EMS ISD Administrator Newsletter

May 3, 2016


As we come into the home stretch of this 2015-16 school year anxiousness and excitement is rampant in anticipation of Advanced Placement, STAAR and Semester Tests being given these next weeks as well as the changes that always come with the end of a school year. As school leaders, our focus must be on maintaining the direction toward the previous established goals.This is not always easy as the last six weeks of school bring such a variety of obstacles that work to take us away from this core focus. For you leaders, I encourage you to take time daily to reflect, refocus, and rejuvenate so you are able lead in this work that has the greatest impact of all on our children.

I find it interesting that "Teacher Appreciation Week" comes right here at the end of the year. I am a believer that appreciation needs to come every day. As leaders, we should be showing appreciation in the little things done daily. A blog was posted earlier this week that stated the most important thing a leader can give a teacher is time--time to say "Hello," "How are you?" and hold a genuine conversation that may or may not focus on the work at hand. Walking the halls, being visible and saying "Thank you" may not seem like much but are major steps in school leadership.

Brandon Henek (2008) gives us some sound advice in his post "5 ways to be a Naturally Visible Leader."

1. Don’t demand recognition, inspire it.

2. When your team hits a big milestone, commend them publicly.

3. Recognize individuals that go out of their way to help you.

4. When someone doesn’t credit, don’t react in indignation, fix it.

5. Demonstrate your knowledge by contributing and commenting in any forum.

As you navigate these last weeks of school, there are numerous opportunities to recognize and commend others on their work. May you find yourself celebrating them.

To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence ... When the best leader's work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves!' - Lao Tsu, Chinese philosopher

Joy as we are #EMSProud!

Dr. P.

Celebrations at EMS ISD!

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May 19--DLT in AM with EEOC Training & RTI Training in PM

June 6-9: Great Expectations Training (10 Teachers from each Title I Campus)

June 14 & 15: CIR Review (Principals, APs, Coordinators, Directors)

June 26-29---Model Schools Conference

July 4---8--EMS ISD Shutdown Week

July 19-21--INSPIRE 2016--HCTC ---Campus Administrators & Teams

July 26-28: TOT for CIR (Quad D Cadre 1 & Curriculum Team)

Aug. 3-4--Nuts & Bolts for All Administrators -- HCTC

Aug. 8-12--New Hire Week

Aug. 15-19--Welcome Back Week

Calendar of Events

May 2-14: AP Testing

May 2: STAAR US HISTORY, AP Testing Begins through May 19!

May 3: STAAR Biology

May 4: STAAR Algebra I

May 9: STAAR Math--3,4,6,7, Retakes 5 & 8 Math

May 10: STAAR 3, 4, 6, 7 Reading, Retakes 5 & 8 Reading

May 11: STAAR 5 & 8 Science, Nurses' Day

May 12: STAAR 8 Social Studies

May 19: DLT/RTI Overview

May 28 Foundation Academic Excellence Awards Gala HCTC 6:30 pm

June 5: Graduation! Join us for your HS Graduation!

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EMS ISD High School Graduation Ceremonies

Sunday, June 5th, 1pm

1201 Houston Street

Fort Worth, TX

Please join us as we celebrate the success of our graduating seniors on Sunday, June 5, 2016. The graduation times are:

Saginaw High School --- 1 pm

Boswell High School --- 4:30 pm

Chisholm Trail High School --- 8 pm

We would love to have all principals join us for the high school ceremony your school feeds.

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Summer Camps! Have you checked out all we offer here in EMS ISD for our students in the summer?

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