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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

March 21 House Meeting

March 21 Afterschool meeting cancelled

March 23 Fire Drill

March 24 PLC/Art Day

March 24 PTA Meeting with Movie Under the "STAAR"s

March 25 School Holiday

March 28 House Meeting (Encourage 4th and 5th Graders on their upcoming test)

No meeting, day before STAAR- please help cover up content in the hallways

March 29 STAAR Testing

March 30 STAAR Testing

March 31 Abuelo's Come & Go 4:30-6:00

April 1 Fun Run during Specials

April 4 House Meeting, Brief Faculty Meeting & Vertical Teams, PTA Board Meeting

April 4-20 Open enrollment period for students out of district or out of "zone"

April 8 Doughnuts with Dad 7:30-8:30 Outside Gym

April 8 RHS Elementary Cluster Concert 6:30-7:30 @ Coliseum

April 11 House Meeting and Campus Teams

April 12 Dr. Clark Visit to see Tier 1 Priorities and Standards Based Instruction

April 12 3rd Grade Musical 2:00-2:30 and 7:00-7:30

April 15 Community Coffee and End of the 5th Six Weeks

April 18 Faculty Meeting

April 19 Grades Due in Skyward for 5th Six Weeks

April 20 LOL in the Afternoon

April 21 PLC/Art Day

April 22 House Celebration Meeting

Extended PLC this week!

PLC's should be meeting weekly to answer the 4 questions. This week we have an extended block of time that you can dig in deeper to collaborate with your team. If you need additional times during the next 9 weeks, please let your team facilitator know and we can work on making this happen.


1. What do we expect our students to learn? (Goals/Expectations)

2. How will we know they are learning? (Assessments throughout the unit

3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (Intervention- daily in class)

4. How will we respond if they already know it? (Extension- daily in class)


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.


http://www.dps61.org/domain/1578

http://www.usd262.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_257022/File/Migration/4questions.PLC.pdf

Fun Run April 1st!

Please add this event to your parent communications. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come out and support their children. PTA will be doing a fundraiser with hair coloring: $1 per color, up to 3 colors. There will be permissions slips send home through PTA.

Elementary Tip of the Week: USTREAM

During the 5th Six Weeks, grade levels will be covering information related to biomes. A unique way to study and observe a particular biome is to access live streaming content from that biome. In our elementary blog, Get Techcited, there is a list of biome resources.

Elementary App of the Week: Google Maps

Google Maps allows students to locate biomes around the world, zoom in to see detailed features and access photographs taken from that biome.

Genius Hour: Where Passions Come Alive

Recently Mrs. Dunahoo, with a team from BISD, visited a school where students persued their passions for one hour a week and used this passion to make meaningful connections with all their content on a daily basis. This learning has been called "Genius Hour" and has been proven to be very positive for students on many levels.


Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. Below is a short video with some basic information on this concept and a link to their homepage.


http://www.geniushour.com/


This is not something that we will be doing as a whole school next year, but from what I have seen it seems very student centered and well worth further examination. If you would be interested in looking into this more with me, please send me an email and we can get together to discuss how we can learn more about this practice.

What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom

Recess and Quiet Zone

Having the time to play and interact with each other is critically important for developing students. I appreciate all your efforts in monitoring our students during this time and your guidance for the student who need it.


As testing time comes closer for 5th grade it is important that we all do what we can as a team to help them out. It will be a huge help if you could use an alternate route other than passing their classrooms to go to and from the playground. It creates significant noise in the classrooms when the door is open to have students enter or exit the building. The red area is the absolutely no talking zone. If students are playing outside, please let them know they need to stay away from this area and there should be no noise close to the building.


Thank you!

TAGT on Demand

TAGT On Demand is now open for teachers who are interested in getting started on their annual 6-hour update for 2016-2017. If there are teachers who did not complete their 30-hour or the 6-hour update for this year, they may also continue working on that task. District guidelines require that it be completed by December 31 each year, but the logins BISD paid for will be available until June 30. Please finish hours for this year as soon as possible. Courses are being posted in Workshop as quickly as possible once teachers submit their certificates to Katie Waldrip.


http://tagtondemand.com/

Pictures of Students

If you would like to add picture to the digital sign just upload the pictures to the following folder:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3gFayfVWmQ7fm80RTFHQ2VlaDNCZmRPanpOdkNSdTA3SzFrRklNaXR0Um9IVDNLdzlUbG8&usp=sharing

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.