September 16th, 2016
Mercy and Justice
I do not believe that fairness is treating everyone the same. I also do not believe in separating a child's home life from their school life, so that implementation of consequences becomes easier for us.
The reason we have HERO - and the reason we tend to know what is going on with our kids - is what makes us different than other places, and as long as I am the principal, that will never change.
Don't expect a kid that's been abandoned by their mother or father to be deferential to your authority. You can expect that all day long - you can also see how long it takes to put your head through a wall. We have to teach trust and respect at times - and the office is frequently the place where that happens. In fact, sometimes it is where it has to happen.
As a teacher - you may be staring at as many as 30 kids - it is not fair to 29 kids that 1 should always control the atmosphere. Those children are the the most frequent office visitors, and I've always told y'all that if your ears turn red thinking about a kid - we need to know.
When it's "justice" time - ask yourself if you want punishment for vengeance or because it's what's best for the kid, the classroom, and the atmosphere.
Be what you are expecting.
I know many of you already know, but Ryan Brown's campaign to bring Prostate Cancer Awareness to the NFL is getting even bigger....the KC Chiefs sent him a bunch of gear!
8th grade history is tackling John Locke this week.
The kids are having a blast doing the different geographical areas of Texas.
September 20th: Meeting for Melton off campus - Archery Parent meeting at 6:00 p.m.
September 21st: Hoff with Stahlman in a.m. - back at lunch
September 22nd: First Pep Rally!!!! JH Football @ home vs. Brownsboro
September 23rd: PAYDAY!!!
September 24th: JH Volleyball "B" Team @ Wills Point
It's 7:55 and look who is at work!
Y'all know we like to give them responsibility outside of the normal school stuff - they will be better people because of it!
The girls have a lot less drama once they have done some yoga. Good job Coach Arrington!
7th graders won their tournament last Saturday and both games on Monday. 8th graders got 3rd and won both of their games as well on Monday - it's been a great start to the season!
Thursday was our first home football games. Twin Day!!! Can't wait until the first pep rally.
Several of you will be walking through Life Skills on your teacher walkthroughs. I'm ready for those reflections when the time comes.
Badges - are not optional. I've been the worst one about this, but will remedy it immediately. Everyone in this building must wear their badge everyday - this is a big part of our Emergency Procedure, so we need 100% compliance.
T-TESS Goal Review - You have all submitted your goals (as of last Friday), you will be receiving an email from Melissa about your meeting time with me next week, so that we can review them. This is a required part of the evaluation process moving forward.
6 Weeks Grading - All of you should have read Mrs. Hoffmeyer's email about eligibility. At the 3 week point we had 250 progress reports. We cannot treat the 6 week point as if it's the 3 week point. If we do, enough of our kids will be ineligible that we shouldn't even bother competing. Treat the 6 week period like you normally do - if you drop a grade, drop a grade. If you allow for a retest, then allow for a retest. A kid can now become ineligible at 6 weeks and 9 weeks - this is the biggest hurdle for most districts changing to a quarterly policy. Again - with the grading policy only containing 10 daily grades and 3 test grades - this means grades count more. Let's make the beginning of this quarterly grading period as smooth as possible - if you have concerns, see me or Maegan.
Exchange/Compliance - If you have not finished this, take care of your business. You will get docked for Exchange days, but Compliance is state of Texas - that is a condition of you remaining employed. We have two weeks left, but get this done as soon as you can.
Thanks to alumni Caitlin Ashworth for donating her time on Tuesday to give some free haircuts.
The kids are already presenting some of their papers on "Friends". Great stuff.
Last night was a great night vs. Lindale - thank you teachers that came - I saw Mr. Howell, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Pannell, Mrs. Sewell, Coach Yager, Coach Arrington, Ms. Batres, Ms. McDermott, Mrs. Martin - and of course Mr. Morrow and Mrs. Reed - if I forgot anyone let me know! These nights are great opportunities to bond with our students!
The girls did fantastic in their first performance - thank you Mrs. Crystal Thompson
7th grade cheerleader girls did fantastic - Boys, you need to work on it a little.
8th Grade "A" Warming Up
The boys showed a lot of heart last night against a good Lindale team - they played a little sloppy but never gave up - we were losing the entire game until :20 seconds left in the 4th - Bailey pass to Maldonado - Lions Win!
Obviously, in our building, we have major academic responsibilities toward the students - we also want to keep other things in mind as we prepare them for high school.
As adults, we are mostly near the top of this continuum - 10% of our kids are nowhere close to the top and this creates a gulf in understanding each other.
We all had to learn this in education classes - watch the video for a reminder.
STAAR is incredibly important - but (like we normally talk about) if we want critical thinkers - we have to be mindful of other things as well.