Chancellor News and Notes

April 4, 2016

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Welcome to April!

April is here, along with more pollen and rain. Please bear with those of us suffering from crippling allergies this time of year- we may not be as pleasant or patient with our itchy, red eyes (and possibly very itchy skin too!), runny noses, and explosive sneezing. We love the rest of ya'll most of the time, but not so much right now if we're suffering and you're not, lol. Maybe a little bit of jealousy there...

Professional Development!!!

Does anyone else get excited when new PD's pop up on Eduphoria?! Well even if you don't get that thought of "Ooooh I want to take that! I would love to learn more about that!" when you look through the PD courses available, they are still up and running now for the spring, summer, and fall. If you are in Alief U, you can get coursework out of the way as early as now (yes, April!), or register early for the dates you want in the summer, to work around summer school or vacations. The link is below: happy shopping!
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Come sell your stuff!

Do you have unwanted stuff you would like to get rid of? Or do you make crafts or other handmade works of art? Part of an outside business and would like to be part of an event with lots of potential sales? Rent a space at Chancellor's Flea Market, on Saturday, April 23rd. For only $20, you can bring a table and set up to sell whatever you want! Keep all your proceeds from your sales!! Lots of schools are doing this type of event now, just selling spaces as a fundraiser, and have had great turn-out! Please email me if you have any questions.

Support Chancellor Music in April!

Chancellor music groups will be going to competitions in Aldine ISD twice this month to show off their hard work and hopefully win some trophies! If you would like to join in the fun and come support our Chancellor Orff and Choir groups, please let Mr. Mitchell know ASAP. You are welcome to park at the school and ride the bus! Here are the dates, times, and details:

  • Saturday, April 9th- Students will meet at the school at 12:45 p.m….bus will leave at 1:15 p.m…..we warm up and perform at 2:20-2:45….we will eat lunch at the park nearby and return to school by 5:00-5:30 p.m.

  • Saturday April 16th- Students will meet at the school at 3:00 p.m..…..bus will leave at 3:30 p.m…we warm up and perform at 4:40-5:20…we will eat lunch on the bus ride back since it is a late time… we should arrive back by 6:30 p.m
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April Recycling Art Contest!!

Chancellor is excited to host a Recycled Art Contest in honor of Earth Day in the month of April! There is an area by the stairs with some recycled supplies for students, so feel free to add to that. You can also have your students use recycled items from the classroom to take home and turn into art, or give them suggestions for what they can find at home. Please show the powerpoint sent out by Bonnie to your students, then pump it up!! All completed art projects will be turned in to the library area to be judged. Can teachers and staff also participate? I would think so!!
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Think Piece: Ignite Me!

This was a great article written in preparation for a conference piece for ASCD, but there were some fabulous points that we all need to consider as educators, and probably don't think about too often! Take a few minutes to read and perhaps gain a slight change in perspective.
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April is Autism Awareness Month

April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day, and buildings around the world were lit up to support autism awareness. Don't forget- if you purchased an autism awareness t-shirt, you can wear it with jeans on Wednesdays in April!


What is like to have autism? One of the common experiences for children and adults with autism is sensory overload. Below are a few videos to help you experience what someone with autism may experience when in sensory overload.

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What if I have a student with autism in my class?

Well, you will also have support services and an individualized education plan (IEP) to help. As with any student identified to have a disability or specific need, you will receive a folder identifying goals for the student, and accommodations and modifications to make in the classroom to assist the student. You will also receive lots of support from the special education department, usually in the form of daily service time with a special education teacher, who you can always ask for help and advice for the classroom. A link is also included below from txautism.net, with lots of information and resources for teachers.


At Chancellor, we have two programs for students with autism, the first being EC-REACH (early childhood), which is located out in kindergarten. We also have REACH 2/3, which is a program currently in Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade for students with autism who spend a portion to the majority of the day in the general education setting with in-class support. We also have a third program at Chancellor which is Life Skills, which services our students with intellectual disabilities. There are also students who have autism in general education classrooms who do not need services. The one thing we all should remember is no matter what students you have in your classroom, under law we must maintain our students' confidentiality. Be careful of sidebar conversations in meetings, in the hallway, or outside of school, and that you do not discuss information that may be considered confidential.

Comets of the Week!!!

Congratulations to Ms. Sanchez in 5th grade, Ms. Smith in 3rd grade, and Mrs. Carr, our family liaison!!!! Please add your thankful notes and thoughts of gratitude to the Comet of the Week board in the hallway by the workroom!! The notes will all be removed carefully at the end of the week and delivered to the Comets of the Week, along with a nifty certificate, a jeans pass, and a coupon for the Snack Shack!! The Instructional Leadership Team will recognize three staff members each week for giving 100% effort to their students and to Chancellor. Thank you Ms. Sanchez, Ms. Smith, and Mrs. Carr for everything you do to make this school a great place to be!!!!

Have a fabulous week!!