Leading the pack in education
April 25 House Meeting (Lesson) and Campus Teams
April 29 Care Team Day
April 29 PTA Movie Night 6-9 PM
May 2 House Meeting (Activity #5) and Faculty Meeting
May 5 Dr. Brown Visit HHE
May 6 PTA Muffins with Mom AM , Chuck E. Cheese Night 4-9 PM
May 9 3rd & 4th Math STAAR (5th retest) 2nd Grade Math CBA
May 10 3rd & 4th Reading STAAR (5th retest) 2nd Grade Math CBA
May 11 5th Science STAAR
May 13 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
May 13 RHS "Alice" performance for 1st, 2nd, 3rd from 1:40-2:30 in cafeteria
May 16-20 Book Fair Week
May 16 House Meeting (Lesson)
May 16 Choir at Sandy Lake
May 16 Faculty Meeting Cenergistic
May 17 Second Grade at UTA
May 18 Speech Pathologist Day
May 18 LPAC Meetings
May 19 PLC/Art Day
May 19 Kindergarten Information Night 6-7 (Inside Gym)
May 19 Family Book Fair Night
May 19 Choir Performance 7-7:30 (cafeteria)
May 20 Fine Arts Day
May 20 Husky Harmonics at the Good Place 4-4:30
May 23 House Meeting (Activity #6)
May 24 2nd-5th Social Studies CBA
May 25 Carrier Day in Specials
May 26 2nd-4th Science CBA
May 26 Kindergarten Graduation in Cafeteria 1:30-2:30
May 27 Field Day
May 30 Holiday
May 31 Student 1/2 Day End of Year Party Day
June 1 Student 1/2 Day Special House Meeting: Whole School
Someone is very likely to play School's Out Forever over the intercom after all studnets have left
June 2 Teacher Last Day of School
The difference one moment you spend with a single student and how it becomes greater over time is incredible. This positive impact becomes greater when we are aware of this impact and we take purposeful actions and pay attention to the difference we make as educators.
There are generations yet to be born whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by what you do tonight, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, because what you do matters. Everything you do and don't do matters. That difference matters and it is real. As you recognize the difference you make, focus and dial in, seek wisdom and learn more, that difference will become more and more impactful for your students for the rest of time.
As a teacher you awaken a student’s belief in themselves. Robert Frost even once said that the best instructors do not give knowledge but awake a passion inside of others for knowledge. Ron Clark equates this to giving presents to your student that will not be unwrapped for years to come.
I want to encourage this idea of inspiring curiosity and sparking the desire for knowing in students. As a teacher, you are the best guide for your students in the move towards this kind of illumination. Get students curious about discovering knowledge for themselves, and focus on their interests and inherent skills and natural talents. Most of all, know the difference you make every day and stay passionate, build relationships, make every moment count, and never give up.
TAGT on Demand
Birdville’s license to TAGT Online classes will expire on May 31st. If you are currently taking classes for your update hours please try to finish them. The license will be renewed during the summer. Remember to submit your completed hours to Eduphoria.
There are several opportunities this summer for GT hours. At my meeting last Friday, the department decided the station trainings could count as 6 hours, if teachers design and implement stations during the 2016-2017 school year. I would highly recommend any of these courses!
Stations for GT and High –Level (K-2) (3 Hour Update)
Gifted and Talented Interventionists will work with teachers of grades K-2 in developing stations with accountability for high-achieving and gifted students.
FAAC Room C
HHS Omni Room
Stations for GT and High –Level (3-5) (3 Hour Update)
Gifted and Talented Interventionists will work with teachers of grades 3-5 in developing stations with accountability for high-achieving and gifted students.
FAAC Room C
HHS Omni Room
Habitudes for Genius Learning (6 Hour Update)
Administrators and K-12 teachers
Angela Maiers, nationally known keynote speaker, will present a workshop on how to apply the 7 habitudes (imagination, curiosity, self-awareness, perseverance, courage, adaptability, and passion) to 21st century classrooms. She will offer teachers activities, tools and strategies that appeal to 21st century learners.
April is Volunteer Month
We are planning on having a breakfast on May 13 starting at 7:00 in the library. More details from Mrs. Dansby coming soon.
Proactive at Recess
Recess is an area we are seeing increased student reports of misconduct. Please make sure your team is spread out across the playground and using the four comers if possible.
At no time should any number of staff be clustered together in one area.
Thank you for your role in making every aspect of our school a safe, caring, and accepting environment for student to excel.
If a group of students wants to play a sport make sure you do the following:
- Make sure everyone who is playing earned the privilege. I want to keep recess from being used as a punitive measure as much as possible. It is very appropriate to inform a student they have not been responsible enough to play sports, but can still have free play time. Let them know they can earn sports and tell them clearly what they will need to do to play sports next time.
- Review the rules and conduct expected for the sport. There is no contact in elementary sports.
- Assign a teacher as a referee/monitor of the game. If there are not enough staff to do this or if the staff who is the referee goes inside then the game cannot proceed.
Dr. Clark Visit
Online Campus Transfer Requests: March 21 - Summer
I have 2 primary goals as a principal and I see these as overlapping priorities: for every student to receive the best possible education and for every adult I serve to love doing this. If you for any reason would like to transfer to a different position, grade level or school- please let me know and I will do everything I can to help you. Please come ask me if you have any questions. Thank you
Open Enrollment Information
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Reminders and Focus
The gates will be locked during school hours and can be opened by your key. During the school day (7:30-4:00 on none Aspire days: 7:00-6:00 on Aspire days) these gates are to be treated like an exterior door. Adults and teenagers should not enter these and should go through the main doors, even at dismissal.
- Our goal is to be level 3 (or moving close to it) in most areas on the district rubric for TEKS centered teaching. I have seen many great examples of students interacting with the TEKS in class. Be sure to not only post them, but have discussions so that students understand the goal of their learning.
- Continue to build strong, positive relationships with all the students. Smile often. Choose to see the good and positive. Focus on growth and celebrate often. Nothing is more helpful in the learning process than the effects of trust and joy.
- PLC's should be meeting weekly to answer the 4 questions. Common Formative Assessments should done after mapping out the six weeks, then planning for learning should take place. If you need any support in this, please contact our coaches, Erin, and myself.
- Rigor, relevance, and engagement strategies should be focus on when planning student learning tasks.