Panther Print 9/10

Panther Print 9_10

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Panther Print- Back To School Night

A news letter post from principal Muehling.

Panther Print- Back To School Night

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New Principal – Kris Muehling

Please read the welcome Letter from Kris Muehling.

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Principal’s Corner

 

Principal’s Corner

Dear Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this final Principal’s Corner. Today you will be receiving a letter from the district about my decision to retire after 19 years with AISD.

I began my educational career in AISD as a long-term substitute for 6th grade social studies and language arts at Zilker Elementary, and ending my career as a very proud principal at Bryker Woods! Along that journey, I taught 5th grade science and social studies, 1st – 3rd grades and K-5 P.E. I also served as instructional coach and assistant principal.

In one of administrative certification courses, I had a professor who challenged us, as future campus leaders, to find the magic in our school. It didn’t take long at BWE! At my first morning assembly, looking out on all the smiling faces, I knew the magic was about the people who come together as a community to celebrate the rich traditions and school spirit that is Bryker Woods since 1939!

The next chapter of my life will most likely involve photography, writing and spending time with my daughters on the East and West Coasts (New York and California). I will always carry in my heart the joys of learning, growing and leading alongside our young leaders of today and tomorrow, the dedicated staff, and supportive families of “The Best School in Our Town!”

With gratitude,

Jane Kronke, Principal

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Principal’s Corner

Dear Families,

As you may know, we have been a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) campus for seven years. This year, I’ve become very passionate about proactive and effective ways to improve student relationships and promoting harmony on our campus through “Restorative Practices.” Strategies such as using responsive circles in the classroom for community building, celebrations, decision-making, curriculum focus (share/teach one another), or for conflict resolution, really connect to our SEL process. There is also evidence that a shift away from traditional discipline practices (punitive) toward a restorative school climate can empower our students with self-awareness and relational skills needed in life.

Earlier in January, the BWE staff was engaged in professional development to learn more about restorative practices based on a leadership training I attended in October and a book study, “Restorative Discipline Practices.” Ms. Gee, our wonderful school counselor, and I will be attending “Leading with Restorative Practices” training this week. I am excited to share this information at my Feb. 23rd Principal’s Coffee as we work together in raising caring, confident and capable children.

Bryker Woods Forever,
Jane Kronke

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Principal’s Corner

Dear Families,
Welcome back to a new semester and a new year at BWE! I am so very proud of our Panthers’ efforts and accomplishments, and the staff’s dedication to empowering our young people in ways that inspire them to believe, think and do. We appreciate this community’s support as we prepare students for life success. Together, we celebrate the students’ academic achievements, social-emotional development, participation in service-learning projects, creativity and unique talents.

Now that everyone is settling into their 2018 groove, I want to express my excitement about the opportunities in the upcoming weeks. Science Fair, Jan. 25, is a wonderful opportunity for Panthers to use critical thinking, creativity, communication, reading, writing, math, technology, research and science process skills to explore their world and share their interests…GO SCIENCE!

On Friday, Feb. 2, we will welcome two visiting teachers from China at our morning assembly. For several weeks in February, the visiting teachers will observe some classrooms, provide mini-lessons, facilitate cultural workshops in some art and music classes and celebrate the Chinese New Year with community at our Feb. 16 morning assembly. This global learning opportunity is made possible through collaboration with Meggie Chinese Language School in Austin and AISD World Languages Department.
I hope to see you at morning assembly at “The Best School in Our Town!”

Bryker Woods Forever,
Jane Kronke, Principal

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Principal’s Corner

Dear Families,

We began last week with a special assembly with Miss Texas 2017, Margana Wood, and ended the week with the after-school BW Shakespeare players and a snow day…just another week of enrichment and real world learning at “The Best School in our Town!”

Miss Wood presented her anti-bully campaign, “You Belong,” to share with all Panthers the importance of respect and inclusion. She also partners with The Little Words Project, a national organization whose mission is to spread kindness. In her words, she looks forward to continuing her message of respect by encouraging audiences to embrace the notion that we can live in a judgment free society where everyone belongs.

The season of giving to others is upon us. In modeling kindness and compassion toward others, 6th grade is sponsoring their traditional campus-wide food drive for the Capital Area Food Bank. The drive was to end on Friday, however, that has been extended a few days. I am so very proud of our Panthers for putting their caring values into action through community service. And many thanks to BW families who have donated to our sister school, Zavala, during the year and especially during the holiday season.

Thank you for the gift of your amazing children and your support as we work together to support Panthers’ dreams. I love this quote by Lady Bird Johnson, “Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” We believe in their dreams as hope for the future.
Have a safe and joyous holiday season!

Bryker Woods Forever,
Jane Kronke, Principal

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