The Cannon Connection

Staff Information & Updates 4/21/14

From The Principal's Pen...

I'm excited to announce that our awesome PTA continues to provide outstanding support for our campus! They are replacing our current Cannon marquee (vintage 1960's) with a new, high-tech digital marquee! Our new sign will have full color video (LED) display for electronic messaging, which will allow us to significantly improve communication with our Cannon families and the community.

This generous donation for our school will be on the May school board agenda for approval. It is scheduled to be installed during the summer, so that when we return for the 2014-2015 school year, we can welcome everyone back in style! I have provided a photo rendering below of what our new digital sign will look like.

Be sure to let our Cannon PTA members know how much we appreciate all that they do for our school!

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Congratulations to the following staff for being selected for opportunities to provide leadership in the district next year:

Tina Berumen has been selected as the Elementary Lead Librarian for GCISD for next year.

Patrick Lollis has been selected to participate on GCISD's VALOR Leadership Team next year.

Way to go Tina & Patrick! Thank you for your dedication to providing leadership for our school and the district. We are fortunate to have you both on our campus team!


Check out the newest resource for Professional Development offerings below!!

Below are some upcoming opportunities for professional development sessions that you will want to check out as you are completing your PLP's for your upcoming summative conferences with Anne & Tona. Check the staff newsletter each week for updated professional development offerings!!

** NEW - JUST ADDED- Summer PD Offerings for all content areas **


Be sure to check out GCISD'S EdCamp opportunity just for GCISD teachers on June 10th from 8:30-3:30!

Professional Learning Opportunities - Assessment

GCISD Technology Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Educator STEM Academy @ FWMSH flyer

Registration form for STEM Academy

Dates to Remember

4/22 Earth Day

4/22 1st & 2nd grade field trips to DFW Earth Day event

4/22 STAAR Math - 3rd & 4th grades

4/23 STAAR Reading - 3rd & 4th; STAAR Science - 5th

4/24 GCISD Dual Teacher meeting - Cannon library 3:30

4/24 Parent Meeting for Existing Dual Language Students - Cannon 6:00 pm

4/25 PLC Week B - 3rd; 4th;1st

4/29 UNT and Thailand guests to tour Cannon

4/29 STEM Leadership Team - 3:00

4/30 Lake Worth tours Cannon's 1:1 program

4/30 Fire Drill - 1:30

5/1 Dual Language Parent Information Night -CTMS 6:30

5/1 GCISD Employee Retirement Celebration - PDEC

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

5/3 GCISD Rachel's Challenge Rally

5/5 - 5/9 Kindergarten Registration

5/6 U.CAN 3:00

5/6 STEM Parent Information Night 6:30 - cafeteria

5/7 Dan Yaccarino- K-2 8:30-9:30; 3-5 1:15-2:15

5/8 Cannon Family STEM Night 6:00

5/9 Field Day

5/12 EMT meeting - 3:00

5/13 CEC - 3:15

5/14 National Dance Like a Chicken Day! :-)

5/15 Fire Drill - 9:30

5/16 PLC Week B - 3rd, 4th, 1st

5/19 Cannon scholars present at School Board meeting

5/20 U.CAN 3:00

5/21 Early Release day K-5

5/22 Early Release day K-5

5/23 PLC Week A - Kinder;5th;2nd

5/23 GCISD Special Programs Lottery Day

5/23 Choir to NRH2O

5/26 Student Holiday

5/27 STEM Leadership meeting 3:00


Our staff S.T.E.M. (Stay Trim, Exercise More) participants continue to stay strong in their weight loss efforts during Week #3. During this week, all participants lost an additional 20 pounds collectively!

The leader board for this week is....

1. Deena

2. Denisa

3. Anne P.

4. Jem

5. Wendy

Keep up the great work and good luck to all S.T.E.M. participants! Click here for Dr. Oz's Best 100 Weight-Loss Tips!


  • PARENT SURVEY FEEDBACK REMINDER - Each team needs to meet to review & discuss the survey results together. As a team, please provide your feedback & suggestions on the Staff Feedback form. I have provided a link to this form below. Each team's feedback needs to completed by Friday, May 2nd. If you are part of support staff, (reading specialist, ASPIRE, counselor, librarian, nurse, technology, etc...) please plan a time when you can meet together to complete this required activity. I will add feedback from our CEC to the document after our meeting this week. Instructions for how to complete the feedback form are provided on the form.

    Click here to access Cannon's results from the GCISD Parent Climate Survey 2013

    Click here to access the Cannon Staff Feedback form

  • PDAS & SUMMATIVE UPDATES- Please remember that all staff appraised through PDAS must complete Sections II & III of the PDAS Teacher Self Report, prior to their scheduled summative. Also, be sure to save your completed PLP documents and documentation of professional learning throughout the 2014-2015 school year in the folder sent to you through an email link to Google docs. You will need to click on save a copy, in order to save it to the folder.


