Mustang Message

November 6, 2017

A Principal's Perspective

Did you know there is a science of happiness? In thinking about this season, did you know that how much gratitude you have in your life contributes to your overall happiness? Watch the video clip below about the science of happiness. Pay close attention to the results at the end of the video.

Amanda Simmons and I attended a workshop on Monday with Eric Jensen. Dr. Jensen is the guru in teaching with the brain in mind. We attended his session, Teaching & Engaging with Poverty in Mind. We started off the workshop thinking and then sharing with someone one thing that we were grateful for and one thing that we were looking forward to that day. We started the day with mindful gratitude and optimism. He proved that we could change our perspective, our outlook about the day just by sharing one expression of gratitude and optimism. What would that be like if we did this each day with our students? What would we experience as a staff and among our students if we purposefully expressed gratitude and shared something optimistic about the day each day? Would we notice? Can we indeed teach our students to hold excitement, wonder, and joy about each day?

As the principal of GP, I am EXTRA thankful for each of you! As you receive your Thankful Turkey, take time to ponder that you are appreciated and we are thankful that you are part of the GP staff. Each day is a day of excitement, wonder, and joy because of each of you sharing your talents, passion, and experiences with not only our students but staff members as well!

Be Innovative - Design the possibilities!


Morning Duties of the Week

Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20): Galow

Gym (7:20): Littlefield

Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20): Eddy

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20): Seagraves & Brice

Cafeteria (7:20): Marshall

Bus (7:15 - Buses/ Car Drop Off after all buses arrive): McMurry

Counselor Schedule: - PreK

Librarian: PC

Week at a Glance

Saturday: Electricity off 7:00 am-7:00 pm If you have something in the freezer, please take it home over the weekend.

Monday: November Birthday Jean Day;2:45-4:00 Leadership Team Meeting; 3:05-4:00 Choir

Tuesday: 50th Day of School (The 8th really is the 50th day due to the first day of school being cancelled. However, we are going with this day. ) Dress up in 50s style (jeans included). Push Pops will be served to all students/staff during lunch. Please have your class go through the cafeteria line.; 3:30-4:15 Tech Training - Making Tech Work For You/Tech tips to save you time; GT 4th Field Trip

Wednesday: Wear jeans if attended Tech Tuesday training; SONIC for 100% team attendance at Tech Tuesday training; 3:30-4:30 New GP teacher meeting

Thursday: CSISD Education Foundation Grant Patrol; 3:15-4:15 REACH & Chess Club

Friday: PTO Grants Open; SIT

News & Notes

PTO Grants:

Grant Guidelines:

Grant Application:

Have a great idea that you want to implement in your classroom but need some funding? Want grant funding but do not want to complete a complicated application? Then the GP PTO grant is just for you! Grants are due Monday, December 4th. Please e-mail to Donna by that date. Grants will be awarded Monday, December 18th, in Morning Assembly.

Custodians: We now have a full custodial crew hired and ready to go! Congratulations to Tania, our evening custodian, who was hired as the custodial supervisor for GP.

New Staff Starting on Monday:

  • Latonya Felder as a new instructional assistant. Latonya will be assisting Jennie Fortner, K Art, Pattie Bartosh, office, and Vicki Murphy. Whew! Latonya is working on her Master's degree in education. She has worked in children's ministry as well. Please welcome Latonya!
  • Cassie Willmore will be joining the SPED team. Cassie is a licensed nurse, worked as a children's minister, and worked at the Still Creek Boys and Girls Ranch. Cassie will be primarily working in Life Skills but will help as needed in Resource. Cassie is also a GP parent! Please give a welcome to Cassie!
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Tell Me Something Good!

Celebrating National Candy Corn (thank you Social Committee) and the Astros winning the World Series all in one week makes a heart happy!

Mustang Yee Haws!

Happy Birthday:

Jennifer Reed, November 2nd