01.11.16 Staff Update

A Communication Tool for the Seven Hills Staff

Personalized Learning at Seven Hills: Recharged. Refocused. Ready for Action.

I want to thank everyone for their engagement in PD and the staff meeting last week. The work done was important, and will support and guide our continuous improvement throughout the year. As I read through your exit ticket thoughts, I have been able to refocus on student goal setting and its importance for student achievement.
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Updates and Information

What's Happening Next Week at The Hills?

  • Monday, January 11th:

Million Word Challenge Zoo Program:


10:00 1st, 2nd, 3rd

11:00 Kinder, 4th, 5th


Adjusted Specials Schedule:

8:00 - 8:45 5th grade

8:45 - 9:00 4th grade

12:00 - 12:40 Kinder

12:40 - 1:20 1st grade

1:20 - 2:00 2nd grade

2:00 - 2:40 3rd grade


ORIGO Materials Training:

K - 3:00 - 3:45

1-5 - 3:45 - 5:00

We will meet in the PLC room


  • Tuesday, January 12th:

Grade Level PLCs


  • Wednesday, January 6th:

Kim off campus at PD


  • Thursday, January 7th:

PTA Teacher Luncheon

Early Release Day: Students dismiss at 12:25, sack lunches, appropriate afternoon work includes parent conferences, RtI updates, PLCs, grade level planning, end of 6 weeks/semester grading


Adjusted Specials Schedule:

7:50 - 8:45 5th Grade

8:45 - 9:40 4th Grade

9:40 - 10:35 3rd Grade


  • Friday, January 8th:

Early Release Day: Students dismiss at 12:25, sack lunches, appropriate afternoon work includes parent conferences, RtI updates, PLCs, grade level planning, end of 6 weeks/semester grading


Adjusted Specials Schedule:

8:00 - 8:55 Kinder

8:55 - 9:50 1st Grade

9:50 - 10:45 2nd Grade


Sack Lunch Pick Up Schedule for Thursday and Friday:

K - 10:30

1st - 10:40

2nd - 10:50

3rd - 11:00

4th - 11:10

PK/PPCD - 11:20

5th - 11:35


SBBB Due: K-2 Math and 3-5 Readers Response


Save The Date: (please add these dates to your calendars)

  • End of Six Weeks and 1st Semester: January 15th
  • Early Release Days (please communicate to parents): January 15th and 16th
  • PTA Teacher Luncheon January 14th
  • Student & Staff Holiday January 18th (Please communicate to parents)
  • Susan Padgett, TEA, will be on campus 1/19 and 1/26 for classroom observation and PLCs
  • Awards Assemblies and College Colors Days are Friday, January 22
  • February 15 is designated as a bad weather make-up day. Should we not need to use this as a make-up day for students, students will have a holiday and staff will have a staff development day. Either way, staff work on Monday, February 15th.


Happy Birthday To:

Meghan Tucker and Allyson Moron 1/12

Staff Member of The Week!

Carrie Kind:


Marisa Tindel:


Interesting and fun facts about Carrie and Marisa were not available at the time of publication. I will share their fun fact when it becomes available. Learn more about Marisa and Carrie when you stop by the "Star Staff" board in the Teacher's Lounge!

Information and Reminders:

  • Fundraising Goal Incentive: one of the incentives promised if we met our campus fundraising goal was that staff would be able to wear jeans with their Wednesday "Yellow Brick Road" shirt two Wednesdays per month. Because we met (actually exceeded) our goal, the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month have been designated as jeans days.Thank you for your support of our fundraising efforts! Mark your calendars for the following jeans with your "Yellow Brick Road" shirt days:

January: 1/13 & 1/27

February: 2/10 & 2/24

March: 3/9 & 3/23

April: 4/13 & 4/27

May: 5/11 & 5/25

June: Bonus day 6/1