What's "Growing" On @ Cannon?

Staff Information & Updates 04/04/16

From the Principal's Pen...

Friday, April 1st, was lottery day for GCISD Special Programs. Because more applications for STEM K-5 at Cannon were received than spaces are available for the 2016-2017 school year, it was necessary to lottery off seats in all grade levels and there is currently a waiting list for each grade level as well. A total of 63 applications were accepted for K-5 STEM for next year and approximately 45 students are currently on waiting lists. Additionally, it was VERY exciting to see that 50 of our existing 5th graders put in applications to continue in the STEM program as 6th graders at GMS! This speaks VOLUMES about the high level of interest Cannon's staff has created to keep students engaged in STEM, even after they leave Cannon!! Great job!!

As we begin to plan for next year, it is critical for all staff to realize that as more people continue to seek out opportunities for their child to attend Cannon, their expectations for their child to truly have a "unique" experience within our STEM program also continues to increase. We should be able to confidently place students in any classroom on campus and ensure that the quality of the educational experience they are are receiving will be the same, regardless of the teacher or the class make-up.

Being part of something special like this can feel like a lot of work, especially if you don't personally enjoy or embrace the work. Alternatively, it can provide one of the richest and most rewarding career challenges for new or veteran teachers. In order for us to truly be a school where students, staff, and parents are beating down the doors to get in, we need staff members that have accepted the challenge and are excited to be part of an innovative program that exemplifies GCISD's strategic plan, LEAD 2021.

It is exciting to see the high level of interest of teacher candidates from both within and outside the district, who are seeking this type of professional challenge and expressing a desire to be part of our school! This also speaks volumes about the outstanding reputation our school has earned, as a result of the hard work and dedication of Cannon staff, students, and parents! Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School is truly the B.E.S.T!

Proud to be your principal,

Tona :)

Lisa's Coaching Corner

Carol Dweck, author of Growth Mindset, discusses how an integrated curriculum affects the way students view learning in this 4 minute video from Connect Ed. Dweck states that "expertise in the real world is about knowing something from every angle." This affirms our goal and work to integrate in our PLCs. She also talks connecting math and science to real world things and the impact that has on learning. Listen to when she talks about growth mindset and how it aligns to our Engineering Design Process. WOW!

Dates to Remember

4/05 Kite-flying Design Challenge 2:00

4/04 UCAN - library 3:00

4/05 PLC Week A - 5th grade - 2:00-3:30

4/06 GCISD Kindness Day

4/06 PLC Week A - 4th grade - 2:00-3:30

4/07 Last Day to Register to Vote!!

4/07 PLC Week A - 3rd grade - 2:00-3:30

4/11 STEM Leadership - 3:00 library

4/11 Fire Drill - 9:15

4/12 GHS Football Players - Read to Succeed 7:30-8:30

4/12 PLC Week B - 1st grade - 2:00-3:30

4/13 Principal & District Admin. Instructional Rounds @ Cannon - 7:50 - 11:30 -all classes

4/13 PLC Week B - Kindergarten - 2:00-3:30

4/14 PLC Week B - 2nd grade - 2:00-3:30

4/14 Dual Language Parent Fair - GMS 6:00-8:00

4/16 Rachel's Challenge Rally

4/18 UCAN 3:00-3:45

4/19 PLC Week B - 5th grade 2:00-3:30

4/19 Spring Creek Family Night

4/20 PLC Week B - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

4/21 PLC Week B - 3rd grade 2:00-3:30

4/22 PTA Country Cookout 6:00-7:45 pm

4/25-4/29 Kindergarten Registration

4/26 PLC Week A - 1st grade 2:00-3:30

4/27 PLC Week A - Kindergarten 2:00-3:30

4/28 PLC Week A - 2nd grade 2:00-3:30

4/29 Kindergarten Field Trip to Legoland - 11:00-2:30



  • UCAN PLANS Our remaining UCAN sessions for the year will be dedicated to planning & preparing for our Young Engineer's Night, scheduled for Thursday, May 17th. We will meet as a staff in the library at 3:00 on Monday, 4/4 to kick off this effort! Information will be shared about this year's YEN plans and vertical teams will meet to work on preliminary planning/organizing for this event. Our STEM Leadership team has developed some great ideas on how to make this year's YEN the best ever!!

