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Principally Speaking in April at Heron
Spring is here, and we are down for the 2013-2014 school year countdown! What a successful and exciting year with have had thus far, as we have begun our transition to the new Common Core standards, had many family-packed school events, and grown as a school community through increased parent involvement and communication. I would like to take time as we move into the final part of our year to update you of all that is still in store, and remind youto please get involved. The more our families are involved in our school, the more successful our students and programs will be!
A few new and exciting things…
I hope you have seen and heard about our FIVE portable Chromebook Carts that are now living on our campus. These carts are state of the art laptops that can be rolled right into any classroom and used to do projects, testing, create and share Google Docs, as well as work on math, reading and even typing applications! Having five full carts allows us to have a whole grade level at a time on the computers, working collaboratively and even sharing information with each other and the teachers. We wondered upon receiving these carts, how long it would take to get all teachers, grade levels and students comfortable on the laptops, and are finding that we can not even keep them charged (they are being so utilized)!
NWEA and SBAC Testing!!
Students in all grades have now used or are using the new Chromebooks to do computer based assessments (the way of the future and the new Common Core). NWEA are our new benchmark assessments, that students will take three times per year in ELA and Math to measure how students are doing with the new Common Core standards. We only started with Kindergarten and third grade this trimester, as a first run through. Next year, all grades will take the benchmarks three times in the year. This data will give us information as to how students are doing with the new standards, and how we can better teach them. The SBAC assessments are the assessments that will be given annually in grades 3-8 to replace STAR testing or CSTs. They are fully computer based, and you will be hearing much more about them as time goes on. For more information on either of these assessments, please visit our district website, or there is a link on our school website (heronflyers.com).
As you are surely aware, we are fortunate to have Mr. Dave at Heron this year, and his presence has made a world of difference for students and staff . Dave is our Campus Safety Monitor. Dave seems to be everywhere at all times! A day rarely goes by when someone does not comment to me or thank me for all of his hard work to make Heron a better place. He manages parking and traffic, spends lots of time patrolling passing periods for junior high, visiting and sitting in classrooms where there are substitutes, and just being out during lunches and recesses getting to know our students. Students who need anything know that they can approach Mr. Dave and he will problem-solve with them or just keep an eye on things. Mr. Dave comes early and stays late, doing whatever is needed around campus. He walks from one end of the campus to the next, picking up trash, chatting with students, and delivering messages to classrooms. He has attended multiple trainings on safety, conflict management and how to better support students and staff in these areas. Please introduce yourself when you see him around!
Friday, April 4th… Coffee Chat with Mrs. Bernard in the Heron School Library~ come have a pastry and brainstorm ideas and direction for our amazing school… There is no agenda, just a chance to network and share.
Friday, April 4th…. 2014 Sock Hop 6-8:30 PM!!! Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and Rock Around the Clock! Come out and enjoy some fun with the family. Great music, food, activities, a photo booth, games and prizes. There will even be a costume contest for kids and adults. You don't want to miss this event! Admission is free but there are no drop offs. Hope to see you there.
April 14th - April 18th …. Spring Break- NO SCHOOL
Thursday, April 24th…. OPEN HOUSE 6-8:30 PM
Friday, April 25th…. SPIRIT DAY~ Super Hero Day
Saturday, May 3rd…. Natomas Schools Foundation Duck Pluck…Tickets can be purchased in the front office.
Thursday, May 8th…. Science Fair 6-7:30 PM
Friday, May 23rd…. SPIRIT DAY~ Decades Day/Futuristic Day
Tuesday-Thursday, May 27-29.... 2014 Heron Flyer Fest (grades 6-8)!!!!
Friday, May 30th…. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 8th Grade Promotion
Monthly Principal Coffee Chat
Parents and Heron community members… Please join Principal Marcia Bernard on the first Friday of every month, for a chance to visit and share ideas. Plan to stop by the Heron Library at 8:15 AM for coffee and a pastry~ no agenda other than an opportunity to network, answer questions and build community.
Order your full color yearbook now!
All yearbook orders received
after March 3rd are $20
Buy now while supplies last. Yearbook quantities are limited and are handled on a first come first serve basis. When our school is sold out there is no way to order additional copies.
To order online please visit www.excelphotographers.com
Additional order envelopes are available in the front office.
Please make checks payable to EXCEL.
The Demas Law Group has nominated and selected Jasmine Reese to receive this month’s “Green Apple Award”! As this month’s winner, Ms. Reese will be receiving a $250 OfficeMax gift card to assist her with purchasing supplies for her classroom.
The Demas Law Group created the Green Apple Award Program to recognize our local public school teachers for their commitment, and to ease the financial burden they may face in providing supplies for their classrooms.
Congratulations, Mrs. Reese!
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Sacramento Kings tickets were awarded this month by Mrs. Bernard to the following outstanding 7/8th grade students' families:
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