Longhorn News

Week of 10/20/19

Miller Message/Note

Faculty and Staff!

Take note of the following information:

  • All professional staff are expected to report to work by 7:45 AM
  • Staff assigned to duty are expected to be at your duty station by 7:45 AM.
  • All emails/phone calls should be returned within 24-48 hours
  • Classroom educators are expected to take attendance each period
  • Students are not allowed to leave your class during the first or last 10 minutes.
  • Anytime a student leaves your class they must have a pass.
  • All educators shall be at their door during the passing period.
  • All students must have their ID on and visible before entering your class.
  • Do not leave your class unattended.
  • Emergency Operation Drills-This is to practice our response to a variety of scenarios including fire, lockout, lockdown, evacuate, the use of metal detectors, and shelter in place. Practice makes perfect and it is important that our scholars and staff are aware of how to respond. You will ONLY be notified of a lockdown drill. You will receive a 48-hour window of when we will complete a lockdown drill on campus.
  • Random Tardy Sweeps-This means our staff will walk the halls after passing periods to make sure students are in class and not in the hallways. Tardy sweeps will be announced before the passing period and can happen multiple times a day. Students who are found in the hallway without a pass will receive consequences. Five minutes is a sufficient amount of time to get anywhere on our campus

Please make sure that you are reviewing the CHHS Hub.

Benchmark Week- Revised Schedule

Tests for the following subjects have been delivered and may be picked up Monday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. in room A17 (Testing Room)

English, English I, English II , English III, English IV

Math, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry

Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Social Studies, Geography, U.S. History, World History

All tests must be picked up by the end of 5th period. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Holmes.

Monday October 21 – (8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

Period 1 8:15-10:00 (Exam)

Period 2 10:05-10:45

Period 3 10:50-11:35

Period 5 11:40-1:15

Period 6 1:20-3:05 (Exam)

Period 8 3:10-3:45

Tuesday October 22 – (8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

Period 2 8:15-10:00 (Exam)

Period 3 10:05-10:45

Period 4 10:50-11:35

Period 5 11:40-1:15

Period 7 1:20-3:05 (Exam)

Period 8 3:10-3:45

Wednesday October 23 – (8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

Period 1 8:15- 8:50

Period 3 8:55 – 10:40 (Exam)

Period 4 10:45-11:35

Period 5 11:40-1:15

Period 6 1:20-1:55
Period 8 2:00-3:45 (Exam)

Thursday October 24 – (8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

Period 4 8:15-10:00 (Exam)

Period 3 10:05-10:45

Period 2 10:50-11:35

Period 5 11:40-2:05 (Exam- C Lunch will return back to class after lunch)

Period 6 2:10-2:55

Period 7 3:00-3:45

Friday October 25 – Parent-Teacher Conference

Parent Conference 10/24 and 10/25

Who: All Classroom Teachers

Cedar Hill HS will hold Parent Conferences on October 24th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and October 25th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. On October 25th you will be dismissed for the day at 12:00 PM.

You will be responsible for providing your contact log and tentative schedule of appointment to the administrative staff by October 22 at 3:00 PM

Please make arrangements now.....

Ethics Training

To streamline training we will implement some training via google classroom. Please adhere to the following:

Ethics Training is a mandatory requirement for all CHISD employees. We will be doing blended learning. There will be assessments, discussions, as well as some face - to - face time in faculty meetings and/or PLCs. It is imperative that you complete everything that is assigned and actually review the material.

You will have to pass the assessments as well as you are accountable for all the information legally. We will complete 5 modules at the pace of one module per month. Some material may be hard to view as they are real Texas cases. You may even recognize people. However, it is critical you view all in its entirety. ALL components of the First Module are due by October 18th.

Please complete the following:

  • Use the code asb6rb in Google Classroom to join the course.
  • Post your response to the 2 discussion questions in Google.
  • Watch the Video in its entirety.
  • Print the Assessment, take the assessment, give completed assessment to Mrs. McShan by the deadline, 10/18.


All staff shall enter their absences in AESOP ( no later than 7:30 AM) and SKYWARD. It is unacceptable to expect someone else to do it for you.

When you are absent, please make provisions for work. We are not a 1 to 1 campus. Placing items in google classroom, are not sufficient.

If you do not have access to enter an absence, please see Mrs. McShan.

Academically Stimulating Environment

An academically stimulating environment is the minimal standard at CHHS!

What Is a Stimulated Classroom Environment?

