Panther Press

for the week of March 20th


Message from the Principal

The school board expectation for all employees is that they will remain on campus all day once they have clocked in for work. ANY employee (Classified or Certificated) who needs to leave campus during the school day, is expected to 1) see an administrator about leaving campus and 2) sign-out in the white notebook in the office.

We are seeing TOO many students in the hallway without passes. ANY teacher who sends/allows a student out of class must provide the student with a written pass. There is no exception to this.

All teachers are required to monitor their students in the lunchroom as they go through the line and while at their lunch table. It is not the role of the lunchroom staff to monitor your students.

Unit plans must be up to date and posted in every classroom.

All teachers are required to communicate with parents if a student is in danger of failing their class before the end of the grading period. Sending letters home that are not returned do not count as a parent contact. Sending INOW print outs home that are not returned do not count as a parent contact. They will reflect positively on the teacher for attempts but without a response we have no way of verifying that the parent has received the information. Additionally, notes in Chalkable are not considered parent contacts. If a student is failing your class, you must make a contact (phone conversation with parent, parent conference, or email conversation with parent).

Keep in mind all teachers are required to administer at least one unit test every 4.5 weeks. We will be checking for these after progress reports. Documentation of RTI for these should be noted in the comment section of your gradebook. Unit tests in which a student makes less than a 60 must be retaught and re-assessed. The reassessment must occur during the nine weeks in which it originally administered. Accomodations that are implemented for an entire class do not qualify as examples of RTI or as interventions for PST. Students under 504 or an IEP may have different accommodations for assessments and these take precedent.

All teachers are required to have a substitute folder in their classroom complete with class rosters and emergency lessons. We understand that from time to time thing happen and a full blown lesson cannot be created to cover an absence so it is an imperative that emergency lessons are in the folder. We still have issues with finding enough substitutes and it really is not fair to any of your colleagues to have to create a lesson for your class when they end up having to cover.

Go Panthers!

Important Dates for the Week of March 20th

Do not forget to turn in Unit Assessments at the start of each unit.

  • Mar 20th - Boys and Girls Track Meet at Pelham High School
  • Mar 20th - HMS Baseball vs Chelsea at Bud Newell Field
  • Mar 20th - HMS Softball vs Helena Middle at Helena High School
  • Mar 21st - No Faculty Meetings today - See Thursday
  • Mar 21st - 3rd Nine Weeks Awards Day Ceremony: 6th Grade at 8:30 AM, 7th Grade at 9:00 AM, 8th Grade at 9:30 AM
  • Mar 21st - MyTime approved by 3 PM
  • Mar 21st - HMS Golf vs Minor Middle School at Cumberland Golf Course
  • Mar 21st - HMS Softball at Pleasant Grove
  • Mar 22nd - HMS Golf vs North Jefferson at TBD
  • Mar 22nd - HMS Baseball vs Helena at Hueytown High School
  • Mar 23rd - Faculty Meetings in Conference Rooms - Team Review of Assignments and ACT Aspire Test Training Part I
  • Mar 23rd - HMS Softball vs McAdory at Natalie Bunn
  • Mar 24th - 8th Grade Tour of HHS
  • Mar 24th - MEDC in the Conference Room after lunch
  • Mar 24th - Timecards for THIS week must be approved before teachers leave for Spring Break
  • Mar 24th - Parent Contact Logs due via email by 3 PM
  • Mar 24th - Grades posted by 3 PM
  • Mar 24th - HMS Baseball at McAdory

Mar 27th - Mar 31st - Spring Break

Mar 27th & 28th - McAdory Baseball Tournament. See Coach Evans for details.

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