Parent & Student Resources
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Links and Resources
Text Version of Weekly Recorded Alert Now Messages
will appear after the Sunday message goes out to families.
2020-2021 Messages sorted so that most recent appears at top.
Week of Nov. 23
Good Evening Huntsville Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. This is a short week. There is no school Wednesday through Friday as we observe the Thanksgiving holiday. School will resume on Monday, November 30. Our staff wish all of our Huntsville families a Happy Thanksgiving!
Week of Nov. 16
Good Evening Huntsville Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. This week students will be receiving interim reports for the second grading period. We encourage those who have not picked up their child’s report card from the first grading period to do so. Report cards are in the front office. Report cards can be picked up between 8:00-4:00.
Mrs. Shelton has arranged for another professional athlete to speak to our students @ 1:15 on Thursday. Students will visit with professional softball player, Keilani Ricketts--the Zoom link will be shared with students in Google Classroom and through Class Dojo and the calendar on our school’s website for parents who would also like to attend.
If you have not completed our Internet Access survey or our Remote Learning survey, please go to huntsvilleelementary.org, click on the picture that says: Remote Learning Surveys, then complete both of the surveys. Your input will help us, help you during Plan C. The picture is currently the third one in the School News section. If you are using a mobile device, the School News section will appear after you have scrolled down through Quick Links.
Thank you for continuing to encourage your child’s participation in live learning opportunities each day. If attending live Zoom sessions is challenging for your family, please be sure you are working with teachers to view recorded lessons and to ensure your child is getting the necessary content and information. Together, we are committed to continued learning, even at a distance, and we appreciate your ongoing support.
Have A Great Week!
Week of November 9
Good Evening Huntsville Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. This week we start back on Plan C with virtual learning for all students. On Tuesday, there is a livestream special event The Clue that Burned Blue available to our students. The program for our PreK-2nd Grade students is 12:30, and the program for the 3rd -5th grade students is 1:30. Classroom teachers will be sending out the link to this event. There will be an MTSS Leadership Team Meeting on Tuesday @ 3:15 via Zoom. There will be a PTA Meeting @ 6:00 on Tuesday evening via Zoom.
Help with Chromebooks during Plan C is available by contacting Mrs. Edrington on Class Dojo to make her aware of what is wrong or calling RCS Tech Services at 336-627-2700. If you decide to bring your child's Chromebook back to school to have it looked at, that is fine too, but please do that on any afternoon from noon until 3:30 p.m. or at the time arranged with Mrs. Edrington.
If you have not completed our Internet Access survey or our Remote Learning survey, please go to huntsvilleelementary.org, click on the picture that says: Remote Learning Surveys, then complete both of the surveys. Your input will help us, help you during Plan C.
If your child still has library books at home from this school year or last school year, or has books that need to be returned to the Madison-Mayodan Library or Bookmobile, please put them in the blue bin that will be just outside our front door each school day. Mrs. Edrington is happy to sort these and return them to the library that they belong to. While we are on Plan C, please encourage your child to use the online reading options that are posted in their Enhancement Google Classroom under Media.
Have A Great Evening!
Week of November 2
Good Evening Huntsville Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. Tuesday, November 3 is a Teacher Workday. Huntsville is a voting site.
Wednesday, November 4 is the make up day for any virtual students in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade to complete one or more of their NC Check Ins tests. Mrs. Edrington sent information on Friday, October 30, to parents of virtual students through Class Dojo and to students on the virtual schedule through their RCS email accounts if they have one or more tests left to take. Students on the virtual schedule who have an RCS Chromebook checked out received the directions and codes for taking their tests at home. 4th and 5th graders on BB schedule will take the NC Check In for Reading on Friday, November 6 due to school closure on Friday, October 30. Our goal is to have all NC Check Ins completed by Friday, November 6. Please contact Mrs. Edrington through Class Dojo if you need additional assistance with how or when to get your child's tests completed.
