HJHS Weekend Update

April 10, 2016

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Every Student! Every Day!

Thank you for your active participation in our PD session Friday. Mr. Hudson brought some great ideas, provided an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own practices, and made us laugh! He was indeed a great story teller. So as we go forward - WORKING TO FINISH STRONG, we can use the lessons learned as fuel for our engines. We have some new tools for our "box" and definitely a lot to think about as we consider how we can BEST help our kids be College and Career Ready! Here are just a few of my notes or highlights that resonated with me from Mr. Hudson's talk:


* Tier I (behavior) when you are dealing with kids means you need to be assessing as soon as they are stepping in the door. You need to be looking for what will work, what are their needs, what are they about. (Remember the kid sitting on the roof of the car kicking story.)


* Poverty kids will not work for people they don't like. Make sure they know you care.


* Pick out your kids that have the greatest need (you can't do them all) and spend 3 minutes with each of them. Just talk to them everyday. It may not work on all of them, but if you can get rid of 50% of your problems that would be pretty good!


* Aggressive vs. Assertive. Let's strive to be assertive - we can be firm and respectful to a student.


* Mess with their thinking to get a positive response from the ODD student. Remember the kid who ran out of the building and the adult tagged him and yelled "your it!"


* People who are okay don't act up. Try to identify and address the unmet need.


* Students with ODD see the world in a negative way and we have to help them see the world differently.


* ADHD kids get in trouble - a lot - we estimated 1600 times a month at school. Characteristics of the home life of an ODD child: inconsistency, loud/harsh, and no love, very often substance abuse, mental illness and poverty. ADHD is a chemical disorder. Over 50% of ADHD kids end up Oppositional Defiant. ODD is a social disorder and by using aggressive responses, we sometimes unintentionally encourage or create the ODD child.


After his words have had time to marinate over the weekend, I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts and reactions.


Have a great week of learning!


Stephanie

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Upcoming Events and Notes for this week at HJHS!

LESSON PLANS SHOULD BE POSTED IN EDMODO BY 8:00 Monday!


We will NOT have advisory during April and May to allow everyone full opportunity to complete instruction!!

You will be testing with your advisory groups! Mr. Moore will have the list and schedule Wednesday.


Hall Duty - Please check the schedule. We need everyone in place on time.


Tuesday, April 12: Track Meet

Wednesday, April 13: Faculty Meeting - Mandatory Test Security

Thursday, April 14: Choir leaves for New York


Monday, April 18: Progress Reports.
REMEMBER YOU SHOULD BE POSTING GRADES EVERY WEEK.
PLEASE KEEP GRADES UP TO DATE THIS LAST NINE WEEKS.

DEADLINES AND DATES TO REMEMBER!

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Tuesday, April 12: Track Meet
  • Wednesday, April 13: Faculty Meeting - Test Security

  • Thursday, April 14 - Sunday, April 17: Advanced Choir Trip to New York

  • Monday, April 18: 4th Nine Weeks Progress Reports Go Home
  • April 18 - 27: STAR Spring Benchmark

  • Wednesday, April 20: PLC meetings after school

  • Wednesday, April 27: Faculty Meeting - Equity Training

  • Thursday, April 28: Algebra I EOC
  • Monday, May 2: ACT Aspire - Writing & English
  • Tuesday, May 3: ACT Aspire - Reading
  • Wednesday, May 4: ACT Aspire - Math, Faculty Meeting
  • Thursday, May 5: ACT Aspire - Science
  • Friday, May 6: ACT Aspire Make-Up
  • Tuesday, May 10: Spring Band Concert at HHS @ 7:00 pm

  • Thursday, May 12 - Tuesday, May 17: Washington, DC Trip
  • Monday, May 16: Benchmark
  • Tuesday, May 17: Benchmark
  • Wednesday, May 18: Benchmark
  • Thursday, May 19: Benchmark
  • Friday, May 20: Benchmark Make-Up
  • Thursday, May 19: Spring Choir Concert at HHS

  • Wednesday, May 25: Awards Day and Field Day
  • Thursday, May 26: Student Last Day
  • Friday, May 27: Teacher Work Day