Nelson's Notes

November 13, 2015

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In October, 2004, a plane carrying 10 passengers crashed killing everyone onboard. The crash gained a lot of attention at the time because the two of the passengers; Ricky Hendricks and John Hendricks were well known NASCAR drivers en route to a race in Martinsville, Virginia. The investigation of the crash uncovered devastating news. The cause of the crash was pilot error. Even though the pilot had tons of data at his disposal, the pilot did not use all available navigation aids when attempting to land. That ended up being a fatal mistake. The pilot, who is trained in aviation, was the one in charge of the plane and the safety of the passengers. Much like the pilot, we have data to use at our disposal. We have students depending on us to guide them in the right direction and land them safely to their destination. We have a multitude of navigational tools available to us but we must choose to use them. Our student data must drive our planning and instruction. If we do not use the data at our fingertips the cause of student failure is teacher error.

We have the knowledge and training to ensure that our students are successful; we must choose to use the tools available to us as we make our instructional plans to help guarantee student success. Here’s to a safe landing!

NBR Cheerleaders Needed

Are you ready to celebrate our National Blue Ribbon honor? We are very excited about our celebration scheduled for Friday, November 20 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. We are looking for 6 energetic cheerleaders! If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to submit your name. We will use the first 6 names. We will have a mandatory practice on Tuesday, Novmeber 17 from 4:00-4:45 p.m. in the gym. Let's go, Knights!

Only 10 Slots Left! Let's Have Some Fun!

The Sunshine Committee would like to invite you to a night full of fun, food, friendship, painting, and beverages! On Friday, December 11th, we will be at Carefree Colors in Plano. It's like Painting with a Twist but only better! It's $18 per person and you select what you would like to paint. Please bring your own appetizers and beverages. There are only 24 seats available due to the size of the venue so sign up quickly! The Sunshine Committee can't wait to see you there!

Click here to attend.

Date: 12/11/2015 (Fri.)

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST

Location: 1301 W. Parker Rd. Unit 110 Plano Tx, 75023

PRIDE Folder & Lanyards

The purpose of our PRIDE Management System is to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment that promotes teaching and learning. We have identified a need for structure, consistency and effective parent-teacher communication to ensure optimal success.

Continue to check PRIDE folders daily and ensure all students have on a lanyard. Following and supporting the plan is not voluntary; it is mandatory. If you have any questions, direct them to administration.

Power Hour/iTime

Every teacher should be providing small group instruction during Power Hour. All teachers should be working with students – general ed and GT. Please be prepared to start and end Power Hour at your scheduled time (see Master Schedule). If you need any assistance with planning and/or scheduling, please do not hesitate to ask.

Grade Level & Team Newsletters

Newsletter should be ready for distribution in each report card (English & Spanish). Please proofread your newsletters for errors. Team leaders are responsible for e-mailing PDF copies of newsletter to campus webmasters (Kate Gilliland & Karen Clark) on the day of distribution (in report cards) and to copy administrators on that email.
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(Info also located on Staff Outlook Calendar)


Annual District Food Drive


Story Time with Parents


Terrific Tuesday Phone Calls

4th Grade Monthly PLC

CIT Meeting, 3:30-4:00

NBR Cheerleading Practice, 4:00-4:45


Waffle Wednesday - Staff Lounge, 7:00-8:30 a.m.

Educational Paraprofesssionals Day


Grandparent's Day, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Native American Program - 1st Grade

National Blue Ribbon Celebration, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

(Computer Lab will be closed from 12:00-3:00 p.m.)


WOW! We've had a busy two weeks!

Bring Your Parent to School Day was a huge success. Thank you ALL for your preparation, hard work and flexibility! Our parents and special guests were very impressed with our implementation of research-based instructional practices.

Veteran's Day was AMAZING and the weather worked in our favor! A special thank you for Patti Jo for facilitating the event and working with our speakers; Krystal for the Display of Veterans; and Ann for preparing our choirs. Great job, Team!

Third grade's Living Wax Museum was "off the charts." Mrs. Betz tweeted. "I was blown away by the great living exhibits." Our 3rd grade teachers worked really hard to prepare our kids for their debut! :)

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