Parents: Please check ClassDojo or our school's website on Monday and Wednesday of this week for at least 2 important surveys that will help us receive the input we need from you as we transition to Plan C. Thank you for taking the time to complete the surveys.This is our last week of our AA/BB schedule. We will begin Plan C on Monday, November 9.
Week of October 26
Good Evening Huntsville Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. This week we celebrate Red Ribbon Week! With the AA/BB Schedule, we will have themes for Monday and Thursday and Tuesday and Friday. On Monday and Thursday the theme is “From Head to Toe, I’m
Drug Free -Wear Crazy Hats, Clothes, Socks & Shoes.” The theme for Tuesday and Friday is “These Paws Don’t Touch Drugs - Wear Huntsville Hound T-Shirts, Hoodies, or Paw Print Clothing.” This is our second week of parent conferences. If you have not scheduled your parent conference with your child’s teacher, please contact soon to schedule. We are aiming for 100% parent teacher conferences by November 24. Report Cards go home this week. AA students will receive their report cards on Tuesday. BB students will receive their report cards on Thursday. Virtual-Only students can pick up their report cards in the front office beginning Tuesday in the main office. Between 8:00 and 4:00. Student There will be an MTSS Leadership Team Meeting on Tuesday, October 27 @ 3:15.
NC Check Ins continue this week for 4th and 5th graders: On Tuesday, October 27, AA students in 4th and 5th grade will take their Reading Check In. On Wednesday, October 28 Virtual students in 4th and 5th grade can come to school to take their Reading Check In. Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. if you want to take your Check In in person. On Friday, October 30, BB students in 4th and 5th grade will take their Reading Check In. Virtual students who have checked out an RCS Chromebook may also request directions and codes for taking Check Ins from home. Please contact Donna Edrington through Class Dojo if you are interested in this option.
Thank you for your support of Huntsville Elementary
Week of October 19
Good Evening Huntsville Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. Check In #1 Assessments begin this week for 3rd-5th graders--all of these dates are currently posted on our school website's calendar and you can also read these details by clicking Alert Now under Quick Links on our school's website. Virtual families have received additional Alert Now calls and messages via Dojo to make you aware of changes to your testing schedule and the option to take the tests online from home with an RCS Chromebook. All families: Please contact Donna Edrington via Class Dojo with any questions related to Check In #1.
On Tuesday, October 20, 3rd and 4th grade AA students will take Check In #1 for Math.
On Tuesday, October 20, 5th grade AA students will take Check In #1 for Math and Science.
On Wednesday, October 21, 3rd and 4th grade Virtual students will come to school by 7:45 a.m. to take Check In #1 for Math.
On Wednesday, October 21, 5th grade Virtual students will come to school by 7:45 a.m. to take Check In #1 for Math and Science.
On Friday, October 23, 3rd and 4th grade BB students will take Check In #1 for Math.
On Friday, October 23, 5th grade BB students will take Check In #1 for Math and Science.
This week Huntsville will be participating in a national event titled - BRING P.E. TO YOUR FAMILY WEEK!
Please look on your student's Google Classroom Enhancement page under Physical Education for all of the details. Pick any activities you choose to do with your student and email Coach Shelton a picture or video of your family participating. Daily physical activity has many benefits for all of us, such as increasing energy, focus, and readiness to learn as well as reducing stress and anxiety. Join the movement - join the fun!
Thank you for your support of Huntsville Elementary!
Have A Great Evening!
Week of October 12
Good Evening Huntsville Elementary Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. WE will have a PTA Zoom Meeting on Tuesday @ 6:00. Please check Class Dojo on Tuesday for the link and join us if you’d like to be more involved! The MTSS leadership Team will meet at 3:10 on Wednesday. Thursday, October 15th marks the end of our first nine week grading period. Thank you, parents and students, in advance for ensuring you have turned in assignments as needed by Thursday. This Friday is a Teacher Workday, but unlike September 26th, it is NOT a remote learning day. There will be no remote learning assignments for this day.
This Friday, October 16 will be used for our Check In #1 Math assessments for our 3rd and 4th grade virtual students and Check In #1 for Math and Science for our 5th grade virtual students. Virtual students should arrive to school by 7:45 a.m. Additional details concerning check ins for virtual students were sent via Alert Now on Monday, October 5 and via Class Dojo on Tuesday, October 6.
