The Cannon Connection

Staff Information & Updates 11/11/13

From The Principal's Pen...

The next two weeks are sure to be a busy!! It's hard to believe that we will be leaving for Thanksgiving break in only 10 days!! During the next two weeks, we will be welcoming several visitors to Cannon, including parents for Family STEM Night, district administrators for campus walk-throughs, and district personnel from Irving ISD and Round Rock ISD who will be visiting to learn more about our 1:1 and STEM initiatives. It is so exciting that others are coming to Cannon to see the great work that is being accomplished every day with our scholars!

I had the awesome opportunity to go to Apple Inc., in Cupertino California last week, with several district administrators for an executive briefing. In this setting, we had the opportunity to learn, but also to share all of the great work going on at our campuses and they commented that our work rivals that of some of the most progressive campuses they work with across the nation!

Kudos to all of you for your hard work to pursue excellence and provide the ultimate educational experience that ALL of our Cannon Cubs deserve! Have a great week! :)


Happy Veteran's Day!

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Dates to Remember

11/11 4th grade Field Trip

11/11 Evacuation Drill 2:00 pm

11/11-11/15 Book Fair

11/12 U.CAN 3:00-3:45

11/13 Picture retakes

11/13 Campus Walkthroughs - District Administrators

11/13 Spring Creek Family Night 5:00-9:00 pm

11/14 Stipes Elementary (Irving ISD) tours Cannon 10:15

11/14 Family STEM Night 5:30 - 7:00

11/15 National Geographic Explorer presentation 4th & 5th grade 9:15-10:00

11/15 PLC Week A - Kinder;5th;2nd

11/18 Cannon 1:1 Presentation @ School Board - 7:00 pm

11/19 Round Rock ISD tours Cannon

11/19 Mandatory Staff Training - 2:45-3:10 Library

11/19 CEC - 3:15-4:00 Library

11/21 Reverse Evacuation Drill

11/22 PLC Week B - 3rd;4th;1st

11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Break!


  • FAMILY STEM NIGHT- Please make plans to wear your STEM shirts with jeans on Family STEM Night on Thursday! Don't forget to post reminders about this fun evening on your blogs, websites, and newsletters. A flyer will be sent home with all scholars in Monday folders and a reminder will be delivered through School Messenger. Be sure to remind parents that the Book Fair will be open throughout the evening, beginning at 5:30. We are looking forward to a fun-filled, interactive family night! Thank you for all of your hard work to prepare for this evening event!
  • STEM LEADERSHIP TEAM WORKS ON SCHOOL CULTURE - At our last STEM Leadership Team meeting, several great ideas were generated that will be utilized to help to support a "culture of STEM" across the building. Ideas included creating street signs for each hallway with STEM-related names, designing posters of STEM Habits of Mind to be posted throughout the building, and creating an engineer showcase area, where definitions/examples of various types of engineers will be featured, alongside Cannon scholar work that matches these types of engineering examples. Stay tuned for exciting changes ahead!
  • SPRING CREEK NIGHT @ CANNON - PTA will host our first Spring Creek Spirit Night of the year on Wednesday, 11/13, from 5:00-9:00. Please encourage your scholars and families to attend, as the restaurant donates a generous percentage of all sales from the evening directly to our school. Hope to see you there!
  • iPAD UPDATES - Please make sure you have updated your own iPad to the iOS7 operating system, according to the directions sent out by Trisha through email last week. If your scholars did not update their devices over the weekend, please make sure you have them do this as soon as possible. It is critical that scholars follow the directions carefully when updating and that they do NOT create a passcode. If a pass code was created during the update process, it is vital that the children and teachers know their pass codes. If you have any questions about this process, please consult Trisha.
  • NEWS FROM GCISD - In case you haven't had time to keep up with news from around the district, there are several new exciting projects in the works! Beginning in the fall of 2014, GCISD will partner with Tarrant County College Northeast Campus to provide a program, known as Early College High School. In this program, students will actually attend classes at TCC, beginning in their 9th grade year. They will take coursework to complete high school and college requirements simultaneously, which will allow students to have 2 years of college credit earned, by the time they complete high school! GCISD high schools will also transition to a new course scheduling system called Arena Scheduling soon. This system will allow students to have more control over their schedules and they can create their own schedules, similar to systems used in college.


