Panther Press

for the Week of February 19th

Reminders from the Principal

All teachers are required to administer a unit assessment every 4.5 weeks and they must be labeled as a unit assessment in your gradebook. These assessments must also appear in the gradebook to reflect grades for that time period. While the expectation is that all teachers will administer at least one unit test every 4.5 weeks, the total number of assessments each nine weeks is determined by the classroom teacher. With assessments counting 75% of the nine weeks grade it behooves each teacher to have more than two. All teachers are required to have spoken to or had face-to-face contact with parents of students who have an "F" in their class BEFORE the end of each 9 weeks. It is NOT the responsibility of the EX ED teacher to make those contacts for the classroom teacher, either. These are non-negotiables.

All staff are responsible for electronic communications and items shared through the google platform. A copy of the current staff handbook for HMS is on the google drive.

We will be adding additional documents as the year progresses. "I did not read my email" or "I did not know how to access the google folders" is not an acceptable excuse.

All teachers should be uploading evidence to EducateAlabama on a regular basis. Do not wait until the last minute.

PTA Spring membership drive continues this week. The 3rd period teacher with the most student families to join by Feb 23 wins a DUTY FREE, FREE lunch. PTA will sponsor a Student Social later this spring for all PTA students.

Here is a reminder of reminders for this semester:

1. If we want things to change the change starts with us.

2. All employees will be professional.

3. Attendance counts even for the adults. Attendance must be taken each class period and posted.

4. Our expectations for students have to be taught and have to be consistent across the team if not grade level.

5. All teachers are expected to be on time for school and duty.

6. Hall duty does not mean standing in a huddle and talking about the students. It means actively supervising students in all areas of the building. This includes the lunchroom. Teachers do not have a duty free lunch. Teachers are expected to monitor students to the lunchroom, in the lunchroom (including the line) and on the way back from the lunchroom.

7. All students are expected to be in the classroom when the tardy bell rings.

8. No student should be allowed out of class without a pass, period.

9. Teachers and staff are expected to be on campus all day. Permission to leave campus must be given by an administrator and only if it is school related.

10. 3rd Period Advisement and Career Prep Lessons are not optional. It is the expectation that these lessons will be delivered each Friday including when a teacher is absent.

11. Sub folders should contain emergency lesson plans for a teacher's classes including 3rd period.

Go Panthers!

Important Reminders for the Week of February 19th Plus

Feb 19 - Mar 1 - Coupon Book Fundraiser Continues

Feb 19 - President's Day - School Closed for Students and Teachers

Feb 20 - Data Analysis Sheets and Action Plans Due

Feb 20 - Faculty Meetings in Conference Room with Dr. Garner

Feb 20 - Timecards should be corrected and approved by 3 PM

Feb 20 - HMS Tennis @ McAdory

Feb 20 - HMS Baseball @ North Jefferson

Feb 21 - HMS Tennis @ Leeds

Feb 22 - PLUS Team Social Studies

Feb 22 - HMS Tennis vs Westminster @ Inverness Country Club

Feb 22 - HMS Softball @ Homewood

Feb 22 - HMS Baseball vs Homewood @ Bud Newell Field

Feb 23 - Grades Posted by 3 PM

Feb 23 - Last day for the PTA Spring Membership Drive (see flyer here)

Feb 23-24 - Bragg Softball Tournament - See Coach McAlister for details

Feb 26 - Black History Month Program for 8th Grade and 2nd Nine Weeks 6th & 7th Grade Awards Day students - only students with appropriate behavior from February 12 through the 26 will be eligible to attend

Feb 27 - February PTA Meeting in HMS Cafeteria

Mar 2 - Career Day

Mar 9 - End of 3rd Nine Weeks

PLUS Team Rotation


Feb 1st - English

Feb 8th -Science

Feb 15th - Math

Feb 22nd - Social Studies


Mar 1st - English

Mar 8th - Math

Mar 15th - Science

Mar 22nd - Social Studies


Apr 5th - English

Apr 12th - Math

Apr 19th - Science

Apr 26th - Social Studies

No PLUS Team Meetings in May

Lesson Plan, Unit Assessments & Contact Log Administrators

  • 6th Grade teachers, Poe, Finch, Overton, and Owens submit to Mr. Anders via email.

  • 7th Grade teachers, Gonzalez, Moreno, Evans, Williams and Channel submit to Mr. Powell via email.

  • 8th Grade teachers, Cerka-Wilkes, A. Smith, Kunath, Whitfield and Richards-Broome submit to Dr. Foster via email.

Lesson Plans/Parent Contact Log Calendar

  • March 2 (LP Mar 5 – Mar 16, PC through Mar 2)

  • March 16 (LP Mar 19 – Apr 6, PC through Mar 15)

  • April 6 (LP Apr 9 – April 20, PC though Apr 5)

  • April 20 (LP Apr 23 – May 4, PC through Apr 19)

  • May 4 (LP May 7 – May 24, PC through May 3)

  • May 25 (PC through May 24)

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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