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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

Librarian: PC

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
We are excited to host our author, Susan Stevens Crummel, for a family reading night. Susan will read her stories, entertain, and provide tips for families to promote reading at home. This will be from 6:00-7:00 on Tuesday, Feb. 21st. From 7:00-8:00, Grades 1st & 2nd will present their class books to their families and enjoy milk and cookies. Bring your family for a great evening of literacy fun!

  • Rodeo
Believe it or not, the GP Rodeo is just around the corner on Saturday, April 1st. The rodeo committee has been hard at work. We have two bands (Nathan Bones and Morgan Ashley) lined up along with our very own Mr. Rhine and Mr. Cain. Morgan Ashley is already on the Tx country charts ( We have a good start on our sponsorship. College Station Ford will donate up to $8 a person or $10 a person for both parents to test drive a car. They will donate up to $8,000 to our school just to drive a car! Of course we are adding our very own driving obstacle course with the construction. We are having food trucks this year such as Fire Truck Crepes. Mark April 1st on your calendar. The day promises to be great fun!

Professional Development Agenda

All Staff:

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.