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"Find the good, and praise it," Alex Haley

Hello Gator Families!

I am so thrilled that we are in the month of February, because it's the month of love. I went to the National Title 1 Conference, in Houston, this past week and learned so much from Mr. LaVar Burton- that's right, Mr. Reading Rainbow was my keynote speaker, talk about exciting! Well he said something that struck a nerve. He said, "that from which we focus our imagination is what we tend to manifest in this realm," and I was fixated on that phrase the remainder of the week. You know, he is so right. What would happen if we shifted our focus from the "if" syndrome (if they would just___, then I could___), and started concentrating on "what if"? So, this month I've challenged myself to find the good in everything, and praise it: home- life, work- life, social- life. Focusing my energy on the positive has changed the way I view my days. Amazing effects can happen to our outlook on things when we shift our focus on the positives in our lives. Will you take the challenge?


Early Release!

School will dismiss at 12:00. Please make child care arrangements. Thank you!

Way to go Gideon UIL!

Upcoming Lane Closures

SH 360 South Project

Upcoming Lane Closures

Feb 11-12, 2016 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Left lane SH 360 southbound and northbound from Broad to Heritage, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Feb 15, 2016 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Left lane SH 360 southbound and northbound from New York to Holland, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Longterm Closure
Feb. 15, 2016 thru Nov 22, 2016

Ragland Road/Debbie Lane cross over of SH 360 will be closed for construction. Detours will be provided just South of Debbie Lane for the Northbound traffic and just North of Ragland Road for the Southbound Traffic. Roadway to remain closed for bridge construction.

Feb 16-17, 2016 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Left lane SH 360 southbound and northbound from Broad to Heritage, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Longterm Closure
Jan. 31, 2016 thru Feb 19, 2016 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Detour from southbound SH 360 to Lynn Creek Parkway/Northbound SH 360 will be shutdown between 7p.m and 6a.m. New York Avenue will be the alternate detour. Construction crews will be working from 7 p.m to 6 a.m. each night between Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb 19, with the exception of Saturday Feb. 6, and Saturday. Feb. 13. Read more here.

Longterm Closure
Jan. 24, 2016 thru Oct 22, 2016
Lynn Creek/ Webb Lynn cross over of SH 360 will be closed for construction. Detours will be provided just North of Lynn Creek for the Northbound traffic and just South of Webb Lynn for the Southbound Traffic.

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Take the Parent Survey!

Parent Engagement & Satisfaction – English (deadline Feb.19)

Parent Engagement & Satisfaction - Spanish (deadline Feb.19)

Gideon has a 2015 Arlington Animal Shelter Essay Contest Winner!

The Arlington Animal Shelter has an annual essay contest for 3rd- 5th graders. There were 1,478 essay entries, and 531 were 3rd graders. Of the 531 entries, only 3 students won. Gideon has a winner!!! Lubyana Faizi, in Mrs. Grace’s class, placed! Way to go Lubyana!

MISD had four schools with a winner this year, we look forward to doubling that number next year. See the video here:

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National Wear Red Day!

Want to support Go Red For Women? You can, just by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day®. By doing we you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

Let's Go Red!

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Student Drop Off Info

We need your help: You must pull into a parking space anytime you use a campus parking lot. Also, be mindful of the posted signs, as they are intended for specific use and you may be keeping someone from getting their child to a special class or preventing a staff member from getting to work. See below for a brief update on posted signs:

  • Handicap: These spots are intended for our families with special situations. You cannot park in these spaces unless you have a visible handicap sticker/ sign in your car.
  • Staff parking: These are intended for the office staff. They run our building, and are not able to assist any parents if you are parked in their spaces, because they then have to drive around the building to find a space.
  • For faster morning drop-off: enter into the driveway near the church, drive around the school, and drop your child off by the gym. There are staff member there to receive students and it's much quicker.

Please be respectful of the school procedures and do not park in any spaces with posted sins on them. If you are having trouble parking, there are extra spaces west of the school, near the church. We appreciate your cooperation.

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Way to go Bluebonnet Readers!

The TBA selection committee is responsible for selection of the books on each year's master list. Suggestions are solicited from librarians, teachers, parents, students and other interested persons. A new list of twenty books is released each year at the Texas Book Festival in October. In selecting titles, the committee considers student interests, relevant content, reputable reviews, and literary quality. Both fiction and nonfiction books are represented. The author must be a living U.S. citizen or an author who resides and publishes in the United States. Books considered for the master list must have been published in the United States. These eligible students have read at least five of the 20 nominated books, and were able to cast the vote for the 2016 Bluebonnet Award Winner. Thank you Mrs. Sybrant for encouraging these Gators!

Upcoming Events...

- Feb. 1st: #ColorsForCaring, wear purple

- Feb. 1- 12: Fitness Gram in P.E. Make sure to wear tennis shoes.

- Feb. 4th: 100th Day of school, dress like you are 100 years old

- Feb. 9th: Open House @ Gideon, 5- 9 p.m.

- Feb. 10th: Spirit Night, Trio's Pizza

- Feb. 11th: College Spirit Day, wear your favorite college shirt

- Feb. 23rd: CBA testing day

- Feb. 25th: Gideon African American Read- In Event

- Feb. 26th: Early Release Day, school will dismiss at 12:00 p.m.

February Staff Birthdays!

- Feb. 7: Mrs. Khamhiran (4th grade)

- Feb. 8: Mrs. Lynette Moore (receptionist)

- Feb. 26: Ms. Pely (cafeteria)

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Mansfield News

Did you know that MISD offers our students many opportunities to save money while being well on their way to earning a college degree?

  • Dual Credit- the opportunity to ear both a college and high school credit while in high school. Students can earn up to 24 hours of college credit with textbooks free, and up to 2/3 tuition paid
  • TREC- the Health Science Academy guaranteed 42 college hours; with the idea of graduating with a medical certification
  • iStart- requires a commitment to a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 48 hours; it allows earlier access to dual credit
  • we have partnerships with UTA, UNT, and Prairie View A&M that allow an array of opportunities for students to earn a degree at a much cheaper rate than the regular college route

Also, coming soon to Mansfield:

  • The LOT Downtown (Live Outdoor Theatre)

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