EMS ISD Administrator Newsletter

February 1, 2016

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Welcome to February!

Here it is the first of February, and we are enjoying the beautiful weather that feels like early spring! Never fear, for it is Texas, and cold weather is coming. But, for now, enjoy the beauty of the day.

Is that not how school goes, too? One day it is just as calm and beautiful as a balmy spring day, and then the next day arrives, and it feels like a chilling day of January, laced with a nice northern wind. That is why I love this work so much. I love the joy of the roller coaster ride! One day up, and the next day down. But, in this business the roller coaster must constantly be moving upward on its journey, defeating the chilliest day and basking in the sunlight.

As you read through this newsletter, I hope you enjoy the variety of learning. From the "What Teachers Can Learn From Lincoln" article to the "Stand by Me" song, I worked to include elements that you can share with others.

May you find yourself walking the hallways, visiting classrooms, and working with teachers to move learning forward. May your conversations with parents be a collaborative effort to join forces to work for the success of each student.

Most of all, may you find the love of the journey in all you do!

Enjoy this February!

Dr. P

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Play: It's not just for Kids!

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Nominations being accepted for Student Heroes Program

AUSTIN – The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Student Heroes Award.

The Student Heroes awards program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who do outstanding things to benefit their fellow Texas students.

SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich urged school leaders to nominate those students who are shining examples of good character and citizenship for their communities.

“We have so many wonderful students who give so much of their time to benefit Texas students, schools and communities,” Bahorich said. “These unselfish acts of kindness should be spotlighted and recognized by all.”

One student per each of the 15 State Board of Education districts can be recognized for this annual honor. Anyone may nominate a public school student for the award. Award requirements include:

  • The service/assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirements or class or community project.
  • The service/assistance or good deed must benefit other students in Texas, either individually or as a whole.
  • The benefit may be to students of one campus, a district or a community.

Recipients of the Student Heroes awards will be announced in May. A certificate of recognition will be awarded to the Student Hero by his or her State Board of Education member. The deadline for nominations is March 11.

Nomination forms and program guidelines are available at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Awards/Student_Heroes/ or for more information please email heroes@tea.texas.gov .

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"Finding common ground is a powerful communication strategy to help us improve our relationships and communicate more effectively, but it is also a noble act that makes the world a better place" (Knight, Unmistakable Impact, 218).
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Feb. 2 EDGAR Training--Finance Training for Federal Funds HCTC 9:00--3:00

Feb. 4 ALI 2 Meetings HCTC

Feb. 5 Principals Writers Workshop 8:00-10:00 HCTC

Feb. 17 Digital Learning Day

Feb. 18 DLT @ HCTC 8:30-11:30

Feb. 19 Elementary Principals at EMES for Link Project 8:30-10:30

Feb. 29-March 4 Celebrate TX Public Schools Week

March 14-18 Spring Break

March 24--Aspire 2022 Kickoff Review

March 25 Bad Weather Day

May 28 Foundation Academic Excellence Awards Gala HCTC 6:30 pm

Principals: Demographic Data Coming Your Way from HR!

February is CTE Month! Celebrate Career/Workplace Readiness!