Hawks Nest

Hancock Elementary School

Week of January 10-14

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Next Friday is a Student Holiday/Teacher Workday.

Teacher of the Year

Merris Schroder-Kindergarten

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Ms. Schroder with her parents and grandparents.

Paraprofessional of the Year

Alexcia Rodriguez-Assistant Principal Secretary

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Ms. Rodriguez and her parents.

Parents, our teachers record 2 grades per subject area EACH WEEK in their grade book. This allows you the time to review your child's grades and not be surprised.


If you are not pleased with a grade, please check out our review of the reteach/redo/retest policy located in the parent handbook.

Car Rider Pick-Ups

School ends at 3:30 every day...


Parents,

The car rider line will end at 3:45 and if your child is not picked up, they will be brought to the front and the parent will need to come to the front door to check out their child.


Required:

  • A Hard copy of the ID
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Contact listed in the system by the parent/guardian

Grades

NINE WEEK GRADING PERIODS

Report cards will be issued every nine weeks for elementary students. Progress reports will be issued for all students (Pre-K-5) after the fourth week of the grading period. Student achievement in the mastery of grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) will be reported to parents through report cards every nine weeks. The school uses a computerized report card system. When you receive your child’s report card, please examine it closely.


Parents of second through fifth graders are encouraged to use the Home Access Center system to stay current of their child’s grades throughout the marking period.

In an effort to communicate progress to parents, work samples are collected and graded to show a student’s mastery of a specific skill. However, all assignments that come home are not necessarily graded. In addition, some assignments that come home with grades may not be recorded in the teacher’s grade book. A student may occasionally receive a holistic score on a scale of 0 – 4 for projects or writing assignments. Not all grades are averaged equally. Daily grades may count toward a higher percentage of the student’s final average than tests and quizzes. Specific criteria regarding grades will be shared by the teacher.

In grades Pre-K – 1st, teachers assess student work samples and record their achievement. At this end of the nine weeks, each student’s work is applied to a rubric that determines a nine weeks grade.


In grades 2nd – 5th, graded work is recorded by the teacher and averaged each nine weeks to determine your child’s nine weeks grade. Numeric grades may be converted as follows:

  • A = 90 – 100,

  • B = 80 – 89,

  • C = 75 – 79,

  • C-= 70 – 74,

  • F = 0 – 69.

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Uh oh...What if we do not like the grade on an assignment?

Oops...we understand our grades are not always what we want so we have an opportunity to set your child up for success. See below.


REDO WORK

Students may have three opportunities each nine weeks to redo assignments/major grades for which he/she earned a grade of 69 or below.

The three opportunities will include one major grade and two daily grades. The highest grade a student can earn on the “redo/retest” will be a 70.


***Parents must request the redo opportunity within one week of the grade being posted on the Home Access Center or the assignment coming home in the Take Home folder.

All reteach/ redo opportunities will take place before school at 7:40 a.m. The redo date will not be changed or postponed for students who do not attend the re-teaching date. District Progress Monitoring Assessments (DPM) and district benchmarks are not included in the redo/retest opportunities.

Lost and Found Items will be donated on January 31.

Located in the cafe on the stage

If your child has forgotten or lost an item, you are welcome to come in and check lost and found.


Your child is welcome to look at the items during their breakfast or lunch. If you would like to look for yourself, please call the front desk to schedule to come to the campus between 8:30-10:00 am. We will be glad to have a staff member help you search for your child's items.


At the end of each month, items will be donated.


**Helpful Tip: Please label your child's belongings. If we find it, we will make sure it gets delivered to the student.

UPDATE: Lunch Visits GETTING CLOSER!!!

IMPORTANT:

Families:

Due to space in the cafeteria and social distancing, the stage will be the only location for parents to sit when visiting for lunches. We will have our kick-off the week of January 18. We will have a few round tables and chairs for you to enjoy lunch with your child.


We plan to start small with one day per week to watch our numbers and then move to more days as the month's progress.


Thank you for your patience as they get areas accomplished.

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Counselor's Corner

Tips to help your child “calm down”


Sometimes you need a quick way to help your child calm down and you don’t have much with you. Maybe you’re at the store or stuck in traffic. These tips will come in handy at those times:

  • Imagine your favorite place- a beach, a park, a snowy day, etc.
  • Think of your favorite things- favorite blanket, favorite toy, favorite dessert etc.
  • Name animals in alphabetical order (alligator, bear, cow, dog, elephant, etc.)
  • Get a cold drink of water.
  • 54321 grounding, go through each of your 5 senses.
  • Give yourself a hug and squeeze TIGHT!
  • Sing your favorite song!

It’s great to have a list of coping skills to try when your child needs to calm down!

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Hi Hawk Families:

If you have some time to spare and would like to volunteer at your child's school or even from your home. We have some opportunities for you.


Please click the link below and fill in the Google Form.


As events get closer on the calendar, you will be contacted as a reminder.


Thank you!

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Is your child on track?-Title 1

TEA has a new parent web page titled "Support to Help Ensure Your Child is On Track This School Year" that features information on accelerated learning and related tutoring supports being provided to all students who are working to overcome learning disruptions caused by COVID-19. This resource is parents in both English and Spanish versions.

Parent and Family Engagement

Birthday Options

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Birthdays are celebrated at Hancock during lunch.

Our cafeteria is wonderful and offers the opportunity to purchase cookies or ice cream for the entire class for your child's birthday.


We celebrate your child's birthday at Hancock by:


  • Wishing them a Happy Birthday over the announcements. You should hear the cheering and clapping around the campus. It is so sweet.
  • We allow the birthday student to come to my office to select a birthday book.
  • We celebrate weekend and summer birthdays too.
  • Teachers may choose a different way to celebrate the birthday student in their class.


  • Goody bags-(NOT REQUIRED) that are brought to campus will be passed out to students at the end of the day. We ask that the items be safe for all children. Please check with your child's teacher for an updated class count.



If you would like to purchase the items for your child and their class, please talk to the cafeteria manager: Marisol Rodriguez at 281-897-4523. She will be happy to set you up on the day of your choosing.

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Please check often, as the calendar is subject to change.

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Important Dates coming up:

January

January 10

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass

January 11

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass

January 12

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass

January 13

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • Report Card Grades Due
  • 9:15-Mother Goose Presentation-Kinder (Group 1)
  • 10:15-Mother Goose Presentation-Kinder (Group 2)
  • 6:00 School Board Meeting-School Board Book Presentation from Hancock

January 14

  • Teacher Workday/No school for students

January 17

  • MLK Holiday/No School

January 18

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass

January 19

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass

January 20

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • 5th grade Field Trip

January 21

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • PK Tradition Day

January 24

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • January DPM-Extended Response
  • Report Cards Posted

January 25

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • January DPM-Extended Response

January 26

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • January DPM-Extended Response
  • TELPAS-Assembly and Verifying Online Training Window
  • Practice RLA Checkpoint-Grade 2

January 27

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • January DPM-Extended Response

January 28

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • SHOWTIME

January 31

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass

February 1:

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
February 2:
  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass

February 3:

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • Fire Drill
  • 5th grade Field Trip

February 4:

  • RLA Jan DPM-IRL, HFW
  • RLA Jan DPM-mClass
  • Junior Achievement in a Day
  • Astronomer Annie Presentations

February 7-11: School Counselor Week

February 7:

February 8:

February 9:

February 10:

  • Spring Pictures/Group Pictures
  • School Board Work Session

February 11:


  • TEA Stand-Alone STAAR Field Test-Campus closed to visitors
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