go Red Shirt http://districtgored.kintera.org/GCISDBransfordElementary


  • Great job adhering to the Energy Shut Down Check List! Tonya and I checked each room on Friday afternoon. We appreciate the extra time and energy you spent preparing your classrooms for the break. We'll let you know our score as soon as we receive it from Kent.

  • Thankful for two weeks with family and friends! Glad to welcome back our students and staff this week!

  • Thank you Rebecca, Al, Alecia, Sandy, Becca, Nancy, Caroline, Jennifer, Raschel, Susan, and Abbey for representing BES and serve our community at the GRACE Christmas Cottage!

  • Thank you to all who joined us for Breakfast with Santa! We had a great turnout of families making memories, eating pancakes, and visiting with Santa! Thank you Jennifer, Wendy, Jeannette, Tiffany, Lauren, Alecia, Lisa, Sue, Abbey, and Tonya.

  • Thank you for promoting and supporting Hour of Code! As a district, we saw an unprecedented level of participation this year with 320 teachers participating in grades K-8.

    • 2013-2014: 42 teachers
    • 2014-2015: 100+ teachers
    • 2015-2016: 289 elementary teachers, 31 middle school teachers

    In addition to the hands-on digital coding activities provided by the instructional technology team, many teachers offered additional experiences such as guest speakers or video conferences with programming professionals or high school CS students and many campuses participated in school-wide digital and unplugged activities.


  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching: The Texas Education Agency is pleased to announce that nominations and applications for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)are now being accepted. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This year, the PAEMST program will honor mathematics and science teachers in kindergarten - grade 6. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Click here for more information.
  • Teacher Legislative Survey: Please be looking for the survey from Senator Konni Burton's office.

Week at a Glance

What's going on around BES this week?


Welcome Back Staff!

Staff Work Day: Thank you for taking time to design engaging work for our Texans!


Welcome Back Students!

Grade-Level PLCs in Lisa's Room

Staff Meeting 3:10 p.m. in the Library


Wonderful Day of Learning!


Thrilling Thursday!


Spirit Day

Thank You!

Tonya and I wanted to express our heartfelt thank you to each of you for the generous gift card to Zoe's and BES Texan letters! Thank you for your thoughtfulness! We love eating at Zoe's and displaying our BES pride! More than those two things, we enjoy working with each of you as we continue to build an excellent school together!

Where in the World...

My goal is to keep you abreast of my intended calendar to the best of my ability. Here's a two week preview.

1/4: BES :)

1/5: BES :)

1/6: Principal Meeting

1/7: BES :)

1/8: BES :)

1/11: Grant Review Committee Meeting a.m.

1/12: BES :)

1/13: Principal Meeting

1/14: BES Spelling Bee 8:15 a.m.

1/15: BES :)