HUGE thanks to Tina for her great work to organize and host our first campus Book Fair of the year! The scholars LOVED making their Book Fair wish lists, using the Scholastic Book Fair app this year! Below are some reminders for this week's fair:


Mon-Thu 7:30-3:30

Thu 5:30-7:00pm

Fri 7:30-12pm

Feel free to send students down to make purchases at anytime throughout the day. Also, teachers can still make classroom wish lists! See you there!


Hats off to Julee Vorachard for being selected by Dr. Ryan to be featured in a video that will be used in his upcoming community presentations. The video will spotlight all of the areas of LEAD 2021 being implemented across the district. Congrats Julee!!

As a result of her awesome presentation at TCEA's Region 10 Conference last week, Megan Pettit has been asked to be a guest presenter for an area TCEA instructional technology specialists regional meeting this week at the PDEC. She will be showcasing her presentation, Blogging in the Primary Classroom. Good luck Megan!! Awesome!

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Great job tweeting about the great things going on at Cannon! Keep up the good work!

Check out some of the other staff tweets from last week!

STEM 4th ‏@STEM4th5h

We are honored that our scholars have been invited to partner with UNT for our current PBL. Please take a minute...

Kamala Anderson ‏@Kaminash8 Nov

Cannon Cubs celebrate Veterans Day.@cancubs @Tonataylor

The Land of Lollis ‏@cannonelemmusic6 Nov

Congratulations to Casey Elmore for winning the bike raffle!! @cancubs @tonataylor #cannonchoirs

Mandy Jackson ‏@MrsMandyJackson4 Nov

#kindergarten learning about Native American symbols! @CathaMaples @tinaberumen @heartinlife @cancubs

Luvina Subia ‏@SubiaLuvina9h

Scholars writing about their favorite part in, More Spaghetti I Say!

Denisa Marshall ‏@denisamarshall6 Nov

Using the Talkable 2 to discriminate between preferred and non-preferred items. @cancubs @tonataylor

Mrs Greuling ‏@mrsgreuling8 Nov

So excited to win the Thursday math challenge AGAIN!!! @cancubs @STEM4th @Tonataylor

Gail Marin ‏@gail_marin6 Nov

Second grade dual uses treasure in my hand to retell a story! #cancubs

Judy Hockenbrough ‏@JHockenbrough8 Nov

Mr. Adams, a chemist, shows 2nd grade students examples of the 3 forms of matter. #cancubs @Tonataylor

Sarah ganus ‏@SarahGanus6 Nov

Working hard on our Thanksgiving PBL. Scholars using many Evernote to keep all their data and projects organized.

Tina Berumen ‏@tinaberumen5 Nov

Scholars in @JemInigo and @ireneb2011 classes learning about Native American symbols @Cannonreads #gcisdlib #cancubs

Melanie Place ‏@melanie_place8 Nov

Learning about radiation cans in 3rd grade! @cancubs

Tina Berumen ‏@tinaberumen8 Nov

Our @cancubs have LOVED making their book fair wish lists using the new @Scholastic book fair app #gcisdlib #1to1

Trisha Goins ‏@heartinlife4 Nov

Robotics club was a blast this afternoon! @mrsgreuling @STEM4th #lego #gcisd #cancubs @Tonataylor

Trisha Goins ‏@heartinlife5 Nov

#STEM leadership team using Google Docs to collaborate! Love our Ts moving forward! @Tonataylor #gcisdtech

Cannon Dad's Club ‏@CannonDadsClub5 Nov

Come out and help build the Christmas Parade float. 902 Minters Chapel suite 300. #cannonelementary #paradeoflights #dadsclub

Cannon Library ‏@Cannonreads5 Nov

PreK scholar in @JoannaMussey class sharing his initial car design & final product with @Tonataylor #cancubs #STEM

Cannon Fifth ‏@CannonFifth3 Nov

Geotechnical Engineers take core samples and complete an Earthquake simulation … via @weebly

Riqui Villarreal ‏@CannonCoachV7 Nov

it's fabulous flag football week in the gym!!!!

Cannon Fifth ‏@CannonFifth4 Nov

The Cannon Cubs Choir serenading us at Friday Assembly :)


  • Set a timer and turn in attendance by 9:45-10:15 daily.
  • Send scholars to the book fair!
  • Remind parents about Family STEM Night on blogs, websites & newsletters!
  • U.CAN teams will meet after school on Tuesday 11/12 @ 3:00 p.m.
  • Support Cannon PTA @ Spring Creek Night - 11/13 5:00-9:00
  • Remind parents to participate in the district Parent Survey.
  • Update teacher & student iPads to iOS 7
  • Tweet throughout the week to share the great work going on @ Cannon!