Panther Press

for the Week of May 6 Plus

Failing Students

As we wrap up this year, I strongly suggest that any student who is failing should be placed on Edgenuity for Grade Recovery starting NOW. We will have to have the library broken down before the last week so it will not be available for such activity. I will be reaching out to the individuals who signed up for tutoring to schedule days for them. We will be able to place some students in need of Grade Recovery in these sessions.

Reminders from the Principal

All teachers must begin cleaning out their rooms ASAP. ALL personal items must be taken home ASAP. As soon as Girls Basketball tryouts are completed, we will begin marking off the practice for storage. We will be making use of students, custodians, staff, teachers, maintenance and anyone else we can dragoon into it to move.


All teachers should be reviewing expectations and class rules with every class at a minimum of once a week. When doing group or partner work, expectations and group norms should be revisited.


The forms for submitting Parent Contacts are in the Google Classroom. Make sure these are up-to-date. It is the expectation that parent contacts are entered when they are made not at the end of the nine weeks or days/weeks/months later. It is imperative that these contacts are made prior to the end of the Nine Weeks. we cannot have any surprises. All students who are failing your class must be contacted before the end of the semester.


All teachers will be required to administer a minimum of four assessments every nine weeks: two before progress reports and two after. The two Unit Assessments count towards the total minimum assessments required: One unit assessment must be before progress reports and one after. Plan accordingly so that required RTI activities can be completed prior progress reports and report cards going home. Progress reports were sent home this week and we will be checking grade books to ensure the minimum number of assessments have been administered.


I need to remind ALL staff members of a couple of things: 1) all staff members are required to remain on campus during the work day unless they have permission from an administrator to leave for school related business (teachers must sign out in Mr. Anders' Office and classified must clock out as well), 2) All staff are responsible for electronic communications and items shared through the google platform. 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.

Spring Testing Incentives and Exam Exemptions

All teachers should continue to remind students of the Spring Testing Incentives and Exam Exemption Options.


As of this Panther Press, no grade level reached the pie in the face incentive level nor did any grade level team reach the highest average growth incentive. We will be reviewing the individual advisement groups for growth to see if any individual advisement teacher made the original goals for possible awarding of a similar incentive.


While math scores overall are not where we need them to be, as of this Panther Press all grade level improved their reading growth levels over last year. We will review these during the May 7 faculty meeting during planning periods.


Exam Exemptions

There are currently four ways available for students to try and exempt semester diagnostics. Exemptions are a privilege extended to the student body as a whole and may be revoked at the discretion of the school. The exemption requirements and deadlines are listed below and will be announced in morning announcements and on social media as well as in weekly school broadcasts prior to the dates. These are hard deadlines and students and parents should plan accordingly to ensure all requirements are met by the posted due date. Late submissions will not be accepted.


1. Pride of the Panthers - Must have an "A" average for the semester in every class, no unexcused attendance (includes absences, check-ins, check-outs & tardies) and no discipline referrals


2. Panther Passes - 30 Panther Passes and a "C" average in the class for the semester


3. Math Scantron Exemptions - to use Spring Math Scantron Scores to exempt a semester diagnostic (either Math or Science) the student a) must meet or exceed their learning target in Math, b) must have no unexcused attendance in the testing window (includes absences, tardies, check-ins/outs) , c) have no Class IIs or IIIs on testing days and d) must have a clear balance in the lunchroom, library and front office.


4. Reading Scantron Exemptions - to use Spring Reading Scantron Scores to exempt a semester diagnostic (either English/Language or Social Studies) the student a) must meet or exceed their learning target in Reading, b) must have no unexcused attendance in the testing window (includes absences, tardies, check-ins/outs) , c) have no Class IIs or IIIs on testing days and d) must have a clear balance in the lunchroom, library and front office.


Testing Window: April 8 - May 3


Submission Deadlines for Exemptions:


  • Deadline to sign-up for Scantron Exemptions - 3 PM. May 3 with Mr. Anders
  • Deadline to sign-up for Pride of the Panthers - 3 PM, May 10 with Mr. Anders
  • Deadline to sign-up for Panther Pass Exemptions - 3 PM, May 10 with Dr. Foster


The dates and times listed above are hard deadlines and late submissions will not be accepted.

Lunchroom

All teachers will be required to sit with their students during lunch. Lunch is not duty free. All teachers are responsible for the students they take to lunch whether the students are in the hall on the way to lunch, in the line to get their food, at the lunch table, taking their trash to the garbage and in the hall on the way back to lunch. Supervision of students assigned to the teacher is one of the primary professional responsibilities of the teacher. Teachers are required to ensure their table and areas are clean when they leave the lunchroom.

Important Reminders for the Week of Apr 29 Plus

May 6 - End of Year Diagnostic Schedule to be released

May 6-7 - Girls Basketball Tryouts in the Practice Gym

May 6 & 8 - 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts in the Competition Gym

May 6 - CCR Prep in 6th Grade Math Classes

May 6 - CAMP Presentations in in 6th Grade Language Arts Classes

May 6 - Timecards by 3 PM

May 7 & 9 - 8th Grade Boys Basketball Trouts after school in Competition Gym

May 7 - Faculty Meetings in Conference Room

May 7 - FBLA Meeting in Bus Tech Lab after school

May 8 - CCR Prep in 7th Grade Science Classes

May 8 - CAMP Presentations in 7th Grade Math Classes

May 8 - Student Council meeting in FACs classroom after school

May 9 - Special Ed Graduation in the Lunchroom

May 9 - PLUS Day: AM-Science; PM-English

May 10 - Last day to sign up for Pride of the Panthers with Mr. Anders by 3 PM - see Mr. Anders during your lunchroom to sign up.

May 10 - Last day for teachers to upload evidence into Educate Alabama

May 10 - Grades due by 3 PM


May 13 - Whole Group Faculty Meeting After School in Library

May 14 - Spring Baseball Tryouts after school

May 16 - 1st & 2nd Year Teacher Follow-up Faculty Meeting in Library

May 17 - 2nd Semester Diagnostics Begin

May 20 - End of Year Awards Program at Hueytown High School 6 PM

May 22 - Grades due by noon

May 22 - Grade Verification Sheets due by 3 PM

May 23 - Last Day for Students

May 23 - Report Cards Mailed

May 24 - Teacher Work Day

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