All details about Check Ins for virtual and in person learners are posted in the School Events calendar on the right hand side of our school's website. One final and very important reminder - we continue to encourage our students, whether remote or face to face or entirely virtual - to take part in school each day. As we wrap up our first quarter, we are especially proud of the majority of our students who are working hard and maintaining strong learning behaviors and work habits. This is so important to our success now and in the future. If your child is struggling to participate and you would like further support or assistance, please reach out. We can help!
Have A Great Evening and Be Safe!
Week of October 5
Good Evening Huntsville Elementary Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. We want to thank our families who could join us at our Title I Annual Meeting and grade level presentations Thursday evening. This week , we have our students participating in the Panorama Social Emotional Learning Surveys. The students in grades 3-5 will be taking their surveys as follows. AA students and virtual only students will be participating on Tuesday, October 6th and the BB students will be taking their survey on Thursday, October 8th.
We continue to distribute free meals for all students. Our pick up meals for AA/BB students will be sent home with breakfast items sent home on Mondays and Thursdays and Lunch items sent home on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students working on a virtual only schedule may pick up meals for the week on Wednesdays. If you have not already indicated that you would like to receive these meals, please use the survey that is posted to our school’s website to help our child nutrition staff know how many meals to prepare.
Dates for Check Ins #1 assessments for students in 3rd-5th grade and other important dates for the first semester have been posted to our school’s website: huntsvilleelementary.org The calendar has changed: if you want to see dates in a future month, please use the right arrow button at the top of the calendar. The current month’s events are all that is viewable without using the arrow button.
Have A Great Evening!
Week of September 28
Good Evening Huntsville Elementary Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. We had a great first week with our AA and BB students back with us. On Thursday, we will have our Title I Annual Meeting with a Curriculum Night with grade levels at 6:00 This will be via ZOOM. More information will be shared with parents this week.
We continue to distribute free meals for all students. Our pick up meals for AA/BB students will be sent home with breakfast items sent home on Mondays and Thursdays and Lunch items sent home on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students working on a virtual only schedule may pick up meals for the week on Wednesdays.
Thank you for continuing to contact Mrs. Edrington via Class Dojo or calling ahead to arrange a time to come to school for help with your child’s school-issued Chromebook. Reminder--Students should not be bringing Chromebooks back and forth to school. The Chromebook that was checked out for home-use stays home for use on the 3 remote learning days each child has each week.
We look forward to you joining us on Thursday night for our Title I Annual Meeting. Thank you for your support of Huntsville Elementary. Have A Great Evening!
Week of Sept. 21
Good Evening Huntsville Elementary Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. We are so excited to have our students back in the building this week, with procedures for safety strongly in place. Our doors will open at 7:25 a.m. for car riders. Please be sure students have their masks with them and we would appreciate parents talking to your students about the importance of social distancing and washing their hands. Just a reminder of our new safety procedures for car riders. In the mornings, students are to remain in their cars until they have received their health screening and temperature check. We ask parents to be patient with this process. For afternoon dismissal, there will be no walk up to get students. Parents are to remain in cars in our double lines. Students riding buses are reminded that they must wear their mask at all times while they are on the bus and remain in the seat their bus driver assigns them. Bus students will also be screened prior to entering the building. For students returning this week, they should not bring their chromebooks back and forth to school. Please leave school checked out chromebooks at home. Students will have chromebooks in their classroom to complete work. All students returning this week are encouraged to return any library books that they have had since March or before. Mrs. Edrington will collect these from classrooms on Monday for A day students and Thursday for B day students. For cafeteria news, students will have a grab and go breakfast available if they choose. Students will need to pick this up on their way to their classroom. Both school breakfast and lunch are at no cost through December 31. Again, we are excited for our students to be returning this week. We look forward to seeing them.
