Hilcher Herald

GES Staff Update-8/31/15

Thank You

Thank you for all your hard work preparing for the first week of 2015-2016! You all thoroughly impressed me last week with how you set the stage for success for all of our students. Whether you were laying the groundwork for curriculum, explaining expectations for behaviors, welcoming late enrolled children or getting to know your students...great things were at work all over campus! I appreciate your efforts and know we will make this week just as great as our first week.

Dismissal Changes

Thank you for your patience as we continue to assess afternoon dismissal in the front loop of the school. Please note that the following changes will take place Tuesday, 9/1/15. Parents will receive notification of the changes in Monday's Message. Additionally, all K-2 students will take home a form on Monday that will notify classroom teachers about their designated way of getting home.

  1. Daycare bus riders will be escorted to the cafeteria as of Tuesday afternoon. They will sit in two lines by the windows so they can visibly see the buses pull up. One teacher will remain with waiting students and another will walk students out as their buses arrive.
  2. Changes to K-2 walkers are as follows:

  • Students walking to the north crosswalk (Hall Johnson & Hazy Meadow) will be dismissed from the picnic table area only
  • Student walking to the southern crosswalk (Hall Johnson & Hughes) will only be dismissed from the area near the front entrance to the school
  • These changes eliminate the cross traffic we currently have with walkers and car riders and ensure a safer dismissal process for the front loop students.

It takes all of us working together to ensure that students are safe and parents understand the routines. Please do your part at dismissal to keep students quiet and sitting down. If you witness a parent crossing the driveway...please direct them to use the crosswalk. if students aren't in their dismissal location, please direct them to their spots. Students at walker stations should be encouraged to reunite with a sibling or parent quickly and make their way to their designated cross walk.

Our hope for less teachers/staff on dismissal duty every day will only happen if we work together to improve the process first. Your cooperation and attention to these new procedures is very much appreciated.

STAR Parties

A few of you have inquired about STAR parties for this year. Instead of tying these to nine weeks conduct grades, we will tie them to hallway behavior charts and class behavior incentives. Once your hallway chart is complete, or your class behavior goal is met, your class can participate in an activity to celebrate their efforts. Please remember that food cannot be a part of these celebrations. Free time on iPads or devices brought from home is also not allowed. STAR parties should be no longer than 20 minutes in an effort to preserve weekly instructional time. A few examples of STAR parties: no shoes while in class; bring a book from home; bring a small stuffed animal from home; sit where you like; eat lunch with the teacher; short video; treasure box; pillow/book/snack time; free homework pass; picnic lunch. I know you all have a long list of student favorites that your class can vote on for rewards so feel free to use those. I look forward to hearing all about how your class is celebrating their collective efforts!

Parent Newsletter

The following link will take you to the parent newsletter I sent out this morning:



  • Homework starts on 9/7/15
  • iPad labels are being printed (more info to follow)
  • Classroom printers should be used for single copies only (class sets should be sent to the Ricoh copier)
  • Please use the clipboard to re-order work room supplies
  • Don't forget to send students to the office with your class badge pass
  • 25/100 book challenge information and forms should be attached to your newsletters
  • Don't forget to read over the GES handbook and sign that you've reviewed it

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, 9/1 Faculty meeting in the library/learning commons (3:00pm)

Thursday, 9/3 Grade level PLC meetings during conference times in Nancy Hale's room

Friday, 9/4 Spirit Day (wear a GES shirt)

Friday, 9/4 Reading/Math challenge celebrations (1:00pm)

Friday, 9/4 CHHS vs. GHS football game at Mustang-Panther Stadium (7:30pm)

Monday, 9/7 Student/Faculty holiday in observance of Labor Day

Tuesday, 9/8 Teacher Self Report I due

Thursday, 9/10 GES Curriculum Showcase (6:30-7:30pm)

Thursday, 9/17 PTA meeting & Spaghetti Dinner (6:30pm)