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Weekly Notes for Staff September 1-11, 2015

Teaching and Learning the Falcon Way

Hurst Hills Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Vision: We’re the ones empowering students to achieve excellence!


Mission: As a Hurst Hills Falcon, I will soar to excellence by showing respect and responsibility, and challenging myself to reach my goals.


Core Values

1. Do what is right

2. Perform with excellence

3. Respect others

Important Dates

Sept 1 and Sept 2 Grade Level Orientation Nights

Sept 7 Labor Day Holiday No School

Sept 8-11 All Student Grades 1-5 BOY Pretests Math

Sept 8 BOY PTA General Meeting 6:30-7:30 Mandatory for all professional staff

New to District Pretests Grade 4/5 Reading Pretests

Sept 9 All Students Grade 3 Reading and Grade 4 Writing Grade 5 Science Pretests

Sept 10 NO Staff Meeting

Sept 12 Campus Open 9-5 (Look for Smiley Face)

Sept 13 Campus Open 9-5 (Look for Smiley Face)

Sept 14 Progress Reports

Sept 14-29 PTA Chocolate Fundraiser

Sept 14-Oct 2 BOY Reading 3D Window

Sept 15 District Visitors

Sept 15 Tentative Parent Preview of Play it Safe 5:30-6:30 PM

Sept 16 Play It Safe Student Program

Beth off campus for district instructional meeting 9-1

Sept 21-Oct. 2: Black vs. Blue Food Drive

Sept 25: Grandparent Day Lunch: Flyer will go home with details and lunch times

WatchDOG Kickoff: Pizza With Dad Night! 6:30

Sept 23 Bus Evacuation Training AM

Sept 25 Watchdog "Pizza with Dads" Kickoff 6:30-8:00 PM

Sept 29 Fifth Grade Science CBA1

**September Birthdays**

September 10: Delana Clark - Fourth Grade

September 15: Paula Anderson - Instructional Resource

September 16: Beth Sanders - Principal

September 19: Karenia Holloway - Kindergarten

September 26: Stephanie Stevenson - Third Grade

RTI Update

RtI Tiers have been prepopulated in Edugence based on STAAR data from last year…

· Unsuccessful on STAAR Reading last year= Tier 2 Yellow Dot

· Scored below on Bridging Math= Tier 2 Yellow Dot

Remember Tier 3 Students (SpEd and 504) do not need to be tracked in Edugence, but they may have been prepopulated with a dot.

The next steps involve…

1. Identifying Intensive or Strategic Tier 2 for these students

2. Setting individual goals based on individual student needs and RtI tiers

3. Beginning intervention according to RtI curriculum (Interventionists begin Sep. 14)

4. Inputting progress monitoring data (Strategic every 3 weeks and Intensive every 2 weeks)

Edugence RtI Videos have also been loaded into HEB Curriculum in the RtI module under Training Materials.

Kindergarten Gradebook Link

We Need a PCC Representative for the 2015-16 School Year. Elizabeth has served 2 years and must step down. Please let Beth know if you are interested.

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Thank you to the group that introduced You Matter to Hurst Hills! I love seeing the students and staff recognize those who make a difference every day.

I know that you all observe staff members going above and beyond on a daily basis to support students, fellow staff members, and the overall success of Hurst Hills. Please send in Kudos as you see them so that staff can be recognized for the things they do from day to day that make a difference. I would also love to share personal celebrations! Email your recognitions to Beth by Friday to be added to the weekly notes! If Beth uses your submission or you are the subject of a celebration, stop by the office for a special treat!

Reading Programs Available This Year


  • Braum’s Book Buddy: students read 1 book a week for 6 weeks and receive a coupon for a free ice cream treat.
  • Pizza Hut Book It: students set a reading goal (usually 20 minutes a night) and at the end of each month, they receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza.
  • Six Flags Read to Succeed: students read 6 hours, record it on a reading log, and receive a free ticket to Six Flags.
  • Texas 2x2 Challenge: Students in PreK-2nd grade read at least 10 Texas 2x2 books from the current year to receive a prize. Read 20 and receive another prize. Upper grade students may also participate, but they will read their 2x2 books in the library to allow the younger students to check them out.
  • Bluebonnet Challenge: Students in 3rd-6th grade read at least 5 current Bluebonnet nominees to vote on their favorites.
  • Reading Counts Points Challenge: students receive dog tags for points.
  • Reading Bingo: students read books in different genres or formats and receive a medal when they complete the challenge. This will start later in the fall.
  • Million Word Club: Students who reach one million words are recognized on announcements and get their name on the Million word Plaque in the library.

Furniture Needs

There are a few items in the science lab that will be moved to the mezzanine unless someone wants them in their classroom. Please email Beth if you are interested in the following items:


  • Teacher desk-2
  • Red chair-1
  • Round table-1
  • Full Study carrels-2
  • White partition-1
  • White student computer tables (on legs)-2
  • Partial study carrel-1
  • Old science table-1
  • White student computer table (on wheels)-1
  • Black file cabinet-1


We are also looking for a trade. We have a tall horseshoe table in kinder that is too tall. We need a horseshoe table with adjustable legs to trade. Let Beth know if you are willing to trade a horseshoe table with adjustable legs and you have students in 3rd grade and older.


Finally, Ginger Bihm is missing several chairs. She needs the bright blue silver leg large chairs. If you have one to spare please let her know.

A Note from the Assistant Principal

Upcoming Assessments:

· 9/4= Reading Pretest Grade 6

· 9/8 -11= Reading Pretest New 4th and 5th graders

· 9/8-11= Math Pretest ALL 1st – 5th graders

· 9/8-11= Science Pretest ALL 5th graders

· 9/9= Reading Pretest ALL 3rd graders

· 9/9= Writing Pretest ALL 4th graders


The tests and answer documents will be placed in your box the morning your assessment window opens.


All answer documents will need to be returned to Mrs. Becker’s box by 3:30 on the final day of the assessment window.


Please put any handgridded or blank answer documents on top.


Please let Mrs. Becker know if you have any questions about accommodations (504/SpEd/ELL) prior to assessments!