Cheetah Chat

February 1, 2016

Focused in February

I was talking to someone today about the February slump. In my 16 year career as an educator, I have found that the hardest month for me as a professional is February. Why is it that the shortest month is the hardest one for me to stay focused? I begin to feel the pressures that the year is almost over and yet there is still so much to do. I struggle to remain in the moment when I have to make so many decisions about next school year, and there is also a long stretch before the next break.

I am aware of the pressures that teachers are faced with as the spring semester is well underway. I was once where you are, and I try my best to never forget what it was like to be a teacher. Although it is my responsibility to see the big picture of our organization, I don't want to lose sight of the little details that have significant impact on your day-to-day mission.

In order to maintain our laser focus on the main thing, which is student growth and achievement, I would like to gather some feedback on our work thus far. The form below will take you to three open-ended questions. This is optional, but I encourage everyone to provide me with feedback. Your voice is important to me.

As we embark on the later part of the school year, let's remain positive and enthusiastic about the work that lies ahead. We only have 79 more school days to impact the lives of our students. They have grown so much this school year, and the best is yet to come!

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National School Counseling Week

In public schools across the country, school counselors are being recognized this week for the work that they do. To have a school counselor who connects with kids is a true gem. Mrs. Kratz works tirelessly on behalf of our students to meet their social and emotional needs. She is a true advocate for kids, and we are very fortunate to have her on our team. Please let Mrs. Kratz know how much we appreciate her and her committment to our students. Happy Counselor's Week, Mrs. Kratz!

We are getting a new logo!

Katy ISD is embarking on a new initiative to establish an official logo and brand for every campus. This process will prepare all campus logos for the District to secure copyright protection, and to provide a level of monitoring to protect the integrity of each one.

This is an exciting time, as Cimarron Elementary has been selected as one of the first campuses to go through this process and to revitalize our logo. Everyone will have an opportunity to provide input in to the initial development of our logo and to create an image that we can all support and take pride in.

What is a logo and why have one?

A logo should present a strong image that represents the school, community and culture in a way that people can easily visualize the campus when it is mentioned. Alogo should speak to the community and provide a symbol to identify with the campus values. A campus logo should be something that every student, staff and community member can be proud of and will stand behind.

Please click on the link below to access the survey.

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S.T.E.A.M. Night

We will be having our first ever S.T.E.A.M. Night on February 23rd. The purpose of this night is to showcase the wonders and greatness of the science, art and math experiences that students encounter each day. There is a team who has planned this event for our students and community. All teachers are expected to be in attendance to help and support the event.

Journey 179 Staff Feature Blog Posts

I will begin running our staff feature blog posts this week. If you have not done so, please take a few minutes to complete the bio form. The form can be accessed below. Be sure to respond in complete sentences. I will be taking your responses and pasting them into the blog, so there will be no editing done on my part. Two photos will accompany your feature. One photo that will be captured today during the faculty meeting, and a photo of you in action. This is a great way to highlight our amazing staff to our community. The first round of feature post will highlight:

Deanna Krenek

Rachel Helmcamp

Stephne Clouse

Terri Tice

Pam Brissee

I will send you a draft of what your feature will look like and give you the opportunity to add any additional information.

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  • Shout out to Cris Scribner: You are always positive and often smiling, even when you are asked to go above and beyond your many duties! It is a joy to work with you every day. Submitted by Lacey Nolen

  • Shout out to Cheryl Wienserski: You spend your days loving and teaching the littlest Cheetahs, and your influence is seen throughout the school. You volunteer so much of your time through PTA and Student Council, and are always busy helping to coordinate a special event for our students. Your dedication to our kiddos and to our school really shows! (Submitted by Lacey Nolen)

  • Shout out to Cherly Wienserski: Thank you for working so hard to make Cimarron a warm and welcoming place! Your hard work does not go unoticed! (Submission unknown)

  • Shout out to Carla Otero: Thank you for cultivating a wonderful environment for our students to express their creativity! My student love coming to Art! (Submission unknown)

  • Shout out to Amy Lancaster: Thanks for making the Number Progression chart! You are appreciated! (Submission unknown)

  • Shout out to the 1st grade team for providing the yummy yogurt sundaes at the January faculty meeting! (Submitted by Deanna Krenek)

  • Shout out to Deanna Krenek, Kathy Fields, and Stephne Clouse for going above and beyond to get their students motivated and excited to read the Bluebonnets for this year! (Submitted by Nored)

Keep recognizing staff members who go above and beyond to make Cimarron a great place to be.

Random Tidbits

Quote of the week: For most kids in this country, public education isn't their best shot, it is their only shot. ~Sir Ken Robinson

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2/29-4th Grade

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