Husky Happenings

February 19, 2016

To all of the Drip Coffees, Lattes, Iced Coffees, & Earl Grey Teas,

If you weren't with us on Monday, take this quick coffee quiz. It's fun!

Thank you for your energy - and SYNERGY - on Monday as we learned and collaborated together. My goal was to make our time together meaningful and fun. There's an opportunity for you to give feedback on the day. (See the link below.)

You may feel like this is the longest short week ever. If you're like me, you may be wondering where the time went and how it flew by so quickly! I can't believe it's already time for the weekend!

Time flies... time is on my side...time heals all wounds... if I could save time in a bottle...the gift of time...if I just had enough time...just one more year/day/hour/minute/second...I just need more time...time...time...time...could we ever have enough?

Unlike Dow-Jones, we as educators don't have a hard start and stop time. Our jobs may sometimes overwhelm us. We often have to leave, put things away, but we are really not finished. I've often heard, "It will be there when you get here tomorrow". And isn't that the truth? It doesn't go away! It's what we think of when we startle ourselves awake at 3:00 a.m. Sometimes I wonder if our newest cliche in education is, "I just need more time".

So let's turn the tables on time. Do we spend our time on the things we really value. What do we value? What really matters? So here's some perspective, found in a brief excerpt from a poem:

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special. The clock is running. Make the most of today.

Take time to enjoy your weekend and refresh yourself. Enjoy spending time with someone you love, someone who is important to you.

Important Reminders

Staff Development Day: Please provide feedback through this quick survey:

Early Dismissal Days are Here: February 23 and 24 are designated as parent conference days, so start scheduling now. Conferences are required for all struggling and/or failing students. Student led conferences are great! Conduct individual parent conferences as needed. Don't forget:

  • Professional Dress on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Give Laura a copy of your conference schedule.
  • Have parents sign in. Turn in your sign-in sheet to your GLC by the end of the week.
  • Remember: Discuss only educational information with parents. Do NOT make medical diagnosis, such as, "Your child has ADHD". If you are asked, you may tell your observations, but do not make a diagnosis.

Intervention and Tutoring: If students are failing or in danger of failing, they should be in RAP/MAP and tutoring (before or after school). Please discuss this with parents at conferences. If parents refuse tutoring, please have them put that in writing. You will also need to keep attendance for tutoring, as well as in-school interventions. And don't forget about Compass and RtI!

Suicide Prevention Training: GLCs should turn in certificates when all members have completed training. Training must be completed and certificates turned in by Friday, Feb. 19. The principles of Reflective Conversation can be helpful for all conversations with parents, students, and colleagues. Keep this in mind during upcoming conferences.

Extended Planning/Fun Friday/Minion Walk is coming! Mark your calendars for March 4.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Feb. 20
  • NEEF Starlight Gala
Monday, Feb. 22
  • GLC Meeting at 7:00 in the conference room
  • Leadership Team Meeting at 8:00 in the conference room
Tuesday, Feb. 23-Early Release
  • Pierce at Jury Duty
  • Bookkeeper Mtg. (Beverage) at CLC @ 7:30
  • Benchmark Testing: 2nd-Reading, 5th-Science
  • Health Services Meeting (Emma) 1:30-3:30
  • Special Education Paraprofessional Training in the Exploratorium @ 1:30-3:30.
Wednesday, Feb. 24-Early Release/Professional Dress
  • 3rd Grade Writing Benchmark
  • Special Ed. teacher meeting (scheduling) @ 1:00 in the conference room.
  • Music Cluster Meeting (Juarez & Rivera) in room 24 @ 1:30
  • All Paraprofessionals meet with Mr. Ilgenfritz in the library @1:30.
  • KIN Talent Show @ 5:00 in the cafeteria.

Thursday, Feb. 25-College T-shirt day

  • Kinder Field Trip to the Zoo
  • Benchmark Testing: 2nd-Writing and 3rd-Writing

Friday, Feb. 26-National GO Red Day! Wear read and your jeans!

  • Foundations #BOSS Meeting @ 7:00 in the conference room
  • 6 weeks progress reports distributed
  • 2nd grade Fairy Tale Rodeo @ 8:00 in the cafeteria
  • GT Meeting at Coker (Polanco) @ 1:00
  • Recycle Day @ 2:00

Monday, Feb. 29 - Leap Day!

  • GLC Meeting at 7:00 in the conference room
  • No Leadership Team Meeting today
  • Kinder GT Classes begin

Tuesday, March 1

  • Election Day

Wednesday, March 2 - WatchDOGS T-shirt day

  • Texas Independence Day
  • Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast in 1st grade classrooms
  • Field Trip - 2nd Grade to Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Staff meeting in Library @ 3:00

Thursday, March 3

  • Principal's meeting - Pierce off campus
  • TELPAS writing samples due to Ilgenfritz

Friday, March 4 - Extended Planning Day

  • IIT meeting - Stewart off campus
  • Extending Planning / Minion March Fun Walk

Monday, March 7

  • GLC Meeting at 7:00 in the conference room
  • Leadership Team Meeting at 8:00 in the conference room
  • TELPAS Testing - Reading in Computer Labs

Tuesday, March 8

  • Benchmark Testing: 4th-Science
  • Field Trip - 5th Grade to the Tobin
  • Field Trip - 3rd Grade GT to Techademy (Pending)

Wednesday, March 9 - College T-Shirt Day

  • Benchmark Testing: 3rd-Science
  • TELPAS Testing for 4th & 5th Graders in Computer Lab
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Conference - Shepler off campus
  • Staff meeting @ 3:00 in library (STAAR Test Training)

Thursday, March 10

  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Conference - Shepler off campus
  • Bike Rodeo
  • OAKE Convention - Juarez off campus

Friday, March 11

  • End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • Kite Day during Specials
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Conference - Shepler off campus
  • OAKE Convention - Juarez off campus
  • STAAR Test Training make-up day at 3:00

Sunday, March 13

  • Daylight Savings time begins (spring forward!!)

Monday, March 14 thru March 18


Monday, March 21

  • Beginning of fourth 9 weeks
  • 7:00 GLC Meeting
  • 8:00 Leadership Team Meeting

Tuesday, March 22

  • Spring Individual Pictures
  • Principal Cohort Meeting @ 7:30-9:00 at RAMEC (Pierce)
  • PTA Council Meeting @ 9:00 at Piper Bass (Pierce)
  • True off Campus at training (all day)
  • Reflections Ceremony @ 6:30 at Piper Bass
Wednesday, March 23 - College T-Shirt Day
  • Faculty Meeting @ 3:00 in the Library
Friday, March 25 - Good Friday
  • Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
Sunday, March 27 - Easter
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