Week of Sept. 14
Good Evening Huntsville Elementary Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. Rockingham County Schools will be transitioning to Plan B the week of Sept,. 21. This is our last week of Plan C. All students returning to school next week on AA/BB schedule must have a Student Attestation Form on file in the office. If you have not signed a form, please come by the school this week to complete between 8:00 and 4:30. We will have extended hours on Tuesday, Sept. 15 until 6:30 p.m. We also have a package of 5 masks for every student, which can be picked up when dropping off the attestation forms. The attestation form is also available in the School News section of our school’s website for you to print, complete, and return. We will provide more information through the week about our transition to Plan B including schedules, safety protocols, morning arrival procedures and afternoon dismissal for car riders. Expect this information to be shared via our school’s website, Class Dojo, and additional Alert Now phone calls.
Parents of fifth graders are invited to drive through during the extended hours on Tuesday, between noon and 6:30 PM to pick up some additional materials, along with the masks and attestation form.
Have A Great Evening!
Week of Sept. 7
Good Evening Huntsville Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. School will be closed on Monday in observance of the Labor Day Holiday Rockingham County Schools will be transitioning to Plan B the week of September 21. We have the School Attestation statements that need to be completed and signed before students return for in-person learning beginning on September 21. We hope to get many of these signed by parents bringing their child for MClass assessments in grades K-3 over the next two weeks. The form is also posted on our school’s website under School News for families who want to print the form and fill it out ahead of time. We will also have extended hours for parents to complete the form the following week (September 14-18) . The AA/BB schedules will be ready on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Your child’s classroom teacher will be contacting you on Tuesday to give you information. A Day students come to school on Monday and Tuesday and B Day students come on Thursday and Friday. Bus information will be available the following week . Just a reminder that parents it is important for your child to check in with attendance daily and to complete all assignments assigned by their teachers. Grades are being taken on all assignments. The Remote Learning Feeding Site at Huntsville has been extended until December --meals are available for pickup from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and there is no cost for students under 18. A reminder that the text version of this message will be available on our school website after the phone message is delivered. Please click on Alert Now in the Quick Links section and/or check Class Dojo’s School Story section.
Have A Great Evening
Week of August 31
Good Evening Huntsville Elementary Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. Rockingham County Schools will be transitioning to Plan B the week of Sept,. 21. If parents want to stay with virtual learning/remote instruction for the remainder of the school year, a Memorandum of Understanding must be completed and returned to the school office by Friday, September 4--this form is available on our website for you to print and copies are also available at the school. If parents want more information about the Transition to Plan B, please visit the school website at huntsvilleelementary.org and look under School News or School events. Information is also posted under Quick Links on the Rockingham County School’s website @ rock.k12.nc.us. In our remote learning this week, students in first through fifth grades will be completing their i-Ready Diagnostics for Reading and Math. These diagnostics are very important in setting students’ on their individualized learning paths. It is important that students are focused and working independently and that they have a quiet space and pencil and paper on hand, especially for math. Teachers will be sharing an important parent video regarding the i-Ready assessments - and this video is also accessible on our Huntsville home page under School News. The Remote Learning Feeding Site at Huntsville is open 11:-1:00 Monday-Friday. It will end on Friday, September 18. School will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.
Thank you and have a great evening
Week of August 24
Good Evening Huntsville Elementary Parents! This is Gary Pyrtle with information for this week. There is a lot of information this week; be sure to click the Alert Now button under Quick Links on our school’s website at huntsvilleelementary.org if you need to read back over what you heard. Our live instruction picks up this week with our Zoom Meetings.. It begins with our live Morning Meetings at 8:00 AM tomorrow. Check your Dojo and student platforms for reminders and links. We are excited our enhancement classes will begin this week. Your child’s teacher will be sharing google classroom information that your child will need to get into their enhancement classes. Just a reminder that completing the attendance form each day is very important. Please do so by 8:30 a.m. Free Wi-Fi is available in our school’s car lane. The Rockingham County Public Libraries are providing free Wi-fi at their facilities for families Monday-Friday from 2:00-9:00--please call the library branch of your choice to make an appointment. The Rockingham County Bookmobile is providing WIFI in Walmart parking lots to anyone that has a device. The bookmobile will not be open for public entry. The book mobile schedules includes Eden - Tuesday 9:00am - 3:00 pm, Reidsville - Wednesday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and Mayodan - Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. A reminder of our Remote Learning Feeding site at Huntsville Elementary open Monday-Friday from 11-1 through August 31.
