Monday Memo

June 1st - 5th

"Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression." ~ Dr. Haim Ginott

Team,


As the year draws to a close, it is important for all of us to set some time aside to reflect on our focus this year. Collectively look at your data and that of your team to determine how well you performed. Celebrate the areas of success, and for the areas not yet where we want them to be, set goals to improve in those areas. Like last summer, I can award PD hours for pre-approved book studies. My guess is that there will also be specific PD sessions this summer to support you in that growth.

  • Providing all students with at least one year’s growth
  • Closing the achievement gaps in our subgroups
  • Utilize data to drive instruction
  • Collaborative team planning and lesson design to promote higher level thinking and student engagement
  • Posting learning and language targets daily in student friendly terms

Those participating in the district data meetings in June will determine our focus for next year. I will share that with you as soon as it is determined.


Please make sure that you check the calendar to know when your grade level is going to the library for yearbook signing. This is a time set up for students who are interested in getting A-Team signatures in their yearbooks. You will need to work with each other to make sure that the students who do not want signatures are supervised in the classroom, and those who do are supervised on the way to the library and while in the library.


Make today count!

JL

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ESchool Availability

ESchool will not be available to staff during these dates.


  • June 24th PEIMS submission
  • June 25th ESchool New Year roll over to 2015 – 2016
  • June 28th - June 29th ESchool software upgrade

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Appreciations


  • Shiela de Leon, Michelle Caballero, Melanie Burford, Bonnie Taylor, & Jaime Hyde - Thank you for jumping in on a moment's notice on Friday to help manage a situation. Words cannot express the depth of my gratitude. - JL
  • Relle, Shambo, Nall - You did an amazing job on Friday. Thank you for your flexibility and attention to detail! Like always, the kids had a great time! -JL
  • Donna - Thank you for being my inn keeper support on Friday. I would not have been able to do it without you! -JL
  • Stacie - Thank you for managing lunch for the office on Friday. This is two weeks in a row! You are awesome! -JL
  • Amber - Thank you for being so proactive and planning a workable solution for your friend on Friday. I'm sure your consideration meant a lot to him and his parents. -JL
  • Kinder Team - Thank you for another well thought out and well executed Kinder Round-Up! Your time and effort is greatly appreciated. -JL
  • Barbara - Many thanks for managing student registration with a smile and for being my Sonic Fairy last week! I am so grateful for you! -JL
  • Bonnie and Jaime- Thank you for making these 7 weeks a wonderful experience. You allowed me to "jump right in and then soar" with my sweet students. Your room runs like clockwork and I loved seeing how both of you are organized, patient, and understanding of all the individual needs that come in and out of that Room--CHaney
  • Thank you to the coaching staff and all helpers for a wonderful Field Day! I really appreciated all the time, thought and effort that went into having a "Plan A" and "Plan B”. Great memorable day for these Mavericks despite the bad weather! - Michelle C.

  • Barbara – Thank you for everything you do. I couldn’t make it through the day without you. – Stacie
  • Lynn – Your alphabetizing skills ROCK!!!!! Thank you! - Stacie
  • Sylvia & Barbara – Thank you for helping me with the massive amount of supplies that came in. Y’all are my hero’s!!! – Stacie
  • To my Special Ed team: I wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate all of you and have really enjoyed this past year ! For my friends who won't be here next year I will miss you terribly but know you will be a blessing to your new teachers and students! Much love - Angie
  • Sharon- another year almost over my friend I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to work side by side with you!! You are the best! Love you! Angie
  • Michelle Caballero~ Thank you SO MUCH for covering my class to that I could go be a Mama at Kindergarten Round-Up!!!!! It meant so much! You are my HERO!!!!!!! ~Krystina
  • Nash: You are a natural emcee. Thank you for hosting “Nash Friday” - the kids have really enjoyed it. Feel free to surprise us with an encore sometime during this last week of school. ;) -JHyde
  • Chitwood: When the chips are down, I know I can count on you. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you. Love you, mean it. -JHyde

  • Bonnie: I couldn’t have made it through this year without you! You are the perfect teammate, and your heart is bigger than Texas. Thank you for being you. -JHyde

  • Krystina: Thank you for being such a great teacher for my special friend. Your positive approach, your calm nature, and your ability to see every day as a new day has created an atmosphere in which he could blossom. I am so thankful for you. -JHyde

  • Jen D: Thank you for being so invested in our students. You are amazing. -JHyde

  • Amber, Marley, Carin, Laura, and Ashley: Thanks for showing me the McGowen way this year!! I truly appreciate your support and love working with you all!! Jean

Focus for 2014 - 2015


  • Providing all students with at least one year’s growth
  • Closing the achievement gaps in our subgroups
  • Utilize data to drive instruction
  • Collaborative team planning and lesson design to promote higher level thinking and student engagement
  • Posting learning and language targets daily in student friendly terms

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

June

Sylvia Lloyd - 1st

Donna Fabian - 17th

Krystal Holguin - 17th

Sam Martellaro - 21st

Lhauren Chitwood - 24th

Ashley O'Connor - 24th

Linda Shaver - 27th

Bad Dude Award

This week, I must extend a tremendous amount of praise and gratitude to our 5th grade ELAR team, Bobbi Sinclair, Lhauren Chitwood and Jessica Bravo. For those of you who may not have heard, our second round of 5th grade STAAR Reading scores came back, and we are now at 97% of our 5th graders passing STAAR Reading. This was no small task and speaks to their dedication to their students and to each other. Congratulations ladies! You should be very proud and own your Bad Dudeness!

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Remind for Staff

I have created a Remind for our staff in order to send out just-in-time reminders, last minute notifications of jeans/warm-up days, and/or emergency info. If you haven't already, please click on the link below to join the group.



https://www.remind.com/join/mcgowenst

McKinney ISD's Vision, Mission and Beliefs

Any time we have an idea, concern, solution and/or comment, this is the filter through which we should speak. Let's help each other live up to our vision, mission, and beliefs.


Vision:

We are a cohesive, diverse community providing engaging learning experiences for all.


Mission:
We will provide engaging learning experiences so students can become effective communicators, quality contributors and socially responsible citizens.

Beliefs:
  • Partnerships between students, parents, community members and staff are foundational to educational success.
  • Positive school culture and a safe environment foster growth.
  • Everyone has inherent value and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Learning is an active process requiring engaging tasks and engaging minds.
  • Relevant and authentic experiences ignite continuous, deeper learning.
  • Meaningful relationships enrich learning.
  • Confidence fuels risk taking and higher achievement.
  • Financial stewardship ensures a tomorrow for education.