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Department of Magnet Programs - Week of April 11, 2016

Our Mission

Inspire, develop and engage all students in becoming career and college ready; creative problem-solvers; active citizens; and life-long learners in a globally connected society.

Our Vision

Huntsville City Schools will become the model public education system in the United States, demonstrating commitment to equity and excellence by establishing the standard for instruction, curriculum, faculty, facilities, technology and student activities to ensure that all students graduate with the capacity to compete successfully and contribute responsibly as a citizen in a globally connected society.

Leadership Food for Thought

Good morning everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend; one that was filled with rest, laughter, and fun with the family. As we approach the end of the school year, please take some time with your leadership team to reflect on your school's successes and challenges. Begin to have conversations about goals that you want to accomplish for the 2016-2017 school year.

This weekend, I read an article that asked an important question, "How do you add value to your organization?" Some of the takeaways are below.

Chrissy Scivicque, CEO of Eat Your Career introduced value add to her audience in this way: "When it comes to career advancement, the biggest question has to do with your value to the organization. What are you doing to contribute to the bottom line? Remember, as an employee, you’re an investment. Your company pays you a salary and they expect a return. The more value you contribute, the better the investment and the more likely they are to continue investing in the future—and potentially invest in a bigger way. That means raises, promotions and job security for you."

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus wrote about value add in a way that coincides with the contributions made by educators and student champions:

Adding value is important in many facets of life: how people lead, how they develop friendships & relationships, as well as how they connect with new people, and especially with your family.

There are many ways we can add value:

(1) Create something someone can use

(2) Inspire someone to take action

(3) Lend a helping hand

(4) Be a shoulder to cry on

(5) Show someone how to do something

(6) Provide a new perspective

(7) Lead by example

(8) Listen more

(9) Give your full attention

(10) Be fully present in a conversation

"No matter how we contribute, it’s important to add value in an authentic way—without an ulterior motive—genuine and helpful and unassuming." How will you add value to another person today? How will you add value to Huntsville City Schools?

Have a great week of LEADING and LEARNING and remember....You are REMARKABLE!

Yours in learning,


High School Visual Arts Magnet Students Visit High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA!

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This Week at a Glance

Monday, April 11
  • STAR PreK - 12
  • ACT Aspire Reading, English, and Writing - Paper/Pencil
  • Kindergarten Registration - Richard Showers Center
  • High school principal's meeting @ 3:30 p.m. in ETC room @ Merts; AP and IB discussion
Tuesday, April 12
  • Principal's Meeting @ 8:00 a.m.
  • ACT Aspire Reading- Paper/Pencil; All 5 sections 10 grade
  • Service Pin Ceremony @ 5:00 HCT

Wednesday, April 13

  • STAR PreK-12
  • 360 Business Solutions Website Meetings- this is the new company that will be assisting us with our new district, department, and schools' websites.
  • ACT Aspire Math - Paper/Pencil
  • ACT Plus Writing Pre-test
  • Kindergarten Registration @ HCT

Thursday, April 14

  • STAR PreK-12
  • ACT Aspire Science - Paper/Pencil
  • ACT Plus Writing Pre-test
  • Kindergarten Registration - HCT
  • AAA Ribbon Cutting for Theatre @ 10:00 a.m.
  • No Place for Hate - HHS Freshman Academy @ 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 15

  • STAR PreK-12
  • Teacher Effectiveness Meeting @ HCT
  • ACT Aspire Makeup
  • ACT Plus Writing Pre-test
  • Opening night for Big Fish! @ Lee High School; Spring musical; Please come out to support our magnet programs!

Saturday, April 16

  • AAA Fine Arts Festival; please come out to support AAA @ 10:00 a.m.

Looking Ahead

Monday, April 18
  • STAR Enterprise
  • ACT Aspire Makeup
  • ACT Plus Writing Pretest
  • Progress reports go home
  • Ribbon Cutting for Playground @ Providence 8:00 a.m.
  • Hudson Alpha LABS Students Graduate @ 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19
  • STAR Enterprise
  • NISL Cohort 2
  • ACT Aspire 10th Grade
  • ACT Plus Writing 11th Grade
  • State of the Schools Address @ 6:00 p.m. AAA

Wednesday, April 20

  • STAR Enterprise
  • NISL Cohort 2
  • ACT Aspire Grade 10 Reading
  • CCRS Implementation Team - Leah will attend

Thursday, April 21

  • STAR Enterprise
  • ACT Aspire Online Makeup Grade 10
  • Deadline ACT Aspire Paper Test - Makeup
  • Freshman Academy Roundtable
  • Education Appreciation Luncheon @ 11:00 Redstone Arsenal
  • HCS School Board Meeting @ 5:30 p.m. - Providence will be presenting about their partnership with the Confucius Institute

Friday, April 22

  • No School - Snow Day

Saturday, April 23

  • Greenpower Race @ Whitesburg

To-Do List/Reminders

  1. Add evidence to your PLP in Lead Alabama. The goal is to add a minimum of one entry per month. I will begin adding my comments to your PLP the end of this month to wrap everything up for the 2015-2016 school year.
  2. High School Principals: Please send Christie the names of your ELA and Math teachers who will be teaching the ACT Prep class during the 2016-2017 school year; remember to include a period for SGA on the master schedule. Entitle the course "Leadership." Beth Keller will send you a course number
  3. Make sure you are adhering to the EDUCATE Alabama evaluation timeline for your teachers. Please submit the EA End of Year Forms to Tammy and Debbie by May 23, 2016.
  4. Summer Feeding Breakfast and Lunch - Lee, Providence, Rolling Hills, and Williams Elementary. There are additional sites but these are the ones that I work with. Breakfast @ elementary - 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.; Breakfast @ high schools - 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.; Lunch - 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  5. Send Marcie your 2016-2017 School Supply Lists by April 29, 2016
  6. Have master schedules completed by June 15, 2016
  7. I will send you the Principal End of Year Checklist information this week.

Some Additional Dates for the Summer

  1. New Science Course of Study Sessions - June 2, 2016 @ Blossomwood; make sure you have a team present
  2. New Science Course of Study Session - June 3, 2016 @ Blossomwood; 6th - 8th session
  3. AETC Conference in Birmingham June 7-9, 2016
  4. CLAS Conference in Montgomery June 12-15, 2016
  5. Model Schools Conference in Orlando June 26-29, 2016
  6. Expeditionary Learning - June 9-10
  7. Robotics Camp - June 6 - June 10 @ Columbia, Grissom and Lee
  8. Cyber Camp - June 13 - June 17 @ New Century
  9. New Science Course of Study Session - June 9, 2016 @ Blossomwood; repeat of K-2 and 3-5 session
  10. Summer School - June 6 - July 10; Grissom 8:00 - 3:30 p.m.; Lee 9:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  11. Elementary Learning Lab June 6 - July 1; teachers are only required to attend a one week session; Secondary Learning Lab - June 9 -16; more information coming.
  12. College Academy - FYE 101 Class @ UAH; July 25 - July 29
  13. Expeditionary Learning - June 9-10
  14. MEGA Conference in Mobile July 11 -15, 2016
  15. IB National Conference in Toronto - July 13-17
  16. New Teacher Orientation - July 18-22, 2016
  17. Administrative Conference - July 21-22
  18. District Professional Development Sessions - July 27, 2016
  19. Professional Development Pull Out Day - July 28, 2016
  20. School-based Professional Development - July 29, 2016
  21. Teacher Institute - August 1, 2016; 8:15 - 10:00 ETV
  22. Teacher Work Day - August 2, 2016