Magnetic Messenger

Department of Magnet Programs - Week of January 18, 2016

Our Mission

Inspire, develop and engage all students in becoming career and college ready; creative problem-solvers; active citizens; and life-long learners in a globally connected society.

Our Vision

Huntsville City Schools will become the model public education system in the United States, demonstrating commitment to equity and excellence by establishing the standard for instruction, curriculum, faculty, facilities, technology and student activities to ensure that all students graduate with the capacity to compete successfully and contribute responsibly as a citizen in a globally connected society.

Leadership Food for Thought

Good morning everyone,

Hopefully you all had a great weekend! Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please take a moment and reflect on his many accomplishments. What I know for sure is that if Dr. King were alive today, he would be proud of the work that we are trying to accomplish in Huntsville City Schools for ALL students.

Have a great week of LEADING and LEARNING and remember....You are REMARKABLE!

Yours in learning,


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Congratulations to ASFL's Future City Team! They won the state competition and are headed to Washington, DC!

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This Week at a Glance

Monday, January 18
  • MLK Holiday - No School
Tuesday, January 19
  • Pre-K Progress Reports Go Home
  • Middle School Principal's Round Table; Challenger Middle 9:30 - 10:45
  • AGT Parent Information Meeting @ 5:30 Community Room

Wednesday, January 20

  • Digital Tour 1:1
  • DOI/DOJ Meeting

Thursday, January 21

  • VILT Demonstration; Grissom High School; Room B-2; 10:00 - 11:00
  • NISL Cohort 2
  • NISL Cohort 1 Graduation @ 2:00 p.m.
  • Vertical Team Meeting
  • Lee High School Magnet Night @ 6:00 p.m. to welcome new families

Friday, January 22

  • NISL Cohort 2
  • Deadline for ACT Approved Accommodations

Looking Ahead

Monday, January 25
  • Site Data Review - HHS Feeder Pattern; 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26
  • BTC Workkeys Training - 8:00 -10:30 in Community Room
  • Dr. Vasile will meet with P-6, P-8 principals to discuss participation in Leaders of Their Learning research project 11:00- 12:00
  • Site Data Review - GHS Feeder Pattern; 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • AGT Parent Information Session @ 5:30 p.m. in Community Room

Wednesday, January 27

  • Site Data Review - Johnson Feeder Pattern; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; Rolling Hills @ 2:30; McNair @ 3:00; Johnson @ 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 28

  • Instructional Coaches' Meeting
  • Site Data Review - Lee/NC Feeder Pattern; 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.; AAA @ 2:00; NCTHS @ 2:30; Lee @ 3:00

Friday, January 29

  • Site Data Review - Columbia Feeder Pattern; 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.; Providence @ 1:00; Williams Elementary @ 1:30; ASFL @ 2:00; Williams Middle @ 2:30; Columbia @ 3:30
  • Laying the Foundation Training (LTF)

To-Do List/Reminders

  1. Add evidence to your PLP in Lead Alabama.
  2. Review most recent data assessment with faculty and develop a plan of action to address non-mastered standards.
  3. Review student survey results for your teachers. It appears that the areas with the lowest percentages are "My teacher makes lessons interesting" and "My teacher greets me at the door." In my opinion- the latter one is an easy fix.
  4. Review information about Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Conference in Miami at; May 3- May 7; please let me know if you or any of your staff plan to attend. We need to coordinate registration and travel arrangements. Professional development monies are included in your magnet budget. You will be responsible for making the registration and travel arrangements. Keep in mind that this is an assessment week, i.e. ACT Aspire, EOC, IB and AP exams. Discuss with your magnet coordinators.
  5. Summer School PD - Secondary Programs will be developing a survey to gather input from middle and high school teachers on what type of professional development they are interested in attending this summer.
  6. Summer school will be held June 6 - July 1 at Lee and Grissom High Schools. If you have a teacher who is interested in teaching summer school, please have them reach out to Leslie Esneault.