The Harmon Herald

27th Edition 4.8.16

Opening Thoughts...

Thank you to everyone for keeping an optimistic and open mind as we begin Farmer Flex Time. Although it was good in certain times and instances, there were times when I was disappointed with the students' actions and behaviors. The students will understand that they must take better care of their actions and behaviors to have Block Lunch and because of those behaviors, I have closed Block Lunch for the week. I know students are finding their place and comfort with Block Lunch and some are even asking if they can create other clubs - that is great, we will continue to get more students plugged in!

Please continue to push your expectations, be consistent, and have fun! There are great things going on and students working proud to be in the trenches with you! Everyone of us are soldiers fighting to give our kids the best!

Staff Spotlight

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Charleston, South Carolina

What is your biggest fear?

Losing my mind …which happens about once a week…and having to act my age

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life. What would it be?


List 1 pet peeve?

Dishonest people

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

Let’s Get It On!...just kidding….Uptown Funk

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Bernadette Peters

Do you collect anything?

Wedgewood China

If you could take three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be? Matches, Cell phone and Chocolate

If you had a warning label, what would your say?

Beware! Quiet waters run deep

How many years have you been in education?

17 years

How many years have you been in LISD?

The whole time!

Block Lunch Next Week

We will not have Block Lunch next Tuesday - Friday. We will run our Advisory Schedule all of next week. We will continue to work on the expectations for Block Lunch and try it again. Thank you to everyone for being available and flexible this past week, please be mindful of duty responsibilities on Advisory Week! I will announce to students Monday afternoon.



Please join me again in connecting to others outside of our building the great moments, people, and spirit of Farmer Pride! Tweet out pictures of great work you are doing with your students and peers! You can take selfies, group pictures, etc. Have fun and show the world how AWESOME LHS Harmon is (at least I hope you beleive this!)

In your tweet (with pic) include #lovemyschoolday #BHarmonNow @LHSHarmon and if you want- tag individuals in the pics.

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Keep Lewisville Beautiful

This past Saturday, Mr. Brennan and Ms. Seeliger led some of our finest out on the brisk Saturday morning and collected trash around the LHS Harmon campus and surrounding neighborhoods.
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Pasta for Pennies

Week One has come to a close. Please return your first week collections to Ms. Jayme in Room 1111. Feel Free to send them down with a student during 3rd or 4th period.

First, Second, and Third place will be announced on Monday.

Please be sure to include the names of students who have donated $5 or more. We have two weeks left to collect so keep encouraging your classes.

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EZ Tech Tip of the Week

Your instructions are within the image.

Our Tech Tip of the Week is brought to us by Ms. Waverka
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Attendance - Time Taken...

2nd period attendance must be taken between 9:50 - 10:15. We need to be consistent with attendance being taken during this time. This does not include when you have a substitute, the attendance office will take care of it.

Teacher Night @ Softball

Friday, April 15th @ LHS Killough

Before and during the game - there will be hotdogs, chips, and cookies!

Go Farmers!

Our Emotions & Professionalism

Once again, I was reminded about how our positions as educators ride on a very emotional state of mind. A video just went viral showing a teacher slapping and mocking a student in her classroom. I bring this up, because our emotions (me included) can get the best of us, and we need to always remember that our words and physical actions can be recorded at any time. I do not tell you this to scare or worry you, but just to be mindful! I know this is not how we conduct ourselves at Harmon, but it just serves as a reminder!

"Our schools are the cornerstones of the communities we serve, and every staff member in LISD plays a vital role in our district’s success. The relationships and connections you are building with our students and their families show the core of who we are in LISD."

- Dr. Kevin Rogers

Student of the Year Nominations

This is a very difficult task, nominating your top I said last Friday at our faculty meeting, we often overlook the students who are our model/great students because we are focused on the negative is a time to not overlook!

* Each teacher nominates one student from their fall classes and one student from their spring classes.

* IF I teach 2 different courses; for example, Pre-AP & regular English - then I have 4 nominations.

* All year courses, pick 1 per semester.

We are going to be pulling the top 10-15 for the Principal's list, so keep that in mind as well. If you have any questions, please speak with Ms. Alleman. Ms. Bassinger has sent out the google form to collect your nominations.

The Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 27th during 2nd period. This ceremony is only for the students nominated and not the entire student body.

LISD Employee of the Year

Finalist - Lora Wilson...Child Nutrition Services

Finalist - Jean Heinz...Instructional Aide

Winner - Wendy Seeliger...Building a Better Community

Winner - Bradley Willi...Model Character

Congratulations to these awesome folks! Ms. Seeliger and Mr. Willi are category winners! Ms. Wilson and Ms. Heinz are well-deserving finalist and we hope to soon hear their names as winners at the LISD Banquet May 6th. If you would like to attend and support your colleagues, please see Ms. Alleman as soon as you can!

Staff Spotlight...Who Am I?

Ms. Dinah Joest

Closing Thoughts...

I hope you enjoyed this edition of The Harmon Herald.

Enjoy your family, friends, and your weekend!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our students!