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HHE Mission

Holiday Heights is a SAFE and ACCEPTING place where everyone works together to LEARN, IMPROVE, and ACHIEVE our goals.

CALENDAR

DATES

February 16 Generous George Presentation during specials

February 17 5th Grade Math CBA

February 17 UPS-Check check in during conference

February 18 Instructional Rounds

February 18 5th Grade Reading CBA

February 19 Care Team day

February 22 House Meeting (Activity)

February 22 Faculty Meeting

February 23 4th-2nd Grade Reading CBA

February 24 PLC/Art Day

February 25 5th-2nd Grade Social Studies CBA

February 26 Care Team paperwork Due

February 26 End of the 4th Six Weeks

HHE 2016 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Rachel Ingram, our Teacher of the Year! We are so proud of all our teachers and nominees. Thank you for all you do for our students. Rachel will represent our school well and we are so happy for her!

Valentine Dance Success

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Thank you to everyone who helped out with the Valentine Dance. This was the most successful one we have ever had and it is largely due to the dedication and commitment of all those who stayed to help out. Our students really loved having so many of their teachers enjoy this time with them.
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Technology Spotlight Saturday March 5th

  • Learning+Fun+CoolPrizes....Spring Digital Learning Conference is on Saturday March 5 from 8:00-1:30 at the BCTAL.

College Wednesdays in February

During the month of February you are invited to wear a college shirt or sweater with jeans. As always you may wear the warm-ups ordered through the Social Committee as another Wednesday option.
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Recommendations from team and next steps:


  1. There is a globe "Icon" to place by our standards in the room as a reminder for us to ask students "How would you use this in real life?" or other ways we can make the learning objective relevant.
  2. Appoint 1 person on your team to make sure you look at and design structural level questions for the unit
  3. Everyone bring one workstation along with the TEKS that you have designed for upcoming lessons to the faculty meeting on February 22nd.

Dismissal Procedures

The fence is up and the gates will be installed this week. None BISD staff are not permitted to enter through the gates during the school day 7:00-4:00. This includes dismissal. The gates will remain locked and parents will have to walk around the perimeter. I am working on making signs that explain this at each gate.


We appreciate your help in communicating this with parents who do not have these and referring them to the office for a temporary one.


Please continue to make sure parents have their pickup cards. The police said this is one of the best things they like about our school's dismissal for 3 reasons.

1. It reassures parents the person next to them is supposed to be here

2. It highlights individuals who might not need to be on campus

3. It is a very visible signal to the community that there is a system in place to identify people whop are supposed to be here. The police said this is a very strong, proactive, deterrent to those who should not be on campus.


The police were very complementary of our dismissal procedures and I want to encourage your vigilance. If there are any suspicious vehicles around campus, call on the radio immediately so the office can respond quickly. Having everyone be on alert is the best way to make sure only those with a legitimate purpose are on campus.

TAGT on Demand

TAGT On Demand is now open for teachers who are interested in getting started on their annual 6-hour update for 2016-2017. If there are teachers who did not complete their 30-hour or the 6-hour update for this year, they may also continue working on that task. District guidelines require that it be completed by December 31 each year, but the logins BISD paid for will be available until June 30. Please finish hours for this year as soon as possible. Courses are being posted in Workshop as quickly as possible once teachers submit their certificates to Katie Waldrip.


http://tagtondemand.com/

Pictures of Students

If you would like to add picture to the digital sign just upload the pictures to the following folder:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3gFayfVWmQ7fm80RTFHQ2VlaDNCZmRPanpOdkNSdTA3SzFrRklNaXR0Um9IVDNLdzlUbG8&usp=sharing

Reminders and Focus

  • Our security fence has started and will be finished in 2 weeks. The gates will be locked during school hours and can be opened by your key. During the school day (7:30-4:00 on none Aspire days: 7:00-6:00 on Aspire days) these gates are to be treated like an exterior door. Adults and teenagers should not enter these and should go through the main doors, even at dismissal.

  • Our goal is to be level 3 (or moving close to it) in most areas on the district rubric for TEKS centered teaching. I have seen many great examples of students interacting with the TEKS in class. Be sure to not only post them, but have discussions so that students understand the goal of their learning.
  • Continue to build strong, positive relationships with all the students. Smile often. Choose to see the good and positive. Focus on growth and celebrate often. Nothing is more helpful in the learning process than the effects of trust and joy.
  • PLC's should be meeting weekly to answer the 4 questions. Common Formative Assessments should done after mapping out the six weeks, then planning for learning should take place. If you need any support in this, please contact our coaches, Erin, and myself.
  • Rigor, relevance, and engagement strategies should be focus on when planning student learning tasks.