I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. Please remember there is no school this Wednesday, November 11, as we honor our veterans. Thank you to everyone who supported our drama students in their production of Gretchen and the Grudge. The show was a huge success, and we were thrilled to see so many in attendance.
Hopefully, you have learned something about the 4 Cs and Wake County’s Vision 20/20 in the last few weeks. If you have questions about how Hilburn is working to embrace the 4 Cs – Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking and Communication – please ask.
When I joined the Hilburn Family, I discussed literacy as a personal focus as I want to be sure all our Hilburn Hawks are reading at or above grade level and enjoying the reading they do. Ms. Stout, our AIG Teacher, has compiled a list of tips for us to use at home. Each week, I will share a tip or two to help our readers become even better, stronger readers.
Thank you, Ms. Stout, for your help!
Literacy Tip #1: Help your student(s) set a goal to read many books.
All students, including gifted and advanced readers, will read more if they have a goal to reach and someone to help keep them accountable. With the holidays and lots of time at home on the horizon, it is a great time to set a reading goal.
- Establish a timeline
- Discuss with your child how many books he/she believes he can read in that time frame.
- Challenge him/her to read a few more.
- Create a chart where your student can record the books he/she reads. Remember, even our kindergartners can and should transfer book titles!
- Establish a reasonable celebration that can occur when the goal is met.
- Read and, hopefully, celebrate!
- The Middle-School Dance is this Friday, November 13, from 3:30 to 5:00. Please plan for your student to attend and to be picked up promptly at 5:00.
- Ms. Warren has been working hard to support our eighth graders as they begin exploring their high-school options. The following schools will be visiting our eighth-grade students, so please investigate these options and begin having these conversations with your students!
- Nov. 10th - Wake Early College of Health Sciences
- Nov. 18th - Vernon Malone College and Career Academy
- Nov. 24th - Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy
- Are you looking for some new Tricks of the Trade in parenting your middle school student? Come join Jenna Warren, counselor, and Lisa Tomaino, school psychologist, for a parent education workshop on December 2 from 8:00 to 9:00 am in the Media Center. They will share some effective strategies to support your child’s success both in and out of school!
Have a great week!