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Happy New Year Hickory Tree Hawks! Welcome to 2017!!! We’re looking forward to continuing the "hawk-tastic" teaching and learning taking place at HTE, now that staff and students are well rested and reenergized for the second half of the school year! Time flies when you’re a hawk having fun!! I hope you enjoyed your winter break!

In January, we’ll get right back in to the swing of things. Kindergarten students will take their second diagnostic i-Ready test. 1-5 students took it in December. Once all results are in, teachers and administration will discuss the growth and progress of students as we work to have all students achieve high levels of learning. Students in grades 3-5 will also begin their test preparation, specific to the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). Prior to testing, which begins after spring break, they will take a practice Reading and Math FSA test. The intent is for students to become familiar with the Florida Standards Assessment and for teachers to use it as an instructional tool as they continue to teach the standards and prepare students for the state assessment. Students will also practice test taking strategies so they will be calm and confident on the day of testing.

We’re looking forward to all students participating in our Hickory Tree Hike Walk-a-thon fundraiser on Friday, January 20th during block.

We will end January celebrating Literacy from January 23rd – 27th. The theme this year is "Literacy Changes Our World". Information about our themed dress days will be sent home with students. Our annual Literacy Under the Stars event will take place on Thursday, January 26th from 5:00-7:00. We hope you’ll participate as we LOVE to read at HTE!!

I hope you’ll support HTE Monday, January 30th at our spirit night at Meat ‘n Fire from 4:00-9:00. Please tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. and mention Hickory Tree Elementary. I will be there from 5:00-7:00 if you’d like to see me!

Please congratulate Mr. John Saslofsky, 5th grade teacher, who was selected by his peers as Hickory Tree’s Teacher of the Year! Also, Mrs. Julie Mahler, principal’s secretary, was selected by her peers as our School Related Employee of the Year!

Prior to winter break, the students of HTE read over 6,000 MyOn books so Ms. Laughrey dressed as an egg and I dressed in the Hawk suit and together we did the Chicken Dance on the morning announcements. Students are working toward 9,000 MyOn books read to spin the Wheel of Doom again!!

Wishing you a "hawk-nomenal" 2017 that is happy, healthy, and prosperous!

HAWKS SOAR...high levels of learning!

Karen Vislocky, Ed.D


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