Mustang Message

April 27, 2015

A Principal's Perspective

Testing is done! Okay, stop and pause.... Yippee!

We have five more weeks of school! As you know the last weeks of school are exciting for our students and full of schedule changes and activities. In preparation for this, as a team let's focus on continuing our normal expectations of routines and procedures. This will help with a smooth, successful transition to summer. I encourage all of us, myself included, to enjoy the special moments that the end of the year brings. End of the year activities are often those things that top off a great year. Enjoy the moments.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Ernest Hemingway

2015, Bring It!


Morning Duties of the Week

Morning Assembly (7:30): Gibbs

Gym (7:20): Lindner

Cafeteria (7:20): Guyton

Bus (7:20): Matthews

Parent Drop Off Directing Traffic (7:30): Lake

Parent Drop Off (7:30): Wilson & Bahls

Librarian: At PC

Guidance Lessons:

Week at a Glance

This week: Citywide PTO food drive; Relay for Life Jean Week (those that paid $25 for shirt and to have a jean week);

Monday: Grades due to SPED; District Science Meetings Grades 3-5; Safe Shelter Drill - Take Two :)

Wednesday: 3rd & 4th Grade Running Club; Chess Club; Dress up day for food drive - Minions or Despicable Me Characters; District SS Design Team Meeting

Thursday: VIPS & Staff Brunch; School Improvement Planning Team Meeting at 3:20 in Library; 1st graders practice on stage from 1:20-2:20; Classroom supply orders due to Shannon; Cougar Mentor End of Year Party at CSHS

Friday: 1st Grade Parent Serenade @ 1:45 (If you need coverage so that you can attend, see Donna.); Online registration begins for 2015-2016 Kindergarteners; Lunch provided in science lab for staff members that attended five or more after school tech trainings (Kathryn will send e-mail to each staff member).

Save the Date: Friday, May 8th, Faculty and Family Spring Party at Saddle Creek Pavilion & Pool

News & Notes

  • Our VIPS Brunch is coming up on Thursday, April 30th. This is a time where our staff thanks all of our volunteers throughout the year. Please think about any volunteers that have helped in your class such as tutors, making copies, organizing folders, etc and invite them to join us for brunch. It is a great idea to let your VIPS know when you can join them so that they will have someone that they know at the brunch. During this time (12:00-1:00), our PTO will invite our sponsors and thank them with a video clip of our teachers and students in action. Grade level leaders are coordinating what to bring with their team. Brunch will be from 7:30-1:00 in the science lab.
  • Pattie Bartosh will be joining our faculty next year as the math specialist. Pattie has experience as a math and science instructional coach, a professional development specialist, 1st/3rd/5th grade teacher, and most importantly a passion for teaching kids! A big thank you to our interview team: Jennifer Reed, Sharon McGregor, Vicki Murphy, Jennifer Smith (math director), and Paula McCann (math specialist at Pebble Creek).
  • Update on staffing for next year: we are finishing up our teacher interviews this week. We are on hold as a district to hire until all transfers are complete. Once we get the okay, we will be ready to go to complete our staffing for next year.

Quotable Thought

"If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness." St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Who Knew?

  1. On the first day of spring, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight. A person at the South Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness.
  2. The first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.
  3. The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.

Mustang Celebrations

  • Congratulations to Jennifer Porter, Jeanna's daughter, who will be a high school algebra and geometry teacher in Iola ISD!
  • Congratulations to Courtnie Simpson, Kelly Simpson's daughter, who was pictured in the Eagle on 4-22-15 catching a softball to tag out a Bryan player trying to steal to second base. Courtnie plays shortstop for CSHS.

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