February 20, 2017
A Principal's Perspective
Can you relate to one of the pictures below describing how you feel after this week? Tired, sleepy, sick? It has been a busy week full of Valentine's fun, field trips, STAAR practice testing, teaching, and planning! Whew! I appreciate each of you helping out as we supported our fellow staff members out sick this week as we covered classes. Hopefully, the weekend will bring a much needed reprieve of rest and relaxation!
Today was a wonderful day as our Deep Dive team led by Tracy Brice explored proactive steps to address the achievement gap among our student groups specifically our African American students. As you know this continues to be a campus, district, state and national dilemma. Our team's goal is to move beyond discussing the issue to finding solutions for our campus. Today's meeting we were in for a treat! Charla Anderson's Aunt Tish came to visit our team. Aunt Tish will be 95 year's old this year! She was a counselor and counselor director in Houston ISD. Her grandson drove her to College Station. We were fortunate to have him as well because he provided such insight when he was a student. Just to share one of his quotes as he described his learning differences not his learning disabilities that required the teacher and him to change "learning the way the teacher teaches to learning the way I learn." To finish out our meeting, Charla's son Kohl and his girlfriend, stopped by. We were able to ask them questions to gain their perspective. What a great afternoon of learning!! Awesome conversations! Thank you, Charla for arranging such a special visit. See pictures below for highlights.
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Morning Duties for the Week
Morning Assembly (7:20): Owen
Gym (7:20): Wilson
Cafeteria (7:20): Matthews
Bus (7:15 - Buses/ Cafeteria after all buses arrive): Marshall
Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20-7:50): Weber
Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:50): Hughes & Simpson
Counselor Schedule: Small Groups
Week at a Glance
Monday: Staff Development Day - See Agenda Below; President's Day
Tuesday: 4th Grade Lunch with the Principal 12:25; STEM Club 3:15-4:00; Family Reading Night 6:00-8:00pm;
Wednesday: Author visit PK, K, 1st & 2nd - See Below for Times; Lunch Lounge Wednesday - Eating in the teacher's lounge? Wear a GP shirt and jeans!; Tech and Specialists' Open Office Hours 3:15-4:15
Thursday: SIT Group #1 (Gibbs, Owen/LaBlanc, Bingaman/Sullivan, Cooper/McGregor); REACH 3:15-4:15; Donna Out Afternoon
Friday: Math Meetings K-4 during conference; Donna Out All Day
News & Notes
- Author Schedule for February 22nd:
8:10-9:10 - 2nd
9:20-10:20 - K
1:55-2:55 - 1st
PK/PPCD can join any of the presentations.
- Author Night
Professional Development Agenda
7:30-8:00 Breakfast - Parfaits & Sausage Biscuits
8:00-9:00 Chris Field, Mission Possible
9:00-10:00 Conscious Discipline Language
10:15-11:15 SPED Support
11:15-12:45 Lunch on Own or TELPAS Lunch Training (Identified Teachers)
12:45-1:45 Higher Level Questions
1:45-3:30 ELA 2nd - 4th Book Study in Science Lab
Math K-4th - Book Study in Cafeteria
CAMP Book Study - Art Room
SPED Book Study - K Pod
3:30-4:30 GP Leadership/Specialist Team Meeting
Mustang Yee Haws!
- Congratulations to Cindy Wellmann's daughter, Rebecca, for being inducted into the Honor Society where she is attending medical school in Chicago. Only about 2% of the students are inducted into the Hall of Fame.