Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
The attire will be strictly black and white when two African penguins visit 225 Hyer Elementary students next week.
The penguins will be accompanied by animals such as a blue and gold macaw, American alligator, and Burmese python when they arrive at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10 at the school’s auditorium. So that they’ll feel at home, Hyer’s third- and fourth-graders will be wearing black and white.
The special holiday visit is made possible through the Fort Worth Zoo’s Wild Wonders Animal Outreach program, which educates, entertains and inspires audiences by providing an up-close look at exotic wildlife. The program travels year-round throughout North Texas featuring various wild animals from the Zoo’s collection.
In preparation for the wildlife visit, Hyer science lab instructor Gail Miller and her students have been intensely focused on their animal studies.
“We have been learning about the food chain, the B-FARM (vertebrates and their adaptations), as well as bird beak adaptations,” Miller said. “Our librarian, Janet Peters, is also preparing our students for this exciting visit, by reading and talking about penguins all week. She even gave me a class set of books about emperor penguins that we have been using. We will be donned in our finest penguin apparel because we want the penguins to know that they are among friends.”
While the third- and fourth-graders are in the auditorium with the animals, the other students will be tuning in from their classrooms using Promethean boards.
“It’s incredible to watch teachers like Gail Miller create exciting learning for our students. She is literally making science come to life for our students,” said Hyer Elementary Principal Greg Smith. “This program will be a wonderful extension of our life science curriculum, and our students cannot wait for the penguins to arrive!”
African penguins are relatively small, growing to only 26-28 inches in height and weighing up to 11 pounds. Their distinctive markings include black spots and arched stripes on the chest. African penguins are also known for their unique braying call, which is similar to that of a donkey.
“We get the unique opportunity to bring the Zoo’s wildlife to the public, and it’s always a joy to see the looks on children’s faces when the come eye-to-eye with an animal they’ve never seen before,” says Chris Johnson, Fort Worth Zoo Wild Wonders Outreach Manager.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
P.S. - We did real well..........
Friday, November 2, 2007
November 5-8!! Volunteers are still needed to work
Thursday from 8:00-9:30 and Monday, Tuesday and
Thursday from 3:00-4:30. Please email Renee Morales
(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help out. If you
can't help out, then please come and SHOP!! Thanks!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
We trust you will find this educational information helpful as we beat this burdensome problem.
Joanne Hardaway RN NCSN
I wanted to share some great news with you this morning. This past Monday night, the Texas Business Education Coalition held their annual awards dinner to recognize the best schools in Texas. At the dinner, Hyer Elementary was recognized as one of only 3 schools in the state of Texas to be awarded this honor for the last 7 years. Congratulations are in order to all of our parents, students, and staff! Thanks for everything you do to make this such a great school!
Monday, October 22, 2007
October 22-26, 2007
The Red Ribbon is a symbol of awareness, a sign
that we choose to strive for drug-free lives. It is a
powerful educational tool that should be utilized not
only one week in October, but throughout the
year. By wearing a red ribbon and saying no to drugs,
we can make a difference and prevent future
Red Ribbon Week is held nationally in October every
year. C.A.R.E at the Park Cities YMCA has
traditionally assisted schools in our area in
celebrating Red Ribbon Week through the education
of students about the dangers of alcohol and other
drug use, peer pressure and making positive
choices. Our morning announcements and front
bulletin board will communicate and reinforce these
ideas to Hyer students. Also, Students from the
S.T.A.N.D. (Scots Tackle Alcohol, Nicotine, and
Drugs) at HPHS will visit the children to encourage
them to be healthy Huskies.
All students will get a new Red Ribbon sticker each
day to wear throughout the day. In addition, we
encourage students to wear RED on Friday (those
All-American Husky shirts are perfect!).
4th grade – C.A.R.E will present their “Brain Power”
program on Tuesday, October 23rd at 2:20 p.m. in
the auditorium. This program teaches the effects of
alcohol and other drugs on the developing adolescent
brain. Parents of 4th graders are invited to attend.
