Panther Press

for the Week of Nov 12 Plus

Morning Check-In and Tardies

As a reminder teachers, we do not do tardy sweeps for 1st period. Students coming late to 1st period are to be marked tardy by the classroom teacher following normal tardy procedures. Students do not check-in through the office until after 8:10 AM.

Reminders from the Principal

Make sure you are reading the Panther Press each week and planning accordingly. Visit the Google Classroom to ensure you know when things are due. We have a set of lesson plans due today. The next set of lesson plans is due Dec 7. These due dates are non-negotiables. If you have not done so already, make sure you have noted the due dates. The full lesson planner calendar is on the Google Classroom.

Grades must be updated every week. A minimum of one grade a week is required by the district. If you have read the lesson plan template, one assignment per week is supposed to be designated in your lesson plans to be included in your gradebook. As we progress through the year, this will be something we begin looking for when we compare lesson plans to gradebooks. Something for you to consider.

The administrators will be checking lesson plans each time they are turned in. For the 1st Nine Weeks, the focus has been primarily on the standard and learning target. We will continue this focus through the end of October (and until further notice). However, if your lesson plans are not complete, they will be sent back to you to complete. Sometime after October, the focus will be on the standard(s), learning target(s) and formative assessment(s). The exact date this shift in focus will occur will be communicated to you in advance (and as soon as we have it).

When completing your lessons plans, make sure you denote the assignments/assessments that will be entered into the gradebook. These assignments/assessments must be connected to standards. If it is not connected to a standard it should not be in the gradebook. This is a district requirement and at least one assignment must be entered each week. A copy of your lesson plans must be posted in your classroom. The Advisement Lesson Calendar will suffice for Social Development Skills.

The forms for submitting Parent Contacts is in the Google Classroom. Make sure these are up-to-date. It is the expectation that parent contacts are entered when they are made not at the end of the nine weeks or days/weeks/months later.

All teachers will be required to administer a minimum of four assessments every nine weeks: two before progress reports and two after. The two Unit Assessments count towards the total minimum assessments required: One unit assessment must be before progress reports and one after. Plan accordingly so that required RTI activities can be completed prior progress reports and report cards going home.

I need to remind ALL staff members of a couple of things: 1) all staff members are required to remain on campus during the work day unless they have permission from an administrator to leave for school related business (teachers must sign out in Mr. Anders' Office and classified must clock out as well), 2) All staff are responsible for electronic communications and items shared through the google platform. We will be adding additional documents as the year progresses. "I did not read my email" or "I did not know how to access the google folders" is not an acceptable excuse.


Due to continued complaints from the lunchroom staff, beginning Monday, Oct 15, the round teacher tables will no longer be available in the lunchroom and all teachers will be required to sit with their students during lunch. Lunch is not duty free. All teachers are responsible for the students they take to lunch whether the students are in the hall on the way to lunch, in the line to get their food, at the lunch table, taking their trash to the garbage and in the hall on the way back to lunch. Supervision of students assigned to the teacher is one of the primary professional responsibilities of the teacher.

Important Reminders for the Week of Nov 5 Plus

Nov 12 - Veteran's Day - School closed

Nov 12 - Technology Surveys due complete by 3 PM per district


Nov 13 - Progress Reports go home

Nov 13 - Timecards approved by 3 PM

Nov 13 - NJHS Meeting after school in room 104

Nov 13 - HMS Basketball vs Rudd @ HMS

Nov 13 - HMS Football to be recognized at City Council Meeting

Nov 15 - PLUS Day for Social Studies and Math in Conference Room (PLUS Day Memo and Schedule)

Nov 15 - Last day to register for Miss HMS

Nov 15 - HMS Basketball vs Fairfield @ HMS

Nov 16 - Grades posted by 3 PM

Nov 16 - Lesson Plans due by 3 PM in the Google Classroom (covering Nov 26 - Dec 7)

Nov 19-23 - Thanksgiving Holidays - School Closed

Nov 26 - Goal setting sheets with advisement students due completed

Nov 26 - Timecards approved by 3 PM

Nov 26 - HMS Basketball @ McAdory

Nov 27 - FACULTY MEETINGS in the Conference Room

Nov 27 - Debate Competition at Samford

Nov 27 - HMS Basketball vs PG @ HMS

Nov 29 - PLUS Day for Science and English in Room 102 (PLUS Day Memo and Schedule)

Nov 29 - MEDC in the Conference Room

Nov 29 - HMS Basketball vs Bessemer City @ HMS

Nov 30 - Grades due by 3 PM

"To teach one must know the nature of those whom one is teaching." - Ancient Egyptian Proverb

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