Panther Press

for the Week of May 15th Plus


Message from the Principal

All teachers are required to communicate with parents if a student is in danger of failing their class before the end of the grading period. Sending letters home that are not returned do not count as a parent contact. Sending INOW print outs home that are not returned do not count as a parent contact. They will reflect positively on the teacher for attempts but without a response we have no way of verifying that the parent has received the information. Additionally, notes in Chalkable are not considered parent contacts. If a student is failing your class, you must make a contact (phone conversation with parent, parent conference, or email conversation with parent). A conversation means dialogue between the teacher and the parent. With the end of the school year coming up fast, this is an imperative.

Report cards are required to be mailed by May 26th this year which means grades have to be finalized no later than noon on May 25th. We will begin retention meetings on that day as well. Yes, I know this is putting a squeeze on things but with the exception of the semester diagnostic all other grades for your classes will have to be completed ahead of time. Registration for summer school and other summer programs has been set for June 1st with summer school beginning on June 5th.

All teachers should make sure they are taking note of due dates on their end of the year check-out sheet.

The school board expectation for all employees is that they will remain on campus all day once they have clocked in for work. ANY employee (Classified or Certificated) who needs to leave campus during the school day, is expected to 1) see an administrator about leaving campus and 2) sign-out in the white notebook in the office.

We are seeing TOO many students in the hallway without passes. ANY teacher who sends/allows a student out of class must provide the student with a written pass. There is no exception to this.

All teachers are required to monitor their students in the lunchroom as they go through the line and while at their lunch table. It is not the role of the lunchroom staff to monitor your students.

Unit plans must be up to date and posted in every classroom.

Keep in mind all teachers are required to administer at least one unit test every 4.5 weeks. We will be checking for these after progress reports. Documentation of RTI for these should be noted in the comment section of your gradebook. Unit tests in which a student makes less than a 60 must be retaught and re-assessed. The reassessment must occur during the nine weeks in which it originally administered. Accommodations that are implemented for an entire class do not qualify as examples of RTI or as interventions for PST. Students under 504 or an IEP may have different accommodations for assessments and these take precedent.

All teachers are required to have a substitute folder in their classroom complete with class rosters and emergency lessons. We understand that from time to time thing happen and a full blown lesson cannot be created to cover an absence so it is an imperative that emergency lessons are in the folder. We still have issues with finding enough substitutes and it really is not fair to any of your colleagues to have to create a lesson for your class when they end up having to cover.

Important Dates for the Week of May 15th Plus

Do not forget to turn in Unit Assessments at the start of each unit.

  • May 1st - Scantron Spring Testing Window Opens - Mrs. Edwards has already emailed the schedule out - Make-Ups should be completed before semester diagnostics begin
  • May 16th 17th & 18th - HMS Boys Basketball Tryouts after school in the gym
  • May 16th - NO Faculty Meetings this week
  • May 16th - HYPE Field Trip to Samford
  • May 16th - Timecards approved by 3 PM
  • May 16th - Mandatory JUNA Parent Meeting at 6 PM in Room 110
  • May 16th - Mr. Wilson retirement ceremony after school in the library
  • May 18th - 2nd Semester Diagnostics Begin (Schedule attached below)
  • May 19th - Grades posted by 3 PM
  • May 19th - Spring Drama Production in the HMS gym (6 PM)

  • May 22nd - HMS End of Year Awards Day Program in the HHS Auditorium
  • May 23rd - HMS Cheerleader Clinic Preview in the Boys Gym at 6 PM. Tickets are $1 at the door
  • May 25th - End of the Year Retention Meetings during planning periods
  • May 25th - Grades due by noon
  • May 25th - MEDC beginning at 1 PM
  • May 25th - Grade verification sheets due by 3 PM
  • May 25th - Last day for students
  • May 26th - Teacher Work Day/Final Check-out
  • May 26th - Report Cards Mailed

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