Weekly Inside Story

December 28 - January 8

Greeters for the week of January 4-8


Marvin Thompson


Debbie Connor


Gail Thomas


Anita Luff


ESC Staff Day

Region 7 ESC

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DMAC Design & Delivery Coordinator

Special Ed Specialist (3)

High School Science Specialist

ELA Specialist, Middle School

Educator Certification Specialist

.NET Application Developer/Programmer

IMS Assistant Director

Bilingual Family Service Worker - Longview

Desktop Support Technician

Head Start Mental Health Specialist

Federal Programs Specialist

Family Service Worker - Eustace

Director, Center for Federal Programs

Administrative Secretary - DMAC (Internal Posting)

Friday's Activities

We will start at 10:30 in the Cedar Room with the Singing Sensations Children's Choir and then have lunch at 11:00. We are not sure when East Texas Food Bank will be here tomorrow, so please take your canned goods to the warehouse first thing Friday morning. Thank you so much for helping out families in East Texas!

You may dress business casual tomorrow!! Also, don't forget to clean out refrigerators before you leave the building!


To: Burnett, Sonya
Subject: Re: EOC Exempt Question

Thanks! You have been very helpful and now I know who cannot be exempted from the STAAR Test. TEA and the 504 Curriculum Director in Austin stated the same that a 504 student cannot be exempt because they are under the General Education Rule, but before graduation the Individual Graudation Committee may meet to determine graduation requirements.

Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

Shirley McDaniel
District Coordinator/Counselor
Carlisle ISD


To: "Hinsley, Glenda" <ghinsley@esc7.net>, "Knight, Adrian" <AKnight@esc7.net>
Cc: "Wright, Sherri" <SWright@esc7.net>
Subject: Training

Glenda and Adrian,

I just want you to know how much I appreciate the training Sherri Wright did for Grand Saline last week. When she discovered our need, she made arrangements to assist us in a timely manner.

The training in Solutions Focused Counseling was excellent. She gave us many valuable tools that we can use immediately with our students.

I greatly appreciate her assistance and the excellent job she did for our counselors.


Deb Sikes

Director of Student Services, CTE, and Special Education

Grand Saline ISD


To: Luff, Anita
Subject: RE: DMAC SIP


And at least once again, I want to express to you and to your staff how much I appreciate your level of customer service – as I deal with more entities providing services to our districts; I am reminded that prompt, courteous, and accurate assistance is NOT the norm elsewhere. I have repeatedly stated that EVERY time I have left a message or sent an email to DMAC I always hear back within the hour (unless it is at the end of the day). I deal regularly with other providers who NEVER get back to me within 24 hours; and then only partially answer my question, necessitating further communication.


Merry Christmas to you and yours,

Jamie Purcell



To: Beran, Beverly <BBeran@esc7.net>
Subject: FW: Thanks so much!


Thank you for the training on PLAAFPs and IEPs. This was truly one of the best, most profitable training sessions we’ve had in Van in a long, long time.

Here’s the list of things we talked about getting from you when you’re back in the office.

teacher service data collection paper

teacher/student failure notice

Again…thanks for everything you do to help us serve our kids!


Rexanne Thomas, M.Ed.

Deputy Director of Special Programs



To: Hinsley, Glenda <ghinsley@esc7.net>
Subject: Re: [Schoolleadership] Reauthorization: Federal Programs Directors' Meeting--Jan. 21, 2016

Thank you so much for your support and kindness with all my questions.

I appreciate it!


Magen Crim

Assistant Principal

Carlisle Elementary


To: Weatherford, Vicki <VWeatherford@esc7.net>
Subject: Many thanks!

Dear Vicki:

Thank you so much for facilitating for the 2015 PI Conference in Arlington. It was a profitable week of sharing important information with parents and educators! You handled the care of your presenter, crowd and scanner with grace and a smile. You did a great job and we appreciate you… We couldn’t do it without you!

See you in 2016!

