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FEBRUARY 14th, 2019

HILL CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

“INSTILLING EXCELLENCE AND PRIDE”

 

February 14th, 2019

 

            Greetings!  We have many upcoming events and projects going on in our elementary school.  It is a very exciting time.  Of course, in the near future we have Valentine’s day and then a 4 day weekend, so that’s why our kids are excited!  As one student told me when we got out of school early last week, “THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!!!”.

            Just a reminder that my door is always open.  February always seems to be a tough month in education because of the cabin fever and the February blues. Therefore, I encourage everyone to go above and beyond to be positive and encourage one another.  We have a great school, great kids, awesome teachers, and supportive parents.  We are all on the same team with the same goal: THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Feb 15/Feb 18 – NO SCHOOL

 

Feb 26-March 6th – Book Fair

 

March 1st – Dr. Seuss Reading Carnival

 

March 4th – Parent Teacher Conferences – By Appointment in Elementary

 

March 7th-8th – SCIENCE FAIR

 

March 12-13th – KINDERGARTEN SCREENING – By Appointment

 

THANK YOU:

~Thank you to cheer coach Rudi McDaniel’s and the high school cheerleaders for putting on the cheer camp.  Our little Rangers performed at halftime of the girls basketball game against Custer.

 

~Thank you to Alexa Voorhees, Jim Peterson, and June Johnson for sponsoring a coat drive for our Hill City kids.  Thank you to everyone who contributed, we had some very happy kids!

 

~Thank you to Strider Bike for donating 18 bikes to the Hill City Elementary School physical education department.  A special thank you to Todd/Tessa Grabow, Brian/Melissa Rupert, and Jason/Stacia Peters for organizing everything and purchasing the curriculum associated with the program.  AWESOME!

 

~Thank you to Dan and Sue Welsch who donated to our book fair.  Dan and Sue live in Minnesota but visit Hill City and love the area.  They are huge supporters of education, especially reading.  They donated enough money that every student will receive a book in the upcoming book fair!!!

 

~Thank you to Carmen Ronish for organizing the Color Cycle program that will recycle colored markers.  Carmen and Cory created a drop box for the markers/crayons.

 

~Thank you to everyone who is making the after-school academy a success.  The focus is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  There is also an algebra academy portion for the older kids.  Thank you to the 55 kids and Mrs. Clapper, Mrs. O’Brien, Mr. O’Brien, Mrs. VanNess, and Ms. Henderson for your awesome work!

 

~I could spend the entire day writing THANK YOU’s for all the people that make our school the best around.  I am sincerely blessed to work in a school with such amazing people, supportive parents, and awesome kids!

 

MAKE TODAY YOUR MASTERPIECE!

 
ALICE NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019

HILL CITY ELEMENTARY

“INSTILLING EXCECLLENCE AND PRIDE”

 

A.L.I.C.E TRAINING – WINTER 2019

 

Parents/Guardians:

 

            A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate in the event of a violent intruder into the Hill City School District.  Our staff completed an online training in the fall and then completed a live training by certified trainers on January 21st.  We will occasionally be practicing skills such as an enhanced lockdown.  These will ALWAYS be announced as drills, we do not want to surprise or frighten anyone.  Additionally, our teachers have read I’m not scared, I’m prepared by Julia Cook with our students.

 

            I’m not scared, I’m prepared outlines 10 concepts for ALICE in the elementary:

  1.      Children should be taught to follow direction the first time they are given in an emergency. We don’t want teachers to give directions to Evacuate or Lockdown and have students standing around asking, “but why?”
  2.       Students should be trained to STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN to announcements.
  3.      In a lockdown, be quiet, listen to directions, stay out of the line of sight from the door, but do not hide in a closet. Be ready to move or evacuate.
  4.      In a counter situation when the secured location has been breached and an evacuation is not possible, the best line of defense is to have kids up, moving, making noise, gaining distance, and throwing items at the intruder.
  5.     Evacuation is ALWAYS the best defense, if the information indicates it is safe to do so. Students and staff will know where the reunification point is.
  6.     Upper elementary students have more developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They will have a more active role in ALICE than lower elementary.
  7.      We teach all aspects of ALICE except SWARM.
  8.       Special needs students are planned for ahead of time, given their individual situations.
  9.       Education and empowerment are the keys to preparation and relieving fear.
  10.       Kids are taught in realistic terms what to do in case of danger. ALICE is much like a fire drill or a tornado drill.  Its purpose is to prepare students for life inside and out of the classroom.  The ALICE concepts are the same at school, home, the mall, the afterschool program, restaurants, church, or any other place the child goes.  We are teaching a life skill.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with the ALICE implementation in the school.  I personally hate the fact that we must think about this, but it is important to be proactive with an options-based plan.  I am proud of the preventative measures our school has taken with buzz doors, security cameras, and ALICE training.  We will have a parent night in the next few weeks to explain the ALICE protocol in more detail. Stay tuned for the dates.

