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Weekly Notes for Staff February 1-7, 2016

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

February 1-5: Counselor Appreciation Week

February 1: Fourth Grade Writing Camp 3:00-4:30 in Library

February 2: 100th Day of School

3rd Grade Writing CBA 1

February 4: Staff Meeting: STAAR Assessment Training

Title I Transition Training Day 1 (Team of 5)

February 5: Valentine Grams on sale @ lunch time

February 8-12: PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

February 8: Progress Reports go home

Fourth Grade Writing Camp 3:00-4:30 in Library

February 9: 5th Grade Math DBA 1 Closed Campus

February 10: 4th Grade Writing DBA 2 Closed Campus

February 11: Watchdog Donuts With Dads Event in Library from 7:15-7:45 (Come and Go)

Second Grade Math Training 11:45-2:45

No Staff Meeting

TELPS Holistic Training (All K-6 Reading or Writing Teachers per Marie's invite)

February 12: Valentine's Day Parties 2:00-2:45

February 16-17 TELPAS Calibration in Intermediate Lab @ 3:15

February 15: Fourth Grade Writing Camp 3:00-4:30 in Library

February 18-19 Grades 4-5 Social Studies CBA 1

February 18: Staff Meeting: Book Study Chapter 5

February 22: March 2 Book Swap Collection Window

February 23: 5th Grade Reading DBA 1 Closed Campus

February 25: Dollar Days: Crazy Socks (Do not have to wear shoes in the classrooms)

February 26: End 4th Six Weeks

Half Day: Noon Dismissal/Training 1:30-3:45

February 27: Cowtown 5K

March 3: College Colors and Report Cards go home

March 4: Spring Pictures/Class Pictures

Mark your calendars for the second annual Crusin' the Continents Event!

Come take a cruise and see what we have been learning about Asia in Art, Music, Suzuki, and P.E.!

Date: Thursday February 4th

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM

Location: Hurst Hills Cafeteria

Jeans and school shirts are encouraged!

Staff Transfer Window Open Now through March 21.

Print the form if you are interested in a transfer.

Fill it out and bring it to Beth to sign.

Remember, it is the teacher's requesting the transfer responsibility to take the form to HR by the deadline.

I love working with you, but I also understand that we all have different professional and personal needs that sometimes require a change. Please don't feel bad about coming to talk to me about the possibility of transferring.

If you have a school age child and you are interested in having them attend school where you work or close by, apply for a student transfer as well. You can always turn it down later, but it is much harder to get a late student transfer.

I will be meeting with all teams over the next few weeks to fill you in on the projected plans for the school. (number of teachers per grade level, subject distribution, etc.) I want you all to feel like you have as much information as possible when making this decision.

CLIC Update

Our campus level improvement committee met last week and one item discussed was a common day to send home campus and district communications.

We agreed on Thursdays in a take home pocket or folder

Handouts will be in boxes by end of day on Wednesday

Do not change how you send home handouts now. If you can do Thursdays please try. We will have a uniform policy beginning 2016-17 school year.

Open! Open! Open!

The building will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9-5. Remember to look for the smiley face on the door so you know you can enter. Please sign in and out in the office.

Dollar Day Money

Please turn in your dollar day money to Laurie to count and deposit. Thank you!

Computer Lab

Teacher must walk the lab when students are logging off to check key boards and mice for visible damage. We lost 4 key boards and 3 mice this month.

Student Transfers

If you would like to transfer your student within the district, the transfer window begins January 4, 2016 and ends February 29, 2016.

For more information, read the Transfer Q&A for the 2016-17 School Year

Tech Tip

The new link to get to TAC from home is http://www2.hebisd.edu/waplinks.

Choose Teacher Access Center.

You will enter your HEB username and password (just as you do for TAC at school).

After that authenticates, you will be asked to login to your TAC account again.

If you have not updated your link for TAC from home, please do so. Also, if you have issues with logging into TAC from home, please address those issues to your campus help account and give as much detail as possible.

Yearbook Pictures Needed!

Please submit all pictures you have so far this year for the yearbook. Liz Moore will be laying out all pictures for the first part of the school year over the break. She would like anything you have up to Thanksgiving by Monday, November 23 and December's photos before you leave on the 18th please! I have created a 2015-16 Yearbook Photos folder in share drive. I also have a flash drive that you can borrow from my office if that is easier, but I need that back at the end of your planning period. Please label the folder with the grade level and event for each set of pictures. I know there are lots of great pictures out there so let's get those in to Mrs. Moore!

Homework Helpers

Please remember to send home permission forms for Homework Helpers with students who would like to stay or those you think need to stay for various reasons. They are located in the workroom on the big table.

We are in need of volunteers for upper grades...so if you have not signed up (even for just one or two slots this year) please be a fabulous falcon, and help us out.:)

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You Matter forms are in the teacher workroom. Recognize your peers on the wall in the lounge!

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!