ECHS Staff Newsletter

Week of April 4, 2016

"Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping."

Julia Cameron

Our Mission

We believe that through teaching and learning, we have the opportunity to impact and positively change the lives of our students. We believe that all students are capable of defining and experiencing success, ultimately building confidence in themselves while instilling a spirit of generosity, drive, passion, and focus. We work in collaboration with San Jacinto College to help at-risk students attain college credit with the aspiration of earning an Associate’s Degree and Distinguished High School diploma in four years.

Keeping It Positive

If the school year is a marathon, we are fast approaching what is commonly referred to as "The Wall". Despite all the training and preparation, "The Wall" surfaces around mile 20-21, and doubt, frustration, colorful language, and the desire to just get it over with usually set in. When explaining endurance feats, I always tell everyone that the battle is more mental than physical. So how do you break through? I've always reminded myself about how far I've made it in comparison to what's left. I replay successful training sessions where things clicked, and I find myself high-fiving and thanking spectators. I learn to embrace the negative and, instead, focus on the opportunity before me.

It is much easier said than done, and it takes work to make this happen (See video below). As I reflect and prepare for the upcoming school year, our journey as a school is also at that "wall" stage: our students express their vulnerability and doubts about how they can be successful, and at times we probably question our effectiveness and yearn to return to what has always worked. On the other hand, we are on the verge of graduating our first class, we've seen success in college courses increase, and we are making strides with students who may have fallen off the map were it not for our consistent attention. We're almost to the finish line, but in the meantime, keep grinding and stay positive! Here are some things to do when negativity creeps in:

  • Write down 2-3 things you are grateful for. Every day.
  • When asked about your day, share what went well.
  • Keep a folder of notes from students, peers, supervisors, etc. as a reminder to why we do this. Revisit this when necessary.

Have a great week!

"Getting Stuck in the Negatives (and how to get unstuck")

  • "Work to see the upside."

Upcoming Events & Reminders

Upcoming Events

  • Monday PLC (April 4, 2016) from 11:25-11:50 in room 129.
  • This week we are on an A-F-F-B-F schedule.
  • Sophomores and juniors will be taking the TSI-A assessment this Wednesday and Friday. We will send rosters out Monday.
  • Juniors will visit Lamar University this Friday. Please see prior communication from Ms. Maxwell.
  • Class of 2020 Pinning Ceremony (April 12, 2016). Please arrive to SJC Fine Arts Building by 6:00 p.m.
  • Internal Instructional Rounds (Week of April 11, 2016). Details will be provided during PLC this week.


  • Be sure to upload your lesson plans through Google Drive. Please see Mrs. Scull if you need any assistance.
  • Please be sure that you are greeting students at your doorway at the beginning of each class and that you are out in the hallways before your conference period.
  • Learning Targets and agendas should be posted and visible in your classrooms.

My Schedule This Week (April 4-8, 2016)

Monday: On Campus

Tuesday-Thursday: Off Campus (T-TESS Training, Region IV)

Friday: Off Campus (Personal)