Mustang Message

September 28, 2015

A Principal's Perspective

Way back in August at our CSISD Rally, Dr. Ealy reminded us to take a risk. It is better to "make it a good miss" when trying something new than not taking a risk at all. As we end the first six weeks, take time to reflect. Did I try something new such as tweaking a lesson plan to make it more interesting/engaging to students or designing a lesson to make it relevant to students? Did I incorporate something new that I learned professionally? Did I go bold and think outside the box to provide an opportunity for students to be creative? I challenge each of us to take a risk even if it would be a good miss. Jeff Mann, principal at AMCMS, created a challenge to his staff that we can take to heart as well. He challenged, "All it takes is an idea... a minor change...a tweak to an existing plan...and then build upon that change just one layer at a time. You can do it. Just make a mark, and sign it. Own it. Build upon it. You will be amazed at what can happen." See the clip below for great examples of risk takers, near misses and success stories. The examples shown are great reminders that a great miss can lead to success.

Be Legendary - See the possibilities!


Famous Failures (Motivational)
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Morning Duties of the Week

Morning Assembly (7:30): S. Anderson

Gym (7:20): Grant

Cafeteria (7:20): Matthews

Bus (7:20 - Buses/ Cafeteria after all buses arrive): Marshall

Parent Drop Off Traffic: Hughes

Parent Drop Off: Weber & Reed

Counselor Schedule: Small Groups

Librarian: at GP

Week at a Glance

Campus Social Focus: Focus on the I in Mustang SPIRIT - Integrity

Monday: Progress Monitoring Forms & Grade due to SPED

Tuesday: Campus Council at 3:20 - Please send any grade level agenda items to Donna by Friday, 9/25. Agenda items pertain to issues across campus. We will meet in the office conference room.

Wednesday: Open Tech Support with Parr 3:15-4:00 in room 405

Thursday: PTO Meeting 12:00-1:00 in Science Lab; BRAVE 3:15-4:15; SIT Meeting Group #1 - Please arrive 5 minutes after conference time begins.; End of 1st six weeks!

Friday: Secure the Building Drill @ 8:15. Please see handbook for procedures.

News & Notes

  • GP Social Dues: Dues are $25 for full-time staff, $12.50 for part-time staff and $15 for paraprofessionals. Please pay in CASH to your team representative. Team rep turn in team funds to Alicia when collected. Our goal is to collect all the dues by the end of October.
  • Assembly & October Faculty Meeting: Day of Drumming will be Monday, October 5th. This will be an assembly held during CAMP time for our students. A staff drumming session will be from 3:30-4:00 which will replace our October regularly scheduled faculty meeting. See link for more info: Click here to view the Day of Drumming brochure!

  • Grants: PTO Classroom Innovative Grants due Friday, October 23rd. Applications will be out soon! CSISD Education Foundation Grants due Wednesday, October 7th.

  • GP Secretary: Deanne Holmes has been asked to come on board as our new GP secretary! Deanne was a receptionist and counselor's secretary at Oakwood Intermediate. Now we have two staff members in the front office with the name Deanne. Plus both of their last names begins with H! We are working on a successful transition with Oakwood and Personnel. Deanne Holmes will start on Monday. Alicia's last day will be Tuesday.

  • You Matter Jeans Pass: If you participated in the Appmazing Race during the You Matter day, you received a district jeans pass. On a day that you would like to "cash in" your jeans pass, just turn in your pass to me and wear your jeans.

  • Morning & Afternoon Crosswalk: It is important that all staff, parents, subs and A&M students use the crosswalk instead of cutting through traffic during morning drop off and afternoon dismissal. If you arrive early in the morning before cars begin lining up, you can cut across. After 7:20, please use the crosswalk to set an example for parents & students.

Mustang Yee Haws!

  • Congratulations to Ruth Littlefield's son, Collin, who was selected as a new member of the Texas A&M Percussion Studio! Collin is a freshman at Texas A&M! Whoop!

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