Weekly Bulletin January 19-23, 2015
"There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow"
If you have ever been to Disneyworld, you probably have seen the Carousel of Progress show that Walt Disney created for the 1964 World’s Fair. The show depicts the technological advances of the 21st century and the possibility of the future. His thought behind this show was to not only depict how America had progressed but also how America is always preparing for tomorrow. The first time I saw this show was in 1996 and it predicted the world we live in today.
Dr. Marschhausen, Superintendent of an Ohio School district, compared education to Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. He wrote the following- "in education we continue to find ways to better prepare students for tomorrow; there is no destination in education, we operate in an ever-changing world. The truth is – we are on a journey together – a real-life Carousel of Progress. And we are all authors of the Hilliard story: educating the whole child, building healthy habits of mind, encouraging motivation, and inspiring perseverance. We can’t live in the past; we must prepare for the future. Progress is in our DNA because it is what is best for the future. We must embrace the non-negotiable skills we expect every student to master for future success, we must cultivate the habits and traits that promote productivity and achievement, and we must improve personalization in our instructional practices."
What Dr. Marschhausen wrote reminds me of our motto for this school year-#FMSWEBELIEVE. Just like his staff are all the authors of the Hilliard story, we are all the "authors" of the Floresville story by what we teach our students, how we teach our students and by building relationships with our students.
The song “There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” is played during the Carousel of Progress show and one of the verses says the following:
Man has a dream and that's the start
He follows his dream with mind and heart
And when it becomes a reality
It's a dream come true for you and me
During the August staff development we all agreed that all of our students want to have a successful year and they all want to graduate from High School. We play a big part in helping make that happen. And when that does happen, it will be a dream come true for the student, their parents, and for us.
So as we are hitting the ground running this spring semester and riding on the Carousel of Progress, remember our goals for this year - One year or more of progress-One year of progress closer to HS graduation-Preparing the students for tomorrow.
Have a great 3 day weekend because "There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, Shining at the end of every day; There's a great big beautiful tomorrow; Just a dream away"
Reviewing Data or Curriculum Planning
All Science will meet on Wednesday, January 21.
Fundamental Five-Recognize and Reinforce
Health: We will recognize grades that are being improved by our students with learning disabilities and for the students that fall in between.
We will also recognize the students who are showing improvement in the classroom. For example, if a shy student is trying or willing to participate in group discussions, then we will recognize this student. We will also focus on recognizing improvements in attitude and work ethic from students who have a hard time with these traits.
Science 7th: We will recognize students working in their journal to set up Cornell notes at beginning of class; Working at the board / leading class during warm-up solution
Science 6th: A chocolate kiss to those who come in and begin warm up as soon as the bell rings; Critter slips--After students accumulate 3, he/she can redeem for a "free-seat" Friday
Spring Staff Fun
Staff Member-Spotlight of the Week: Patrick Hutzler
From Staff Member: You showed a 7th grade Boy Basketball player how to make a necktie knot and then you offered to donate ties for any player who may need one.
See Mrs. Flores for a special snack. You also get to park in the reserved parking space(take turns!). To nominate a Staff Member for Spotlight of the Week email a Cross the Line Form to Mrs. Gonzales
Picture and Caption-Week of January 19-Kathleen Midler, Jana Poth, Heather Daniell
Quote of the Week
"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. "~Carl Jung
Tiger Basketball vs. McNair 8A/7H 5pm/6pm
Adopt a College Parade
UIL Meet-Alamo Heights
Dates to Remember:
Progress Report Grades Due-8am
Super Bowl Staff Luncheon