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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.



April 18 Faculty Meeting

April 19 Grades Due in Skyward for 5th Six Weeks

April 20 LOL in the Afternoon

April 20 House awards put in by end of the day (see below)

April 21 PLC/Art Day

April 22 House Celebration Meeting

April 25 House Meeting (Lesson) and Campus Teams

April 29 Care Team Day

April 29 PTA Movie Night 6-9 PM

May 2 House Meeting (Activity #5) and Faculty Meeting

May 5 Dr. Brown Visit HHE

May 6 PTA Muffins with Mom AM , Chuck E. Cheese Night 4-9 PM

May 9 3rd & 4th Math STAAR (5th retest)

May 10 3rd & 4th Reading STAAR (5th retest)

May 11 5th Science STAAR

May 13 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

May 13 RHS "Alice" performance for 1st, 2nd, 3rd from 1:40-2:30 in cafeteria

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This Japanese proverb is one of my favorites, and speaks to many of my own personal experiences in education.

Studying is an important part of gaining an education, but reviewing and internalizing facts and data will only get one so far. What students really benefit from and crave are those moments where they truly connect with their teacher, and learn a lesson that no textbook or website could ever provide.

These are the priceless lessons of real life, from someone who has had those experiences and made the mistakes, and grown as a human being because of them. That’s you, and those experiences are like gold to any student. As the year comes to a close, continue to "make them happen" as much as you possibly can each and every day!

April is Volunteer Month

Please be sure to thank the ones that volunteer here at HHE. They make a big difference and we appreciate them very much. Please send me the names of any volunteers who come into your classroom to help on a regular basis and what they do for our students. It would also be great if the kids made cards and notes to be given to the volunteers.

We are planning on having a breakfast on May 13 starting at 7:00 in the library. More details from Mrs. Dansby coming soon.


Please double check all students in your homeroom to make sure they are on this sheet and in the correct house (right click on the number by their name and add a row above to create a line for a new student).

Please have this completed by the end of the day on Wednesday the 20th, so I can send the final copies out on Thursday to review.

At our team facilitator meeting earlier this year it was decided that magnets were not going to be passed out at the house meeting, but instead passed out in the home room because teachers wanted to recognize their students. Students will still be honored in their houses as usual and teachers can come up to the office to get any magnets they need.

Proactive at Recess

Recess is an area we are seeing increased student reports of misconduct. Please make sure your team is spread out across the playground and using the four comers if possible.

At no time should any number of staff be clustered together in one area.

Thank you for your role in making every aspect of our school a safe, caring, and accepting environment for student to excel.

If a group of students wants to play a sport make sure you do the following:

  1. Make sure everyone who is playing earned the privilege. I want to keep recess from being used as a punitive measure as much as possible. It is very appropriate to inform a student they have not been responsible enough to play sports, but can still have free play time. Let them know they can earn sports and tell them clearly what they will need to do to play sports next time.
  2. Review the rules and conduct expected for the sport. There is no contact in elementary sports.
  3. Assign a teacher as a referee/monitor of the game. If there are not enough staff to do this or if the staff who is the referee goes inside then the game cannot proceed.

April 18th Faculty Meeting

I have asked technology to come in and share some information with us.

Jeff Samuelson is coming to present the information about the resources we will receive from Technology Bond. He will also talk to us about what supports will be available next year to fully integrate the resources into our practice. At the end of the presentation he will answer questions and address any concerns you have.

There will also be a short presentation on a serious computer virus that we need to make sure does not infect our systems (or your home). Please be careful about opening attachments in emails- even one that appear to be official. If you scroll over a link and it appears not to be from the site it is claiming, treat this with extreme caution. We will have more detailed information on the 18th, but if you have any questions please come to me personally and I will be glad to assist in any way possible.

We will end with some safety reminders.

Dr. Clark Visit

Dr. Clark and her team saw a great deal of progress regarding our implementation of the Tier 1 priorities. Thank you again for your hard work in making this happen. We will continue to make sure these are a focus in a way that helps student be more successful in their learning. Next year our PD will focus around Tier 1 Priorities from the district level and Continuous Improvement with Rigor, Relevance, and Engagement at the campus level.
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ELAR Priorities Presentation

If you do not have the 3 Kinds of Thinking Poster, please let me know

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Online Campus Transfer Requests: March 21 - Summer

I have 2 primary goals as a principal and I see these as overlapping priorities: for every student to receive the best possible education and for every adult I serve to love doing this. If you for any reason would like to transfer to a different position, grade level or school- please let me know and I will do everything I can to help you. Please come ask me if you have any questions. Thank you

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.

Reminders and Focus

  • The gates will be locked during school hours and can be opened by your key. During the school day (7:30-4:00 on none Aspire days: 7:00-6:00 on Aspire days) these gates are to be treated like an exterior door. Adults and teenagers should not enter these and should go through the main doors, even at dismissal.

  • 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.
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