Dragon Points


Mrs. Temshiv's incredible use of instruction time. Mrs. Nash and Ms. Gieseker for providing Trust Card training. Mrs. Holland and Mrs, Reuscher for their coordination of UIL for 2015. Ms. King's use of real world application to bring a novel into proper context. To all of our well deserving nominees for teacher of the year, and to our amazing runner up!

The No Complaining Rule

As most of you know we began reading The Energy Bus last school year. My other favorite Jon Gordon book is entitled, The No Complaining Rule. While a full campus wide buying and reflecting on the book will not be necessary, we will enact some of the items from this book from December 8th through the 19th during Team and Department Meetings. Let's first begin with some numbers....

Cost of Negativity:

  • Negativity costs the U.S. economy between $250 to $300 billion every year in lost productivity, according to the Gallup Organization. And this number is conservative since it doesn’t take into account the ripple effect of complaining and negativity.
  • Ninety percent of doctor visits are stress related, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and the #1 cause of office stress is coworkers and their complaining, according to Truejobs.com.
  • Too many negative interactions compared to positive interactions at work can decrease the productivity of a team, according to Barbara Fredrickson’s research at the University of Michigan.
  • Negativity affects the morale, performance, and productivity of our teams.
  • One negative person can create a miserable office environment for everyone else.

Trust Cards

Just a reminder to check Trust Cards. Students MUST have them before you release them to Friends Of Rachel Club, UIL, Circle of Friends, etc. I hear the train a comin, It's rolling round the bend, And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when.

Trust Card Free Seating Friday

This Friday, November 21st will be our first Trust Card Free Seating Friday for eighth grade students. During "B" and "C" lunch please dismiss 8th grade students who have their trust card two minutes early to lunch. The rest of the students will need to be escorted to a designated table. More to come...


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear-Mark Twain