Panther Press

for the week of April 10th

This is a reminder to all teachers that ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure that your classroom is covered and materials are provided when you are absent. We have a limited number of options on a good day and even fewer when we are testing to cover classes. During testing days aides will not be available to cover classes so expect that classes may have to be combined or teachers will cover if teachers are out without subs. Stress to your colleagues the importance of getting a substitute.


Message from the Principal

The school board expectation for all employees is that they will remain on campus all day once they have clocked in for work. ANY employee (Classified or Certificated) who needs to leave campus during the school day, is expected to 1) see an administrator about leaving campus and 2) sign-out in the white notebook in the office.

We are seeing TOO many students in the hallway without passes. ANY teacher who sends/allows a student out of class must provide the student with a written pass. There is no exception to this.

All teachers are required to monitor their students in the lunchroom as they go through the line and while at their lunch table. It is not the role of the lunchroom staff to monitor your students.

Unit plans must be up to date and posted in every classroom.

All teachers are required to communicate with parents if a student is in danger of failing their class before the end of the grading period. Sending letters home that are not returned do not count as a parent contact. Sending INOW print outs home that are not returned do not count as a parent contact. They will reflect positively on the teacher for attempts but without a response we have no way of verifying that the parent has received the information. Additionally, notes in Chalkable are not considered parent contacts. If a student is failing your class, you must make a contact (phone conversation with parent, parent conference, or email conversation with parent). A conversation means dialogue between the teacher and the parent.

Keep in mind all teachers are required to administer at least one unit test every 4.5 weeks. We will be checking for these after progress reports. Documentation of RTI for these should be noted in the comment section of your gradebook. Unit tests in which a student makes less than a 60 must be retaught and re-assessed. The reassessment must occur during the nine weeks in which it originally administered. Accommodations that are implemented for an entire class do not qualify as examples of RTI or as interventions for PST. Students under 504 or an IEP may have different accommodations for assessments and these take precedent.

All teachers are required to have a substitute folder in their classroom complete with class rosters and emergency lessons. We understand that from time to time thing happen and a full blown lesson cannot be created to cover an absence so it is an imperative that emergency lessons are in the folder. We still have issues with finding enough substitutes and it really is not fair to any of your colleagues to have to create a lesson for your class when they end up having to cover.

Important Dates for the Weeks of April 10th

Do not forget to turn in Unit Assessments at the start of each unit.

  • Apr 10th, 11th & 13th - ACT Aspire Testing
  • Apr 10th, 12th & 13th - HMS Volleyball tryouts after school in the gym
  • Apr 10th - Monthly NJHS meeting in Room 201 after school
  • Apr 10th - Southern Conference Boys and Girls Track Meet at Pelham High School
  • Apr 10th - HMS Baseball vs Calera at Bud Newell Field
  • Apr 11th- No Faculty Meetings today due to testing
  • Apr 11th - Monthly Art Club meeting after school in the Art Room
  • Apr 12th - 6th Grade Track at Corner High School
  • Apr 13th - Tornado/Fire Drill 1st Period in the afternoon - see testing schedule for the 13th
  • Apr 13th - Grades must be posted by 3 PM
  • Apr 13th - Southern Conference Baseball Tournament begins at Pelham High School. See Coach Evans for details.

Apr 18th, 19th & 20th - HMS Girls Basketball Tryouts after school in the gym

Apr 24th -27th, May 1st - 5th - HMS Football Spring Training

May 16th 17th & 18th - HMS Boys Basketball Tryouts after school in the gym

"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility." - G. M. Trevelyan