October 2019 HHASD Newsletter

Welcome Back!

District Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a safe, challenging, student-centered learning environment focused on preparing students for their future through supportive parent, staff, and community partnerships.

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Welcome to October!

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Srta. Rachel Lewis, RMS Spanish

Please enjoy the fourth in our new staff video series: Meet Srta. Rachel Lewis. Rachel is the new Spanish teacher at Richfield Middle School.

Lewis introduction
Parents, on Friday morning I assisted with parent drop-off. For the safety of our students, and in order to improve traffic flow, it is critical that you follow the Drop-Off and Pick-Up procedures shared by Mr. Laird at the beginning of the year. The key points include:

  1. If you need to exit your vehicle, you must park in the parking lot. Otherwise, a staff member will be waiting to greet your child(ren) and help them out of the car.
  2. When using the drop-off lane, pull all the way forward to the stop sign, then fill in. Do not stop in front of the kindergarten or main doors. This congests all of the traffic behind you. It also creates a dangerous situation when vehicles move around your parked car in order to drop-off their child(ren) in front of your vehicle.
  3. Finally, please do not drop your child(ren) off before 8:00 a.m. There is no supervision prior to that time. On Friday, several students were playing on the curb prior to 8:00 a.m. I stopped them and asked them to wait at the front entrance, out of harm's way. Please assist us in keeping your child(ren) safe.

In terms of afternoon pick-up, a deputy sheriff was in our parking lot Monday to monitor dismissal procedures. This officer will be present today as well.

If you arrive at the school prior to 3:00 p.m., please stay in your parking spot until you pick-up your child. Please have your vehicle sign visible to the staff members. This will signal Mr. Laird to radio the staff monitoring the students in the commons so they may be released to you. When exiting the parking lot, you may leave using either of the two driving lanes.

Thank you.

First Day of School!

Outdoor Classroom

Wellness Night!

Our first of several wellness events was held in September: a GaGa ball tournament! Read to the end of this newsletter to see our October event. The November and December events will be published in the upcoming Ovations!

HHASD in the news

DOT Update

WIS 164 between County Q and WIS 167 opened in mid-September.

WIS 164 north of WIS 167 remains closed through mid-October.

Website: https://projects.511wi.gov/wis164/traffic-impacts/

The DOT appreciates your assistance in utilizing alternate north-south routes until all of WIS 164 opens in mid-October.

Director's Corner

School will soon be starting and it is important to ensure that your child’s immunization records are up to date. Click the link to read about the minimum required immunizations according to the Wisconsin Student Immunization Law.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is upon us and this often means temperatures are beginning to drop, the leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees and the anticipation of eating caramel apples, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating is coming near. While these activities are exciting to think about there is much more to celebrate in the month of October. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. During the month of October we can all help spread awareness, advocacy and inclusion throughout our community. I encourage each of you to look to celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. We all learn from each other so please find time during the month of October to spread awareness and connect and support Down Syndrome. We all learn best when we work together and support one another. To learn more about Down Syndrome please check out these websites and their resources:

Just Like You-Down Syndrome
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Join Our Team

Printable Application. (Apply for teaching positions at: https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/#/)

Are you a parent, family member, or family friend, of one of our HHASD students? Do you like to spend time in the schools? Would you like to get paid for your time? Set your own schedule? Have the option of working half- or full-days? We are seeking substitute staff for both guest teachers and paraprofessionals.

What are the qualifications?

Guest Teachers: guest teachers must hold an associate's degree or higher from an accredited degree-granting institution

Paraprofessionals: a paraprofessional must hold a high school diploma and have completed two years of post-secondary education (48 credits) or an associate's degree or have met a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness) by taking and passing one of the Hiring Requirements Options.

Applications to both are below.

If you are unsure if you meet any of the qualifications, but are interested in either or both types of positions, please contact our office and we will gladly help you!

Box Tops for Education - Program Updates

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8 - Parent Sounding Board

9 - Jack O Lantern Jog

21 - Board Meeting

22 - HHOPS

23 - Family Conferences (and Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick-up at RMS)

28 - Annual Meeting

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