KNIGHT NOTES

February 12, 2018

HAPPY MONDAY

Good morning—


I hope you had an awesome weekend. I had a great time spending time at the pink ribbon game on Friday. It was an awesome event. I also enjoyed spending some quality time with my family. I hope you had some time to do something fun, too!


This week will be a very busy week. There is a lot going on at FHN. As you know, we will have parent teacher conferences on the 15th and we will also have professional development on the 16th. I look forward to spending a great week with you.


—Andy

CELEBRATIONS

DECA EMERGING LEADER AWARD:

Congratulations, Maggie Hillman.


NATIONAL SIGNING DAY PARTICIPANTS

Congratulations to our 13 student-athletes that have signed their Letter of Intent to further their athletic careers. These students have a combined GPA of 3.42.

Committed Signees:

Sam Grace - Baseball - Southern Illinois University

Noah Pingel - Baseball - Missouri Southern

Elizabeth Davis - Softball - Westminster

Heidi Hauptman - Cross Country - Arkansas State University

Briana Schmidt - Lacrosse - Indiana Institute of Technology

Connor Gallagher - Football - William Jewell University

Nicole Grellner - Soccer - Lewis & Clark Community College

Skylar Ruiz - Softball - Missouri Baptist

Jaren Arnold - Football - Quincy University

Matt Dunham - Baseball - Jefferson College

Madelynn Wood - Soccer - Millikan University

Sahaura Pauley - Softball - Jefferson College

Liz Wagner - Lacrosse - North Central College, IL


KNIGHT AWARD:

Congratulations to our students that have earned the highest GPA on their fall sports team. These students have had success in their activity and in the classroom:


Jada Adkinson - Cheer

Danielle Gallahan - Cheer

Ben Jamison - Cross Country

Hannaha DeGraw - Cross Country

Allison Vernon - Cross Country

Emma Vernon - Cross Country

Connor Gallagher - Football

Caitlind Walker - Golf

Arianna Chaves - Marching Band

Grace Sickendick - Marching Band

Samantha Key - Dance

Corey Valleroy - Soccer

Emily Fetsch - Softball

Audrey Forth - Tennis

Hannah Zimmerman - Volleyball


DECA:

Congratulations to all of our 38 students who qualified for state. This is a record.


PINK RIBBON GAME:

Congratulations to Coach Hahn and company on an awesome event.


COMMUNITY CIRCLES:

Congratulations to our mentors who led our community circles at our last lunch and learn

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Howell of Fame

We have so many awesome people at FHN. Please consider consider nominating someone deserving for the 2018 Howell of Fame! The Howell of Fame Award recognizes the excellence of character, performance, and effort of those who serve FHSD as employees, volunteers, and patrons. Learn more or submit a nomination online here: http://ow.ly/Jn7r30iaSzf

PROPOSITION L

Here is the latest social media posting from the FHSD Communications Department:


#FHSDFridayFact...The most recent @MOEducation data indicates that the student to teacher & student to administrator ratios in FHSD are higher than the state avg & most of our benchmark districts. FHSD has more students per teacher & students per admins most other MO districts.

ACHIEVEMENT

PD COMMITTEE:

PD Committee meeting on February 12th @2:30 in the Learning Commons. This is an information gathering meeting to discuss the where we are headed with PD for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year.


STAFFING INFORMATION:

Guidance is finishing up meeting with all of our current students for individual advisement. Thank you to the guidance department for their hard work over the past couple of weeks. Katie Greer has met individually with all Department Chairs to discuss staffing for the 2018-2019 school year. Department Chairs will be working to develop schedules over the next couple of weeks. If you have any questions about staffing, please feel free to come and see Katie Greer or your Department Chair.

CLIMATE

STAFF CLIMATE CHECK-IN:

Thank you to those who took the check-in survey this week. We had 85 responses. We will be reviewing that data with the Admin Team and Climate Committee to make adjustments throughout the semester.

MONDAY MEETINGS:

Have you gone to a Monday meeting yet? Don’t forget that Mr. Downs is available before school and after school every Monday in Comm 1 if you have any questions about what’s going on at FHN this week.


STUDENT SUMMIT:

As you know, we had a student summit. There were a lot of great ideas and information that was generated by engaging in discussion with our students. We will be working through these ideas over the next couple of weeks and will be sharing them with you.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Throughout the month the MAC Scholars, who are supervised by Mary Kerr Grant and Lisa Woodrum, will help lead a celebration of Black History Month. This is an opportunity to celebrate the history and contributions of black Americans.


The MAC Scholars will select quotes to be read during announcements. They will also host a celebration week where students and staff are encouraged to dress up. There will not be hats during this week. Here are the list of days:


CELEBRATION WEEK:


  • Friday--2/9/17 – Wear black in honor of Black History Month.
  • Monday--2/12-- Wear Purple to represent the world reknowned, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
  • Tuesday--2/13--13-- Wear 90s Hip Hop / R& B clothes to represent the contributions of black musicians to music.
  • Wednesday--2/14--Wear red to represent the stoplight which was invented by Garrett Morgan.
  • Thursday--2/15-- Wear HBCU apparel/ College Day Apparel– Historically Black Colleges and Universities https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/hbcu
  • Friday--2/16--PD No School

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE

On February 15th, we will have our first Spring Parent Teacher Conferences from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. All teachers will be in the gym. Counselors will be in the guidance office. Thank you to Donna Malkmus and Angie Mason for having some of their NHS students volunteer during the evening to assist parents. This is a time for you to meet parents and share valuable information regarding their student’s work in your classes.


