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HHE Mission

Holiday Heights is a SAFE and ACCEPTING place where everyone works together to LEARN, IMPROVE, and ACHIEVE our goals.



January 19-29 MOY Reading Assessment

January 19 Grades Due by the end of the day

January 20 Update Awards Spreadsheet by end of day (see below for link)

January 20 LOL PM

January 22 Special House Meeting

January 22 Hat Day: PE Fundraiser

January 25 House Meeting (first of 4th six weeks)

January 25 Campus Team Meeting

January 26 Jump Rope for Heart (Specials)

January 26 Texas Star Inn Restaurant Night

January 27-29 JPS Dental: Healthy Smiles

January 28 Battle of the Books!

January 29 Author Visit: Chris Barton

January 29 Movie Night 6:30-8:30

February 1-5 National Counselors Week

February 1 PLC/Art Day

February 1 Vertical Team Meeting

February 2 Groundhog Day & PTA Board Meeting

February 3 3rd-5th Writing CBA

February 4 MOY RtI Collaborative

February 5 4th Grade Trip to Austin (Mr. Wamsley out)

February 8 House Meeting

February 8 Faculty Meeting

February 11 McDonald's Night

February 12 Valentine's Parties and Afterschool Dance

Special Awards Spreadsheet

The sheet can be accessed online at:

Below are the directions:

1. Scroll down to your class

2. DOUBLE check to make sure all your students are on the list and they are in the correct house. Make changes/additions if needed.

3. Put in a number 1 in the box your student earned.

4. The sheet automatically saves so just complete this by Tuesday January 19.

Our P.O.P. (Progress on Practice)

Our data demonstrates that the instruction our students receive aligns to the level expected by the standards, however the tasks the students are expected to perform are not consistently at the level of rigor expected by the standard.
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Instructional Rounds on Thursday was very productive and resulted in some of the most in depth professional conversation focusing heavily on reflection. 48.5% of the tasks students are working are aligned with our standards, which continues the improvement observed from the last check. We have significantly more questions and tasks at quadrants 3 & 4, moving from 97% in Quadrant A a year ago to 75% this year.

Recommendations from team and next steps:

  1. Create and give everyone a globe "Icon" to place by our standards in the room as a reminder for us to ask students "How would you use this in real life?" or other ways we can make the learning objective relevant
  2. Appoint 1 person on your team to make sure you look at and design structural level questions for the unit
  3. Everyone bring one student task you have designed for upcoming lessons to the faculty meeting on February 8th. We will evaluate them with the R&R rubric and see if there are any tweaks that can "Further the learning objective"
  4. Everyone bring one workstation along with the TEKS that you have designed for upcoming lessons to the faculty meeting on February 22nd.

Teacher of the Year Nominations

Thank you for nominating your fellow teachers. I am contacting each of the nominees to see if they accept the nomination, then I will announce them. We will be voting on these soon, so be on the lookout for this e-mail.

TAGT on Demand

TAGT On Demand is now open for teachers who are interested in getting started on their annual 6-hour update for 2016-2017. If there are teachers who did not complete their 30-hour or the 6-hour update for this year, they may also continue working on that task. District guidelines require that it be completed by December 31 each year, but the logins BISD paid for will be available until June 30. Please finish hours for this year as soon as possible. Courses are being posted in Workshop as quickly as possible once teachers submit their certificates to Katie Waldrip.

8 Mindframes: Teacher Credibilty

John Hattie is arguably one of the most important figures in modern education and has done tremendous work in sorting out what makes the highest impact on student learning. Below is a quick video illustrating the 2 thought patterns that a teacher can focus on to have the greatest impact on student learning.
VideoScribe on John Hattie's Visible Learning

Pictures of Students

If you would like to add picture to the digital sign just upload the pictures to the following folder:

Dismissal Procedures

We have sent out a message to parents about making sure they bring their laminated cards with them. We appreciate your help in communicating this with parents who do not have these and referring them to the office for a temporary one.

Please continue to make sure parents have their pickup cards. The police said this is one of the best things they like about our school's dismissal for 3 reasons.

1. It reassures parents the person next to them is supposed to be here

2. It highlights individuals who might not need to be on campus

3. It is a very visible signal to the community that there is a system in place to identify people whop are supposed to be here. The police said this is a very strong, proactive, deterrent to those who should not be on campus.

The police were very complementary of our dismissal procedures and I want to encourage your vigilance. If there are any suspicious vehicles around campus, call on the radio immediately so the office can respond quickly. Having everyone be on alert is the best way to make sure only those with a legitimate purpose are on campus.

Please let me know if there is any support you need with any of the above. I will be stationed in the area closest to Scott Drive for the remainder of December, but can come to any spot if needed.

Reminders and Focus

  • Our security fence will start construction this week. This is part of the bond money and the purpose for this is to increase safety and security. There will also be new sidewalks, ramps, and pads constructed to accommodate the foot traffic that will be impacted due to the fences.

  • Our goal is to be level 3 (or moving close to it) in most areas on the district rubric for TEKS centered teaching. I have seen many great examples of students interacting with the TEKS in class. Be sure to not only post them, but have discussions so that students understand the goal of their learning.
  • Continue to build strong, positive relationships with all the students. Smile often. Choose to see the good and positive. Focus on growth and celebrate often. Nothing is more helpful in the learning process than the effects of trust and joy.
  • PLC's should be meeting weekly to answer the 4 questions. Common Formative Assessments should done after mapping out the six weeks, then planning for learning should take place. If you need any support in this, please contact our coaches, Erin, and myself.
  • Rigor, relevance, and engagement strategies should be focus on when planning student learning tasks.