Hillcrest Staff ARTery
We are the heART of Hillcrest!
The week of January 25th - 29th
AM - Lee, Cory & Cici
PM - Jody, Amy W. & Anna
Treats: Jeanne, Caroline & Mrs. Brue
Word of the Week: Patience
----------------------------------------------Monday, January 25th - NO SCHOOL - Grading Day
REGISTER FOR THE MORNING PD SESSIONS HERE
- 8:00 - 10:00 Standards Presentation
- 10:00 - 11:00 Technology Presentation
- 11:00 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 2:00 Grading / Report Cards (on your own)
2:00 - 2:30 Travel Time
2:30 - 3:30 PLC Time (choice of the teachers)
Tuesday, January 26TH (Day 2)
- 8:20 - 9:00 - Artful Learning Committee - Conf. room
Wednesday, January 27th ( Day 3)
- 8:20 - 9:00 - SWIM team meeting/Caroline's room
Thursday, January 28th (Day 1)
Friday, January 29th (Day 2)
- 8:20 - 9:00 - BLT Meeting
- 3:15 - Rally in the Lunchroom
- Report Cards go home
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY THE 31ST KARI HOFFHINES!!!
Hillcrest Variety Show (change of date and new details)
- This year students in 2nd - 5th grade may participate.
- Next year (SY17) we will be adjusting participation to be 3rd - 5th grade.
Providing real-world, relevant connections to content can support students in understanding why what they are learning is important.
The Hennepin County public library system has lots of free resources that can be used by you and your students. Many of them provide real-life information about topics we teach which can help add relevancy to lessons. All you need to access them is a library card. You and your students can get one for free!
Resources from hclib.org
Resources for finding fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens by topic, genre, grade level, and Lexile score. Includes read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles.
Resources for science exploration and student research support. Includes nonfiction articles with read aloud option, videos, current events, career information, and experiments.
Full-text articles about people, places, animals, history, and more. Includes images and a dictionary.
Articles and images detailing the lives and works of children's and teens' authors and illustrators.
Scholastic True Books on nonfiction topics. Projects, lessons, and activities help build knowledge on people, places, history, science, and nature.
Full-text articles about people, places, history, science, and more. Includes audio files, video, images, and maps.
Full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books about current events, people, places, animals, history and more.
Full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books about current events, people, places, animals, history and more. Includes primary sources, images and maps.
Free one-to-one live homework help online from qualified tutors for grades 3-12. Live assistance available every day from 1-11 p.m.; experts also review and respond to submitted questions and papers.
Video storybooks and online nonfiction books for young readers. Includes streaming video, games and educator resources.
United States history and current events from the colonial era through today. Includes online nonfiction books, articles, videos, and project ideas.
Encyclopedia with information and images on animals from aardvarks to zebras.
State history and current events. Includes images, maps, an almanac, timelines, quizzes and games, and biographies.
Animated story books and chapter books with highlighted text. Also includes graphic novels, nonfiction books and videos, puzzles, and games. Some titles in Spanish and French.
Full-text articles on people, places, science, animals, history, and more. Includes videos, images, audio files, science projects, maps, and games.
Tech Team Information
Where will printing happen?
Bring students to the lab
Check out Macbook Air cart
Individuals log in to classroom
Publishing & sharing work as alternates - Ask: Do they really need to print it?
Using The BPS HUB
Students need training on logging in and reading the Hub planner, writing notes.
It’s important to remember that the Hub’s audience is both students & parents.
When are we sending CBs home?
Face-to-face distribution of devices for grades 3-5.
This will happen via a separate Curriculum Night/Chromebook Open House in September 2016. Specific date to be determined.
Action item: All grade levels should add headphones to Fall 2016 school supply list.
Kids will be provided a charger, chromebook, case and a luggage tag
Luggage tags will have Student Name, Homeroom, Color coded label for Grade level, perhaps a personalized photo snippet for HC tags
Where won’t Chromebooks go in our building?
Chromebooks will not go to:
Communicate policy with our bus drivers and patrols.
How will we prepare students to have devices?
2nd graders will have a chromebook experience this spring.
Digital Passport curriculum for digital citizenship, also this spring.
Chromebook and iPad bootcamp will be developed and taught.
How will we prepare teachers to have devices?
- Beginning in January, staff will have regular professional development focused on technology and digitization. January 25th, to be precise!
Families without internet.
Students will be taught to use offline mode and a Chrome Extension called Pocket. It is then their job to pack up their digital backpack at the end of the day, same as a physical backpack. These students may need specific time to do so.
Hot spot pucks will be available as a short-term solution and on a very limited basis. The pucks will be available to everyone at Hillcrest with a check out period of two weeks. Pucks are very expensive and not feasible as a blanket solution, so communicating with families who might fall in this category is very important, in order to connect them with the district-suggested resources.
Hillcrest third grade class from 2014-15 published in COMPAS anthology
Lee's class, under the guidance of COMPAS’s Charlie Maguire, created an original song about the sun, moon and stars titled “Way Up In The Sky.” The exercise put to work lessons from the class’s “discovery” Artful Learning unit.
COMPAS artist residencies were funded through a Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) grant, which helped provide Artful Learning experiences at each grade level (K-5). Hillcrest is an MSAB grant recipient again this year.
Visit www.compas.org to learn more about the program.
Building Winter and Break Reminders
Winter is here . . .
- Please make sure students take their coats and boots home regularly, so that the hall can be kept clean.
- All boots should be put up off the floor at the end of the day (on top of hooks or in lockers).
- Please make sure that students stomp and wipe their feet before entering the hallways.