Teach Like a Pirate

J.R. Irvin Elementary Weekly Staff Newsletter - vol 14

Mission Statement

We value every student, creating an environment for all to be successful!

TLAP Quote of the Week

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke

P is for Pirate

Dave and Shelly Burgess wrote a book which is the Inspirational ABC's for Educators. Every week I will include a snippet from the book.


M IS FOR MAGIC

The magic isn't in that latest program or curriculum guide. You won't find it in the standards. It certainly isn't in that next new, bureaucrat-designed initiative.


The magic is in YOU! Often it isn't so much what you do, but rather how you do it. You are the magic!


Burgess, D. & S. Teach Like a Pirate. (2014). Dave Burgess Consulting. CA: San Diego.


I totally agree! It is the teacher that works the magic! Thanks for all you do for our kiddos!

Teacher of the Week~Harkrider

Growing up in Arlington, my husband and I knew that we wanted to raise our son in a smaller, community-based town. Eight years ago, we moved to Midlothian and have never looked back. The next step for me was to begin teaching in the community that I love, and this year I was given that opportunity. I am overjoyed to be teaching at JR Irvin and can’t imagine being anywhere else. I’m a graduate of UT Arlington and have been teaching fourth grade for the past 15 years. There is nothing that I enjoy more! Wes and I have been married for twenty-one years and our son, Hunter, is a senior at Midlothian High School. I am thankful to God for His many blessings in my life!

Please remember to email your grade level meeting notes to Shannon and Stacee.

Upcoming Dates


  • 12/7 Teacher extended lunch/ Grinch Day
  • 12/7 Meet with Melodi on your conference for Gmail training
  • 12/7 DVD #4
  • 12/8 9:00 FSMS Choir to perform for students/Blue Christmas
  • 12/8 ISIP Window Closes
  • 12/8 3rd Grade Reading CBA#1
  • 12/9 9:30 FSMS Band to perform for students/Rudolph Day
  • 12/9&12/10 4th Grade Reading CBA#1
  • 12/9 Irvin Teachers' Kids Party - Gym from 3:00-4:00
  • 12/10 Frozen Day/Wear Warm Ups
  • 12/10 Fire Drill
  • 12/10&12/11 Holiday Cart
  • 12/11 Teacher birthdays/Wear PJ's for Polar Express


  • 12/15 4th Grade Math CBA#2
  • 12/15 Faculty Meeting 3:15
  • 12/16 Winter Parties
  • 12/17 & 12/18 Early release at 12:45
  • 12/17 Staff party at 1:15

December Teacher Birthdays

December 7: Fleeman

December 20: Dobbins

December 28th: Smitherman

December 30: Dunegan

December 31: Garippa

Strategic Planning

Check out the district website for the link to the strategic planning process that is occurring in our district now.

The board developed a new vision statement and then the strategic 30 last Thursday and Friday developed a new mission along with belief statements. The next step is action committees that will develop plans under specific objectives.

Link: http://www.midlothian-isd.net/strategicplan/index.html