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Hickory Point Happenings February 28, 2021

Hickory Point Happenings 

In this edition:

  • PBIS update

  • Preventing illness

  • Terra Nova

  • Important dates

PBIS update

Students and staff who feel supported are more likely to achieve at a higher level. The three most important components of a positive and safe environment are a well-articulated code of conduct, connectedness and high levels of engagement. Research shows Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a researched-based tool for supporting social, emotional and academic outcomes in school. This system promotes an improved school climate.

Creating a positive and safe environment starts with a well-articulated school-wide positive behavior system. This system encourages positive and appropriate student behaviors. The school-wide leadership team, including the principal, develops a plan for teaching and modeling the expectations. These are clearly posted and visible in all areas of the school. In addition, restorative practices are created for students who need reminders to make positive behavioral choices. An effective school-wide positive behavior system is clearly understood by all stakeholders and responsive to the needs of students and staff.

The second component of a safe and positive environment is connectedness. Belonging is a human need. Connectedness is essential to developing emotional well-being. Staff and students need to see their importance in the environment and accept their similarities and differences. They need to see themselves as members of something bigger and feel a sense of purpose. Staff and students who feel valued have the persistence to cope with difficult and challenging situations because they are willing to take risks. Students with a sense of belonging are competent, connected and respected. An environment that promotes positive recognition and social-emotional health has the capacity to create high levels of engagement.

Engagement is a fundamental component of a safe and positive environment. When a  well-established code of conduct is implemented with integrity, students understand the expectations. A school that is responsive to the unique needs of staff and students empowers educators to create an engaging and positive learning environment. Staff members have the capacity to create high-level learning opportunities and see positive results. Everyone feels effective, valued and respected. This engaging and safe environment supports all students and staff. A code of conduct, connectedness and high levels of engagement improves staff outcomes, student achievement and creates a positive school climate. Hickory Point is successfully implementing PBIS this year. We are thrilled with the staff and student support, engagement and progress. We will be hosting an all-school celebration on March 5. 

Preventing illness

As you know the flu can be spread easily from person to person. We are taking steps to minimize the spread of flu by keeping classrooms clean, isolating and sending sick students home and of course encouraging in lots of handwashing. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent the spread of flu. Please remind your children of the following:

 1. Cover mouth and nose when sneezing. If they can, they should use a tissue and then throw it away, washing their hands afterward. If they don’t have a tissue handy, they should use their inner elbow or upper sleeve rather than their hands. This practice prevents the spread of germs via their hands. 

2. Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth. 

3. Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 15-20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 

4. Don’t share cups, water bottles, or eating utensils. 

5. Children should stay home when they are sick- fever (100 degrees or greater). If they have had a recent fever, they should not return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the help from Tylenol or Ibuprofen). This means that if they are sent home with an elevated temperature, they are asked to stay home on the following day. This is to allow time to ensure that their elevated temperature does not return (ensures the 24 hours free of fever policy). They should also stay home (with or without fever) if they have symptoms that are obvious of illness, i.e. recent vomiting, cough, fatigue, congestion. 

Sometimes it is difficult to decide in the morning whether a child is well enough to attend school. Call the school nurse if you are in doubt. You can also ask yourself, “Can my child go through the day with minimal disruption to himself and others?” This may help you make a decision on one of those mornings when it is difficult to decide. By staying home when they are sick, children are helping themselves recuperate and are helping their peers stay healthy. By working together, I believe we can reduce the spread of illness in District 27. 

Sincerely, 

Karen Kornick RN, CSN 

District Nurse 

Terra Nova and STAR Reports (Only Posting)

The student performance results from the Terra Nova and STAR assessments were mailed. Parents of students in second through seventh grade will receive reports. We appreciate your patience as we worked with one of the companies to secure the reports. 

Important dates

March 2                                                                                    Teacher Institute Day- No school

March 4                                                                                    Second grade musical @7pm HP Gym

March 6                                                                                    Hickory Point spirit wear

March 13                                                                                  Report cards sent home