The Hill 5th Graders performed their Spring Band Concert at Athens High School on Tuesday. (photo credit: @monika_petrous)
Helping the Kids Finish Strong at the End of the Year
Believe it or not, teachers and students are already looking at the wind down of the current school year. We raced through the fall, we negotiated an interesting winter, and now we’re well into the spring. Ready or not, summer is just around the corner and with it hopes and dreams for the next year. It’s not too late to finish strong.
The school year is a marathon of sorts. It doesn’t matter how well prepared they are, or how well they pace themselves in the middle of the event because now they have to make it over the finish line on their own two feet. We nagged our kids and we encouraged them too; they’ve come a long way – now it all comes down to finishing strong. So here are a few important things to remember as they round the last turn.
1. Showing up counts. It doesn’t matter if it’s a series of missed pop-quizzes in high school, a formative science field-trip, or a couple of spelling tests in the second grace, being there is ninety-nine percent of the battle. Learning well is a community experience and if our kids miss too much – for whatever reason – the repercussions are developmentally real.
2. Talk with the teachers. Learning also plays out in the context of relationships. Keep communication open with the teachers and approach education as a team. Families that are talking with their kids’ teachers are seldom blindsided by end of the year surprises.
3. Keep expectations reasonable. Know your child, their learning history, and their capabilities. Always look for improvement, but make sure your expectations are in line with what is reasonable. Children are more likely to rise to the occasion when they feel they actually have a chance to succeed.
4. Be an encourager. An extension of #3. Encouragement always bears more fruit than disparagement. Be firm, be kind, be realistic, and be a cheerleader.
5. Cultivate a culture of family learning at home. When the family values learning so does the child. Limit screen time, keep the television off during dinner and homework time. Sit down alongside your child and read, or do a crossword, or do some of your own homework. Celebrate learning and participate in knowledge growth yourself.
All these factors will serve to encourage and support your child as the academic year winds down. They will also set a pattern for the summer break, when #5 will continue to lay a foundation for next year. Because the commitment to finish strong will result in beginning strong too, and that’s half the battle for the fall – and the fall will be here before we know it.
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Hill M-Step Schedule
Parents of third, fourth and fifth graders: The M-STEP Assessment has begun. To view the schedule and information about this state mandated test, please read the letter below.
After School Policy
Classroom teachers will close and lock their doors once they leave for the day. We have several after school activities and have been instructed to keep our classroom doors locked for security reasons. It is important that your child takes everything with them that they need for the night as they will not have access to their classroom after 4pm.
5th Grade Troy Fitness Run
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Grade Level Placement Procedure
After we return from Spring Break, I will begin the planning process for next school year. I would like to share our procedures for moving students to their next grade level teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. We use a comprehensive procedure to determine grade/teacher placement. The process is outlined below:
- Teachers will fill out a student profile sheet on each student in his/her class. The profile sheet will allow teachers to identify each student’s strengths and needs.
- A team consisting of the grade level teachers, principal, and other pertinent staff such as the reading specialist, special education personnel, and/or ELL teacher will meet to place students into classes based on information from the profile sheets, and any additional input. The class lists will be constructed so that each class is relatively equal with regards to the following factors:
- Balance of male and female students.
- A range of reading, writing, and math abilities in each room.
- Consideration of learning needs.
- Separation of behavior conflicts.
- Balance of students with independent study habits.
In analyzing all these factors we strive to develop balanced classrooms, which will be minimally affected by the addition of new students as they move into our area.
We do not accept specific teacher requests. Parents are cautioned not to request placement or non-placement based on what they may have heard about a teacher from other parents. Just as each child is unique, so is each teacher. An experience that other parents may have had with their child may be totally different from what your child could have with the same teacher. However, if there is a concern, parents may send a letter with information regarding their child’s learning style and specific educational needs. I need to receive this information in writing by April 26th.
Please help your child understand that he/she may not be with the same friends next year, or with a teacher a sibling may have had. Help them know they are capable of working with new friends and teachers, that they are skillful youngsters, and able to handle new situations. It will help ensure a smooth transition. We value your help and appreciate your consideration.
Thank you for your time and interest regarding the Grade Placement Procedures. We are looking forward to using this process and feel confident that each student will be placed in a classroom that will allow him/her to have a successful school year!
- TUESDAY 4/23 - 6:00-7:00pm - GSRP Preschool Open House @ Hill
- WEDNESDAY 4/24 - CAPS for Robotics - wear a hat, donate $1.00
- WEDNESDAY 4/24 - 5:00- 7:00pm - PTO Restaurant Night at Buffalo Wild Wings (Big Beaver location)
- THURSDAY 4/25 - K-12 Early Release Day - School dismissed at 12:39pm
- WEDNESDAY 5/1 - 7:00pm - 5th Grade Strings Concert at Athens High School
- MONDAY 5/6 - FRIDAY 5/10 Teacher Appreciation Week
- TUESDAY 5/7 - 9:15am- 12:00pm - 5th Grade Safety/Service Squad Orange Bowl (@ Escape)
- TUESDAY 5/7 - Art Smarts Presentation for Grades 3, 4, 5 (LGI)
- WEDNESDAY 5/8 - 7:00pm - Robotics Parents meeting (Media Center)
- THURSDAY 5/9 - 3rd Grade International Festival
- FRIDAY 5/10 - K-5th - Author Maria Dismondy Visits Hill
- MONDAY 5/13 - 9:00am-12:00pm - 5th Graders Visit Larson Middle School
- WEDNESDAY 5/15 - K-12 Early Release Day - School dismissed at 12:39pm
- WEDNESDAY 5/15 - Box Tops Due to Classrooms
- WEDNESDAY 5/15 - 1:30-7:30pm - Red Cross Blood Drive (gym)
- THURSDAY 5/16 - 7:00pm - PTO Meeting (Media Center)
- SATURDAY 5/18 - 9:15am - 5th Grade Troy Fitness Run (Boulan Park)
- THURSDAY 5/23 - 1:00pm - Field Day (Rain date 5/24)
- MONDAY 5/27 - No School, Memorial Day
- WEDNESDAY 5/29 - Final Due Date for Library Books
- FRIDAY 5/31 - Hill PTO Family Fun Fair
- FRIDAY 5/31 - Book Fair Family Night (Media Center)
- MON 6/3 - WED 6/5 - Book Fair Sales During Media Classes
- TUESDAY 6/4 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (Cafeteria)
- WED 6/5 - FRI 6/7 - 5th Grade Camp (Camp Michindoh)
- TUESDAY 6/11 - Half Day - School dismissed at 12:29pm
- WEDNESDAY 6/12 - Half Day - School dismissed at 12:29pm
- THURSDAY 6/13 - Half Day - School dismissed at 12:29pm
- THURSDAY 6/13 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary