Monday Memo

September 28th - October 2nd

The team is the cornerstone of the learning organization. What really matters is how people make decisions and take action - how the team thinks and acts together. -Peter Senge


I am thrilled to announce our newest staff member, David Cohen. He is joining us from Evans Middle School and will serve as an additional resource teacher. I had an opportunity to meet David last week and see him as a great fit for our team. Please make sure that you stop by the resource room and introduce yourself to him. His email is It is important to know that his father also works in our district, so if you are looking him up by name, look for David J. Cohen. David Cohen is his father, and while he has been fabulous to forward all of the emails already sent to him in error, I'm sure that he would appreciate not having to do so. ;)

Last year, we began adding a section to the newsletter announcing when our own personal children have fund raisers. Adding it to the newsletter seemed like a perfect way for everyone to get the information and support the cause if that chose to do so without feeling pressured. If your children have fundraisers that you would like for me to include, please send me a blurb with all of the necessary information.

Last Friday, Donna send out the Fall Festival Sign-Up. It appears that most everyone is signed up, but if you haven't, please do so by the end of today. We will send out information this week on the option of working additional shifts for jeans passes.

I have included an article that briefly describes the phases of teaching throughout the year. I hope that you will take the time to review it as I believe that it accurately reflects where many of you may be right now. My hope is that by recognizing that if you are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated because you aren't progressing at the rate in which you believe that you should be, this is perfectly normal. In fact, I bet if you thought about it, you probably felt the same way last year. While I can't change the normal progression of the year for you, I hope that this information gives you a perspective that this too, shall pass. Lean on each other. Look for ways to maintain balance. Set realistic goals and celebrate the small successes. You are doing a great job, and things will get better.

As we continue to pray for The Prugh Family, count your blessings and make today count!




Teacher Scales for Reflective Practice

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Phases of Teaching During the School Year

Anticipation: Teachers are eager and excited about the new school year. They have "big plans" about how it is going to be.

Survival: Reality hits. Teacher can become overwhelmed with all the aspects of the job. They are working 60 hours weeks. They still maintain their enthusiasm but are getting tired.

Disillusionment: Teachers are working hard, but feel they are not getting anywhere. They are shocked at reality and wondering if they are accomplishing anything, illness often characterizes this phase.

Rejuvenation: Teachers have just had a few weeks off for winter break. They have completed half the year and can see the end in sight. They have gained some coping strategies to manage the problems they may encounter. They begin to feel a sense of confidence . They begin to focus on curriculum development. They are more optimistic about their capabilities.

Reflection: Towards the end of the year, teachers begin to reflect on changes that they want to make for the next year. They begin to critically analyze the past year , thinking ahead to what they will change for next year.

Anticipation: Teacher begin to look forward to the next year but their eagerness to try again is more reality-based.

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MEF Grants

The MEF Grant application is open for all McKinney ISD staff. There are two different applications: a classroom grant and professional development.

Find the link for the online application on our website: You can also find tips for writing your MEF grant on this site.

The deadline is September 30th at 5:00 pm. No exceptions will be made for this deadline.

Please contact Ashley Sine, with any questions.



Parent Kudos to You!

Keri Walsh- Thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time each week to update the newsletter and send out the Sunday emails. We feel so blessed to have you as Anna's teacher.

Kristina Ticehurst -I just wanted to send a quick Thank You for taking time out of your day this morning to meet about Reid and the accommodations that will be made to help him be as successful as possible. Reid has made great strides already this year and I look forward to his continued growth and development. Please continue to reach out to me anytime!



Remind for Staff

I have created a Remind for our staff in order to send out just-in-time reminders, last minute notifications of jeans/warm-up days, and/or emergency info. If you haven't already, please click on the link below to join the group.

Happy Birthday!