 

Blake Gardner

Hill City Elementary School Principal

Blake.Gardner@K12.SD.US

605-574-3013

PRIMARIA DE HILL CITY

“INCULCANDO EXCELENCIA Y ORGULLO”

ENTRENAMIENTO A.L.I.C.E – INVIERNO 2019

 

Padres/Guardines:

                A.L.I.C.E. Significa Alert (alertar), Lockdown (cierre), Inform (informar), Counter (oponerse), y Evacuate (evacuar) en el evento de un intruso violento en el Distrito Escolar de Hill City.  Nuestro personal completó un entrenamiento en línea en el otoño y enseguida completó un entrenamiento en vivo por entrenadores certificados el 21 de enero.  Ocasionalmente estaremos practicando habilidades como un encierro mejorado.  Estos SIEMPRE serán anunciados como simulacros, no queremos sorprender o asustar a nadie.  Adicionalmente, nuestros maestros han leído “No tengo miedo, estoy preparado” por Julia Cook a nuestros estudiantes.

                “No tengo miedo, estoy preparado” ilustra 10 conceptos para ALICE en la primaria:

  1. Se les tiene que enseñar a los niños a seguir direcciones en una emergencia en la primera vez que se les haya dado. No queremos que los maestros den direcciones de Evacuar o Encerrarse y tener estudiantes quedándose parados preguntando, “¿pero por qué?”
  2. Se debe de entrenar a los estudiantes a PARAR, MIRAR, y ESCUCHAR los anuncios.
  3. En un encierro, estar callados, escuchar por direcciones, permanecer fuera de la vista de la puerta, pero no esconderse en un closet. Estar listos para moverse o evacuar.
  4. En una situación de oponerse cuando la localidad asegurada haya sido traspasada y una evacuación no sea posible, la mejor línea de defensa es tener los niños parados, moverse, hacer ruido, ganar distancia, y arrojar cosas al intruso.
  5. Evacuar es SIEMPRE la mejor defensa, si la información indica que es seguro de hacerlo. Los estudiantes y el personal sabrán donde esta el punto de reunificación. 
  6. Los estudiantes de grados mayores tienen un mayor pensamiento crucial desarrollado y habilidades de resolver problemas. Ellos tendrán un papel mas activo en ALICE que los estudiantes de menor grado. 
  7. Les enseñamos todos los aspectos de ALICE excepto SWARM (atacar en grupo).
  8. Los estudiantes de necesidades especiales son planeados por adelantado, dado a sus situaciones individuales.
  9. La educación y apoderamiento son la clave para la preparación y el alivio del temor.
  10. Se les enseña a los estudiantes en términos realísticos que hacer en caso de peligro. ALICE es más como un simulacro de fuego o tornado.  Su propósito es de preparar a los estudiantes en el aula y fuera del aula.  Los conceptos de ALICE son iguales en la escuela, casa, el mall, programa de la tarde, restaurantes, iglesia, o cualquier otro lugar al que el niño vaya.  Estamos enseñando una habilidad de vida.

 

              Gracias por su entendimiento y cooperación con la implementación de ALICE en la escuela.  Yo personalmente odio la verdad de que debemos pensar acerca de esto, pero es importante de ser proactivo con un plan de opciones basados.  Estoy orgulloso de las medidas preventivas que nuestra escuela ha tomado con puertas de timbre, cámaras de seguridad, y el entrenamiento ALICE.  En las próximas semanas tendremos una noche para el padre para explicar las reglas de ALICE en mas detalles.        

Blake Gardner

 
 
November 29th, 2018
HILL CITY ELEMENTARY
                                                                       “Instilling Excellence and Pride”

11-29-18

     Greetings! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We are now just three weeks from Christmas break, but it is important to finish the remainder of our schedule on a positive note. Speaking of positive notes, the elementary music concert is at 6:30 on Monday, December 3rd. Students are asked to arrive between 6:00-6:15.
     In the classroom, we still have a bunch of AWESOME stuff going on. We have after school academy on Tuesdays and Thursdays, our IT time concept is ‘Operations and Algebraic Thinking’, our classrooms use the workshop model (individualized instruction in small groups), and we just have some amazing people and programs in our district.
     Finally, I know Thanksgiving is behind us, but I am very thankful to work in this school. We have intelligent students, amazing teachers, and supportive parents. We are all on the same team with the same goal: THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS! Make today your masterpiece!

