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Notes from the Principal

 

Hello HMS families:

With the end of the first semester, I wanted to share/remind all of you the breakdown of each student's week:

Projects

The majority of a student's week...working on the development of higher-level cognitive skills/critical thinking skills...teachers provide whole-group direct instruction, partial group workshops, and individual conferences with students...students receive feedback throughout the project at different checkpoints where teachers will alert students if they are on track or need to make revisions 

Concept units (math)

The bulk of a student's week in math class...a concept unit is a collection of math tasks that leads to students learning one or multiple math concepts...teachers provide whole-group direct instruction, partial group workshops, and individual conferences with students...students receive feedback throughout the project at different checkpoints where teachers will alert students if they are on track or need to make corrections

Personalized Learning Time (PLT)

In each core subject, students have one day each week for PLT...students are able to progress through content at their own pace...teachers hold partial-group workshops and individual conference where students receive direct instruction in areas exactly where they need it...students request and take content assessments where they must score at least eight out of ten to show mastery

Mentoring

One core belief at HMS is that every student is know...every student in the building has an adult mentor with whom they meet each week...mentors get to know their students personally as well as checking in on students' academic progress

Encore

Each student has two Encore periods every day...one class is an elective where students have chosen their class (Band, Choir, Robotics, Fitness, Creative Art Study Hall)...the other class is on a six-week cycle that every student takes (Physical Education, Health, Art, Music, Computer, STEM)

Highland Reads/Highland Solves

Students in Reads and Solves meet twice a week for extra help in reading and math...these take place during the elective portion of Encores...students are still able to take three days of an Encore of their choosing

Thank you.  Go Scots!

-Matt Bradley, principal