Maverick Minutes

Week of April 11-15

The Homestretch!

By definition, the homestretch is here! We are at the final phase, the last part of the course, the final turn to the finish. You are tired, counting down the forty-something days, ready for summer…and rightfully so. You have worked hard, unpacked standards, given CFA's, lesson planned, disaggregated data…you have earned the right to be ready for the finale. However, there is still so much work to do and we must finish strong.

I had the opportunity to coach swimming from summer league to high school for nearly ten years. In every pre-meet speech, I always gave the same last words..."finish fast and hard. If you know anything about touch pads under water, they are sensitive. If my swimmers didn't finish fast and hard, there was a chance that the pad would misread and not record their time. True devastation to work so hard and because of a slow finish, they did what I call, "a near miss."

You all have worked so hard this year and have surpassed my expectations for year one of where HiRMS can go! I know you value every minute and in hindsight during the homestretch, you may second guess your pacing, time out of class, days missed from school, my school-wide project days, etc. However, the homestretch is not for that…it is to work with the time you have as you make the final turn and FINISH STRONG! Make every lesson count, be as punctual as you were in August, please be at your assigned duty, keep grades up-to-date and plan your review to cover what you need. In all things…FINISH STRONG!

I appreciate all that you do! Here's to the homestretch...

Important Dates!


4/11-14 8th Grade Class Trip to Washington, D.C.


4/11 3rd Qtr. Grades available on-line via Parent Portal


4/13 Special Olympics CCS


4/14 Secondary Principal’s Meeting


4/16 Band Competition @ Carowinds

To D.C. We Go...

This week marks the annual 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. Students will make the first stop to Arlington Cemetery where they will join in the wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. From there they will tour the monuments and memorials, visit the museums and take in the beautiful cherry blossoms in this beautiful city. They have been working hard to understand the history of our nation and the impact in has on our daily lives. We wish all drivers, chaperones, teachers and students a safe and memorable trip.

Gallery Walk to D.C.

Ms. Hammond's students took a Gallery Walk to learn about the monuments and memorials we will be visiting in Washington, D.C. next week. Check out the tour below...

Wanna Get Fit?

By chance conversation, a few of us have taken the insanity plunge each day in Ms. Anthony's room to get fit. I truly believe that personal wellness contributes to the success of a career. Each person has individual goals. Whether weight loss, toning, stress release or just camaraderie with each other, we invite all to join us. Insanity is a program of both cardio and core conditioning in a 30-45 minute workout. Todd Midgett, a parent in our school, high school friend of mine and a certified Insanity Trainer has done two sessions with us live to help us reach our goals, and is willing to crank up the music in the gym with the entire group. Our very own LaRhonda Bryson is also a certified trainer. This is for beginners and veterans. There is a pace for everyone. It is challenging and I cannot say that we are graceful, but we welcome all to participate in having a stronger mind, body and spirit. I promise it will impact your overall wellbeing as a teacher, spouse, parent, friend, etc. Come join us!

Congratulations to Josh and Jessi Van Eseltine

Grayson Lee Van Eseltine was born March 31, 2016 @ 6:11 p.m. He weighed 7lbs and 2oz and was 19.5 inches long. Mom and dad are doing great and fur siblings Max and Brody are protecting their newest friend!
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Spring Sports are Up and Going!

Baseball is in full swing, soccer is kicking it up, volleyball is serving it to their competition and track is lapping their way to another championship! Thank you to all who have been out to support our Mavericks! So many teachers and staff members are out and about and I know our kids appreciate it! Coaches, please send me some highlights of your teams!
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Know What Your Kids Are Eating!

This was shared this week and I thought I would pass it along. Just when you thought smarties were harmless, WBTV reported that students were bringing smarties laced in meth. Just an FYI!

Motivational Food for Thought!