Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 16, 2013

Although it was short, I think our December 9th faculty meeting was one of our more valuable ones.  Thank you for participating last week and for delivering the baskets this week.  I hope these final five days before break are both productive and smooth for all of us.

Hixson High Five Awards
Please take some time out of your busy schedules this week to recognize students, who may not otherwise be recognized, for their readiness, respect, and responsibility.  Students really do value and benefit from this personal feedback.  Click here to read more information about the High Five Award.  Click here to e-mail Mrs. Davis your nominee. She will need to receive this on or before 12/20/13.

January 6th, Records Day
We return from Winter Break on 1/6/14.  Elementary teachers have development on that day.  This year, these teachers will be at Hixson, instead of the high school, for this development.  You may stay in your rooms and come and go as you necessary.  Dr. Simpson will here next Friday to drop off some things off in rooms to be used on 1/6/14.
  • The following rooms and spaces will not be used: 100, 102, 113, 120-124, 126, 200-203, 215, 216, 218, 220, 222, G1-G3, and the auditorium.  
  • Of the rooms that will be used, some will be occupied from 8-11am (the 100s, annex, gym, and library) and some will be used from 10-11am (the 200s), as far as I know at this time.
January Faculty Meeting
Our January faculty meeting will be on 1/13/14.  Dr. Riss will visit for a portion of this meeting and some of our SSD teachers will facilitate an assessment adapting and modifying workshop so that we might learn to do this better on behalf of students who benefit from this accommodations.

A Reminder . . .
I'm sharing this reminder now and will share it again in January; it's come up in some conversations since the end of the first trimester:
  • When problem solving about a student's achievement or behavior or writing an ILIP or when scheduling an IEP, 504, or evaluation/re-evaluation, please invite all the teachers on the student's schedule.
  • Even though you will most likely be meeting during team time, we have supports in place for other teachers to attend, should they wish to do so.
And finally, here's the link to the assessment support post from last week.

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