Blake Gardner -- Elementary Principal – Gardner@K12.SD.US

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Monday, December 3rd – Music Concert in Gins Gym @ 6:30 ~Students should arrive between 6:00 – 6:15

Week of December 10th – NWEA MAP Growth Winter Benchmark In individual classrooms

Tuesday, December 11th – PIPTO Meeting 3:15 in elementary commons

Tuesday, December 18th – Last day of after school academy

Thursday, December 20th – Wednesday, January 2nd; NO SCHOOL!!!!!

Thursday, January 3rd – 1st day back to school!!!!
HILL CITY ELEMENTARY “Inculcando Excelencia y Orgullo”

11-29-18

¡Saludos! Espero que todos tuvieran un descanso maravilloso de Día de Acción de Gracias. Somos ahora simplemente tres semanas del descanso de Navidad, pero es importante acabar el resto de nuestro horario en una nota positiva. Hablando de notas positivas, el concierto de música de la primaria está a las 6:30 el lunes, el 3 de diciembre. Los estudiantes reciben instrucciones de llegar entre 6:00-6:15.
En el aula, todavía tenemos un montón de cosas ESTUPENDAS pasando. Tenemos la academia escolar después de clases los martes y jueves, nuestro concepto del tiempo IT es 'Operaciones y Pensar Algebraico', nuestras aulas usan el modelo del taller (la enseñanza individualizada en grupitos), y nosotros simplemente tenemos algunos programas y personas sorprendentes en nuestro distrito.
Finalmente, sé que el Día de Acción de Gracias está detrás de nosotros, pero estoy muy agradecido para trabajar en esta escuela. Tenemos estudiantes inteligentes, maestros sorprendentes, y los padres solidarios. Somos todos en el mismo equipo con la misma meta: ¡LA MEJOR EDUCACIÓN PARA NUESTROS NIÑOS!
¡Haga hoy su obra maestra!

Blake Gardner – Director de la Primaria – Gardner@K12.SD.US

PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS:

lunes, dic. 3 – Concierto de Música en el Gimnasio Gins @ 6:30 ~Los estudiantes deberían llegar entre las 6:00 – 6:15

La semana de dic. 10 – NWEA MAP marca de crecimiento en las aulas.

martes, dic. 11 – PIPTO Reunión 3:15 en la primaria

martes, dic. 18 – Último día de la academia después de clases

jueves, dic. 20 – miércoles, enero 2; NO ESCUELA!!!!!

jueves, enero 3 – Primer día de regreso a clases!!!!
 
October 30th, 2018

HILL CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

“INSTILLING EXCELLENCE AND PRIDE”

 

10-30-18

 

               

                Welcome to the second quarter, meaning that we are 9 weeks into the 2018-19 school year.  It has been a wonderful start to the school year.  We have started an intervention time, completed early childhood screenings, crafted vision/mission statements, and will soon be starting afterschool academies.  I love observing our teachers and students.  We had fire prevention for kindergarten through third grade and United States senator John Thune on campus yesterday.  The elementary school is a busy place, but it has been a great experience that will benefit our kids.

                Report cards will be going home Friday with your kids, so please make sure you check for them.  Our grades are standards based, which means it is a snap shot of where your child is right now in comparison to standards for their grade level.  As a middle school/high school guy; I am still learning the nuances of SBRC, but I assure you that research supports the merit behind this process.

                Finally, I want to thank everyone for a great first quarter of school.  I can’t believe how fast it went.  We are blessed to have intelligent students, awesome staff, and supportive parents.  I love working together with all of you for one common goal: THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS!  My door is always open if you have any questions or concerns!

MAKE TODAY YOUR MASTERPIECE

 

Blake Gardner – Blake.Gardner@K12.SD.US – 605-574-3013

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

November 3rd – Report Cards go home

November 8th – Veteran’s Day Assembly

November 13th – PIPTO Meeting

November 16th – Picture Retakes

November 21st-23rd – No School

November 26th-29th – Dakota Smiles Van on Campus

 
OCTOBER 5th, 2018

HILL CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

INSTILLING EXCELLENCE AND PRIDE

 

            Happy Homecoming Friday!  The pep rally starts at 12:30 in the Bob Burden Gymnasium today.  The carnival will follow at approximately 1:30 PM.  The culminating event for today is the football game against Lower Brule tonight at Ranger Field!  Go RANGERS!

            Angie Ross and the Booster Club will have concessions today during the carnival.  They will have hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, drinks, candy, etc.  Prices will range from 50 cents up to $5.00 for a meal.

            Art class is looking for paint shirts for 1st and 2nd grade.  If you have any that you would like to donate you can either take them to the art room for Lori Stewart or drop them off in the elementary office. 

