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JANUARY 11, 2016

A Principal's Perspective

This week, I attended the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce Junior Leadership Breakfast where the speaker had some words of wisdom to share with our high school juniors in the Brazos Valley. The speaker, Dr. Michael E. Workman, a leader in industrial engineering and a professor emeritus at Texas A&M, provided his thoughts on leadership to the audience of community leaders, parents and students. It hit home with me when thinking about our work as a faculty. So, he began by quoting Alice in Wonderland: "How you get there is where you'll arrive." This made me think of our journey as we begin this semester. Our work, our purpose, our instructional impact, our relationships with students and colleagues-our journey-will collectively define our school year. Will our students arrive successfully? Dr. Workman also reminded us that we only have one shot to be the best. What will be our best in 2016? When we reflect upon our year in the summer, will the story be a success story for our students? A final thought for the talk that really can be applied to our professional career and life in general. Dr. Workman challenged the students: "Don't die with your music still in you!" Hopefully as we anticipate the spring 2016 school year, we can give it our best, our all, to ensure our students "arrive" successful and ready!

Be Legendary - See the possibilities!


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Morning Duties of the Week

Morning Assembly (7:30): C. Anderson

Gym (7:20): S. Anderson

Cafeteria (7:20): Matthews

Bus (7:20 - Buses/ Cafeteria after all buses arrive): Marshall

Parent Drop Off Traffic: Grant

Parent Drop Off: Reed & Hughes

Counselor Schedule: 1st & 2nd

Librarian: GP

Week at a Glance

Monday: Report Cards sent home

Tuesday: Lunch with the Principal @ 12:30 (invite to students given on Friday - week before); Faculty Meeting at 3:20 - Agenda: SPED Data Across the District/PBMAS - Attendance: All classroom teachers, SPED teachers, CAMP teachers, and support teachers. Paraprofessional not required to attend.

Wednesday: Open tech support with Parr 3:15-4:00 in room 405

Thursday: Elementary UIL; SIT Meetings Group #1 (Gibbs, Owen, LeBlanc, Bingaman, Sullivan, Simmons, Hastings, Cooper & McGregor) Brave 3:15-4:15

Friday: 4th grade field trip to Washington on the Brazos; Kinder snow day; Math meetings with Patti cancelled (see note below for date change); Kathryn & Donna out at a district workshop

News & Notes

* New Staff: Welcome Megan McMurry, SPED Teacher, & Elizabeth Thomas, 3rd grade assistant. Elizabeth was added as an assistant due to the 22:1 state teacher/student ratio requirement. A waiver was requested to TEA to allow for an assistant to be added to the team. Welcome Megan and Elizabeth!

* January Math Meetings: 2nd - 4th math meetings with Patti rescheduled for January 22nd. K & 1st math meetings the 29th.

* Football Championship: Monday, January 11th, is the college football national championship! Elizabeth Simpson will represent at the game cheering on her Clemson team! If Clemson wins, we can all celebrate by wearing warm ups! If Alabama wins, we can all celebrate by wearing jeans on Tuesday, January 12th! Warm ups or jeans??? What will it be???

Mustang Yee Haws!

*Congratulations to Deanne on the arrival of her first grandson, Jacob! "Nonnie" is so proud!!!! See picture below.

* E-mail from a parent: ...I'm am very happy that my son is at Greens Prairie Elementary and he thrives! ...Your staff is AMAZING! It is so great to know that my baby is being taught and taken care of by people who genuinely care for him and his education!

I hope you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Very Sincerely,
GP Parent

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