Husky Times

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HHE Mission

Holiday Heights is a SAFE and ACCEPTING place where everyone works together to LEARN, IMPROVE, and ACHIEVE our goals.

CALENDAR

DATES

April 25 House Meeting (Lesson) and Campus Teams

April 29 Care Team Day

April 29 PTA Movie Night 6-9 PM

May 2 House Meeting (Activity #5) and Faculty Meeting

May 5 Dr. Brown Visit HHE

May 6 PTA Muffins with Mom AM , Chuck E. Cheese Night 4-9 PM

May 9 3rd & 4th Math STAAR (5th retest) 2nd Grade Math CBA

May 10 3rd & 4th Reading STAAR (5th retest) 2nd Grade Math CBA

May 11 5th Science STAAR

May 13 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

May 13 RHS "Alice" performance for 1st, 2nd, 3rd from 1:40-2:30 in cafeteria

May 16-20 Book Fair Week

May 16 House Meeting (Lesson)

May 16 Choir at Sandy Lake

May 16 Faculty Meeting Cenergistic

May 17 Second Grade at UTA

May 18 Speech Pathologist Day

May 18 LPAC Meetings

May 19 PLC/Art Day

May 19 Kindergarten Information Night 6-7 (Inside Gym)

May 19 Family Book Fair Night

May 19 Choir Performance 7-7:30 (cafeteria)

May 20 Fine Arts Day

May 20 Husky Harmonics at the Good Place 4-4:30

May 23 House Meeting (Activity #6)

May 24 2nd-5th Social Studies CBA

May 25 Carrier Day in Specials

May 26 2nd-4th Science CBA

May 26 Kindergarten Graduation in Cafeteria 1:30-2:30

May 27 Field Day

May 30 Holiday

May 31 Student 1/2 Day End of Year Party Day

June 1 Student 1/2 Day Special House Meeting: Whole School

Someone is very likely to play School's Out Forever over the intercom after all studnets have left

June 2 Teacher Last Day of School

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You make a positive difference every day. Each and every moment you are changing the world in powerful ways; in ways that you will never know. I often think about the Butterfly Effect and how the small moments you create in a child's life shapes and changes that student forever. I often reflect about how far forward in time our actions continue to have an impact on the lives we have touched, a ripple effect that grows and spreads like a wave across a pond, as your actions influence another that then influences another and another.


The difference one moment you spend with a single student and how it becomes greater over time is incredible. This positive impact becomes greater when we are aware of this impact and we take purposeful actions and pay attention to the difference we make as educators.


There are generations yet to be born whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by what you do tonight, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, because what you do matters. Everything you do and don't do matters. That difference matters and it is real. As you recognize the difference you make, focus and dial in, seek wisdom and learn more, that difference will become more and more impactful for your students for the rest of time.


As a teacher you awaken a student’s belief in themselves. Robert Frost even once said that the best instructors do not give knowledge but awake a passion inside of others for knowledge. Ron Clark equates this to giving presents to your student that will not be unwrapped for years to come.


I want to encourage this idea of inspiring curiosity and sparking the desire for knowing in students. As a teacher, you are the best guide for your students in the move towards this kind of illumination. Get students curious about discovering knowledge for themselves, and focus on their interests and inherent skills and natural talents. Most of all, know the difference you make every day and stay passionate, build relationships, make every moment count, and never give up.

TAGT on Demand

Birdville’s license to TAGT Online classes will expire on May 31st. If you are currently taking classes for your update hours please try to finish them. The license will be renewed during the summer. Remember to submit your completed hours to Eduphoria.


There are several opportunities this summer for GT hours. At my meeting last Friday, the department decided the station trainings could count as 6 hours, if teachers design and implement stations during the 2016-2017 school year. I would highly recommend any of these courses!


Stations for GT and High –Level (K-2) (3 Hour Update)

K-2 teachers

Gifted and Talented Interventionists will work with teachers of grades K-2 in developing stations with accountability for high-achieving and gifted students.

