Week-At-A-Glance Jan. 4 - 8

The Minnie Howard Campus of TC Williams HS

Every student succeeds!

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A New Year's Message

Happy Happy New Year, Welcome Back & Welcome 2016

The New Year is an exciting time to reflect on and learn from the past to move forward with knowledge into the future. As you ended your year celebrating the holiday season with family and friends; my hope is that you have taken some time to enjoy yourself, relax and rejuvenate for 2016.

Our students will be at our doors bright and early Monday morning. Some will come just as they left us, others will come with more and/or less then when we saw them last; nonetheless, we will be there to greet them with a smile, a word of encouragement for a new beginning and an open mind and heart as we always do to guide them in the right direction. Our January return is the perfect time of year to reiterate and reteach academic and behavioral expectations. Being at our doors in the morning, between classes and in the afternoon consistently greeting students and modeling the school atmosphere we desire to see; shows a united front of the Expectation of Excellence and the goal for Every Student to Succeed!

Thank you All for your continued dedication and support of our students as we work together to meet their individual needs and challenge their thinking. We are strongest when we work together as one and when each link is strong within itself. Therefore, if there is anyway our administrative team can support our goals, student success and/or you; please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us.

Please remember... We are One and as One we work together!

Wishing you All a very Happy New Year and a relaxing last couple hours,


Titan-of-the-Week & Minnie Howie Roaming Gnome Award

Titan of the Week:

For the first week of the new year, the entire Minnie Howard Staff represent the Titans of the Week. As a staff we made it through the end of 2015 no matter our personal condition, came together to celebrate the holidays and smiled on our way out of the door! Thank you for showing your school spirit Minnie Howard Staff and continuing that spirit into 2016!!!!! :)

The Titan of the Week parking space is open to anyone who would like to park there this week on a first come first serve. Next week we will announce our Titan of the Week staff member as previously done.

How can you get the Titan of the Week Upper Lot Award? It is easy! Just wear Titan Gear or college wear on Fridays and your name will be entered into a drawing that morning. Each week in Ms Wood's Week-At-Glance the next week's winner will be announced.


Minnie Howie the Roaming Gnome Award

Minnie Howie is awaiting his next home for the week. Who will it be? Stay tuned for an update this week...

Brought to you by Titans Succeed / Renaissance Committee in appreciation of all that you do to make this a great place to work and learn.

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The School Store has Permanent Hours!!!!

The school store will be open Tuesday and Thursday mornings (8:00-8:25) moving forward. We have new items in stock, including Water Bottles (CamelBak) for $15. Additionally there are: Sweatshirts, Quarter Zips, Athletic Shorts, Baseball Tee's, Hats, Bags, Blankets, Athletic Wick T-Shirts and more!

Easy holiday shopping. Students can begin buying Tuesday, so make sure to place your order Tuesday because stock runs out. All orders will be ready by the next open day of the store, payment due upon pickup.

Welcome 2016 w/ a FRESH START: Please prepare Bulletin Boards for the NEW YEAR!!

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Students Survey Window is Now Open

The student survey window is now open from:

December 14, 2015 through January 15, 2016.

You can find the surveys in English, Spanish and Amharic as well as the survey summary on Blackboard > ACPS Resources >Human Resources > Employee Evaluation Growth and Assessment > Teacher Growth and Assessment System Teachers' Tools > Student Surveys.

Survey can be done on Google Forms, please see Mrs. Hillery's email for details.

Summary of survey is due to your evaluator by January 31, 2016 via TalentEd.

Data Chats for January: Administrative Teacher Mtgs.

Based on our November Data Chats, the Administrative Team will be scheduling follow-up meetings with teachers in each department to better understand and support each department's goal of student growth and achievement. The mtgs. will be the start of our mid-year evaluation process and may go into the month of January.

Please make sure you get all of your 1st quarter data in to the Administrative Team if you have not done so already.

Thank you :)

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Monthly Fire Drills

The monthly fire drills will be random. The team will no longer announce fire drills to ensure we are practicing what needs to happen in the event of a real emergency.

Please remember the following during each drill...
  • Please make sure you instruct all of you classes on the procedures and etiquette for fire drills.

  • Please remember to lead your class out of the room for the fire drill. Once the

    alarm sounds, give quick and concise instructions, name a student to close the door and lead students to the field.

  • Upon re-entry of the building, instruct students to go directly to the class of origin regardless of time and change of periods (attendance should be taken when the entire class has returned to the classroom). In the event of a period change during a drill or an actual emergency, the administrative team will release students via the PA to their next class.

  • Attendance must be taken before, during and after drills and/or emergency situations to ensure all students whereabouts and safety.

We are ONE and as ONE we work together!