Parent Education Committee invites you to
“Talking to Children about Difficult Subjects”
Dr. Nell Bush, Child Development Specialist
October 25th, 8:30 a.m. in the Hyer Auditorium
parents for your countless volunteer hours to make this
year’s Carnival one of the BEST EVER!!! I heard so
many wonderful comments about everything from the
games and prizes to the decorations and our fabulous
weather! It was a perfect day for an All American
Carnival! Our leader, Gretchen Hirschey and her
Carnival team put together a Carnival that will go down
in history. The Cub Scouts were a huge help in clean up as well! What would we do without you and the Dad’s Club who helped set it all
up! It takes many hands to make that even happen
and I am sure that we had 100% participation and that
shows true Hyer SPIRIT!
With Hyer PRIDE,
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Referral Information Meeting for
Parents of Students in Grades 1-11
TAG Program: The Highland Park Independent School District’s Talented and Gifted Program provides rigorous and challenging opportunities for identified gifted students by offering a variety of learning experiences that differentiate depth and complexity and pacing within the curriculum.
What: Meetings for parents interested in referring their child for possible placement in the TAG program in 2007-2008 (Referrals are due on December 7, 2007.)
Purpose: This is an opportunity for parents to learn the purpose of the TAG program, the delivery of program services, and the specific identification procedures used in HPISD. Presenters will explain the assessments given to referred students and how students qualify for program services. Referral packets will be available.
Date and Place: Monday, November 5, 2007
7:00 p.m., Hyer Elem.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
8:45 a.m., Bradfield Elem.
For additional information, please contact Lynda Walker, TAG Program Coordinator, at email@example.com
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thanks and have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Excellent Post Below this One......Much better than the one you are reading right now.......go ahead......check it out
There may come a time during your child's educational career that a problem arises in the classroom and you may not be sure how to handle it. Normally, I send out some tips on the best way to handle a sometimes difficult situation, but the article I found in the post below was much better than mine.
Take a few minutes to read it......as both a parent, a teacher and an administrator I felt the author did a great job in showing all points of view. Did she get it mostly right? Comment me and tell me what you think.
Parents and Teachers - Working Together
When your child comes home to you complaining about his or her difficult teacher, many times ones' first instinct is to get in the car, drive to the school then and there and "school the teacher" on the school's lawn, in front of the principal, the students and all of the other teachers. After all, your precious little dumpling couldn't be at fault for anything, right?
I know I've been in that situation before, and the mother lioness in me some times wants to strike! But, I also want to teach my daughters about respectful conflict resolution, and though I do believe there's a time and a place for the mama lion to ROAR, your child's school is, in most cases, not one of them.
Especially when you find out that dumpling's maybe not as blameless in the situation as you've been led to believe. In other words, get the whole story before you go ballistic! Kids have a magical way of leaving key facts regarding their involvement in any wrongdoing when telling their parents their woes.
I'm not saying kids are always in the wrong and teachers are infallible, I'm just saying that *most* teachers are pretty good folk. Most teachers do not go into education with the goal of creating a "difficult" environment for children. Although I do know teachers who have stayed past their prime, *usually* people in education are there because they genuinely like kids and want to help them learn. Almost everyone your child comes in contact with in an educational setting is going to want to see him or her succeed.
I will also say that many parents have no idea what strains teachers are under today with what the government expects of us, what our districts expect of us, what our administration expects of us, what the parents expect of us and what the kids expect of us. (Not to mention what our own families expect of us!) What may seem like a "difficult" teacher may actually be a teacher carrying out state-mandated assessments, or implementing district NCA accreditation goals. Or, that seemingly difficult teacher may just be having a rough day (many times as a result of all of those above-listed pressures).
When your child comes home with a complaint, you are, of course, his or her number one advocate. I know that there are situations when it is appropriate for parents to intervene on behalf of their child. However, in most cases, teachers, even seemingly difficult ones, are willing to work as a partner with parents to do what's best for your child.
Parents must also remember that teachers are just like any other human being out there. Some times people "rub each other the wrong way." This can happen with teachers and students too. Some times a kid may just not like the teacher's personality. It's not the kid's job to act in a professional manner, so in some cases, the kid not liking the teacher can spill over into his or her behavior, which may cause conflict in the classroom.
