Hillcrest Staff ARTery
We are the heART of Hillcrest!
December 21st - January 3rd
Tuesday, December 22nd
Wednesday, December 23rd
Thursday, December 24th
Friday, December 25th
Monday, December 28th
Tuesday, December 29th
Wednesday, December 30th
Thursday, December 31st
Friday, January 1st
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
Winter Weather and Break Reminders
Winter is here . . .
- Please make sure students take their coats and boots home regularly, so that the hall can be kept clean.
- All boots should be put up off the floor at the end of the day (on top of hooks or in lockers).
- Please make sure that students stomp and wipe their feet before entering the hallways.
For BREAK . . .
- Please make sure that student lockers are cleared off and all boots are up off the bottom
- Please make sure that chairs on the tile floor are up and off the floor
- Please make sure sinks and counters are clear
This week's engagement strategy was one of the most used strategies from last year! Since we don't have any snow (yet), make some of your own through this FUN and movement filled activity!
It's time to have an indoor snowball fight!!
But first, please enjoy this JIB JAB Snowball Fight (featuring Q-Comp Coaches. (Humor is a well-researched engagement strategy!)
Here's what to do:
Teacher provides a prompt. For example on a piece of paper (preferably scrap paper), write a :
definition for one word from a list
fact or opinion on a given topic
Students write their idea on the paper and crumple it into a ball
At a predetermined signal from the teacher, the students throw their "snowball" then freeze!
At a predetermined signal from the teacher, students pick up the snowball closest to them and answer the question, read the word, figure out what vocab word is defined etc.
After the task is complete, students crumple the paper and throw it again
With an activity such as this, expectations will definitely need to be taught. Students who are not able to participate responsibly might be asked to sit out for a round.
Here are a few ways to increase engagement and accountability
After picking up a snowball, students check their answers with a partner
Before each round, select 2 students at random to share their answers
Teacher generates content of the snowballs, perhaps a higher level question to be discussed with a partner
Creating and manipulating the snowball could be a way to practice motor skills and grasp!
Snowball Fight engagement strategy (with additional examples and a less "active" modification)
Tech Team Information
Information on the Tech Team. The tech team structure is a replacement for the former CT program, with the Media Director and a a teacher co-lead heading it up in every elementary school. (Lee Nelson is our HC NTL co-lead---shout out to him!) We meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss where we're at now as a building, and to make decisions about how things will look with more devices at Hillcrest. This is our year to get ready, and we'd like to do it well.
How it'll happen. By putting logistics into place that best suit how our school works, anything from deciding how we will organize and hand out Chromebooks to what we will teach our Hillcrest families about the devices. Our goal as a team is to think of it so you don't have to next fall.
I'll send out an information blurb every other Wednesday starting in December, in addition to Calvin's Artery newsletter updates. We have also assigned tech team members to groups of HC staff for questions and reporting. They are:
- Trista: K-1
- Cory: 2
- Lee: 3-4
- Jenn: 4-5
- Belle: HC_Staff, Specialists, Parents
- Calvin: Central Office & Support Staff, Peer Admin, Parents, Special Ed
- Allie: FAQ
Stay tuned for more sharing as the weeks pass!