Information for you, your class, your students, your parents


Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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Support Staff and Teacher of the Year 2016... Join us in the Learning Commons today after school (3:30 p.m.) to celebrate with our Staff of the Year finalists and our 2016 Support and Teacher of the Year honorees.

Support Staff Finalists: Officer Tom Ban, Mrs. Karen Gnade, Mrs. Toni Goeke, Mr. Bill King, and Mr. Admir Muhic.

Teacher Finalists: Mrs. Keely Abeln, Mr. Javier Lozano, Mr. Greg Proctor, Mrs. Becky Strickland and Mrs. Angie Wittmus

Parent Letter explaining New Spring Conference Format

Here is the letter that we will send out to parents. It will explain the new format for our Spring Parent-Teacher-Student Conference format.

Emergency Drill Procedures

Teachers please review the Emergency Drill procedures with your students. All information is located in your SEOP Binder. Thank you!

Important Information

After School Chat with Dr. Sloan

Dr. Sloan and members of the Executive Cabinet will be here on Monday, January 25, 2016 for our After School Chat. We will meet in the Learning Commons at 3:30 p.m. Please join us if you are available. There will be a Q& A session following Dr. Sloan's District Update.

2nd Quarter Goal Setting Data

Goal summaries will be due Monday, January 25th; Mrs. James only needs your quarterly goal summary sheet, not the individual student forms.

District Climate Survey 1516

Here is the information that was shared at the January 4th faculty meeting:

Question 1. I take pride in working at my school

Qtr 1 SA/A: 98.15% D/SDA 1.75%

Qtr 2 SA/A: 100%

Question 2. Our staff holds high expectations for student learning

Qtr 1: SA/A: 100%100%

Qtr 2 SA/A: 100%100%

Question 3. There are open channels of communication at our school

Qtr 1: SA/A 88.46% D/SDA: 11.54%

Qtr 1: SA/A: 100%

Question 4. There are opportunities for shared decision making

Qtr 1 SA/A: 78.85% D/SDA: 21.15%

Qtr 2: SA/A 94.65% D/SDA: 5.35%

Q5. Our school has clear direction on how to improve student learning

Qtr 1 SA/A: 88.46% D/SDA: 11.54%

Qtr 2 SA/A: 89.75% D/SDA: 10.25%

For Your Information...

The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Team brings #FHMChat back

The parent teacher chat is returning. Parents from the FACE committee are excited to re-introduce this Twitter chat. It will be held monthly (4th Monday of the month) from 8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Each monthly chat will focus on school related topics. Please join FACE on Monday, January 25th to kick off the chat. Use the hashtag #FHMchat.

American Heart Association and Jeans Day!

We will celebrate American Heart Association days on Monday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 9. Plan on wearing your shirts on Tuesday, February 9th. Monday the 8th is the "additional" jeans day if you purchased the American Heart Association t-shirt from Mrs. Finnerty.

Character Education visitors on Friday, January 22, 2016

Amy Branson, Principal of Parkway South Middle School will bring a team of 15 staff members to visit and tour Howell Middle on January 22nd. If you do not want a CCC visitor or do not want a visitor during 1st hour, please let me know by Tuesday, January 12, 2016. After Tuesday, Dr. Huff will create the schedule of CCC and class visits for the upcoming site visit.


Staff Google E-Mail Accounts

Last fall, e-mail was added to staff and student district Google accounts. However, your Microsoft Outlook account is your primary account for district communication. Please continue to use your Microsoft Outlook account for communication with colleagues, students and parents.

With increased student use of Google accounts, especially for sharing files with teachers, some students have become confused about the format of teacher e-mail accounts. Students might accidentally send e-mails to teachers’ Google accounts.

Please remind students of your official FHSD e-mail address, and encourage them to contact you using their official FHSD e-mail address. Also direct your students to any classroom resources where they can locate your e-mail address (Syllabus, Schoology page, etc). If you need any help checking your Google e-mail, or having it forwarded it to your primary e-mail account, please contact Jeff Bargielski.

Google + is on it's way

The district will soon be adding Google+ to the options available to us on the Google "menu" so to speak. Google+ is another Google feature. It is a social media tool that individuals use to share information.


The Math Department is piloting the GoMath series during 3rd quarter.


CITW Professional Development Trainers

We have an opportunity to expand our CITW trainers from one to two beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Anyone interested in joining this team please contact Dr. Huff. Applications are now available. They are due January 22nd. This additional building CITW trainer will be selected by February 5th. See Dr. Huff if you are interested in serving in this position.


2nd Quarter Priority Standards Data

2nd quarter Priority Standards assessment data is due by Friday, January 29th. If you can turn this data in earlier than the 29th that would be greatly appreciated.


January Birthdays

09 Greg Proctor

10 Patti Lee

11 Doug Casler

18 Cara Gibson

20 Lisa Stearns

21 Jenny Walch

25 Karen Gnade

25 Annette Sieve

31 Karen Adams

Upcoming Dates

January 21: 6th Grade Band and Choir Concert 7:00 p.m

January 22: Character Education Visit – Parkway South Middl.e School

January 25: Coffee Talk with Ted 7:45 a.m.January 28th Tech Café

January 25: Site Visit #2 with Dr. Sloan (SIP Review).

January 25: After School Chat with Dr. Sloan and Exec Cabinet 3:30 pm Learning Commons

january 28: Tech Cafe (During 4A, 4C, and 5B lunches)