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Got Excellence?


Got Excellence? was our theme for this year, so we purchased bright blue T-shirts with our GOT EXCELLENCE? theme printed on them in big letters. Teachers loved them! This year we have carried the theme a bit farther. We gave teachers a choice of a button down polo type shirt with our Denton Creek Elementary: Where Excellence Is Defined theme embroidered on them or a windbreaker with DCE logo on the front.

Another Excellent Idea
This year, we divided our staff into Teams of Excellence. Each team comprises 7 or 8 people from different levels; in this way, people who are not on the same grade level will become better acquainted and our school-wide team will become stronger. Each month, the teams are assigned a different task. The first three teams who complete the task earn points. (For example, the first team to finish might earn 10 points, the second team might earn 8 points, and the third team might earns 6 points. Points can differ according to the difficulty of the task, or they can remain the same for all tasks.) Points will be accumulated throughout the year and totaled at the end of the year. The winning team will receive complimentary hotel tickets along with a nice prize package.

Bryan McLain, principal, Denton Creek Elementary School, Coppell, Texas

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If you find the tools in our Principal's Toolbox to be of value, we hope you will be willing to contribute your favorite tool. Just email a clear photo of the "tool" along with a brief description and your name, school name, and location to [email protected]. If we add your tool to the Principal's Toolbox we will even send along a few Ed World sticky-note pads via snail mail.