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Weekly Notes for Staff October 17-23, 2015

Teaching and Learning the Falcon Way

Hurst Hills Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Vision: We’re the ones empowering students to achieve excellence!

Mission: As a Hurst Hills Falcon, I will soar to excellence by showing respect and responsibility, and challenging myself to reach my goals.

Core Values

1. Do what is right

2. Perform with excellence

3. Respect others


Lone Star Awards

We will have visitors from the district on Tuesday November 10th at 3:20 in the library. They will be presenting us with our achievement awards for last year. Everyone is required to attend, so please make arrangements accordingly. The meeting will last about 20 minutes.

Important Dates

October 16

Six Stones Night of Wonder Letters Go Home

October 19

Fire Safety Judging Today!

October 19-23

Second Grade Planned Experiences 1-4

October 20

Math CBA 1 Grade 2

Reading CBA 1 Grades 3-6

October 21

Beth off Campus for Principal Meeting

October 22

Staff Meeting: Book Study Chapter 2

October 23

Shelter for Severe Weather Drill

October 24-25

Building open 8-5. Look for the smiley face

October 26-30

Red Ribbon Week

October 26

Progress Reports Go Home

October 27

Fifth Grade Field Trip

October 28

Beth off campus for Instructional Meeting

October 29

Team Coordinator Meeting/No Staff Meeting

October 30

Snapshot Day

Sixth Grade Field Trip

October 31-Nov. 1

Building Open 8-5: Look for the smiley face

November 4 - Picture Day

**October Birthdays**

October 8: Judith Abraham - Fourth Grade

October 9: Tracy Harvey - Registrar

October 23: Pam Bural - Kindergarten

October 27: Virginia Frosch- Second Grade

October 28: Jennifer Yarber - Dyslexia

Conference Forms

Please place your conference forms in Beth's box for review and signature before copying them!

Third Annual Chili Cookoff!

All teams who enter the Chili Cook-off for November 10th will have a duty free lunch for the team provided by the fourth grade parents. Entries cost $10.00 donation.

Red Ribbon Week

Hurst Hills Red Ribbon Week


Monday, October 26: “Pledge to Be Drug Free” – Wear Red

Tuesday, October 27: “Don’t Get Mixed Up in Drugs” – Wear

mismatched clothes

Wednesday, October 28: “Team Up Against Drugs” – Wear your

favorite team attire

Thursday, October 29: “Join the Fight Against Drugs” – Wear your


Friday, October 30: “Our Future is Too Bright to Do Drugs” –

Grades 3-6 – wear your college wear or dress as a career you

would like to do

Grades PK-2 – dress like a storybook character

*Dress code rules still apply; no toy weapons

Red Ribbon Service Project: Socktober!

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Hello Internet! It's #SOCKTOBER! Love, Kid President

Pull For Hope Jeans Pass

HEB will participate in the Pull For Hope event again this year. For a donation of $20.00 you can wear jeans the entire month of December. If you would like to participate, please put your $20.00 in an envelope with your name on the outside and "Pull For Hope Donation" on the outside. Turn this in to Laurie by November 30 and she will place your Jeans Pass on your box for the month of December.

Homework Helpers

Please remember to send home permission forms for Homework Helpers with students who would like to stay or those you think need to stay for various reasons. They are located in the workroom on the big table.

We are in need of volunteers for upper grades...so if you have not signed up (even for just one or two slots this year) please be a fabulous falcon, and help us out.:)


ARD Meeting Preparations

  • Team Coordinators will receive the ARD Meeting invitation. Please discuss with your team which team member will represent your team at the meeting.
  • Prepare and discuss proposed Accommodations Worksheets in advance, as a team. Submit only 1 worksheet to the special education teacher as a team. Initials for subject areas may be written to the side of the accommodations if accommodations are differentiated by subject area, but for the most part the proposed accommodations will be similar for all subject areas.
  • Special education and general education teams should review/discuss PLAAFPS, proposed accommodations, and proposed testing prior to the ARD meeting to ensure that IEP recommendations are aligned before they are shared with the parent.

Fire Poster Judging will be October 19th!

Bicycle Rodeo Grades 4-6

Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 6:30pm

3191 West Pipeline Road

Euless, TX

RTI Update

Edugence RtI Videos have been loaded into HEB Curriculum in the RtI module under Training Materials.

RtI Tiers have been prepopulated in Edugence based on STAAR data from last year…

  • Unsuccessful on STAAR Reading last year= Tier 2 Yellow Dot
  • Scored below on Bridging Math= Tier 2 Yellow Dot

Remember Tier 3 Students (SpEd and 504) do not need to be tracked in Edugence, but they may have been prepopulated with a dot.

The next steps involve…

  1. Identifying Intensive or Strategic Tier 2 for these students
  2. Setting individual goals based on individual student needs and RtI tiers
  3. Beginning intervention according to RtI curriculum (Interventionists begin Sep. 14)
  4. Inputting progress monitoring data (Strategic every 3 weeks and Intensive every 2 weeks) **Blue Folders are no longer necessary. You can keep a folder to collect work samples or behavior charts until they are uploaded but data should be maintained in Edugence.

Congratulations to Lorena Cardenas, Mid-Cities Optimist Club HHE Student of the Year!

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You Matter forms are in the teacher workroom. Recognize your peers on the wall in the lounge!

I know that you all observe staff members going above and beyond on a daily basis to support students, fellow staff members, and the overall success of Hurst Hills. Please send in Kudos as you see them so that staff can be recognized for the things they do from day to day that make a difference. I would also love to share personal celebrations! Email your recognitions to Beth by Friday to be added to the weekly notes! If Beth uses your submission or you are the subject of a celebration, stop by the office for a special treat!