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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.



May 2 House Meeting (Activity #5) and Faculty Meeting HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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) 2nd Grade Math CBA

May 10 3rd & 4th Reading STAAR (5th retest) 2nd Grade Math CBA

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

May 16-20 Book Fair Week

May 16 House Meeting (Lesson)

May 16 Choir at Sandy Lake

May 16 Faculty Meeting Cenergistic

May 17 Second Grade at UTA

May 18 Speech Pathologist Day

May 18 LPAC Meetings

May 19 PLC/Art Day

May 19 Kindergarten Information Night 6-7 (Inside Gym)

May 19 Family Book Fair Night

May 19 Choir Performance 7-7:30 (cafeteria)

May 20 Fine Arts Day

May 20 Husky Harmonics at the Good Place 4-4:30

May 23 House Meeting (Activity #6)

May 24 2nd-5th Social Studies CBA

May 25 Carrier Day in Specials

May 26 2nd-4th Science CBA

May 26 Kindergarten Graduation in Cafeteria 1:30-2:30

May 27 Field Day

May 30 Holiday

May 31 Student 1/2 Day End of Year Party Day

June 1 Student 1/2 Day Special House Meeting: Whole School

Someone is very likely to play School's Out Forever over the intercom after all studnets have left

June 2 Teacher Last Day of School

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This 16-year-old Pakistani student was an advocate for students’ rights in her hometown of Swat during a very dangerous time of war and political upheaval. Malala won the Nobel peace Prize in 2014 and continues to advocate for education as the most important act that humanity has ever undertaken.

Even in the most difficult, challenging, and stressful times it is teachers who bring life and hope to the future. You are the light for our students during their darkest moments and illuminate their future like no one else. One word, one moment, one smile changes the life of your student each and every day. Thank you for your compassion and dedication to uplifting our students.

If there’s anyone who is in a position to bring positive change into the world every day, it’s a teacher. Don’t ever think that your efforts as a teacher are insignificant and make no difference. You make such an impact with our students and the positive effect you have on their life and their family's life is endless. Be brave, stay passionate about your kids and your work, and don’t give up—ever.

Campus Sign Out

If you are leaving campus for any reason before 3:45, you must use the sign out sheet in the office so we can all be informed. Thank you.

Creating a Culture of Curiosity Video

Red Hong Yi is an incredible artist that has been featured on a variety of websites. She uses a variety of “unconventional” materials like basketballs, forks, sunflower seeds, and candle wax in her art. In dedication of the new Star Wars movie being released, she created shadow art with some of the movie’s main characters.

Also check out her portfolio on her website, it is AMAZING!

1. Pick a time to show the curiosity. The beginning or end of your day, or right before lunch would be perfect. You only need a few minutes.

2. Show the curiosity. Maybe say, “I want to show you something cool.”

3. After, ask students for their questions, comments, and connections. Maybe write them down in a unanswered question binder.

4. Don’t make them do any work to find the answers. If kids want to find the answer, they’ll find it on their own time. If not, then maybe it just wasn’t that interesting to them. And that’s fine.

5. Over time, your kids will get more comfortable being curious in your class.

-Alyssa Dunnahoo

(The BEST GT Interventionist Ever!!!)

Star Wars Shadow Art by Red Hong Yi
An excellent local example of this can be found right in our backyard. The Bear Creek Trails in Keller has 5 of these types of art exhibits displayed as you walk along their main train. A map link is attached below and student who are interested can talk with their parents about visiting this with them.


Thank you everyone for making safety a priority at recess. This is such an important part of our students day and below is what we believe about recess.

  • Recess is a necessary event in the day and should not be withheld for academic or punitive reasons.
  • Recess offers important breaks from concentrated classroom work, which allow children to be “more attentive and more productive in the classroom.”
  • Recess promotes social and emotional learning and development through peer interactions in which they practice and role play essential social skills. Children learn negotiation, cooperation, sharing, and problem solving, as well as coping skills, such as perseverance and self-control.
  • Recess offers benefits that are unique from, and a complement to, physical education — not a substitute for it.
  • Recess can help offset risks to childhood obesity that supplements, not supplants PE.

Below is a great site where you can fill in information about what resource is available and it gives you grade level appropriate activities kids can do at recess. Coach Gregory and Coach Mann are happy to lend equipment out as long as it is returned at the end of recess in good shape.

Scrapstore Playpods in Action

TAGT on Demand

Birdville’s license to TAGT Online classes will expire on May 31st. If you are currently taking classes for your update hours please try to finish them. The license will be renewed during the summer. Remember to submit your completed hours to Eduphoria.

There are several opportunities this summer for GT hours. At my meeting last Friday, the department decided the station trainings could count as 6 hours, if teachers design and implement stations during the 2016-2017 school year. I would highly recommend any of these courses!

Stations for GT and High –Level (K-2) (3 Hour Update)

K-2 teachers

Gifted and Talented Interventionists will work with teachers of grades K-2 in developing stations with accountability for high-achieving and gifted students.






HHS Omni Room

Stations for GT and High –Level (3-5) (3 Hour Update)

3-5 teachers

Gifted and Talented Interventionists will work with teachers of grades 3-5 in developing stations with accountability for high-achieving and gifted students.






HHS Omni Room

Habitudes for Genius Learning (6 Hour Update)

Administrators and K-12 teachers

Angela Maiers, nationally known keynote speaker, will present a workshop on how to apply the 7 habitudes (imagination, curiosity, self-awareness, perseverance, courage, adaptability, and passion) to 21st century classrooms. She will offer teachers activities, tools and strategies that appeal to 21st century learners.


All Day


Dr. Brown's Visit

Nothing new, different, or special needs to be done. Make sure the work that we have been focusing on is updated and neat. He will easily be able to see our 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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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

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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