Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

It's hard to believe that 2016 is finally at a close.  What a crazy year it has been.  One of my favorite parts of every year is looking back on the year to remember what things took place in my life personally, professionally, across our country, across the world, and more.  I love reflecting and finding areas that I want to change or grow for the next year.

Sometimes looking back on a year can be filled with tough memories too.  Memories of family members lost, lives changed by unexpected circumstances, or more.

2016 was a crazy year for us as a campus.  We finished our very first year as a Prek-5th grade campus.  We stayed on the IR list, but made some positive progress. We survived a flood and not being able to have a final day of school.  We implemented our first ever House System.  We completed our first ever T-TESS evaluations. We built relationships, proved we were more than test scores, and allowed the world to hear our story as we shared it through social media.

And of course there were some bumps along the way, as there always will be!

But when I look back at the year of 2016 and look at myself professionally, I see many ways I want to grow.  Because of many circumstances this school year I haven't been as visible as I would like to be.  I haven't gotten to read to as many classes.  I haven't gotten to team teach as many lessons.

Sometimes we can be our hardest critics, and when I look back at 2016 I see many ways that I want to continue to grow into the leader all of you deserve.  Being in only my third year as an administrator, the fact that I have much to learn has never left my mind. 

I am so incredibly proud of the work that I saw take place in 2016 and I know 2017 is only going to get better as we all learn, connect, and grow together.  So here's to a New Year!  Here's to feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle the world!  Because together, with each other's help and support, we can truly change this campus more and more.

Week at a Glance

Monday - School Holiday
Tuesday - 8am-11:30am - K-2 - F&P Training (Webb)
                 8am-11:30am - 3-5 - Assessment Writing (Webb)
8:30am - PreK Teachers and PreK IAs have HWT Training at Central
                 8am - Music Teachers Meet at Webb
                 12:30pm-4pm - K-2 - Assessment Writing
                 12:30pm-4pm - 3-5 - F&P Training
Wednesday - 8am-11:30am - K-2 - F&P Training (Webb)
                 8am-11:30am - 3-5 - Assessment Writing (Webb)
                 8am - Music Teachers Meet at Webb
                 8am-12pm - SPED, Camp, and IAs Master Gardener at Brule
                 12pm-2pm - Admin will be off Campus
                 12:30pm-4pm - K-2 - Assessment Writing
                 12:30pm-4pm - 3-5 - F&P Training
Thursday - Students Return

TP Time

Thursday - 4th Grade
Friday - 3rd Grade

Growing Together

One thing that has been on our list to do this year is to find ways to grow together as a staff outside of our grade levels.  One way that we've come up with an idea is to offer some different things for you to join if you'd like to!

Weekly Workouts

Starting this week, every Tuesday and Thursday at 4pm we will be putting on a Work-Out video in the Gym.  If you'd like to spend 20-30 minutes (or whatever you're comfortable with) working out, come join us! If you would like calendar reminders about the Work-Out, please sign up HERE.

Bible Study

Starting this week too, every Wednesday Morning at 7am, we'll be having a weekly Bible Study for anyone who would like to join.  It will take place in the TP Room.  If you would like calendar reminders about the Bible study please sign up HERE.

Monthly Get-Togethers

We're going to be starting Monthly get togethers in the evenings!  Things from Painting with a Twist, to bowling, to ice skating, and more!  Just opportunities for us as a staff to bond together outside of school.  These will always take place after a pay-day to alleviate any financial stress.  The first one will take place Tuesday, January 31st! Activity to be announced soon, but mark your calendars if you'd like to join!

Grade Level Meetings

I (Nesloney) would like to briefly meet with grade level teams at some point during January 3rd or 4th.  Team Leaders, please email me a time that works best for your team, as I'd only like to take 10-15 minutes.  I want to talk Priority Money, needs, and expectations. 3rd-5th Grade Teams please come prepared to discuss your plans on working with the data from our Benchmarks and the expectations from Delic.


Konnie Harber - January 8
Evangelic Sipp - January 8

Kids Deserve It

Here is Episode 53 with first year teacher Jordan Potrzeba

KDI 2: Stories from Webb

Also remember to be thinking about something you would like to submit for the new book. Stories, ideas, lessons learned, experiences, favorite lesson, best strategies, failures, and more!  I want this book to feature ALL of your voices, so it doesn't matter what role you hold on our school, you are a vital part to our story!


Rockstar Educators

Darla Davis - Darla is one of our 3rd Grade ELA teachers.  I am so thankful we were able to steal Darla away and get her to join our team this year.  Darla brings so many creative and fun ideas into her room.  She is also someone who does an EXCELLENT job at using different strategies to encourage her students using her whole class.  It's always fun to watch Darla teach and the excitement she brings to her classroom.  I am so thankful that we have teachers like Darla who are passionate about teaching AND connecting with kids.

