Showing posts from October, 2015

Week of 10/26-10/30

Good morning Panthers!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend despite all the rain! The rain was desperately needed and I think it fell slow enough that we did not have the flooding that was predicted as a possibility. There is much going on this week. First, we celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Each day students are asked to participate in dressing up to take a stand. Below is the schedule:
Monday 10/26 - “Red Out Day” - Wear red to kick off Red Ribbon Week Tuesday 10/27 - “Friends are the Anti-Drug” - Dress like your best friend… Twin Day Wednesday 10/28 - “Superheroes Day: Stand up for Anti-Bullying and Being Drug-Free” Dress like your favorite superhero Thursday 10/29 - “Let’s Stomp Out Drugs” - Wear boots Friday 10/30 - “Boo to Drugs” - Wear Halloween colors

Wednesday we have our second early release/enrichment day. I know that teachers and students both are excited. Progress reports will go home on Thursday. Friday we will have our picnic during lunch, weather pending. I am hoping it will not r…

Week of 10/19-10/23

Good morning Panthers!

I hope you had a great weekend! I had the opportunity to attend a conference in San Antonio on Friday and thought that I would share a few key points. The speaker was Dr. Fred Johnson and he is a clinical psychologist and counselor in addition to being a former teacher and administrator. He focused mainly on typical vs. atypical behavior in students. He spent some time going over adolescent development and it was a good refresher for me in terms of remembering critical milestones. It is important to remember that it is normal for kids to go through a regressed stage. However, that regression will typically only last 3 to 6 months. There are also 4 critical ages of development: Ages 7, 9, 13, and 15. Below is a synopsis:

6 years: Students are outgoing and ready to learn. When in a regressed stage, the student tends to become possessive, selfish, and jealous of others.
7 years: At a regressed stage student become insecure, hesitant, and introspective. This is a cr…

Week of 10/12-10/16

Good evening Panthers,
Good news! I will keep it short. I don't know why, but it always seems like short weeks seem to feel like extra long weeks. Just a reminder that we do not have school for students tomorrow. I wish I didn't have school tomorrow, but we have a day filled with professional development. It is not a bad thing, in fact, it is a good thing. When the staff is all on the same page and there is extra time for planning, the students will benefit. Sometimes I wonder why this is not built into the regular school calendar more frequently. I have even thought that if we could design schools differently, students might only need to go four days a week, but for a longer time period. This would give teachers extra time each week to prepare for students. Then again, it might have the opposite effect as students do not have as much access to teachers. It might lead to a longer school year as well, something I am not sure anyone is ready for. It is interesting to think about…

Week 10/5-10/9

Good morning Panthers!
Sorry this didn't get out last night. Darn Cowboys had me up late last night only to end in heartache. I hope you like the use of Blogger. I have had positive reviews, especially regarding the different pages that you can click on to get the information you want, without having to skim through and decipher in my blog.

This week I get a little deeper. If you don't have time to read, save it for when you do. I have included some links to youtube videos as well that will explain much of my experience. This week I want to spotlight three inspirations that I had.

Inspiration #1
I want to thank everyone that came out for Literacy Night. It was the first time we have done an evening event with an author. I must say that I was intrigued by what Joelle Charbonneau had to say. She is a very interesting lady. Wasn't quite sure about all her "dead body" comments, but I guess I can see where it adds interest to a story. I start with Ms. Charbonneau this …