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Staff Information & Updates 05/02/16

From the Principal's Pen...

You once had a choice,
And you chose to teach.
And every day
It's our Cubs you reach!

You make the difference
In the lives of each child.
Those that are quiet
And those that are wild!

You do it so well,

So seamlessly it appears.

Your intentions are true,

and your talents, revered.

You teach from your heart,
That's plain to see.

You give more than you can

And inspire effortlessly.

Please never forget,
And oh, it's so true.
Our children all need
Great teachers & staff like you!

Happy Staff Appreciation Week!!

Proud to be your principal,

Tona :)


This week, our awesome PTA has planned many wonderful activities for our Cannon staff to show their appreciation for the work of our staff each day!

Here is a weekly planner for some events to help you prepare.

Monday: Start your week by enjoying breakfast provided in the lounge.

Tuesday: Lunch from Olive Garden will be provided for all staff!

Wednesday: Pizza Party for staff today!

Thursday: Comida Mexicana para celebrar Cinco de Mayo!

Friday: Enjoy some BBQ Brisket and all the fixins for lunch.

Our PTA has other surprises planned throughout the week! Be sure to let our amazing PTA representatives know how much you appreciate all of their efforts to make this week special for staff.

Lisa's Coaching Corner

I wanted to take a moment to remind you that your hard work in the lives of our scholars DOES MATTER. Parents do appreciate everything you do, even if they don't tell you! I know you have a heart for kids and I appreciate everything you do to make the @canSTEM experience the best. I found this "One Hundreds Years From Now" reminder that each of YOU make a difference!!
End of the year assessment window opens up on May 2nd. We will be adding our writing assessments to the blue literacy folders stored in Brenda Milum's room. If you have any questions, please email me.

Also, the Humanities will be having their new curriculum overviews on every Tuesday in May. Have you signed up to attend one yet?

GCISD Summer Learning Opportunities


There are some FABULOUS instructional technology PD opportunities this summer that we want to make available for you to attend.

*NEW* The TIA conference in Denton is scheduled for July 10th & 20th. Let Tona know if you are interested - $35 for both days will be paid for you! Check out this conference HERE.

TOTS and Technology, sponsored by TCEA - Frisco from July 24-26. If you are interested in attending this conference, please let Tona know. The registration fee is $279 per person and Tona will pay for the first 3 teachers who send an email to her, stating that they would like to attend AND why! Check out this conference here!

ElementaryCON: EDventure Awaits - Region 11 June 23-24 Angela Maiers will be the keynote speaker at this conference and the learning sessions will be with local master elementary teachers and leaders with a focus on implementing technology in literacy, math and more. Click here to read more about this opportunity. Tona will pay for 3 teachers to attend

iCreate - Region 11 June 20-22. Click here to learn more about this! The first 3 teachers to email Tona to express interest in attending this will have their registration paid for!!


The Texas Wildlife Association offers Outreach Teacher Workshops during the summer right here in the DFW area. These 6-hr courses provide lesson ideas on how on how to incorporate natural resources into classrooms, teach land stewardship, about native wildlife, water conservation and MORE! Best of all? They are TEKS-aligned, appropriate for K-5 educators and are FREE!! Teachers also receive 6 hours of GT update credit for attending these workshops. Chelsea Kennedy has attended several of these in the past and highly recommends them for all staff - be sure to talk to her about them if you have any questions. Click here to register for local courses. Hurry - they are filling fast!!

Dates to Remember

5/2-5/6 Teacher Appreciation Week!

5/2 U.CAN teams meet to plan for YEN

5/3 PLC Week B - 5th grade 2:00-3:30

5/3 Kindergarten Registration/Meet & Greet 4:30-6:30

5/4 PLC Week B - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

5/5 1st grade field trip to Dallas Arboretum

5/5 PLC Week B - 3rd grade 2:00-3:30

5/6 5th Grade GT LEAD Field Trip to Battle Bots

5/7 Election Day - GCISD Bond 2016!

5/9 STAAR testing - 3rd & 4th grade Math; 5th Math retakes

5/10 STAAR testing - 3rd & 4th grade Reading; 5th Reading retakes

5/10 PLC Week A - 1st grade 2:00-3:30

5/11 STAAR testing - 5th grade Science

5/11 National Nurse's Day! Celebrate Nurse Kendra!

