Cheetah Chat

March 17, 2019

Administrators Off Campus

Ms. Clark

  • Off campus Tuesday- Friday

Ms. McKinnon

  • On campus all week

Upcoming Events


3/20- First In Fitness Make-Up Day

3/26- Student Council Meeting @ 8:00

3/27- TA Meeting @ 2:45

3/27- Little Green Thumbs Garden Club @ 4:00-5:30

3/29- Track Out- Track 4

3/29- K-2 Foundations

3/29- Spirit Day: Mix Match Day


PLT Schedule

3/21: Meet with your grade level

3/28: SIP Committee Meeting

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Student Intent Letters


I wanted you to be aware of information we need to collect from our current families to determine the impact of students who will not return to HSES for the 19-20 school year. It is imperative that you collect the information back for each student. I have attached letters for Track 4 and the letter for Tracks 1,2,3. You will also receive a few copies in Spanish for your class. I also had it translated in Arabic but I have not received this back from the Office of Translation.

We will be around to distribute the letters to you for track 4. Other tracks will be placed in your box by the first week of April.

Track 4: Please send these home TODAY or no later than Monday. They are to be returned by Friday, March 29th before track out.

Tracks 1, 2, 3: Please send these home by Friday, April 5th and the letters need to be returned by April 10th.

When you receive the letters, you can hold them until you have most of your class and then turn them in to Natalie/Anita in the office.

Thanks so much and let me know if you have questions,

Mrs. Clark

National Volunteer Service Week

National Volunteer Service Week

April 8th - 12th, 2019

“Ignite a Spark”

Our Goal: Every student at HSES will participate in some form of service to prepare students for productive citizenship.

Service Opportunity:

  • Letters to Veterans or Active-Duty Military - Students will write a letter or draw a picture for a veteran or active-duty military member.

Procedure for Letters to Veterans/Active-Duty Military

  • Provide time and materials for students to write a letter, create a card, or draw a picture.

  • Only first names should be used. Do not include addresses or other identifiers.

  • Use the provided templates (make copies of the ones you’ll need for your class) or allow students to create their own unique card, letter, or drawing.

  • Separate the cards/letters by Active-Duty and Veterans.

  • Turn in your completed class set to Ms. Davenport for delivery and mailing by Monday, April 15th.

  • Please take photos and use the following tags when posting on Twitter during National Volunteer week:

    • @WCPSS and #igniteaspark

    • @NC4VETS or @USOofNC

Thank you for your support!

Click here for the official flyer!

Monday News

Teachers - if you ever have something you want to highlight on the Monday video news, please e-mail your request to Ms. Quigley.

Thank you

Strawbridge Pictures

Tracks 3/4 Teachers,

As monies and returned pictures come in daily please record who has brought pictures/money back on your teacher envelope. Send your envelope to the office and it will be emptied and returned to your box. Please let your parents know we will need all monies and/or returned pictures by next Friday morning, March 22. You can do this through your regular classroom communication method. (email, newsletter, etc.)

Strawbridge will here to pick up monies/pictures on that Friday (3/22) afternoon. Please make sure you have a copy of your class picture information for your records. This will be helpful if any questions should arise.

NC Check-INs

All Teachers:

Grades 3-5 are taking the NC Check-Ins online test on March 26th (track 4) and April 9th (tracks 1,2,3).

In order to make this a successful testing session for our students, we again need to use Chromebooks from many non-testing classrooms.

Carefully review the linked chart (2 pages) to see when your Chromebooks will be used for testing and adjust your plans to have these available for the testing classrooms that day.

Please let me know ASAP if there is mistake on the chart or if you have any questions/concerns.

Emily Quigley

Tech Tuesdays

Our next Tech Tuesday sessions will be 4/16 and 4/23 at 8:00 am. We will be learning all about Digital Portfolio- Adding Standard 4 and 5 evidences.

