Panther Press

for the Week of January 22nd

Reminders from the Principal

Hopefully, we will make it through a full week this time around. Make sure you stay up to date on the weather as we continue through winter. When the temperature drops, it is imperative that you leave your heater on as it will help when we return. Over this past week, I found three classrooms in which the heat had been turned completely off and two in which the AC had been turned on and was left running. It takes a while for our rooms to heat up when they are at 46 degrees.

Here is a reminder of topics we discussed in our back to school faculty meeting this semester:

1. If we want things to change the change starts with us.

2. All employees will be professional.

3. Attendance counts even for the adults.

4. Our expectations for students have to be taught and have to be consistent across the team if not grade level.

5. All teachers are expected to be on time for school and duty.

6. Hall duty does not mean standing in a huddle and talking about the students. It means actively supervising students in all areas of the building. This includes the lunchroom. Teachers do not have a duty free lunch. Teachers are expected to monitor students to the lunchroom, in the lunchroom (including the line) and on the way back from the lunchroom.

7. All students are expected to be in the classroom when the tardy bell rings.

8. No student should be allowed out of class without a pass, period.

9. Teachers and staff are expected to be on campus all day. Permission to leave campus must be given by an administrator and only if it is school related.

All teachers are required to administer a unit assessment every 4.5 weeks and they must be labeled as a unit assessment in your gradebook. These assessments must also appear in the gradebook to reflect grades for that time period. While the expectation is that all teachers will administer at least one unit test every 4.5 weeks, the total number of assessments each nine weeks is determined by the classroom teacher. With assessments counting 75% of the nine weeks grade it behooves each teacher to have more than two. All teachers are required to have spoken to or had face-to-face contact with parents of students who have an "F" in their class BEFORE the end of each 9 weeks. It is NOT the responsibility of the EX ED teacher to make those contacts for the classroom teacher, either. These are non-negotiables.

All staff are responsible for electronic communications and items shared through the google platform. A copy of the current staff handbook for HMS is on the google drive.

We will be adding additional documents as the year progresses. "I did not read my email" or "I did not know how to access the google folders" is not an acceptable excuse.

All teachers should be uploading evidence to EducateAlabama on a regular basis. Do not wait until the last minute.

Go Panthers!

Important Reminders for the Week of January 22nd

Jan 22 - Girls Inc Presentations: Girl Talk II - 7th Grade Girls PE

Jan 22 - Wellness Checks in the Conference Room - you have to go online to sign-up

Jan 22 - Timecards must be approved by 3 PM

Jan 22 - Mrs. HMS Tickets go on sale at the gym entrance at 5 PM

Jan 22 - CARE Meeting - HMS Gym 6 PM

Jan 22 - Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments begin - See Coach Williams and Coach Whitfield for more information

Jan 23 - Crisis Center Presentations: Stress Management - LaFoy's Classes

Jan 23 - Faculty Meetings in 8th Grade Computer Lab

Jan 23 - January PTA Meeting - HMS Cafeteria 5:30 PM

Jan 24 - AFT Visit - Teachers' Longue

Jan 26 - 2nd Nine Weeks Awards Day Ceremony - 8:30 AM - 6th Grade; 9:00 AM - 7th Grade; 9:30 AM - 8th Grade (Teachers should review the list that Mrs. Wallis sent out)

Jan 26 - Grades Posted by 3 PM

Jan 27 - Mrs. HMS Pageant at HHS

Jan 29 - Feb 1 - HMS Cheer Clinic

Jan 30 - Faculty Meetings in Conference Room

Jan 31 - Club Pictures

Jan 31 - Tornado/Fire Drill 6th Period

Feb 2 - HMS Cheer Tryouts

PLUS Team Rotation

No PLUS Team Meetings in January


Feb 1st - English

Feb 8th - Math

Feb 15th - Science

Feb 22nd - Social Studies


Mar 1st - English

Mar 8th - Math

Mar 15th - Science

Mar 22nd - Social Studies


Apr 5th - English

Apr 12th - Math

Apr 19th - Science

Apr 26th - Social Studies

No PLUS Team Meetings in May

Lesson Plan, Unit Assessments & Contact Log Administrators

  • 6th Grade teachers, Poe, Finch, Overton, and Owens submit to Mr. Anders via email.

  • 7th Grade teachers, Gonzalez, Moreno, Evans, Williams and Channel submit to Mr. Powell via email.

  • 8th Grade teachers, Cerka-Wilkes, A. Smith, Kunath, Whitfield and Richards-Broome submit to Dr. Foster via email.

Lesson Plans/Parent Contact Log Calendar

  • February 2 (LP Feb 5 – Feb 16, PC through Feb 1)

  • February 16 (LP Feb 20 – Mar 2, PC through Feb 15)

  • March 2 (LP Mar 5 – Mar 16, PC through Mar 2)

  • March 16 (LP Mar 19 – Apr 6, PC through Mar 15)

  • April 6 (LP Apr 9 – April 20, PC though Apr 5)

  • April 20 (LP Apr 23 – May 4, PC through Apr 19)

  • May 4 (LP May 7 – May 24, PC through May 3)

  • May 25 (PC through May 24)

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." - Og Mandino

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