Friday Focus

From the desk of Christopher J. Blake

Carroll Elementary School believes that by fostering a positive, safe and secure learning environment that includes a comprehensive curriculum and involvement of all stakeholders, all students will be successful academically, socially, and emotionally.

Message for the Week

Did you know, Wolfgang Mozart, one of the most creative musical geniuses, was told by Emperor Ferdinand that his opera, The Marriage of Figaro, was “far too noisy” and contained “far too many notes”? Vincent van Gogh, whose paintings have set records for the amounts they were sold for, sold only one painting in his lifetime. Thomas Edison, one of the most prolific inventors of all time, was considered unteachable as a child. A Munich schoolmaster told Albert Einstein, the greatest thinker of our time, that he would “never amount to much!”


With all of this said, even the greatest minds can be given reasons to believe they are failures. Despite the words spoken to them, they remained positive and they ultimately persevered. When adversity, rejection, and failings came their way, they continued to believe in themselves and refused to consider themselves failures. Most importantly, they chose to develop the right attitude about failure.


Are your words and actions bringing something positive into the lives of your students, or are they instilling a sense of failure? I believe in high expectations. Personally, I feel students will live up to your level of expectation. Be truthful and be REAL with your students. Let them know the expectations you have for each of them and help them develop a positive attitude about themselves…remember…you may be one of only a few positive influences in their lives. The best way to do this is to VALUE, PRAISE and REWARD.

Carroll News

  • Lunch and Learn...Monday, February 8 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
  • The Harris County Precinct One Traveling Naturalist Program will be on campus Wednesday, February 10 from 9 AM to 11 AM to present to our 5th grade students.
  • The TEA visit to CE will be Thursday, February 11 from 7:45 AM to 11 AM.
  • The Friendship Dance will be Thursday, February 11 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM.
  • Instructional Rounds will be held on campus Tuesday, February 23. More details will come soon.
  • As a reminder, college shirts and dress slacks are allowed every Monday. Additionally, college shirts may be worn with jeans on Fridays. Carroll shirts and educational shirts are allowed on Fridays, as well.

Parting Thought

“Every successful person is someone who failed, yet never regarded himself as a failure.” ~John C. Maxwell