Mustang Message

Week of March 31, 2014

A Principal's Perspective

Can you say RODEO???? Wow! What an amazing GP rodeo! What a great day of music, award winning BBQ, tasty desserts, fun games, shopping at the craft booths, and bringing our community together for fellowship while enjoying the day. Thank you to each staff member for your support, encouragement, participation, your energy, having fun, and making this a special day for our school family. Rodeo just doesn't describe the day adequately. To finish up rodeo events, we will have Pie in the Face on Monday so get ready!

Well, we follow up a fun week with our first round of STAAR testing. Okay, I heard the collective groaning!!! Tuesday and Wednesday our 4th grade students will be taking the STAAR writing test. We know our students are ready and will do their best.

I look forward to an awesome week.


Morning Duties of the Week

Morning Assembly (7:30): Wilson

Gym (7:20): Parr

Cafeteria (7:20): Dungan

Bus (7:20): Lutz

Parent Drop Off: Williams & Sullivan

Librarian: At GP

Counselor: Assisting with STAAR Testing

Week at a Glance

Monday, 3/31: We have leftover BBQ, chips, and desserts that we will be serving for staff during lunch. We also have drinks available in the coolers outside the cafeteria/office area - help yourself. Lunch and desserts will be served in the science lab.

Tuesday & Wednesday: STAAR Testing - 4th Grade; Regular lunch schedule, CAMP & Recess Schedule (except for 4th grade)

Wednesday, 4/2: After school Running Club

Thursday, 4/3: PTO Meeting at noon; K & 1st Early Childhood Forum with Reading Specialists (all are invited), Relay for Life-If you signed up for $25 for shirt/jeans or $10 for jeans, wear your jeans. Note: We added an extra day on Monday, 4/7, for jean day for those that signed up for baking & Relay.

Monday-Thursday - Rodeo Dessert Staff Bakers wear jeans! In support of STAAR, wear our short sleeve gray shirts on Tuesday and our black staff shirts on Wednesday.

News & Notes

  • We had our state safety audit on Thursday. Overall, the results were very good. Most of the suggestions were dealing with new school procedures/posted items. The site visitors noted that an intruder would have difficulty entering the building - locked/closed doors, staff members wearing ids, etc. Great job!!!!
  • We had a tough day on Friday. Rebecca, our cafeteria manager, had to be taken to the hospital for burns. Felicia's brother passed away unexpectedly. I know that you will keep these ladies in your thoughts, prayers, and support/encourage them. I am thankful for our GP family that we do take care of one another and provide support along our journey.

Mustang Yee Haws!

Take a look at the clip above. Our very own Charla and Joshua are on KBTX sharing the news about the GP rodeo. Naturals in front of the camera! Thank you Charla and Joshua! Also, the second clip is about the Big Event. GP is part of the background as one aggie talks about the day.

Congratulations to Jean Bingaman and Micki Lindner's student teachers. They were honored by the Education Dept. at Texas A&M for their outstanding work as student teachers this semester. Making us proud!

I received this e-mail from a former teacher who spent time with Ruth Matthews this spring break:

"I just wanted to take a second to let you know that I got to spend a couple of days with Ruth Matthews over spring break and how impressed I was by her enthusiasm and knowledge of technology. When I left CSISD and the specialists were cut out I was concerned for the computer lab programs in the schools, as we had worked so hard over the years with meeting the TEKS etc. (Plus that was my first position in 1988). ... I am so happy that you have ended up with Ruth and was amazed at all that she is doing on and for your campus. I feel she is more qualified and definitely more excited... and am so happy she has ended working for your school.

Take care,

Martie :)"

Hmm - Something to Ponder...Only 8 more Mondays (9 if you include Memorial Day holiday)!