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Happenings In Panther Nation - January 2019

Panther Pride

This time of the year brings about a longstanding tradition of developing resolutions. This practice typically consists of people identifying an area of improvement, committing to this improvement, and then shortly after, accepting that their dream was bigger than their commitment.

The most common resolutions are losing weight, exercising more, managing debt, saving money, and reducing stress. When setting resolutions, we normally spend time reflecting on negative times in our life to identify areas of improvement. We set high goals, and then we beat ourselves up for eating too much and not exercising because we spent way too much time watching football or binge-watching Netflix! Sadly, I have participated in this yearly ritual in the past!!

Over the last five years, I have moved away from making resolutions and now participate in a selecting One Word to focus on during the year. The One Word discovery is designed for you to identify what is suppose to be done in you and through you during the upcoming year. This process has led me to truly stay focused on improving my life throughout the entire year. During the last five years, I have selected Servant, Relationships, Committed, Brave, and Impact as my One Word.

Similar to past years, my One Word for 2019 found me instead of me finding it. During the last part of December, my One Word kept jumping out at me during my quiet time as I spent time in devotionals, and then it materialized in nearly every aspect of my life. At this point, I knew that this was the word I needed to focus on and there was no avoiding it.

For 2019, my One Word is LOVE! My word was revealed to me in these two scriptures:

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7

As we continue through this year, my goal is to view situations such as these through the lens of LOVE:

· Having a conversation with a student that didn’t meet the expectations of the district

· Determining the implementation, timeline, and impact of future district-wide programs

· Working out at 5:30 in the morning when it is cold and dark (still working on finding the LOVE)

· Having a necessary but difficult discussion with a staff member.

· Not eating all of the Snickers or Mr. Goodbar that is on my kitchen table

· Celebrating our many student and staff successes

After just a couple weeks of this new year, I know that I have come up short in some areas, but the reality is this is about discovering what is supposed to happen in us and through us. It is a journey and not a destination. It is not about success or failure but revelation and growth! I will continue to challenge myself to discover what LOVE is suppose to do in me and through me during 2019!!

I would love to have you join me in discovering your One Word to focus on this year. By clicking on this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9a0UBToUflYYVBRZUg4cjdnSW8/view?usp=sharing you will be able to view the One Word Action Plan.

Later this month I will send out an email that will describe how to submit your One Word and then we will create a district word cloud! I think it would be awesome to see the focus of the Westwood ISD staff during 2019!!


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School Board Update

During the January Board Meeting, the following items came before the School Board:

Christine Bedre presented an overview of Leadership Walks. She discussed the purpose, procedure, and desired outcome of this collaborative process.

Dr. Kyle Penn presented an overview of fraud schemes that are becoming prevalent in schools. He also outlined procedures that Westwood ISD has in place to prevent the district from becoming a victim of one of these schemes.

Mrs. Rosa Perez presented a Primary Campus update. She discussed the Primary program, campus learning goals, campus pilot programs, and upcoming events.

Mrs. Shinnitta Foreman presented an Elementary Campus update. She discussed recent celebrations and campus events, instructional initiatives, and campus pilot programs.

Mr. Stanford and School Board Members discussed the proposed Proud Panther guidelines. Each Board Member will submit suggested criteria for students, administrators, donors, and supporters. Board Members will also submit suggestions for the configuration of the nominating committee. The Board will discuss and approve this document in the February meeting.

Mr. Stanford and Michael Page provided an update from the Facilities Advisory Committee. Mr. Stanford discussed campus visits in Godley ISD and Midlothian ISD and multiple meetings with local organizations discussing the possibility of a May bond election. Michael Page discussed the progress of the Facility Advisory Committee and communicated that he felt confident the committee would bring a recommendation to the School Board on February 11.

Dr. Kyle Penn discussed the upcoming purchase of commercial ovens for the Elementary Campus and High School Campus.

The School Board and administrative staff began discussing the book Instructional Rounds in Education. Chapter 1 was discussed this month, and the board and administrative staff will continue this discussion over the next several months.

The School Board unanimously approved the School Board Election for Place 3 and 7 on May 4, 2019.

The School Board unanimously approved the proposed termination of Michelle Carroll as an employee of Westwood ISD.