Cannon News FLASH

Staff Information & Updates 9/22/14

From the Principal's Pen...

Have you ever heard of Angela Maiers and the Choose2Matter campaign she started? If not, you can learn more about it from this 4-minute video. Her message is simple, but powerful. She reminds us that each of us matters. That mattering is a choice. Her message encourages us to make the choice every day to offer, thank, encourage, inspire, and let others know we notice and believe in them. Why? Because it could be and often will be the most powerful thing we do all day!

Maiers states that "This simple, clear message of “YOU MATTER” has the power to change lives and change the world, if we understand it and leverage it in the right way."

Below are the top 12 things students say they want from their teacher. Just think....if we did each of these things every day with every scholar....we would definitely send the important message of "YOU MATTER" to all of our scholars.

1. Greet me each day- Wish me good morning, and send me off with a “see ya tomorrow.”

2. Smile- When you look at me, let me see happiness in your eyes.

3. Give me your attention- Sit and talk with me privately; even if only for a second.

4. Imagine with me- Help me dream of things I might be able to do; not just the things I need to do now.

5. Give me challenging content and assignments -Show me how to handle it. Teach me what to do.

6. Ask about me- Inquire about my weekend, the game a played, the places I go. It shows you care about my life.

7. Let me have time- Time to let things sink in. Time to think. Time to reflect, process, and play.

8. Demand of me- Hold me accountable to high standards. Don’t let me get away with what you know I am capable of doing better.

9. Notice Me- Leave special messages in my desk. Just a quick not that says you notice something right.

10. Let me ask the questions- Even if they are off topic. It will show that I am thinking about new perspectives, curious, and willing to learn more. Let me have the chance to show what I am wondering about, not just what I know.

11. Engage me-I came to you in love with learning, keep me excited, keep me wanting more.

12. Trust me- Believe that I can do it. Allow me the chance. I promise to show you I can.

YOU MATTER. Take the time to remind your scholars that they matter, and that they are geniuses and the world needs their contributions!

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One of the expectations of the Learning Liaison is to help provide access to resources. While visiting classrooms, I am searching for resources to help make connections between teachers for our own professional learning. So often our best resources are right here on campus but we do not utilize them. I asked permission to share what I found AND I will be asking you in the future as well.

This past week, I discovered in two 1st grade classrooms a way they were setting expectations for their students in writing. Diane Norwood and Irene Boynton have the GCISD writing stages posted on the wall AND they provided a KID-FRIENDLY list as a description of each stage. Even if you do not teach ELA, you still write within science, social studies and math, so this idea can just be adapted for your students. Students will not meet the challenge of growth, in any subject, if we do not continually raise or communicate the expectations.

Also, Diane has an extensive classroom library with genre signs which will help her students read a variety of different books while fostering the love of reading! Donalyn Miller, author of Book Whisperer, would LOVE your efforts to reinforce genres in your classroom. If you do not teach ELA, you can reinforce genres with your content books as well.


Please ask these ladies questions OR just go look in their rooms for ideas:) Cannon is full of gifted teachers!!!!

Dates to Remember

9/22 Restorative Practices Follow-Up-conferences times & after school 3:00 pm

9/22 STEM Leadership Meeting - 3:00 - 3:45 - CANCELED-Reschedule date 10-6

9/23 PLC Week B - 1st grade - 2:00-3:30

9/24 6-week progress reports go home with all students

9/24 Wear Jeans to Support 5th Graders Day!

