News From Henley Middle School – 8 January 2010

Editor’s Note: I’m re-printing the entirety of the Henley Middle School newsletter because there’s quite a bit of interesting stuff there – calendar, school budgets, trip to Panama, CATEC seeking people … I’m sorry about the formatting, but it was frankly a lot easier to simply copy and paste. I do encourage folks to at least scan the bolded parts (which I’ve done) –

The School Budget Public Hearing will be on February 2, 2010 6:30 pm at the Albemarle County Office Building, Lane Auditorium (2nd floor). Public input on the budget is a critical component of the budget-making process. If you wish to speak, the sign-in sheet is usually made available early. Speakers are called to the podium in the order in which they signed in; they can speak for a maximum of three minutes. Additional information will be distributed as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact Parent Counsel Representative, Robin LeGallo at RDL3S@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu.

BOX TOPS FOR BUCKS! HELP OUR SOLAR PANEL PROJECT!

Between now and February 23, the Outdoor/ Environmental Club will be sponsoring a huge effort to collect General Mills box top labels.    PATSO has graciously turned this fundraising opportunity over to us and we off and running with it. We can earn ten cents for each box top, and the money will go towards our solar panel project.

Think LUCKY THIRTEEN!

If each Henley student brought in just thirteen labels, we could earn one thousand dollars towards our panels. Just think what we could do if even more are brought in! Box tops must be bought in by the 23rd as they have to be counted, sorted and sent in by this year’s contest deadline which is February 28.

To make it interesting, we will be sponsoring a contest where the STING class who collects the most box tops wins a pizza party.

A ton of products we use every day have the qualifying box tops. Just look for the Box Tops for Education label on General Mills products.    A list of all qualifying products can be found at the Box tops for Education website: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/clip/Brands.aspx

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Guerrant at sguerrant@k12albemarle.org.

ETB49 ANNOUNCEMENTS

·         All current classes (Pre-Engineering, Sports Conditioning, Rec. Sports, Current Events, and Open Art Studio) will end on Friday January 15th.

·         The next six week rotation will begin on January 25th.

·         Study Hall will be held throughout the transition period (Jan. 20, 21, and 22).

·         New Registration forms will be available the week of January 11th via the Henley website, Henley Matters, the main office and are attached above.

·         All classes will held for six week sessions pending enrollment of at least 12 students per class.

SESSION 1 – JANUARY 25TH – MARCH 5TH

SPORTS CONDITIONING – Monday – Wednesday – Friday. The class is intended for student athletes who want to stay in great condition or train during the off-season/pre-season. Activities will be designed for individual athletes to include: cardiovascular training, strength training, flexibility work and agility training. Ms. Stokes – $10.00 per session.

STOCK MARKET GAME – Monday and Wednesday. This class is an online simulation in which students manage a $100,000 portfolio based on the American stock market. Will they make money, or lose money? In small groups, students will learn and apply basic principles of economics. Ms. Merrill – $10.00 per session.

RECREATIONAL/LIFETIME SPORTS – Monday and Wednesday. Activities for this six-week session include Basketball, Indoor Soccer and Floor Hockey. Activities will rotate from day to day to accommodate all participants. Ms. Anderson, Mr. Toms – $10.00 per session.

STUDY HALL – Monday through Friday. EVERY DAY THAT SCHOOL IS IN SESSION, study hall will be held. Once registered, students may attend throughout the school year on an as needed basis. Students must sign in, with the expectation that homework will be completed. Students may also bring reading and study materials. Ms. Viar, Ms. Kooken.

No registration fee required; thank you HENLEY PATSO!

If you have any questions, please contact Tessa Pehanick at tpehanick@k12albemarle.org.

UPDATES FROM MRS. MERRILL AND THE GATEWAY PROGRAM


PANAMA TRIP

Mrs. Merrill and Mrs. Okano are planning a 5-day international affairs trip to Panama over spring break, for 6th-8th grade students. They will hold an interest meeting for students and parents on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Henley library. The estimated cost is $400-$500 plus airfare. Passports required. Contact Mrs. Merrill or Mrs. Okano if you plan to attend the interest meeting.

