Highcroft Herald

February 15, 2016

Quote of the Week

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why Do You #LoveTeaching?

By Sean McComb

Maybe it’s the goodbye hug from a munchkin whose mischief you managed with grace. It could be that you just geek out on polynomial equations. (Probably not, though, right?) Or seeing a student, once broken, then well loved, who grew whole. Or inspiring colleagues who return with resolve to fight for kids against mounting odds.

There are so many reasons to love the work that we do. Too often, those stories aren’t told — to ourselves, to our colleagues, to young people who might become the next wave of life-changing, nation-building teachers.

That isn’t to disregard or dismiss the challenges of being an educator today. But they aren’t the whole story. Young people are amazing. Sometimes my colleagues are straight up superheroes. Teachers definitely changed, and maybe saved, my life. And those stories aren’t told enough.

Last February, teachers told their stories and shared their love. Five million people interacted with the campaign through the #LoveTeaching hashtag — from the then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to classroom teachers across four continents, and even future educators.

Can You Share The Love?

During the week of Valentine’s day, from Feb 14th to the 22nd, tap into why you#LoveTeaching and write a blog post, compose a Tweet, post a picture, take a video, rant on Facebook — let’s hear the love!

Check out some sample blog entries from last year:


Why I Will Never Quit

Why I #LoveTeaching

Tech Tips

Thank You….Technology

by Danielle Stilts

Thank you….Google Classroom for basically being, well, awesome.

Google Classroom is a Google App for Education (GAFE) that helps you establish a super user-friendly digital learning environment. It is similar in many ways to Blackboard or WebCT that you may have used in undergrad or grad classes. The kids are instantly engaged and it is such an easy and paperless way to organize class assignments. You can assign assignments, then students can create a Doc (or Slide, Drawing, etc.) and turn in the assignment all in one place. You can then provide feedback and assess, all paperlessly! You can even have a class discussion and everyone can respond to each other. This has provided the opportunity in our room for great discussion on digital citizenship, such as only posting academically meaningful posts. Google Classroom also opens the door to endless possibilities with collaboration both within and beyond the walls of the classroom.

If this is something you would like to set up for your class at any time in the future, give me a morning that works for you and let’s get you up and running!


Monday, February 15

  • Presidents Day - No School

Tuesday, February 16

  • Climate Committee Meeting - CRA - 7:45 am - 8:45 am
  • Admin/Coaches Meeting - 10:30 am
  • PSO Meeting - CRA - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Oleshchuk - Julianne Bischof - All Day

Wednesday, February 17

  • Intervention Team Meeting - CRA - 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  • Admin/Counselors Meeting - 12:00 pm
  • Progress Reports Due - by 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 18

  • Choir Rehearsal - Music Room - 8:00 am - 8:45 am

  • 3rd Grade ELA Data Wall - TRC - 10:20 am - 11:15 am
  • 5th Grade ELA Data Wall - TRC - 11:15 am - 12:10 pm
  • 2nd Grade Math Data Wall - TRC - 1:00 pm - 1:55 pm

  • All Read - 3:25 pm

  • Woods - Toni Ratican - PM

  • Lucas Out of the Building - Character Education Meeting - EdPlus - All Day

Friday, February 19

  • SSD Collaborative Sub - Amanda Schmidt - All Day
  • McPherson Out of the Building - MAP Training - AM
  • Trokey - Jessica Precise - All Day

Saturday, February 20

  • 4th Grade Strings Day - Parkway West High School - 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Upcoming Dates

  • Project Parkway - February 22
  • Spirit of Excellence - February 23
  • Late Start - March 2
  • Spirit Day - Pajama Day - March 2