December 8, 2014

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Dec. 8 - Secret Santa gifting begins. - See Sarah if you need a special delivery or assistance with a gift.

Dec. 8 - Chat with Dr. Ryan - Dr. Ryan will be in the lounge from 10:45 a.m. through 1:15 p.m.. He wants to talk with you about the first half of this year. Tea, coffee hot chocolate and sweets will be served. Please join us during your lunch time.

Dec. 9 - Kimberly Holcomb will be on campus to meet with each grade level and debrief regarding your initial implementation of Think Tanks in the classroom Please bring a completed Think Tank and or Think Tank plans for her to review with you. She will also meet with the entire staff during our after school faculty meeting.

Dec. 9 - 3RD, 4TH & 5TH grade students invited to Middle School Holiday concert 10:00 a.m. cafeteria

.............................Dec. 11- UNT students math rotations........................................................

Rotations will be set up in the Library

8:00-8:40 Vise- 2nd & Floyd - 2nd (45 students)

8:45-9:25 Gribbin - 2nd & Hockenbrough - 3rd (40 students)

9:35-10:15 Marino - 3rd & Duke - 3rd (36 students)

10:20-11:00 Singletary - 4th & Eccleston - 4th (34 students)

11:05-11: 45 Chapman - 4th & Kaufmann - 4th (36 students)

Dec. 13 - Staff Holiday Party - see copy of "Just the Facts" in this Update

Dec.16 - RtI checks with Tonya

Dec. 17 - Michael P. White, Illustrator presentation in the library. Watch your email for grade level schedule.

Dec. 17 - Secret Santa Reveal 3:15 - Library - Refreshments will be served

Dec. 18- PTA/Teacher Holiday Luncheon - Library during your regular lunch time (Tonya & Sarah will do your lunch duty.)

Dec. 18 – Third Grade Musical – evening performance only 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 19 - Third Grade Musical Performance 9:00 a.m. K-5 (Sarah, Tonya and Specials will supervise your classes during the performance so you can prep for your celebrations.) No specials today.

Dec. 19 - Early Dismiss K-5 11:45 - staff 2:00 p.m.


We will be having Tech Tuesdays on the following days:

Jan. 20

Feb. 17

April 14 ( brief and during faculty meeting )

May 5

Most meetings will begin at 3:15 in Lisa's room, unless otherwise specified.

Update on United Way

Last minute contributions have brought our total up to $275.00 good job and thanks again for your support!


Sarah thinks that Sharon and Lisa are awesome! They have scheduled several Tech Tuesdays to help us review those applications that we don't use every day. If you have a request for a review - email Sharon.

Lauren thinks that Tiffany & Jan are awesome team players. Lauren says, "They are so easy to work with and they make life in second grade a breeze. Love you girls!"

Bonnie thinks that Jeanette is awesome. Jeanette let Bonnie borrow her laptop when Bonnie left her's at home.

Second Grade thinks that Leigh is an awesome team player. Leigh put together an amazing performance. The students are blessed to have Mrs. L. Hockenbrough as their music teacher!

Hayden thinks that Raschel is an awesome team player. Raschel is ALWAYS willing to give a helping hand whenever Hayden needs resources and book suggestions for her lessons. Brittany know she can always count on Raschel to get her out of a bind. In addition, Raschel gave Hayden most of her lunch time on Wednesday to help clean out the microwave after Hayden's soup exploded! Raschel is the BEST!

TIME TO CELEBRATE! December 13, 2014 - Just the facts!!!!!

The Vise’s, 1707 Forest Bend Lane Keller, TX 76248

December 13th at 6:30 pm

Catered by Olive Garden - Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm


  • Salad
  • Breadsticks
  • Choice of Lasagna Classico or Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Iced tea
  • Bring Your Own Beverage
  • Teams, please bring an appetizer or dessert to share

Dress is holiday casual

  • Sunshine members free
  • Member’s guest $10
  • Non-members $10
  • Fun & memories priceless
  • Money due to Denise by December 2nd
  • Cash only, please.

Bring white elephant gift for exchange.

Interesting.....Technology: Less Input and More "Innerput "

Do you have too much input and not enough "innerput?"

The Web, the Internet, and all of the new media that has sprung from them , have been a

boon to the information age, making information available at our fingertips

instantaneously. The sheer volume of information now accessible on line is staggering. As

of a few weeks ago, there were more than 21 billion pages on the Web. Information

continues to become more available to more people in less time; from web sites to email

to RSS feeds to Twitter , we have input at an unprecedented rate and volume. Ironically,

as the frequency of information grows, the length of messages shrinks (e.g., Twitter's

140-character limit. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; think of haiku). And, amazingly, the

vast majority of this information is free.

