Meadow Creek Monday Message

January 4, 2016

Meadow Creek’s mission is to promote learning by challenging all to reach their potential

in a safe, nurturing environment by communicating, collaborating and congratulating!

Welcome Back and Happy New year!

I hope you had a restful and relaxing break! It is a new year and we have much still to accomplish. Thank you for all of your hard work for the first part of the year. I know the second half will be even better!

Chapter 3: Structuring and Delivering Your Lessons

Technique 21: Take a Stand

This technique involves pushing students to actively engage in the ideas around them by making judgments about the answers their peers provide. You can increase the number of students who participates in and process a part of the lesson by responding by: "two snaps if you agree; two stomps if you don't." It can be whole class ( "Stand up if you agree with Cathy.") It can be verbal or gestures: Show me your hands what the remainder is." It can be evaluative: " How could she check her work to see if she is right?" or " How many people got the same answer as Paul?"

Take a Stand helps students process more content and it helps you check for understanding.

From: Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

Spelling Bee

We will have our spelling Bee on Thursday at 8:45 for grades 3-6 in the cafeteria. Thank you to Dotty for all her hard work on the Bee!

Transfer Window

The transfer window is now open for students wishing to attend a different HEB than their home school. The window is also now open to apply for our Spanish Immersion program that begins in first grade.

HEB employees who live outside the district and have their children attending an HEB school, must make contact with Liz Richard at 2032 during the transfer window to keep their children in HEB. Out of district employees must do this annually. The window for transfers is Janauray 4 through February 29.

Friday, January 15

On Friday, January 15 we will have a noon dismissal day. We will have a modified lunch and PEFA schedule on this day.

We will have MC PD in the afternoon starting at 1:15. We will have a Team Huddle with our APEX Fun Run partners at 1:15. They will give us in formation about the program, the connection to positive character traits, the daily classroom visits and their goals for us, in addition to raising money for our PTA.

Based on feedback from our Leadership Team and the six week surveys, our focus for our PD will be student behavior and discipline. The plan is to provide more information on CHAMPS since we know that their is much more to the program than what we have implemented so far. We are working with Patricia Demaree on a training on strategies for the more challenging students. More on that to come.

Save our Copier!

The small copier is for just a few copies, 5 to be exact, it is not built to make multiple copies of class sets. Be sure to use Stephanie. She is quick and helpful, if you get your copies turned in at least 24 hours a head of time.

Please do not use the small copier to make copies for your entire class. If you have an emergency, leave it with Peggy, Diane or Doreen and we will get it copied for you.


All homeroom must take attendance at 8:15 and at 9:45. Both serve two different purposes so it must be completed for both times. If you have questions or have difficulties, please contact Diane or Doreen. Thank you!


Please be at your door at 7:45 to greet your students. It is important that you are in your classroom at the start of each day.

Thank you for keeping your web page updated on your home page and on your MOOSE weekly assignment pages. This is another way to provide customer service and to make great first impressions with potential families!

Be sure you are traveling with your students in the hallways at all times. Your presence alone will reinforce the CHAMPS behavior that we expect of all students.

January Birthdays

January 4 - Helene Ray

January 10 - Trisha Handy and Bill Willis

January 14 - Juan Lopez

January 25 - Sabrina Dunstan and Dotty Garrett

January 27 - Val Hannasch

Janaury 29 - Tiffany MacQuilkan

Professional Development

January 5

5th grade Social Studies

4th grade Math

Kindergarten ELA

6th grade Science

January 6

5th grade Math

4th grade Social Studies

3rd grade math

1st grade ELA

2nd grade ELA

6th grade Math

January 11

2nd grade Math

3rd grade ELA

5th grade Science

January 12

1st grade Math

4th grade ELA

3rd grade Science

6th grade Math

January 13

6th grade Social Studies

K Math

5th grade ELA

4th Science

Be sure you are registered for the January 18 District PD sessions!

Important Dates

January 7 - Meadow Creek Spelling Bee for grades 3 -6

January 8 - Jeans' Day!

January 8 - 3rd Grade dictionary presentation 9:00 in cafeteria

January 12 - CBAs for grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

January 13 - IBI presentation to 6th grade at 1:30

January 14 - Faculty Meeting - Chapter 4 Champions

January 15 - grades due for the third six weeks, Jean's Day - Meadow Creek shirt day!

January 15 - Noon dismissal, 1:15 Staff Team Huddle for Apex Fun Run

January 15 - MP PD

January 18 - District PD Day

January 19 - Apex Fun Run Pep Rally, in the gym at 8:30

January 20 - Math CBA for grades 3, 4 and 6

January 28 - APEX Fun Run - Schedule to be sent out

January 28 - Goal Team meetings

January 29 - Picture Day - Class and Individual pictures

February 3 - Dolphin Choir dress rehearsal

February 4 - Dolphin Choir dress rehearsal and parent performance at 6:30 PM

February 9 - 1st grade Valentine Day show for parents at 6:30 PM

February 11 - Faculty Meeting

February 12 - Valentine's Day Class Parties at 2:00