6/28/2016

AM

FAAC Room C

8/4/2016

PM

HHS Omni Room


Stations for GT and High –Level (3-5) (3 Hour Update)

3-5 teachers

Gifted and Talented Interventionists will work with teachers of grades 3-5 in developing stations with accountability for high-achieving and gifted students.

6/28/2016

PM

FAAC Room C

8/4/2016

AM

HHS Omni Room


Habitudes for Genius Learning (6 Hour Update)

Administrators and K-12 teachers

Angela Maiers, nationally known keynote speaker, will present a workshop on how to apply the 7 habitudes (imagination, curiosity, self-awareness, perseverance, courage, adaptability, and passion) to 21st century classrooms. She will offer teachers activities, tools and strategies that appeal to 21st century learners.

6/21/2016

All Day

FAAC


http://tagtondemand.com/

April is Volunteer Month

Please be sure to thank the ones that volunteer here at HHE. They make a big difference and we appreciate them very much. Please send me the names of any volunteers who come into your classroom to help on a regular basis and what they do for our students. It would also be great if the kids made cards and notes to be given to the volunteers.


We are planning on having a breakfast on May 13 starting at 7:00 in the library. More details from Mrs. Dansby coming soon.

Proactive at Recess

Recess is an area we are seeing increased student reports of misconduct. Please make sure your team is spread out across the playground and using the four comers if possible.


At no time should any number of staff be clustered together in one area.


Thank you for your role in making every aspect of our school a safe, caring, and accepting environment for student to excel.

If a group of students wants to play a sport make sure you do the following:


  1. Make sure everyone who is playing earned the privilege. I want to keep recess from being used as a punitive measure as much as possible. It is very appropriate to inform a student they have not been responsible enough to play sports, but can still have free play time. Let them know they can earn sports and tell them clearly what they will need to do to play sports next time.
  2. Review the rules and conduct expected for the sport. There is no contact in elementary sports.
  3. Assign a teacher as a referee/monitor of the game. If there are not enough staff to do this or if the staff who is the referee goes inside then the game cannot proceed.

Dr. Clark Visit

Dr. Clark and her team saw a great deal of progress regarding our implementation of the Tier 1 priorities. Thank you again for your hard work in making this happen. We will continue to make sure these are a focus in a way that helps student be more successful in their learning. Next year our PD will focus around Tier 1 Priorities from the district level and Continuous Improvement with Rigor, Relevance, and Engagement at the campus level.
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Online Campus Transfer Requests: March 21 - Summer

I have 2 primary goals as a principal and I see these as overlapping priorities: for every student to receive the best possible education and for every adult I serve to love doing this. If you for any reason would like to transfer to a different position, grade level or school- please let me know and I will do everything I can to help you. Please come ask me if you have any questions. Thank you


http://birdvilleschools.net/cms/lib2/TX01000797/Centricity/Domain/3450/eTinstructions_staff2016.pdf

Reminders and Focus

  • The gates will be locked during school hours and can be opened by your key. During the school day (7:30-4:00 on none Aspire days: 7:00-6:00 on Aspire days) these gates are to be treated like an exterior door. Adults and teenagers should not enter these and should go through the main doors, even at dismissal.

  • Our goal is to be level 3 (or moving close to it) in most areas on the district rubric for TEKS centered teaching. I have seen many great examples of students interacting with the TEKS in class. Be sure to not only post them, but have discussions so that students understand the goal of their learning.
  • Continue to build strong, positive relationships with all the students. Smile often. Choose to see the good and positive. Focus on growth and celebrate often. Nothing is more helpful in the learning process than the effects of trust and joy.
  • PLC's should be meeting weekly to answer the 4 questions. Common Formative Assessments should done after mapping out the six weeks, then planning for learning should take place. If you need any support in this, please contact our coaches, Erin, and myself.
  • Rigor, relevance, and engagement strategies should be focus on when planning student learning tasks.
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