Mustang Message

October 3, 2016

A Principal's Perspective

In studying George Cuoros and the Innovative Mindset. In his book he states, "Innovation always starts with questions, not answers. " In his blog (, he poses several questions to his audience.

Would I want to be a learner in my own classroom?

What is best for this student?

What is this student’s passion?

What are some ways that we can create a true learning community?

How did this work for our students?

As we get to know more about our students, how would you answer these questions? Do the answers we find shape our work as we design lessons for our students? Tracy Brice and I are part of the CSISD Dream Team this year. This team meets once a month in the evening to discuss innovative mindsets and what that means to CSISD. I hope as a campus we can answer the above questions as a school community and continue to explore innovation in our own classrooms and school.

Be Innovative - Design the possibilities!


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Morning Duties of the Week

Morning Assembly (7:20): Parr

Gym (7:20): Gibbs

Cafeteria (7:20): Helfeldt

Bus (7:15 - Buses/ Cafeteria after all buses arrive): Magnuson

Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20): Simmons

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20): Bingaman & Reed

Counselor Schedule: 3rd & 4th

Librarian: at PC

Week at a Glance

Campus Social Focus: Mustang Spirit (video link: ) I Integrity

Monday: 2nd - 4th 6 Weeks Progress Reports due by 8 a.m.; This Week's Afternoon Dismissal Teachers: Bus, Christian Parker (walkers), Car - Meeting 3:30 bus lane area to discuss construction traffic pattern to begin Tuesday, 10/4

Wednesday: Education Foundation Grants Due; SIT Group #2 (McMurray/Neidig, Seagraves/Miller, Weber/Littlefield, Williams/Hastings/Rhine, Parr/Anderson); Training for new teachers 3:30 - 4:30, Tech & Specialist Open Office Hours 3:15 - 4:15

Thursday: REACH: 3:15-4:15; PTO Meeting 12:00-1:00

News & Notes

  • GP Social Dues: Dues are $25 for full-time staff, $12.50 for part-time staff and $15 for paraprofessionals. Please pay your grade level Social Rep. by Monday, October 31st. Please see below for guidelines that guide our activities and gifts.
  • Traffic Changes: The city has informed me today that they are starting the construction of Greens Prairie Trail Monday instead of the two week window. We talked about traffic changes in Campus Council. The new traffic flow will begin Tuesday, October 4th! To quickly prepare, I would like to meet with teachers that have afternoon bus and car duty along with Christian Parker (walkers) at the bus lane area at 3:30 to go over new traffic pattern and logistics.
  • Ribbons & Shirts: The CSHS Cougar Den students will be selling spirit ribbons & Crosstown Shirts (staff) exclusively to GP students and staff on Tuesday & Thursday morning and afternoons.
  • Procedures: I have talked with our students in morning assembly about following GP procedures and routines. This is a good time to refocus on our efforts collectively to reinforce our expectations. To help our students be successful, we all need to do the small things that make a big difference such as be on time to duties, be at morning assembly at 7:45 ready to go, before picking up students at lunch - "cruise" through the cafeteria to be visible, and continue to establish your classroom school family. It does take a village!

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Mustang Yee Haws!

* Morgan Gibbs is safe and sound from her car wreck this week!