Weekly Notes for Staff March 21-27 2016
Teaching and Learning the Falcon Way
Hurst Hills Vision, Mission, and Core Values
Vision: We’re the ones empowering students to achieve excellence!
Mission: As a Hurst Hills Falcon, I will soar to excellence by showing respect and responsibility, and challenging myself to reach my goals.
1. Do what is right
2. Perform with excellence
3. Respect others
Don't Count the Days, Make the Days Count!
March 21: TELPAS Writing Samples Returned
March 22: Austin Field Trip Chaperone Training PM
March 23: Kinder Field Trip to Casa
March 24: Staff Meeting: Assessment Training
Progress Reports Grade 4 and 5
March 25: Holiday: No School
March 28: Progress Reports All grades except 4 and 5
March 29: Fourth Grade Writing and Fifth Grade Math STAAR/Closed Campus
March 30: Fifth Grade Reading STAAR/Closed Campus
March 31: No Staff Meeting
Extra Mile Reception 6:30 PM
April 1: Para Self Report Part 2 Due to Beth and Marie
Please let me know if you need anything added or see a mistake. Check back often for changes.
!!!STUDENT ATTENDANCE ALERT!!!
Please ensure both beginning AND official attendance are entered everyday in their designated windows.
As of Wednesday, we had 345 beginning attendance entries where nothing was entered for official attendance. 83 of these entries were for unexcused absences.
When attendance data is pulled, it comes from official attendance. Therefore, many of these students have not received warning letters or phone calls regarding their attendance.
It is the homeroom teacher's responsibility to ensure attendance is taken at both times daily. This is a compliance concern and can impact funding!
Employee Banquet Time!
Retirees and Teachers of the Year will receive two complimentary tickets. Employees receiving 10 plus years service pins will be given one complimentary ticket.
If you would like to attend the 2016 Employee Banquet, Beth will cover the cost of your ticket. If you would like to bring guests, the tickets will be $10 each. (All tickets will be ordered by Laurie. Turn all money in to her.
You must notify Laurie and turn in money for guests by March 21 if you will attend. If you would like a vegetarian meal you must notify Laurie by April 14th.
The banquet is always a fun time to honor our Teacher of the Year- this year it is Terrilin Holz- staff who have earned service to HEB pins, and retirees.
I would love for everyone to come!
There are so many staff situations that could impact those decisions, that I don't feel it would be efficient to share the plan with the whole staff at this time. If something changes and it will impact you, I will share with you as soon as I know. Otherwise, it may be late may before I share with the entire staff.
I always try my best to consider teams, room moves, and preferences when making a decision that will change a team, but sometimes one or more of these factors has to give. The number one concern is always going to be students having the most qualified teacher for that particular classroom based on certifications and experience.
I appreciate your support in keeping it positive if a change impacts your team. Please try to keep any gossip to a minimum regarding changes as they are not set in stone and are just possibilities at this point in time.
On your off day you should empty your trash into the large can in your pod area.
On your cleaning days, desks will be sanitized if they are clear of all items. Desks with supplies or books can not be cleaned. (Stacked chairs are fine)
On your cleaning days, please have students ensure all supplies and large trash are picked up from the floor. Supplies left on the floor will be swept into the trash.
Do not overfill trash with heavy items. If you have bulky or heavy items to be removed, please have them clearly marked and set near the trash but not in the bin.
Thank you from Nona and Angel for your assistance!
We are in need of volunteers for upper grades...so if you have not signed up (even for just one or two slots this year) please be a fabulous falcon, and help us out.:)
Staff to Staff Kudos!
Kudos to Justin for always being willing to pitch in and having such a quick response time whenever assistance is needed!
You Matter forms are in the teacher workroom. Recognize your peers on the wall in the lounge!
I know that you all observe staff members going above and beyond on a daily basis to support students, fellow staff members, and the overall success of Hurst Hills. Please send in Kudos as you see them so that staff can be recognized for the things they do from day to day that make a difference. I would also love to share personal celebrations! Email your recognitions to Beth by Friday to be added to the weekly notes! If Beth uses your submission or you are the subject of a celebration, stop by the office for a special treat!
Special Education Blitz
Monday, June 6th, 8am
1849 Central Drive
Special Education Training for All Teachers Including General Education and Special Education Staff
Multiple sessions will be offered to help general and special education teachers with academic and behavioral strategies for students with disabilities.
Co-Teaching Behavior Strategies
Specially Designed Instruction
SensoryVideo modeling Specific Learning Disabilities