Week of 9/23/19
When I walk the halls of CHHS, I see greatness in every scholar. When I speak to each scholar, I hear greatness in the conversation. We can't allow the obstacles we face ( Copies, Parents, lack of support, lack of resources) lower our passion to love and instruct our scholars. Keep pushing and teaching with passion! Good instruction is the number one determining factor of students success! I believe in you! Excellence in all we do!
Please make sure that you are reviewing the CHHS Hub. Take note of the following information:
- All professional staff are expected to report to work by 7:45 AM
- Staff assigned to duty are expected to be at your duty station by 7:45 AM.
- All emails/phone calls should be returned within 24 hours
- Classroom educators are expected to take attendance each period
- Students are not allowed to leave your class during the first or last 10 minutes.
- Anytime a student leaves your class they must have a pass.
- All educators shall be at their door during the passing period.
- All students must have their ID on and visible before entering your class.
- Do not leave your class unattended.
News from the Curriculum Department
Curriculum walks have been scheduled for 9/26 at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Be mindful that we will look at pacing, alignment, and engagement.
If an ELAR teacher was on a waiver last year, they cannot be the teacher of record for an ESL students this year. All ELAR teachers MUST have their ESL certification this school year.
New teachers must have their ESL Certification by June 1. HR is monitoring the completion for new teachers. Teachers that were hired prior to this school year, will have until April 2020 to complete the process. The next test prep is October 5, 2019.
SECONDARY GRADING GUIDELINES
A minimum of 12 grades per six weeks are required, to include at least 2 major grades (i.e. tests, projects, labs) every reporting period. Students are expected to complete all assignments for all classes. Assignments turned in late will not receive a full grade. There should be a minimum of two test grades during each six-week grading period. No grade over 100 may be recorded on the report card or on the academic achievement record. Grades cannot be lowered for non-academic reasons including, but not limited to, the following: no name on paper, no header on paper, date missing, etc. Regular attendance is an academically related factor that can affect the determination of a student's grade. Students shall be permitted to make up assignments and tests after absences according to board policy and the district grading policy. Students shall receive credit for satisfactory makeup work after an absence and may receive a zero for any assignment or test not made up within the allotted time. There are no grade penalties for makeup work after a suspension. Grading guidelines do not affect work turned in late because of an absence. The district expects students to turn in assignments at the appropriate time. Grades in Cedar Hill ISD are based on mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The responsibility for making up work lies with the student. Upon return to school after an absence, the student shall be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work.
Reteaching is defined as another presentation of content, usually to provide an additional opportunity for a student to learn. Reteaching may vary from subject to subject or from class to class, even from student to student. It may be as simple as repeating the concept. If the student still does not understand the concept, the teacher might use different materials to present the concept again. For example, if the initial instruction was primarily visual, the reteach activity might be more auditory. A student who earns below 70 on a test, with the exception of nine weeks or semester exams, shall be given an opportunity to be assessed after participating in a reteaching process within 7 to 14 days of the original date of the assessment.
Teachers are reminded that they have the responsibility and authority to delete the grades
for any assignment. Grades may reveal that the assignment was inadequate. If a substantial
percentage of the students in a class failed to pass, the whole class should be retaught and
the new test or assignment grade should be recorded.
This policy does not apply to the STAAR tests or other standardized tests.
(ALL GRADE LEVELS):
1. When a students earns below 70 on any test, the teacher has the responsibility to reteach
the essential knowledge and skills not mastered.
2. Reteaching and reassessment may be of a formal or informal nature and should be an
ongoing process during the direct instruction and guided practice portions of any lesson.
Students must be given the opportunity to retest in either the original or a rewritten
format. A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed because of absence. Long-term projects are due upon the student's return to class.
Teachers shall contact the parent/guardian of any scholar that is in danger of failing or failing
NO EXCUSES....NO ALIBI
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”
Are you the Lion or Gazelle?
It is not about talent...It is about effort!
“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft."
- Will Smith
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.