Magnetic Messenger

Department of Magnet Programs - Week of May 2, 2016

Our Mission

Inspire, develop and engage all students in becoming career and college ready; creative problem-solvers; active citizens; and life-long learners in a globally connected society.

Our Vision

Huntsville City Schools will become the model public education system in the United States, demonstrating commitment to equity and excellence by establishing the standard for instruction, curriculum, faculty, facilities, technology and student activities to ensure that all students graduate with the capacity to compete successfully and contribute responsibly as a citizen in a globally connected society.

Behavioral Learning Guide

A little over a week ago, you and your teachers received a draft of the 2016-2017 Behavioral Learning Guide. I hope that you and your faculty have had some time to read through the document. Please encourage your faculty and staff to provide feedback on the BLG by May 6, 2016. The following are ways to submit feedback. A special thank you to the administrators and teachers who created these documents! We appreciate the work that you did.


  • Email comments to BLG.Comments@hsv-k12.org
  • Leave comments on the District’s webpage under Consent Order>Public Comments
  • Provide written or oral comments to your school’s Behavioral Learning Guide teacher liaison
  • Hand deliver comments to the front desk of the Merts Center, 200 White Street, Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Send comments by regular mail to Merts Center, Behavioral Learning Dept., 200 White Street, Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Leave written comments in your school’s Behavioral Learning Guide comment drop box
  • Participate in the Teacher Town Hall scheduled for 4:00 pm on May 2, 2016 at the Academy for Academics and Arts auditorium

Big Fish - Amazing Performance!

This Week at a Glance

Monday, May 2
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • ACT Aspire Grades 3-8
  • AP Exam Chemistry and Environmental Science
  • Teacher Town Hall Meeting - BLG @ AAA 4:00 P.M.
Tuesday, May 3
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • NISL Cohort 2
  • ACT Aspire Grades 3-8
  • ACT EOC English 9
  • ACT Plus Writing Make-up - Grade 11
  • Tammy Out of the Office

Wednesday, May 4

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • NISL Cohort 2
  • ACT Aspire Grades 3-8
  • ACT EOC Biology
  • Tammy Out of the Office

Thursday, May 5

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • ACT Aspire Online Science Grades 3-8
  • HCS Board Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Lee's Spring Dance Performance
  • Tammy Out of the Office

Friday, May 6

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • AAA due by 3:00 P.M.
  • ACT Aspire Online Make-up Grades 3-8 and Grade 10
  • ACT EOC Algebra II and Pre-Cal
  • Lee's Spring Dance Performance
  • Tammy Out of the Office

Looking Ahead

Monday, May 9
  • ARI Administrator Training 8:30 -11:30
  • ACT Aspire Online Make-Up Grades 3-8 and Grade 10
Tuesday, May 10
  • ACT Aspire Online Make-up Grades 3-8 and Grade 10

Wednesday, May 11

  • ACT Aspire Makeup
  • Graduation Meeting

Thursday, May 12

  • ACT Aspire Online Make-up
  • Teacher Effectiveness Wrap Up Session

Friday, May 13

  • ACT Aspire Online Make-up
  • Deadline to send Finley names of ELA/Math teacher who will teach ACT Prep course

To-Do List/Reminders


  1. Add evidence to your PLP in Lead Alabama. The goal is to add a minimum of one entry per month. I will begin adding my comments to your PLP the end of this month to wrap everything up for the 2015-2016 school year.
  2. Please add the Home Language Survey information to the Teacher End of Year Checklist. Ann Marie should be sending you some information.
  3. Elementary Principals: Please adhere to the report card timeline that Steven Miller sent to you last week. I also forwarded the information to you.
  4. Please make sure a counselor and teacher is signed up to attend the Dyslexia Awareness training on June 1 or June 2. This is a half day training.
  5. High School Principals: Please send Christie the names of your ELA and Math teachers who will be teaching the ACT Prep class during the 2016-2017 school year - due May 15; remember to include a period for SGA on the master schedule.
  6. High school principals: Please remember to entitle the course "Leadership." Beth Keller will send you a course number;
  7. Make sure you are adhering to the EDUCATE Alabama evaluation timeline for your teachers. Please submit the EA End of Year Forms to Tammy and Debbie by May 23, 2016.
  8. Summer Feeding Breakfast and Lunch - Lee, Providence, Rolling Hills, and Williams Elementary. There are additional sites but these are the ones that I work with. Breakfast @ elementary - 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.; Breakfast @ high schools - 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.; Lunch - 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  9. Send Marcie your 2016-2017 School Supply Lists by April 29, 2016
  10. Have class rolls and master schedules completed and submitted to DOI by June 3, 2016
  11. Principal End of Year Checklist information due June 3, 2016

Some Additional Dates for the Summer

  1. New Science Course of Study Sessions - June 2, 2016 @ Blossomwood; make sure you have a team present
  2. New Science Course of Study Session - June 3, 2016 @ Blossomwood; 6th - 8th session
  3. AETC Conference in Birmingham June 7-9, 2016
  4. CLAS Conference in Montgomery June 12-15, 2016
  5. Model Schools Conference in Orlando June 26-29, 2016
  6. Expeditionary Learning - June 9-10
  7. Robotics Camp - June 6 - June 10 @ Columbia, Grissom and Lee
  8. Cyber Camp - June 13 - June 17 @ New Century
  9. New Science Course of Study Session - June 9, 2016 @ Blossomwood; repeat of K-2 and 3-5 session
  10. Science Course of Study - Biology June 6-9, 13-16; Chemistry - June 6-9, 13-16; Physics - June 27-30, July 5-8
  11. Summer School - June 6 - July 10; Grissom 8:00 - 3:30 p.m.; Lee 9:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  12. Elementary Learning Lab June 6 - July 1; teachers are only required to attend a one week session; Secondary Learning Lab - June 9 -16; more information coming.
  13. College Academy - FYE 101 Class @ UAH; July 25 - July 29
  14. Expeditionary Learning - June 9-10
  15. NAESP - July 6-8; Baltimore, Maryland
  16. MEGA Conference in Mobile July 11 -15, 2016
  17. IB National Conference in Toronto - July 13-17
  18. New Teacher Orientation - July 18-22, 2016
  19. Administrative Conference - July 21-22
  20. District Professional Development Sessions - July 27, 2016
  21. Professional Development Pull Out Day - July 28, 2016
  22. School-based Professional Development - July 29, 2016
  23. Teacher Institute - August 1, 2016; 8:15 - 10:00 ETV
  24. Teacher Work Day - August 2, 2016