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Silver Hills Celebrations & Reminders January 23rd, 2021

Silver Hills Celebrations & Reminders
January 23rd, 2021

Upcoming Events

Silver Hills Honor Band Club is starting. If you can read music and/or have previous experience on a wind, brass, or percussion instrument come join us!  Meeting on Tues and Thurs after school until 5:15 pm in the Band Room. Just show up if you would like to join.  

Skate City TSA Fundraiser
COME TO THE WINTER WONDERLAND SKATE PARTY!
JUST FOR SILVER HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL on
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26
3-5 P.M. $7 to enter and (SKATE rental $3)
PAY 30 STORM CARDS TO THE MAIN OFFICE FOR A TICKET FOR FREE ADMISSION

Spring Conferences Save the date for Spring Conferences Feb. 16th & Feb. 17th.  Conferences will be held virtually again this spring.  We will follow the same format that we did in the fall.  Look for more information for your students teachers about signing up for a conference.

CMAS Dates This year we will be completing all Math and ELA CMAS tests in two days. Testing will occur on Tuesday, April 5th and Thursday, April 7th for all grade levels.

8th grade students will complete the Science CMAS test the following week on Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th.

There will be NO Social Studies testing for 7th grade! 

General School Business 

Panorama Student Survey  All schools in Adams 12 will administer the Panorama Social-Emotional Learning Survey between January 24th and February 19th. Silver Hills students will be completing the survey through their STORM Time class. Although this survey does not collect personally identifiable information, it does allow us to view feedback, trends and patterns across our school that inform how we approach social-emotional learning for all students. Our school is committed to increasing social-emotional resources for all students, and the data provided from this survey will help us do that more effectively and efficiently.

Congratulations to Spelling Bee Winners  We had an amazing event on Wednesday night, congratulations to all of our participants!  You made us all proud!  A special shout out to our Spelling Bee Winners - Lexis Engle and Ava Kanouse! 

This month’s middle-level book for Read Across America is Measuring Up  by Lilly LaMotte and illustrated by Ann Xu.  Equipped with her Taiwanese cooking knowledge, twelve-year-old recent immigrant Cici enters a kids' cooking contest with the hopes of winning the prize to buy a plane ticket so her grandmother can visit. Book THEMES include Culture,Family,Friendship and Immigration. Come check it out in our Silver Hills library!
 

Sources of Strength/Storm Strong

Storm Time Students and teachers use the start of the new year to review and be reminded of what it takes to be successful.  At Silver Hills, our students follow the Silver Hills STORM standards of Self-Awareness, Teamwork, Open Minds, Respect, and Maturity.  Students will continue to earn STORM cards when demonstrating actions that support our standards.  

Sources of Strength We also know that one of the factors that is important in determining how much students care about their behavior is how valued they feel by the people around them.  Knowing this, our Sources of Strength leaders are going to be surveying students to find out what it takes for students to feel like they belong here at Silver Hills. Then, as we head into February, we will be rolling out our "We Belong" campaign.  Students will use this opportunity to share and experience new ways to help themselves and others feel connected, successful and loved. 
 

Community News

Upcoming Baseline community engagement sessions Adams 12 Five Star Schools is inviting parents, students and community members to join them at upcoming community engagement sessions in February to learn more about the future of STEM learning in the Five Star District, including a proposed STEM-focused school in the northwest area of the district. Click here for more information and to RSVP to attend one of these upcoming sessions.

Updated on 1/25 to include the Family - School Relationship Survey

Dear Silver Hills Families, 

In an effort to help us continually elevate your child’s educational experience, I encourage you to take our annual Family-School Relationships Survey! The survey is specific for our school and will help us know where we are succeeding and where we can improve.

You may notice that some questions in the survey do not reflect the unique challenges we all faced this year. In order to continue to capture long-term data and monitor trends over time, many questions must remain unchanged from year to year. I still encourage you to answer all the questions in the survey so we can understand fully how we can serve you better. 

You can also watch this video to hear from Superintendent Chris Gdowski on why this survey is so important to our district. 

Take the 

2021-22 Family-School Relationships Survey

  • The survey is open now to Feb. 11, 2022 and is completely anonymous.

  • The survey is expected to take between 5-10 minutes and can be taken in English, Spanish or ten other languages on your smartphone, tablet or computer.  

  • If you have children at different schools, we encourage you to fill out a survey for each school. 

  • Survey data is benchmarked nationally and compared to the Five Star staff and student survey to create a comprehensive understanding of the school’s culture and climate. Survey results will be made available to families by the end of the school year. 

Thank you in advance for taking this important survey as we work together to continue to elevate the way we serve your child in every classroom, every day.  

Julie Evans

Principal