January 26, 2015
A Principal's Perspective
Over the past two years I have shared poster creations and thoughts by Krissy Venosdale who is a passionate teacher about the exciting world of learning. As we have worked on our 6 hours of GT training, I thought her quote below is very applicable to us as a faculty. I hope we are inspired to create a learning place for our students where "creativity is a habit, not a special occasion."
"Bottom line: I want school to be one of the most exciting places a child ever visits. Better than Disney World, as cool as flying to the moon, and most of all? When they leave our learning space, I want them to remember our time together and take part of it with them. Everyday is about building connections. Every moment counts. As WB Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Light it. I want every child to have the best life possible." Krissy Venosdale
What a privilege it is to see GP teachers in action! It is amazing to see students engaged in the learning process where they have opportunities to be creative, to problem solve, to make connections, and experience the joy of learning. I believe what they learn and experience in our classrooms will prepare them to be the next creators of Disney World or design the spacecraft that goes to Mars! Please don't ever discount the work that you do. Memories, experiences, and connections that you design will indeed be part of the solutions needed for tomorrow!
2015, Bring It!
Morning Duties of the Week
Morning Assembly (7:30): Latone
Gym (7:20): Prukop
Cafeteria (7:20): Guyton
Bus (7:20): Matthews
Parent Drop Off Directing Traffic (7:30): Shafer
Parent Drop Off (7:30): Simpson & Ellis
Librarian: At GP
Guidance Lessons: 3rd & 4th
Week at a Glance
Monday: 4th grade practice release STAAR; Grades due to SPED, Jeans for staff successfully participating in Holiday Weight Maintain not Gain Initiative
Tuesday: 4th grade practice release STAAR; Campus Council (Grade level leaders - please send agenda items to Donna by Monday, 1/26)
Wednesday: Sing-A-Long at 8:30; Early Release at 12:45 (see below for more information)
Thursday: Brave 3:15-4:15
Friday: 100 Day of School; Staff Tailgate Luncheon; Math teachers meet with Vicki for 1 hour of GT training during conference time.
News & Notes
Please see Livebinder for early release schedule.
- Early release staff development: 1:15 All staff meet in cafeteria; 1:30 Professional staff - GT Training, Paraprofessional staff can work in classrooms; 2:30-3:30 Instructional planning time with grade level
- This week our 4th grade students will take a STAAR practice writing test. As we move into the "testing" season, let's not forget our main purpose for teaching which is to prepare our students to be thinkers and problem solvers. If students have the opportunity to think, be creative, and problem solve during our instructional lessons throughout the year, the test will take care of itself. The cartoon below is a great reminder that we are so much more than the STAAR test and that our students need real-world skills to be successful!
- Thank you to the staff for being so flexible with picture day! Thank you for helping by eating in your room with the students and moving up your picture time. This was due to the students listening and following directions and having more cameras for individual pictures. We moved pretty fast through the day! Felicia's face was priceless (joy abounding) when I told her that students would be eating in their classrooms. Made her Friday even better!
"Mom, Love is like the game of chess. Every move you make is strategic." 11 Year Old Son of a GP Faculty Member Very perceptive!
* GP Brag E-mail to a Teacher: ..."That aside, thank you very much for the kind words about _______! We are very proud of him, and frankly, you have one of the greatest assemblies of teachers at an elementary school I have ever seen. We have had such a wonderful experience at Greens Prairie Elementary. " GP Parent
* Another piece of the above brag above about Gail Lewis, our music teacher extraordinaire and UIL coach. Brag is a thank you for coaching UIL.
"Gail Lewis is an absolute gem, and she has done as much for developing passion in my child as any teacher has." GP Parent