I wanted to update you on some upcoming changes to GCISD's Pre-K program. Below are some details about these changes that will take place next year.

Effective 2014-2015:

  • Glenhope Elementary will no longer have a Pre-K program
  • Bear Creek Elementary will add Pre-K to their campus
  • GCISD will begin a partnership with Child Care Associates (Head Start) to offer a full-day program at TES, CAN, and SLES for eligible students.
  • TES: 2 ISD Teachers, 2 HS Teachers; CAN: 2 ISD Teachers, 1 HS Teacher; SLE: 1 ISD Teacher, 1 HS Teacher; BCES: 1 ISD Teacher
  • GCISD will continue to offer a half-day program for students that do not qualify for the Federal Head Start program.
  • The new GCISD Language Assessment Center to assign Pre-K students to the most appropriate campus. All Pre-K students will register in July.

** Note that with the addition of full-day Pre-K students at Cannon, we will be assigning a classroom to the Head Start teacher hired for Cannon. Also, lunch schedules will need to accommodate full-day Pre-K students.

GCISD Pre-Kindergarten

The long-term goal for the GCISD Pre-K program includes offering a full-day schedule to eligible and tuition-based students housed in an early childhood facility.

Phase 1: 2 years, 2014-2016

  • Create and implement a professional development plan designed to improve the instructional practice in Pre-K classrooms.
  • Develop a Pre-K standards-based report card and assessment plan.
  • Increase Pre-K enrollment with additional communication efforts and a Pre-K registration event in July.
  • Enter a partnership with Child Care Associates (Head Start) increasing our contact time with eligible students to a full day.
  • Create a tuition-based Pre-K program with a partner organization providing the facility.
  • Explore options for providing transportation to eligible Pre-K students.

Phase 2: 3 years, 2016-2019

  • Increase the tuition-based Pre-K enrollment.
  • Merge the eligible Pre-K program with the tuition-based program.
  • The revenue from the tuition Pre-K program offsets the cost of providing a full-day Pre-K program for all eligible students.
  • Open a GCISD early childhood facility consolidating the ECDC, PPCD, tuition Pre-K and the eligible Pre-K program.
  • Eliminate the Child Care Associates partnership and partnership with the organization providing the tuition-based facility.


No time to follow tweets from staff this week? Check them out here! Great job tweeting about the great things going on at Cannon! Keep up the good work!

Laura Green ‏@LauraGreen2014 Apr 18 Awesome regrouping strategy used in @Michelleh340 2nd grade class! Goosebumps all around! @cancubs

Julee Vorachard ‏@Jvorachard Apr 18 The good stuff!;) Thank you @heartinlife ! “@mrsgreuling: Google driving with our scholars @heartinlife @Jvorachard @STEM4th @cancubs

Mrs Greuling ‏@mrsgreuling Apr 18 Google driving with our scholars @heartinlife @Jvorachard @STEM4th @cancubs

The Land of Lollis ‏@cannonelemmusic Apr 17 Carlos and Grant make a performance video. Rubric: … @cancubs @tonataylor #musedtech

Erica Step ‏@EricaStep1 Apr 17 3rd graders loving GoNoodle "wipeout" brain break! #cancubs @Tonataylor

Trisha Goins ‏@heartinlife Apr 17 Congrats to @MeganPettit22 to be the 1st caller w/the correct answer to today's #STEM math challenge! #gcisd #cancubs

Karla Aguilera ‏@KarlaMAguilera Apr 16 Ribbons at GCISD Special Olympics@SubiaLuvina @Tonataylor @cancubs

DenSkiFisher ‏@DeniseSki Apr 16 First Gr. at it again with their watering system for their plants while recording on the iPad @cancubs @Tonataylor

Heather Hagar ‏@Stemscience4u Apr 16

The Gator Boys are teaching us about inherited traits, adaptations and conservation of habitats @cancubs @Tonataylor

Sarah Wolter ‏@Wolter_Sarah Apr 16 Video conferencing with the Gator Boys!!! @cancubs @Tonataylor

Michelle Hall ‏@Michelleh340 Apr 16 Solving math riddles during a videoconference with friends in Virginia. @cancubs @g

TBlizzard ‏@Tonataylor Apr 15 Recruiting next years robotics team at Cannon FLL night! @cancubs @GCISD

Heather Hagar ‏@Stemscience4u Apr 15 Getting ready for a windy day by engineering kites with different designs and materials! @Tonataylor @cancubs

Trisha Goins ‏@heartinlife Apr 16 Great tip @TheGatorBoys "enjoy gators from a distance & carry a stick" #cancubs

Gail Marin ‏@gail_marin Apr 16 Engineering our animal habitats! #cancubs @Tonataylor @aricci1

