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Happy New Year Hickory Tree Hawks!  Welcome to 2018!!!  We’re looking forward to continuing the “HAWK-ZING” 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.  All students completed their i-Ready Reading and Math Diagnostic 2 assessments in December so teachers and the leadership team 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, 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 will celebrate Literacy Week from January 22nd – 26th.  The theme this year is “Find Yourself in a Book”.  Each day that week students are encouraged to dress in our themed days: 

 Monday, January 22nd: When I Grow Up…

 Tuesday, January 23rd: We Argh Readers…

             Wednesday, January 24th: Character I Make a Connection With…

             Thursday, January 25th: Frizzle Day…

             Friday, January 26th: Where’s Waldo?…

Our annual Literacy Night event will take place on Tuesday, January 23rd from 5:00-6:30.  We hope you’ll participate as we LOVE to read at HTE!!

We’re also looking forward to all students participating in our annual HTE Hikes fundraiser on Friday, January 26th during block, in their Where’s Waldo apparel.

Please congratulate Ms. Jessica McCard, moderate InD teacher, who was selected by her peers as Hickory Tree’s Teacher of the Year!  Also, congratulations to Ms. Tracy Bartholic, ESE paraprofessional, who 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 and I played Pie Face Showdown.  I’m happy to say that Ms. Laughrey was pie faced more than me!!  Students are working toward reading 9,000 MyOn books. When they reach that goal we’ll spin the Wheel of Doom again!!

Wishing you a “hawk-nomenal” 2018 that is happy, healthy, and prosperous!

HAWKS SOAR...high levels of learning!

Karen Vislocky, Ed.D


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