Forest Heights News
The week of 4/26/15
What is happening at the Heights...
Happy Teacher Appreciation
Teacher Appreciation Week Full of Surprises!
Monday: 10 minute Massages and a treat
Tuesday: You'll have to wait and see...hehe; maybe more sugar and fun in the sun?
Wednesday: Lunch from Mr. Jackson's PTO
Thursday: Who know what it'll be...
Friday: It wouldn't be right without more delight!
Let's us know if we can be of assistance to you as we celebrate what you do everyday in the lives of our students. We can never repay you for your service, but we do want you to know that your efforts haven't gone unnoticed!
BENCHMARK WINDOW OPEN
STAR TESTING BEGINS TODAY
MCLASS TESTING BEGINS TODAY
May 4 - Retention Meetings for any teacher/student that has not had a parent meeting or contact with signed letter.
May 4 - K-9 Sweep (Police Officer)
May 6 - National School Nurses Day ( Read more)
May 12 - BT File Audit
May 13 - 5th Grade Career Fair; 8:30am – 10:30am
May 14 - Family Fun Night @ FHES
May 21 - Cardinal of the Month
May 22 - GCS Job Fair
May 25 - Memorial Day Holiday
May 27 - Reading EOG @ Forest Heights
May 28 - Math EOG @ Forest Heights
May 29 - Science EOG @ Forest Heights
June 4 - 3rd Grade Reading Retest
June 8-9 Awards and Graduation
June 10 - Last Day of School
June 12 - Flexible Benefits enrollment closes
July 6 - August 6 - Y-Readers Camp
August 11-12 - Teaching and Learning Conference @ Gaston College
EOG Adopt-A-Class is underway!
As the end of the school year nears, Technology Support Services requests that students and staff change their Google passwords.
Passwords should be:
8 characters (including capital letters, numbers, symbols)
Be complex, not simple
Not be your phone number, birth date, publicly known information such as gcsgoogle, 123456, or “password”
Memorable (try using a phrase that only you know or make your password related to something you can easily remember)
To change your password follow these steps:
Log in to your Google account
Click on the gear on the right hand side of your screen
Click on Settings from the drop down menu
Click on Google Account Settings
Click on Password
Type in your current password
Type in your new password
Type in your new password again
Click Change password
You’re Done! Congratulations! Now don’t forget your new password.
Kate's Skate Night
Thanks to all that participated in the mandatory parent involvement. If you did not make it, don't worry you have an additional assignment for Family Fun Night that is coming up this month!
PRE-K goes to First In Flight
Raising TEST SCORES ...Have you done anything to increase our success?
Raising Test Scores: What Teachers Can Do
- Greet your students at the door when they enter your classroom. Be at the door when they leave. Say goodbye with a positive comment.
- Put a "word for the day" on the board. A word which is in the lesson. Give the meaning and have students use the word in a sentence. Everyday.
- Give your students lots of in-school reading practice. Research clearly shows there is a direct correlation between in-school reading practice and gains in reading comprehension and gains on achievement tests. Students who receive an hour each day of in-school reading practice achieve comprehension growth at twice the rate of national norms…particularly among students who have below average reading ability. Reading is the single most important academic skill a student needs to be successful in school.
- A student who reads for recreation 15 minutes a day will increase 2 NCE points on an achievement test. Your students should always have a library book in their possession and should read one book every week for recreation. You’ll see an increase in academic performance in social studies, language arts, science and math! Sell recreational reading!
- You, the teacher, should be a reader. You should read at least one book a week. Talk about what you read with your students and show your students the book you’re reading. Show excitement and enthusiasm! This one single act, alone, will raise test scores.
- No student is born wanting to read. You must instill the love for reading by example and by seeing that your students read. This technique is crucial to increasing achievement test scores.
- Expect success from all your students. All kids can learn and all kids can learn at much higher levels than they do now. Never be afraid of teaching over their head. Never be afraid your tests are too difficult. Stretch their comfort zone!
- Commend a different student everyday… for some accomplishment, even though it may be small. Have a "special student award." Categories may include: "most improved," "most caring," "student who read the fastest on the speed drill," etc. Have a special student award daily or weekly.