Monday Memo

November 16th - 20th

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love. -Washington Irving



Team,


In light of the news we received yesterday, I just wanted to spend a moment to share what is on my heart. Sad things happen to good people all of the time, but when it happens within our own circle, the impact is great. It is a reminder that if it can happen within our community, maybe it can happen to our own families. While we grieve the loss of AJ, it is also natural to look at our own loved ones, wonder what if and feel the anxiety of that as well.


As much as we naturally resist change, grief changes us. I read somewhere that the pain sculpts us into someone who understands more deeply, hurts more often, appreciates more quickly, cries more easily, hopes more desperately and loves more openly. I believe this is true. Grief can help us maintain perspective on so many things. It reminds us of what a bad day really looks like. It shifts cooking dinner for our families from being a chore to more of a blessing. It also cautions us to be present in every moment because there are no guarantees for any of us.


My hope is that through this time of sadness, we draw closer together, be reminded of the significance we have in the lives of our students, and deepen our commitment to making each day count not only for ourselves, but our students as well.


Please look for additional email today detailing our plans for managing the week ahead. It will include information about how we plan to notify the McGowen community, the additional support we will have on campus, what to say to your students, and what to do if you or a student needs support.




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


JL

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Teacher Scales for Reflective Practice

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Bad Dude

This week, we want to recognize Krystal Holguin as the Bad Dude of the Week. Krystal is simply amazing. Her ability to maximize learning time while managing individual learning goals for each student is nothing short of impressive. In addition, she maintains a positive attitude even when situations make it challenging to do so. She is highly organized, purposeful, efficient, encouraging and effective. Her students are blessed to have her, and so are we!

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Shoparoo

Did you know that each week I give out jeans passes to those who are one of the top three participants on Shoparoo? I know that many of you have already joined, but if you haven't, it is not too late. Simply go to www.shoparoo.com to create your account. If you use veft4467 as a referral code, McGowen will earn money for you just signing up. Please feel free to push this information out to your parents as well. Once you sign up, Shoparoo will give you a referral code for your parents to use when they sign up. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year.


Congratulations to Barbara Peebles and Jen Dickinson for being in this week's top three!

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Focus for 2015 - 2016

In order to help every child their personal best, McGowen teachers and staff will:

  • Develop a common language needed to become High Reliability School.
  • Develop an understanding and process for effective Professional Learning Communities.
  • Engage in collaborative team planning and lesson design to promote higher level thinking and student engagement.
  • Present lessons in such a way that students understand and can speak knowledgeably about posted learning and language targets.

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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.



https://www.remind.com/join/mcgowenst

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Happy Birthday!

November

Jennifer Little 6th

Melanie Reeves 24th

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APPRECIATIONS

  • THANK YOU to my amazing Relay For Life Team & to the McGowen Teachers & Staff who purchased the Chili, Cornbread, & Cookies!!! We raised $182.00 today for the American Cancer Society & Relay For Life :) - Sifferman
  • Kelli and Martha thank you for being amazing evaluation staff! We are lucky to have both of you at McGowen. ~Bonnie
  • Jaime, David, Krystal, Sharon and Jenny thanks for doing a great job on your paperwork. Nice to get a positive audit from Greer :) ~Bonnie
  • Jaime, David and Melanie thanks for helping out with dismissal! I know we all run around crazy at the end of the day. ~Bonnie
  • Cohen – Thanks for bringing me snacks everyday! So glad to work with you! You’re so awesome with all the kids! - Bravo
  • Lovell – Thank you for helping me organize 5th grade leadership! I couldn’t have done it without you! - Bravo
  • Chitwood – Thank you for being such an amazing person to work with! You are always making me laugh! -Bravo
  • Vicky – Love you and thank you for all you do for our kids! You’re amazing! -Bravo
  • Ms. Irma – Thank you for taking time each morning to start coffee and supply us with ice. It’s so appreciated! ~Lovell
  • Murrey & JD – Great collaboration this week! ~Lovell
  • Mr. C – Thanks for supplying me with snacks throughout the week and for having a great sense of humor! ~Lovell
  • Melanie B – Thank you for helping me get the upcoming research project together! ~Lovell
  • Bonnie - Thank you for Thursday. It was a marathon mtg, but time well spent. I appreciate you and your perspective. -JL
  • JD & Bravo - Thank you for continuing to cover for me on a moment's notice. I really appreciate it! -JL
  • SL - You are an amazing partner and friend! Thank you!
  • Stacie - Thank you for loving a special friend. He missed you on Friday! -JL
  • Shana Prugh thank you for being such a great role model and so helpful to me! Words can not express how strong and brave you have been and how thankful I am for you. Love & Peace, Laurie Leotaud
  • 1st Grade Team - I am thankful for you every day! Thanks, Laurie Leotaud
  • David Cohen - Thank you for helping me take my students outside on Friday to explore the uses of earth materials. Thanks, Laurie Leotaud
  • Sylvia & Shiela - Thank you for taking time out of your Saturday night for a Google Hangout. - JL
  • Jenny - Thank you for taking the time to talk to me on Saturday. I really appreciated it! -JL
  • JD - Thank you for keeping an eye on the big picture and offering to help where needed. -JL
  • Nick, Shambo, & Amanda — thank you for stopping your own lessons to help all of our 4th graders understand about producers and consumers through a fun game! KWard

  • Trisha— I really appreciate my yummy chocolate “pick me up” snack. You are always thinking of ways to brighten our day, and you did just that for me! KWard
  • Stacie B.— Thank you for all your help with our field trip volunteers, and for always being kind about things even when you are swamped with a thousand other requests. KWard

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Action Items

  • Send Progress Reports home on Wednesday, November 18th

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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.


Vision:

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


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

Beliefs:
  • 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.

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