Magnetic Messenger

Department of Magnet Programs - Week of September 28, 2015

Our Mission

Inspire, develop and engage all students in becoming career and college ready; creative problem-solvers; active citizens; and life-long learners in a globally connected society.

Our Vision

Huntsville City Schools will become the model public education system in the United States, demonstrating commitment to equity and excellence by establishing the standard for instruction, curriculum, faculty, facilities, technology and student activities to ensure that all students graduate with the capacity to compete successfully and contribute responsibly as a citizen in a globally connected society.

Leadership Food for Thought

This nine weeks is coming to a close. Thanks for staying on this fast and furious course. Your dedication and hard work is truly appreciated. I encourage you to take some days next week during Fall Break to reflect on how much you have accomplished as a leader. Being a leader is hard work but it's rewarding to know that you are making a difference in the lives of young people.

Next week, press the reset button. When you work hard, it is important to relax periodically. Whatever you call it - recharge your batteries, take a breather, decompress, call time out, or regroup. However you do it- walk on the beach, read a book, go on vacation, get a massage, pray or meditate, or go hiking. So relax, then get back in the game with a renewed sense of energy and focus! (Source: A Year Wiser: 365 Days of Inspiration to Create A Phenomenal Year, Anderson 2011)

Have a great week of LEADING and LEARNING and remember....You are REMARKABLE!

Yours in learning,


This Week at a Glance

Monday, September 28
  • Schoolnet benchmark assessment - see schedule for specific day/subject
  • Principal's Meeting/Self-Monitoring Part II - 12:30 - 3:30; Community Room
  • Lee/New Century Community Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.; Student Code of Conduct - LHS Theatre - all principals in the feeder pattern should attend
Tuesday, September 29
  • Backlot Tour for PTA @ Merts
  • Columbia High Community Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.; Student Code of Conduct; Columbia Auditorium; all principals in the feeder pattern should attend
  • Schoolnet benchmark assessment
Wednesday, September 30
  • DOI Meeting
  • Schoolnet benchmark assessment
Thursday, October 1
  • Powerful Conversation Network - Alabama Best Practices Center; secondary schools; First United Methodist in Montgomery
  • W-9 Forms due from students for ACT,AP, and IB Assembly
  • HCS School Board Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 2

  • Tammy will meet with legal team to review all magnet reports that have to be submitted to DOJ annually by November 15
  • Schoolnet benchmark assessment
  • End of the 1st 9 weeks grading period

Looking Ahead

October 12
  • 2nd Nine Weeks Begins
  • Submit In-service Proposal for October 23 1/2 Day PD
October 13
  • AP/TOSA Meeting
  • Submit Self-Monitoring School Action Plans to Tammy
  • Columbia Commitment to Graduate Ceremony @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Grissom Community Student Code of Conduct Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

October 14

  • PSAT/NMSQT - 10th graders
  • DOI Meeting - Superintendent's Conference Room

October 15

  • AP/TOSA Meeting
  • Digital 1:1 Tour
  • Magnet Day @ Monaco Pictures 9-11
  • JOJ Student Code of Conduct Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

October 16

  • Principal's Meeting - Equity Training; Redstone Federal Credit Union

October 17

  • HCS Magnet Fair @ Lee High School 10-2

To-Do List/Reminders

  1. EDUCATE Alabama - HCS's waiver was approved to allow TOSAs with administrative certification to conduct EDUCATE Alabama observations. Please meet with your admin team and carefully review the evaluation process and all the components. Please refer to the information that Debbie Misers sends annually. Every school should select the Diversity indicator 4.3 as one of the PLP goals. The second goal can be a local education decision. I would recommend that you have your teachers include the Equitable Classroom Practices from the school district in Maryland as an activity on their PLP. Just a suggestion. I will continue to include an equity related topic on the weekly Magnetic Messenger.
  2. Revisit your school's vision and mission statement - does it align with the district's mission and vision? The district's mission and vision have been updated since the release of the court consent; this information may be included on the first site data review; please spend some time reviewing your vision and mission to ensure that it aligns with the district's vision and mission.
  3. Magnet Schools Only: Please have your magnet coordinator/data generalist be prepared to send information about the students who have withdrawn/transferred out of your program since the beginning of this school year by September 30. This information has to be coded on a report to DOJ. They should include student name, SSID number, school, magnet program, reason for withdrawal/transfer. Additional information will be forthcoming because this will be a monthly task that can be pulled from I-NOW. We have to keep an accurate number of magnet students enrolled in each program. There have been some glitches this year with preparing the reports because in some cases the student numbers that we ended with last year (provided by the schools) are different from what we have in the software program. It is all good! We will work through it.
  4. Have faculty review EL District Plan and submit signature page and PD In-service Proposal to Ann Marie by October 15.
  5. Out of state field trips - Remember to check Infosnap to make parents have given permission; forms do not have to be notarized.