Conversely, if a student raises a teacher's hackles it *is* that teacher's job to remain professional and hopefully that teacher will never let on that he or she doesn't appreciate that child's personality quirks. However, teachers do make mistakes and if he or she does act inappropriately, he or she should apologize, and as a parent, you have the right to ask for that, if the teacher does not offer to do so on his or her own.
Parents, though, should insist on their children's respect for all teachers, at all times, even when that child perceives the teacher to be "difficult."
Now what if it isn't just a rough day for the teacher? What if your child is making consistent complaints about this teacher? I suggest, as a sign of respect, using the proper chain of command. Depending on the age of the child, you could ask your child to try to talk to the teacher first to see if he or she can solve the problem on his or her own. If your child is too young or too shy and you feel it's time for you to intervene, talk directly to the teacher. Send him or her an email, call him or her or make an appointment to see him or her in person. See what you, your child and the teacher can work out. You'd be surprised what you can accomplish with a two-sentence email, or a five-minute phone conversation.
If you do this and do not receive satisfaction after trying this, talk with the school counselor. If there is still no agreement reached, it is at this point you should probably take it to the top and call the principal. It would be unusual if you tried all of these steps and were unable to come up with some sort of solution to satisfy all parties.
As an educator myself, I am of the opinion that *most* teachers, administrators, and counselors that I know will bend over backwards, do flips, cartwheels, and stand on their heads, do the conga, or cha-cha with a pit bull to ensure that a kid succeeds. And, a parent can take a kid far, but ultimately, especially at the high school level, the kid has to go the full distance on his/her own.
In my duel roles as mother and teacher, I know that one of the means to my own children's success is teaching them how to problem solve, deal with people that they may or may not like, and to be respectful of all people. It may be your first instinct to take care of your child's problem for him or her, but allowing them the chance to work through it on their own can oftentimes be more the more valuable experience.
We all encounter difficult people in our every day lives. School, many times, ends up being a microcosm for the "real world." Students can actually benefit from working through their problems with their difficult teachers because chances are that teacher won't be the last difficult person he or she encounters. And, when your child sees you modeling respect for the teacher, even though you may not agree with everything the teacher says or does, your child can learn a valuable lesson on working through conflict.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Below is a schedule for “Meet the Teacher Night”. Please note that the schedule is designed for all parents to have time in each child’s classroom. The intent is that parents with more than one child can vary their schedule so that they can meet with all the teachers involved.
6:00 - 6:30 Specials Teachers (PE, Music, Art, Library, TAG,
Life Skills, Structure, Jump Start, Science & Resource)
6:30 - 7:00 Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
7:00 - 7:30 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
It is helpful to bring your calendar to facilitate classroom sign-up.
We look forward to seeing you Thursday night. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school office.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday, 9/3 School Holiday – Labor Day
Wednesday, 9/5 Room Mothers’ Fall Orientation – 9:00 AM in auditorium
Thursday, 9/6 Meet the Teacher Night – 6:30 PM (Parents only)
Friday, 9/7 Sally Foster Sale Begins
Tuesday, 9/11 HPISD Board of Trustees Meeting -5:00 PM at MIS 5/6 assembly room
Tuesday, 9/18 PTA Meeting – 12 Noon – Lunch provided by Short Stop
Thursday, 9/21 Sally Foster Sale Ends
Monday, 10/1 School Pictures (new date)
Monday, 10/1-5 Safety Week
Friday, 10/5 Safety Rodeo, Fall Family Picnic and Carnival Bake Sale
Friday, 10/5 1st 6 weeks ends
Monday, 10/8 Student Holiday - Fair Day
Tuesday,10/10 HPISD Board of Trustees Meeting- 5:00 PM at MIS 5/6 assembly room
Saturday,10/13 Hyer Carnival (11:00 AM-3:00 PM)
Saturday,10/19&20 Happy Hollydays Bazaar (Hyer Preschool Association)
Monday, 10/22-26 Red Ribbon Week sponsored by C.A.R.E.
