Teach Like a Pirate

J.R. Irvin Elementary Weekly Staff Newsletter - vol 22

Mission Statement

We value every student, creating an environment for all to be successful!

Irvin now has Instagram! Follow us on jrirvin_elem

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First Grade Jams!

First grade did a fabulous job on their performance of Jammin' in the Jungle! Mrs. Wuerch picked a great show to showcase these students and Mrs. Webster displayed fabulous artwork by our very own students. Thank you to those that went down yesterday to help get all those wiggly kiddos in constume!

Inspired

This week many of you have faced challenges both personal and professional, but we have seen a resilience that is so admirable. Though sometimes the frustrations overshadow the victories please know that YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! That phrase gets thrown around sometimes, but it really is true. We celebrate with our students when a parent gets a job or when they improve even if by a little bit. We encourage them when their hearts are heavy and when they want to give up. Last year we talked about GRIT. The definition is courage and resolve; strength of character. You all have shown grit and are truly inspiring. Our Irvin family truly has heart! Have a great weekend!

P is for Pirate

Dave and Shelly Burgess wrote a book which is the Inspirational ABC's for Educators. Every week I will include a snippet from the book.


Dave and Shelly Burgess wrote a book which is the Inspirational ABC's for Educators. Every week I will include a snippet from the book.


V is for Velcro


Mnemonics and scaffolds and hooks, oh my!


Great teachers possess treasure chests stocked with strategies and ideas to make sure learning sticks. Students need to engage with content in meaningful ways, so put handles on your material to make it easy for them to pick up!


Burgess, D. & S. Teach Like a Pirate. (2014). Dave Burgess Consulting. CA: San Diego.

EdCamp at SAGU

Coming March 6th! It's free!!! Click on EdCamp above for more information!

Upcoming Dates

  • 2/23 5th Grade Math Simulation
  • 2/24 4th Grade Writing Simulation
  • 2/24 LEARNING LAB CLOSED 8-12
  • 2/24 5th Grade Reading Simulation
  • 2/25 3rd Grade Math CBA#3
  • 2/25 TELPAS Student Practice Day (Erin will pull students in the morning)
  • 2/26 Progress Reports Go Home


  • 3/1 Vertical Teams (Math/ELAR) 3:15pm
  • 3/3 2nd Grade Math CBA#3
  • 3/6 Edcamp at SAGU (if you'd like to go:)


  • 3/8 TELPAS Testing
  • 3/8 STAAR Training 3:15pm (all teachers)
  • 3/9 TELAPS Makeup Day
  • 3/9 Hungry Hump Luncheon
  • 3/10 Bluebonnet Bowl

February Teacher Birthdays

February 4th - Terry Moore

February 19th - Lauren Williams

February 28th - Adriane Wuerch

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Strategic Planning

Check out the district website for the link to the strategic planning process that is occurring in our district now.

The board developed a new vision statement and then the strategic 30 last Thursday and Friday developed a new mission along with belief statements. The next step is action committees that will develop plans under specific objectives.

Link: http://www.midlothian-isd.net/strategicplan/index.html