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    Hello Hawks! 

    March is a short month for the number of days students are in attendance.  We’ll continue to challenge the students in their learning when we are in session!

    Testing season begins on Tuesday, March 6th when 4th and 5th grade students will take the FSA Writes.  Students have 120 minutes to write an essay which includes a controlling idea, main idea #1, main idea #2, and a conclusion.  They are graded on Focus, Purpose, Organization (0-4, 4 being the highest), Evidence and Elaboration (0-4, 4 being the highest) and Conventions (0-2, 2 being the highest).  A passing score is a 3, 3, 2=8 points.  All FSA reading and math sessions begin mid-April. 3rd grade students will take a paper-pencil FSA ELA test while 4th and 5th grade students will take computer based FSA ELA tests.  All FSA math tests are computer based.  Teachers have worked hard to prepare students for success.  This is simply the day that students get to show what they know and be the “HAWK-STARS” we know they are!  Please remember there is no early release day on Wednesday, March 7th, April 18th, 25th, May 2nd, and 9th.  Students will be dismissed at 3:45 on these days.

    It’s survey time!!!  Our parent survey goal is 20%, so we need about 200 parents to complete the survey.  The link is available on the Hickory Tree website.  It’s only 3 questions so please help us meet our goal.  Teacher, staff, and 3-5 students will take the survey as well.  All responses are anonymous and your honest opinion is appreciated as we work together to be the highest performing elementary school in the district!

    March may be short with student time, but it’s busy with events: 

     *Thursday, March 1st is a dress down day for $1. 

     *Friday, March 2nd is National Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day.  We’ll also celebrate being college and career ready by wearing our college shirt. 

     *2nd grade will go to Wonderworks on Wednesday, March 7th.

     *The end of the 3rd 9 weeks is Thursday, March 15th and it’s dress down day for $1.

     *Spring break is Friday, March 16th-Friday, March 23rd

     *Our next SAC/PAC meeting is Tuesday, March 27th at 4:00. 

    I wish everyone a “HAWK-SOME” time away from school!!  To encourage our students to read over the break we are having an i-Ready reading challenge.  Details will be sent home with the students.

    The students of HTE have read over 9,400 MyOn books as of February 26th.  We spun the Wheel of Doom and I had to kiss a pig!  I would have preferred to eat a donut on a string!!  When we reach 12,000 we’ll spin again.

    THANK YOU for your partnership!  Have a “HAWK-CREDIBLE” spring break!!


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