Mustang Message

February 12, 2018

A Principal's Perspective

The day started out with coffee seeping out from the coffee machine onto the counter and floor. What could have been an overwhelming start to the day (lack of caffeine - overwhelming or a crisis? You decide. ) turned out to be a smile moment for me throughout the day. Why? Because as the coffee was flowing - not into the pot- Christian Parker and Michel Piscacek were right there helping. Small talk, laughing, and taking time to clean up started my day just right! Watch the video below. I think it better depicts what I am trying to say. Consider some of the public comments from the video:

  • "I think the point of this is that what it takes is everyone doing a little something. No one in this video did huge things. Still all of those little things add up to a huge impact. Just do what you can."
  • "Every single ... Pay It Forward moment!! They go on everyday, completely unknown, unreported, uncelebrated. But then its not suppose to be advertised. Its suppose to affect the next person down the line!! It knows no religion, no political affiliation, no economic spectrum. It is the ONE thing, every single person can jump in and do!! "

One small moment over coffee modeled what we are about at GP. Maybe someone noticed this and paid it forward during their day. One small act may not make a difference for our school. However, one small act cumulatively may define the culture of our school.

Be Innovative - Design the possibilities!


Morning Duties of the Week

Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20-7:45): Lake

Gym (7:20-7:45): Reed

Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20-7:55): Simmons

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:55): Neidig & Williams

Cafeteria (7:20-8:00): Murphy

Bus (7:15 - 7:55 Buses/ Car Drop Off after all buses arrive): Magnuson

Counselor Schedule: - 4th

Librarian: GP

Week at a Glance

Monday: GP Choir 3:05-4:00; GP Instructional Coach Meeting 3:30-4:15

Tuesday: Imagineers Art Club 7:30; Faculty Meeting 3:30 in Cafeteria (Professional staff that did not attend faculty morning meeting session)

Wednesday: Valentine's Day Party Day! (see party schedule in Live Binder); Sing-A-Long 8:30

Thursday: 4th Grade writing STAAR practice; REACH & Chess 3:15-4:15; District parent meeting about GT for 1st - 12th grade 6:30-7:30 pm Central Office

Friday: 1st grade OPAS @ 10:00; 3rd & 1st switch lunch times; Math Meetings K-4 at conference time; 3rd grade biography presentations in cafeteria 1:30

News & Notes

  • Schedule for Sing-a-Long:
  • Save the Date! The VIPS Luncheon will be on Wednesday, April 18th. The luncheon will be centered around a baseball theme! A grand slam luncheon - get ready!
  • Budget: We are working our way through paper at a high speed rate! Normally we use 20 cases per month. This week we have used 8 cases so far. Just an fyi for all of us to manage our budget carefully.
  • Just a heads up from personnel: Today (Thursday) has marked the largest request for substitutes in one day (228). Friday, February 9 we also have another day with a request for 209 substitutes district wide. This number will increase as we get closer to the start of school tomorrow.

    The good news is right now we have 204 substitutes scheduled to work tomorrow so we will see what the morning brings. Please give a high five to the person that handles your substitutes as they have helped make history assisting 200 plus substitutes today and will probably have the same number tomorrow.

Thank you Mr. Dixon in personnel and to Casey for managing our subs and helping to ensure our classes are covered!

Happy Birthday:

Morgan Gibbs, Feb. 16

Casey Barone, Feb. 17

Marisa Paine, Feb. 18