Weekly Leadership Message

This final week brings us to Habit 8—yes, I said Habit 8. While we are familiar with the 7 Habits, there is actually an eighth habit, as well: Find Your Voice and Help Others Find Their Voice. This is all about finding that sweet spot between your talents, your passions, your conscience, and needs of those around us. 

When you find that spot, you start sharing it with the world and making a difference, a difference that is contagious. Others want what you have, and then you help others find their voice. Hopefully during this pandemic, you have realized some of your talents and passions. We’ve also become aware of the needs of those around us. Use this time in the summer to sharpen those talents and passions. 

The Leader in Me link includes two videos and a Venn diagram to help you find your voice. Imagine when our children know these four areas so well that they seek out opportunities and careers where they can live out their purpose.

We also encourage you to check out the bingo card for your family to use over the summer. Can you get a bingo? What about a blackout? Have fun and have a wonderful summer!

Math game of the week

1-2 NIM

Hello all and welcome to our first installment of the math game of the week. This week, we are going to introduce (or reintroduce, if you know this one) your family to 1-2 NIM. Sophia from Mrs. Ruiz’s class selected this game. We have played NIM with students as young as our kindergarteners!

NIM is a 2-player game. Start with a pile of 10 objects. (They can be anything! Pens or pencils are great, but we play with rocks on the playground!) On your turn, remove one or two counters from the pile. You must take at least one counter on your turn, but you may not take more than two. Whoever takes the last counter wins. 

Thoughts to ponder and investigate:
Can you figure out a strategy that allows you to win every time?
Does it matter who goes first? How does it affect your strategy?
Can you make a different version of NIM? One of our fourth graders created 3-5 NIM. Does this change your winning strategy? Why or why not?

Please share your strategies, pictures, and videos of you playing with your homeroom teachers! We will see if anyone can beat the NIM Master, Dr. Cagle, when you return! 

Check out more fun games from Math for Love

A Message from Our Principal

Greetings Mustang Family,

Our teachers and leadership team are hosting our curriculum night on September 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Our staff will be sharing about the different resources that we are using this year.

Our focus habit this month is Habit 1: Be Proactive. Effective people make decisions based on their principles and the outcomes that they want. Ineffective people respond based on their emotions. One of the Highly Effective Practices for Being Proactive is the Circle of Control. Life consists of things that are in our Circle of Control and things on our Circle of Worry. Focusing on things we control, and not focusing on things we can’t control, helps us increase our effectiveness and improves our overall health.

A strategy that helps when we worry about something is to think about what parts of the issue are within our control and taking action on those things.

Don’t forget to read with your students and have them play games in Dreambox! The more you read, the smarter you get! The more you play, the smarter you get!


Dr. Cagle

Dr. Michael Cagle
Country Place Elementary School Principal