05.16.16 Staff Update

A Communication Tool for the Seven Hills Staff

Personalized Learning at Seven Hills: Finishing STRONG!

25 Tricks to Get Your Students Through The Next Few Weeks of School:

The end of the year and summer fever is upon us. Thankfully, we have lots of activities planned to help make the time meaningful! In addition to the fun, I know that you are also busy focusing on completing end of the year assessments and curriculum requirements. I believe that through intentional planning, students and teachers can have a successful end of the school year, making memories and reducing disruption. I love the ideas shared in the article linked below for helping make the last few weeks fun and engaging. If you choose number 3 and 4, use the Principal's Wall of Fame to celebrate! On number 7...use GoNoodle to your advantage...For #14, I know I said I don't like these, but the idea shared is for the last day...how fun!!!


http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2016/05/05/25-tricks-to-get-your-students-through-the-last-weeks-of-school?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=25+Tricks+to+Get+Your+Students+Through+the+Last+Weeks+of+School.&utm_campaign=eNews051316


End of Year Assessment Predictions: (These were due last week...if you have not done so, please take a minute to make your predictions)


Our campus instructional focus this year was that all students would demonstrate a full year's growth. We have been very intentional this year about using data to drive instruction, intervention, and enrichment decisions, and preliminary data indicate that we are on track to meet our goal. Highly effective people carefully examine practices to refine their craft. To help guide your work as a reflective practitioner, I am requesting that all instructional staff complete end of the year assessment predictions.


Please complete this Google Form by Friday, May 13: http://goo.gl/forms/lmo8KZdWqx


Your responses will be combined with middle of the year predictions and reflections.



Next Steps for The Leader in Me:

  • Read chapters 9 and 10 by the staff meeting on May 19.
  • June PD for ALL Staff: June 6 -8 at Eaton High School(This is the only scheduled opportunity for this training. Remember, The Leader in Me requires the adults in the school to work on themselves before they can implement with students.)
  • Continue to record all of the wonderful brainstorming ideas in your Leader in Me notebooks! Great ideas are popping up everywhere!!!! We need to make sure we remember them all!


"Leadership is communicating a person's worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves"

Staff Member of the Week:

Laura Fletcher -


Lecia Lewis - - I was a foster parent for 12 years and my last foster child I adopted. She just graduated college in December. I also love horses, and for many years I was an active barrel racer in various local rodeos.



Learn more about Lecia and Laura when you stop by the Star Staff board in the Teacher's Lounge this week!

What's Happening Next Week at The Hills?

  • Monday, May 16:

-Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30

-Surprise Book Fair begins

-5th Grade Field Trip (4th grade will need to cover their own grade level lunch duty)


  • Tuesday, May 17:

- JA in a Day

Grade Level PLCs

-Talent Show and PTA General Meeting, 6 pm - please communicate to parents


  • Wednesday, May 18:

-Kim off campus Principal PLC

-5th grade group picture

-2nd Grade Field Trip (3rd Grade will need to cover their own grade level lunch duty)


  • Thursday, May 19:

-4th Grade Field Trip (5th Grade will need to cover their own grade level lunch duty)

-Pajama Day and Read-In

-Staff Meeting, 3:00 - 4:30 (we will have a lot of end of year information to cover and a mini PD on the last 2 chapters of TLIM, please come to cafeteria as quickly as possible after dismissal so that we can begin on time)


  • Friday, May 20:
-Field Day


Save The Date: (please add these dates to your calendars)

  • Million Word Challenge Zoo Field Trip: May 25th - See below for more zoo details
  • May 27th: Star Carnival - see information from Dee Willis and Tanya Ledger


Happy Birthday To:

Jennifer Morales 5/19

Updates and Information

Campus and District Updates:

  • Active Monitoring During Duty Assignments: Safety of students, staff, and visitors is a priority. Please make sure you are actively monitoring during all duty assignments. This includes monitoring all areas of the playground, not using cell phones when on on duty, holding students accountable to campus expectations, etc. This is especially important as we enter into the last few weeks of school when drivers, students, etc. become less cautious and compliant. Thank you.

  • End of Year Writing Assessment Window: Our end of year assessment window begins this week. Please note that the EOY writing prompt is “ Write a composition about something that makes you happy.”

  • End of Year DRA Window: DRA copies are in the workroom. Please refer to Tanya's email for more information about these assessments. K- 2, please let Wilma know what days you would like the 1/2 day subs so that we can get these scheduled.

  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: Seven Hills Staff will host a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Monday, May 16th from 7:30 - 8:30 am. The campus will provide a gift of appreciation to each volunteer. The staff will provide breakfast foods, OJ and creamers. A sign up sheet is posted in the Teacher's Lounge - please make sure you sign up to bring something to make this a special event for our volunteers. If you did not receive invitations for your volunteers please ask Lecia and/or Dora.