What does having a stimulated classroom environment mean? Does it mean the way a classroom is set up, the way students interact with their work and one another, or does it mean the way teachers deliver daily lessons? A stimulated classroom environment is a combination of all of these things; it refers to the way students' minds are stimulated while in their learning environment. This can come from:

  • Visuals throughout the classroom
  • Hands-on activities with physical movement
  • Multi-modal means of learning each new concept
  • Opportunities for higher-order thinking/questioning
  • Exciting and stimulating teachers

Think about a time you had to learn something boring; would the above examples have made your learning experience more stimulating? When put it in that perspective, is it easier to understand what the stimulated classroom is all about? Let's look at this a little closer, and then go over some strategies that will help increase student stimulation in your classroom.

What Are the Benefits?

The more students' interests and senses are piqued, the more engaged they'll become with the content being taught. It's difficult for students to remain active in the learning process when content is uninteresting, appears irrelevant, or requires countless hours of filling out worksheets. In a stimulating classroom, students are able to move around, learn new ways of receiving knowledge, and are encouraged to question everything around them. Because of this, it's easier for them to become involved in the learning process.

Strategies for Classroom Stimulation

These are some strategies that can be used to create a stimulating classroom environment, which puts your students on the path to engaged learning. We'll go over the use of visuals, hands-on activities, multi-modal instruction, higher-order thinking/questioning, and stimulating teaching.

News from the Curriculum Department

Curriculum walks have been scheduled for 10/22 at 9:45 AM to 11 AM. Be mindful that we will look at pacing, alignment, and engagement.


If an ELAR teacher was on a waiver last year, they cannot be the teacher of record for an ESL students this year. All ELAR teachers MUST have their ESL certification this school year.

New teachers must have their ESL Certification by June 1. HR is monitoring the completion for new teachers. Teachers that were hired prior to this school year, will have until April 2020 to complete the process.

Grading Guidelines


A minimum of 12 grades per six weeks are required, to include at least 2 major grades (i.e. tests, projects, labs) every reporting period. Students are expected to complete all assignments for all classes. Assignments turned in late will not receive a full grade. There should be a minimum of two test grades during each six-week grading period. No grade over 100 may be recorded on the report card or on the academic achievement record. Grades cannot be lowered for non-academic reasons including, but not limited to, the following: no name on paper, no header on paper, date missing, etc. Regular attendance is an academically related factor that can affect the determination of a student's grade. Students shall be permitted to make up assignments and tests after absences according to board policy and the district grading policy. Students shall receive credit for satisfactory makeup work after an absence and may receive a zero for any assignment or test not made up within the allotted time. There are no grade penalties for makeup work after a suspension. Grading guidelines do not affect work turned in late because of an absence. The district expects students to turn in assignments at the appropriate time. Grades in Cedar Hill ISD are based on mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The responsibility for making up work lies with the student. Upon return to school after an absence, the student shall be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work.


Reteaching is defined as another presentation of content, usually to provide an additional opportunity for a student to learn. Reteaching may vary from subject to subject or from class to class, even from student to student. It may be as simple as repeating the concept. If the student still does not understand the concept, the teacher might use different materials to present the concept again. For example, if the initial instruction was primarily visual, the reteach activity might be more auditory. A student who earns below 70 on a test, with the exception of six weeks or semester exams, shall be given an opportunity to be assessed after participating in a reteaching process within 7 to 14 days of the original date of the assessment.

Teachers are reminded that they have the responsibility and authority to delete the grades

for any assignment. Grades may reveal that the assignment was inadequate. If a substantial

percentage of the students in a class failed to pass, the whole class should be retaught and

the new test or assignment grade should be recorded.

This policy does not apply to the STAAR tests or other standardized tests.



1. When a students earns below 70 on any test, the teacher has the responsibility to reteach

the essential knowledge and skills not mastered.

2. Reteaching and reassessment may be of a formal or informal nature and should be an

ongoing process during the direct instruction and guided practice portions of any lesson.

Students must be given the opportunity to retest in either the original or a rewritten

format. A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed because of absence. Long-term projects are due upon the student's return to class.

Parent Communication:

Teachers shall contact the parent/guardian of any scholar that is in danger of failing or failing

Failure to follow the guidelines will result in reprimands being issued.

Jean Monday's

All staff that pay $20 will be allowed to wear jeans every Monday during the 1st semester. Please make your payment to Mrs. McShan in the main office.

T-TESS and etc...

All T-TESS information should be placed in Kick-UP. If you have not submitted your goals yet, you are not in compliance.


“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”

Are you the Lion or Gazelle?

It is not about talent...It is about effort!

-Eric Thompson

“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft."

- Will Smith

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

-W.B. Yeats

Dream - Motivational Video
Every kid needs a champion | Rita Pierson
Every student deserves a ROCK STAR teacher! Message to a Teacher 13
Wired Differently - Motivational Video (ft. Eric Thomas)

CHHS Curriculum Walks

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 9:45am

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

Curriculum Alignment

Objectives Posted

Students are learning and Teachers are Teaching

Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 7am

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 4pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

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CHHS Learning Walks

Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 12-3pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX