Knight Notes

January 23, 2017

HAPPY MONDAY!

Good morning--


I hope you had a great weekend and had an opportunity to take advantage of the nice weather...sixty degrees in January!


I look forward to an awesome full-week of school. Thanks for all that you to make FHN a great place for everyone to grow and learn.


--Andy

FEATURED STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK--5 QUICK FACTS

TRACY WUERTENBERG--ENGLISH


1. I have been married to Mark, who spotted me while I was student-teaching across the hall from him and just couldn't resist, for 23 years. I have one stepson, Caleb (27) and two children that I cooked: Emilie (20) and Craig (17).


2. I started at Central Elem in 3rd grade, went to Hollenbeck Jr. High, and graduated from "the" Howell when it was the only high school in the district. All of my kids are, or soon will be, Howell graduates too. Combine that with my 20 years of teaching, and I have been in the district for 39 years.


3. When I was younger, I had the opportunity to travel A LOT thanks to my travel agent grandma. Some of the places I've been are Italy, England, Germany, Denmark, Russia, and Kenya among others.


4. My whole family is very competitive. (Some people even say blood-thirsty on game nights.) I think that's part of why I love watching sports as much as I do.


5. When I was in college, one of my part time jobs was delivering singing telegrams for birthdays and anniversaries. One of my costumes was dancing bag-lady.


Next up: Mike Green

EMERGENCY POCEDURE

Please make sure that you are reviewing our emergency procedures with all of your classes. New class rosters need to be added to your SEOP binders. Keep your SEOP binder visible and within reach of your phone. Our next scheduled drill is January 17th at 1:38 pm(Earthquake).

ACHIEVEMENT

Schedule:

We are not making any changes at this time to the end date for 3rd quarter based on the 12/19 snow day and the shift in the end of 2nd quarter for the high schools and Saeger Middle.


Q1: 41 days

Q2: 43 days – 1 snow day + 2 days (review + finals) = 44 days

Q3: 43 days – 2 days (review + finals) = 41 days

Q4: 42 days


With the two-day delay for the start of 3rd quarter, both quarters are only one day apart now (just flipped from the one day apart originally). Given that and that this change was only for 5 of the schools, we are not making any changes to the end date of 3rd quarter now.

ATTENDANCE

Knights @ 90: Our most recent update says 88.23% of FHN students are attending 90% of the time. In order to help support your efforts in talking to and encouraging students to improve their attendance, there are a few resources listed below. The first few are links to tools on attendanceworks.org. The last link is to some google slides with images/memes you can display in class to inform/encourage your students. Thanks.


HELPFUL LINKS:

http://www.attendanceworks.org/tools/schools/teaching-attendance-toolkit/

http://www.attendanceworks.org/tools/schools/power-positive-connections-toolkit/

http://www.attendanceworks.org/tools/for-parents/for-working-with-teens-and-families-of-older-students/


Google Slides w/ Attendance Info:

https://docs.google.com/a/g.fhsdschools.org/presentation/d/1WEcq5Lz7k5Jucdh4tnZcDgSs2Cle0xcc4zIq_v-UX04/edit?usp=sharing


There is an Attendance Committee meeting in the Learning Commons at 2:30 on Thursday 1/26.

CLIMATE

Thank you to all who attended the Staff Chats on the 19th. We appreciate your continued effort and willingness to participate in discussions. We came away with some great ideas and things to consider as we move forward.


Wednesday, January 25th

Coffee and Donuts in the LC

6:45 a.m.


Monday, January 23rd

Climate Committee

Will meet after the District Staff Chat in the LC

BEHAVIOR

If a student is assigned ISAP and you need them in class for a lab or specific activity, please use the FHN ISAP email to communicate this. In addition, these students will need to be escorted to and from your classroom.

TECHNOLOGY

The technology committee met this past week.



Discussion Items:

• Suggestions for next Lunch and Learn

• Updates from IT and ITS

• Week of Coding 2/6-2/10-- this is a week-long event focused on bringing an awareness to coding and giving students the opportunity to experience coding



Action Items:

• Aaron Manfull will be presenting suggestions for the Week of Code on 2/3

• Sign up by clicking on the following link: https://docs.google.com/a/g.fhsdschools.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0JKSqs9AiHCEay7srCQ2G4p9fCc9rBkotLuSUJYDyfYUYiw/viewform

STAFF COMMITMENTS--TO BE REVISED

2016-2017 Staff Commitments to the Learning Environment

In order to improve the climate/environment at FHN, the staff commits to:


  1. building positive relationships with students and staff members.
  2. listening to the concerns of others and by helping to problem solve those issues.
  3. helping students to see the relationship between effort and success.
  4. being open-minded to new ideas.
  5. addressing any inappropriate behavior immediately to help set an expectation of appropriate hallway and classroom behavior.
  6. giving clear and consistent expectations for device use and by enforcing them.
  7. counting tardies consistently.

SHOUT OUTS

"Shout out to Tracy Wuertenberg for all her efforts with Make-Up exams."

--Chris Birch

PLC LEADER MEETING

Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 2:30pm

LEARNING COMMONS

AP TEACHER MEETING

Thursday, Jan. 19th, 2:30pm

LEARNING COMMONS

AP Teacher Meeting


We will be meeting to discuss the AP registration season quickly approaching (schedules, deadlines, student circumstances, funding, pre-administration, etc)

CLIMATE COMMITTEE MEETING

Monday, Jan. 23rd, 2:30-3:30pm

MAIN OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM

After School Chat with Dr. Hendricks-Harris

Monday, Jan. 23rd, 2:30pm

Learning Commons

STAFF COFFEE AND DONUTS

Wednesday, Jan. 25th, 6:45am

Learning Commons

ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

Thursday, Jan. 26th, 2:30pm

Learning Commons

FACULTY MEETING

Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 2:30-3:30pm

COMMONS