Mustang Message

October 23, 2017

A Principal's Perspective

Monday marks the beginning of the 2nd six weeks. As I was reading a health newsletter by Dr. Patricia Sulak, it made me think of our school year. See below from her newsletter:

"Since I was born and raised in Texas, I know the meaning of "Friday Night Lights." It's October, and football season is in full swing. The 4th quarter of football is often when a team comes from behind and wins. Well, we are also into the 4th quarter of 2017. Just as in football, whether you are ahead in some aspects of your life or behind with numerous challenges, it's time to end the year VICTORIOUS! What will it take?

When it comes to basic concepts of success in any area of our lives, there are no new answers. They have been there since the beginning of mankind. One key element: we need to PAUSE our lives and PONDER about where we are now and the person we envision to be. It's time to DREAM BIG! It's going to require a PLAN. In football, it's amazing how after the halftime break, it's not unusual for a team to come out, refocused with a better plan, and perform better. The team, and each individual player, had to PAUSE, PONDER, and PLAN.

We have to do the same. We have to look at where we currently are, what's working, what's not, and oftentimes come up with a new game plan for life. We need to focus on WINNING. We need to incorporate a "halftime" break into our game and refocus on the person we know we can be and the life we deserve to have. "

Although she is talking about becoming healthier, we can apply this football analogy to our school year as well. Monday marks the beginning of the 2nd nine weeks. We have finished our "first quarter" of the school year. This is a good time to PAUSE, PONDER, and PLAN working towards half-time and accomplishing our BIG DREAMS for our students. What is your game plan for the next three quarters of the year? After time to PAUSE, PONDER, and PLAN what needs to be tweaked now that we know our students better (socially, emotionally, and academically)? What have you DREAMED BIG for your students this year?

Be Innovative - Design the possibilities!


Morning Duties of the Week

Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20): Lindner

Gym (7:20): Bingaman

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

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20): Miller & Wilson

Cafeteria (7:20): Bartosh

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

Counselor Schedule: - 4th Grade - Trustworthiness/Respect/Bullying/Friendship

Librarian: PC

Week at a Glance

Social Committee Staff Fall Party - Ice House Lake Bryan! 7:15, Friday, October 20th!!! We have 39 folks that are planning to attend. Come on out for a great night to enjoy a great band, dance, eat, and fellowship. If you did not RSVP, come on out and join us. The more, the merrier!

Saturday: 8:00-12:30 #EdCampCSTX at College View (see below for details)

Monday: : 8:00 am - GP Report Card Grades Due; 3:05-4:00 Choir; Start of 2nd Nine Weeks!; 4:30 The Other Wes Moore Book Club- Ninfa's Patio - To Prepare: Read Introduction and Part 1: Fathers and Angels Interested in participating? Need a book? See Tracy Brice.

Tuesday: Awards Assembly: Cafeteria: K - 8:30 am, 2nd-1:15 pm, 3rd 2:00 pm Gym: 1st-9:00 am, 4th-9:30 am; 3:30-4:15 Technology Workshop - Smartboard 17 - Look what it can do for you! Attending? Wear jeans the next day. 100% team attendance? Sonic drinks delivered to your team the next day!

Wednesday: 3:20 3rd & 4th Math Teachers - Education Galaxy Overview - Glunk's Classroom; Jeans for Tuesday's tech attendees & Sonic for 100% team tech attendees

Thursday: Conference Periods - Data Team #2; 3rd Grade Musical: 8:30 - PreK, K, 4th & 1:30 - PreK, 1st, 2nd; 3:15-4:15 REACH;

Friday: 8:15-10:15 Kinder Fall Festival; Conference Periods - Data Team #2

News & Notes

GP Social Dues: Dues are $25 for full-time staff, $12.50 for part-time staff and $15 for paraprofessionals. Please pay your grade level Social Rep. Our goal is to collect all the dues by Tuesday, October 31st. See Social Committee tab below in this Smore.

All grade level teams that have turned in 100% of their social dues by October 31st, can wear jeans Wednesday, November 1st!

Friday is our Fall Faculty Social at the Ice House, Lake Bryan:

7:15 - ? The Texas Unlimited Band is playing. They are a favorite band of the Brazos Valley! Two stepping, wobble, line dancing, rock & roll - You name it they can play it! Queso/chips provided. This was a favorite from last year. A good time had by all who attended. Costs?
  1. Social Committee will pay $8 for each staff member. At the door, let them know to mark you as a GP staff member. Tickets can be purchased for all guests at the door for $8.
  2. At the gate, let them know you are with GP to waive the $5 park fee. If charged the $5 park entrance fee as you arrive to Lake Bryan, hold on to the ticket stub. You can redeem the $5 for any food on the menu.
The fall party is an adult only event. Come on out for a great evening of food, fun, dancing and fellowship!

Morning Assembly for October: For October Wonderful Writing Wednesday during MA, we will be highlighting interesting vocabulary words. If you have a student's writing piece that would be a good example of the use of interesting vocabulary words, please email me their names. I will coordinate readers for each Wednesday.

#EdCampCSTX: Want to know more about EdCamp? See link: On October 21st, EdCamp College Station is happening at College View High School. So far we have more than 130 educators registered to be there, but most of them are from outside CSISD. EdCamp style learning is making its way across CSISD, and we would love to be able to include as many CSISD folks as we can in this day of learning. Want more info or want to register? See link:

UIL: Would you like to help coach students that are interested in UIL? This is your chance! Vicki Murphy is searching for willing volunteers to coach UIL. We still need coaches for the following events: 2nd grade creative writing; 3rd grade storytelling, 3rd grade ready writing, 4th grade number sense and 4th grade chess puzzles.

Social Committee Overview

Tell Me Something Good!

Look who I saw visiting the book fair with Archie Parr? Jeanie Poehl, Chris Parr's mother-in-law and Archie Parr's grandmother, is a super sub! She celebrated her birthday yesterday! She has been subbing at Spring Creek. We need her back home at GP! So, if you are needing a great sub, call Jeanie at 512-786-5186.
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Mustang Yee Haws!

Happy Birthday:

Amanda Lyons, October 23

Jessica Wilkerson, October 28

Charla Anderson, October 28


Congratulations Heather, Marissa, and the PTO for a successful book fair!