Monday Message

Week of April 11, 2016

Educational #Hashtags

Hashtags are frequently used on social media such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google Plus as a way to identify pictures or messages on a certain topic. On our personal social media accounts this can sometimes be annoying because there are many people who overuse hashtags (see the video), but there is a benefit to using them for professional development. Educational hashtags are a great way to explore great ideas and engage in discussion on a variety of topics. Many of the hashtags have “meeting times” where educators agree to “meet and tweet." Even if you do not participate in the chat, you can visit the hashtag whenever you choose to read the discussion.

A great way to start is by exploring hashtags on Twitter. Even if you do not want to post using a hashtag yourself, you can click on a hashtag that interests you to see what others are saying. Below is a list of commonly used education hashtags and what topics they cover.

I will also be tweeting out these hashtags on my Twitter (@CiminoHMP) so that you can click and explore! If you follow any hashtags not listed below please Tweet them at me so that we can explore!

Commonly Used Educational Hashtags:

General Hashtags:

#edchat- General resources and discussion for all educators. Every Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. , thousands of educators gather to share their opinions on a topic chosen through popular vote.

#gafe: Google Apps for Education


Specific Grade Levels/Subject Areas:










These are just the beginning, take a look and let me know what you find!

"#Hashtag" with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)


Please keep in mind that PARCC will be starting on Monday April 18. The schedule will be as follows:

April 18-20: ELA for Grade 4

April 19-21: ELA for Grade 3

April 25-28: Math for Grades 3 and 4

Students will be pulled for make-up testing as needed.


SGOs must be submitted by Wednesday morning. If you are having trouble with this in Realtime or have any questions please set up an appointment with Kevin.


Please remember to see the Teach HMP calendar for any changes!

We are in full Lion King mode this week! Please see below for some important schedule changes.


  • Jump Rope for the Heart packets sent home.
  • Kindergarten lunch will be taking place in the classroom.
  • 2:00: Lion King production for the school in APR. Please wait to be called, and have students packed (but leave bags in the classroom) because they will be returning to the classrooms close to dismissal.
  • 7:00: PTA Meeting


  • Report card grading closes. Please have all grades entered by the end of the school day.
  • 9:15-9:35: Grades 1 and 2 Marking Period Assembly in the APR
  • 10:00-10:30: Grades 3 and 4 Marking Period Assembly in the APR
  • We will visit K & PS for the Marking Period Assembly throughout the day
  • 12:30-1:30: 3rd and 4th grade Book Club lunch in Andrea's office. Students can come to the office on their way to lunch with their class.
  • Congratulations to Lori Byron who will be honored at the Teachers Who Rock banquet tonight!


  • I & RS Meetings
  • 7:00: Lion King Kids in the APR.


  • 8:15: School Safety Team Meeting in Andrea's office. Breakfast will be served.
  • 2:15: Student Council Meeting


  • Report Cards will be open for the parents to view on the portal.
  • Spirit Day! Wear Potter Spirit Wear.
  • 7:00: Lion King Kids in the APR.

Kindergarten will be taking the NWEA MAP this week, please see the email from Mrs. Boyles for the schedule.

This week is National Assistant Principals Week- thank you Mr. Waldron for all that you do!