Husky Update

January 15, 2016

It's been another full, busy week for our Huskies! It is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of our business, education. Regardless of the busy-ness, we need to remember to stay focused and keep our goals in sight.

In the words of the American hero we honor this weekend, "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let's remember this as we plan and deliver quality lessons that follow our curriculum, while holding in focus that what we teach as a part of Leader in Me helps to mold character.


Enjoy this long weekend! Relax, do something for yourself and for someone you love, and I'll see you next week-rested and ready to go!

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind

For Adults: Begin with the End in Mind

So, what do you want to be when you grow up? That question may appear a little trite, but think about it for a moment. Are you--right now--who you want to be, what you dreamed you'd be, doing what you always wanted to do? Be honest. Sometimes people find themselves achieving victories that are empty--successes that have come at the expense of things that were far more valuable to them. If your ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step you take gets you to the wrong place faster.

Habit 2 is based on imagination--the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don't make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default. It's about connecting again with your own uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself. Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.

One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 2 into your life is to develop a Personal Mission Statement. It focuses on what you want to be and do. It is your plan for success. It reaffirms who you are, puts your goals in focus, and moves your ideas into the real world. Your mission statement makes you the leader of your own life. You create your own destiny and secure the future you envision. (from https://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits-habit2.php )

For Students: Have a Plan
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen. (from http://www.theleaderinme.org/the-7-habits-for-kids )

Announcements and Reminders

Maturation Presentations for 4th and 5th grade students on January 21.
  • 8:00 – 9:00 4th grade boys
  • 9:10 – 10:10 4th grade girls
  • 10:30 – 11:30 5th grade boys
  • 1:00 – 2:00 5th grade girls

5th Grade Presentations on Middle School (Sarah True)

  • Mrs. Norman’s Class: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 1:35 PM
  • Mrs. Quick’s Class: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 1:35 PM
  • Mrs. Adkin’s Class: Monday, January 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM
  • Mrs Vieger’s Class: Tuesday, January 26,, 2016 at 1:35 PM
The Leader in Me Symposium is January 26-28. The Site Visit for Huebner will be on January 27 from 10:30-12:30. Watch for details from the Leader in Me Committee.

Benchmark Window is the week of January 25. We will be taking Math and Reading 3-5, and Writing 4.

IStation Assessment Window: See the email from Jenni for full details.

Upcoming Events

Monday, Jan. 18 - School Holiday for MLK Day

Tuesday, Jan. 19

  • PTA Council at Piper Bass @ 9:30 (Pierce, Read)
  • March of Dimes meeting @ 11:30 (Pierce)
Wednesday, Jan. 20-College T-Shirt Day
  • Parent Ed. in the Library @ 11:30
  • SpEd Basketball at Oak Meadow @ 10:00-11:30
  • Staff Meeting/Grade Level RtI/TELPAS in the library @ 3:00
Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Breakfast in the lounge provided by Forester Financial @ 7:00-7:30
  • 4th and 5th grade Maturation presentations in the Science Lab (details from Emma)

Friday, Jan. 22 - Recycle Day

  • Eisenhower Visit/Elective Showcase (5th grade)
  • Jenni Stewart off campus all day
Saturday, Jan. 23
  • Super Saturday
Monday, Jan. 25
  • GLC Meeting at 7:00 in the conference room
  • Leadership Team Meeting at 8:00 in the conference room
  • 4th grade Reading Benchmark at 8:00
  • Foundations Training at CLC 212 @ 12:30-4:00 (Berg, Hidalgo,Fawzi, Juarez, Pierce)
  • RtI Tier 2 (after school)
Tuesday, Jan. 26
  • Bluebonnet Voting in the Library for 3-5
  • Leader in Me Symposium (Castaneda, Watts, Pierce)
  • Bookkeeper Meeting at 7:30-9:00 (Beverage)
  • Math Benchmark: 4th @8:00, 5th at 8:50
  • Middle School Course Fair at Eisenhower @ 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 27-Professional Dress
  • Leader in Me Symposium Site Visit at Huebner from 10:30-12:30
  • Staff Meeting in the library @ 3:00
Thursday, Jan. 28-College T Shirt Day
  • Leader in Me Symposium (Castaneda, Watts, Pierce)
  • True at CTC meeting from 8:00-12:30
  • Benchmarks: 4th Writing and 3rd Math @ 8:00
Friday, Jan. 29-Recycle Day
  • Bluebonnet Celebration in the Library
  • S. True off campus
  • Benchmarks: 3rd Reading @ 8:00 and 5th Reading @ 8:50
Monday, Feb. 1
  • NO GLC Meeting
  • Leadership Team Meeting at 8:00 in the conference room
  • ELL POC Meeting at 12:00-4:00 (Ilgenfritz)
  • CIC @ 3:00 in the library
Tuesday, Feb. 2-Groundhog Day
  • PTA Meeting at 6:30 in the cafeteria
Wednesday, Feb. 3-100th day of school!
  • Watch DOGS T-shirt day
  • K and 1st assembly with the Tooth Fairy in the cafeteria @ 8:00
  • Staff Meeting at 3:00 in the library
Thursday, Feb. 4
  • 3-5 Data Coaching for Individual Teachers
  • Sarah T. off campus all day
  • PTA Founders Day at Churchill HS @ 6:00
Friday, Feb. 5-Recycle Day
  • 3-5 Data Coaching for Individual Teachers
  • 3rd grade Dental Screening in the clinic @ 8:00-10:30
  • 3 Weeks Progress Reports distributed