Degan Elementary Eagle Eye

May 9-13

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Avengers: Age of Degan--No Excuses!

I am so incredibly proud to have our campus named Strategic Design in Action Winner. It has taken persistence and three years of nominations, but having that come true on Friday was just reinforcement that our flywheel is moving. That the changes we are making are working, and noticed. One of the most meaningful moments was right after we were announced as the winner, Board Member Tracy Scott Miller came over to show me that he was wearing one of the eagle pins that we give to our students at the SOAR ceremonies. When we returned to the table, he pointed to it again and said, "this is the theme of the night. Be like Degan." What a tremendous compliment.

Later that evening, I was overwhelmed and humbled to be named Elementary Principal of the Year. I know as I read the nomination, I struggled to believe the person on the page was me. After my experiences in Wylie with their current superintendent and his awful treatment of me, it is hard to reconcile these two completely different images. However, what can say is that Jim Collins, author of Good to Great says "great vision without great people is irrelevant." something I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that I am blessed with great people. You implement "best practices" better than any other group I have ever seen. I am honored to share your greatness and the amazing things you do for students each day. My hope is that any recognition I receive is always reflected immediately back to you...the ones who get it done every day with students.

I am grateful that STAAR testing has finally arrived. I'm not sure that the benefits of additional weeks prior to testing outweighed the additional days of being tired and unable to move on, but it is what it is. This week, I students get to demonstrate their knowledge. I believe they are prepared and I am sure we will get through this week as seamlessly as possible. Then we can move into our final weeks with these students and celebrate all that has been accomplished this year!

Congratulations, again! You are Strategic Design in Action. No one does it better than you! I have the best job in the world to get to serve with you!


Tweet for Your Feet! Week 4

It's that time of year that you may want to bust out the flip flops. You can make it happen with two tweets that promote great things at Degan. Two tweets by Wednesday make you eligible to wear flip flops on Thursday and Friday with your college shirts and Degan spirit wear! So go ahead! Tweet for your feet!

A few good articles worth reading this week...

Week at a Glance

May 9th- STAAR Testing-Math 3rd/4th and 5th Grade Retesters

Degan Avenger T-Shirt

May 10th- STAAR Testing-Reading 3rd/4th and 5th Grade Retesters

Degan No Excuses Polo

Raising Canes Fundraiser

Kinder Kick Off (Rescheduled )

All PDAS must be complete

May 11th- Day 3- STAAR Testing Science 5th Grade

"Got Grit" T-shirt

May 12th-Think College Thursday

Muffins with Mom

Design Team

May 13th-Club Friday 3rd/2nd

2nd 3rd Week Grading Period Ends

On Deck:

Zoe's Fundraiser

Writing Initiative Day

Volunteer Luncheon

Talent Show Dress Rehearsal

Senior Breakfast
Staff Meeting

Final SOAR Ceremony

Awards Ceremonies

5th Grade Memories Program

Final Day of School

Teacher Work Day

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