Granger Weekly Newsletter

Dec. 14-18, 2015

Quick Reminders

Staff Meeting Wednesday, Dec 16 @ 3:45 in the Student Center to discuss wrapping up this year and getting ready for next year. ALL must attend.


Dec. 15 - Christmas Luncheon

Dec. 16 - Staff meeting

Dec. 18 - End of 3rd Six Weeks

Dec. 18 - Pictures & cookies with Santa hosted by Student Council

Dec 21-Jan. 5 - Winter Break

Jan. 4 -Staff Development


Renaissance Marking Periods

Jan. 4-8 Reading

Jan. 11-15 Math

Jan. 24-29 Reading


Happy Birthday!

Tammy Price 19

Jennifer Lane 26


Angel Tree delivery to Granger Villa on the 18th. Thank everyone for adopting an Angel! ~Mrs. Hughes and Student Council


Class of 2016 Project Celebration benefit dinner Sat. Jan. 23, 2016. Ticket includes chicken friend steak dinner for two and a chance for the prize money drawing. There will also be a live and silent auction. Cost of tickets worth the fifty dollars! See a Senior for tickets!

Bite Sized Information

According to the Texas Rural Association, in recent years many elections for state representatives have been won or lost by 100 votes or less. Your vote matters.

Know Your Stuff

Get Involved! 11 weeks until March 2016 voting!


Resources:This instrument is not intended as an advocacy tool for or against any education issue or candidate, and it is beyond the scope of this document to identify all of the groups working on education issues for parents, but some include:


Texas Parent PAC, www.txparentpac.com;

Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA), www.tamsatx.org; and

Texas Rural Education Association (TREA), www.txrea.com.

In contrast, a nonpolitical group that celebrates successes of public education but does not advocate is Friends of Texas Public Schools, www.fotps.org.


And don't forget: http://texaseducatorsvote.com/

Big Bite of Information

Because we should know...

Public Schools List of Voting Dos and Don’ts

Texas Rural Education Association © 2015 16

Ø Public resources, no matter how small, cannot be used to advocate for or against an issue or candidate. Remember, a public servant commits a criminal offense if, with the intent to obtain a benefit or harm another, the public servant misapplies anything of value belonging to the government that is in their custody or possession by virtue of public office or employment. See Texas Penal Code § 39.02(a) (2). Simply stated, this means that all government property should be used for governmental purposes; not for personal or private purposes – including political campaigns.

Ø Do not use a school district’s email to advocate for or against an issue or candidate. School email may be used to inform staff and patrons of elections, dates, and times for voting early and on Election Day, and to encourage a culture of participation. You may certainly use your personal email account to advocate.

Ø Do not use a school district’s social networks to advocate for or against an issue or candidate. School social networks may be used to inform staff and patrons of elections, dates and times for voting and to encourage a culture of civic participation. You may certainly use your personal social network accounts to advocate.

Ø Do not use a school district’s computers, photocopiers, telephones, facsimile, electronic printer or any other machine to advocate for or against an issue or candidate. You may use your personal equipment for this use.

Ø Do not use state or local government time or state or local government equipment to work on an individual’s political campaign. See Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 172 (1993). You may advocate for or against an issue or candidate before or after work hours.

Ø Do not use public funds in connection with a political campaign. The Texas Government Code prohibits a state agency or local government from using appropriated funds in connection with a political campaign. See Texas Government Code § 556.004.

Ø Officers and employees should not use their official authority to interfere with or attempt to influence the outcome of any election. See Texas Government Code § 556.004.

Ø Do not be demanding or discourteous. By local board policy, many school districts mandate that an employee’s participation in community, political, or employee organization activities shall be entirely voluntary and shall not: (1) interfere with the employee’s performance of assigned duties and responsibilities; (2) result in any political or social pressure being placed on students, parents, or staff; or (3) involve treading on the employee’s position or title with the district.

What is there to do this break besides lesson plans and Pinterest?

Austin Christmas Guide 2015

http://www.austinchristmasguide.com/


Top 28 Holiday Events in Austin and Central Texas:

http://rwethereyetmom.com/holiday-events-austin.html


December 16th Storytime - BOOKS BY JAN BRETT

December 16, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Taylor Public Library
801 Vance St.
Taylor, TX 76574

Movies on the Square

December 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Heritage Square Park
4th and Main Streets
Taylor, TX 76574

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy two Christmas animated films to get you in the holiday spirit! Shops and restaurants will be open for Third Thursday so make an evening of it!

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