Have A Great Evening!
Alert Now: Connect 5
Rockingham County Schools utilizes the Alert Now: Connect 5 Phone Notification Service.
We will be utilizing the Alert Now: Connect 5 service for:
Back to School
End of Grade Testing Dates
Report Card Distribution
Make Up School Day Reminder
Attendance / Absence Notification
The district will be utilizing the Alert Now:Connect 5 service for:
Weather Related Information
Other Important Information
To update your primary and emergency contact information, please call school (336-427-3266) and ask for Mrs. Angie Martin.
To receive a replay of school and district messages sent to your phone, call 1-855-4-REPLAY or 1-855-473-7529.
Anyone who accidentally opted out of their RCS/school automated phone calls can easily opt back in. Call 855-502-7867 and select option 2. The call MUST be made from the opt-in phone number, which means schools cannot add a phone number for families. We don't want you to miss any important messages!
RCS HomeBase Parent Portal
The link mentioned in the first step is also a Quick Link on our school's homepage. Please go to
https://rock.powerschool.com/public/home.html to get started.
Title I Annual Meeting and Back to School Night--ThursDay, October 1, 2020
Please click below to access the recorded meetings and information that were shared during the Thursday, October 1 Title I Annual Meeting and Back to School Night meetings with your child's/children's teacher/teachers. 10/5/2020--Please note--the recordings are still being shared and added to the slide show. All classes may not have a slide just yet.
Read to Achieve
Read To Achieve is a part of the Excellent Schools Act passed into NC law in July 2012 and applies to all schools beginning 2013-2014 school year. Read To Achieve focuses on preparing students to be proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade. Click the link below to learn more about Read to Achieve as well as other elementary resources.
You can help our school!
Box Tops: Clip, save and send in! The classroom with the most saved each nine weeks receives a treat! Go to http://www.boxtops4education.com for more ideas and information.
Campbell’s Labels for Education: We started this last year and are continuing this year! Please send in the UPC codes.Go to http://www.labelsforeducation.com for more information.
Parent volunteers are always welcome! Contact your child's teacher, and please remember to sign in at the front office when volunteering.
Our teachers have contributed the following resources. If you have found a great resource, please let us know.
Before and After School Care
Site Coordinator: Debbie Fulp
Site Coordinator is on site 6:30 to 9:15 and 2:00 to 6:00
Operation Times: 6:30 to 7:30 and 2:00 to 6:00.
Open on teacher workdays and during summer break.
Students in Rockingham County Schools are blessed to have access to a number of online programs that facilitate learning. Your child's RCS Net ID/Google ID and password provide access to his or her media center's eBooks and his/her library account information (overdues, holds, etc.), additional eBooks via OverDrive, videos and other learning objects via Discovery Education, and digital production via Google Drive and Wixie. Your child's teacher will make you aware if he/she is using any other online programs including, but not limited to: ScootPad, LearnZillion, IXL, and Quia.
If you have not had "the talk", with your child about online safety and the permanence of content that they publish online, the following information may be helpful to you:
NCWiseOWL: Produced by the Resources Development and Evaluation Section of the Instructional Technology Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), this resource provides links to electronic databases and reviewed websites that students can use to complete project-based learning assignments. For older children in the home, please click Middle School Zone or High School Zone to be directed to other age appropriate resources.
Destiny (Library Software)
If the above link is not working, or if it clocks, but never loads, please click here to report the outage, to let us know that your child's log in is not working, or to request that your child's information be sent home again. The My Info. tab lets students see what they have checked out and when it is due back. Students can renew their own books. The Catalog tab allows students to search for books, place holds for books, and write reviews for books that they have read.
Your child's Net ID and password provides them access to educational videos, science content, and much more.
