The Husky's Howl April 30, 2021

I "Cereal-sly" Can Not Thank You Enough!

Thank you so much for donating cereal to those in need in honor of Principal's day. We collected over 175 boxes that we will give to families in need right in the Troy School District. What a great surprise!

It is truly an honor to be the principal of this building. Thank you for your generosity and kindness today and everyday!

Encourage Your Child to Develop Self Respect

Children who are disrespectful often lack something they desperately need: self-respect. If they don’t value themselves, they will find it hard to value and respect other people. They will also have trouble following rules. But how does self-respect develop and how can you encourage it? Self-respect comes from:

  • Competence. It feels great to be good at things. Give your child opportunities to learn and practice new skills—everything from reading to playing sports to doing chores.
  • Accomplishments. Notice and compliment your child’s progress. “You’ve read three books this week. I’m impressed!”
  • Confidence. It helps to have parents who stay positive through challenges. Display a “You can do it” attitude. Help your child see mistakes as great opportunities to learn.
  • Freedom. Give your child some independence. Let him make age-appropriate choices. For example, “Would you like to organize your closet today or tomorrow?”
  • Support. Show that you accept, appreciate and love your child for who he is and what he believes. Ask about his day. Listen to his answers. Help him solve problems.

Reprinted with permission from the April 2021 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2021 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

Are You Returning Hill Families?

The Troy School District is asking all parents to complete a survey informing us if you are returning to Troy Schools in the 2021-2022 school year. Whether you intend to be virtual or in-seat, please take this survey. To complete the survey, please log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal:

Once you log in...

  • CLICK on the Forms navigation link on the left side
  • SELECT "Are you Returning for the 2021-22 School Year"

Fill out the form and click Submit. Repeat this for EACH OF YOUR CHILDREN who will be attending Troy Schools.

Please submit the survey no later than Monday, May 3rd.

If you do not have a login for PowerSchool, or you need assistance with logging in, please send an email to pssupport@troy.k12.mi.us.

Help Your Child Understand Why It Is Important to Follow the Rules

One of the ways kids show respect is by following rules. This is easier for children to do if they understand why rules are important. In addition to explaining the reasons for specific rules, you can:

  • Play a game without rules. After a while, stop and talk about how things are going. Then play with rules and see which way is better.
  • Imagine a world without rules. Talk about what would happen if people could steal ... if kids didn’t have to go to school ... if people didn’t wear seat belts. What would that be like?
  • Encourage your child to be a leader.
  • Praise your child for obeying rules. You might say, “Thanks for getting up on time. Now we can eat breakfast together.” This encourages your child to keep respecting rules.

Reprinted with permission from the April 2021 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2021 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

May Lunch Menu

School Lunch Nutrition Information

The Nutrition Website is up and running! You can use this website to find the nutrition information or ingredients in school lunch items by clicking the button below.

Order a Ceramic Name Kit

Grade Placement for the 2021-22 School Year

As we 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 2021-2022 school year. We use a comprehensive procedure to determine grade/teacher placement. The process is outlined below.

Teachers will fill out a student profile on each student in his/her class. The profile 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 ELD teacher will meet to place students into classes based on information from the student profiles, 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 strong leadership qualities.
  • 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 have extended the deadline to receive this information to Friday, May 7th.

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! Thank you.

  • May 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 28 - Elementary Assessment Day / No Whole Group Instruction
  • June 4 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (Details coming soon!)

Have a Great Weekend!

Shari Pawlus - Principal

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Shari Pawlus