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HHE Mission

Holiday Heights is a SAFE and ACCEPTING place where everyone works together to LEARN, IMPROVE, and ACHIEVE our goals.

CALENDAR

DATES

December 7 Faculty meeting

December 8 5th Grade musical

December 10&11 Data Meetings (bring district Protocols)

December 11 (AM) Team Facilitator Meeting

December 14-18 No TEAM Time

December 14 Vertical Team Cancelled, Cookie Exchange instead

December 15 Holiday Sweater Day (tacky is encouraged, but not required)

December 15 OC Burger Night

December 16 Spelling Bee 8:30-10:30

December 17 Student half-day (Release at 12:30)

December 17 Winter Party Day and Staff Party after they all leave :)

December 18 Student half-day (Release at 12:30), you may leave as soon as all students are dismissed

December 18 All School Sing Along 8:30-9:30, Indoor Snowball Fight for 3rd Grade

December 19-January 3 Winter Break

January 4 Faculty Meeting

January 7 PLC/ART Day

January 8 District Curriculum Walk-though

January 11 Vertical Team Meeting

January 14 Instructional Rounds #3 (really only the second one)

Keep your technology secure during the holidays

Make sure devices are secured before leaving campus each day.
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Dismissal Procedures

We have sent out a message to parents about making sure they bring their laminated cards with them. We appreciate your help in communicating this with parents who do not have these and referring them to the office for a temporary one.


Please continue to make sure parents have their pickup cards. The police said this is one of the best things they like about our school's dismissal for 3 reasons.

1. It reassures parents the person next to them is supposed to be here

2. It highlights individuals who might not need to be on campus

3. It is a very visible signal to the community that there is a system in place to identify people whop are supposed to be here. The police said this is a very strong, proactive, deterrent to those who should not be on campus.


The police were very complementary of our dismissal procedures and I want to encourage your vigilance. If there are any suspicious vehicles around campus, call on the radio immediately so the office can respond quickly. Having everyone be on alert is the best way to make sure only those with a legitimate purpose are on campus.


Please let me know if there is any support you need with any of the above. I will be stationed in the area closest to Scott Drive for the remainder of December, but can come to any spot if needed.

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Season of Grace

It is so important in our profession to have crystal clear expectations, but no matter how great we do this there is always the fact of the reality we are developing people. This process can be messy and it is important to look in the good when things do not turn out exactly like we want. Give yourself grace. Good things happen quickly, great things take time and effort.


I have found it to be critical to look for the joy and wonder in the reality of our work. Even if things do not turn out exactly the way we want there is amazing things that do happen because of your efforts and ability to adapt. When we choose look at the growth, progress, and positive results of our hard work, wondrous things will happen. When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and let the world wonder how you did it!

What do you make?

Sometime giving is hard, sometimes it is easy, frustrating, rewarding, sometimes all at the same time. What is it that you desire most? What have you received? What do you believe in? Take a moment this week to recognize the world made more beautiful.
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BISD Foundation Grant

Every year we have received grants from the Foundation that has made a tremendous impact on our students. Please take the time to consider applying for a grant that impacts our school as a whole. These must be completed by December 11th.


http://www.birdvilleeducationfoundation.com/images/2015-16/GrantApplicationPacket2016-2017.pdf

Husky Harmonics


Check out this great story about our amazing students featured in UTA's Shorthorn News!















Elementary choir sings for UTA holiday event

An elementary choir performed at UTA for the College of Education’s holiday reception.


THESHORTHORN.COM|BY BY KELSEY THOMPSON, THE SHORTHORN STAFF

Pictures of Students

If you would like to add picture to the digital sign just upload the pictures to the following folder:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3gFayfVWmQ7fm80RTFHQ2VlaDNCZmRPanpOdkNSdTA3SzFrRklNaXR0Um9IVDNLdzlUbG8&usp=sharing

The Importance of Relationships

So many excellent things have been going on both inside and outside the classroom this year and the positive impact these are making would not be possible without your hard work. The number one factor in how successful a practice is in schools in directly related to to the relationships between students and teachers. Below are some of the highlights of the results of the great relationships you are fostering:


Historic discipline referral average at 9 weeks: 356

This year office referrals at 9 weeks: 32


Student attendance continues to increases over last years average (highest HHE rate in past 8 years)


Students at HHE score above district average on 12 of the 16 district CBA's with several subjects and grade levels performing in the top 5 schools in the district!

Reminders and Focus

  • Our security fence will start construction over the next few weeks. This is part of the bond money and the purpose for this is to increase safety and security.

  • Our goal is to be level 3 (or moving close to it) in most areas on the district rubric for TEKS centered teaching. I have seen many great examples of students interacting with the TEKS in class. Be sure to not only post them, but have discussions so that students understand the goal of their learning.
  • Staff Christmas Party details coming soon!

  • 6 hour Gifted Training Update due by December 31st
  • Continue to build strong, positive relationships with all the students. Smile often. Choose to see the good and positive. Focus on growth and celebrate often. Nothing is more helpful in the learning process than the effects of trust and joy.
  • PLC's should be meeting weekly to answer the 4 questions. Common Formative Assessments should done after mapping out the six weeks, then planning for learning should take place. If you need any support in this, please contact our coaches, Erin, and myself.
  • Rigor, relevance, and engagement strategies should be focus on when planning for learning