Friday, April 28, 2017

Monday Memo - 5/1/17

As you know, we will be down an administrator for the remainder of the year. Please remember to monitor the halls in between classes and supervise areas before, during, and after school. The district is also providing support with supervision next week with an extra sub. On Monday through Thursday, you will see Sarah Cetro in the cafeteria and halls; Stacy Pohlman will be here on Friday.


We appreciate all of your support and efforts to move forward. We are confident that we will finish the year strong! Please let us know if we can be of any help.


Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! We know that this year has been a difficult one and we very much appreciate all that you do for our students. Please enjoy the tokens of appreciation throughout the week!


A reminder that PTO will be providing lunch as a belated teacher appreciation gift on Track Day, May 12. We will also have a massage therapist here, thanks to the district’s wellness program. Unfortunately, we were not successful in getting two therapists to come, but we did get a few additional time slots. If you have not signed up for a chair massage, you may do so here.


New Hires

Our science candidates did not go to the Board on Monday as planned because the district was still in the process of checking references. We will announce our new staff members after they have been Board approved.


Drs. Lee and Vogt will begin the screening process this weekend for the Social Studies position and will then begin working on the Orchestra position.


8th Grade Party - May 12

Students who are interested in helping with the party should meet after school in room 106 on May 3rd and 10th. There is no cost to attend the party, however, we are asking 8th graders to register at lunches May 1-4 so that we have an accurate count for pizza.



This week at Hixson:


Monday, May 1

Mr. Bruce Ellerman, district CFO, will be here handing out donuts to staff. Please visit the main office to get a donut from him!

·         Department Chair meeting is cancelled

·         PBT meeting, 3:30


Tuesday, May 2

Happy Birthday, Eric Hayes!!

·         Fire Drill cancelled


Thursday, May 4

Kolaches for our KOOL teachers! Stop by the office in the morning for this breakfast treat.

·         Book Battle Field Trip, 8:00-12:00

·         Model UN Field Trip, 8:30-2:30


Friday, May 5

Happy Birthday, Carin Gado!!



This month at Hixson: (If we’ve missed anything, please let us know.)


May 8

Meet and Greet with Dr. Lee 3:30pm, Hixson cafeteria

May 10

Monoceros Field Trip to Springfield, IL 8:00am - 7:00pm

May 11

Last Day for After-School Activities

7th and 8th Grade Orchestra Concert 6:30pm

May 12

Track Day 8:30 - 12:00

Lunch provided by PTO; the afternoon is yours to work individually, with your department, or with your team (or help get ready for the 8th grade party!)

May 12

8th Grade Party 7:00pm - 9:00pm

May 15

Six Flags Money and Permission Slips Due

May 17

Phoenix Field Trip to Springfield, IL 8:00am - 6:00pm

Hixson Fine Arts Festival 6pm

May 18

Andromeda Field Trip to Springfield, IL 8:15am - 8:00pm

May 22

Orion Field Trip to Springfield, IL 7:00am - 7:30pm

May 23

7th and 8th Grade Pops Concert 6:00, Moss Field

May 24

All School Field Trip to Six Flags

May 25

Last Day of Student Attendance Noon Dismissal

While we are contracted for a full day, the afternoon is not a PD day.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Monday Memo Week of April 24th

Monday Memo Week of April 24th, 2017

Morning Announcement and Pledge Schedule this week:
Week of 4-24: Ms. Majino

Dr. Lee, Dr. Vogt, some staff, students, and a parent rep have been working hard to interview for our three science positions. Today, teacher candidates whom they have moved on have been teaching a lesson in our discovery classes. Our goal is to take names to recommend for the positions to the school board on Monday night the 24th. The committee is doing their due diligence and will move candidates to the board whom they feel will be the best fit for our students' learning and Hixson team. If you have any questions, please let us know.

The social studies posting does not close until next week, please look for updates from that position as we move forward.

Friday, April 21st: Candidates moving forward from Thursday will teach a mini lesson to a group of students, which we will videotape for analysis and review.
Candidate name recommendations for our science position to Dr. Wiley

Beginning the week of the 24th we will shift focus to our Social Studies and part time orchestra positions in time for the next Board meeting.  Dr. Lee will be participating in all panel interviews, lesson reviews, and selection process

The collaborative discussed that to best support the work of our kids and facilitators we will use half of the day on the last day of school to share their learning experiences within their umbrella group and the later half will be spent with team.
The rationale for the change: Several teams had requested time with their kids on the last day of school as well as the kids have not had enough time/structure this year to design a comprehensive reflection of their learning. Much of the remainder of the time from this year would have to be focused on creating a “product” instead of allowing them to continue to learn within their interest. Keeping the kids within their Umbrella topic would allow the kids to learn more about the different facets of their overall interest and allow groups to design an experience unique to their content area on a smaller more manageable scale. 
The team time will entirely autonomous, just share with the administration your plans before that day.

The collaborative will also be seeking both student and staff feedback regarding our IH semester in order to monitor progress and identify what is working and what may need tweaking.

Please remember that students must be supervised at all times! We have seen many students working in the hallways with classroom doors closed and no adult supervision. Please remember, if you need space for students to work, your doors must be open and there must be staff supervision of all students. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Please be diligent about hallway supervision and student passing, especially during MAP so our halls stay quiet. Remember to reiterate to students that groups are always testing at some point this month and we need to respect their space.

 Algebra will be taking the EOC on April 25/ 26. Thank you to LP and Sarah for the AWESOME WORK they have done with MAP testing this year.  Thank you all for your patience and collaboration as MAP comes to a close!

Staff: If you did not receive an orange “Bullying sign” to post in your classroom, please pick one up from Mrs. Edwards’ desk!  Thanks!  These are to be posted in all classrooms.

Hixson Admin Meeting
NO faculty meeting today!!

Tuesday: Library closed for EOC
8am student meeting in Dr. Roddy's classroom
Dr. Smith sub for Mr. Martin 7th hour

Wednesday: Dr. Smith out of building
Library closed for EOC

Thursday: Dr. Smith supervising band field trip to Busch stadium 11 am

Friday:  Innovation Hour


Thanks to the Hixson PTO and the WGSD Foundation, we have some funding to go to IH learning.  If some money could assist your IH students in their exploration, please fill out the form (by using the link above) in order for us to evaluate needs and allocations.  Please have this application completed by  Monday, April 10th for consideration.  Thank you!*As an alternative, your students may also request funding from this money using the application you already have had for innovation hour.  Please see Mr. Heisel with questions.  I need to know what are needs are for the remainder of the year.  Thanks!

Please contact the tech center for any problems or paper needs for the copier.  Jason Heisel is available through Google Hangouts anytime as well.  

  • Wednesday, May 24th both 7th and 8th grade students will go to Six Flags for the end of year trip
  • Thursday, May 25th is a half-day.  This day will be utilized for students to present on their innovation hour explorations and activities.