For all its benefits, an unfortunate consequence of this torrent of information is that our

"mental inbox" becomes overloaded. With our minds spilling over with information, our

primary motivation is to empty it as quickly as possible. We typically use two

"information survival" strategies when the inbox fills up. We output as quickly as possible

without sufficient thought to either the incoming or outgoing messages. The obvious

downside to this approach is that your input lacks thorough consideration and evaluation

and your output lacks quality. Or, we are so overwhelmed by emails and text messages

that we simply delete large swathes of messages without even looking at them. The

obvious downside here is that important messages may be missed.

Information overload isn't the only problem with this deluge of data that comes to those

of us who are connected 24/7. Such large and never-ending quantities of input interfere

with our ability to "innerput," a word I created to denote our thought processes in

response to input, including insights, synthesis, judgments, and decisions. With so much

information coming in and the need to get information out, innerput suffers; there is

neither the time nor the energy to adequately process all of the information.

Information is only a tool; it's value lies in how we use it. And information has limited

value, either as input or output, without innerput. Only through innerput does

information become meaningful, only then can it morph from simple data to knowledge

and wisdom . And that only comes when there is time for innerput; stopping in the

middle of this flood of information to think about, wrestle with, challenge, and build on

the information that arrives at our technological doorstep.

Dangers of input and output without innerput can be seen daily. Unfounded rumors that

aren't investigated adequately before they are posted spread across the Internet and are

accepted and remain as "truth" even when they are definitively debunked

later. Information without context limits its value to readers by restricting

our understanding and its meaning to us. One-sided stories without the balance of

another perspective create the illusion of accuracy and correctness. And all of this input

doesn't just describe phenomena that are happening in the world, it also impacts those

very events because we make judgments about and decide on how we will respond based

on these limited data.

For individuals, input without innerput has serious consequences. It means staying on

the surface of information rather than diving deep into its meaning and implications. The

absence of innerput prevents us from taking real ownership of the information and

integrating it into our knowledge base. It also keeps us from transforming the input from

cold and lifeless data into a power plant of insight, creativity , innovation, and action.

At a societal level, the consequences of too much input and not enough innerput are

significant and sometimes dire. Input without innerput is often used as a weapon by

extremists of every ilk against the forces of reason, moderation, and civil discourse. We

see it in totalitarian regimes, fundamentalist causes, and ideological warfare. Drowning

people in biasedinformation is a common strategy used to prevent people from thinking

deliberately and critically about the input to which they are exposed. In a torrent of

information, the best way to survive is simply to accept it rather than resist it.The deadly

combination of a tidal wave of input and the absence of innerput makes people more

vulnerable to misinformation and undue influence.

So how can we swim against the tide of information overload and find the time for

innerput? The answer to this question is really quite simple, but nonetheless far from

easy. The power to control the amount of input we allow in, foster innerput, and ensure

the quality of the output we produce is in our individual hands. Too often, I see people

becoming slaves to technology rather than being its master; I see people being

information junkies who just crave the input regardless of its value.

You control the flow of information in several ways. First, ask yourself what purpose all

of this input serves and whether the typical information you receive each day really

brings something of value to the table. You'll likely realize that you're inputting a great

deal of information simply out of habit or perhaps a concern that you will miss out on

something really important if you limit your input. Ask yourself: Do you really need to

follow people on Twitter or Facebook or check your IMs every two minutes? Hopefully,

this exercise will put your input load into perspective and show you that much of your

input is unnecessary.

Next, choose the input you deem most important and jettison that which doesn't clear

that self-determined threshold. When you commit to input filtering and limits, you will

establish new and healthier input habits.

With your input load reduced and your new understanding of the importance of innerput

(you already knew it intuitively; I just needed to bring it into your consciousness), you

now have the time to devote innerput to the input that you really value. The result? Less

feeling of drowning in information, less stress , more time, more cogent thinking, and

better quality output.


News from Grandma Eccleston!

We have a new family member! His name is Michael Garret Grante, and in this picture you see his big brother, Maddox. Mikey weighed 8 lbs. 4oz. and was 20 inches long. He was born Saturday (November 15th) around 2:36.

Susan Eccleston

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