  • CANNON KINDNESS CHALLENGES Staff & scholars should wear a Rachel's Challenge or Cannon shirt to show their support of kindness on GCISD Kindness Day, Wednesday, April 6th. For anyone that ordered a shirt, they will be handed out on Monday. Cannon's Kindness Challenges will be April 4th - April 8th. Mrs. Coburn is challenging all Cannon students to celebrate kindness ALL week by completing 20 deliberate acts of kindness at school or at home. This chart of kind acts will be going home on Monday, April 4th. Students should complete each kind act and then color in the corresponding box. Once students have completed all kind acts, they will turn it into their teacher by April 8th to receive something special from Mrs. Coburn!

  • PARENT VISITOR REMINDERS As a reminder, all parents are required to check in at the office when they are on campus and receive a badge through the Raptor system. Once parents check into the office, it is impossible for office personnel to know where parents are in the building and we can only assume that they are wherever their purpose on campus requires them to be (cafeteria for lunch with a student; volunteering in library/classroom; nurse's office; attending a parent conference, school meeting, etc...) ALL staff needs to take the responsibility of politely redirecting a parent that might appear in an area, without prior approval. No parents are ever allowed to come into classrooms during instruction and "observe" or just sit in class without prior written permission from campus administration. This is clearly stated in the Parent/Student handbook on page 101, where it states:

Parents and others are welcome to visit district schools. For the safety of those within the school and to avoid disruption of instructional time, all visitors must first report to the main office and must comply with all applicable district policies and procedures. When arriving on campus, all parents and other visitors should be prepared to show identification. Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time are permitted only with approval of the principal and teacher and only so long as their duration or frequency does not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the normal school environment. Even if the visit is approved prior to the visitor’s arrival, the individual must check in at the main office first. Deliveries to the classroom by visitors are not permitted.

Please help us help YOU, by politely asking a parent to come to the office if they show up in your classroom or if you see a parent wandering in the building. Thank you for your help!

  • ENERGY CHECKLISTS- SPRING BREAK REPORT We received our "report card" for how well our campus staff performed on the Spring Break Energy Savings effort. I am happy to report that we scored a 96.6%, as a staff! There were a couple of rooms where the printers were left on, but otherwise, due to the diligence of all staff, our combined efforts helped save the district lot of $$ during spring break! BIG thanks to all staff for your help and attention to this important effort!

  • GCISD ELEMENTARY SUMMER ENRICHMENT/KidzU CAMPS Please help communicate with you parents that online registration is now open for our Elementary GCISD Summer Programs, which includes Summer Enrichment, KidzU Camps, and ECDC Camps. This summer courses will be offered for students completing K-6th grades. The program brochure is available online on the Summer Enrichment page and a limited amount of printed brochures are available in the school office. If parents need assistance with the online registration or have questions, you can direct them to the Summer Programs Office which is located in the GCISD Tax Office this year. The number is (817) 251-5206 and the office will open Monday, March 28th.


  • Set a timer and complete daily attendance ON TIME!
  • Meet in the library on Monday @ 3:00 for U.CAN/YEN planning!
  • Review information in this newsletter about visitors on campus.
  • Wear jeans & Rachel's Challenge shirts on Wednesday, 4/6.
  • Encourage your scholars to participate in the week-long Cannon Kindness Challenges!
  • Watch the 4-minute video Lisa included in her Coaching Corner & be inspired!
  • Help promote the Summer Enrichment/KidzU information to parents
  • Don't forget to register to vote - April 7th is the last day to register!
  • Tweet & blog about all of the great things you are doing in your classroom/grade!