Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Memo 10/15 and 10/22

October 15, 2017

WGSD Foundation
Just a reminder about the changes to the WGSD Foundation awards.  The Foundation now awards major grants two times a year, November and April.  The major grants are $5,000.  The mini grants are awarded in September, October, January, February and March for $1,000.  This is an incredible resource for us and one to definitely take advantage of.  If you have any dreams and want a sounding board, please don't hesitate to reach out.  I'd love to share a conversation about applying for a grant to support our kids.

The Ivory Crockett Run is coming up this Saturday.  If you are able, this would be a great way to support the Foundation either by participating in it or volunteering.  It's not too late to join in either way so if you are able, please contact the Foundation to see where volunteers are still needed or register to run.

SLT Meeting
This week, the SLT will be meeting at 3:30pm in the Library.

PLC Meeting
PLC meetings will be held on Monday, October 23rd with your departments.

State of the District Meeting
The district is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00pm in the HS Auditorium to discuss the current happenings in our district.  Childcare will also be provided.

Faculty Meetings 
The remainder of the faculty meetings for this year will be based on which PD session you choose.  A PD handout will be in your mailboxes on Wednesday.  Please fill out the form, indicating which PD strand you wish to participate in and return it to Kathy Edwards by Thursday, October 26th.

Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated during the week of October 23rd.  Festivities are being planned and led by Student Council student leaders.  Be on the lookout for announcements and information about each day.  The week long celebration will end with an all school after school dance on Thursday, October 26th.

Grading Period
1st quarter ends Thursday!

Beyond Measure
The district is hosting and showing the documentary Beyond Measure on Wednesday, 10/25 in our auditorium at 7:00pm.  If you are able, please come out and watch this documentary.  As we begin to rethink the way we approach schooling and transform our practices, I believe this documentary will be a great platform to launch the conversation about Hixson as we begin to dream about our future landscape.

Out of Building
The admin team will be out this Thursday, 10/19 for a district leaders team (DLT) meeting.  Please email or text if you need anything.

I will be out of the building next Monday (10/23) and Tuesday (10/24) for a conference.  I will be back on Wednesday.

This week's Sunday Memo will serve as next week's as well since I'll be out of town.  However, if you need anything, please don't hesitate to email or call.

Have a great week everyone!

With Gratitude,
Grace

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Night Memo 10/7/17

Parent Teacher Conferences and Extra A Day
Just a reminder that meals will be served during all three conference days in the cafeteria. 

Also, a reminder that this Wednesday, 10/11 will be an A day.

Gradebooks
It was shared this week that the updated 360 version makes the "comments" field less obvious through the website and the app.  Please communicate this change to families through your team website or during conferences.  Parents will need to click on assignments for more details to see teacher comments.  I'll also share out in the next parent communication this week.

Hallway Passes
When you send a student to the tech lab, please write the reason the student is bringing in their tech on the back of the new passes. This will help our tech folks know how to support kids and send them back to class as quickly as possible.

OFFICE Request
If you are taking your students outside, please contact the main office via phone call or email to let them know where your class will be.  This will help them when they are looking for students.

Equity Walkthroughs
On October 25th and 26th, there will be a team of folks conducting Equity Walkthroughs in our building from 9-11am.  The district team will be conducting the walkthroughs and providing us with feedback about our building.  They will use the tech lab to debrief each day.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

It's hard to believe that we are already in October.  This is one of those long weeks with conferences and I appreciate all the work each of you do every day.  I hope you enjoy your very well deserved break on Friday.

Have a great week!

With Gratitude,
Grace