Teach Like a Pirate

J.R. Irvin Elementary Weekly Staff Newsletter - vol 25

Mission Statement

We value every student, creating an environment for all to be successful!

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P is for Pirate

Dave and Shelly Burgess wrote a book which is the Inspirational ABC's for Educators. Every week I will include a snippet from the book.


Dave and Shelly Burgess wrote a book which is the Inspirational ABC's for Educators. Every week I will include a snippet from the book.


Y IS FOR YODEL


If we don't tell our story, someone else will. We need to shape the message, create the agenda, and do more to toot our own horns. Relentlessly pitch and promote the positive things that happen daily on our campuses. SHOUT it from the mountaintop!


Marketing, salesmanship, and the art of persuasion are all proper tools in our toolbox. We are all in the P.R. department for education, our classes, and our kids.


Burgess, D. & S. Teach Like a Pirate. (2014). Dave Burgess Consulting. CA: San Diego.

Upcoming Dates


  • 3/22 STAAR Oral Training 3:15pm
  • 3/23 Spring Pictures
  • 3/24 End of 3rd 9 Weeks
  • 3/24 Lead Teacher 3:15pm
  • 3/25 Bad Weather Day/Holiday


  • 3/28 Grades are Due
  • 3/29 4th STAAR Writing and 5th STAAR Math~Wear jeans
  • 3/30 5th STAAR Reading~Wear jeans
  • 3/31 Kinder Program

March Teacher Birthdays

March 4th - Jessica Payne

March 20th - Lori Zoch

Strategic Planning

Check out the district website for the link to the strategic planning process that is occurring in our district now.

The board developed a new vision statement and then the strategic 30 last Thursday and Friday developed a new mission along with belief statements. The next step is action committees that will develop plans under specific objectives.

Link: http://www.midlothian-isd.net/strategicplan/index.html