Panther Press

for the Week of April 16th Plus

Reminders from the Principal

After a few technical glitches, we have successfully navigated the first week of state testing. We have only a handful of students in the 7th grade to do make-ups and most of those are at the alternative school. A cursory glance at reading results indicate that our students are doing well when compared to their Fall scores especially in reading. We will begin looking at the gains analysis for 7th Grade Math and Reading next week.

Make sure you remind your students that all of the test incentives are tied to unexcused attendance throughout the testing window and not just on their test days. Through Thursday of the first week of testing we have seen at least 50 students absent, tardy or checking into school as unexcused. Students with any unexcused attendance do not qualify for any of the test incentives.

Make sure you are continually reminding students about the mandate with regards to digital devices in the testing rooms, their test days, test locations and testing incentives.

The mandate against digital devices in the testing room applies to the adults as well as students. Adults in violation of this mandate will have their device confiscated, turned over to the district and written up for insubordination. Adults in the testing room should also be mindful that they are to be monitoring students as they test during the test session. Grading of papers, reading of magazines and leaving the test group unsupervised are just a few examples of behaviors that will result in a test irregularity on the teacher's part. Test irregularities on the adult's part will result in a letter of reprimand.

All teachers are required to administer a unit assessment every 4.5 weeks and they must be labeled as a unit assessment in your gradebook. These assessments must also appear in the gradebook to reflect grades for that time period. While the expectation is that all teachers will administer at least one unit test every 4.5 weeks, the total number of assessments each nine weeks is determined by the classroom teacher. With assessments counting 75% of the nine weeks grade it behooves each teacher to have more than two. All teachers are required to have spoken to or had face-to-face contact with parents of students who have an "F" in their class BEFORE the end of each 9 weeks. It is NOT the responsibility of the EX ED teacher to make those contacts for the classroom teacher, either. These are non-negotiables.

All staff are responsible for electronic communications and items shared through the google platform. A copy of the current staff handbook for HMS is on the google drive.

All teachers should be uploading evidence to EducateAlabama on a regular basis. Do not wait until the last minute. If you are having issues with EducateAlabama, follow the instructions on the EducateAlabama site for contacting the Help desk.

Here is a list of reminders for this semester:

1. If we want things to change the change starts with us.

2. All employees will be professional.

3. Attendance counts even for the adults. Attendance must be taken each class period and posted.

4. Our expectations for students have to be taught and have to be consistent across the team if not grade level.

5. All teachers are expected to be on time for school and duty.

6. Hall duty does not mean standing in a huddle and talking about the students. It means actively supervising students in all areas of the building. This includes the lunchroom. Teachers do not have a duty free lunch. Teachers are expected to monitor students to the lunchroom, in the lunchroom (including the line) and on the way back from the lunchroom.

7. All students are expected to be in the classroom when the tardy bell rings.

8. No student should be allowed out of class without a pass, period.

9. Teachers and staff are expected to be on campus all day. Permission to leave campus must be given by an administrator and only if it is school related.

10. 3rd Period Advisement and Career Prep Lessons are not optional. It is the expectation that these lessons will be delivered each Friday including when a teacher is absent.

11. Sub folders should contain emergency lesson plans for a teacher's classes including 3rd period. Rosters for all classes must be included in the Sub-Folders.

Go Panthers!

Spring Testing Incentives and Reminders

We have begun our ramp-up to the Spring Assessment of the Scantron Performance Series and are introducing an incentive program for our students. It is imperative that all students are at school on testing days and focused to try their best. To encourage students, we are offering the following incentives:

1) Any student who successfully makes their Spring learning target on the Scantron Performance Series Reading Assessment, has no unexcused attendance April 9 through May 4, has no test irregularities during testing and has at least a "C" average in the class can exempt either their English OR their Social Studies final exam in May.

2) Any student who successfully makes their Spring learning target on the Scantron Performance Series Math Assessment, has no unexcused attendance April 9 through May 4, has no test irregularities during testing and has at least a "C" average in the class can exempt either their Math OR their Science final exam in May.

3) All students who have no unexcused attendance April 9 through May 4 and no Class II offenses on test days will be eligible to participate in our End of Testing Beach Bash.

As a reminder to all parents and students, students are not allowed to have ANY digital devices in their possession during testing. Digital devices include cell phones, smart watches, Ipods, tablets and their equivalents. Any student found in possession of a digital device in a testing room will receive at a minimum a Class II, have their device confiscated and the device will be turned over to the district. Test irregularities are at a minimum Class II offences.

Unexcused attendance includes all unexcused absences, check-ins, check-outs and tardies to class.

Important Reminders for the Week of April 16th Plus

Apr 9 - May 4 - Spring Testing Window (see below)

Apr 16 - Timecards must be approved and corrected by 3 PM

Apr 16 - HMS Baseball to host round 1 of the Jefferson County Baseball Tournament at Bud Newell Field.

Apr 16 - CARE Meeting @ Concord Elementary

Apr 17 - Progress Reports Sent home with students

Apr 17 - NO Faculty Meetings this week - Read YOUR EMAIL DAILY

Apr 19 - Jefferson County Track Championship @ MJHS

Apr 20 - Lesson Plans and Parent Contact Logs due by 3 PM via email

Apr 20 - Grades posted by 3 PM

Apr 20 - Spring Play on the 6th Grade Hall

Apr 23-26 - HMS Little Girls Cheer Clinic

Apr 25 - Tornado/Fire Drill - 3rd Period

Apr 27 - CHANGE - Teacher Work Day (You need one) - No students

Apr 30 - MEDC in Conference Room

May 3 - NJHS Inductions in Competition Gym

May 4 - Beach Bash for Students who meet expectations

May 9 - 8th Grade Tour of Hueytown High School

May 10 - EX ED Graduation in Lunchroom

May 17-22 - 2nd Semester Diagnostics (Schedule to come 1st week in May)

May 23-24 - Grade Recovery

May 23 - Begin Retention Meetings

May 24 - Grades Due by noon

May 24 - Grade Verification Sheets due by 3 PM

May 25 - Teacher Work Day

May 25 - Report Cards Mailed

Spring Testing Schedule Update

April 13 - Small Group 8th Grade Ex Ed and ELL

April 16 - 8th Grade Gold

April 17 - 8th Grade Purple

April 18 - 8th Grade Make-Ups & 6th Grade Small Groups and ELL (if possible)

April 19 - 6th Grade Gold

April 20 - 6th Grade Purple

April 23 - 6th Grade Make-ups

April 24-26 - Make-ups as needed

April 27 - Alternative School Student Testing

April 30 - May 3 - Make-ups as needed

PLUS Team Rotation

No PLUS Team Meetings in April due to testing

No PLUS Team Meetings in May

Lesson Plan, Unit Assessments & Contact Log Administrators

  • 6th Grade teachers, Poe, Finch, Overton, and Owens submit to Mr. Anders via email.

  • 7th Grade teachers, Gonzalez, Moreno, Evans, Williams and Channel submit to Mr. Powell via email.

  • 8th Grade teachers, Cerka-Wilkes, A. Smith, Kunath, Whitfield and Richards-Broome submit to Dr. Foster via email.

Lesson Plans/Parent Contact Log Calendar

  • April 20 (LP Apr 23 – May 4, PC through Apr 19)

  • May 4 (LP May 7 – May 24, PC through May 3)

  • May 25 (PC through May 24)

"To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will." - Ronald Reagan

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