Your child's Net ID login with @rock.k12.nc.us added to it and your child's Net ID password provide access to Google docs that your child's teacher has shared with him/her and allow your child to use the applications within Google Drive.
After clicking on the Google button, enter your child's Net ID with @rock.k12.nc.us added to it and your child's Net ID password provide access to a collection of collaborative online applications that your child can use to showcase and organize his or her learning.
Your child's Net ID and password are all he/she needs to access our math practice program, IXL. Students can use IXL to practice grade level math skills currently being introduced in the classroom and/or keep practicing skills he/she learned during previous years.
Your child's A.R. log in provides information about their scores on quizzes, their progress in the current A.R. period, their previous quizzes, and even allows you to sign up for email notifications.
Fundations: Used in Kindergarten through Second grade, this program provides a strong foundation in phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling.
U.S. Department of Education (USDE): A link to the USDE pamphlet series, "Helping Your Child".
Math Facts Practice: A link to PowerPoint flashcards to help with learning and retaining addition and subtraction facts.
Quia: Pronounced (kee-ah), this webpage allows users to search all shared activities that are published via Quia Web (subscription service that allows teachers to create online activities). Just choose a subject area to get started. Fill in Keyword and/or use Sub-Category information to help narrow your search.
IXL Math--N.C. Standards: A collection of practice problems that go along with the N.C. State Math standards.
GameQuarium--Math: Some games are better than others, but with thousands to choose from, every child should be able to find something he or she likes.
Arcade Type Math Games (computation skills tied to racing-type or blasting-type games)
Just click on the fact family that your child needs to practice.
My Child is Sick. Should they stay home?
When your child returns to school after an absence, please send a note to school to explain your child’s absence. A doctor’s note is required for each absence when students have accumulated 10 or more absences. Please use these attachments to print an excuse note that you can fill out to return to school with your child.
The following information, provided by our RCS School Nurses, may be useful to help you decide if your child should stay home from school due to illness.
WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL?
Bringing your child to school with the symptoms listed below puts other children and school
staff at risk of becoming ill. This information is offered so that you will have information tohelp you make a decision about your child attending school.
Here are some guidelines from your school nurse to help you decide:
Appearance, Behavior: If your child is unusually tired, pale or doesn’t want
to eat it may indicate an illness is beginning.
Fever: If your child has had a fever, do not send him/her back to school until their temperature is normal (less than 100° F) for 24 hours without taking medication.
Eyes: If your child has mucus or pus coming from the eyes – this may be an eye infection that needs treatment. Keep your child at home and take him to your healthcare provider.
Nasal Drainage and/or Constant Cough:
If your child has drainage that is not clear, but yellow or green accompanied by a fever he/she should see a healthcare provider. A cough that is constant is very distracting in aclassroom. The teacher will be calling you to pick up your child if the cough is loud and constant.
Sore Throat: If your child has a sore throat with fever and/or swollen glands, he/she should stay home and see a healthcare provider. The flu can be treated if anti-viral medication is started early.
Diarrhea: If your child has 2 or more watery BMs in a 24 – hour period, they should stay home, especially if they also have nausea and look pale. If there is an accompanying
fever, see a healthcare provider.
Vomiting: If your child has vomited 2 or more times in the past 24 hours, please keep them at home. If there is an accompanying fever, see a healthcare provider.
Rash: If your child exhibits a body rash, especially with fever or itching, he/she should remain at home and be assessed by your healthcare provider. A heat
rash is not contagious and if there is no itching, your child may attend school.
Ear Infections without fever: Unless your child has ear pain, they can come to school but should see a healthcare provider.
Lice- If you are aware that your child is infected, please have them treated before bringing him/her back to school. Someone at school will check your child for live lice when they arrive and progress on the removal of all nits will be monitored.
Scabies – Children with scabies may be re-admitted to school after treatment. Documentation of diagnosis and treatment is important.
Fever: If your child has had a fever, do not send him/her back to school until their temperature is normal (less than 100° F) for 24 hours without taking medication.
