The new state assessment system (STAAR/EOC) is a whole new world for students, teachers, and parents. PISD is hosting several information nights on how this impacts student grades and graduation status, including one at HHS on the 18th. Please attend the one at any campus based on the one that best fits your schedule. As you have questions, please feel free to contact us and know we are working diligently to promote student success under this new framework.
High School Information Sessions in January for Parents & Students related to EOC & Related Policy Changes
Hard to believe we're here already, but we've got 1/2 a school year (almost) down the hatch. Most importantly, mid-terms are this week and the grading period ends on Friday. Report cards won't come out until our first week back in January. Please be sure to check TxConnect or contact your teacher for the most up-to-date view of your student's grades. In case your message gets lost in cyberspace (spam filter), contact any administrator and we'll help you get connected.
The second semester is going to be a fast and furious time, but we've got a foundation to build on from the 1st semester. In January, student schedules will begin to take form and we'll distribute PSAT information through classes. We will also make some strong efforts to make sure student are performed for end of the year assessments, whether those be the state assessments or AP testing.
The Science Olympiad club is off and running. They comnpeted at the Greenhill Invitational and had two of our Hawks come away with 2nd place in one of the events.
This week, choir had their winter concert under the direction of Ms. Kay Payton.
Santa came to HHS to support the efforts of Senior Celebration, a graduation night event for our seniors. It was a packed house. We even had to send out for most pancake batter at one point. Several student volunteers also helped with the Saturday morning event and I had lots of visitors commenting on the outstanding effort and attitude of our Hawks. Many thanks to the parents that spearhead this effort.
The band also had their holiday concert at HHS. The band also was able to recognize the 7 students making All-Region Orchestra, the 14 students from All-Area band (advancing to State). All totaled, there were 50 Hawks making anywhere from All-District to All-Area. Quite a crowning achievement for an outstanding group of kids. The students took the evening as an opportunity to celebrate all their hard work from the 1st semester.
Between all these events, it was great to see students authentically showing pride in their school through the organizations they enjoy.
As many schools, there are various versions of the "Hawk" floating around. When the district asked school to consider one standard logo, we asked students for their best ideas. Here are some submissions. Please let us know what you think by voting on the survey at the very bottom of this post. The highest vote getters won't be the "winners," but the concepts that move forward for final production.
Members of the HHS Speech & Debate team competed at the UT Longhorn Classic Tournament of Champions Qualifier held this past weekend. Students from 94 schools from across the nation attended this prestigious tournament. The Hendrickson team took 5th Place Overall Sweepstakes honors and 3rd Place Debate Sweepstakes honors.Both sweepstakes honors are a first for the Hendrickson Speech & Debate program!The Hendrickson team walked away with event Champions in Dramatic Interpretation and JVCX, as well as 8 individual or team bids to the Extemp, Individual Events and Congress Tournaments of Champions which will be held in the Spring.Additionally, Congressman Javid Aboii was the first student in HHS history to earn a TOC bid as a freshman. Congratulations to Directors and Coaches Kirsten Nash, Micheal Fisher, Haley Honey, and Nicole Malone for their work leading these talented students.
Several officers from the Marine Corps were on campus for the inspection of our ROTC. As you may know, our ROTC is the largest in our region. Cadets were evaluated for their knowledge of Marine principles, their confidence in responses, and appearance. It was an outstanding overall report. In particular, it was reported that our armory and supply room was among the best ever seen for an ROTC. In addition, the marine corps distributes "challenge coins" for cadets that highly reflect the ideals of the Marine Corps. Six were handed out at HHS, the most ever handed out by the Lieutenant Colonel coordinating the inspection. Congraulations to our cadets, First Sergeant Amadis, and Lieutenant Colonel Weston for their outstanding work.