Showing posts from September, 2016

Week of 9/26 - 9/30/16

Hello Panthers! I hope you had a restful weekend! I am not sure what to expect with the weather, but I am always thankful for rain that doesn’t lead to flooding. Please take a look at the “Upcoming Events” and “Other News to Know” tabs to stay in the loop. PTA is having a donation drive that will now include classroom incentives.
Last Week of the Six Weeks This is the last week of the six weeks. I know that students have been buckling down this past week with a large increase in the number of students attending tutorials. The first six weeks can sometimes be excruciating as students shake off the summer cobwebs and get into school mode. I can tell you from being in the classes that we are expecting critical thinking in the classroom. We are also ramping up the level of writing in each class as we know that the ability to explain your thoughts leads to deeper understanding of concepts. Students typically struggle in two areas: self-advocacy and study skills. The first is in reference to k…

Week of 9/19-9/23/16

Good morning Ridgeview! I hope you had a great weekend! Not as much to talk about this week in terms of events, but some important topics nonetheless.

Day of Service I had a great start to Saturday! We held our first Service Event of the year at Ridgeview. We had over 20 student volunteers as well as several faculty and parents that attended the event. We were able to expand our beautification project from last year. We built and painted two additional planters for the front. We repainted the original planters (Thanks Art Club and Ms. Duvall!). We were also able to add three additional gardens, trim trees, and add mulch. We would like to host at least two similar events per semester. I would like to give a huge shout out to Whittlesey Landscape Supplies, Home Depot, and Snooper's Nursery and Garden Center for their discounts and donations to our event. These service days are making our school look great and adding to the master plan of an outdoor classroom and garden center in the fr…

Week of 9/12-9/16/16

Hello Panthers! I hope you had a great weekend! Kind of a somber ending to the week with 9/11 on Sunday. I am not sure we will ever stop asking the question, “Where were you when the plane hit the tower?” I guess it is my generation’s version of “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” We are fifteen years removed from the incident, yet we are all still deeply impacted. I hope that some time was spent reflection on what we want they world to look like fifteen years from now.
This week is not quite as busy as last week. I have included most updates in the “Other News to Know” section.
Day of Service We will have a Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 17th from 8:00 in the morning to 12:00 noon. Last year we had a successful event with a beautification project in front of the school. This year we will expand on that project. While it is not what I consider a true “Day of Service” it is a step in the right direction of getting our students to volunteer and help make our school a little more joyf…

Week of 9/5/16-9/9/16

Hello Panthers! I hope you enjoyed the three day weekend! Don’t think awful of me for saying this, but what a great weekend for football for the state of Texas! I heard on the radio that between the Houston and OU game in Houston, Aggies and UCLA in College Station, Alabama and USC in Dallas, and Longhorns and Notre Dame in Austin that close to 400,000 fans were in attendance over the weekend! That is a lot of football fans! And yes, I was rooting for Texas! Not just the Longhorns, the rest of the state teams as well. But I am not just writing about football this week, although the cancelled scrimmage is on my list.
We are off to a great start at school. Students are learning the ropes and expectations as we settle into a new school year. Here are a couple of things that I want to highlight:
Lunchroom Procedures We have been toying with lunchroom procedures. We are requiring students to get a pass before going to the restroom. This is to limit the amount of students up and in the restroo…