This e-mail is quite lengthy, but I needed to share some important information regarding conferences. Below is a list of topics which I will further explain:

1. Times for Conferences and Food

2. Attendance Procedures for Staff

3. Increasing Parent Attendance

4. Sign in information and Attendance for Parents

5. Teacher Packet


1. TIMES FOR CONFERENCES AND FOOD:

Thursday, February 15:

A “Knight” of Cuisine will be offered for those interested in supporting our Culinary Arts students! The cost of the dinner is $10.00 and your meal will be delivered to you at the requested time. The menu includes: Salad with assorted leafy greens loaded w/veggies and choice of homemade salad dressing, seasoned pork tenderloin medallions w/pan gravy, crispy seasoned home fries, loaded Cauliflower casserole and angel food cake w/strawberries and marshmallow cream. Be on the lookout for the culinary arts students who will be requesting your business for this fundraiser. Please return the forms to Becky Just if you are interested in participating. Forms will not be accepted past Monday, February 12th. We appreciate your support and enjoy the dinner.

· Teachers need to be in the gym by 3:45

· Conferences will be held from 4:00 – 7:30 P.M.


2. ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES FOR STAFF:

We look forward to everyone being at Parent/Teacher Conferences, but if you are unable to attend you will need to notify your supervising principal in writing. It will be necessary for you to make arrangements to place a sign in your conference area informing parents of the time(s) you will not be available and requesting parents to leave information regarding how you can contact them. Parents have informed us that notifying your students ahead of time of what night you cannot be present is helpful.


3. INCREASING PARENT ATTENDANCE:

As we did first semester, we would like to continue our efforts to increase our attendance at conferences. If you could please take a few minutes, we would like each teacher to extend an e-mail invitation to at least 5 parents to remind them of Parent/Teacher Conferences.

An example of this type of e-mail is listed below. Please feel free to use this e-mail or develop your own.

Example:

Hello, my name is Steve Moorman, and I am Cara McHaffie’s Communication Arts Teacher. Next week on Thursday, February 15, we will be holding our first Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences in the large gym from 4:00-7:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to talk with your student’s teachers and learn valuable information about their education. I look forward to meeting you next week!

Sincerely,

Steve Moorman


4. SIGN-IN INFORMATION AND ATTENDANCE FOR PARENTS:

We will be using parent sign in sheets at conferences. This information will be placed in your mailbox by Monday, February 12th. There will be extra copies in the large gym if you should need them.

Yellow Form: Please have parents sign-in on Thursday evening with this form

Pink Form: This sheet will need to be filled out and returned to Cara McHaffie or Mr. Moorman to assess how many parents we had in attendance. Please, ONLY TURN IN THE PINK SHEET.


5. TEACHER PACKET:

Your Parent/Teacher Conference Teacher Packet will be placed in your mailbox by Monday, February 12th. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me or stop by the main office.

The following items will be Included in your packet:

· Yellow Form – sign-in sheet

· Pink Form—total attendance

· Gym set up – location of all teacher stations


Thank you,

Steve Moorman

ATTENDANCE

FHN currently has 83.2% of students present 90% of the time. As we work to improve these statistics, the Attendance Committee would love for you to visit http://www.attendanceworks.org/take-action/educators/teachers/ for additional ideas and resources that you as a teacher can use to impact our attendance. Thank you.

BEHAVIOR

Thank you again to our student mentors who led out the Lunch and Learn last week on Community Building Circles. If you attended this session, please complete a very brief feedback survey by clicking on the link below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEYu51jclk3tAf3mtcqxrJvrt1kprgap4Ca1MaNrWar3nJYw/viewform

TECHNOLOGY

The next Technology Committee Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21st at 2:30 in Room 105. We will be gathering student, ITS, and Building IT feedback.

TESTING SCHEDULE UPDATE

The EOC window is as follows:

Bio, Gov't, Alg 2: 4/16-24

Eng 2, Alg 1: 4/30-5/8


The ACT will be on 4/24, with ACT accommodations going from 4/24-5/1

HOMEROOM COMMITTEE

The next Homeroom Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 20th at 2:30 in the main office conference room. We will be disaggregating the faculty and student homeroom survey results.

STAFF COMMITMENTS

STAFF COMMITMENTS:


2017-2018 Staff Commitments to the Learning Environment

In order to improve the climate/environment at FHN, the staff commits to:


1. building positive relationships with students and staff members.

2. helping students to see the relationship between effort and success.

3. addressing any inappropriate behavior immediately to help set an expectation of appropriate hallway and classroom behavior.

4. giving clear and consistent expectations for device use and by enforcing them.

5. counting tardies consistently.

NORTH STREET COFFEEHOUSE

Wednesday, Feb. 14th, 7:30pm to Thursday, Feb. 15th, 2:30pm

LEARNING COMMONS

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE

Thursday, Feb. 15th, 4-7:30pm

Large Gym

HOMEROOM COMMITTEE MEETING

Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 2:30-3:30pm

MAIN OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM

CLIMATE COMMITTEE MEETING

Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 2:30-4pm

MAIN OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM