Cardinal News

Were Stronger Together 2/08/16

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Week at a Glance

This Month:

  • LEP pull-out students will not have ESL classes from February 1 to March 1

  • Black History Month

This Week:

  • ESL Testing

  • School Bus Driver Appreciation Week



  • PLCs meet in PLC Room
  • Principal's Meeting


  • Todd @ FHES
  • PLCs meet in PLC Room


  • Todd @ FHES


  • Sweet Treat Friday!!

In the Coming Days:

  • Week of Feb 15 (TBD)

Gary Mumford Drumming Ensemble

  • Feb 20

STEM for Learners Program

  • Week of March 1 (TBD)

Read Across America - School Board Member and former GCS Principal, Mr. Lee Dedmon will be at FHES to Present his Dr. Suess Read Aloud to Kinder and Pre-K

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Interesting Read

Teachers if you are interested in learning about June Atkinson's $$$ Proposal click the link below



Please use the link below and drop pictures of your classroom events into the appropriate folder for our 2015-2016 yearbook. We need them ASAP.


Fruits and Vegetable Program


Please remember that you have Fruit or Vegetable Snack that should be picked up from the Cardinal Cafe by noon three days per week.





At the very latest...No later than your lunch time!

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Retention Information


Mrs. Hinkle will be placing a few documents in your box to aid with retention.

  • There is a parents guide to retention that is really just to be used as speaking points to why or why a child be retained.
  • The second document is a parent signature form to get the parents consent or not for a retention.

Something else to think about.

  • Does the child have a tier plan? if yes GREAT!!!!...If not whoa. You must do so and provide the parent with information that you have this document and data contained should support the reason(s) for retention.
  • Is this child being pulled for any type of remediation, ESL, EC, special programs. If so is the IF or other program personnel aware of your intentions (If the letter was given as a way to get the parent to assist and you have no intention of retaining the student please indicate this on the retention list in Google Drive

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Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn

Scientific research has provided us with a number of ways to get the learning juices flowing, none of which involve paying money for good grades. And most smart teachers know this, even without scientific proof.

1. Fine-tune the challenge. We’re most motivated to learn when the task before us is matched to our level of skill: not so easy as to be boring, and not so hard as to be frustrating. Deliberately fashion the learning exercise so that students are working at the very edge of your abilities, and keep upping the difficulty as they improve.

2. Start with the question, not the answer. Memorizing information is boring. Discovering the solution to a puzzle is invigorating. Present material to be learned not as a fait accompli, but as a live question begging to be explored.

3. Encourage students to beat their personal best. Some learning tasks, like memorizing the multiplication table or a list of names or facts, are simply not interesting in themselves. Generate motivation by encouraging students to compete against themselves: run through the material once to establish a baseline, then keep track of how much they improve (in speed, in accuracy) each time.

4. Connect abstract learning to concrete situations. Adopt the case-study method that has proven so effective for business, medical and law school students: apply abstract theories and concepts to a real-world scenario, using these formulations to analyze and make sense of situations involving real people and real stakes.

5. Make it social. Put together a learning group, or have students find learning partners with whom they can share their moments of discovery and points of confusion. Divide the learning task into parts, and take turns being teacher and pupil. The simple act of explaining what they’re learning out loud will help them understand and remember it better.

6. Go deep. Almost any subject is interesting once you get inside it. Assign the task of becoming the world’s expert on one small aspect of the material they have to learn—then extend their new expertise outward by exploring how the piece they know so well connects to all the other pieces they need to know about.

For more about the science of learning, go to

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We're Stronger Together!

Know your Purpose (EVERYDAY)

My purpose is to use my leadership to inspire a culture of learning and excellence that guides my school and community to educational success, while having happy, healthy and safe stakeholders.