Friday Focus

Weekly Newsletter for Spring Hill Intermediate Employees

Friday, October 16, 2015

Poverty Awareness in our Schools...

On Thursday several fellow colleagues attended the Poverty Conference at LeTourneau University. Below are some "take-aways" from our fellow staff members. Also, click to view a clip from our conference keynote speaker Geoffrey Canada when he appeared on Oprah several years ago.


  • "Education is the only way we can break the cycle of poverty. We need to let our students know that the life they are raised in, is not necessarily the road they have to continue down." (Katy Prince.)
  • "Don't assume that low income parents just don't care about their children. Seek to understand that they are coming from a different background and may not know how to show concern for their children the same way I would my own." (Leesa Vineyard)
  • "For every 1 negative comment a wealthy child hears they hear 6 positive comments or reinforcements. For children in poverty, every 1 positive comment they hear 2 negative comments. I have to make time to genuinely encourage my students with positive comments...for children in poverty I need to encourage them close to 6 times a day for them to even begin to compete with their wealthy counterparts!" (Amy Doron)
  • "Have one goal for your kids: going to college. Change the 'norm.' College should be the goal for ALL kids, not just some. Figure out what you need to get the job done then figure out how to get it!" (Morgan Vivion)
Geoffrey Canada: The Oprah Winfrey Show

Faculty Meeting Monday, October 19th 3:00-4:30 (No Para's, staff only)

We will have special guest Laurie Miller from Region VII to present training on how to modify for special education students in your classroom (from severe needs to less severe needs).

Check Your Google Calendar for upcoming Events this Week!

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Click to they an interactive classroom planning tool from Scholastic!

Coming Up: Red Ribbon Week (October 30th is High Attendance Friday!)


Monday, October 26

“Pledge to be Drug Free” - Everyone wear patriotic attire (red, white & blue). Distribute red ribbons and sign pledge banner.


Tuesday, October 27

“Give Drugs the Boot” - Everyone wear boots or western attire.


Wednesday, October 28

“Sock it to Drugs” - Wear crazy socks or mis-matched socks.


Thursday, October 29

“Team up Against Drugs” - Wear any sports team shirt.


Friday, October 30

“Say ‘BOO’ to Drugs” - Wear Halloween costumes. Distribute pencils and sharpeners. There will also be assemblies (5th grade 10:00-11:00; 4th grade 9:00-10:00; 3rd grade 1:00-2:00)

In Memory of Marty Giles

We will celebrate the life of Marty at 10:00am this Saturday, October 17th at Elmira Chapel. The family will receive friends Friday, October 16th at Welch's Funeral Home.


We will be planting a Pink crepe myrtle tree on campus to honor her service to our school and students. More information to come soon.


Thank you to the sunshine committee and Kim Campbell for organizing a special arrangement for Mrs. Giles service from the co-workers and friends of Spring Hill Intermediate.

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Spring Hill Intermediate School

Amy Doron, Principal

Campus Mission Statement:
Spring Hill Intermediate provides a place for learning where all students can can find success, confidence, respect, and direction for their future!

Campus Vision Statement:

Collaborating to create an engaging, challenging, and well rounded system of education for the improvement of all students.