Carin Thomas - 4th

Amanda Nall - 5th

Mayella Torres - 7th

Lori Peterson - 13th

Jenny Snyder - 13th

Melanie Burford - 15th

Kristi Ward - 24th


  • Stacie & Vicky- Thanks so much for running off and organizing the camp packets! SL
  • 5th Grade Teachers & Vicky- YOU ROCK! I appreciate all of your help with camp organization! SL
  • Bonnie, Shiela, JL, and Relle- Thanks for helping out with a friend this week. SL
  • Rhonda, Rico, Tracey, Michelle Cab- I am so appreciative of your collaboration and problem solving to ensure all of our students are successful! SL
  • Bonnie & Laurie- Thank you for creating a plan to keep a student safe! SL
  • Shiela- Thanks so much for helping test a student this week! SL
  • Thank you so much to my team and to Pierce’s sweet teacher for all their love, support, and kind words during Pierce’s dental procedure!!! Love you all so much! ~KT
  • Zappe-Thank you for organizing book buddies!-Laura G
  • Bonnie Taylor, thank you for all of your support and flexibility this week. Laurie Leotaud
  • Trisha, thank you for doing science with my sub while I was out for two days. She said that she had so much fun joining you and your class for the lesson! KWard
  • Carin, thanks for always going above and beyond at car rider duty, and for helping me whenever I can't be there! KWard
  • Lynn, thanks for always being so kind and prompt when we ask you for books or color printing. We appreciate you!! KWard
  • Melanie B., thank you for supporting us with amazing technology and ideas. There is never a moment that you won't help, and I am so grateful that our students and I benefit from your expertise at McGowen! KWard
  • Sylvia & JL, thank you for being COMPASSIONATE leaders that always want the best for our students. Kward
  • Marley, whenever I see you in the hallway, I know I'm going to get a hug from you. That means the world to me!! Thanks for the love. KWard
  • Lynn – Thanks for being my computer guru and figuring out the problem! -jen
  • Thank you Jennifer for allowing Tracey and I to have time with Michelle and Melanie. Lisa
  • Huge shout out to Michelle and Melanie B. for being such an awesome resource and help to us! Lisa
  • Thanks to my team for helping out while I was out on Thursday. Lisa
  • Appreciations to Alison T. for jumping in seamlessly to our team. So glad to have you aboard! Lisa
  • Sneller and De Leon for coming out to Family Fun Night and playing.- Relle

Supporting Each Other in Fundraising

Stacie's daughter,Haylie, is selling Fall Flowers for cheer. They come directly from a local grower. She sold flowers this past Spring from the same grower, and they were gorgeous. Orders are due by October 7th, and Haylie will personally deliver all orders to your house on Saturday, October 17th. Please let Stacie know if you are interested.


$18 per flat - 4" pots w/20 per flat


$10 per pot - 1 gallon pot


  • Fall Festival sign-up - EOD Monday, Sept. 28th
  • Update your instructional schedule in the Google Folder - EOD Wednesday, Sept. 30th
  • 1st & 2nd Grade GT referrals - due Thursday, Oct. 1st
  • Grade level homework discussion and responses - due Friday, Oct. 2nd
  • DRA2 data - due in Aware on Friday, Oct. 2nd
  • Review and sign off on CIP - EOD Friday, Oct. 2nd
  • All TELPAS raters need to print their previous training certificates from the Texas Training Center website before Oct. 16

Bad Dude of the Week

This week, we would like to recognize Bonnie Taylor as our Bad Dude of the Week. Bonnie maintains a positive attitude and is willing to do whatever it takes to support not only her students, but teachers as well. In addition, there have been many times when Sylvia and I have needed her help in supporting non SpEd students, and she steps without hesitation every time. She is a collaborative problem solver with a heart for children. Her students adore her and so do we!

Bonnie - Thank you for all that you do to support all of those in need at McGowen!

McKinney ISD's Vision, Mission and Beliefs

Any time we have an idea, concern, solution and/or comment, this is the filter through which we should speak. Let's help each other live up to our vision, mission, and beliefs.


We are a cohesive, diverse community providing engaging learning experiences for all.

We will provide engaging learning experiences so students can become effective communicators, quality contributors and socially responsible citizens.

  • Partnerships between students, parents, community members and staff are foundational to educational success.
  • Positive school culture and a safe environment foster growth.
  • Everyone has inherent value and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Learning is an active process requiring engaging tasks and engaging minds.
  • Relevant and authentic experiences ignite continuous, deeper learning.
  • Meaningful relationships enrich learning.
  • Confidence fuels risk taking and higher achievement.
  • Financial stewardship ensures a tomorrow for education.