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CUES Reminder...

To keep this at the forefront of our work, here are the CUES the Admin team is monitoring on a weekly basis:

Communication of Information /Open Channels

United Administrative Team

Evidence of Academic Focus

Support& Visibility

Staff will be evaluating our progress on the CUES, so stay tuned...

A visit with Ted...

Please contact Mrs. Goeke to set up a time to meet with Dr. Huff. This will be short 15 minute chat. Look at your calendar and within the next four weeks, see what dates and times work best for your schedule. We can meet before school, during plan, during, lunch, or after school.

Guiding Questions:

1. How has the start of the year been for you (compared to last year)? Or For your 1st year at FHMS, how has it started for you?

2. Your thoughts on "all students learning at high levels".

3. What can I do to help you this year? What supports do you need from me?

PTO Items

Have you asked yourself…How can I help PTO/PIT Fundraise this year? There is a hassle-free way to fundraise, it is through Shoparoo. Follow these simple steps to start the fun.

· Download Shaparoo either through Google play or the App store

· Sign up and pick Francis Howell Middle School PTO

· Go shopping and then:

• Snap pictures of your receipts

• Every Receipt Counts

• Grocery Stores Clothing Stores

• Convenience Stores Hardware Stores

• Super Centers Pet Stores

• Dollar Stores etc….

• Drug Stores

• Earn cash for your school

• Shoparoo makes a donation for every receipt you submit

• Share with your friends

• There’s strength in numbers-the more supporters we have, the more we earn.

If you are competitive, you can compete with friends, colleagues and neighbors.

Private Printing

Please remember to hit private printing when printing or copying from your room. Also, make sure to do your large copy items either through the Print Shop or on your plan time.

Evening Supervision

A few of you have asked for the events that you signed up for, so please see the link below and mark your calendars! As you can see, there are a few events that still need your support. A few teachers attend almost every event, so there names are not listed. Thank you for supporting your colleagues.

Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

We launched our Family and Community Engagement focus with our parent leadership teams this summer. So, PTO and PIT are the new FACE of Francis Howell Middle School. They will work together to further enrich our school community by helping us with funding and providing parent education and engagement opportunities throughout the school year.


Password Self Service Portal
The Technology Department has recently put together a Password Self Service Portal, that can be used while you are in the district. This portal should help reduce the amount of time our Help desk spends resetting passwords, and should also help you and your students get logged in more quickly in scenarios where passwords are forgotten. For instructions on how to register for the portal, click here



Follow up on ELA Spotlight Skills and RCCR from Tuesday’s plan time meetings!

English Language Arts

“Spotlight Skills”

Reading, RI2

6th grade – Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

7th grade – Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

8th grade – Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

Writing, W2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

(Writing standard as 6 subskills that build from 6th grade to 8th grade. Below is the list of subskills for 7th grade as an example.)

7th grade –

a) Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g. headings), graphics (e.g. charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension

b) Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples

c) Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts

d) Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic

e) Establish and maintain a formal style

f) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented

English Language Arts, Constructed Response Format “RCCR”

Please see the link below to access the Spotlight Skills and RCCR in a format that is teacher and student friendly!

Please see the link below to access the rubric for RCCR constructed responses. Thank you for incorporating this into your curriculum as we work on developing consistent language and expectations for writing.


First Quarter IPR Dates

First Quarter IPR Window opens this Friday. All IPR grades are due by 4:00pm Thursday, September 10th. Also email Patty Sheets after you have posted IPR grades. Then she can double check to make sure all grades are in the system.




1 Stacey Thomas

4 Jason Kull

6 Debbie Cobb

10 Javier Lozano

11 Roger Procter

14 Karen Zuber

15 Sue Solomon

16 Scott Pinkham

17 Merrill Koenig

18 Annie Bernaix

22 Chris Miller

Upcoming Dates

September 7th: Labor Day, no school

September 10th: Principal Sound-Off during CCC.

September 11th: Kona Ice during lunches

September 16th: 3:15 Release day, 45 minute CCC at end of day

September 17th: Student Led Conferences, 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meal provided by FACE.

September 18th: No school, PD District work at building level

September 22nd: Student Led Conferences, 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Meal provided by FACE.

September 30th: Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CITW work)