The Falcon Flyer

Hilltop Middle School Staff Newsletter

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

by Griselda Delgado

We are on the countdown for the holiday break! 10 more days 'till break! We have many festivities lined up and we mustn't forget the most important part of the holidays, GRADES!! Be aware that if you are going to give our a failing grade, make sure that parents are contacted. I'm sure everyone has communicated this by using Jupiter grades, but it is not enough. You must assure that the parent knows. A phone call is the best way. Letters seem to get lost and notes sent home through student, never make it to the parent. Let me know how I can help.

After GRADES, the it's PARTY TIME!!!

How do I Teach Kindness to Students?

by Griselda Delgado

Dealing with disciplinary issues on a daily basis doesn't seem like it lends itself to modeling kindness, but I really do try. Every time I speak to a student, I make sure my tone of voice is kind and respectful. Even when I'm issuing a suspension, I make sure students understand the reason they are being suspended and I don't let them leave until they agree that it is a fair and just consequence for their action.

I always say "please" and "thank you" to students even when I'm asking them to stop fighting or using profanity. I figure, if I show kindness to them even when they have misbehaved, they will show kindness to others when those individuals are misbehaving with them. I guess I always treat students the way I want my son's teachers to treat my kids. I always keep that in mind and it helps me use the right words, at the right time, with the right tone.

Museum Of Tolerance Field Trip

Tuesday, Dec. 9th, 8:15am-6pm

9786 W Pico Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Conde will be taking their best students to the Museum of Tolerance A big Thank you for the PTSO for paying for one of the charter busses! Have fun!!

HMS School Site Council

Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 3:30pm

Room 506-507

Join us as we discuss HMS facilities planning. Kevin Pike, our new board member will be here.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

PTSO Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 6pm

HMS Library

FLAGS Parent Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 11th, 6pm

HMS Cafeteria