Tuesday, 10/30 Pumpkin Patch
Monday, August 27, 2007
The district completed the installation of the security doors and
cameras this summer on all campuses. Our new entry procedures will begin
on the 2nd day of school, Tuesday, August 28th. Each elementary school
will have all doors locked at 8:20 a.m., and any parents/guests in the
building after 8:20 will need to come to the office to sign in and
receive a badge. Anyone needing to come in the building after 8:20 will
only be able to enter the building through the front entrance of Hyer
(Caruth side). To request entrance into Hyer after 8:20, push the camera
button located on the right side of the door and wait to be "buzzed in"
by a member of Hyer's office staff. For any students\families needing to
enter with the use of a handicapped ramp after 8:20, the entrance
located on Pickwick will be available to be "buzzed in." Once "buzzed
in" all visitors will need to report to the office to sign in and
receive a visitor's sticker. Finally, all doors will remain locked until
3:30 p.m., and staff members will not be allowed to open any door other
than the front entrance for visitors.
Our goal is to continue to maintain the neighborhood school atmosphere
while also improving the safety of everyone in our facilities. We thank
you in advance for your support with our new security procedures. If you
have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Everyone have a great summer and for those of you returning to us next year......see you in August!
Monday, May 14, 2007
What a great school and a great community we have in these 6 square miles.........we can do better than going back and forth on blogs and in Starbucks about "who said what", "who parked where", and "what happened next." Let's move forward and let's pull forward from this point on.......especially if you were thinking of illegally parking in one of Hyer's handicap spots.
4TH GRADE DINERITE INFORMATION
Beginning Tuesday, May 15th all 4th grade DineRite accounts will be closed. Your 4th grader will need to bring cash for lunch each day for the remainder of the school year. You will receive a note with your child’s remaining balance. You will have the option to move the funds to a sibling’s account, receive a refund or donate the funds to the Lunch Fund. The Lunch Fund is used to help families in need with lunch payments. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
See you then!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Thank you for your overwhelming response to our 4th grade mom's skit
survey. I appreciate everyone taking the time to give me your feedback.
Yesterday, I called an Executive Board meeting between both year's
boards and Greg Smith to discuss these results. I felt it was important
to involve this team in making the right decision. We evaluated the
results of the survey and based on these results, we will continue the
tradition of the 4th grade skit. We have taken into account all
comments and have designed a new format of which to continue. We feel
these changes are positive and everyone will feel comfortable
Some of these changes include:
1. New name: 4th Grade Parent's skit (dad's are welcome too)
2. New date: We will hold the skit the last week of school to be part
of 4th grade graduation activities - Thursday May 29th
3. New format: There will be musical numbers and comedy skits and
groups will chosen differently
4. New Direction: All scripts, routines, music, costumes, rehearsal
time, etc. will have set guidelines
We believe these changes will have a positive impact on this tradition.
It is our hopes that the 4th Grade Parent Skit continues as it was
originally intended.. to be fun! We are continuing a tradition that is
for our children! If we keep them in mind at all times, then this can
be a fun experience for everyone. Let's keep it simple, clean and fun!
Thank you again for your support and participation in this decision.
Hyer PTA President '07-'08
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Our fourth grade students are performing Music Through the Decades on the evening of Thursday, May 10th. Friends and family of students in Alexander, Funderburk, and Miller’s classes are invited to the performance. Friends and family of students in Pino, Rohde/Payne, and Tilger’s classes are invited to attend the second performance at . We will also be performing for the school the morning of Wednesday, May 9th.
ALEXANDER/ROHDE/PAYNE: 50’s (Contact: Sandra Lewandowski)
FUNDERBURK/ROHDE/PAYNE: 60’s (Contact: Jennifer Shelmire and Alicia Fanning)
MILLER/ROHDE/PAYNE: 70’s (Contact: Margaret Watson)
PINO/ROHDE/PAYNE: 80’s (Contact: Suzanne Chaltas and Kim Meaders)
TILGER/ROHDE/PAYNE: 50’s (Contact: Martha Stedman)
LOLLIPOP GIRLS: 50’s (Contact: Jill Crow and Katherine Westbrook)
I WILL SURVIVE GIRLS: 70’s (Contact: Sandra Lewandowski and Margaret Watson)
STAYIN’ ALIVE GUYS: 70’s (Contact: Sandra Lewandowski and Margaret Watson)
Please have your child bring his/her costume to school on Monday, May 7th, in a bag with his/her name-decade-class written on it. Their bag will stay at school in the music room.
