Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Hawk Tennis is 3-4 and begins district play on Tuesday. Good luck to the Hawks and Coaches Holman and Melvin-Young as they lead a talented group of athletes. Hawk Cross Country also had a strong showing at the Burnet Relays as Boys A took 2nd, Boys B took 3rd, Girls A took 1st and Girls B took 3rd.
Hawk Football won the first game of the year in an exciting game, 28-26 over Vista Ridge. Here is an image from the game and a great performance from the Hawk Band at halftime.
The Hawks travel to Lake Travis this weekend for another away game. The first home game is the 3rd week of the season against Leander. As you may know, the games here get sold out quickly. Here are some reminders about attending football games at HHS:
- Pre-game ticket prices: $6 Adults & $3 Students Monday-Wednesdays (1:00-4:30) in the HHS Field House and on Thursdays during the lunch periods in the cafeteria. Call 594-1150 for times when tickets will be sold in the cafeteria. Tickets at the game are $7 (Kindergarten through 12th grade) and tickets for a reserved seat are $8.
- The District will sell the number of tickets that the stadium stands will hold. When capacity is reached on the home side (total advance and gate sales), fans wishing to enter the stadium will be directed to the visitor side.
- Once the home side is full, only fans that purchased advance tickets still are allowed in on the home side. Anyone who leaves the stadium for any reason must pay to re-enter; this includes season ticket holders, students, and volunteers.
- Please park only in designated areas, keep aisles and walkways clear, leaving umbrellas, skateboards, footballs, and backpacks at home and follow directions of faculty, staff and law enforcement on site. No outside food or drink may be brought into the stadium.
- As a reminder, PISD students of the host school and the middle school students SHOWING PROPER ID in its feeder pattern are the only students allowed on the “home side”. Reserved tickets ($40) and reserved parking ($25) are available by calling 594-1150.
- Missing 10% of classes (5 days) in a semester will result in potential denial of course credit, except in the case of medically excused absences and extenuating circumstances.
- Being in school daily is a key to student achievement. Students who attend school regularly tend to make better grades than those who have frequent absences.
- In Texas, school funding is based on the daily attendance of students. In PISD, a 1% increase in attendance would increase the District's state funding by over $1.2 million.
- If your child is sick they should stay home. This helps get them well and keeps other students and staff members from getting sick.
- If your student is absent, call the school and let us know, and send a note when your student returns.
- Schedule vacations when students are already on holiday from school. When students have an unexcused absence, not only do they miss instructional time, but any assignments due during that time are subject to a grade penalty.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Senior Parents--it's not too early to reserve your space for a Senior ad in the yearbook. Space is limited and prices increase throughout the year. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
- How can we make sure that all students have access to teacher help?
- How can we create opportunities to reward highly self-motivated students?
- How can we provide groups/organizations extra time to meet?
- How can we do all of the above while competing with normal teenage fatigue, hunger, and before/after school obligations?
To answer these questions, we decided to carve out 20 minutes at the start of the day. We felt 20 minutes was an ample amount of time that minimized the impact on actual instructional time. As you can see from our bell schedule, classes are nearly all 90 minutes.
We are also going to provide students opportunities to change their Talon 20 assignment based on met criteria. This means that over the course of the first 9 weeks, the placement of students may change for that period.
While this time period is not a finished product as of 8.24.11, we're confident we can use this time to meet the needs of our students. Feel free to contact Devin Padavil with any questions.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
In case our students misplaced any documents, you can find them on the HHS website. However, here's a link to the bell schedule and here's another for a year long A-B designation calendar (including more helpful info).
The students were truly excellent today and we had positive feedback from teachers. I know some of our students will voice concern that the lunch lines were too long. However, I can assure you that this is normal for this time of year. As students learn the lunchtime routine, where they want to sit, and which lines serve the food they like, this process will go much faster.
Also, new students that ride the bus aren't prepared for the fleet of busses that appear on our back loop. Here is a list of bus routes and numbers to reference for our bus riders.
Additionally, PISD has migrated to a new email system for students. Here are directions for our students to set up their school email.
Thanks to the teachers, staff, and many parent volunteers that made today such a smooth start for the Hawks.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Here is another of some upperclassmen led by teacher Jessica Gaston helping freshmen learn dress code in a skit called "What Not to Wear."
Lastly, here is a scene from some small group discussions in the band hall led by upperclassmen and HHS Social Worker Lori Carl.
Perhaps the greatest part of the experience was how many people were truly involved. Over 200 current HHS students, staff, and parent volunteers helped make this a great day for our incoming freshmen. 9th grade students had questions answered, received schedules and lockers, and met their teachers. I am truly thankful for the team effort.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Our Freshmen camp begins Friday at 9:00 AM. Please see the HHS website if you need more information or have not registered. We ask Freshmen to bring proof of residency (Examples: lease agreement, mortgage agreement, utility bill) to TAKE Flight. Those that don't bring it will be asked to provide proof of residency by the first week of school. Freshmen will arrive at the HHS Performing Arts Center and leave in the afternoon from the HHS Gymnasium exit.
ALL STUDENTS: Student Email Password Change
The district has changed student passwords on the district email system. Effective immediately, the password is now their six-digit student ID#, followed by Pf! Ex: 532105Pf! (uppercase P, lowercase f, exclamation)
ALL STUDENTS: Can't Make it to Schedule Pickup or TAKE FLIGHT?
Not to worry. On Tuesday the 23rd (The First Day of School), rosters will be posted in the hallways and cafeteria to direct all students to the appropriate first class of the day. From that location, students will be provided their official schedule. Students may also get textbooks and a locker during lunches, before school (after the 1st day), and after school.
ALL STUDENTS: Textbook Shortage During First Few Weeks
Recent legislation passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature resulted in changes and delays to the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) online textbook ordering system, which will mean many new textbooks won't arrive to districts by the start of the school year. High School subjects that may fall short include Chemistry, AP Economics, Pre-calculus, AP English, AP US History, and French.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
HHS counselors are working each day to balance classes and accommodate student needs. For this reason, student schedules change significantly as counselors manipulate the scheduling software. This process occurs up to the official time we print schedules for the pickup sessions. Advanced viewings can be misleading.
At schedule pickup times for each grade level, counselors are available to receive students with schedule errors. This is the best way to verify/adjust schedules. Any requests outside of designated times may get delayed response by comparison. In general, rare outright errors ("I need AP classes instead of non-AP, I am missing a class") get top priority. Changes based on student preference ("I'd rather have Elective X than Elective Y") are addressed on a "space available" basis and take lower priority to "outright errors."
Please click to see the HHS Website for Schedule Pickup Times.
Once the year begins, changes will be limited to errors, credit need, and those approved by the HHS schedule change committee. All schedule changes need to be made the 1st week of school. We look forward to seeing you very soon as school is almost ready to begin.
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Friday, August 5, 2011
Freshmen will also be able to bring residency verification to TAKE FLIGHT when they enroll. Verification of Residency is a requirement of all 9th graders in Pflugerville ISD this year. Students that don't bring these in will be required to submit verification during the first week of school.