Family Friday

My first 7 months as an elementary principal has involved a lot of learning. Some of the most important things I’ve learned as a first year administrator is to ask lots of questions, connect with other educators on social media and be willing to ask others for ideas.

Paige Hopkins, Principal at Noble Reed Elementary in Crandall ISD, shared the idea of Family Friday with me. Paige and I were assistant principals in the same district several years ago and we both began as Elementary Principals this year in different districts. I have enjoyed following her on her journey through social media. Last week she posted about an upcoming Family Friday at Noble Reed. I asked more questions and she shared what they have done at Noble Reed.

Our Campus Leadership Team and our Site Based Committee meet this last week and decided we would have our first ever Family Friday. One parent said their child is always talking about her math stations and the mom would like to see what it looks like in the classroom. Our goal is to engage families in the classroom during the school day for a fun day for Family, Staff & Students.

Today we sent a SAVE THE DATE with the information below. Thank you Paige for sharing your ideas.

Family Friday

Making Moments Matter

As I transitioned back to the elementary world this summer it has been eventful. I have had great conversations with the Austin staff, conversations with parents and even popsicles with some kids on the playground.

Our district gave us the book the read, The Power of Moments. After reading this book our theme for Austin this year is Making Moments Matter. The moments we help create for students is what they will remember. I am always interested in learning from others. What moments do you create for your students and staff?

A New Journey

After spending six years as an assistant principal I am beyond excited to be leading an elementary school beginning the 2019-2020 school year. It’s a new journey that I am completely excited to travel.

As the journey begins I have had the opportunity to be present on the campus on several occasions and more opportunities to come. I spent a few days just being present, walking in classroom, spending time in the cafeteria, visiting with teachers and the current principal and learning the dismissal process. For any new principal I would honestly say this has been a great way to get to know the campus.

Follow along as we tell our story of a small panhandle elementary school on a journey from good to great!

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