I will be sending out more information about intervention time at a later date, but it is a math enrichment/intervention our 1st through 5th grade students are participating in.  In the first week of school, we administered the NWEA MAP Assessment.  That standardized test produces RIT scores.  An instructional leadership team analyzed the data from that assessment and identified areas of improvement.  Next, the team reviewed individual student scores and divided students into groups based on ability (RIT scores).  Finally, we created boxes with manipulatives and lessons to facilitate hands on lessons three times a week.  It was a challenge to align schedules, but after working on it; our staff collaborated to create an intervention time that takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:05-2:35 PM.  Students are grouped based on ability in small groups of 8-12 and complete hands on activities.

Finally, I love the direction our school is headed and I am so proud of our students, staff, and parents for working together with one goal in mind: THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

October 8th – NO School

 

October 9th – PIPTO MEETING – 7:00 PM in HS Commons

 

October 15th – Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 PM in classroom by appointment

 

Red Ribbon Week – October 22nd

 
SEPTEMBER 24th, 2018

Greetings!

It seems like just yesterday we were grilling on the green and doing open house.  Now, we are at the midpoint of the 1st quarter of school!  I love the saying, “You are what you repeatedly do”, therefore, its critical that we continue to have enthusiasm and joy every day.  We have a wonderful staff that makes this school a positive place to be.  We have wonderful kids that light up our school with enthusiasm.  We have wonderful parents that are very supportive of the educational process.  It truly is a blessing to work here.

I would like to remind everyone that Friday is picture day.  Put it on your calendar!  I think we all have those horrific picture day stories, but I can remember one year, I showed up on picture day with a dirty/holey shirt.  I can’t believe my mom let me out of the house in that, I am still terrified of the day that picture will resurface J

Thank you all for a wonderful start to the school year.   The weather is starting to change and soon enough fall will become winter, but it’s important to remember that we are all on the same team with the same goal: THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS!  (And don’t forget that Friday is picture day).

 

Things to note:

~Saturday, September 29th – Volunteers wanted to help build a retaining wall at Ranger Field 8:00 AM

~Liberty Fund Raising Pie Sales – Return forms to office by October 10th

~Spirit and Pride Elementary Gear – Packets will be going home today – Return forms October 5th

~October 5th – Pep Rally in Gins @ 12:45 and Carnival @ 1:30

~October 8th – N0 School

~October 9th – PIPTO Meeting in High School Commons at 7:00 PM

~PARENT TEACHER CONFERNCES – OCTOBER 15th – in the elementary

 

SEPTEMBER 7th, 2018

Greetings!

The 2018-19 school year is off to a great start!  There is a ton of positive momentum carrying over from summer academies, kindergarten camp, and our “grilling on the green” open house night.  I high fived and shook hands with every person that walked through the front door on the first day of school and the energy was contagious!  I have observed so much enthusiasm and positive energy.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun the start of this school year has been.  Thank you to all of our stakeholders for making this first week great!

                In the classrooms, our teachers spent the first day going over routines, procedures, and laying the groundwork for a successful school year.  The other agenda item was NWEA (North West Education Association) testing.  This test is standards based and will provide our teachers with benchmark data for each student.  Our teachers will use that data to tailor their instruction to the student’s current levels.  This individualized approach and very favorable class sizes have helped Hill City Elementary become one of the best around!  Parents and students will also get information from the NWEA testing as well.  We will administer the assessment 3 times this year.

                Finally, I want to thank everyone for a great first week.  My door is always open is you have questions, concerns, or just want to stop in to chat!  We have caring staff, intelligent students, and supportive parents.  We are all on the same team with the same goal: THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS!!!! I love this school and I love this community!

MAKE TODAY YOUR MASTERPIECE!!!

 

AUGUST 30th, 2018

Greetings!

The 2018-19 school year is off to a great start!  There is a ton of positive momentum carrying over from summer academies, kindergarten camp, and our “grilling on the green” open house night.  I high fived and shook hands with every person that walked through the front door on the first day of school and the energy was contagious!  I have observed so much enthusiasm and positive energy.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun the start of this school year has been.  Thank you to all of our stakeholders for making this first week great!

                In the classrooms, our teachers spent the first day going over routines, procedures, and laying the groundwork for a successful school year.  The other agenda item was NWEA (North West Education Association) testing.  This test is standards based and will provide our teachers with benchmark data for each student.  Our teachers will use that data to tailor their instruction to the student’s current levels.  This individualized approach and very favorable class sizes have helped Hill City Elementary become one of the best around!  Parents and students will also get information from the NWEA testing as well.  We will administer the assessment 3 times this year.

                Finally, I want to thank everyone for a great first week.  My door is always open is you have questions, concerns, or just want to stop in to chat!  We have caring staff, intelligent students, and supportive parents.  We are all on the same team with the same goal: THE BEST EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS!!!! I love this school and I love this community!

MAKE TODAY YOUR MASTERPIECE!!!