Jackson Elementary

Volume 3/Issue 17 January 11, 2016

Cockrell's Corner

Greeting, everyone! I think winter is finally here! As I've been reading The Innovator's Mindset, it's made me think about student engagement. These days it's tough to keep our students excited about learning. We're under a lot of pressure from the state, and our kids now are so different than we used to be as students. I'm so lucky that many of you take risks and try new and different ways to teach the TEKS. Ask yourself, "would I want to be a student in my own class?" If the answer is yes, you're on your way to huge success. Keep it up and have fun every day. Your kids will respond and learn.

Have a great week.

Carthledge's Chat

More than 45 years after his death and 50 years after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s stirring words and writings remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he lived.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this coming Monday with fifteen of his most poignant quotes—some you may have heard already and some you probably haven’t—but all of them worth repeating and contemplating on this holiday of remembrance, service, and equality.


1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

4. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

7. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

8. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

9. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

10. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

11. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

12. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

13. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

14. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

15. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Duty Reminder.....

This Week of 1/11/16


  • Bus/Gym- Shaw
  • Cafeteria- Pyle
  • Cafeteria- Weldon
  • Gym- Martin



Next Week......1/18/16

  • Bus/Gym- Parra
  • Cafeteria- Lloyd
  • Cafeteria- Orozco
  • Gym- McMillian

Upcoming Events

  • 1/12 Spelling Bee
  • 1/12 Tech Tuesday
  • 1/13 Team Leader Meeting
  • 1/14 1st Grade Field Trip to the Outdoor Learning Center
  • 1/14 5th Grade Field Trip to the Middle School
  • 1/15 Career Day for 3-5th grade
  • 1/18 MLK Holiday
  • 1/20 PLC meetings
  • 1/21 Data Meetings during planning
  • 1/22 Coffee Talk hosted by Third Grade
  • 1/22 Second Nine Weeks Spirit Assembly
~ K-2 @ 8:40am

~3-5 @12:40pm

  • 1/26 AVID meeting in Mrs. Arthur's room
  • 1/27 Author Visit by Steve Swinburne
  • 1/27 Staff Meeting
  • 1/27 Parent Meeting @ 6-7pm

January Birthdays

Beth Martin 1/15

Shelley Lloyd 1/17

Amanda Blumenberg 1/22

Rachel Goldsticker 1/27

Reminders to include in your grade level newsletters

  • Remember to talk up the Jackson Bookworm Challenge.
  • Remind parents to help students learn their ID numbers
  • Tardy bell is at 7:45 am
  • If they are planning to change the way their student is going home it needs to be done by 2pm