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Hickory Point Happenings April 30, 2021

In this edition:

  • Thank a teacher

  • Class input

  • Thank you parent volunteers

  • Reminder

  • Important dates

Thank a teacher

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated nationwide May 3-7, 2021. If you have a moment, please have your child draw a picture, write a note or send an email to his/her teacher this week. Thank you to the Teacher Appreciation Committee and our wonderful PTA for coordinating a week of appreciation for the staff.

Each staff member nurtures every child to become an inspired learner, well-rounded individual, and contributing member of a global community. Take a moment to thank your child’s teacher.

Sincerely,

Maureen Deely and Meggan Buchanan

Class placement process (final posting)

Dear Hickory Point Parents,
The class development process is incredibly elaborate and carefully planned each year in an effort to promote a nurturing culture for learning and a positive rapport between the children and the teacher. We have three primary goals when developing class sections:

1.     Ensure that each child’s academic needs are met.

2.    Pair each child with another student or group of children for social-emotional   

        success.

3.    Consider teacher styles.

The class sectioning process involves multiple school personnel who consider numerous factors while maintaining an efficient schedule that meets the needs of all our students. This process takes countless hours and goes through multiple iterations over the course of many months. Some factors in the process include:

  • Maintain the district class size of 17-22 with comparable class sizes across the grade levels

  • Balance the number of boys and girls in a class and across the grade level

  • Ensure the needs of students who receive support are aligned with the schedule of the grade level and support personnel working with them. This includes the following teachers:

    • Special Education teachers

    • Speech and Language teachers

    • English Language Learner (ELL) teachers

    • Reading Support teachers

    • Math Support teachers 

  • Review peer dynamics (students who work well together)

  • Create groupings of children in both math and reading so there are comparable abilities in the classroom for collaboration

School principals often receive many parental requests for children to be placed with specific friends. As you can imagine, this becomes an impossible task while trying to place children in an environment that best meets the needs of all children we serve. Given the complexity of scheduling, we cannot accept specific friendship requests or teacher requests by name. Should your child have specific needs that we are not already aware of, or if there is a known reason to separate children, it is a good idea to send a reminder email message to the principal. While parents sometimes want their child to be with a close friend or a specific teacher, it’s not always in your child’s best interest in the classroom environment. Ultimately, we share a common goal to place children in a classroom where each child thrives both academically and socially. We are committed to developing class sections with each child in mind while balancing the complex variables listed above. The lists are developed and reviewed over time and by many staff members. Through our elaborate and multi-step class development process, it is our intention to place our students in an environment where each child has a happy and successful school year.

Thank you for your support and understanding. 

For your children,

Maureen Deely and Meggan Buchanan

Thank you, volunteers 

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

We would like to recognize each parent who volunteered during the school year.  Your support and help allow us to continue our excellence.  A special thank you to the Executive Board of the PTA for their ongoing support of school initiatives. Great schools do not happen by chance. Our work together allows us to accomplish great things. On behalf of the entire Hickory Point staff, we recognize and appreciate each and every volunteer. We want to thank you for donating your most valuable resource, your time. For those families whose youngest child is leaving Hickory Point, we will certainly miss you and wish you well in the future.  

Fondly,

Mrs. Deely and Mrs. Buchanan

Reminders

  • Please remember to send your child a refillable water bottle. 

  • Second grade parents-Please make sure your child charges the Chromebook each night at home. We don’t want our students missing essential work because their device is not charged. Thank you!

Important dates

Friday, May 7        HP Spirit day- Neon day

Friday, May 14      Teacher planning day - No school for students

Monday, May 17   Remote materials pick up day- (last one for the year)