Recently, HCMS finished our division level testing (semester based) requirements. These tests provided our teachers and administrators with valuable information. Use this information to appropriately tier our students and provide necessary remediation strategies to fill any gaps in understanding.
In January, we will administer a 2nd nine week assessment. This test is a collaborative effort based off teacher input and administrative approval. Teachers submit a large question bank to Mrs. Henderson for approval; afterwards, administrators pick 25 questions from the list to be included in the examination. When determining which questions to finalize for the test, administrators are looking for questions that are rigorous in nature and cover the breadth of standards detailed in the pacing guide. Other factors taken into consideration by administration when finalizing the test include the following: number of TEI questions (approximately 20-25% of the questions submitted should correspond to this standard), Blooms Taxonomy, graphic interpretation, etc.).
When preparing students for this examination, it's important not to detail any specifics: actual test questions, precise concepts, graphs that will be on the test, etc. As with the SOL assessments, teachers provide reviews for their student populations without knowing/relating details: the same principle should be applied to the benchmark.
The Performing Arts at HCMS
The humanities and performing arts are essential to the overall dynamic of any school. Years of research has directly linked the humanities (performing arts) with that of a strong academic core: involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill (George Lucas Educational Foundation).
We appreciate the effort and energy that is put into each of our performances at HCMS. A special shout-out to all of those who assisted in our most recent production.
Making Significant Progress Towards a Unified Response
The PBIS team has been making huge leaps towards a Unified Tier One Response at HCMS. In recent weeks, the PBIS team has completed updated posters, trained all teachers and teacher assistants on PBIS standards/implementation, made sample lesson plans that will be detailed to the student population, trained 6th grade teachers on referral process, diagrammed teacher managed (behavior) infractions vs. office managed (behavior) infractions, created a student self-reflection questionnaire, and much more.
More information regarding this progress will be detailed to teachers on January 3rd and 4th.
If you have any questions regarding the PBIS initiative, please see any of the following faculty members for additional information: Mrs. Crenshaw, Mrs. Ewell, Mrs. Brenda Clauden, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Loyd, Mr. Chambers, Mrs. Coleman, Mr. Reaves, Mr. Deal, Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Stattford, Mrs. Womack, Mrs. Heath, Mrs. Wilkerson, Mr. McDaniel, Mrs. Mangum, and Mr. Foster
HCMS Professional Development Platform
The faculty at HCMS continues to make significant strides in the implementation of specific standards detailed on the AES professional development platform. Thus far, we have detailed the following standards/expectations on this venue:
- Framing the Lesson
- Three-Part Objective (posted): Behavior, Relevance, and Criteria for Success
- Alignment of Standards
- Verb Agreement
- Itinerary Relevancy & Importance
- Objective Based Warm-up
- Construction vs Formal Assessment
- Maintaining Attention: Abstaining, Alerting, Recruitment, & Acknowledging
- Dual Task Interference
- Defining Rigor
- Construction Overview
- Clarity: Lecturing, Imagery, Cognitive Empathy, & Anchoring
- High-Order Questioning Techniques
Teachers are encouraged to access the AES website on a regular basis and implement the strategies detailed on the platform. When performing evaluations, administrators are looking for the incorporation of the aforementioned strategies. On January 4th, module three will be released. The topics detailed in this module include "Differentiated Instruction" and "Expectations."