Chancellor News and Notes

March 22, 2016

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Happy Spring! Don't get sick!

As we officially swing into the spring months, and enjoy the weather and the increasing hours of sunshine, remember to keep yourself as healthy as you can. There is a lot of sickness going around, in the forms of stomach flu, regular flu, colds, and various related contagious stuff, so think about those prevention strategies that will keep the contagion down. Lots of hand washing seems to be a key factor in keeping away the germs, and hand sanitizer usage and wiping of surfaces with disinfectant wipes also serve as a good defence. Good sleep, hydration, exercise, healthy foods, and vitamin C are also all good stuff you can do to keep yourself healthy! If you are unlucky and catch something, a faster recovery can be aided by a trip to the doctor. Don't put off what you know you need to take care of now.
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Allergies got you down? Or is it a cold?

Sometimes it's hard to know the difference! Especially this time of year, when not only are the trees in full pollination mode, but all the viruses are going around as well! And sometimes if you're like me, you get a full-blown sinus infection that mimics the flu, and antibiotics are required to get rid of it. Check out the chart below if you are unsure about the difference between allergies and cold/flu symptoms, as there are some distinct differences. If you are unsure, you can always go to the Alief Total Family Care Clinic and get checked out. It's quick and appointments can often be made for the same day.
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Professional Development is up!

You can start registering for many PD sessions now on Eduphoria. It's easy to go in and search by title, content, or just scroll through by month. Start signing up now so you will get the days and times that you want! If you are on an Alief U plan as a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year teacher in Alief ISD, you can look up what you need to complete on the Alief PD page.

Summatives will be starting soon, and part of the summative is to discuss what you plan to do to continue your personal growth. Part of this is what you will take for professional development. So when you get a chance, go ahead and scan through what is available and sign up for what you know you need to take. Be proactive in your plan to "sharpen your saw" and add to your toolbox of skills for building meaningful relationships and meaningful instruction.

The links to Eduphoria and the Alief PD page are below to help you out!

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STAAR Buddies- It's Time!!

Don't forget to motivate and treat your STAAR Buddy classrooms the end of this week or next Monday! There will be STAAR testing next Tuesday for 4th grade writing and 5th grade math, and STAAR testing for 5th grade reading on Wednesday. Snacks, water bottles, tissue packages, letters/cards/posters from their primary buddy class, and other motivators are awesome. If you don't know what to do, talk to your STAAR buddy partners to plan it out! The list is still in my office if you need to look at it.

A few timely articles that may help...

This time of year we often realize we are frustrated with certain students (or way before now we have realized it) and we don't know what to do to reach them, or to keep them from getting under our skin. This may be a very disruptive students, or a student who constantly talks and is off-task, or a student who argues. What do you do? How do you continue to work toward building a positive relationship with those students? I have attached three articles that may give you a different perspective, a few ideas, and maybe a nudge to self-reflect.

7 Habits and your Students...

The link below is to the 7 Habits of Happy Kids, which are simple ideas to help students be successful and responsible human beings. The Leader in Me is a book and now a program being adapted for use in schools, implementing Stephen Covey's 7 Habits into the classroom, and it has been really successful, showing marked improvement on campuses in the areas of behavior, school climate, attendance, test scores, and more. It might be something you would like to look into, if you would like to instill more leadership qualities into your students, and grow them to be independent learners and responsible young citizens. Take a look at the website, and email me if you are interested. :)

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