Trisha Goins ‏@heartinlife Apr 16 Video conference, place value riddles with friends in Virginia #gcisdtech #cancubs @Michelleh340

Riqui Villarreal ‏@CannonCoachV Apr 14 2nd graders all together SPEED STACKING!!!! #cancubs #PhysEd

Tina Berumen ‏@tinaberumen Apr 15 3rd grade @cancubs coding with @LEGO_Education this morning during Engineering! #STEM @Tonataylor

Patrick R. Lollis ‏@canmaestro Apr 15 Ruben and Ben presenting a new procedure to the 4th grade yellow cubs. @cancubs @Tonataylor #musicedtech

GoNoodle ‏@GoNoodle Apr 15 Awesome! MT @JudyReta: Used GoNoodle to energize my scholars this morning. They loved Freeze It. @Tonataylor @cancubs #GoNoodle

Judy Reta ‏@JudyReta Apr 14 Used GoNoodle to energize my scholars this morning. They loved "Freeze." @Tonataylor @cancubs #GoNoodle

Anne Pyron ‏@pyron_anne Apr 14 Scholars making inferences @SubiaLuvina with Pete the Cat, then writing their own Pete story for each other to infer! @cancubs @Tonataylor

Deena Crawford ‏@MrsCrawfordSSS Apr 14 Brain Break Zumba!! @cancubs Thanks @GoNoodle !!

Deena Crawford ‏@MrsCrawfordSSS Apr 17 Making structures with packing cardboard @cancubs #STEM

Tina Berumen ‏@tinaberumen Apr 16 Current @CannonFifth graders training our upcoming @STEM4th KCAN crew for their morning announcements debut!

Mrs Greuling ‏@mrsgreuling Apr 18 Critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and lots of learning "noise" on a Friday afternoon! @STEM4th @cancubs

Sarah ganus ‏@SarahGanus Apr 18 Engineering bird beaks that are adapted to different food types.

KDavidenko ‏@KarenDavidenko Apr 14 Clever way to show what science you've learned into a Brain Rube Goldberg! … @cancubs @Tonataylor

Judy Hockenbrough ‏@JHockenbrough Apr 15 Our class thought this book was a super fun way to remember the importance of punctuation! #cancubs @tonataylor

Judy Hockenbrough ‏@JHockenbrough Apr 14 Using the Story app by Disney to create awesome fairy tales! #cancubs @tonataylor

Megan Pettit ‏@MeganPettit22 Apr 17.@FrontRow gave me the entire math iPad program aligned to #commoncore, for free! They also gave me 5 invites - msg me if you want one!

Megan Pettit ‏@MeganPettit22 Apr 14 LOVE @GetKahoot! It is a great way to practice content with a high engagement level! Thanks @tinaberumen

Diane Norwood ‏@MsDianeNorwood Apr 17 Already signed up! RT @amypint : If you love digital collaboration, you’ll love EdCamp GCISD on June 10! #gcdcchat

Jem Inigo ‏@JemInigo Apr 18 Kindergarteners were given two options: iStation or an Easter craft? Sorry, Easter bunny, iStation won. @cancubs

KDavidenko ‏@KarenDavidenko Apr 17Busy afternoon with Design veterans and new recruits! #soindependent @cancubs @Tonataylor

Laura Green ‏@LauraGreen2014 Apr 18 That lounge wasn't a challenge for the Sp.Ed team! @SubiaLuvina @KarenDavidenko @pyron_anne

Anne Pyron ‏@pyron_anne Apr 16 Multiple exposure to words keeps interest from WANING

as 4th graders learn about Moon Phases. Karate Kid' reference also helps! @cancubs

Anne Pyron ‏@pyron_anne Apr 16 From the documentary, THE ADDRESS, 'Perfect is the enemy of the good.' Reflecting on how this affects our learning. @cancubs @Tonataylor

Anna Weston ‏@AnnaRWeston Apr 16 Learning from The Gator Boys! @cancubs @Stemscience4u @MrsCrawfordSSS @Wolter_Sarah

Riqui Villarreal @CannonCoachVApr 17

2nd grade blue cubs practicing the tire tug for field day!! #cancubs #PhysEd


  • Set a timer and turn in attendance by 9:45-10:15 daily.
  • Continue to collect remaining Student Plans for Next Year forms from students.
  • Give High 5's, Hugs, & Handshakes to 3rd, 4th & 5th grade scholars to encourage them for STAAR testing on Tuesday & Wednesday!
  • Review Anne's reminders for STAAR testing this week.
  • Dual Language teachers attend mandatory meeting on 4/24 - Cannon 3:30 pm
  • Meet with your team to complete the Parent Survey Feedback form by May 2nd
  • Weigh-in for the staff S.T.E.M. Challenge with Nurse Kendra!
  • Tweet throughout the week to share the great work going on @ Cannon!