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Weekly Notes for Staff December 1-11, 2015

Teaching and Learning the Falcon Way

Hurst Hills Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Vision: We’re the ones empowering students to achieve excellence!

Mission: As a Hurst Hills Falcon, I will soar to excellence by showing respect and responsibility, and challenging myself to reach my goals.

Core Values

1. Do what is right

2. Perform with excellence

3. Respect others

This car has been seen many times parked near the Redbud playground at recess. We don't know if it is a parent or a stranger, but they pull away when a teacher approaches. Please be vigilant and review safety expectations with students.

Important Dates

December 1: Writing DBA Grade 4

Mooyah Night

December 3 Goal Teams

December 4 and 7-9 Beth Off Campus

December 7 ELPS Training Due

Fourth Grade Sings at Bell High School

December 7-17 Holiday Shop

December 8: Reading CBA Grade 5

December 10: Picture Make Up Day

Teacher of the Year Voting at Staff Meeting

December 14 Progress Reports

Spelling Bee at 8:30 AM

Bell Station Holiday Performance @2:00 in gym

December 16 Hurst Junior High Band and Choir Holiday Performance @12:00 in gym. Look for an adjusted lunch and Fine Arts schedule to come out soon.

December 17 Santa Visit: Front Drive @8:30


December 18 Holiday Parties @ 2:00 in classrooms

December 19-January 3 Winter Break!!!

**December Birthdays**

November 30

Justin Schultz (We missed it!)

December 6

David Rawls

December 25

Ana Delgado

December 30

Amanda Walls

Progress Reports

Tracy will run reports on Friday, December 11 and hand them out on Monday, December 14th. Please have your grades in by Thursday, December 10th. Please let Tracy know if you have any questions.

Tech Tip

The new link to get to TAC from home is http://www2.hebisd.edu/waplinks.

Choose Teacher Access Center.

You will enter your HEB username and password (just as you do for TAC at school).

After that authenticates, you will be asked to login to your TAC account again.

If you have not updated your link for TAC from home, please do so. Also, if you have issues with logging into TAC from home, please address those issues to your campus help account and give as much detail as possible.

Yearbook Pictures Needed!

Please submit all pictures you have so far this year for the yearbook. Liz Moore will be laying out all pictures for the first part of the school year over the break. She would like anything you have up to Thanksgiving by Monday, November 23 and December's photos before you leave on the 18th please! I have created a 2015-16 Yearbook Photos folder in share drive. I also have a flash drive that you can borrow from my office if that is easier, but I need that back at the end of your planning period. Please label the folder with the grade level and event for each set of pictures. I know there are lots of great pictures out there so let's get those in to Mrs. Moore!

Christmas Providers

The canned food drive starts Monday November 16th! You can bring 5 cans to wear jeans for the last two weeks of November. Because of the Pull for Hope district event, these jeans days may not carry over into December.

Marie's Message

Intervention Update!

Dab Okafor, our new reading interventionist, will start training tomorrow (Wednesday)!

She will shadow Sue’s groups for 5 days (12/2-12/8) and probably start pulling her own group on 12/9. Please make any group adjustments so she can start planning by 8:00 Monday morning.

Ms. Okafor is also a district substitute if you have a need for an afternoon sub!

K-2 STRIPE Interventionists will continue to pull STRIPE groups through Wednesday, December 16.

3rd-6th Intervention will pull groups through Friday, December 11.

ELPS Fall Awareness Training due December 7- This training is required of any teacher who could potentially have an ELL student in their classroom for the 15-16 school year.

· Individually, teachers watch the training video: HEB Curriculumà TrainingàELPS Fall 2015 Awareness Training (Enrollment key=heb123)

· Complete the quiz (with a grade of 100) and print the certificate

· Sign the Eduphoria Sign Sheet & Turn in your certificate to the GREEN folder in Mrs. Becker’s box by December 7

Pull For Hope Jeans Pass

Thank you to everyone who donated to Pull For Hope! Hurst Hills had 24 staff members participate and earn a month of jeans! This is the only jeans opportunity in December besides Friday spirit days, AM Computer Lab volunteers and Homework Helper volunteers.

Field Trips and Volunteers

Any volunteers or parents joining you on a Field Trip must complete a VIPS online background check PRIOR to the Field Trip. The background check can take up to 72 hours to process and must be updated once per year. This can be completed at www.hebisd.edu/vips.

Please send Marie a list of volunteers 3 days before the field trip so she can ensure all background checks are complete and up to date. Any volunteer without an up to date background check will not be able to participate in the field trip as a volunteer.

Lesson Plans

Please remember to have your lesson plans posted in the share folder by Thursday of the previous week. This is critical for many reasons. Special area teachers are required to consult your plans and provide supports for students. Marie and I also look before a walk through or evaluation. This is a basic expectation for all staff.

Homework Helpers

Please remember to send home permission forms for Homework Helpers with students who would like to stay or those you think need to stay for various reasons. They are located in the workroom on the big table.

We are in need of volunteers for upper grades...so if you have not signed up (even for just one or two slots this year) please be a fabulous falcon, and help us out.:)


Walking the Walls of a Classroom

Please check the CI Classroom Rubric and monitor where you rate on implementation. Remember, this year the rubric will impact PDAS evaluations. Two things that should be evident on PDSA walls are updated plans and aligned data.

Posting your learning objectives is a district requirement. These objectives may not change every day, but should always align to what Student Expectation (SE) is the main focus of your lesson. This sets a clear purpose for learning so students know what they can do by the end of the lesson.

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You Matter forms are in the teacher workroom. Recognize your peers on the wall in the lounge!

I know that you all observe staff members going above and beyond on a daily basis to support students, fellow staff members, and the overall success of Hurst Hills. Please send in Kudos as you see them so that staff can be recognized for the things they do from day to day that make a difference. I would also love to share personal celebrations! Email your recognitions to Beth by Friday to be added to the weekly notes! If Beth uses your submission or you are the subject of a celebration, stop by the office for a special treat!