Our students have been working extremely hard on this production, and we are all very excited. If you would like to volunteer to help with costumes or the set, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail or call me at school.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Saturday, May 5th
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come Live It Up in Panther
All ages invited.
Confetti eggs, cake walk, M*A*S*H* tent, face painting, inflatables, five & dime, dunk tank, photo buttons, sweet shop, raffle baskets, and games galore!
LIVIN’ IT UP AT U.P. CARNIVAL
Monday, April 16, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
How are class lists made at Hyer each year?
Can parents request a specific teacher? Why or why not?
Can a parent request that their child not be in a specific teacher's classroom?
Can a request be made for a child to have specific friends in their classroom? What are some problems that can arise from these requests?
How much time does it take to create a balanced classroom?
When do students and parents find out who their teacher will be for next year?
Friday, April 6, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
The first teacher I would like to spotlight is Mary Kate McIntosh, a second grade teacher at Hyer. Ms. McIntosh has been teaching for 20+ years and does a wonderful job of designing work with the rigor and substance that students find engaging. Entering the classroom on any given day is akin to walking into a science lab.......watch out for the wide assortment of insects, spiders and various other biological life forms. Never a dull moment in this classroom......wonderful learning abounds!
I would also like to take this spotlight and shine it on one of our newest staff members, Adrienne Dieterich. Ms. Dieterich teaches music and is in her first year at Hyer. We managed to "recruit" Ms. Dieterich away from her former district and she has done a fabulous job in her first year at HPISD. From the wonderful student programs to the work the students are doing each day, Ms. Dieterich has a classroom where her students are not just "hands on" but "minds on." Maybe if I had Ms. Dieterich when I was in elementary school, I would be one of the final 9 in American Idol.......except I am sure that Sanjaya would leave me in his dust as well.
Such is life.........
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Our next podcast, #003 is one that will probably bring the server down.......this will be an interview with Nancy Theriot and she will be discussing class lists. How do we make the class lists? What goes into placing your child in a particular classroom? What type of requests can be made regarding student placement? Why can't parents just choose their child's teacher? This and so much more will be answered in this podcast. Subscribe now to this blog or just come back daily to check for updates and you will be the first to have all of the "class lists" answers. Stay tuned........
Let’s Celebrate Spring at
Hyer Preschool Association’s Annual Spring Party.
Everyone is welcome to attend on Tuesday, April 3rd
from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. on the
front lawn at Hyer. Enjoy David Chicken in
concert, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny
and the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Admission is $5 and a
dozen treat filled eggs per child.
As we move closer to the completion of the project, additional information will be communicated to all of our Hyer families. Please send me an email if you have any questions or concerns.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Can Pictures Hurt?
Does Your Child Use the Internet or a Cell Phone?
Come Watch and Discuss ABC Primetime's:"Cybernet Bullying And Internet Safety."
Monday, April 2nd, Hyer Auditorium at 9:15 a.m.
Presented by the Parent Education Committee
This is a reminder to please not park in the six handicap spaces at Hyer as these are for use for persons with disabilities and their parents/caregivers who have an appropriate license plate or a tag prominently displayed from their rearview mirror. The spaces on Colgate and Caruth are marked with orange cones for easy visibility and should not be parked in unless you have the required license or tag. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Today was a staff inservice day for all HPISD employees and we spent our day at Hyer discussing and reflecting the importance of designing work that is engaging for students. In addition, we received further training on the use of the Promethean Activ Boards which many of you may have seen in some of our classrooms. Our goal is for all classrooms to have a Promethean Board installed before the 2007 - 2008 school year begins in August.
Drop me a line and let me know what you think of the blog and also if you would like to hear another podcast in the future. Thanks for reading and I will be back to "blog" soon. Hard to believe this word was not even part of our collective vocabulary 5 years ago..............