The Weekly Growl

January 12 - 18, 2014

This Week

*NO DISSING WEEK*


Monday, January 13

  • No Dissing Week - Wear Teal
  • 5:30/6:45 Boys Basketball (7A,B) @ Ridgeview
  • 5:30/6:45 Boys Basketball (8A,B) vs. Ridgeview


Tuesday, January 14

  • No Dissing Week - Wear Shirts Backwards
  • 6:00 PTA Meeting
  • 6:00 Parent Involvement Night


Wednesday, January 15

  • No Dissing Week - Wear Sweats
  • 3:30 CLT Meeting
  • 5:30/6:45 Girls Basketball (7A,B) @ Ridgeview
  • 5:30/6:45 Girls Basketball (8A,B) vs. Ridgeview


Thursday, January 16

  • No Dissing Week - Wear Random Socks and Shoes
  • 4:00 Principal's Open Door
  • Girls Basketball 7&8A Tournament at Westwood HS


Friday, January 17

  • No Dissing Week - Wear Super Hero Shirt
  • 3:30 - 5:30 School Dance


Saturday, January 18

  • 9:00 - 12:00 Math Saturday Academy








Next Week

Monday, January 20

  • Holiday - MLK, Jr. Birthday


Tuesday, January 21

  • 7:00 RRISD Fine Arts Faculty Recital @ RRPAC


Wednesday, January 22

  • Dress to the Nines Day
  • 3:30 Grade Level Meetings
  • 4:30 Cheer Tryout Meeting, Lecture Hall
  • 5:30/6:45 Boys Basketball (7A,B) vs. CD Fulkes
  • 5:30/6:45 Boys Basketball (8A,B) @ CD Fulkes


Thursday, January 23

  • 4:00 Principal's Open Door
  • 6:00 Cheer Tryout Meeting, Lecture Hall
  • 5:30/6:45 Girls Basketball (7A,B) vs. CD Fulkes
  • 5:30/6:45 Girls Basketball (8A,B) @ CD Fulkes


Friday, January 24

  • Wear Hernandez Shirt


Saturday, January 25

  • 8:00 - 3:30 Choir Solo and Ensemble Contest @ CD Fulkes
  • 9:00 - 12:00 ELA Saturday Academy










Upcoming Events

January 27 End of 3rd Week of 4th Six Weeks

January 29 3:30 Committee Meetings

January 30 4:00 Principal's Open Door

January 31 Progress Reports Go Home

February 1 Math Saturday Academy

February 5 1:30 Early Release















January

Xochitl Gamas 16

Andrea McNeese 16

Julia Ross 31


February

Marbel Donosso 1

Larissa Ortiz 1

Kathleen Hoeber 2

LeDell Maynor 3

Eren Lopez 10

Matthew Wilson 13

Sam Smith 17

Virginia Cole 21

Sheryl Gilchrist 21

Stephanie Saggiante 22

Eric Gerhardstein 23

Saby Espinoza 25

Jennifer Lillard 26



Thank you to Lisa Smith for being a kind and compassionate listener, for offering suggestions, and for being a good friend.

Thanks to Sofie Vastano for the smiles and good humor- always.

Thanks to athletics and the entire fine arts/music departments for giving our students a connection to school that prompts academic success. You make our jobs a little easier by the goals our students have set in your classes inspiring performance in our classes.

Kudos to Caroline Branca &Tricia McDaniel for always doing a great job with the students. Caroline gets to school at 6am and begins tutoring at 7:15. Face it, some of you are just getting up when she is already at school. Tricia works with whatever students are thrown at her and she smiles as she does her best to meet their varied needs. I'm very fortunate to be working with both of them.

Kudos to Ashley Brunette for the miracles that she and her staff work on a daily basis and the amazing things that are happening in her classroom. You will not only see her students moving through the halls quietly and efficiently collecting the recycle bins, but they will cheerfully serve you on Thursday morning at the Bulldog Cafe. Since I can't get away to visit the cafe, she has a student deliver to me. She is providing the teachers and staff at HeMS with services that make our lives better, but what this gives to her students goes so much farther. Her students have a sense of belonging and of doing something that matters and is important and they are learning skills far beyond a normal classroom. They are growing in their self esteem, learning social skills that many students could learn, and they always seem so happy because they take pride in what they are doing and feel valued. You, your staff, and your students are appreciated.Thanks and kudos.