Linda Attaway, Facilitator Co-Chair

Sharon Mills, Facilitator Co-Chair

Terri Stafford, Conference Chair

Linda Attaway, Administrative Assistant

Title I Statewide SS/FACE Initiative

Region 16 ESC

5 Ways Successful People Defeat Stress by Real Life Solutions

The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when you do. Here are five scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress whenever it strikes, compiled by the Harvard Business Review:

1. Have self-compassion

It’s ok to cut yourself some slack! Look at your mistakes or failures with kindness and understanding - leave out the harsh criticism or defensiveness. Studies show that people who are self-compassionate are happier, more optimistic, and less anxious and depressed. They are also more successful.

You don’t have to be hard on yourself to perform your best. By showing yourself some self-compassion when things are difficult can reduce stress and improve your performance, making it easier to learn from your mistakes.

2. Remember the "Big Picture"

A change in mindset can help you see your problems through a less-stressful perspective. Thinking of the Big Picture of the work you do can be very energizing in the face of stress and challenges, because you are linking one particular, often small action to a greater meaning or purpose. When staying an extra hour at work at the end of an exhausting day, think of it as "helping your career," rather than "answering emails for 60 more minutes." Cast your work in a whole new light, and find motivation in the Big Picture.

3. Rely on routines

Most people don’t realize how taxing the task of making decisions is on your mental health. Yet, having to make so many decisions is a powerful and pervasive cause of stress. Every time you make a decision - whether it’s about hiring a new employee, about when to schedule a meeting with your supervisor, or about choosing rye or whole wheat for your sandwich at lunch - you create a state of mental tension that is stressful.

Reduce the number of decisions you need to make by using routines. If there’s something you need to do every day, do it at the same time every day. Simple routines can dramatically reduce your experience of stress.

4. Take five (or ten) minutes to do something you find interesting

Research shows that doing something you’re interested in doesn’t just keep you going despite fatigue, it actually replenishes your energy! Interest involves motivation, effort, attention and persistence - something that you find intellectually stimulating. The replenished energy you have doing something you are interested in will flow into whatever you do next. About to take on a mid-day daunting task? Consider a quick crossword puzzle, taking ten minutes to research what events are going on in your town this weekend, or find strike up a stimulating conversation with one of your co-workers around the office. You will find yourself energized and more able to concentrate on your stressful task.

5. Add where and when to your to-do list

Do you have a to-do list? Do you find that a day or a week (or sometimes longer) will frequently pass without a single item getting checked off?

If you are guilty of letting stressful project loom over your head, consider if-then planning (or what psychologists call "implementation intentions." Nearly 200 studies have proven that deciding in advance when and where you will complete a task can double or triple your changes of actually doing it. Similar to relying on routines, making the decision to do specific tasks at a specific time in advance, will cut down the decision-making power of deciding what task to do next. There also isn’t a better way to relieve stress than to cross things off your to-do list!

Put these stress-fighting strategies to action, and you will see real changes - not only in the workplace but in other aspects of your life! With the holidays around the corner, you will be able to manage stress in regards to your workload (and possibly your in-laws).

One of the most significant ways to improve your overall well-being is to maintain a proper sleep schedule. According to the Better Sleep Council, 79% of respondents from a study in 2014 believed they would feel better and more prepared for the day ahead with an extra hour of sleep each night.

When infants and children miss naps or don’t sleep enough it shows in their behavior and attitudes. For adults it is not that much different. Instead of throwing a tantrum, sleep deprivation reduces focus at work, impairs driving, and leads to weight gain. Here are some ideas for a better night’s rest:

  1. Set a bedtime and stick to it!
  2. Limit the amount you eat and drink in the two hours prior to turning in.
  3. Avoid exposure to any blue light devices (phones, tablets, TVs, etc.) 30 minutes prior to bedtime.
  4. Remove your phone from your bedroom or install a Do Not Disturb feature to minimize notifications.
  5. Set a wake-up time and stick to it! Avoid using the snooze button repeatedly and get up once your alarm goes off.

When you find that you are sleep deprived, give yourself permission for a personal time out to relax and recharge.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ~A.A. Milne

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