Terese C. Pollard, PrincipalHello Students, Parents and Community Members of A.A. Milne Elementary School,Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! It is with great excitement that we begin another new school year here at A.A. Milne Elementary School together. I am elated to serve you, the students, parents and the community of A.A. Milne Elementary School as Principal! As you may remember, I am an HISD product (a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School), and served different students in the disctrict since 2002. My career with HISD began in after-school programming. Once I completed my English degree at the University of Houston, I taught ELA/reading at both Grady and Hamilton Middle Schools. My first administrative experience was as the Assistant Principal of Durkee Elementary School. Since then, I have served as an administrator at both the middle school and high school levels. Before coming to A.A. Milne ES in 2016, I served as the Dean of Instruction at Frank Black Middle School, a transformation campus in the heart of the Oak Forest community.I am very passionate about educating kids, and I strongly believe that every student can learn. I am an avid sutdent advocate, and will always make decisions in the best interest of our students. I am also an advocate of ensuring that neighborhood schools are competitive and worthwhile options for families within the surrounding community. Based upon preliminary STAAR results, we have once again Met Standard according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA)! This is exceptional news, and is a testament to the hard work that occurred during the 2018-2019 school year, by both students and teachers. We saw several double-digit STAAR testing gains, including gains in 4th grade reading, math and writing. We will work together diligently to continue moving in a positive direction at all grade levels.We are excited to share these continued initiatives with you that we know will continue to work in favor of students' academic achievement and will make A.A. Milne and even better school for our students and community!
- The AVID Program (Advancement Via individual Determinitation)-Focuses on creating a college-bound culture through teaching students life-long skills that will benefit them academically, such as writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.
- Authentic Literature and Project Based Learning-Students will be exposed to novels in their reading classes. Novel units will included both projects and presentations. Each student will also be asked to complete additional projectgs throughout the school year, including a STEAM or GT project that will be presented later in the school year.
- Daily Communication Folders and TALE-Communication folders will continue to come home daily for all grade levels. Please check and sign these each night, and ensure that your child brings the red take-home foldre back to school each day. Select teachers will also use Classroom Dojo to communicate with you as well. You will be able to sign up for an account at https://www.classdojo.com/. The teacher will give you a parent/ class code to complete the process once school begins.
- Scholarly Behavior will continue to be taught and expected throughout the campus. Please help us enforce these scholarly behaviors at home as well: SLANT; loud and proud, hall etiquette; vertical hand; and respohnding in complete sentences.
- Got PRIDE-As you know, we have adopted the following values by which we will operate as a school community: Professionalism; Respect; Intellect; Determination; and Enthusiasm.
- PRIDE Stick- The PRIDE stick will continue to be used to track student behavior throughout the day. Students will earn Milne Money, according to their level on the PRIDE stick at least twice per day.
- PRIDE Convocation Fridays-Each Friday morning from 7:#0-8:00 AM, students will participate in PRIDE Convocataion. This will be a time when students are celebrated for their academic and character achievements! Students will make and perform College chants, according to their homeroom college. The most enthusiastic homerooms will be selected and awarded each week.
- Harmony- Each day, students will participate in PRIDE Circle and Buddy Up/ Movement activities that focus on building positive relationships with their peers. This will occur in their classrooms with their homeroom teacher.
I also wanted to remind you of a few very important items for this upcoming school year:
- School times remain the same as last school year. School begins at 7:30 AM, and dismissal time is 2:50 PM. Please ensure that your child is on time, arriving by 7:30 AM, so that instructional time is not lost. Students are considered tardy after 7:35 AM. Any student that arrives after 7:35 AM will be considered late which will result in loss of social time that day. Students arriving after 7:45 AM must be escorted into the building by a parent and be signed in as tardy. Fifteen or more tardies will result in a parent conference with the Dean, and may result in further consequences for the student and family, including a referral to a truancy officer.
- Parents will not be allowed to enter the building at dismissal. Parents may walk up to the front of the building where a radio calling system will be in place, similar to the one used in the carpool line.
- The dress code is detailed on an attached document. Students may wear any color polo shirt (pink, green, blue, purple, etc.) along with their uniform khaki or dark blue bottoms Monday-Friday. Students may earn free dress on Fridays by having yellow and above all week on the PRIDE Stick. Students must have a free dress wristband from their homeroom teacher to wear free dress. Please review the attached Dress Code Notice for additional details.
- Parents are still welcomed to eat with their child any day of the week at the parent tables in the cafeteria, starting on Septemenber 16th.
Please know that we are continuously working to ensure that our students have a safe, clean and up-to-date environment in which they can learn and grow. Our entire custodial team is working laboriously to make sure that the building is in execellent condition at the start of the 2019-2020 schoolyear. We are completing a restroom renovation project, and the new SPARK park is ready for this year! Be on the lookout SOON for an invitation to the ribbon cutting ceremony!
Our administratve team is ready for the challenge of the new school year as well! Please help me welcome back Mr. Decuir to Team Milne! Mr. Decuir, Dean of Students, will oversee all grades, as well as the math and science departments. We also have new faculty and staff joining us this year, including some veteran teachers with a proved track record of student success.
Again, classes will begin at 7:30 AM, we will release at 2:50 PM. Please do not drop off students before 7:05 AM. Supervision of students will be provided between the hours of 7:05 AM and 4:00 PM daily, at which time all students are expected to be picked up, or will need to be in a school sponsored activity. Again, students are considered tardy after 7:35 AM. Any student that arrives after 7:35 AM will be considered late which will result in loss of social time that day.
As we being the start of a new school year together, please take a moment to follow us on Twitter @AAMilneES so that you can see the amazing things that we are doing at your school, A.A. Milne! Please also review the A.A. Milne Guidelines for Success. The Milne Way was developed and approved by your teachers. You will see these guidelines posted in each classroom, and you will hear them read aloud during our daily announcements. The Milne Way! Make it a great day; Improve your academic and social skills; Learn something new every day; Never give up; and Expect success!
We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you this year at A.A. Milne ES! For those of you who are returning, I would like to say thank you for being such a loyal and wonderful group of students, parents and community members. For those who are attending for the first time, I would like to say welcome to A.A. Milne!
Terese C. Pollard