Highcroft Herald

May 2, 2016

Quote of the Week

"I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom." ~Author Unknown
Thank a Teacher

We Thank You

Who is (are) your great teacher(s)?

Mrs. Littenken, my high school Spanish teacher, and Mr. Newbill, my second and fourth-grade teacher, will always and forever have my deepest gratitude! They are my great teachers! They helped me to visualize my potential and they believed in me before I was able to believe in myself. I strive to impact students as they have impacted me.

As I viewed this video clip, images of them took shape in my mind and catapulted me back to that comfortable feeling of being safe when in their presence; safe to be me and take risks. Mrs. Litteken and Mr. Newbill inspired me to always be present, to work tirelessly for the best interest of children and hold their needs as my number one priority because that is exactly what these great teachers did for me.

On behalf of the students, some who have thanked you, some who will, and those whom which may never share with you the wonderful impact you impressed upon them, THANK YOU! For these are the children who may some day reference you as their great teacher!

BOYB - Brag On Your Buddy

Kim Meininger, Gretchen Morrison, and Danielle Stilts, this shout out is for each of you! You all added great value to the weekly Herald with your informative articles. Each week you took the time to craft pieces and provided great PD. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Please send your bragging stories to clucas@pkwy.k12.mo.us

Coaches' Corner

Something A Little Different

by Kim Meininger

As the year winds down, are you finding yourself looking for something a little different for the math period? Maybe something that will offer insight about how your students are synthesizing the year’s work? I thought this might be a good time to share some of the resources that I use frequently when I’m looking for something a little different. Illustrativemathematics.com is a really great place to look as is the Wiki page from Howard County. Illustrative Mathematics offers work around both standards in math (content and practice). Each time I look, there are more lessons available. There are commentaries after many of the tasks that offer error analysis and enrichment ideas. The curators include some of the authors of the CCSS and the Progressions Documents. The Howard County site is this district’s entire math resource, they don’t have a text. I met the creator at NCTM in Dallas, he has many great things to offer. I’ve listed an interesting task for each grade level below. As always, I am happy to help you find other lessons to help reach all of your students.

Kindergarten: The Napping House (CC.B.4)

First Grade: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1.OA)

Second Grade: Tri-Triangles (2.OA.4) This is a problem of the month (POW). There are many levels to these problems.

Third Grade: Classroom Supplies (3.NBT, 3.OA, 3.MD)

Fourth Grade: Comparing and Ordering Decimals (4.NF.7) This task was linked from the Howard County site.

Fifth Grade: Fractions on Line Plot (5.NF.A.1)



Monday, May 2

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • County Library Visits
  • Gym Closed
  • Secret Sweetie Reveal Breakfast - TOL - 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  • Arts Partners Assembly - A Feeling Called the Blues - 2:30 pm - All School
  • Mayer - Marcia Kampelman - All Day

Tuesday, May 3

  • County Library Visits
  • Gym Closed
  • Spirit Day - Blues Hockey Day
  • Staff Meeting - 7:45 am - 8:45 am
  • Fire Drill - 3:00 pm
  • Lucas - Character Education Action Team Meeting - AM
  • Mayer - Marcia Kampelman - All Day

Wednesday, May 4

  • Teacher Appreciation - PSO Providing Breakfast
  • Gym Closed
  • Multiple IEPs - PM
  • Intervention Team Meeting - RW - CRB - 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  • Summer School Meeting - SPARK Room - 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Board of Education - Central Middle School - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Galanti- Marcia Kampelman - AM
  • SSD Collaborative Sub - Meghan Tumbrink - PM

Thursday, May 5

  • Gym Closed
  • DIA Meeting - CRB - 8:00 am - 8:45 pm
  • Volunteer Breakfast - 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 3rd Grade Field to Art Museum - 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Friday, May 6

  • Teacher Appreciation - PSO Providing Lunch
  • Scholastic Book Fair - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Talent Share/Specials Time - Gym

  • 5th Grade Celebration of Generations - 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Cahill - Rosa Thomas - All Day
  • Trokey - Sue Clark - All Day

Upcoming Dates

  • Field Day/Science Olympiad – Normal Lunch Schedule - May 10th
  • Highcroft Carnival – May 13th - 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Progress Reports Due – Start of Day - May 16th
  • 5th Grade End of Year Fun Day – At Highcroft - May 16th