The Weekly Hoot

September 16-22, 2013

Greetings All -

I am getting this out a little late this week (Sunday morning), and I apologize for that. Being gone three days in one week is craziness, and it doesn't feel like I have caught up yet!

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, I went to find out how I would be evaluated as a principal with the McRel system. It is very similar to the teacher evaluation system so I feel comfortable with that. On Friday, Kammi and I went to a meeting at Region 4 in Houston to discuss what we had to do as a campus since we were rated as "Needs Improvement" on the Student Growth indicator on the new accountability system. We learned a lot, and I will be sharing this with you on Wednesday at our faculty meeting.

Part of the process through the state since we were labeled "needs improvement" is to have a Professional Service Provider, or PSP, assigned to our campus. Ours is Carol Reid. I am very impressed with Carol, a former teacher, principal, and ESC 6 employee. Part of her assignment is to visit classrooms to see implementation of programs on the campus. She will be visiting quite a bit, interviewing teachers, etc... Her first visit is Tuesday, September 17th. Please do not do anything different than you normally do when she visits. I really want her to see where we are so she can help us grow.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. I will see all of you in the morning! Week 4! is going fast!

Soaring with you this year,


Owl Wings This Week Go To...

Rachel Foy for making teaching relevant to her students. I stopped by one day last week and Rachel was teaching place value to the billions. She had it tied into top recording artists' record sales. The students were googling record sales, artists, etc... You talk about some engaged 5th graders! Great job Rachel! We are glad to have you on our team!

Quote of the Week

Focus of the Week...

--- Hispanic Heritage Months begins

--- Constitution Day is September 17th

---Tie in one new engagement strategy into your lessons this week

Birthdays this Week...

None this week

Your Week at a Glance...

Monday, September 16

Marcy at meeting in Huntsville in the morning

JH Volleyball vs. New Waverly @ home - games begin at 5:00

Tuesday, September 17

CLC Meeting - see Connie's agenda

PSP will be visiting the campus all day

Lady Owl VB @ Madisonville - 5:00

Wednesday, September 18

CLC Meeting - Connie will be sending an agenda

Fire Drill - 9:00 AM

Faculty Meeting @ 3:30 - Accountability update, Lesson Plan Q&A, Michelle Pavelock discusses inclusion

Thursday, September 19

No Office Day - I am attempting to have one "No Office Day" per week this year where I can get into the classrooms and interact with the students. My first one will be today. In the morning, I will be giving the TEMI to Kindergarten and then I will proceed through the day visiting classrooms, eating lunch in the cafeteria, and heading out to recess for a bit. I am excited about it! This is not a "walkthrough" or evaluation, so put me to work when I am in there! Make me part of the lesson, ask me to take a group, etc...

TEMI given to Kindergarten

Cross Country Team @ Navasota Rattler Invitational

Fighting Owl JH Football @ Iola - 5:00

Fighting Owl JV Football @ Iola - 6:30

Friday, September 20


Lavender Lunch - Jennifer will let you know this week what the menu is. If prices have not changed, the price is $6. Bring the money with you on Friday directly to Mary Lavender.

Fighting Owl Football @ Iola - 7:30 PM

Remember lesson plans will be due in Eduphoria by 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 22nd.