  • GT 30 Hours and Professional Learning: Classroom teachers are required to complete the initial 30 hours of GT training and maintain 6 hour updates annually. We will be moving toward 100% compliance at Seven Hills over the course of the next year. We will be sending emails to teachers over the next week confirming who has record of completing the initial 30 hours and who is in need of completing them. Both Shelly and I understand that many of you have certificates noting completion of the 30 hours in a different district, and therefore they are not recorded in Eduphoria. If you have these certificates, please hold on to them so that we can document appropriately when we ask for them. There will be summer opportunities to work on completion, and there will also be opportunities offered throughout the school year.


  • FLEX Agreements: Please make sure you have completed your FLEX agreement for the 2016 - 2017 school year, and turn this in to Leslie or me.


  • Summer School: Tanya Ledger is the point of contact for Summer School. If any parents have questions regarding Summer School, please direct them to Tanya.
  • The link below will direct you to all of the programs that will be offered this summer. A flier will also be placed in teacher boxes this week. If you have any questions, Tanya is your girl! http://www.nisdtx.org/summer


  • Summer School Teachers: If you are interested in supporting summer school as a sub or a STAAR Test Administrator (10 hours pay), please contact Hayley Sample.

  • June 2 Awards Assembly Schedule: (please communicate with your parents, even though it has been in Constant Contact for the last 3 weeks, we are receiving lots of phone calls and questions in the office)
- Kindergarten Graduation: 8:00 - 9:30

- 1st Grade: 9:30 - 10:00

- 2nd Grade: 10:00 - 10:30

- 3rd Grade: 10:30 - 11:00

- 4th Grade: 11:00 - 11:30

- 5th Grade: 6:00 pm


  • SST/RtI Meetings: With the time remaining in the school year, we are going to try a new approach to SST Meetings/RtI Updates. We have discussed as a campus group that the RtI/SST system needs reorganizing. Should this approach yield positive results, we will consider continuing next year. Meetings will be scheduled on Fridays and a few Thursdays for the remainder of the year. This schedule will allow us to meet with teachers two more times prior to the end of the year. The format will be, the teacher listed will bring all SST and progress monitoring data to the meeting. We will begin with students that are in RTI. We will focus on students that are in the homeroom only. If teachers are departmentalized and your partner teacher has concerns as well, then both will need to come to the homeroom teacher's assigned time. We will focus on four questions: What interventions are you using? How often are you using them? What is their effectiveness? Next steps? The schedule is outlined below. Please let Leslie know if you have a scheduling conflict or questions.


Wednesday May 18 -Brittain, Sammons, Franks, Dial, Davis, Stewart

Thursday May 19 - Hladky, Tindel, Moron, Reyes, Goosey, Heady

Thursday May 27 - Twa, Brister, Gill, Rusin, Pate, Mitchell

Friday May 28 - Zeigler, Willis, Any one else who needed more time

End Of Year Communication

We have entered into the season of preparing for the 2016 - 2017 school year. This section of the S'more has been added in an effort to provide you will the information necessary to ensure all of our staff and parents are adequately informed.


  • School Supply Packs: Order forms for EPI school supply packs were placed in boxes last week. This is an optional way for parents to go ahead and take care of collecting school supplies for the 2016 - 2017 school year. To order school supplies: www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks. School ID: SEV001. Order now through June 20, 2016.

  • Online Registration for Returning Students: Online registration has been re-opened. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding. Please remind parents to take a minute to complete the registration process for the 2016-2017 school year.

  • Kindergarten Registration Continues: Parents can still register their child for Kindergarten. Parents should stop by the front office between 8 and 2 daily to complete the registration process. There are no additional evening events planned.

  • Pre-K Round-Up: This year we will host a Pre-K Round-Up on May 24 from 8:30 - 11:00 and 12:30 - 2:30. Fliers will be placed in all PK -5 teacher boxes communicating the event on Monday. Please send these home with all students to help us get the word out to our families.

  • Class Placement Letters: Letters were due last week.

Million Word Challenge Zoo Field Trip

We are 7 days away from the field trip! While this is a campus trip, the classroom teachers need to assist with the field trip planning process for their classrooms.

  • Permission Slips: all students attending the field trip must have a signed permission slip turned in. Permission slips were placed in teacher boxes last week.
  • Lunches: All students will need a sack lunch for the trip. A half-sheet form will be placed in boxes early this week for parents to indicate whether or not their child will need a lunch from the cafeteria or will bring one from home. This helps the cafeteria plan.
  • Release of Student Forms: If a parent plans to take their child home directly from the field trip, the appropriate paperwork must be completed before the day of the trip. All parents taking their children from the trip will need to sign-out with the teachers.
  • Chaperons: Teachers need to secure chaperons. We assisted with this process several weeks ago, but the teacher is responsible for ensuring they have chaperons to support their class at the zoo. If you are having trouble securing chaperons, please let us know. I know many grade levels help support each other on field trips, by sharing chaperons. We will have a few extra staff members available.
  • Plans for Students Not Attending the Field Trip: There were will be students not attending the zoo field trip for a variety of reasons. Each team needs to develop plans for student work and activities for the students who stay at school. A plan for who will supervise students not attending the field trip will be shared later in the week.