Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome to 2015!

Eagle Family,

I hope you have enjoyed Christmas Break, and I hope your New Year celebration was exciting and rewarding for you. It's good to reflect at this time of year, and give some thought to the things to leave behind in the old year, and what to seek in the new year.

I hope these items will be listed among your goals for 2015:

*Service: How are you working to make the lives of other people better?

*Positive friendships: Are the people you associate with helping you accomplish good things?

*Academic success: Have you reached the limit of your learning potential? (Hint: None of us has!)

*Connectedness: Are you involved in something positive at EHS outside of class?

*Vision: What is your next step after high school is over? Are you preparing yourself for that next step?

Remember our mission at EHS: To launch young people into successful adult lives of learning, service, and meaningful work. How appropriate at New Year's to remember that everything we're doing is about the future, which I'm convinced is bright.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Eagle Family,

All the best to you at this festive time of year!

I wanted to take a moment and express my gratitude to all of you for all you do to make Ellison High School a special place. We are tremendously blessed to call EHS home, and it is my sincere hope that every one of you, students and staff alike, find encouragement here to be your best and reach your highest potential.

Enjoy these three days off of school, and remember:

*Treasure these times with your loved ones.

*Eat well.

*Get some much-needed rest.

*Be safe. Make sure your family knows where you are at all times.

*Plan to make the most of the 105 class periods you have left before Christmas break. (Even fewer if you are testing the first week of December!)

Thank you for being an Ellison Eagle. You inspire me, and you confirm my faith in a bright future for our community and our nation.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Free Lunch from Mr. D!

Eagles,

Have you ever thought about whether it's better to record a moment or just experience it? This article presents that very question. I would love to get your take on this question, from the perspective of a high school student.

Also, I will pick up and bring back lunch from the local restaurant of choice for the first three students who can identify for me where the author's phrase "thousand-points-of-smartphone-light" is borrowed from. Hint:  It is borrowed from a U.S. presidential candidate, during a presidential election year.

If you know or can find the answer, send it to me in an e-mail:  david.dominguez@killeenisd.org

Live the moment!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lifelong Learning

Eagles,

Do you ever wonder what your teachers do on those Early Out days?

Well, let me tell you:  Our goal is to use that time to become better at what we do by working together and learning from each other's successes and failures. Is there a better way to teach this concept? How do you handle it when [insert situation] happens in the classroom? These are the kinds of questions your teachers ask each other, and these conversations lead to better teaching in the classroom.

This year, we are using our Early Out days to conduct book studies in small groups with all of our teachers and campus administrators. We want our students to see us set a good example of being a lifelong learner.

Students: Ask your teachers which book study they are doing, and what they have learned from their readings and discussions.

No one ever knows it all. There is always more to learn!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Don't Call It A Comeback

Eagle Family,

Let's celebrate!

Last night, our Lady Eagle Volleyball teams (9th, JV, & Varsity) all defeated Georgetown East View, our outstanding Theater program put on a hilarious night of Improv, and our Varsity Football team defeated Bryan Rudder by a score of 33-13.

While most of our community's attention is directed at our football team, as last night's victory was a very special one, we continue to embrace our vision of Student Connectedness, and we celebrate our students' success in every area.

Last night, we tossed aside an old garment that never fit us.

The football losing streak began before most of our current students were at Ellison, it took on a life of its own long ago, it was hard to overcome, but it was never who we were.

That's why I say, "Don't call it a comeback; we've been here for years!"

Let's celebrate this special victory and all it means, but let's carry ourselves as champions who have never expected anything different.

That is who we are.

Thank you to our student-athletes and coaches who never stopped working, and thank you to Eagle fans everywhere who never stopped believing.


Go Eagles!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Own Your Learning

Eagles,

Wow! It's hard to believe we are already in the second week of school!

Thank you for making the beginning of the year such a positive experience for all of us. I hope you remember the message from our assemblies the first week of school:  You own your learning. Your time in the classroom belongs to you, and I urge you to use it to the fullest to prepare yourself for the next step in your life after high school is over.

Are you seeing the Learning Target every time you enter a classroom during the day? All seven periods? You should! If you don't, ask your teacher.

Own Your Learning!

Go Eagles,

Sunday, February 2, 2014

National School Counselor Appreciation Week

Eagles,

Did you know this week (February 3-7) is National School Counselor Appreciation Week? What a great idea, right?

Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate the School Counselors who serve the Ellison student body and staff. The Eagle Family values the contributions of these great educators. The Guidance Office is the hub for so many student needs, that it’s hard to list all that our Counselors and Registrar do to serve our campus. From welcoming incoming students, to working on schedules and graduation plans, to helping teachers with student needs, to communicating with parents, to responding to crisis situations, our Counselors and Registrar go above and beyond, and perform an emotional role with grace and joy. Please join me in celebrating:

*Milton Amundson, Counselor
*Juli Fischer, Counselor
*Warren Kostencki, Counselor
*Sarah Noteboom, Counselor
*Amy Picot, Counselor
*Valerie Sather, Registrar

How 'bout some love for our Counselors, Eagles? I hope you'll take the opportunity to leave a comment here, or take to the Ellison Facebook page or Twitter to give a shout-out to our awesome EHS Guidance Team!

Go Eagles!