February/March 2016
Right You Are
"I remember my choir teacher in high school told me, 'When in doubt, sing loud.' I'm a terrible singer, but I always auditioned for the musicals and would get cast in them because I really would just put it all out there. That was really good advice, and I think it works for everything, not just acting."
-- Judy Greer

"Every time I hear a politician mention the word 'stimulus,' my mind flashes back to high school biology class when I touched battery wires to a dead frog to make it twitch."
-- Robert Kiyosaki

"I never cut class. I loved getting A's. I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world."
-- Michelle Obama

"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
-- Walter Bagehot

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Upcoming Events
Feb. 9 
Board of Trustees Work Session, Noon, Education Center

Feb. 15
Board of Trustees
Meeting, 6 p.m., Education Center

March 14-18
Spring Break

March 22
Board of Trustees Work Session, Noon, Education Center

March 23
PIE Senior Send-off

March 25
Good Friday
Junior High Career Fair, Region 9, 6 p.m.

March 27
Easter
 
March 28 
Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 p.m., Education Center

March 29
STAAR testing: 4th/7th Writing Day 1; 5th/8th Math

March 30
STAAR testing: 4th/7th Writing Day 2; 5th/8th Reading

Superintendent's Spotlight, by Mike Kuhrt
Hello parents and WFISD staff,
Ever had a favorite coach? If so, you know how helpful they can be. They help improve your skills and refine your technique. We need coaches because we can always get better at whatever we do.

That's the thinking behind a special strategy we rolled out this year called "instructional coaches."  Read full story  here.

What School Nurses Want You to Know 
The job of a school nurse is multi-faceted -- and more complex than even nurses who work in other capacities realize, said WFISD Nursing Director Debi Mills. So what do all those hard-working school nurses want you to know?   Read full story.
Equation for Health: 5 + 2 + 1 + 0 = 8
If you had to summarize a healthy lifestyle and put it into kid language, how would you do it? The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District is promoting a daily equation that's easy for kids to remember: 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours of "screen time," 1 hour of physical activity, 0 sugary drinks and 8 hours of sleep equal one healthy kid. This same message is now in WFISD schools.    Read full story.

You Should Get to Know: Chief Financial Officer Jan Arrington
She's the rare CFO with classroom teaching experience

WFISD Chief Financial Officer Jan Arrington spent 15 years in private industry as a CPA before making an about-face. Her children were small, and she wanted to spend more time with them. So she returned to school to earn a teaching certification. She taught high school computer classes for eight years. 

Then she transitioned into public school administration. In November 2015, she moved to Wichita Falls to be WFISD's new CFO. She is one of the few CFOs with classroom teaching experience. Already, she's taking the district paperless and moving WFISD to a new era of transparency. 

But with whom would she most like to have lunch? And what new personal goal is she tackling this year? She spoke candidly to Ann Work Goodrich in this Q&A.

10 School District Things You Should Know How to Find

You are too busy to fumble around trying to find key information. Here's how to quickly put your finger on basic facts -- from scholarships to school lunches -- affecting school life in WFISD.  Read full story. 
 

Now, That's Why I Teach!
3 Success stories from the front lines
Jayne Gregg, 3rd grade reading
I realized "Tommy" was special when I met him. His coping skills were temper tantrums, pulling his hair, banging on his desk and chair, and growling like an animal. 

To read more, click here.
Cole Woodward, U.S. History 
A student in my Accelerated Instruction class was struggling to pass his End of Course U.S. History test after already failing it three times. 


To read more, click here.


Allen Glenn, 3rd grade self-contained

Over the years, I've worked with many students with dyslexia. But one of my students who had been identified with dyslexia was improving in reading but we were seeing no change in her math skills. Then I tried one interesting technique.

 

To read more, click here.

The Funny World of Pre-K
"Everything is OK" is a blog about life in the pre-K classroom by former WFISD student (and former WFISD teacher) Grace Johnson Wallace 
Grace Johnson Wallace had taught music at Fowler Elementary for one year when she moved with her husband to a tiny town in Oklahoma. The only job she could find there was as a pre-K teaching assistant. The switch was a shock to her system, so she began a blog titled, "Everything is OK." She is determined to learn whatever God wants to teach her in the pre-K classroom, and now she's passing her lessons on to you.  "Every day is a new adventure and a new substance found on the bottom of my shoes," she writes. T read more, click here.

A Positive Pledge to Start Your Child's Day 

Here's an item for the "Why Didn't I Think Of It?" file. Click on the following link to watch good parenting in action. Watch as one dad helps his son, who's strapped into a car seat, recite the family pledge as they drive to school. Use his idea to write a pledge that reflects your family values and teach it to your children.  T read more, click here.

How well do you know WFISD school buildings?
Each WFISD school has its own distinctive look and unique landmarks. Check out these photos and see if you can identify the schools that house these unique features.  To read more, click here.