The Tiger Tea
Hill Happenings 11/13- 11/17
No school tomorrow in recognition of Diwali! We will see all of our students on Tuesday!
THE BIG TIGER GIVE kicks off Tuesday! In this season of giving, please donate to support the programming at Albert H. Hill Middle. Participating is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Also kicking off Tuesday is TIGERS SERVE! Our goal is for each student to contribute between 5-10 service hours per year! Events are featured below. Students we hope to see you there.
Join us Thursday, November 16th for Math Night! All students who attend will earn 25 Tiger Bucks! Students must be accompanied by an adult or picked up promptly by 8:00 p.m. There will be no supervision of students who remain after 8:00 p.m. and there is no transportation provided by the school.
Highlights from last week:
NJHS students attended the LEAD conference in Alexandria! A huge thank you to Ms. Howard, NJHS parents, and our PTA for making it happen!
Parent/Caregiver Conferences were a success! Thank you to all parents and caregivers who attended either in-person or virtually. Parental/Caregiver support directly impacts the achievement outcomes of our school!
Every Tiger, Every Day!
Announcements on the Hill
7th Grade Families ONLY
The fall track meet will be November 15th at Armstrong High School at 2:00 p.m.
Big Tiger Give- PTA/School Fundraiser
The Big Tiger Give is launching Tuesday, November 14th! It's one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and it's as easy as 1-2-3! Keep an eye on your inbox in the coming weeks for the official launch with instructions and prize details!
Calling all Tigers! The National Junior Honor Society is kicking off this year's Tigers Serve Challenge with afterschool events this week. On Tuesday-Thursday November 14th thru 16th, meet at Room 201 before heading out for school grounds litter pick-up, disinfecting the school, or helping a teacher from 3:30-4:45pm. Arrange for transportation home if you can't ride the activity bus.
But, wait? What is the Tigers Serve Challenge anyway? Tigers Serve is a year-long goal for all Albert Hill scholars to earn 5-10 hours of community service for our school or wider community. This is how it works: Participate in community service here at Hill or on your own. (Service is anything that you do for others and that takes your time and talent without being paid for in any way.) Then, you log your service events and time using this link. At the end of the year, we will calculate our total impact as a school. If you do at least 5 hours of service you will gain a Tigers Serve honor award, which is a certificate and recognition at the end of the year awards assembly. We hope to see you at this week's events!
Dates to Remember
RPS Closed: Diwali
Tigers Serve: Grounds Clean Up
Matilda Tech Rehearsal
Tigers Serve: Disinfect the School
2:00 p.m. Fall Track Meet @ Armstrong High School
6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Math Night
VMEA Conference 2023 Chorus Performance Field Trip
Tigers Serve: Help A Teacher
Fall Tiger Rally
Substitute Educators Day
7th Grade Challenge Discovery Activity
7th Grade Challenge Discovery Activity
RPS Closed: Thanksgiving
Join Our PTA
Please join our PTA. The cost is $7.00 per person. We are striving for 100% family participation. You can also encourage friends, neighbors, and extended family to join.
Our PTA supports monthly programming, helps to keep our school and grounds beautiful, supports families who experience hardships, supports our teachers through monthly displays of appreciation, sponsors students for school events, field trips, and materials, and ensures our teachers have everything they need in the classroom. Your membership and generous donations help to support all of these things and more!
There are several available positions on our 2023-2024 PTA Board. Help us continue to provide students and staff with experiences and resources needed to have a fun and memorable middle school experience. To find out more information or to volunteer for any of the roles above, please email email@example.com with the name of the position you are interested in as the subject.
All students must have a current VHSL physical form dated after May 1, 2023 and signed by a physician before they can try out or participate in any athletic activities. Transportation is provided for in-zone students.
Our athletic director is Mr. Kyle Kimbrell. If you have any questions regarding middle school athletics, please email him firstname.lastname@example.org
This Fall we will offer the following sports:
Head Coach: Mr. Brouder (email@example.com)
Assistant Coach: Ms. Gabbart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fall Soccer (co-ed)
Head Coach Mr. Kyle Kimbrell (email@example.com)
Assistant Coach Ms. Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fall Outdoor Track (co-ed)
Coach: Mr. McLane (email@example.com)
Coach: Mr. McLane (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maggie L. Walker International Language Fair
On behalf of the Maggie Walker International Language Fair Committee, we are thrilled to announce that the fair will be held on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, from 9 am to 12 pm at Maggie L. Walker! If you are unfamiliar with the Maggie Walker International Language Fair. Please contact the Maggie Walker International Fair Committee if you have any further questions.
