Monday Memo

Weekly Campus and Principal Update

Today's Graduation Mindset ~ GRIT

Today's video shares with our students an excellent example of grit:

GRIT: [noun] - 1. persistence and perseverance in the face of adversity.

2. The most critical thing in predicting educational and professional success

Angela Duckworth is a MacArthur Genius Fellow, TED Speaker, Assistant Prof. of Psychology at UPenn whose work in Grit as a measure for success has gained an enormous following.

Follow this link to a YouTube video of Cody Coleman. Share this video with students and have a discussion about grit - what are other words that could by synonyms for grit? This can be a powerful discussion that will encourage our students to finish the year strong! GRIT alligns perfectly with MINDSET ~ you will be inspired!


  • For your classroom discussion, here are some of characteristics or dispositions of Grit:

    • Perseverance and Tenacity
    • Deliberate Practice
    • Ability to Delay Gratification
    • Passion-Driven Focus
    • Self Control and Self Discipline
    • Long Term Goal-Oriented
    • Stick-to-it-ness Under Difficult Conditions
    • Consistency of Effort
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    Bonus Material ~ Hear Angela Lee Duckworth's TED Talk here~

    It's a quick 6 minutes of professional development that you can share with your students.

    It's Counselor Appreciation Week!

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    Our counselors are a phenomenal team, and we think you are AMAZING! Thank you for taking such good care of our staff and students!

    61 Thousand Reasons to Give

    Our employee campaign is underway February 3-14! Plano ISD Education Foundation's annual employee campaign kicked off on February 3 and continues for two weeks. "61 Thousand Reasons to Give" is the new theme for the campaign. Proceeds will impact the lives of the 61,000 students, faculty and staff members of Plano ISD. Please review your email with information from our campus coordinator, Aquil Bayyan.


    Thurs. 2/6: 8th Grade Open House

    • Dinner is served @ 5:15 in the Library Viewing Room.
    • Wear school shirts - no jeans please.

    Tues, 2/11: Staff Meeting in the library at 8:15 or 4:25

    Thurs. 2/13: Leadership Team Meeting - Library Viewing Room

    Fri. 2/14: Last Day for Pledge Forms ~ 61 Thousand Reasons to Give