January 17, 2017
Well, I hope you had a great four-day weekend. For some of you, it was especially sweet, as your prayers for snow paid off :)! However, the break is over, and it is back to doing what you do best...helping kids grow.
With that said, I am excited to continue on with second semester and start our second week. First week went exceptionally well. Thank you for all that you have done to make that happen. I appreciate people being out in the hallways and prompting students to be in classes. Let's keep it up. It will certainly help.
Lastly, I saw many great examples of classsbuilding activities last week. I love the focus on relationship building and on creating the ideal classroom environment.
Thank you for all you do! Have a wonderful week!
FEATURED STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK--5 QUICK FACTS
1. This is my 25th year teaching in the Francis Howell School District! (I’m looking forward to receiving a “crystal”apple at the end of the year!) I taught 8th grade for 8 years at Barnwell Middle School, where Mark Wuertenberg (Tracy’s husband), Kathy Green, Mike Janes and I were on a team together. This is my 17th year at FHN.
2.I have been married to my wonderful husband, Jim for 28 years. We were “High School Sweethearts”, and we met as a result of me breaking my arm playing in the Powder Puff Football game. (We dated for 61/2 years, so we have been together for over 34 years!)
3.We have three, awesome, adult children. Our daughter, Megan, is 24, and she teaches 4thgrade at Central Elementary. Christopher and Nicholas, our twin sons, will be 22 on January 18th. Chris works as a Laser Technician in Santa Clara, California, and Nick is in the military (Army), stationed in El Paso, Texas.
4.Fun Fact: I have been watching the soap opera, General Hospital every day for 38 years!
(Even though no one else in my family watches, they can identify most of the major characters since they have been subjected to watching it throughout the years.)
5.I’m pretty much a homebody - especially now that I’m an empty nester and my husband works nights. I love to read (Mystery and Crime) and to play with my two, little, Shih Tzu dogs, Bella and Chloe. During the summers, when I’m not cruising around with my top down in my Mustang convertible, I can be found floating around in my pool.
Next up: Tracy Wuertenberg
- Congratulations to Shelly Parks on being selected as FHN Teacher of the Year!
- Congratulations to FHN Business Department for hosting the 1st Annual FHSD Job Fair. Mike Freedline led the charge in with this event and it was awesome. Over 30 employers and over 400 kids attended.
88.26% of our students are attending 90% of the time. Thanks lease continue to talk to kids about attendance and to check in with students when they return from an absence. Acknowledging that you noticed when a kid is gone is a great way to curb absences.
When assigning a detention please remember the following guidelines:
◦ Please mark one infraction (e.g. classroom disruption or direct disobedience)
◦ Mark the appropriate due date (see Detention Dates Handout sent out last week)
◦ Contact parent
◦ Turn in detention slip to folder in main office
Please remember to turn off your projector if you are not using it for more than 20 minutes. This preserves the life of the bulb.
The Technology Committee has moved its meeting to 1/18 at 2:30 in the Main Office Conference Room.
STAFF COMMITMENTS--TO BE REVISED
2016-2017 Staff Commitments to the Learning Environment
In order to improve the climate/environment at FHN, the staff commits to:
- building positive relationships with students and staff members.
- listening to the concerns of others and by helping to problem solve those issues.
- helping students to see the relationship between effort and success.
- being open-minded to new ideas.
- addressing any inappropriate behavior immediately to help set an expectation of appropriate hallway and classroom behavior.
- giving clear and consistent expectations for device use and by enforcing them.
- counting tardies consistently.
AP TEACHER MEETING
Thursday, Jan. 19th, 2:30pm
AP Teacher Meeting
We will be meeting to discuss the AP registration season quickly approaching (schedules, deadlines, student circumstances, funding, pre-administration, etc)