Free Tutoring by MLWGS Students
Newtowne Tutoring is a service club provided by Maggie Walker students dedicated to instilling a love of learning in the children of Richmond. We tutor students of all ages and ability levels. Newtowne meets every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30pm at 1000 N. Lombardy St. This year, we will begin November 1. Please enter through the Bluestone Lobby (the back entrance). If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com
Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union is offering an opportunity for all Richmond Public School students to jumpstart their savings in 2023-2024. This new initiative, called RPS Saves, is designed to provide families with quality financial literacy programming to prepare all individuals for a brighter financial future. Parents can sign their student(s) up for a Virginia Credit Union Custodial Saving Account using this link. VACU will then cover the $5 membership and deposit $20 in the account to get their savings started!
TIGER P.R.I.D.E./ THE HILL WAY
P: Prepared- I will be in school on time ready to learn.
R: Respectful- I will conduct myself in a way that honors myself, my school, and my community.
I: Integrity- I will do the right thing and make positive choices.
D: Determination- I will not give up in the face of adversity. I am resilient.
E: Exceeding Expectations with Excellence- I will do my personal best everyday.
Every Tiger, Every Day!
Cell Phone Procedures for the 2023-2024 School Year
Core Belief: In order to facilitate an uninterrupted, distraction-free learning environment, all cell phones and electronic devices should be off and away unless teachers expressly permit their use for instruction.
All classrooms will have signage indicating “Red, Yellow, or Green Zone”
All classrooms will have a cell phone locker for students who are using cell phones during unauthorized times.
Every Tiger, Every Day! Every Day Counts! Thank you for helping us reduce our chronic absenteeism rate last year from 25% to 21%! Our goal this year is 15%. WE CAN DO IT!
School attendance is vital to student academic success at all levels.
The Virginia Department of Education defines “chronic absenteeism” as missing ten percent or more of the academic year for any reason (18 days). Truancy is the act of accruing one or more unexcused absences. Though the definition of absenteeism may differ from truancy, the National Center for School Engagement asserts that the outcomes of a student missing class remain constant regardless of how truancy or absenteeism is classified. Several studies suggest that chronic absences frequently lead to notable academic problems.
Parent/guardians are encouraged to call the school on the day of their child’s absence, but MUST send a written note requesting absences be considered excused upon returning to school. All written notes MUST be submitted to the school within five (5) days of the last absence.
Excused absences are typically those that have resulted from conditions beyond the control of the students or parents/guardians. The only excuses for absences that shall be deemed acceptable for consideration are:
Personal illness (if over three days, the school shall require a note from the doctor)
Personal court appearance (student)
Death in the family (mother, father, spouse, son, daughter, sister, brother, grandparent, aunt, uncle, nephew or niece)
Religious holidays regularly observed by the student
Extenuating circumstances as approved by the school administration
Schoolwide Title 1 Program
Albert Hill is a Title 1 School. Our fantastic Title 1 coaches, Ms. Collier (Reading) and Ms. Newkirk (Math) are always available to answer your literacy and mathematics questions. We thank them for sharing information regarding our Title 1 status at Back to School Night Thursday, September 14, 2023.
Title I, Part A provides financial assistance through state educational agencies to school divisions and public schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and achievement standards.
School divisions target the Title I funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. RPS Title I funded schools are school-wide programs that are designed to upgrade their entire educational programs for all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students.
Please view this schoolwide Title 1 Presentation to learn more! This information can also be found on our school website.
Breakfast and Lunch
All students are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at no charge each day of the school year. No further action is required of you. Your children will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit an application.
Food deliveries to students from meal delivery services are not permitted at any time during the school day or at after school activities due to safety and to minimize disruptions. Attempted deliveries will be confiscated and will remain in the main office until dismissal. Parents may bring food to students.
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