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Director’s Notes: April 2012

Greetings all,

Welcome back! I hope that you had a safe and healthy spring break.

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the talent show performers on a job well done.  I was so impressed by the wide pool of talent. I’d also like to thank the middle school students as well as the adult volunteers for preparing such a delicious dinner as well as for all of the work that went into preparation, set-up, and staging of the show.  All of you did a fantastic job.

With spring break behind us, we have a very busy two months ahead.  Our Wellness Committee is hard at work preparing for the Earth Day events on April 20th, and the STEM Committee is putting the final details in place for the STEM Fair on April 27.  Please keep in mind that April 27 is a half-day.  Students will be dismissed at noon.

 

Enjoy the warm weather!

Al

Director’s Notes: March 2012

Greetings all,

With the month of March upon us, second through eighth grade students will begin taking the TerraNova assessments. Your child’s teacher will contact you to let you know when assessments will take place.  These assessments serve a number of valuable purposes.  First, they provide additional information regarding how your child is progressing and how we can best focus our efforts to support each individual student’s academic growth. Secondly, they offer a comparison on how our students perform on a national level, which provides us with the information needed to focus our curriculum and instruction in such away that our students remain competitive at the national level. Finally, administering a second assessment to all students keeps us in compliance with new state regulations and may open the door for additional funding.  If you have questions regarding these assessments, please contact your child’s teacher.

On another note, I’d like to remind you that students are not allowed to use cell phones during the school day.  Phones are available for student use in each of the classrooms as well as the main office, and teachers have been instructed to allow students to make calls home at appropriate times.  If a student is found using a cell phone during school hours, the phone will be confiscated until the end of that school day.  In the event of a second occurrence, the cell phone will be confiscated and returned to a parent.

Finally, Parent MEAP Reports were sent home just prior to break.  Reports were placed inside your child’s Friday Folder or stapled inside your child’s planner. If for some reason you did not receive your child’s MEAP report, please contact me and I will print a duplicate for you.

 

All the best,

Al

Director’s Report February 2012

Greetings all,

 

We have had a number of children sent home with a stomach virus this month, so I hope that you are presently in good health.  I also want to remind you that the speed limit through our campus is fifteen miles per hour.  Please keep in mind that between Gretchen’s House and Honey Creek we have many small children.

 

Report cards were emailed home earlier this week.  If for some reason you did not receive your child’s report card, please contact Karen Giltrow and we will provide you with a copy.  I expect the state to release MEAP scores sometime in February.  This year, the state has made significant changes to the cut scores, which will result in an increased number of students scoring in the not proficient or partially proficient range. The state has estimated that there may be as much as a 30 percent increase in the number of students who score below the proficient cut score.  Once the state releases this data, I will forward the Honey Creek results on to you.

 

Count day is February 8th and will account for approximately 10% of our overall funding. Please make sure your child is present on the 8th.  We can account for children who are absent; however, it does require a significant increase in paperwork.

 

Major events this month include the Honey Creek Ball and Auction and our mid-winter break, February 20-24.  Tickets for the Ball are available through the PTO. They can be purchased in the front lobby on Thursday mornings at a cost of $25.00 each. I hope to see you there.

 

All the best,

 

Al

Director’s Report for January, 2012

Dear Community,

Happy New Year! With the onset of 2012 there are many events occurring at Honey Creek. Our Winter Curriculum Celebration will be taking place this Friday, January 13, from 5-7 pm. This year, we will be filming parts of the Celebration to augment our outreach efforts.

We will also be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday the following Monday, January 16. School will be closed, and many of us will be celebrating by providing community service in honor of Dr. King.

If you have friends who are interested in sending a child to Honey Creek, we have two enrollment meetings planned in January, one on January 17, and one on January 23. Both will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Enrollment meetings are the first step in enrolling a child in Honey Creek. Attendance is required to participate in the open enrollment process.

On January 27, school will dismiss at 12 pm. The faculty will be participating in professional development on that afternoon. Additionally, Continuous Progress Charts (CPC) will be emailed to parents on that day. If you need a paper copy of your child’s CPC, please inform Karen Giltrow.

Have a great 2012!

Al

Director’s Report for December, 2011

Greetings!

With cold and snowy weather setting in, our students are wearing and losing quite a bit
of clothing. Our Lost and Found is located on the coat racks in the hallway outside the
cafeteria, and if you have walked by it lately, you’ve probably noticed that numerous
articles of clothing are added to it each day. Please take some time during the next two
weeks to look through the Lost and Found for any clothing your child may have
misplaced. While it is unfortunate, we cannot continue to store all of the clothing that has
not been claimed. We need to make room for all of the clothing that will be lost in the next
few months. Therefore, any clothing that is not claimed by December 21 will be donated to
charity.

I’d also like to make you aware of our upcoming events. On December 15 we will be
holding our annual Holiday Craft Sale as well as our Winter Performance. The
performance is scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Our Curriculum Celebration will be held
on January13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

We will also be holding two enrollment meetings in January. Meetings begin at 5:30 pm
on January 17 and January 23 and generally run about two hours. If you know a family
that is interested in enrolling a child in Honey Creek, please urge them to attend one of
these meetings, as it is the first step in our enrollment process.

Have a healthy and safe holiday season!

Al

Director’s Report for November, 2011

Greetings all,

We held a number of successful events in October, starting with the Run/Walk-A-Thon. I’d like to recognize Angie Tracy who planned and ran this event with the support of her family and a number of other volunteers. I understand that the event raised approximately $6000 dollars, which I’m certain the PTO will use to enhance the learning experience for all of our students.

I’d also like to recognize Kim Smith and the cadre of volunteers who put together an amazing fall festival. This year, several events coincided with the festival. Deb Lentz and Jane Pacheco planned and organized an incredible harvest dinner. The proceeds will go toward providing the school with a new salad bar, granting more access and healthier food options to all of our students. The STEM committee hosted our first “Pumpkin Chunkin” event. Student and parent volunteers under the guidance of Bruce Worden built the catapult used to launch the pumpkins.

With all of these events going on simultaneously, I’m sure that I failed to recognize several of you for your contributions. So please accept my thanks for all you do. This is such an energetic, dynamic, talented and giving community. Your contributions enrich the experience of every Honey Creek student!

On another note, students have been engaged in the state assessment program for the last three weeks. I’d like to recognize them for their efforts, and for their willingness to accommodate what, out of necessity, was a confusing schedule. As the assessments were progressing, the state notified us regarding changes in how the MEAP will be scored. Under the new scoring system, the State is predicting that there will be a 30% decrease in the number of students who will demonstrate proficiency on the various assessments. This change is to increase student achievement and prepare students to meet the new college and career readiness standards. As I receive more information about how this will impact our students, I will share it with you.

Finally, I have noticed that traffic on the main drive and in the parking lot appears to be moving faster. Please keep in mind that the speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour. Also, keep in mind that the curb parallel to the building is a no parking zone. If you must leave your car, you must park in the lot. This is also true when we hold after school events. I greatly appreciate your support in this matter.

Have a safe and healthy November,

Al

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