The Hero Focus

Heritage Staff Newsletter - March 6, 2017

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Our work is challenging but very, very important! Every second counts at Heritage Elementary and I have been consistently impressed with everyone's dedication to student success. We have been charged with new programs and increased assessment accountability this year. I have been impressed with your willingness to learn, use feedback from coaches doing walkthroughs, and working every day to get better for our children.

You all are doing a great job and I have been honored to be a part of the journey!

Updates and FYI's

  • March 7th: Open House 5:30-7:00
  • March 7th and 8th: Mock STAAR
  • March 10th: Student Holiday and Staff Professional Development
  • March 20th: Film Festival Deadline
  • March 21st: Spring and Class Pictures
  • March 24th: Progress Reports Grades Due
  • March 24th: MOY Schedule for each teacher due on the google doc. (more info. coming)

Upcoming Events to have on your radar:

  • March 24th - 12 hours of EQ time due
  • Check to see how you are doing on getting your 6 hours of GT update

Upcoming Luncheon

Sign-up for our March 9th Luncheon link below. We are looking forward to trying all the fun recipes.

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Professional Development

  • March 8th: PLC Meetings Cancelled due to Mock STAAR

  • March 9th: STAAR Accommodation Training 3:30-4:30 - this is for everyone.

  • March 10th: District Training and Grade Level Planning - Sign up in Eduphoria - see more information below.

  • March 21st and 22nd: Amber Richards on Campus - please have her help you with problem solving and using UPS check.

  • March 22nd - PLC's

  • March 23rd: Team Leader Meeting

Open House!!!

Don’t forget that Open House is Tuesday, March 7th from 5:30-7pm. I have attached a parent sign in sheet. It may be a good idea to place it on a desk outside your doorway. Parents will be free to visit the classrooms of their child(ren) in any order they wish that night. Please make sure you have work out, so that your students can show that off to their parents. Dress for the night: Purple HES shirt and black, khaki, or white pants. NO jeans.

From Tori - GT EOY Testing Update

I just wanted to let everyone know that the spring GT referral window is coming up. The referral deadline is April 7th, and the testing will be April 24th- May 12th. Monday, I will give you parent letters for students that have been referred for EOY testing.

March 10th Professional Development Update

As we continue to review feedback we have made changes to our March 10th PD. On Friday, March 10th you will go to your assigned campus. The session is from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Be sure to sign in when you arrive and we will meet in the Cafeteria.

The changes made will allow you to remain with your team, hear curriculum updates, and have more time to plan together as a team. Remember to bring your data folder, charged laptop and power cord, highlighters, and planning materials to get started. You will go back to your campus after lunch and complete your planning day. If you prefer having a hard copy of your unit document(s), you will need to print those ahead of time and bring them with you.

The schedule for the day will be as follows:

  • 8:15-8:30 Sign In
  • 8:30-10:00 Content Curriculum Overviews (in the Cafeteria)
  • 10:00-11:30 Team Curriculum Planning
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-3:30 Team Curriculum Planning (Back to Campus)

  • Please be sure to register for the session prior to the 10th.

  • Kinder - Hidden Lakes Elementary
  • First Grade - Bette Perot Elementary
  • Second Grade - Willis Lane Elementary
  • Third Grade Park - Glen Elementary
  • Fourth Grade - Eagle Ridge Elementary

Please be back at Heritage to sign in in the library at 12:30. You are then welcome to go to a grade level team members room to continue to plan together until 3:30.

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How Disaster Science Explains the Oscar Mix-up

NPR posted this on Twitter this weekend. As a veteran educator who has seen and experienced a lot this was really interesting to learn how disasters are a series of mistakes many times from people with a lot of experience. Hope you get a chance to read it - I found it fascinating!

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