Meadow Creek Monday Message
February 1, 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!
Thank you for your help and support of the Apex Fun Run. It was a fun event and your support was greatly appreciated! Hopefully all of the pledges will come in and you will be able to get some fun, new things for your classroom!
Bill and I are looking forward to covering your grade level's lunch and recess duty. Please get with me to schedule a day so we can make sure it works for everyone's schedule!
For the extra grade level recess, please let me know when you will be taking that as well. I want to be sure we do not have more than one grade level outside in the same spot so I will be happy to choreograph that for you!
Congratulations to Mrs. Ortiz-Alers for winning the Apex Door Decorating contest with Mrs. Evans' door coming in second place. Honorable mentions go to Mrs. Martinak and Mrs. Lappa's doors!
Please be sure you are entering grades in a timely manner. Grades should be entered well before Progress Reports and Report Cards go home so that parents have a chance to help support their children.
You should have a minimum of 2 grades per week per subject.
Progress reports will go home on Monday, February 8. Be sure your grade are up to date and current before then.
Thank you for reminding and encouraging your parents to complete the on-line parent survey. Each parent should have received an email with a direct link to the survey. If they did not, they can find it on the HEB Home page. We sent out paper copies but would love it if they could take just a minute to complete the new, streamlined survey on line before February 2.
Tomorrow is the last day so one more reminder won't hurt!
Thank you for your help with this!
Chapter 8: Imporve Your Pacing
Every Minute Matters
Time is a teacher's most precious resource: to be guarded and conserved. Every minute matters and yet in a variety of ways we risk letting minutes slip by. Say for example the last few minutes of the class. We say, "We don't have time to start anything new." or "You worked hard today, take these last few minutes to relax." Those minutes add up to hours of instruction throughout the year.
Instead, use Every Minute Matters and reward the students' hard work with a high energy review of all they have learned or with a challenge problem. Keep a series of short learning activities ready so you have something for a two minute opportunity... you can do this at the end of the class, on the way to the restroom, while they are lining up. Read aloud from a book, ask what a vocabulary word means, have them use it in a sentence, ask them a math fact. This strategy keeps students engaged and send the message that you think every minute matters.
From: Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov
All Pro Dads' Breakfast - Date change
Our All Pro Dads Breakfast has been rescheduled to Friday, February 12.
Please try to park in the side parking lot to save room for the Dads. We will also have the playground gate open for us to park to allow more space for the Dads in the parking lot. Thank you!
Upcoming Faculty Meetings
Please be sure you have the dates on your calendar!
February 4 - Patricia Demaree Part 2 on NCI Strategies
February 11 - Goal Team Reports and Chapter 5 Champions
February 18 - Testing Security Training
February 25 - Chapter 6 Champions
March 3 - Chapter 7 Champions
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.
If you would like to transfer to another campus as a teacher or assistant, you should have received an email from HR with the process, the form and the important dates this week.
PTA and the Meadow Creek Yearbook needs pictures!
If you have pictures form events or form things you have done in your classroom this year, PTA would love to use them in the yearbook. Please email any picture's you would like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA will be asking you to look at the proof pages for your classroom in the next week or so. Please be sure to match pictures with names, correct spelling and to add anyone new to your class. Thank you for your help!
Be sure you have lesson plans completed for the week before Monday mornings. Lesson plans should be available and ready to go before each day starts. Lesson plans should be the road map to the learning you want your students to achieve that day and should list several key components of a good lesson, such as the skill, the purpose, the motivator or hook, what the guided or independent practice will be and what assessment is being used.
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.
6th grade ELA
K-5 Reading and Writing with Problem Solving
3rd grade Math
5th grade ELA
5th grade Social Studies
4th grade Math
6th grade Science
Grade 4 ELA
Grade 6 Social Studies
5th grade Math
6th grade Math Pre AP and Regular
Be sure to complete the two state required training that are on HEB Learning on Date Rape and Suicide. These two hour long training need to be completed by April 1.
February 2 - 100th Day of School, Counselor Appreciation Week!
February 3 - Dolphin Choir dress rehearsal
February 4 - Dolphin Choir dress rehearsal and parent performance at 6:30 PM
February 5 - 6 Weeks' Luncheon - Souper Bowl!
February 8 - Progress Reports sent home
February 9 - 1st grade Valentine Day show for PK, K and 1 at 1:45 and parents at 6:30 PM
February 11 - Faculty Meeting
February 10 - CiCi's Spirit Night
February 12 - All Pro Dads' Breakfast. - New Date
February 12 - Valentine's Day Class Parties at 2:00
February 18 - Mad Science resumes
February 19 - Positive Proof
February 26 - Noon Dismissal MCE Work Day