Leading the pack in education
September 5 School Holiday
September 6 Kindergarten Curriculum Night 5:30-6:00
September 7 Second Curriculum Night 6:00-6:30
September 8 PLC/Art Day
September 8 First Grade Curriculum Night 6:00-6:30
September 8 Third Grade Curriculum Night 6:00-7:00
September 9 House meeting: 8:10-8:40
September 12 Wear your new T-shirt and khaki/tan: staff picture after school at library area 3:45-4:00
September 12 Campus Teams Meeting 4:00-4:30
September 12 PTA Board Meeting 5:00-6:00
September 13 Pre-K curriculum night 5:30-6:30
September 16 Howdy Dance 3:30-5:00 (All staff)
September 19 Faculty meeting 3:45-4:15
September 20-October 4 1st-5th ELA Composition
September 21 Early Release Day
September 23 House meeting: 8:10-8:40
September 26 Site Base Meeting 3:45-4:30
September 30 Hearing/Vision Screening in Science Lab
September 30 CORE Outstanding Student for Six Weeks Nomination
September 30 House meeting: 8:10-8:40
September 30 T-TESS Goals in Apraise by the end of the day
October 3 Hearing/Vision Screening in Science Lab
Close Reading Ideas
- http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2015/04/15/3-ways-to-teach-close-reading-with-picture-books- From We are Teachers blog/facebook page.
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/938384582909136/ Facebook page on Note and Notice, the Close Reading Book Page that is very teacher friendly. You can throw out a question and other teachers give help. Pretty cool.
- Don't forget to add Kagan structures to your normal routine and lesson plans. You should at least be using one structure a day by the end of this six weeks. I am ordering the "one pager" for every teacher on the 10 most effective strategies.
- You should have received Math posters for your classroom with our district math strategies. Please find a place for them in your classroom that will be visible for students to reference.
- Start building you interactive word wall for this six weeks.
Above the Line
“The performance of a team rises or falls on behavior. The simple truth is that getting and staying above the line is the foundation of success in anything you do—work, school, football, and life. Every day is a battle for whether we choose to live Above the Line or Below the Line. The choice we make determines how we treat the people we love, how we interact with colleagues at work, how we do our job, how we learn and grow, how we deal with adversity and disappointment, and ultimately what we achieve.”
Above the Line behavior is conscious and thoughtful. Below the Line behavior is impulsive and reactionary. Ironically, some schools are so preoccupied with pushing for results that they fail to build a culture that sustains the behavior that produces results. We have have committed to having an intentional culture at Holiday Heights that is focused on staying Above the Line by each of us being reflective and solutions driven.
Winning behavior will not thrive in a culture that does not support it.
"If your habits don’t reflect your dreams and goals, you can either change your habits or change your dreams and goals."
Our goal is simply to serve our students in the highest possible way so they may have the education to be able to accomplish anything they set out to do in their future. I know the only way we can fulfill this dream is by working as one team.
Information & Updates
- We still only have one cafeteria monitor. If you know of a parent or someone else that is interested, please let Nicole know.
- T-TESS Calendar: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LuUsRay-VE32dQDX5DaNSmQU2bjO8W8YG8uzUtL8New/edit
- Office Depot has $200 grants that you can apply at aid4edu.org if you would like to try for a gift card.
- Home Depot also will usually give gift cards to teachers, just write them a letter with the details about the project you are building and the materials needed to the store manager.
- It is imperative that you get your attendance completed as close to 10:00 as possible and no later than 10:20! If we get audited, it can "hurt" us if our attendance is not correct. Email Pam with any needed corrections.
- If you have not updated your website please do so immediately with at least the following: Current picture, class name, grade, contact information, and class schedule. As we progress through the year, I would like for you to add a student tab where students can go to access important information for your class such as useful websites, homework help, etc.
- Class Mission Statements should be up by this time of the year, please refer to the email about the guiding class questions for the basics. If you need any assistance, please let us know.
- Please make sure your voice message is set and updated for this year.
- Our first Art/PLC is this week on September 8th. You will need your data binders and class lists.
- I am very proud of you all using our Google drive and venturing into new teritory. Hopefully this has been a smooth process for you. The login is your firstname.lastname@example.org and your password is the same as your district login.
- Try something new on Google and share with your collegues!
- http://www.mathcoachscorner.com/2012/09/free-number-sense-technology-tool/ Free Interactive math tools you may want to check out.
- Here is the link to get to our lunch count submissions page onlinehttps://ims.birdvilleschools.net/cf/cn/lunchcount/lcteacher.cfm
- Link to announcements when they begin, or at least it was the link the past few years http://bisdumsrv01/112HH.html Thanks Susan!
Air Conditioning Concerns
Please let Resa Goodwin know if you are having any issues with your air conditioning. She will be the person to coordinate with Mr. Diaz and Laron Street for the energy management consultant.
- Thank you Tonya and Julie for helping our students have "warm fuzzies"
- We all greatly appreciate Toy for arranging Whirly Ball and look forward to the next time we get together for some competitive fun!
- Thank you Erin for the yummy Root Beer Floats to end our first week of school in such a cool way
- Thank you Kara for making us such delicious chocolate cake for the beginning of the year!
- Thank you Victor for moving a refrigerator & microwave on the stage...
- Thank you Toy and Kendyl for outlining the paw prints in the cafeteria so students can see better where to stand
- We greatly appreciate the help in selecting our LEAD students and guiding them in their new roles- special shout out to Becky, Toy, Mark, Jeanne, Paul, Michael, and Nicole. It is not easy, but very worth it!
- Thank you Toy for the powerpoint slides for our announcement team
Staff please get the Remind 101 app use code @81010 or text @bisdhhe to get updates throughout the year.
You might also want to Like the Holiday Heights Elementary official Facebook Page and follow Twitter @bisdhhe to keep up with school happenings throughout the year!
Using your web browser, Go to the SafeSchoolsTM website for Birdville ISD: http://birdville.tx.safeschools.com/
Enter your Username: (employee ID number with no leading zeros)
Once you log into the site, click on a course title to begin the training. Each course has audio, so be sure to turn up your speakers if you'd like to listen. You must complete each section of the course in order to receive full credit.
Your Birdville ISD SafeSchoolsTM contact:
BISD’s Support Portal
Simply click on the Technology or Facilities Management icon to access the respective work request form(s). Click the red “Submit a Ticket” button located in the upper right corner of the screen. Next, complete and submit the form. Once received, email updates about the completion status of your request will be sent to you from the appropriate department.
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