Panther Press

for the Week of Feb 18 Plus

Lockdown Procedures

Drills will be held once a semester. When Lockdown Drills are held, an intercom announcement will be made for all teachers to initiate “Code Red Lockdown Drill” procedures. In the event of an actual emergency, an intercom announcement of “Lockdown, Lockdown, Lockdown” will be made. Under either situation, teachers will quickly glance in the hall to move any student near their door into their classroom, lock their doors, turn out the lights and move students away from windows and doors. Teachers should take note of all students in their room and missing. Teachers should have their email open for possible additional instructions. Additional training will be forthcoming on the use of the night-lock door security devices that have been installed in all classrooms. Classrooms will remain in secure mode until released by an administrator or custodian with a room key. Teachers should remind students that talking is not permitted during drills. Teachers are required to have current class rolls for an accurate accounting of students.

Reminders from the Principal

Sheila Vardaman will replace Ms. Champion and is scheduled to begin Feb 18. If you have a chance, please go by and introduce yourself and make her feel welcome.

Make sure you are reading the Panther Press each week and planning accordingly. Visit the Google Classroom to ensure you know when things are due. Lesson plans covering through Mar 1 are due today by 3 PM in the Google Classroom. The next set will be due Mar 1.

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.


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 Feb 18 Plus

Feb 18 - Presidents' Day - School Closed

Feb 19 - CANCELLED - Faculty Meetings in the Library

Feb 19 - HS will meet with 8th Grade students

Feb 19 - Timecards approved by 3 PM

Feb 19 - Track tryouts after school

Feb 19 - HMS Boys and Girls Tennis @ McAdory

Feb 19 - HMS Baseball @ Helena

Feb 20 - Lockdown Drill approx. 9:10 AM

Feb 20 - Coach Northcutt will meet with 6th & 7th Graders interested in going out for football this spring in the cafeteria around 2 PM.

Feb 20 - HMS Softball vs Minor @ Natalie Bunn Field

Feb 21 - PLUS Day - AM: Math; PM: Social Studies

Feb 21 - Make-Up Cheer Parent meeting in HMS Cafeteria @ 5 PM

Feb 21 - HMS Boys and Girls Tennis vs Bragg @ Montcrief Tennis Courts

Feb 21 - HMS Baseball @ McAdory

Feb 22 - Grades due by 3 PM

Feb 23 - HMS Baseball vs Clanton @ Bud Newell Field (Double Header)

Feb 25 - NAEP Make-Up Testing in the Library

Feb 25 - Timecards approved by 3 PM

Feb 25 - HMS Softball vs Pizitz Middle @ Natalie Bunn Field

Feb 26 - Faculty Meetings in the Library

Feb 26 - Debate Competition @ Samford

Feb 26 - HMS Boys & Girls Tennis @ McAdory

Feb 27 - Student Council Meeting afters chool in the FACs classroom

Feb 27 - HMS Girls Tennis vs Rudd @ Bud Newell Tennis Courts

Feb 28 - MEDC in Conference Room

Feb 28 - HMS Baseball vs Thompson @ Bud Newell Field

Feb 28 - PLUS Day - AM: English; PM: Science

Mar 1 - Career Day (Tentative pending the securing of enough speakers)

Mar 1 - Grade posted by 3 PM

Mar 1 - Lesson Plans due by 3 PM in Google Classroom

Mar 1 - HMS Baseball vs McAdory @ Bud Newell Field

Mar 8 - End of 3rd Nine Weeks

Mar 11 - PD Day

"Ill is the result of letting fear rule thine actions." - The Saga of Harald Hardrade, c.46

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