Seven Hills Elementary News

A Home-School Connection

February 20, 2018

Seven Hills Participates in The Leader in Me Symposium in a BIG Way:

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Seven Hills Awarded NEF Grants:

On February 2, The Northwest Education Foundation presented 33 innovative teaching grants totaling $88,000 to 17 campuses in Northwest ISD. Seven Hills Elementary received three of these grants! The grants awarded to Ms. Q, Mrs. Franks, and Mrs. Gill will support campus programs and activities such as adding book series to classroom libraries, interactive learning activities for the library, and the media necessary to produce movies!

Mrs. Q was recently interviewed by the NISD Communications Department about receiving NEF grants. “I truly believe the programs and materials these grants will provide will have a powerful impact on students at Seven Hills Elementary now and in the future,” said Seven Hills Elementary Librarian Melissa Quisenberry, a recipient of three Education Foundation grants. “I am thankful for the grant process and to have partners in providing meaningful opportunities for my students.”

We look forward to moving forward with these campus projects! Thank you NEF for investing in Seven Hills Elementary!

To read more about NEF:

The Student Lighthouse Team Has Been Taking on Additional Campus Leadership Roles:

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Seven Hills Elementary is Common Sense Media Certified:

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Seven Hills as a Common Sense School.

Seven Hills has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our school's commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.

"We applaud the faculty and staff of Seven Hills for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Liz Kline, VP, Education Programs, Common Sense Education. "Seven Hills deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."

Seven Hills has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 100,000 classrooms nationwide.

We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense School. By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.

To learn more about the criteria Seven Hills met to become recognized as a Common Sense School, visit

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Wednesday, February 21 is Spring Picture Day:

Say cheese! Spring picture day is this week! Spring pictures include class group pictures, campus club/team pictures, and individual student pictures.
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Jump Rope for Heart PE Healthy Lifestyles Campaign:

Thank you for your support of the Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Reminder, donation envelopes and/or online donations are due on March 2. You have 2 more weeks to collect! Our campus Jump Rope for Heart Event is on Friday, March 2 during specials. Please contact Coach Grounds with any specific questions about Jump Rope for Heart.
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7 Hills READS!

Thank you 7 Hills PTA for purchasing a book for EVERY 7 Hills Star Leader!

We hope everyone is enjoying reading our school book, The Adventures of a South Pole Pig!

Reading aloud is an enjoyable way for students to develop the knowledge and skills required for future success as learners and leaders. Through a read aloud, students are exposed to new vocabulary, are able to see good reading skills being modeled, and are able to engage in rich discussion about a variety of topics. It is a way to develop critical thinking skills and stretch understanding. Reading aloud to children helps establish foundational reading skills, including:

· Listening comprehension

· Vocabulary development

· Fluency and stamina

· Imagination and problem solving

The read aloud is an important part of the instructional program at Seven Hills, and students are provided a variety of opportunities to listen to the sharing of wonderful stories and books. Because we believe that the read aloud is such an important part of student achievement and success, we are excited to continue the reading program we began last year. 7 Hills READS is a home-school-community reading program, inviting families to engage in a common read aloud with their students.

Here’s how it works:

  • All students in grades Pre-K—5th received a copy of Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz.
  • During a time period of 12 weeks, students will be given a packet with chapters to read and activities for the family. This packet will be in the STAR binder so that it doesn’t get lost. Activities will focus on reading skills and strategies, as well as the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. New packets were sent home last week!
  • Families will read the designated chapters as a family. Older siblings can read to younger students. Students and parents can take turns reading. There are so many options!
  • Periodically, chapters will be read at school in classrooms, in the library, during lunch, and more!
  • Families may decide to read the entire book first, then reread the chapters each month to complete the activities. Rereading text supports vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension skills.
  • Students can turn in activities completed for Spirit Sticks. For every 3 activities from the packet a family completes during the 12 weeks, they will be given a Spirit Stick. Bring the activities to the library when completed.
  • Once the book is completed, it can be recorded on each student Speeding to Read tracker!

We hope that you will enjoy spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book! Adventures of a South Pole Pig is full of great life lessons and connections to the 7 Habits of Happy Kids! There is also a a great opportunity to make connections between this book and the book from last year, Charlotte’s Web.

Families are invited to share their reading on social media using the hashtags, #7HillsREADS and #7HillsLEADS. You can also send your pictures to Mrs. Blackburn at, or to your homeroom teacher. We will post pictures on social media to promote our school book and reading!

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Speeding to Read Update:

Our campus Wildly Important Goal is that all students will meet or exceed end of year expectations in reading. In order to reach this goal, Seven Hills Leaders need to be reading every day! Speeding to Read is a fun way to help students get excited about reading and help students reach their goals. We are in turn 3. Please make sure your child is reading at home and logging their books. Reading logs should be in STAR folders. If you need a new log, please contact your child's teacher.

  • For Turns 2, 3 and 4, the minimum goal is 25 books per turn for Kindergarten–2nd-grade students and six (6) chapter books for 3rd–5th-grade students.

We encourage students to set high goals and read over the minimum number of books each turn. We had many students read over the minimum and we’d like even more this time! We are in turn 3, which ends on March 1.

Note: Each turn starts over with the count of books. The books read in turn 1 do not count in turn 2.

Leaders are Readers! The Wonder Chix Team Made 7 Hills Proud at the NISD Ultimate Book Challenge!

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Save the Date:

Spring Picture Day:

  • Wednesday, February 21


  • Thursday, February 22 5:30 pm at Northwest High School

College Colors Day:

  • Friday, February 23 (students and staff wear their favorite college shirts or colors)

4th Grading Period Leadership Assemblies:

  • Friday, February 23 (K-2 at 8:00 am; 3-5 at 8:30 am)

PTA Teacher Luncheon Hosted By 1st and 4th Grade Parents:

Speeding to Read Turn 3 Ends:

  • Thursday, March 1

Open House,Leadership Expo, & PTA General Meeting:

  • Tuesday, March 6, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Adventure Dash PTA Fundraiser Kick Off Rally:

  • Wednesday, March 7

Seven Hills Community Leadership Day and Career Day Event:

  • Friday, March 9

Spring Break:

  • March 12 - 16

Thank You PTA For a Wonderful Father-Daughter Dance!

Campus Information and Reminders:

  • Running Club will take a winter break after Reindeer Romp. It will resume after Spring Break.

  • School Doors Open and Staff Are On Duty at 7:20 am: Please remember that students should not be dropped off at school before the doors open and staff are on duty at 7:20 am.
  • The safety and security of students, staff, and visitors is a priority. All visitors must sign-in with the front office using the Raptor system to receive a visitor badge. Any visitor without a badge will be redirected to the front office. Please note that we have a new and improved Raptor system for signing our visitors and volunteers in at Seven Hills. All guests and volunteers will be required to scan their ID on their first visit to school this year. Thank you in advance for your patience.
  • Student Absences: Please contact the school office if your child will be absent from school. This helps us verify our overall attendance for the day and properly account for all students. When your child returns to school after an absence, please be sure to send a note explaining the reason for the absences.

NISD Information:

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