Teach Like a Pirate

J.R. Irvin Elementary Weekly Staff Newsletter - vol 21

Mission Statement

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

TLAP Quote of the Week

""Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?" Jimmy Johnson

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.


U IS FOR UN


Unwavering in our commitment.

Unleashed in our creativity.

Uncommon in our methods.

Unbroken in our spirit.

Unmatched in our effort.

Uninhibited in our passion.

Unabashed in our enthusiasm.

Uncompromising in the pursuit of happiness.


We need a lot more of this kind of "UN" in education. (Don't forget to put the F in front of it, too!)


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

Upcoming Dates

  • 2/15 Bookfair Begins
  • 2/16 4th Grade Math CBA#3
  • 2/16 TELPAS Calibration
  • 2/16 Committees
  • 2/18 1st Grade Program
  • 2/19 Bookfair Ends


  • 2/23 4th Grade Writing Simulation
  • 2/23 5th Grade Math Simulation
  • 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:)

EdCamp at SAGU

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

February Teacher Birthdays

February 4th - Terry Moore

February 19th - Lauren Williams

February 28th - Adriane Wuerch

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

Did you know....

  • That Terry Moore made a Science game that is very close to being sold on Amazon?
  • That Mike Wooten has made his own math game and is working on an ELAR game?
  • That Kindergarten had their materials delivered this week for their garden and worked this week to get it set up?
  • That Irvin staff rocks?