Dorothy Sargent - Dorothy is one of our PreK IAs.  Dorothy is someone who is always smiling and in a great mood, even when she's having to fake it.  I love watching Dorothy interact with kids as well cause she does such a good job at truly getting on their level and meeting them where they're at.  Dorothy never complains without a solution and is always ready to step up any time anyone asks for help.  I am grateful for the example Dorothy sets for our kids and the amount of time she spends connecting with them.

Lisha Crawford - Lisha is one of our First Grade teachers.  Lisha is in the midst of her second year as a teacher  and the growth I've seen in her has been mind blowing.  Lisha is never satisfied with status-quo or just being good enough.  She is always looking for ways to grow and get better and do more for her students.  Lisha is also great at bringing in others to her ideas and not just hoarding things for her classroom.  It's a blessing for us as a campus to have leaders like Lisha working alongside us!

In Closing....

This week as I meet with teams I'm going to be talking about your "One Word".  So begin thinking.  What is that one word you want to use to describe your 2017.  What one word do you want to keep as your reminder, your push, your guide forward.  Begin thinking of that "One Word" and be ready to share at Team Meetings this week.  All other staff I will be meeting with groups throughout the week to talk your "one word" too!

Every day is only as good as we choose to make it.  We have a choice to wake up, leave our mess in the car, and bring our best for the kids.  It never is easy, but it is so worth it.

Let's make 2017 the best year yet!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

We Can Do This!

5 more school days! Well technically 4 and 1/2!  I've never been a fan of teachers publicly celebrating breaks, as I know it sends a bad message to those who aren't in education. BUT, I know we ALL are ready for some R&R!

The holiday season always seems just a little more crazy than the rest of the year.  I have been so impressed by the consistent hard work you all are putting in, and you have definitely earned a break!

So let's go out with a bang this week and bring our best for our kids! They deserve it!

Week at a Glance
Monday - 3rd/4th/5th Grade Math Benchmark
Staff Meeting - 3:45pm
School Board Meeting - 6:30pm
Tuesday - RTI Meetings Begin
UIL Ready Writing
Reading Vertical - 3:30pm - TP Room
Wednesday - 3rd/4th/5th Grade Reading Benchmark
Thursday - House Games - 2:15pm
Christmas Concert - 6pm - Brosig Auditorium
Friday - Grades Due - 3:45pm
Early Release - 12:00
Ugly Sweater Christmas Party - 12:45pm - Cafeteria
Meet the New Superintendent - Mandatory - HS Cafeteria - either 1:30 or 2:00 (more info to come)


3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will be taking their Math and Reading Benchmarks this week.  HERE is the schedule of who we'll need.  It will be all hands on deck.  The tabs at the bottom correspond with the correct days.

Staff Meeting

We will have a staff meeting at 3:45pm on Monday. If you received an award in November, please bring it and be ready to give it to someone else!  After awards, support staff can leave, while the Teachers will have an afternoon of learning from others! I'm excited about the things planned by the teams involved!

House Games

House Games are on Thursday this month because of the half-day! Final time to earn points before we announce the Semester 1 winner!


Grades are due FRIDAY for report card 2.

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

We are having food catered for our Christmas Party on Friday.  It'll be tacos, rice, and beans! Don't forget that Friday is our Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! We hope to see tons of Christmas Sweaters.  We will also announce our Secret Santas at the Party and play a game or two!

New Superintendent

There is a mandatory district wide meeting of the new Superintendent on Friday after our party. The original email announced it was at 1:30, but there is a possibility of it moving to 2:00pm since several of the campuses had things planned.  I will keep you informed of the exact time.

School Will Be Closed

The school will be CLOSED December 19-23. You CAN NOT be on campus those days. They are cleaning floors and other things.  NO STAFF will be allowed on campus those days.  Go home. Enjoy your break.

January 3rd and 4th

January 3rd and 4th are inservice days.