SCIENCE FAIR

Interested 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are currently being encouraged by their science teachers to sign up for the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair. If your child is interested in competing this year, please contact Mrs. Merrill for additional details.

HISTORY DAY

students will be able to sign up for the National History Day competition in mid-January. If this is something your child may want to participate in, please contact Mrs. Merrill.

U.VA. SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (SEP)

Forms are currently available online. There is a link posted in the “Announcements” section of the Henley home page, or you can print a copy from the U.Va. SEP website.

REMINDER

If you are interested in viewing a list of local and regional summer programs for middle school age students, contact Mrs. Merrill at jmerrill@k12albemarle.org.

AUTISM AND ASPERGER’S SYNDROME: EDUCATIONAL STRATEGIES THAT WORK AT SCHOOL AND HOME

Join us for this two part workshop on how to use structured teaching to manage organizational, social, communication and behavioral challenges. Registrants are asked to attend both sessions. Part Two will follow up on strategies implemented over the two weeks. Free.

Presenter: Diane Talarico-Cavanaugh, Autism Specialist

Monday, February 8th and Monday, February 22nd, 2010

6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

Albemarle Resource Center

1200 Forest Street, Charlottesville.

This is a repeat of the session presented in October. Parent/Teacher/TA teams encouraged to attend together!

For more information and to register: (434) 975-9400 ext. 68032 or contact Sarah Blech, PREP/Parent Resource Center, (434) 975-9400 ext. 68032,

sblech@k12albemarle.org, www.prep-prc.org

MARK YOUR CALENDAR (NEW DATES IN ITALICS)

                            

   January 8, 8th Grade Tour to CATEC and WAHS Counselors visit to Henley

   January 15 – End of 2nd 9 weeks and 1st Semester

   January 18 – Martin Luther King Day, No School

  

    January 19th – Professional Learning Day for Teachers, No school

   January 27 – 8th Grade Visit to WAHS

   February 2 – ACPS School Board Public Hearing: Proposed budget, FY 2010/11, 6:30 pm, Location TBD

March 3 – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing: The County Executive’s recommended budget, Fiscal Year 2010/11, time TBA, Lane Auditorium, ACOB

March 31 – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing: The BOS’s proposed budget, FY 2010/11 2010 calendar year tax rate, time TBA, Lane Auditorium, ACOB

April 7 – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing: The BOS sets the 2010 calendar year tax rate. The BOS adopts its FY 2010/2011budget (during ACPS Spring Break), time TBA, Lane Auditorium, ACOB

Approved 2009-2010 Calendar

REMINDERS

CATEC SEEKS BUSINESS EDUCATION PARTNERS

The Center Director, Darah Bonham, reports that the organization helps students develop ‘portable, transferable skill sets’ beyond the basic technical education. This skill set includes five components:

  • Technical skills
  • Soft / workplace skills, i.e., working in teams, promptness, personal responsibility, adding value above and beyond, etc.
  • Literacy, integrating practical project-based language skills in the tech classroom
  • Innovative technology, using it to draw students into the content, using Google docs for daily self-assessments
  • Entrepreneurship: rather than trying to develop a business from a tech skill — what we know — working to define a problem and develop a solution — getting beyond what we know.

This is not your father’s shop class – it is much more geared to true on-the-job skills. Please see the attached flier for further information and contact details.

GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE PROPOSED 2010-11 SCHOOL CALENDAR

A joint Albemarle County Public Schools and Charlottesville City Schools calendar committee has developed the Proposed 2010-11 School Year calendar, based on community and staff input. The two school divisions adopt the same calendar by mutual agreement.

The proposed school year calendar and the link to provide feedback are available from the Division home page at www.k12albemarle.org . Feedback may be sent directly tonews@k12albemarle.org .  The joint calendar committee reconvenes on January 13, 2010 to make any final changes based on feedback received. The School Board plans to receive the 2010-11 school year calendar at its first meeting in February and adopt a final 2010-11 calendar at the second February meeting.

ons, please contact the Henley School Counseling Office at 823-5040.

LINKS

Henley Middle School website

Albemarle County School Division

Parent Council

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