February 26, 2018
A Principal's Perspective
Last week I shared the story of the strategy gardeners use of planting marigolds when companion planting. The article talked about the marigold plant that is used by gardeners to strengthen, encourage, and help to grow surrounding plants. The article also talked about the walnut tree. From the article ( https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/marigolds/ ):
"Marigolds exist in our schools as well – encouraging, supporting and nurturing growing teachers on their way to maturity. If you can find at least one marigold in your school and stay close to them, you will grow. Find more than one and you will positively thrive.
While seeking out your marigolds, you’ll need to take note of the walnut trees. Successful gardeners avoid planting vegetables anywhere near walnut trees, which give off a toxic substance that can inhibit growth, wilt, and ultimately kill nearby vegetable plants. And sadly, if your school is like most, walnut trees will be abundant. They may not seem dangerous at first. In fact, some may appear to be good teachers – happy, social, well-organized. But here are some signs that you should keep your distance: Their take on the kids is negative. Their take on the administration is negative. Being around them makes you feel insecure, discouraged, overwhelmed, or embarrassed."
Who are your marigolds in your life? Your professional life? Do our students see us as the marigolds in their lives? What do you do when you encounter a walnut tree? How do we ensure that we have a school where all of our students and colleagues grow and thrive because of where they are planted?
Be Innovative - Design the possibilities!
Morning Duties for the Week
Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20-7:45): Kieschnick
Gym (7:20-7:45): Cooper
Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20-7:55): C. Anderson
Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:55): Lutz & Wolf
Cafeteria (7:20-8:00): Lewis
Bus (7:15 - 7:55 Buses/ Car Drop Off after all buses arrive): Tutt
Counselor Schedule: - 4th Grade - Test Anxiety
Week at a Glance
Monday: GP Choir 3:05-4:00; Book Club - The Other Wes Moore at Tipsy Bean @ 4:30
Tuesday: Imagineers Art Club @ 7:30 am; Literacy Night 5:30-6:30 - Wear jeans and GP Black Polo to school and event
Wednesday: Fruit bar for staff provided by PTO
Thursday: PTO Meeting 12:00-1:00 in Science Lab; BRAVE & Chess Club 3:15-4:15;
Friday: 3rd & 4th Aggies Move in PE
News & Notes
- Ready to TWEET in February? Tweet happenings in your classroom 3 times during the month of February and wear jeans on Tweet Monday, 2/26! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SuccessCSISD and the handle @greensprairie Share your story of the great things happening at GP!
- New student registration for next year will begin March 1st! The elementary schools in CSISD will be hosting a Future Family Welcome Night on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6:00-7:30. I would like to meet with grade level leaders for each team on Wednesday, February 28th, at 3:30 to plan what our school will be doing for our future families.
Mustang Yee Haws!
- Congratulations to Kohl Anderson, Charla's son, who was accepted into UT Law School!
- Thank you to the 3rd grade team, the specialists, and Kathryn Ballard all who worked hard this week to make sure the interim STAAR testing was successful this week! Way to go team!!!
- Thank you to Jessica Wilkerson, the specialists, and our tech coaches for a great month of learning! Thank you for pushing our thinking and refining our tools of practice!