It’s hard to believe that we only have 20 days of school left before the end of the year! Those 20 days, however, will be jam packed with a lot of exciting learning opportunities, celebration, and hard work.
Beginning this Friday 5/17 and continuing on 5/20, 5/23, and 5/24 our 7th and 8th graders will be participating in their Social Studies days. Students will be choosing, researching, writing about, and presenting on a topic of their choosing related to the theme of triumph and tragedy. Students will be working on this project during all of their core content classes during these 4 days. The 8th graders are also finalizing their IB Projects and will be presenting those to a community panel in the coming week.
PARCC and End of Year Assessments
Our 7th & 8th graders have completed their PARCC testing! Our 6th graders will complete their PARCC tests next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please support your child’s effort to do his or her best by ensuring they have a full night of sleep, a healthy breakfast, a positive mindset, and are at school and in class on time. All of our students will be taking their end of year Math and Reading progress assessments over the course of the next two weeks as well and this will provide immediate results regarding your child’s progress this year. Our students and staff have worked diligently this year and we look forward to examining the results of these assessments.
End of Year Trips
In addition to all of the 8th grade promotional celebrations, all grade levels have end of year celebration trips approaching that will take place during the last week of school. 7th and 8th grades also still have academic and college trips in the coming weeks as well. Different criteria is set for each trip and grade level points of contact will be able to provide further information if you have questions.
Finally, if you have not yet re-enrolled your child for school year 19-20, please do! We are already hiring staff, improving systems, and planning for exciting academic opportunities for our students. Our enrollment determines the staffing we maintain at the school as well as teacher and student scheduling, so please enroll as early as possible so that we can plan effectively for next school year. If we reach 85% enrollment by June 1st we receive an additional $1000 in supplies for the school. We need your help to secure these resources! Please also plan to come out to the Carnival on Tuesday, May 28th from 4-6pm (the same day as Parent-Teacher Conferences). If you have already enrolled for next year, your family will get in for free to enjoy the food, games, and fun! If you are not yet enrolled, you can do it on the spot and enter for free as well!
We Appreciate Our Families
Thank you so much to each of you who celebrated our staff during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. Thank you also for the planning and execution of an amazing Basketball Fever Event. The staff and students had so much fun and it’s a joy to be able to just get together and celebrate as a community. We return the appreciation and celebrate you!!!
As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. My door is always open to you.
New Uniform Colors for Next Year!
Eliot-Hine is getting a new logo and new colors for next year! As part of this change, the uniform policy has been updated. Students will now be able to select from navy, red or grey polos and navy or khaki pants.
Promotion Requirements Students are required to pass all core classes (English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science) in order to be promoted to the next grade at the end of the year. Per district policy, students who have more than 30 absences in a core class will not pass that subject. Students who fail a core class or have exceeded 30 absences will be enrolled in summer school and required to complete it successfully in order to be promoted to the next grade. If you are not sure of your child’s academic status, please reach out to his or her core content teachers. Progress reports for this grading period will be sent no later than Tuesday, 21st.
For 8th graders, students who have not promotion requirements before the end of the school year will not be able to participate in the promotion ceremony on June 13th. Final notice regarding 8th grade participation in the promotion exercise will be provided on Friday, June 7th. If students have missed more than 30 days of a core class, they will not will not be promoted, will not participate in the promotion ceremony, and will need to attend summer school and pass successfully with appropriate attendance to move on to high school.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Thanks to everyone who donated to or helped support our efforts during teacher appreciation week! We catered a staff breakfast, brought in massage services and delivered notes and flowers to make sure our staff knows how much they are valued.
Our community event and fundraiser had great attendance in our second year. We had 100% feeder participation from Maury, Miner, SWS and Payne who sent basketball players and cheerleaders. Shout out to our wonderful hosts at Eastern Senior High School! So many parents, community members, staff and students worked hard to make this event a success. Your efforts are appreciated! Not only did the event build fun connections between our schools, but we raised over $4,000 for Eliot-Hine! Please give support to the businesses that sponsored our event or provided auction items.
Candy Jar Fundraiser
Thanks to everyone who came out to support our fundraiser at The Candy Jar. Eliot-Hine raised over $400 one ice cream cone and chocolate treat at at time! We appreciate our local businesses that support our school!
Bike to School Day
Eliot-Hine participated with all of our friends and neighbors in Bike To School Day.
ESSA Comprehensive School Targeted Supports
Last week at the PTO and ESSA Community Engagement meeting we announced the focus areas for our Comprehensive School support as well as the specific targeted resources we will receive starting immediately and into the 19-20 school year. We are excited about the identified resources and the possibilities they bring for the work we will be doing next year.
Focus Area 1: Implement International Baccalaureate Program with fidelity
Supports: Assistant Principal for IB, Special Education teacher-leader, 3 Urban Teacher Residents, and funding for staff training and development
Focus Area 2: Ensure a safe, positive, and consistent teaching and learning environment across the school
Supports: Partnership with Turnaround for Children, Behavior Technician, and funding for staff training and development
Focus Area 3: Improve family and community engagement with a stronger representation from all of our families and partner with organizations who provide services to meet our community’s needs.
Supports: Connected School designation with a dedicated Connected Schools Manager, funding for supplies, and funding for staff training and development