Mustang Message

Week of November 18, 2013

From Krissy Venosdale's website:

Krissy Venosdale is a fellow teacher. I utilize her website for "posters" in our Mustang Message. She pushes my thinking about teaching, learning and all of the possibilities that we have with our students in our classrooms/school. Think about her thoughts on students and the importance of teachers:

In our excitement, they find motivation. In our kindness, they are reminded to be kind. In our questions left unanswered, they seek more questions. In our collaboration with colleagues, they see that working with others is not just a ‘school rule,’ but a way of life. The lights may brighten the room, but it is our actions that bring energy to the learning space. Whether on a nature walk, a spot on the playground, at the school library, or in our classroom. It is in our hands to define the learning environment or destroy the inquiry. We are not meant to control each student with our thoughts, words, and actions. We are meant to create the type of environment where self-control develops, where learning reigns, and where our actions support that.

Makes me think...

Wow! We are the instrument that makes learning a symphony in our classroom. We model for our students each day what we expect and value. Do we instill passion, inquiry, outside the box thinking, excitement, and compassion with our students as they are in our classrooms? Do we inspire? How do we as colleagues work together to strive to be as Haim Ginott says, "an instrument of inspiration" for our students?

Morning Duties of the Week

Morning Assembly (7:30): Owen

Gym (7:20): Latone

Cafeteria (7:20): Gibbs

Bus (7:20): Lewis

Parent Drop Off: Parr & Steelman

Librarian at GP

Counselor Lessons:

Week at a Glance

Monday, 11/18: Writing Academy (2nd, 3rd LA Teachers)

Tuesday, 11/19: 3:20 Campus Council - Conference Room

Thursday, 11/21: Brave; Cafeteria Lunch: Turkey & Dressing (cobbler for teachers); Brazos Valley Credit Union will be bringing cookies to share for the staff

News & Notes

  • Boosterthon pledges are in and we made approx. 32,000 for our school! Yea Team!!!
  • Science Lab: There is a sign-out/inventory page on the inside of every cabinet in the lab. Please take a moment to put your name on the sheet if you're taking items from the lab.
  • Cafeteria Lunch: The cafeteria ladies have had to correct students in line that were yelling, pushing, wrestling, etc. We discussed in our August staff development that our older students could be dropped off at the cafeteria serving line entrance if they follow the cafeteria expectations. For now (until after Thanksgiving) because of student behavior, we need to go back to all teachers staying with their class until they have moved through the line. This will help the cafeteria ladies serve the food faster without having to stop and correct our students on their behavior. Thank you to all staff in helping our cafeteria ladies.
  • All certified teachers & our librarian must complete the TEA STaR chart. As a staff, lets set our goal to have those complete before the Thanksgiving holiday. Please see earlier e-mails sent out this week for more information. Questions? Please see Donna.
  • If you would like to help with the Saturday morning Holiday event (Dec. 14th) sponsored by our PTO, please let me know. The event is at GP from 8-11. We will be serving pancakes, the Mustang Market will be open, and Santa will be here for pictures. We need pancake servers, an elf and Mrs. Claus (we have the costumes). If interested, please see Donna.
  • GT News: The Texas Education Agency has launched the Twice-Exceptional Children website which is designed to provide administrators, educators, and parents with practical resources for identifying and serving the twice-exceptional learner. Twice-exceptional students are those who perform at — or show the potential for performing at — a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who also gives evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility. Please see below for the link for a great resource (Equity in Gifted/Talented Education).
  • From Region 4: An infographic that is very thought provoking for us to consider as teachers. See below for link (Special in Special Ed).

Mustang Yee Haws!

Congratulations to Joni Eberle who is celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary on a cruise this upcoming week! Enjoy Joni!

Have a great weekend!!!