Hidden Valley Weekly Bulletin

Week of 4/11

Principals Point to Ponder

How is your relationship with your students, really?

Multiple studies have shown a significant connection between student motivation and the quality of the teacher-student relationship. A good teacher-student relationship provides students with a sense of stability and safety, which sets the stage for more academic risk-taking. So what kind of relationship do you have with your least motivated students? How well do you really know them? Do you have conversations with them about the things they care about? Or have you more or less given up on them?

Just becoming more aware of the value of relationships is the most important step. Building POSITIVE relationships with your students is the #1 thing that we can do to keep our students motivated for the challenging work that we give them. We have to remember that they don't care about what you know until they now how much you care. In order to be a teacher at HVES we have to put that positive relationship building at the forefront.


* Shout out to all the staff members that put forth tremendous effort on a wonderful science night. The students really loved what they were doing on Thursday night. The parents were extremely thankful to be a part of the night, and this is definitely something that we can build on.

* Kudos to Ms. Flynt for going above and beyond and putting this yearbook together. With all of the students moving in and out of HVES, this can be a challenge. Great Job

* Shout out to the 2nd grade team for having the highest MAPS growth from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

*Shout out to Mr. Busbee and Ms. Belton for selling the Hidden Valley magnets! Lets make sure we are representing Hidden Valley with pride on our refrigerators and on our vehicles!!!

*Shout out to Ms. Foxx for taking a special interest in a student and getting her hair done for her over spring break! It is so important to let our students know how much we care about them outside the 4 walls of the classroom!

*Shout out to Ms. Pinkney for all of her help with the Teir 2 and Tier 3 process in 3rd grade.

*Shout out to Ms. Locke for attending our fifth grade Tier2/Tier 3 meeting. Your passion for helping this particular student succeed showed through the input you provided .

*Kudos to the ESL committee for getting up the QR codes on the flags that are painted on the wall behind the office. Have your students do research and try and figure out the countries the flags represent. Scan the codes with your class and see who is right. More flags and QR codes are on the way. All flags represent our Hidden Valley students and the great diversity we have in our school.

* Kudos to Ms. Stoner and all of the staff members that made the mother daughter Superhero dance a success.


* Please take a look at the email that was sent out by Ms. Hews about the PD opportunities. The email was sent on Friday.

* I only have about 18 people signed up for the summer planning. If you are returning to HVES and do not have previous engagements, this is something that is expected of you to do and be there for. If you did not get a chance to sign the sheet at the staff meeting, please let me know your intention for coming on 6/13, 6/14, and 6/15 for 6 hrs. a day to help plan for the upcoming year. This would be considered "ALL IN."

*Please read the email from Mr. Brizz about the staff outing that the committee has planned. it is on May 14th. The email was sent Friday.

*Ms. Infantino, Ms. Damewood, and Ms. Wagner collaborated to complete a Cultural iPad Project for the ESL department. They applied to receive 2 iPad trays in the fall and were required to conceptualize a project that utilized a number of apps. They created groups with their 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade students, and the students researched countries around the world, created Green Screen videos, uploaded those to Youtube and then reflected on the the process. Check out the videos below!


* Daddy Daughter Dance on May 13, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner. For more information please contact Mr. Busbee.

ESL Strategy of the Week

Tricky Words

Have students work in small groups, read a selection, and identify a tricky word by circling or highlighting it. Model strategies for learning vocabulary, such as using context clues, picture supports, and dictionaries. Student will record the terms in their vocabulary journals and use illustrations and their own words to write a definition.

What to Expect This week

Monday 4/11/16 (Day 3)

- Wear your school colors

- Beginning Teacher meeting @ 3:15 in the media center

- Art Club 3-4pm

Tuesday 4/12/16 (Day 4)

- Tie Tuesday

- After School select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teachers

Wednesday 4/13/16 (Day 5)

- Staff Meeting PD and Vertical Alignment

Thursday 4/14/16 (Day 1)

- Girl Scout meeting after school 3-4pm

- After School select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teachers

Friday 4/15/16 (Day 0)

- Jeans and a college shirt

- Awards assembly during specials ( special teachers will assist with supervision)

Please remember to take your awards from the conference room this week. We will be celebrating the following : Perfect attendance, A/B honor roll, As Honor Roll, Principal Scholar. An email will be sent by MR. Nash with more information. PLEASE BE PREPARED for Friday.