Teach Like a Pirate

J.R. Irvin Elementary Weekly Staff Newsletter - vol 16

Mission Statement

We value every student, creating an environment for all to be successful!

TLAP Quote of the Week

"Don't fight forces; use them." R. Buckminster Fuller

P is for Pirate

Dave and Shelly Burgess wrote a book which is the Inspirational ABC's for Educators. Every week I will include a snippet from the book.


P IS FOR PIRATES


Pirates are daring, adventurous, and willing to sail into uncharted waters with no guarantee of success. They reject the status quo, embrace the unconventional, and steadfastly refuse to conform. They are risk-takers, rebels, and mavericks willing to travel to the ends of the earth for their educational treasure.

Proudly hoist the #tlap Jolly Roger and join the crew that's transforming education one classroom at a time.


Burgess, D. & S. Teach Like a Pirate. (2014). Dave Burgess Consulting. CA: San Diego.

Teacher of the Week~Thiele

I was born in Waco, the youngest of five children, and grew up in a very small town near there. After I married and had 3 children my husband took a job in Amarillo and we relocated to the Panhandle. While there I watched the wind blow and almost became convinced that rather than the bluebonnet, our state flower was a 4 foot tumbleweed. When my youngest son entered middle school I returned to college and earned a degree so I could teach school. After graduation from West Texas A & M University in Canyon, Texas I was hired to work in the Amarillo school district. The loss of my husband to a 22-month battle against cancer eventually led me move closer to family. I worked in Whitney for 2 years before moving to Midlothian. Now remarried to my husband Joseph, we are finding Midlothian a very pleasant place to call home.

My daughter, April, lives here with her two sons, Austin and Matthew. Brian, my oldest son, still lives in Amarillo with his wife and daughter, Tegan. Matthew, my youngest, lives in Round Rock with his wife and two daughters, Khloe and Rylee. I also have 3 stepsons and 5 step-grandchildren. In my spare time (Ha! I know…) I enjoy sewing, cross-stitching, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and sewing (especially quilts.) Most of all, I love spending time with my family.

Please remember to email your grade level meeting notes to Shannon and Stacee.

Upcoming Dates


  • 1/11 Writing Benchmark Window Opens
  • 1/12 Vertical Committees ELAR/Math 3:15pm
  • 1/13 FSMS Counselors visit 5th Grade at 9:00am
  • 1/14 2nd Grade Math CBA#2
  • 1/15 2nd 9 Weeks Ends
  • 1/15 ISIP Window Closes


  • 1/18 Comp Day
  • 1/19 SATS
  • 1/19 Dr. Ledbetter meets with staff at 3:15pm
  • 1/19 8:00 Grades due
  • 1/20 Writing Benchmark Window Closes
  • 1/21 2nd Grade Program at 6:30
  • 1/21 3rd Grade Math CBA#2
  • 1/22 5th Grade Math CBA#3


  • 1/26 SATS
  • 1/26 Vertical Science Meeting 3:15pm
  • 1/27 5th Grade Science CBA#1
  • 1/28 Meet with 3rd, 4th and 5th during conference periods about STAAR testing

January Teacher Birthdays

January 2nd:Erin Roberts

January 9th: Jeanne Ray

January 24th:Dora Rodriguez

January 31st: Tammy Harkrider

Strategic Planning

Check out the district website for the link to the strategic planning process that is occurring in our district now.

The board developed a new vision statement and then the strategic 30 last Thursday and Friday developed a new mission along with belief statements. The next step is action committees that will develop plans under specific objectives.

Link: http://www.midlothian-isd.net/strategicplan/index.html