SHISD Mid-Week Message
Weekly Superintendent's Message for Spring Hill ISD
Panther Nation, I want to thank all of you for helping make this school year one of the best ever at Spring Hill ISD. I'm sure you have heard of the recent school closings in Sunnyvale ISD and White Oak ISD due to flu outbreaks. So far, Spring Hill's attendance is good and the flu has not hit us hard yet. To help combat the flu and colds, our custodial staff is working hard to keep all of our facilities and buses sanitized. In addition, I would like our staff and students to take some simple health precautions to stay healthy and in good shape for the holidays.
- Please use the hand sanitizers placed around campus often
- Wash your hands frequently
- Keep your hands away from your face
Below is some information to help you and your families stay healthy from our Director of Nursing, Jayme Walton:
The Flu. Flu is a viral illness, and as such, antibiotics are not effective in treating it. The most common symptom of flu are fever and chills, headache, body aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose and cough. Your doctor will be able to do some testing to determine if you have the flu and if so, can prescribe a medication called Tamiflu that will help to minimize your symptoms, if it is started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen will help with relieving headache and body aches, as well as reducing fever. A person can be contagious anywhere from one day before their symptoms develop and can continue five to seven days after symptoms develop.
Strep. Strep, on the other hand, is a bacterial infection and will need to be diagnosed by your physician. Antibiotics will be required and it is very important to complete your course of antibiotics, even if you start feeling better before your prescription bottle is empty. The most common symptoms of strep are: a sore throat, white patches on the throat, painful swallowing, red/swollen tonsils, enlarged lymph nodes of the neck, high fever, headache, stomachache, vomiting, fatigue and rash on the neck, chest or torso. Anyone with strep will be considered contagious until they have been on antibiotics for a full 24 hour period. Symptoms of strep usually begin 1-5 days after exposure, and can continue for 3-7 days.
The following are some of the best ways to minimize the spread of the virus:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink plenty of fluids, (water is the best)
- Wash hands properly and frequently
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your elbow
- Do not share food/drinks
- Use anti-viral cleaners such as Lysol or Clorox to regularly clean the hard surfaces in your home
It is also very important to remember that a student should not return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of any fever-reducing medications, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. We highly recommend a flu shot for every member of your family each year. It’s not too late to get the flu shot.
I hope this Christmas break will bring your family many good memories and a much needed break to rest, recover, and stay healthy.
Steven Snell, Superintendent
Merry Christmas Braylon!!!
Mr. Dunn Creates Ornament for the Tree at the Capitol
Representative Jay Dean with the Ornament on the Tree at the Capitol
Leaders Core Hosts Senior Citizen's Luncheon
7th & 8th Grade WAVE Groups Visit Nursing Homes
Primary Campus Gives Back
Junior High One Act Play Gets 2nd Place!
Junior High One Act Play put on an incredible show. 2nd place overall.
- Best Actor: Jacob D.
- All Star Cast: Carson W. and Chris M.
- All Star Tech Award: Collin W.
These talented kids put in a ton of work. Thanks go out to Director Becky Smith.
4th Grade Teachers & Students Participate in The Writing Academy
Spring Hill Intermediate 4th grade teachers and students participated in The Writing Academy (TWA) Expository Writing Camps on December 6-7, 2017. A number of 3rd grade teachers and students participated in the camps as well. The Writing Academy provides interactive student camps designed to strengthen students' expository writing skills. ELA teachers utilize TWA instructional strategies while teaching writing lessons in the classroom. The Writing Academy camps provide an awesome learning experience for both students and teachers!
Thank you to the Intermediate teachers, administrators, and students who spent their energy, time, and attention to participate in the writing camps. Your efforts make the writing camps a huge success! Sincerely - Penny Fleet
The Writing Academy presenter, Salome' Conyers stated, "I enjoy presenting writing camps in Spring Hill ISD where students are engaged and strive to become stronger writers! Keep up the great work students and teachers!"
Multisensory Grammar & Writing Workshop
ELA teachers from the Primary, Intermediate, Junior High and High School participated in the Multisensory Grammar and Writing workshop on December 5, 2017, presented by Region 7. Multisensory Grammar is an approach developed by the Neuhaus Education Center to provide a concrete, colorful method for teaching the functions of parts of speech and sentence structure. Teachers learned routines for introducing and reinforcing the parts of speech and strategies that promote student's use of fundamental grammar in oral and written expression.
The ELA teachers were a fantastic audience! Thank you for your engagement and participation during this professional learning opportunity! Sincerely - Penny Fleet
Monthly Grants Awarded
Ms. Burrows & Mrs. Turner
Ms. Burrows receiving her check from PTA. She was awarded a grant for educational iPad apps.
Mrs. Smalley received a grant from Education Foundation. The grant was for molecular atoms for her science classes.
Mrs. Touchstone & Mr. Robinett
Mrs. Touchstone receiving her check from PTA. She was awarded a grant for flexible seating.
Ms. Burrows & Mrs. Turner
Write a Letter to Santa
Congratulations to the Academic All-State Honorees!!!
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