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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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