From the desk of Dr. Harrell
October 4, 2021
I hope each one of you had a wonderful weekend and a marvelous Monday. Just a quick reminder, we won’t have a Monday Message next week as we all will be on Fall Break. Another reminder Monday, October 11th, changed from a ‘Professional Development’ day to a ‘Flex Day.’ The main impetus behind this calendar change was to give us one more arrow in our quiver to continue to move past this virus. It will provide us an extended time and opportunity to social distance. The numbers within our district have continued to decline over the past two weeks, and hoping this week will provide a similar trend leading into Fall Break. During Fall Break, I encourage everyone to remember good health habits. Also, as we continue to be disrupted by COVID, the Flu season is on its way.
Despite all that we have had to deal with, this school year has started very well. We know many of our students come to us with learning gaps. These past 19 months have exacerbated what we already knew. The only way to overcome this is to have our students with us in person. Our district mission (to ensure each student has an excellent foundation to reach his or her goals through; personalized, rigorous instructions, global experiences, a dedicated staff with high expectations, community commitment and pride in the achievement of all students) must be met by moving forward with collective energy and pride. Not one of us is as innovative and effective as all of us. Through this week and when we return, we will continue to demonstrate to all that we are determined to provide exceptionally engaging and rich educational experiences and opportunities to the children of our community and our future.
As we move into the last week of the first quarter, I have to say how impressed I have been with the focus and resiliency of our teachers, staff, students, parents, and community. The success of our educational settings has come from the strength, determination, and fortitude our staff members have put forth, allowing our students to embrace their education. This year has not come without disruption, and I would be foolish to think we won’t encounter more disruption throughout this school year, but we must stay positively focused on our purpose and mission.
I believe in U!
A Message from Dr. Lopez...All You Need Is Love?
After four-plus years of study in the University of Texas @ San Antonio's Educational Doctoral program, I learned so much, but I came away feeling like John Lennon and the Beatles summed up education and life better than anything I pulled from my studies: "All you need is love." While that is definitely an oversimplification, I feel genuinely in the power of love, and I've come to be certain that everything good is made better through love, and every challenge is more bearable through love. Love is the foundation of everything we do and strive to do at Crossroads Academy, DAEP, and New Hope Day Care. It's a love fueled by the example of our Uvalde CISD leadership and colleagues, and nourished by our students, their families, and our community partnerships with St. Phillips, Crossroads Community Church, & the Leader-News.
Writer's Workshop in Action...
Students in Mrs. Olivarez's first-grade classroom work on a writer's workshop. They were engaged and eager to share their ideas and skills with each other. The writer's workshop in Mrs. McCullough's first-grade classroom uses detail to create sentences in their journal writing. The students color-code their details with markers and crayons to identify writing components. Mrs. McCullough's students shared their ideas for writing topics and select from student responses.
Uvalde High School
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