Leading the pack in education
May 16-20 Book Fair Week
May 16 House Meeting (Activity #5)
May 16 Choir at Sandy Lake
May 16 Faculty Meeting Cenergistic
May 17 Second Grade at UTA
May 17 EOT Collaboratives
May 18 Speech Pathologist Day
May 18 LPAC Meetings
May 19 PLC/Art Day
May 19 EOY Collaboratives
May 19 Kindergarten Information Night 6-7 (Inside Gym)
May 19 Family Book Fair Night
May 19 Choir Performance 7-7:30 (cafeteria)
May 20 Fine Arts Day
May 20 Husky Harmonics at the Good Place 4-4:30
May 23 House Meeting (Activity #6)
May 24 2nd-5th Social Studies CBA
May 25 Carrier Day in Specials
May 25 Pre-K Graduation in the Cafeteria (8:30 and 2:00)
May 26 2nd-4th Science CBA
May 26 Kindergarten Graduation in Cafeteria 1:30-2:30
May 27 Field Day
May 30 Holiday
May 31 Student 1/2 Day End of Year Party Day
June 1 Student 1/2 Day Special House Meeting: Whole School
Someone is very likely to play School's Out Forever over the intercom after all studnets have left
June 2 Teacher Last Day of School
Taking a cue from Kid President...
Thank you so much for all the hard work and energy you put into your calling. When I walk through our school I see students growing, smiling, and enjoying themselves. I appreciate the extra efforts you make to create micro moments for your student. I value the joy you bring into our building, how you react with grace, and remain focused on the positive even in the face of adversity.
There is nothing more valuable to students success than a school unified to support and uplift them. I am so grateful to work with staff who is committed to this unity, always working to improve their practice, supporting each other, sharing positive words of affirmation, and encouraging everyone to make the world a better place through our words and actions.
"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." -William Shakespeare
All teachers and staff who works with students, please complete this 10 minute survey by this Friday the 20th. Thank you
Creating a Culture of Curiosity
This week’s curiosity definitely took some time to build. Click on the link to find some great images of sticks of gum stacked to look buildings. Super Interesting!
1. Pick a time to show the curiosity. The beginning or end of your day, or right before lunch would be perfect. You only need a few minutes.
2. Show the curiosity. Maybe say, “I want to show you something cool.”
3. After, ask students for their questions, comments, and connections. Maybe write them down in a unanswered question binder.
4. Don’t make them do any work to find the answers. If kids want to find the answer, they’ll find it on their own time. If not, then maybe it just wasn’t that interesting to them. And that’s fine.
5. Over time, your kids will get more comfortable being curious in your class.
(The BEST GT Interventionist Ever!!!)
Big shout out to 2nd and 3rd grade teachers who noticed and reported individuals lurking by the fences. 99% of the time this is nothing, but we always want to check up on any scenario that might be a safety concern for our students. Continue to be vigilant with monitoring at recess.
Thank you everyone for making safety a priority at recess. This is such an important part of our students day and below is what we believe about recess.
- Recess is a necessary event in the day and should not be withheld for academic or punitive reasons.
- Recess offers important breaks from concentrated classroom work, which allow children to be “more attentive and more productive in the classroom.”
- Recess promotes social and emotional learning and development through peer interactions in which they practice and role play essential social skills. Children learn negotiation, cooperation, sharing, and problem solving, as well as coping skills, such as perseverance and self-control.
- Recess offers benefits that are unique from, and a complement to, physical education — not a substitute for it.
- Recess can help offset risks to childhood obesity that supplements, not supplants PE.
Campus Sign Out
TAGT on Demand
Birdville’s license to TAGT Online classes will expire on May 31st. If you are currently taking classes for your update hours please try to finish them. The license will be renewed during the summer. Remember to submit your completed hours to Eduphoria.
There are several opportunities this summer for GT hours. At my meeting last Friday, the department decided the station trainings could count as 6 hours, if teachers design and implement stations during the 2016-2017 school year. I would highly recommend any of these courses!
Stations for GT and High –Level (K-2) (3 Hour Update)
Gifted and Talented Interventionists will work with teachers of grades K-2 in developing stations with accountability for high-achieving and gifted students.
FAAC Room C
HHS Omni Room
Stations for GT and High –Level (3-5) (3 Hour Update)
Gifted and Talented Interventionists will work with teachers of grades 3-5 in developing stations with accountability for high-achieving and gifted students.
FAAC Room C
HHS Omni Room
Habitudes for Genius Learning (6 Hour Update)
Administrators and K-12 teachers
Angela Maiers, nationally known keynote speaker, will present a workshop on how to apply the 7 habitudes (imagination, curiosity, self-awareness, perseverance, courage, adaptability, and passion) to 21st century classrooms. She will offer teachers activities, tools and strategies that appeal to 21st century learners.
Online Campus Transfer Requests: March 21 - Summer
I have 2 primary goals as a principal and I see these as overlapping priorities: for every student to receive the best possible education and for every adult I serve to love doing this. If you for any reason would like to transfer to a different position, grade level or school- please let me know and I will do everything I can to help you. Please come ask me if you have any questions. Thank you
Reminders and Focus
The gates will be locked during school hours and can be opened by your key. During the school day (7:30-4:00 on none Aspire days: 7:00-6:00 on Aspire days) these gates are to be treated like an exterior door. Adults and teenagers should not enter these and should go through the main doors, even at dismissal.
- Our goal is to be level 3 (or moving close to it) in most areas on the district rubric for TEKS centered teaching. I have seen many great examples of students interacting with the TEKS in class. Be sure to not only post them, but have discussions so that students understand the goal of their learning.
- Continue to build strong, positive relationships with all the students. Smile often. Choose to see the good and positive. Focus on growth and celebrate often. Nothing is more helpful in the learning process than the effects of trust and joy.
- PLC's should be meeting weekly to answer the 4 questions. Common Formative Assessments should done after mapping out the six weeks, then planning for learning should take place. If you need any support in this, please contact our coaches, Erin, and myself.
- Rigor, relevance, and engagement strategies should be focus on when planning student learning tasks.