Desiree Le- kudos and gratitude to you for being the do-all for 7th math intervention- except lunch and I'm working on that!

Elaine Fowler - thank you for being the provider of support, cards, wisdom, and paper. You are appreciated by all of us.

- Laurie Stauffer


I would like to give a Kudos to Briana Troxler. She filled in for an ARD when another teacher was not able to make it with no prior notice. She was so positive about attending the ARD and about the student, even though she probably had many other things she needed to do! I greatly appreciate her going out of her way to help me out!

- Kelli Hutka


Kudos to Ms. Xochiti Gamas for starting the second semester strong! Great job!

- Maryadele Troxler


Jennifer Bloch has been a life saver in helping me plan lessons and pick up the pieces for me while I was out sick before the holidays and for being out again this week!

Thank you TammyFern also for being there for my kids while I was out! :) I am so blessed to be working with you guys!

- Natalie Reale


Stephanie Saggiante is ALWAYS available to help us in World Cultures! Thanks for always finding resources for us and being there for our kids! We LOVE your support!

- Natalie Reale and Jennifer Bloch


Kudos to Maryadele Troxler for being such a giver of her time and energy to help our students succeed!

Kudos to Ms. Lacey for taking over such a daunting task mid-year!

Kudos to Mrs. Saggiante for always being there for our ESL kids!

- Jennifer Bloch


To Nurse Ann for ALWAYS being on top of everyone's health AND safety.

- Marbel Donosso





NAME: Caitlin Moore POSITION AT HeMS: SPED Math

MY FAMILY: Engaged

I GREW UP IN: Pflugerville

HS: Pflugerville HS COLLEGE: Texas A&M University - Class of 2006

FAVORITE MOVIE: Cool Runnings FAVORITE TV SHOW: Way too many to list

I CAN'T BELIEVE I WATCH: the Outdoor Channel

IF I HAD A DIFFERENT CAREER, IT WOULD BE: a personal assistant - I love schedules and doing paperwork/organizing for people!

IF I COULD LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE, IT WOULD BE: Costa Rica

FAVORITE BOOK: Historical Romance

FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST: Dolly Parton

DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT? Nope...but always wish I did

FONDEST MEMORY GROWING UP: --

WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? Besides the normal (God, Mom, etc), I respect and admire Dolly Parton because she is who she is and doesn't care what people think. She's business smart, family oriented and has a great heart!

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT: Hopefully it will be Fiji (after my honeymoon) but for now Ireland or Costa Rica

FAVORITE HOME COOKED MEAL: --

FAVORITE AUSTIN-AREA RESTAURANT/HANGOUT: Zed's

IN MY OFF TIME, I ENJOY: hanging out, reading, watching movies, playing games, crafts, traveling

WATCH TV OR READ A BOOK?: -- NIGHT OUT OR EVENING IN? --

WHAT CHORE DO YOU ABSOLUTELY HATE DOING? Cleaning the toilet

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? --



NAME: Anna Carter POSITION AT HeMS: 8th ELA/SPED

MY FAMILY: Allan, Avram (just engaged), Andrew, Abby, Ally

I GREW UP IN: Connecticut

High School: Norwich Free Academy College: Brigham Young University

FAVORITE MOVIE: -- FAVORITE TV SHOW: So You Think You Can Dance

I CAN'T BELIEVE I WATCH: Reality TV, Breaking Bad

IF I HAD A DIFFERENT CAREER, IT WOULD BE: Lion Tamer! JK

IF I COULD LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE, IT WOULD BE: Oregon

FAVORITE BOOK(S): Ender's Game FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST: Maroon 5

DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT? I can knit

FONDEST MEMORY GROWING UP: Taking my 4-year-old sister to school in the dress I made for her

WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? --

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT: Oregon coast or Cascades

FAVORITE HOME COOKED MEAL: Lasagna

FAVORITE AUSTIN-AREA RESTAURANT/HANGOUT: Jack Allen's, Zilker Park

IN MY OFF TIME, I ENJOY: Reading, riding horses, hiking, playing with my dogs

WATCH TV OR READ A BOOK?: Book NIGHT OUT OR EVENING IN? Evening in

WHAT CHORE DO YOU ABSOLUTELY HATE DOING? Cleaning the bathroom

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? --



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