Alice High School Newsletter

December 8, 2014

----FACULTY MEETING TODAY (MONDAY, DEC. 8) AFTER SCHOOL IN THE LIBRARY-----

New teacher meeting Wednesday during all 3 lunches. Please bring your own drink. We will meet in the library.

Alice High School teachers are the BEST!

A big thank you to everyone who helped in some way with last week's EOC testing. It was a busy time, to say the least. Dr. Kubala did a fantastic job rotating rooms so that the same teachers would not be out of their classrooms too much. We know it is an inconvenience to be out of your room and we appreciate your cooperation. The simple fact is that the "new" rooms in the math, social studies, and Spanish rooms are the quietest in terms keeping out noise from the hallways.

Please remember that if you are asked to be a test administrator, or if you have been asked to relocate your classes, you must still have assignments/lessons for your students.

Thanks, again, for your help and support.

What's Happening?

Please check your mailbox at least once each day and check your email at least twice each day. We often send important information via email. If you are experiencing trouble with your email, please let Dr. Holmgreen know so that the situation can be investigated and corrected. We want you to be able to access the information you need. Thanks for your cooperation!

Grades - 3 Week Progress Reports

Please be sure that you have 5 grades entered into your gradebook by the end of the week. Friday, Dec. 12 is the end of the 3-week mark and progress reports will go out on Monday, Dec. 15. Students are at a disadvantage at the end of the six weeks if suddenly 4 or 5 grades are entered at one time.

Remember that you must adhere to the grading policy that each of you received at the beginning of the school year. It is also available online through the district website. Please remember the requirements for major and minor grades. Having only major grades is unfair to students, and having only one grade in a major category does not weight the grade appropriately.

Also, please be sure that you are providing the required accommodations for the appropriate students and that you are keeping samples of the accommodations and documentation in their folders.

Attendance Contest

You may have noticed the attendance numbers posted outside the office. We have a daily goal of 95% and we are falling a bit short everyday. Individually, one or two grade levels have come close and even reached 95% once or twice, but the daily average has been hovering at about 93%.

We are offering a contest for third period classes: The classes that reach 100% attendance for 3 days out of the week for the week of December 8-12 and Dec. 15-19 (does not have to be both weeks in order to win) will be rewarded with breakfast tacos. Each class that meets this challenge will get tacos. Talk this up with your students and let's see if we can make this happen.

Friday's Attendance: Freshmen-86%; Sophomores-88%; Juniors-92%; Seniors-92%; Overall-89%

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Birthdays this week:

December 10 - Lawrence Wood
December 12 - Sonny Morin
December 13 - Melissa Galvan

Trivia Tidbits: Alexander the Great wasn't great at everything

The reason men shave every morning can be traced back to Alexander the Great. It was customary during that time period for all European men to grow beards. Young Alexander was not able to grow much of beard so every morning he removed his peach fuzz with a dagger. Those close to him did the same so as not to offend him. Shaving soon became customary.

Lennox, D. (2003). The Little Book of Answers. New York: MJF Books.