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Friday Thoughts

Friday Thoughts

October 12, 2018

*  Healthcare Watch:

  • Simply do routine cleaning and disinfecting
  • Trust our healthcare team….

*  School Bus Safety

  • National School Bus Safety Week
    • October 22-26,2018
  • Keep the aisle of the bus clear at all times.
  • Students should always keep their head, hands and arms inside the bus.

*  Faculty/Staff Shout Outs:

  • Congratulations to:
    • Mr. and Mrs. Myhan
      • Emmie Allyn Myhan has arrived!!
        • Our Legacy!!
  • Hatton Elementary Kidcam!!
  • New Bethel Elementary
    • They had a great Fall Festival
      • All of the work from the staff and the PTO resulted in well over $4,000 in PROFIT for our PTO and the school.
      • That is money that will be put back into our school to benefit our teachers and students.
      • It is approximately $1,600 more than was profited from the Fall Festival last year. J
  • Cherokee High School Homecoming
    • Thanks to everyone to helped with a young lady who had an accident
    • Special thanks to Daniel Cunningham for pulling the trailer for the central office.
      • We had fun and the fellowship is always good! 
  • Colbert Heights High School
    • Blood Drive, October 17th
      • Our blood donations next week will more than likely go to hurricane victims.
      • Drink plenty of water the day before and eat well the morning of your blood donation.
    • Advanced Art Students
      • Students display their interpretations of the famous epic poem The Odyssey by Homer
      • Exhibition will be up at CHHS library Oct 15- No. 9
      • Miss McKinney will have more details
  • Colbert Heights Elementary School
  • Colbert County High School

*  High-Impact Family Engagement

  • Family engagement is continuous across a child’s life and entails enduring commitment but changing parent roles as children mature into young adulthood. (NAFSCE)
  • Keep the conversations active!!!

*  Colbert County Reporter

  • Please, please, please check out your local hometown paper…..
  • May I encourage you to renew your subscription because students from our district will be writing and editing for each distribution
  • Another great partnership!!

*  Fine Arts:

  • Cherokee High School
    • Band Competition
      • Superior and good ratings
  • Colbert Heights High School
    • Hartselle Band Competition
    • Superior ratings
  • Colbert County High School
    • Russellville Band Competition
    • Superior ratings
  • Annie - www.chhs.booktix.com
    • Colbert Highest High School
      • November 1-3 (public)
      • November 5-7 will be for school groups
        • If you would like to take your class, this event will not count toward you trip field trips
          • One Team…One Team…Our Legacy…
          • #teamcolbertcounty

*  Attendance:

  • For the 2018-2019 School Year, students in grades 7-12 will be allowed seven (7) absences per semester for excused absences, down from the previously allowed nine (9). 

o  Everyone present….. everyone learns!!!

  • Classroom Distractions:
    • Classroom distractions can be a serious problem. 
    • Please protect your class time….
    • No one has permission to request a student from your class, except your instructional leader and your AP.
    • Do not interrupt instruction by making announcement over the intercom throughout the day
      • Announcement should be made once in the morning and once in the afternoon

*  Robotics – Northwest Shoals Community College

  • CCHS and CHS competed well
    • CCHS came home with 8 awards total

*    Student Support Services:

o   Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASA)

§  Shoals Campus

·       Tuesday, October 16

o   3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

§  Thursday, October 25

o   3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

§  Monday, November 5

o   3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

§  Please contact Miss Cagle if you have an endangered youth

*    School Board Members:

o   Whole Board Training

  • November 15th ; Lauderdale County Board of Education Annex

*  Next Level Notes:

  • National Board Certification
    • Students learn more. A decade of research shows that students of Board-certified teachers learn more than their peers without Board-certified teachers. Studies have also found that the positive impact of having a Board-certified teacher is even greater for minority and low-income students.
  • UNA – Roar Lions

*  Educational Foundation

  • 2018 Classroom Grants $28,453.67
    • Joshua Balta
    • Jennifer Jones
    • Heather Pendley
    • Nikki Rickard
    • Kasey Williams
    • Courtney Snipes
    • Janna Edgin
    • Sara Armstrong
    • Kayla McKinney
    • Sydney Pearson
    • Natalie Abrams
    • Gina Carr
    • Brittne Beasley
    • Ashley Jackson
    • Jessica Byrd
    • Jessica Gipson
  • Check Presentations will be October 18th
    • CCHS 5:00 p.m.
    • Congratulations!!
  • Fall 2018 Payroll Deduction Fundraiser
    • For every person who donates to the education foundation through payroll deduction, before December 1st, 2018, will be entered into a random drawing for a one-time $500.00 Classroom Grant.
    • Loving reminder: the payroll deductions go directly back into our schools through the classroom grants.

*   Testing/Assessment:

  • We experienced a lot of testing irregularities during the administration of Scantron.
  • It is serious that you stress the importance of a secure testing environment.
  • It is everyone’s testing responsibilities to provide a secure, distraction-free testing environment.  (no exceptions)
  • These numbers are totally unacceptable.
    • These numbers could easily lead to a personal visit from the ALSDE.
  • LES
  • 3 procedural
  • power outage
  • * Outside noise
  • NBES
  • 2 Procedural
  • Computer issue
  • Computer issue
  • HES
  • 5 Procedural
  • No accommodations for a student who needed accommodations
  • The wrong test was given
  • Phone in a backpack
  • Sick child
  • The student took the Spanish Test
  • CES
  1. 5 Procedural
  2. Classroom interruption
  3. Classroom interruption
  4. Distraction
  5. The student took a Spanish test
  6. Students took the wrong test
  • CHES
  1. 2 Procedural
  2. Classroom interruption
  3. * Someone knocked on the door
  • CCHS (best practices)
  • 0 irregularities J
  • CHHS (best practices)
  • 0 irregularities J
  • CHS (best practices)
  • 0 irregularities J

*  Love Notes:

  • Happy Birthday to all the October birthday babies!!
  • Unspoken prayer request
    • Students, staff and administrators
  • “80% of success is showing up!” – Woody Allen


*    Date

*    Event

*    Notes

October 15-19, 2018

National School Lunch Week


October 18

HES Fall Festival

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

October 18

School Board Meeting

Colbert County High School

October 19

Fall Fun Day


October 22-26

College and Career Week

Great opportunities for our students

October 22-26

Red Ribbon Week

Dress up!! J

October 24

Wear College Gear

Take time to share your story with students

October 25-26

WOW Event

8th, 11th,  and 12th

October 26

Fall Fun Day


October 29

College Applications

Events at High Schools

October 30

PTO sponsored Fall Festival


November 1-3

Play: Annie


Colbert Heights High School

November 12

Veteran’s Day Observed

No School

November 15

School Board Meeting

Colbert Heights Elementary School

November 19-23

Thanksgiving Week

No School, No students, No Staff J

January 17

School Board Meeting

New Bethel Elementary School

February 21

School Board Meeting

Leighton Elementary School

March 21

School Board Meeting

Hatton Elementary School

April 18

School Board Meeting

Central Office

May 16

School Board Meeting

Colbert Heights High School

May 23


Colbert County High School

May 24


Cherokee/Colbert Heights High School

June 20

School Board Meeting

Central Office