9/24 PLC Week B - Kinder - 2:00-3:30

9/25 PLC Week B - 2nd grade - 2:00-3:30

9/25 ASPIRE Curriculum Night - 6:00-7:00 library

9/26 Staff Flu Shots @ Cannon

9/26 5th Grade Dance - 6:00-8:00 pm

9/29 CEC Meeting - 3:15 - 4:00
9/30 PLC Week A - 5th grade - 2:00-3:30

10/1-10/3 - JPS Healthy Smiles - Science Lab - E-Hall

10/1 PLC Week A -3rd grade 2:00-3:30

10/2 PLC Week A - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

10/2 Picture Day

10/6 STEM Leadership meeting - 3:00

10/7-10/9 NO PLC'S due to Early Release

10/8 10/9 Early Release - 11:45

10/13 Professional Learning Day - student holiday

10/14 PLC Week B - 1st grade 2:00-3:00

10/15 PLC Week B - Kinder 2:00-3:00

10/16 - Fire Drill 1:00 pm

10/16 PLC Week B - 2nd grade 2:00-3:00

10/17 End of 1st nine weeks


  • PROGRESS REPORTS GO HOME WEDNESDAY - As a reminder, the posting window for grades opened on Friday, 9/19 and will close at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 9/22. The progress reports will be sent home with students on 9/24. FYI - parents had the option to select receiving digital and/or print copies of grade reports this year. As the year progresses, we will be transitioning to providing progress reports/grade reports, according to parent request.

  • NEW CAMPUS POLICY REGARDING BIRTHDAY TREATS @ SCHOOL - Due to an excessive number of scholars that have reported food-related allergies, we are changing our policy about birthday treats at school effective immediately. Edible birthday treats are no longer allowed to be sent to school for celebration of student birthdays. However, if parents would like to send a non-edible treat (stickers, pencils, etc...) they are welcome to do so, but they must include ALL scholars in the class. Additionally, if parents are sending in non-edible treats, they have been asked to send them to the teacher, to be distributed at your discretion. This information was communicated to parents in this week's school-home newsletter, but it will need to continue to be communicated in your grade level communication. Thanks for your help with this!

  • WE WANT TO FEATURE YOUR SCHOLARS ON KCAN! - As you noticed last week, our Cannon's STEM Book of the Month was featured in a special segment following KCAN. The book recording will continue to be available following announcements on several dates throughout the month, in case you missed it! Also, PLEASE take the time to check out the B.O.M. challenges each month (located in the BOM folder in CANshare) and get your scholars involved! We want to feature your class and their work on KCAN!

  • NEW CAMPUS TECH SUPPORT STAFF - Effective this week, Sharon Flanagan is no longer assigned to Cannon, as Technology Support. We will be welcoming David Chamberlin to this role! David will begin working on Monday at Cannon and he will be training with our Tier 2 Support Tech, Drew Addington, throughout the week. While working as a campus technician is a new role for David, he is not new to GCISD! Prior to this position, he worked with KidzU for 14 years and was recognized as the KidzU employee of the year in 2012-2013. Thanks for helping David feel welcome at Cannon!

  • ACT ASPIRE TRAINING & TESTING - As a reminder, all 3rd-5th grade teachers need to review the ACT Aspire training powerpoint sent to you by Anne last week. This needs to be viewed by 3:00 on Monday, 9/22 and don't forget to sign the training verification sheet on her door. Testing will begin on Wednesday, September 24. Please refer to Anne's email for the testing schedule, as well as information on testing accommodations for 504 and Sped students. Also, please remember that iPads will not be used for this first round of testing, but rather the two labs will be utilized, in order to get testing completed in a timely manner. Please let Anne know if you have any questions!

  • FLU SHOTS @ CANNON- Flu shots will be available at Cannon on 9/26, from 7:00-10:00, in the conference room. North Texas Flu Shots will provide immunizations to GCISD employees and family members. Flu shots will be available for dependent children 6 months and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. You and/or your family members must register online at:

    • CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVES STILL NEEDED FOR SS COMMITTEE- Suzanne Newell has asked each elementary campus to have one K-2 & one 3-5 representative to serve on the Social Studies Instructional Materials Selection Committee. To date, I have not heard from any volunteers! Names must be submitted this week to Dr. Newell, whether they are VOLUNTEERS or "VOLUNTOLDS" - let me know if you are interested/willing to represent our school. Thank you!


    • Turn in attendance sheets by 10:15 each day to Robin.
    • Meet with Restorative Practices team during conference times & after school on Monday 9/22
    • Consider participating in the Jeans for the Day fundraiser for 5th grade, to get to wear jeans on Wednesday!
    • Contribute to the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation employee giving campaign and help Cannon reach the goal of 100% staff participation!
    • Send home progress reports with students on Wednesday, 9/24.
    • Let Tona if you are interested in being on the SS Instructional Materials team!
    • Share the B.O.M. challenge with your scholars!
    • Tweet & blog about all of the great things you are doing in your classroom/grade!