Knight Notes

April 4, 2016

Happy Monday!

Good morning---

i hope you had a wonderful weekend! The weather is certainly starting to really become nice.

We are progressing into 4th quarter. There is a lot going on with various events and a very full testing schedule. Thanks you so much for all of your patience and help. All of our work together helps everything to happen smoothly and to help our students be successful.

Have a wonderful week!


THANK YOU, PARAS AND INTERPRETERS!!!! (We are celebrating Paras and Interpreters Tuesday)

You do an awesome job to help ensure that all of our kids grow and learn. We are so fortunate to have all of you at FHN. Thank you for all that you do!!!


Congratulations to the following FHN HOSA State Competitors who were finalist and National Qulaifiers:

  • Biomedical Debate - Pratyush Sontha, Zohaib Abro, Richard Hua, and Mensur Koso Finalist

  • CERT - 3rd Place National Qualifier Juan Alega and Sarah Zimmerman

  • CERT - Hannah Zimmerman and Hannah Miller Finalist

  • Creative Problem Solving - 1st Place National Qualifier Bailey Marek, Abby Day, Mackenzie Eaker, and Rachel Elder

  • Creative Problem Solving - Paige Ward, Brandi Wellman, and Sarah Garrelts Finalist

  • EMT - Molli Cannon and August Wise - Finalist

  • HOSA Bowl - Michael Shine, Ethan Samson, Maggie Cox, and Shikha Annem Finalist

  • Behavioral Health - National Qualifier 2nd Place Ashley Davis

  • Medical Spelling - Breanna Wilson finalist

  • Prepared speaking - Lavanya Kolluru Finalist

  • Sports Medicine - National Qualifier 3rd Place Mady Vanek

  • Sports Medicine - National Qualifier 1st Place Sam Cary

  • Veterinary Science - National Qualifier 1st Place Delaney Chapman

Congratulations to Chris Witthaus on a great lunch and learn.

5 Quick Facts

Diane Fingers-English

1. I have three adult children: Nichole, Meaghan and Cody (can’t believe Cody is about to be 22.) I also have one g-baby, Emma, who is almost 8.

2. Anyone who knows me, knows I keep pretty busy, but when I have any down time, I like to read (duh:)), crochet, sew, and try new crafts, anything but knitting. My mom deemed me unsafe with knitting needles. It’s not a pretty sight.

3. When I was young, I tried to get over my fear of heights by learning how to rappel. Although I really enjoyed the sport, I’m still fiercely afraid of heights.

4. I enjoy home projects. If it needs to be done and I can figure it out, I want to do it myself. I love working with tools and making or repairing things myself. Youtube, Pinterest, Home Depot and occasionally Hobby Lobby, my faves.

5. My one claim to fame, I’m published in a book, The Call of Memory. My chapter is “Living With Loss.” This text is used at high schools and universities around the world.

I nominate Ben Ra.

Test Training

ACT Training for Junior Homeroom teachers is at 2:30 pm on 4/5 in Room 229 or at 6:45 am on 4/7 in Room 229 (choose one).

EOC training for all EOC examiners is on 4/6 at 1:35 in Room 113.


Tools for your Toolbox:

The 3 sentence wrap-up:

By using the 3 sentence wrap-up, you can eliminate the tendency to add every peripheral item discussed. Students have to be selective, determine what is most important, and then succinctly sum it up. Having to summarize something lengthy in 3 sentences or less can be a bit of a challenge. But it requires that students sift out what is important and sum up their understandings in a concise way.

How it works:

1. At the end of your presentation, have students summarize it in 3 sentences or less.

2. Have small groups get together to share and refine their summaries.

How to ensure higher-order thinking:

Ask students to get together in small groups and compare their sentences and see if they can pare the summary down to even fewer sentences.


The FHN Admin Team is very appreciative of the efforts of our staff this year in helping to raise awareness about the importance of good attendance, and to help to improve our overall attendance rates. I wanted to take a moment to share some data with you that highlights our gains in this area:


Percent of students missing 10%-19.9% of school= 8.8%

Percent of students missing 20% or more= 5.3%

2015-2016 (So far)

Percent of students missing 10%-19.9%= 6.3%

Percent of students missing 20% or more= 2.9%

Again, thank you for the part you’ve played in making this happen. FHN is a great place to work because clearly we have people who care.


The Climate Committee will meet at 2:30 on April 11.


The Tech Committee is meeting on 4/7 in the Main Office Conference Room at 2:30.

See article below for 6 flipped learning technologies that are coming out.

Lunch and Learn Video Link:

EOC and ACT Testing Window

4/11- 4/19 ELA, Alg 2, and Gov

4/19 ACT

4/25- 5/3 Alg 1 and Bio


Monday, April 4th, 2:30pm


Department Chair Meeting

Tuesday, April 5th, 2:30-4pm


ACT Training for Junior Homeroom Teachers

Tuesday, April 5th, 2:30-3:15pm


EOC Training

Wednesday, April 6th, 1:30pm


Faculty Meeting

Wednesday, April 6th, 2:30-3:30pm


ACT Training for Junior Homeroom Teachers

Thursday, April 7th, 6:45-7:15am


Technology Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 7th, 2:30-3:30pm

Main Office

Parent Coffee

Friday, April 8th, 7:30pm

Learning Commons

Climate Committee Meeting

Monday, April 11th, 2:30-3:30pm

Main Office

Opening Day Lunch

Monday, April 11th, 10am-12pm


More details to come!

EOC Training for Special Education Teachers

Wednesday, April 13th, 1:30pm


PD Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 13th, 2:30-3:30pm

Learning Commons

Attendance Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 14th, 2:30-3:30pm

Learning Commons


Thursday, April 21st, 2:30-3:30pm

Learning Commons