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Weekly Notes for Staff January 11-17, 2016

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

Important Dates

January 4: Back to School!

January 12: Family Science Night 6:00 pm

Reading CBA Grades 3,6

Math CBA Grade 2

Science CBA Grade 4,5

January 14: PTA General Meeting 6:30 pm

Social Studies CBA Grade 6

January 15:Half Day: Noon Dismissal

Geography Bee in Cafeteria at 8:30 am

End 3rd Six Weeks End first Semester

January 18: No School/Teacher Workday Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 19-February 5: Window for Reading 3D Assessment Grades K-2

January 20: Math CBA Grades 3,4,6

January 21: Report Cards go Home

January 22: Falcon Award Picnics Third Six Weeks

January 25: Fourth Grade Writing Camp 3:00-4:30 in Library

January 27: Suzuki Winter Concert 6:30 pm

Mandatory (State Required) Compliance Training

We have two mandatory compliance trainings to do by the end of the month. The topics are suicide prevention and dating violence. These are coming out of the most recent legislation from the state. I will enroll you in eduphoria. You need to complete the following steps to receive credit.

1. Log in to HEB Curriculum

2. Click on Trainings

3. Go to Fall Compliance training

4. The Enrollment Key is heb123

5. Complete the trainings and test

6. Print your certificate

7. Turn your certificate in to Laurie Moss and sign the PD sign in sheet

You may do this on your own time, but it has to be completed by January 29th.

Watch for emails from Marie regarding upcoming TELPAS trainings.

Attendance Compliance!

Attendance must be done twice a day, Beginning @ 8:00 and Official @ 10:15. This has to be within 15 minutes of the designated time. The office will be running reports periodically to make sure we are in compliance, because attendance impacts our funding. Most times there is a simple explanation for an abnormal reporting time, such as the "S" being marked in the upper left of the screen instead of the "M." If you have any questions about this process, please contact Beth. If we notice an abnormal pattern in a specific teacher's report we will contact the teacher and figure out the glitch.

Half Day Schedule

Friday afternoon is a workday!
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Student Transfers

If you would like to transfer your student within the district, the transfer window begins January 4, 2016 and ends February 29, 2016.

For more information, read the Transfer Q&A for the 2016-17 School Year

Congratulations to our 2016 Teacher of the Year: Terrilin Holz!

Lesson Plans

Please remember to have your lesson plans posted in the share folder by Thursday of the previous week. This is critical for many reasons. Special area teachers are required to consult your plans and provide supports for students. Marie and I also look before a walk through or evaluation. This is a basic expectation for all staff.

Grades Due

Tracy will run reports on Monday, January 18th so grades need to be in by 8:00 that morning. Report Cards will go home on Thursday January 21st. Please let Tracy know if you have any questions.

Tech Tip

The new link to get to TAC from home is http://www2.hebisd.edu/waplinks.

Choose Teacher Access Center.

You will enter your HEB username and password (just as you do for TAC at school).

After that authenticates, you will be asked to login to your TAC account again.

If you have not updated your link for TAC from home, please do so. Also, if you have issues with logging into TAC from home, please address those issues to your campus help account and give as much detail as possible.

Yearbook Pictures Needed!

Please submit all pictures you have so far this year for the yearbook. Liz Moore will be laying out all pictures for the first part of the school year over the break. She would like anything you have up to Thanksgiving by Monday, November 23 and December's photos before you leave on the 18th please! I have created a 2015-16 Yearbook Photos folder in share drive. I also have a flash drive that you can borrow from my office if that is easier, but I need that back at the end of your planning period. Please label the folder with the grade level and event for each set of pictures. I know there are lots of great pictures out there so let's get those in to Mrs. Moore!

Field Trips and Volunteers

Any volunteers or parents joining you on a Field Trip must complete a VIPS online background check PRIOR to the Field Trip. The background check can take up to 72 hours to process and must be updated once per year. This can be completed at www.hebisd.edu/vips.

Please send Marie a list of volunteers 3 days before the field trip so she can ensure all background checks are complete and up to date. Any volunteer without an up to date background check will not be able to participate in the field trip as a volunteer.

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.:)


Walking the Walls of a Classroom

Please check the CI Classroom Rubric and monitor where you rate on implementation. Remember, this year the rubric will impact PDAS evaluations. Two things that should be evident on PDSA walls are updated plans and aligned data.

Posting your learning objectives is a district requirement. These objectives may not change every day, but should always align to what Student Expectation (SE) is the main focus of your lesson. This sets a clear purpose for learning so students know what they can do by the end of the lesson.

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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!