HHS and HJH Monday Memo

October 17, 2016

A Welcoming Environment

All principals want their schools to feel warm and welcoming. That's why we go out of the way to make entryways inviting and front offices efficient. It's also the reason we create brochures, update web sites,newsletters and also why we encourage special events and good-news phone calls.


While principals do many things to make schools both comfortable and comforting, we also know, just like you that making a school 'welcoming' is much more than a list of things we can do. Creating a welcoming atmosphere is more an attitude than anything else, an attitude that starts but certainly does not end with the principal.


What are things you think WE can do to make our campus a place where parents and community feel welcome? We must not only be visible but approachable as well. First impressions matter!

BLITZ is Coming Soon

We will use the BLITZ schedule every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning Tuesday, October 25 until Thursday, December 1. Our focus over the next five weeks for high school is working with those students that will retest in December for STAAR. Students have been grouped according to need and I will share that document with you on Tuesday during PLC.


All other students, including those at the JH will be working on structured and focused academic activities. Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Jordan, Mr. Sargent, and I will make sure that you have the materials and support you need so that this time is well spent on helping close achievement gaps and ensure that we make gains when spring testing rolls around.

Please Do Not Forget

  • Post your teaching schedule outside your door with tutorial times listed on it as well.
  • Stand outside your door during passing period, even when it is your planning period.
  • Post your attendance every period!
  • Bulletin boards need to be updated. Please put up student work with the whole TEKS posted along with it.
  • Log in to DMAC and set up your TTESS Account if you have not already done so.
  • You will have people coming in to your rooms more frequently to observe, please do not stop your lesson. As we come in and out of your classroom we will do our best not to disrupt the learning process.
  • Student accommodations/modifications are sometimes hard to understand. If you are not sure about how to address a specific accommodation/modification for a student or students in your room, PLEASE ask. We want to make sure that all our students are successful.

Hearne Junior High Dates

Monday, October 17

  • Dr. Loyde will be on campus doing walkthough observations
  • Volleyball game


Tuesday, October 18

  • Math & Social Studies 9 Week Assessment

Wednesday, October 19

  • Reading and Science 9 Week Assessment
  • PLC in Rm. D7 @ HHS 3:45PM
  • We will continue with the department visions; adding the components
  • I would also like to see your drafted TTESS goals

Thursday, October 20

  • Football teams travel to Marlin

Hearne High School Dates

Monday, October 17

  • Dr. Loyde will be on campus doing walkthough observations

Tuesday, October 18

  • Math & Social Studies 9 Week Assessment
  • PLC during planning in Rm. D7 (for EVERYONE)
  • We will continue with the department visions; adding the components
  • I would also like to see your drafted TTESS goals
  • Volleyball game in Cameron


Wednesday, October 19
  • Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT; all other students will be on regular schedule
  • Ms. Kemp will hand out information about the student testing groups and room assignments for you. The bells will be off so please make sure that you have a clock in your room.


Thursday, October 20

  • ELA and Science 9 Week Assessment


Friday, October 18
  • Volleyball game in Rockdale
  • Varsity football vs. Marlin @ Wood Field
Teacher motivation - Justin Tarte

The Key to Continuous School Improvement by Mike Schomker


The most effective way to create a good school:
  1. The staff must work as a productive family or team.
  2. The team must set clear and measurable goals.
  3. The team must regularly collect and analyze the data to see if the goals are being reached.