Homework Assistance Line (HAL)
Rockingham County Schools’ Homework Assistance Line (“HAL”) is served by licensed teachers for students in grades K-12. Students or parents may call and have a teacher help them work out problems or explain assignments in core and advanced subject areas.
Days / Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, beginning in September after Labor Day and ending one week before End-of-Grade Tests.
The Homework Assistance Line is closed every teacher workday, holiday, day before a holiday and when schools are closed or released early due to bad weather.
Huntsville Elementary has been recognized for Exemplar status for school years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-2019.
PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support and our school is currently utilizes all three PBIS modules. PBIS uses a combination of published expectations and inventions to direct and correct student behavior without many of the negative/punitive measures inclusive of traditional behavior management models.
What all this means:
Student behavior expectations are consistently monitored based on a matrix that the PBIS committee developed in the summer of 2010. From that matrix, the students learn our school's PBIS motto: BARK (Be Safe, Act Responsibly, Respect Yourself and Others, Kindness is the Key). The matrix and the motto are prominently displayed throughout the school building to serve as ever-present reminders.
Throughout the 2010-2011 school year, the PBIS Committee collected data based on a list of expected behaviors for five of the common areas of our school (Hallways, Cafeteria, Car/Bus Traffic, Restrooms, and Playground) and has provided students with an acceptable voice level scheme: Level 0= no talking, Level 1= whisper, Level 2= normal, used for talking to the person next to you, Level 3= presenter, used when make a presentation to the class, Level 4= outside voice. Our efforts toward communicating and monitoring our students successful adherence to universal behavior expectations led to our school being recognized as a PBIS Green Ribbon School.
Students are provided with specific, targeted instruction (video, lesson plans, publication of common area policy, and practice) prior to expectations being enforced in the common area that is our focus for a particular time period/month, so that students will know exactly how they are expected to behave in all the common areas of our school.
PAWS tickets are part of the incentives that have been developed to go along with our school's implementation of PBIS. Students who are modeling extraordinary BARK (Be Safe, Act Responsibly, Respect self and others,Kindness is the Key) characteristics are rewarded with a PAWs ticket when any staff member stops them, points out what they are doing sowell, and presents them with a PAWS ticket. PAWS are collected and entered into weekly and six-week drawings for prizes and rewards, so the more PAWS a student earns, the better his or her chances are for having one of his or her tickets pulled during the drawings.
If your child goes out of his or her way to help another student who may have dropped his or her books, lunch tray, etc., then a staff member who sees this may reward your child with a PAWS ticket. (Goes with Kindness is the Key part of BARK)
If your child chooses to stand quietly in line while the rest of the class is restless and wiggly,then a staff member who sees this may reward your child with a PAWS ticket. (Goes with Act Responsibly part of BARK)
Make sense? Ask your child if he or she has received any PAWS. If so, please consider telling them and showing them how proud you are of them.
During the 2011-2012 school year our school participated in Module 2 and began to make targeted interventions to reinforce expected behaviors with our students who were still not successfully meeting our universal behavior expectations. Our school was also recognized as a PBIS Model School.
During the 2012-2013 school year our school will be participating in Module 3 and will begin even more personalized, targeted interventions that may include our school's services as well as those services throughout our school community and county at large.
2013-2014: Huntsville Elementary has been recognized as a PBIS Exemplar School!!! During this school year, we will continue to utilize Modules 1, 2, and 3 and are hopeful that we will see an even greater reduction in instructional time lost as a result of office discipline referrals (ODRs). We are excited about the prospects of utilizing community volunteers from Rockingham West Missional Network to more adequately support and nurture our students.
2014-current: During these school years, we will continue to utilize Modules 1, 2, and 3 and plan to focus efforts on reducing number of office discipline referrals from the bus and/or related to bus behavior. Huntsville Elementary has been recognized for Exemplar status for school years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19..
Videos used to teach the expected behaviors for each of our common areas willbe linked below after they have been used by the classroom teacher to help students learn what is expected. Unlinked content indicates that the video is being revised and is not ready for public viewing.