Longhorn News 2/2/2020

Cedar Hill HS/NGC Combined Edition

No Excuses...No Alibis

“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

I'VE COME TOO FAR TO QUIT - Best Motivational Video

Miller's Message

Thank you for your hard work! The work that we are dedicated to doing is not easy. Stay focused and TRUST THE PROCESS!

It's extremely important that you check your email a minimum of three times per day: Arrival, Mid-day/Lunch, and at the end of the day. Furthermore, you should check your office box daily.

February 7 -District PD Day

February 7 is a Professional Day. Please plan accordingly

February 7 Professional Development

Miller Message/Note

Faculty and Staff!

Take note of the following information:

  • All professional staff are expected to report to work and clock by 7:45 AM
  • Staff assigned to duty are expected to be at your duty station by 7:45 AM.
  • All emails/phone calls SHALL be returned within 24 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.
  • Address Dress Code Issues ( DuRags, Inappropriate pants/skirts, etc)
  • Students are not allowed to be in any areas without adult supervision.
  • If you need to leave campus for an emergency, you must notify and receive permission from the campus principal.
  • If a student is failing or struggling in your class you are expected to contact the parent and document the call in Skyward.
  • All faculty/staff must be at their door during transitions.
  • Required Board Postings- Daily Learning Objective, Demonstration of Learning
  • It is unacceptable to not leave work for a sub when you are absent. Placing assignments in google classroom is not sufficient.
  • Grades will be checked every Monday by the admin staff.
  • It is imperative that you meet deadlines for grading, entering grades, etc.

Lesson Plan NGC

Reminder that lesson plans are to be uploaded to the Google Drive folder weekly by Thursday 11:59 p.m. The lesson plan template is in the Google Drive Folder.

Going forward, lesson plan submission is required for each course on the campus. So core content departments in which teachers teach the same course, may submit one lesson plan together for each course. Meaning, there must be a separate lesson plan for each course (i.e. English I and Honors English I need separate lesson plans; World Geography and AP Human Geography need separate lesson plans; Spanish I and Honors Spanish III need separate lesson plans, etc).


Everyone has editing rights. Do not change any of the folder names or add anything outside of your folder. Be careful not to edit or delete another department's lesson plans/folder.


I am a HUGE believer in the power of GREAT classroom management. Classroom management

can take on many different forms and it means so many things in a classroom. Without it, our classrooms would probably fall apart and total CHAOS would ensue.

The 3 Big ROCKS for this school year are Safety and Security, High-Quality instruction, Students Growth and Achievement. True learning and effective learning requires a safe and secure environment. Be intentional in creating an environment where scholars WANT to learn.

Our Instructional Framework is modeled by Sean Cain's and Mike Laird's Philosophy of the Formula for Quality Instruction better known as the "Fundamental Five"

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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 is not sufficient.

If you have questions or concerns please see the following:

CHHS- Mrs. Mcshan

NHC- Mrs. Lankford or Ms. Davis

Eduphoria -School Forms

I have created a list of important forms that you can utilize beginning in January:

-Announcement Request

-Discretionary Leave Request Form

-Request to Leave the building early


Personal leave may be used for two general purposes: nondiscretionary and discretionary.


Leave taken for personal or family illness, family emergency, a death in the

family, or active military service is considered nondiscretionary leave. Reasons for this type of

leave allows very little, if any advanced planning. Nondiscretionary leave may be used in the

same manner as state sick leave.


Leave taken at an employee’s discretion that can be scheduled in advance is

considered discretionary leave. An employee wishing to take discretionary personal leave must submit a request to his or her principal or supervisor at least five days in advance of the

anticipated absence. The effect of the employee’s absence on the educational program or

department operations, as well as the availability of substitutes, will be considered by the

principal or supervisor. Discretionary personal leave will be granted on a first-come, first-

served basis and will be subject to the following limitations:

● A maximum of 10 percent of campus employees in each job category will be permitted

to take discretionary personal leave at the same time.

● Discretionary leave may not last more than three consecutive workdays.

● Discretionary leave may not be taken on the following days:

o Any day during the five consecutive workdays immediately before or after the

first instructional day of the school year;

o The day immediately before or after Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring

break, a student holiday, or a scheduled three-day weekend;

o The day of an open house at a school to which the employee is assigned;

● A maximum of 10 percent of campus employees in each job category will be permitted to take discretionary personal leave at the same time.

● Discretionary leave may not last more than three consecutive workdays.

● Discretionary leave may not be taken on the following days:

o Any day during the five consecutive workdays immediately before or after the first instructional day of the school year;

o The day immediately before or after Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, a student holiday, or a scheduled three-day weekend;

o The day of an open house at a school to which the employee is assigned;

o Any in-service or staff development day applicable to the employee;

o The days on which local end of semester examinations or state-mandated assessments, including end-of-course assessments, are administered on a campus to which the employee is assigned, as well as any day during the five consecutive workdays immediately before the test date and the day immediately following the test date, regardless of the grade level being tested;

o Any day for which the employee’s administrative supervisor has reason to believe that more than five percent of the campus or departments’ staff is expected to be absent or assigned to an off-campus activity.


Academically Stimulating Environment

An academically stimulating environment is the minimal standard at CHHS/NGC!

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 TBA. 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. Please submit proof of registration and/or test results immediately.

New ELAR 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.

Semester and Exam Weights

MP1 and 4 - 28.33%

MP2 and 4- 28.33%

MP3 and 6- 28.34%

EX1 and 2- 15%



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.

CHHS Blue Print

Faculty Meetings, Academic Nights, Etc

NGC Blueprint

Faculty meetings, Academic Nights, Etc.

Jean Monday's 2nd Semester

All staff that pays $20 will be allowed to wear jeans every Monday during the 2nd semester. Please make your payment to campus secretary in the main office.

T-TESS and etc...

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

NGC/CHHS Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 4th, 4pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

Location: LIbrary

Professional Development Day

Friday, Feb. 7th, 8am

Cedar Hill Independent School District, TX, USA


Please click on the link for the PD Schedule

February 7 Professional Development

Ethics Training ( Module 5)

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 4-6pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX


Black History Program

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 7pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

Ethics Training Module 1 and 2 Makeup

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 4-6pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX


Ethics Training Module 3, 4, and 5 Make-up

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 4-6pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX