HILL HAPPENINGS - January 11, 2016

The Little School with a Big Heart

Happy Monday! The "snow" day was surely a surprise. I hope that everyone enjoys their day at home! This week will kick off the testing window for STAR Math and DRA. I am really anxious to see the growth that students have made this year. I know how hard everyone has been working. Our parapros began the DIBELS assessment last week and I really liked what I was hearing!

The Watch DOG program has launched and is in full swing. Thank you to Dave and Lisa for their leadership with this program and for all of the support. Things seems to be running smoothly. A soft launch will be planned before Spring Break for dads that weren't able to attend. We will hold a dads and doughnuts meeting in our gym. I'll let you know once a date has been set.

There seems to be conversation regarding NWEA, possibly replacing M-STEP in the future. At our next principals' meeting, Verle Gilbert will be talking to principals about how the pilot has went at Hahn thus far. I will certainly keep you posted. I also have some literature about NWEA if anyone would like to take a look at it.

I've included 2 articles that I'd really like for you to take a look at. One article on word study and the other about number talks, which should be a nice intro prior to our early release PD on Wednesday. Both I think are worthwhile reads and a direction we will be heading.

See everyone Tuesday!

Jen :)

A Little bit of PD....

It's All About The Code

If you didn't have a chance to view the parody that Gates' Staff put on, here it is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/davison-high-school-davison-mi/5bae397c18

I'm sure the kids would enjoy it too!

Hill Celebrations and Announcements

Welcome Zachary Smith, who will be a student intern with Lisa DuPrey this semester. Additionally Sydney Wheeler, will be completing observation hours in Suzie Richards room and Alyssa Fielder will be in Leisa Robertson's room. Please join me in welcoming these incoming teachers into our school family!

Happy Birthday - Birthday wishes go out to Wanda Mitchell! (1/17)

Special Announcements - Congratulations to Pat Locke and Michelle Thompson. Pat and Michelle will be retiring at the end of the school year. While there are certainly mixed emotions about this announcement, I couldn't be happier for these two wonderful women who continually make a difference at Hill School!

The week ahead....

CARDINAL CODE: Please repeat week 1 of basic behavior Cardinal Code Expectations.

Monday, 1-11-16

4th Grade DRA- Need to reschedule

9:00-10:00 Schaepkens STAR Math - Nee d to reschedule

10:00-11:00 Buzzell STAR Math - Need to reschedule

7:00 Board Meeting

Tuesday, 1-12-16

9:00 - 2nd Grade Buddy Bench Lesson

Clubs Begin

7:20-8:20am M-STEP Pre-Planning PD

8:00-10:00 Balanced Calendar Meeting - Jen

3rd Grade DRA

4:15-6:15 - ELA Meeting

5:30 PTO

Wednesday, 1-13-16

8:40 Kick-off assembly for Varsity Basketball mentoring program

8:45-10:00 Strine STAR Math (TENTATIVE)

10:00-11:20 Fulcher STAR Math


1:28 Dismissal

1:45-4:45 - PD for certified staff, paraprofessionals

Thursday, 1-14-16

9:00 3rd Grade Buddy Bench Lesson


2nd Grade DRA

4:15-6:15 Social Studies Mtg

Friday, 1-15-16

9:00 - Kindergarten Buddy Bench Lesson

9:30 - First Grade Buddy Bench Lesson

9:00-10:00 Draper STAR Math

10:00-11:00 Thompson STAR Math

12:40-1:40 Halverson STAR Math

1:40-2:40 Richards STAR Math

Popcorn Day- Please encourage students to wear Hill shirts

7:30 - Hill Family Night at the Davison Varsity Basketball game

Looking ahead....

January 18th: No School

January :19 Child Study, Kindergarten DRA

January 20: 9:00 STAR Math makeups, Math Meeting

January 21: Staff Meeting, 1st Grade DRA

January 25: ACC, Bible Release Day

January 28: End of 2nd Marking period

January 29: No School

February 1: SIP Executive Summary Due

February 1: SIP Additional Requirements Due

March 3: Mini- QAR

March 18: Interim Self- Assessment due