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Friday, December 18, 2015
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This Month's Newsletter

Mrs. Puzzella works diligently to put together our monthly newsletter. This year Mrs. Puzzella is using the smore create the newsletter. We are now sending it out to every parent and she also wants to make it available for our staff. Here is the link. Enjoy.

Tickets to SLU Billikens womens' basketball game

St. Louis University has given us tickets for their January 16th woman's basketball game against Dayton University. If you would like complimentary tickets, see Dr. Huff.

Important Information

Chili Cook Off , Ugly Sweater Contest, and White Elephant Gift Exchange!

We will host our annual Chili Cook-Off and Ugly Sweater contests on Monday, December 21st. See the sign-up sheet in the work room (chili, soups, condiments, desserts, etc). Also, find that "ugly" holiday season sweater and wear it on Monday (12/21). The winner of the ugliest sweater contest will receive a gift certificate for "One jeans week" to be used anytime during 2nd semester. We will also have a White Elephant Gift exchange Monday afternoon!

Blood Drive December 18th

Alumni Sarah Fick is hosting a Blood Drive here at Howell Middle this afternoon/evening. You can still sign up to give blood. As a nursing major at Truman State University, Sarah is coordinating this Blood Drive as part of her degree program. Use the link below to sign up to donate blood.

For Your Information...

Kevin Webb accepts new role

Kevin Webb, our opening custodian, has taken a new position within the school district. He will be taking care of pony pickups and deliveries. While we are working to fill Kevin's position, evening custodian Bill Jackson will fill in as our "opener" custodian.

Finals and Movies

Some classes will be taking exams/finals on December 21 and 22, some finals taking place on December 20 and 21. We need to be mindful and maintain an academic focus during those two days.

Movies during the CCC celebrations is something we do each year. Taking academic time on Dec 21 and 22 to show a movie (that is not connected to a curriculum based assignment) should not be considered. If you want to show a movie (aligned with curriculum), simply complete the movie form and let me know why you want to show the movie.


Tech Fest '16 As you prepare to attend or present at this year's Tech Fest, here are two helpful hints:

1. Gmail/Google Drive: Make sure you have signed in to your school Gmail account and your school Google Drive/Docs. Many of the breakout sessions will focus on one facet of

2. Schoology: Make sure you can access your Schoology account. Resources and information will be posted via Schoology for Tech Fest.

Using Schoology for Tech Fest

Group Codes:

Secondary: S8KTK-VW236


Math is continuing to work on and finalize their math series selection for the 2016-2017 school year. They will pilot two different programs during 2nd semester.


CITW Professional Development Trainers

We have an opportunity to expand our CITW trainers from one to two beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Anyone interested in joining this team please contact Dr. Huff.


Academic Blackout Dates

This is an Academic Blackout week.


December Birthdays

2 Admir Muhic

3 Debbie Simmons

7 Lisa Davis

10 Debbie Melcher

15 Keely Abeln

23 Laurie Fontanini

Upcoming Dates

December 15: Teacher/Support Staff voting takes place during CCC

December 18: Locker Clean-out during CCC

December 18: Blood Drive (Cafeteria) 4:15 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.

December 21: Half-Day (Hours 1-3-5-7) Chili Cook-Off, Ugly Sweater and White Elephant

December 22: Half-Day (Hours 2-4-6-CCC) with CCC Celebrations