Monday, September 5, 2016

4 Day Week!

3 day weekends are great! Especially at the beginning of the school year.  I hope each of you took some time this weekend for yourself and was able to do a little relaxing.  We're gonna jump right into this week!

Week at a Glance

Tuesday - Science Vertical Mtg - 3:30pm Library
PTO Meeting - 5:30pm
Wednesday - Team Leader Meeting - 7am
K-5 Assessment Mtg (all K-5 Teachers) 3:30 - Gym
Thursday - PreK Grant Mtg - 3:30pm - Central Office
Friday - End of Progress Report Grading Period (Grades Due Sunday at Midnight)
Grandparents Day (Grandparents invited to each lunch with students)

TP Time

Make sure to check the schedule to see what TEKS we'll be discussing. Please come studied and prepared.

Tuesday - Kinder (Boenker & Marvel will lead discussion)
Wednesday - 5th
Thursday - 4th
Friday - 3rd

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans should be updated in Google through September 16th


Sheila Nelms - September 9th

Upcoming FREE PD

Here are some upcoming FREE conference/PD opportunities!  Make sure to check them out.  If a group is interested in going and wants to car pool, a district vehicle can always be reserved.

As I find more I will pass them along.  I know that the 4 listed below, I have attended before (or am part of the planning/presenting team) and know they are top notch and worth your time!

EduPassions Online Conference 
Saturday, September 3 -

EdCamp Katy 
Saturday, October 8 -

EdCamp College Station
Saturday, October 15 -

TCCA - Aldine - Keynote is Angela Maiers
Saturday, October 22 -

Kids Deserve It

Here is our chat from last week with Kim Bearden.


Rockstar Educators

Cassie Reynolds - Cassie is one of our 4th grade teachers.  Cassie was selected this week as a rockstar educator because of her continual drive to do better for her students.  Whether it's through trying new ideas, or growing her own learning, or even changing her classroom environment.  Over the last few weeks Cassie had not only 1, but TWO Donors Choose Projects fulfilled to help her in providing a more flexible learning environment for her students.  Cassie has a fire for teaching, but even more so a fire for students and always doing what's best for them regardless of the amount of work it will take.

Debbie Abke - Debbie Abke is an IA in our Life Skills 2 class.  Where do I even begin with Debbie? Her cooperating teacher, Sharon Ganske, had to be out the first week of school and Debbie stepped in and lead that class.  She is always patient, kind, and the first one to step up and help when needed.  Not only did Debbie step up and lead that class while Sharon was out, but she did and EXCEPTIONAL job at it.  I continue to be impressed by Debbie more and more every day.  If you haven't taken a few minutes and spent it in the Life Skills 2 classroom, I challenge you to do that this week!

In Closing....

As the year continue to moves on we'll have rough days.  Days where nothing goes as planned, where the kids don't listen, or where we feel like we're doing it all wrong.  Remember that we ALL have those days.  And it's in those moments of defeat or self-doubt that we have to lean on each other to get through this.  Our kids deserve the best us possible.

Here's a great video that was shared with me about the power of coming together in any circumstance.  What a great lesson this is for our students!

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