5/11 PLC Week A - Kinder 2:00-3:30

5/12 PLC Week A - 2nd grade 2:00-3:30

5/16 Final UCAN to plan YEN

5/16 Cubs Night Out @ Pluckers

5/17 PTA Talk & Tea 7:45-8:30 - A Focus on Literacy

5/17 5th grade field trip to Arboretum

5/17 PLC Week B - 5th grade 2:00-3:30

5/18 NRH20 Music Festival - choir trip

5/18 PLC Week B - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

5/19 Fire Drill 8:30-9:30

5/19 PLC Week B - 3rd grade 2:00-3:30

5/19 Young Engineer's Night 6:00-7:30 pm

5/20 Career Day - K-5

5/23 Author Visit - Candance Fleming (schedule TBD)

5/24 5th Grade College Day!

5/25 2nd grade Awards Ceremony - 8:00-9:00 am

5/25 1st grade Awards Ceremony - 9:15 - 10:15 am

5/26 Field Day!

5/27 Bad Weather Makeup Day - Student/Staff Holiday

5/30 School Holiday - Memorial Day

5/31 3rd grade Awards Ceremony - 8:15 - 9:15

5/31 4th grade Awards Ceremony - 1:30-2:30

6/01 5th grade Awards Ceremony - 8:00-9:00

6/01 5th grade EoY Picnic

6/2 Last Day of School - Early Release 11:45

6/3 Teacher Work Day - last day for teachers!



We are so excited to announce that Jennifer Pettit will be joining our Cannon team next year as a Kindergarten teacher!

While Jennifer may be new to Cannon, she is not new to GCISD. She has worked at the district's ECDC (Early Childhood Development Center) teaching Pre-Kindergarten for several years. She is currently finishing her student teaching in Birdville ISD and will graduate from SFA very soon! Jennifer lives in Grapevine and has children who attend school in GCISD.

Jennifer is so excited about teaching at Cannon and being part of our STEM program. She has been interested in STEM-based instruction for a long time and loved incorporating STEM projects & PBL's in her classes at the ECDC with her Pre-Kindergarten students. During her time there, she maintained a great blog that showcased the STEM learning that was being done in her classroom. Check out her blog to see some of the ways she brought STEM to her young scholars!

Jennifer is going to be an amazing addition to our Cannon staff! She will be here on Tuesday night, at our Kindergarten Meet & Greet, so if you happen to see her on campus, be sure to give her a BIG Cannon welcome!


  • EMPLOYEE SURVEY FEEDBACK Thank you to staff that has already taken a moment to share feedback on the Employee Survey results that were shared in last week's newsletter. If you haven't had a chance to do this yet, please take the time to review the overall results on Cannon's Employee Survey provided below. After reviewing these results, please click on the form below to provided comments and/or suggestions on how we can improve in these areas. Your honest feedback is important! Suggestions & comments you can provide will help make all of us stronger! The input provided will help us grow and improve. Thank yoU!!

    Cannon Employee Survey results 2015-2016

    Feedback on Employee Survey Form

  • LAND DESK REMINDER Don't forget to schedule a time with David, so that he can put the Land Desk software on your computers before the end of the school year. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to do this. Either email or stop by David's office to schedule a time to get this done. It must be completed before the end of the school year. Thank you!

  • REAL SCHOOL GARDEN SURVEY - As you may recall, when we started our partnership with REAL School Gardens earlier this year, we were asked to participate in a pre-survey regarding our use/knowledge of utilizing the garden at Cannon. Please take a moment to complete this brief post-survey for RSG. As a partner school to RSG, this data is very important to their efforts, as well as to provide important feedback for our campus efforts on how to best utilize the garden. When selecting our school, Cannon is listed near the bottom of the list. Please complete this survey by Friday, May 6th. Jeans passes will be provided for all if we have a 100% participation!! Thank you!

  • PARENT HB SURVEY Our school families will receive information in this week's Principal's newsletter about the parent survey for House Bill 5. HB5 requires school districts to conduct a community or parent engagement survey and report results to the TEA. Please help communicate this information to parents. The information letter and link in English can be found here. Click here to see this information in Spanish. Thanks for your help!!


  • Set a timer and complete daily attendance ON TIME!
  • Wear Red, White & Blue on Monday 5/2 and go VOTE!!
  • Enjoy all of the Staff Appreciation treats throughout the week!
  • Review the Employee Survey results & give feedback on the form provided.
  • Add all of the new May dates to your calendars.
  • Review all of the summer offerings in the GCISD Summer PD Smore.
  • Check out PD opportunities for Instructional Technology and let Tona know if you are interested in attending any - first 3 respondents per training will receive free registration!
  • Complete the REAL School Garden survey by Friday, May 6th.
  • Help share information with parents about the HB 5 survey and extended yearbook deadline.
  • Tweet & blog about all of the great things you are doing in your classroom/grade!