Both days K-2 will be in F&P Training from 8-11:30 and Assessement Writing from 12:30-4:00
Both days 3-5 will be in Assessment Writing from 8-11:30 and ELA Teachers F&P Training from 12:30-4:00


Dec 18 - Joni Leonard
Dec 20 - Aaron Marvel (the big 3-0)
Dec 22 - Cewilla Thomas
Dec 24 - Sandra Smith

TP Time

This week you get to ENJOY your TP time and just relax a little!  BUT please show up for morning duty :-)

Monday - No one (But 2nd Grade please help with duty)
Tuesday - Kinder
Wednesday - No One (But 5th please help with morning duty)
Thursday - 4th Grade
Friday - 5th Grade (but 3rd Please help with morning duty)

Kids Deserve It

Last day to get a KDI Hoodie/Baseball Tee/or VNeck for December is TOMORROW (Sunday)

All of us in the office hope that each of you take time out during Christmas break to truly refresh! You deserve it!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tis The Season

As you can tell, everywhere you look, the Holiday season is in FULL swing.  Christmas music everywhere, decorations, excitement, and more!

But as we've talked about before, holidays for some are just the opposite.  For adults and kids alike, sometimes the holidays are filled with bad memories, reminders of those we've lost, expectations unfilled, worries, and more.

As we are in the midst of this time let us focus on being patient with those around us.  Let us keep growing our kiddos in a strong foundation in education while still offering opportunities for them to give back and grow emotionally.

Week at A Glance

Monday - Nesloney Out
F&P and MobyMax Middle of Year Testing Begins
Tuesday - Nesloney Out (1/2 Day AM)
Books & A Blanket will be here (won't affect any schedules)
K-2 Going to GBL - Brittany Taylor will be attending as Admin
Science Vertical Mtg - 3:30pm - TP Room
Wednesday - Team Leader Mtg - 7am
Delic and Becky on Campus - Mtg only with 3rd-5th and Admin
Picture Retakes
Thursday - 4th Grade Writing and 5th Grade Science Benchmark (schedules will be sent out soon)
Ident-A-Kid on campus
Christmas Family Movie Night - 5-8pm
Saturday - Navasota Christmas Parade - 6pm

Navasota Christmas Parade

In an effort to be more visible in the community we are going to be taking part in the Navasota Christmas Parade.  We will have 2 trailers there.  We have to put some lights on the trailers as all floats must be lit to go with the their theme (Home for the Holidays).  We would love to have as much staff there as possible.  We are all going to wear our House Shirts!  Alcantara and Charlie (Jessica's Boyfriend) will provide the trailers.

If you have a generator for us to use for the Christmas lights on the trailers that would be awesome! The parade starts at 6pm so we'll probably need to be lined up by 5:30 (but they're giving us more details later this week).

The actual events go on all day though so you can be there earlier if you'd like.  We'll send a letter out to our students on Wednesday.

Staff Christmas Party

Please remember our Staff Christmas Party is the last day of school (Dec 16) at 1:15pm.  We will be providing lunch. It is an Ugly Sweater day!  So please be looking for one and wear it that day!

Also don't forget about your Secret Santa!!


Please work to make sure all F&P Testing is done by the end of this week.

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans should be updated through the rest of this month as we will be looking at them with Delic and Becky.

House Shirts

If kids ask, once they turn in a House Shirt order form, it could take up to 3 weeks to get their shirts.  We're getting them as quickly as we can.

TP Time

Continuing work with lessons.  Please bring a lesson and TEK

Monday - No One
Tuesday - Kinder (Marvel or Boenker will lead)
Wednesday - 5th Grade
Thursday - No One (Benchmarks)
Friday - 3rd Grade

Kids Deserve It

Many have asked about sweatshirts! They're back! (more colors will be available on Monday, sorry not Purple or Yellow).


Rockstar Educators

Marylee Argueta - Marylee is one of our 2nd Grade Bilingual Teachers.   Marylee is a force to be reckowned with.  She is full of energy, always has an idea to try, and steps up wherever needed.  She's a natural born leader with a ton of great ideas.  She also cares deeply about each of her kids and is always working hand in hand with her parents to ensure success.  I have loved getting to know Marylee even more this year as she finishes her admin schooling and has shadowed me a few times.  We are lucky to have people like Marylee on campus!

Kathy Leiva - Kathy is one of our PreK IAs. Kathy is one of those who always comes with a great attitude.  She's smiling all the time, steps up wherever I need her, and has been a HUGE helping hand while never complaining.  She works so incredibly hard but because she's so quiet she often goes unnoticed.  I am so thankful for people like Kathy on our team because she truly carries us in so many ways.

Anna Wilkerson - Anna is a 4th Grade Math/Science teacher.  What I love about Anna is how much she listens to feedback.  She's always growing and trying new things and such an inventive mind.  She works hard to connect with her students and is a big team player as well.  I love too how Anna will try things even if she isn't guaranteed they'll work! That's awesome! I'm so glad we have creative minds like Anna on our campus!

In Closing....

Let's find ways to spend more and more time celebrating each other this week! Have lunch with someone new, smile more, give high fives, and just have fun!