Please see the links for the Tech Tuesday Sign Ins. If you have attended one on a previous date, please make sure that you sign in for that date in order to receive credit.

Tech Tuesday Spring Sign In

Tech Tuesday Fall Sign In

Lunch Schedules


Please reference the following lunch schedules. Changes are reflected in red.

Schedule for NC-Check In Testing-March 26-Track 4

Schedule for NC-Check In Testing-April 9-Track 1,2,3

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Staff Recognitions This Week!

When you see someone demonstrating awesomeness, shout it out here! Here are some shout outs from this past week!

Ms. Dixon is SPOTted for helping make the book fair a successful event at HSES - dinosaur tail and all

Ms. Mckinnon for rocking it at HSES! We love having you here!

Ms. Jurosko for helping her 1st graders start their digital portfolio journey!

Thank you Ms. Wilkins for watching your class during specials when I had to run out for a sick kid!

Thanks admin and 5th grade for listening to our concerns and working collaboratively with specialists.

Thanks Ms. Pickrel for all your hard work behind the scenes! (aka photographer, professional organizer and caterer)

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Save the Date

April 25th- STEAM NIGHT! Please plan to be in attendance supporting family and student engagement.

MOY Pulse Check

If you have not already, please complete the Pulse Check Survey HERE.

Feed the Bin

Interested in scheduling a Feed the Bin assembly presentation, classroom activity, or recycling team mini-training ON EARTH DAY, April 22, 2019?

In fact, that entire week of April 22 – 26 is wide open for whomever is interested! All of the educational activities are free for WCPSS schools as part of the recycling program and are tied closely to the science and social studies curriculum standards (e.g. Geography & Environmental Literacy; plants/decomposers/soil unit)

To see some of the presentations and activities that have been done at other schools see the Feed the Bin website page and our Facebook page. Then, complete the fill-in form here or send Becky Dunstan, School Recycling Program Coordinator for WCPSS, an email ( with the specifics of what you need. Consider locking in a date and time soon because April gets filled up quickly!!

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Run for Dee Dee 5K

The 3rd Annual Run for Dee Dee 5K will take place on March 30th, 2019 at Suggs Farm in Holly Springs. Registration is open and they are looking for runners, walkers, volunteers, and/or people who want to sponsor-a-kid to run for free. All proceeds raised will go to the Denise H. Moore Memorial Fund. The scrambled Legs 5K team will be out in full force participating again this year. If you would like to run as part of the Scrambled Legs team, when registering join the group: "HSES Scrambled Legs Run Club".

Grant Information

Check out the following grant opportunities that were approved by the Board of Education on February 19:

Opal Apple, Youth Make a Difference grant - Youth leadership on food security, nutrition, agriculture

Freedoms Foundation - Various opportunities on free enterprise, next deadline March 1

South Arts - Literary Arts Touring grant for engagements by guest Southern writers, deadline May 1

Studentreasures Publishing - Publish a class book, deadline April 30

GENYOUth - Deadline varies by program, check website

NASA- STEM education, check website for current opportunities

NC Music Educators Association - Mini-grant for special projects for music educators, up to $1,000, deadline May 1

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science - Award for excellence in teaching, deadline March 1

National Weather Association, Sol Hirsch Education Fund - Up to $750 for meteorology education, deadline TBD

Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Youth Literacy- Literacy programs for youth, deadline May 16

As always, any time you plan to submit a grant, please work with your principal or school grant contact to send in an Intent to Apply form.

Happy grant writing!

Positive Post Cards

In alignment with our strategic plan, we will be sending out postcards to students that could use an extra boost of encouragement or need to be recognized for an awesome job each month. We have sent postcards in the past to recognize encouragement, behavior expectations, hard work, perseverance, sports success, attention, kindness, care, empathy, ability to calm down, etc.

2018-2019 Positive Post Card Form

Thank you for helping me recognize our students and build up our community of learners.

- Mrs. Clark

Weekly Cheetah Chronicles for Families

This week's message can be found HERE