Sept. 13, 2013 (Vol. 4)

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Thank you for everyone who was able to support Jen Palkovic and her family in the Sienna's Play Garden 5K walk. It's caring acts like this that makes Solana Highlands such a special school!

High Tides

  • Awesome Instruction - It was with great pleasure that I got to show Julie Norby around your classrooms today. She was so impressed with the high level of instruction that was occurring in our classrooms.
  • Thank you Climate Team - Ellen, Lauren, Kristie, Shaina, Jessica, Lauren, Christine, Debbie B., and Matt for meeting and planning activities for the year.
  • Marriage! - Congratulations to Rob Bell; we are so excited for you and your wife!
  • Baby - Johanna had her baby this morning!!! More details to come!
  • MAP Testing - Great job Adriana for a smooth first week of testing! Thank you!
  • Cabinet Team - Jessica, Katy, Christine, Donna, Sherry, Marcie, Hollis, and Emily for your leadership and communication
  • Student Council - Thank you Susanna for leading this and giving our students some great leadership opportunities!
  • New Teachers at Highlands - Rob, Shaina, Lauren, Evi, Marcie, Adriana, and Jordan for getting off to such a great start and being such great teammates
  • Long-Term Guest Teacher - Katie Schmucker for doing a great job filling in for Johanna
  • District Strategic Planning Participants - Lisa Salley, Lisa Sturt, Ellen Leventhal and Julie Taylor for attending
  • Kudos from Judy - 2 days this week all attendance was taken; keep it up!
  • Ellen - For Presenting at the District Strategic Planning on the high level ways that we are integrating technology at Solana Highlands
  • Site Strategic Plan - Thank you to Kristie and Katy for meeting and planning for how they will demonstrate the Math C.C. shifts to parents
  • Terry Decker and Julie Norby for organizing a fantastic Strategic Planning Day that aligns to the sites. The process is better than ever! And thank you to Julie for visiting our site today! It's always a pleasure to show off the great teaching and learning that is happening at Highlands!

What a great first three weeks! Thank you to each and every member of our staff for making the start of school a great one for our students!


  • Happy Birthday - Deb Mulvaney next Friday
  • PLC Meetings Next Week - We'll look for trends in last year's Theme 1. If you are meeting at a time different from what is listed on your Support Schedule please let me know.
  • Staff Meeting - Classified and Certificated to Attend - Robyn Hubbard to present Love and Logic
  • Blinds in classrooms - should almost completely be installed - Please close blinds in the evenings for all outward facing windows, and for our 3-N-1 Drills. Thank you to Caroline, Nancy, and the Board for making safety a priority for all of our students.
  • School Site Council - Meets Wednesday at 7:30 - Ellen, Lisa, Jen, Hollis, Kirsten, Marie, and Rob
  • Mad Science Assembly - 9-20 Kinder-2nd grades 8:40-9:10 and 3rd and 4th grades 9:20-9:50
  • Ice Cream Social - 9-20. This is a really fun school community event. If you can make it, students and their families would LOVE to see you.
  • 4th Grade - Last Night, the Board approved to make SP a 4th-6th grade school. Let's definitely make this a year to remember!

Education Corner

Mindset About Failure and Effort -

In going along with other articles we have been reading, this reminds us to teach a growth mindset to students through having them rate their effort, giving feedback, and questioning.

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

  • I rode a horse through 3 states in 1 day
  • I want to be a helicopter pilot
  • I am related to someone killed by Al Capone
  • I totaled a tractor when I was 5 years old
  • I missed most of kindergarten b/c I was in the hospital or sick at home.

Answer: Christine Murphy