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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Kelly House at 8/26/2016 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Haisley Families, 

    Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I’ve hit the ground running since joining the Haisley family, and we are off to an amazing start! The support and teamwork I’ve seen and experienced this past week from staff and families is incredible. This is such a special place to be! Be sure to thank JoAnn Taylor, Haisley’s fabulous office professional, when you see her for working extremely hard to help ensure that we’re taken care of and ready to start our school year together.

    As you can imagine, it was quite a busy summer for me! I spent quite a bit of it interviewing. J The rest of my summer consisted of reading and writing, hiking, fishing, volunteering, and spending time with family. My parents bought a house on a lake earlier this year, and I spent many nights fishing off the dock, taking the boat out for a spin, and sitting around the bonfire. I also spent a lot of time with my sisters, their spouses, and my nieces and nephews. I have three sisters, including a twin, and five nieces and nephews. It’s a full house when we’re all together!

    This past weekend I was able to slip away to Chicago for a quick trip with some friends. We ate at some incredible restaurants, spent several hours roaming through the many floors of Macy’s, and saw a musical parody of a TV series. It was a great way to finish out the summer!

     

    Staff Changes

    We are just about finished with staffing assignments for the upcoming year.  We are welcoming some new faces, aside from mine, to the Haisley family.  This year we welcome Judy Knorr as a fifth grade teacher.  Judy comes to us from King Elementary where she is noted for her data-driven instruction and strong instructional practices.  We are so happy to have her join us! Patty Koutoulas is our new Young 5s teacher.  Patty comes to us from Ann Arbor Open with many years at Mitchell Elementary before that.  She worked for many years in kindergarten and has a wealth of knowledge around the academic and social development of young children.  While welcoming new staff, we say goodbye to Kristin Stoops and wish her the best of luck at her new assignment in middle school. We have hired our new third grade teacher and our new P.E. teacher, and I hope to announce them early next week once they are cleared with Human Resources.  They are both incredible! Here’s what our general education classroom teachers will be teaching this year:

    Young 5’s
    Patty Koutoulas         110

    Kindergarten
    Elana Levine              105
    Diane Marquardt      103

    First Grade
    Angie Christiansen    104
    Alicia Murrell             102

    Second Grade
    Paula Everett             100
    Karen Strohl              101

    Third Grade
    Audi Hahn                  304
    Shaugn Harris           305
    (To be announced)     307

    Fourth Grade
    Ellen McGee               306
    Jim Weindorf             302

    Fifth Grade
    Ralph Carnegie          404
    Judy Knorr                 400

     

    Our school will implement “Project Lead the Way” (PLTW) this year in grades K-5. PLTW is a project based, STEM learning experience. Units are co-taught by a PLTW teacher alongside of our classroom teachers. I will speak more about PLTW at Curriculum Night. We welcome Nathan Moger to Wines as our PLTW teacher.

     

    Classroom Placement

    As we’ve done in the past, students will learn and meet their teachers the week before school starts at the Haisley Hello. A lot of careful thought and consideration has gone into the placement of each student. Staff and administrators work hard to ensure the best placement for students as we consider a multitude of factors. We’ve been strategic and intentional in building class lists, and are excited to share placements with you on Wednesday. Here’s the date for our Haisley Hello:

    • Wednesday, August 31st between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    This event will take place in front of the school, where families can pick up their children’s class assignment envelopes. Teachers will be near the playground eagerly waiting to meet you, your children, and to talk with you. This event is outdoors only. If you are not able to attend the gathering, we will be mailing class assignments the following day, and you should expect your letter Friday or Saturday. You can also call school beginning on Thursday, September 1st to inquire about placement.

     

    New Bell Schedule

    The bell schedule has changed once again this year. Below are the new times:
    First Bell: 8:44
    Second Bell (classroom instruction begins): 8:47
    End of day: 3:50

     

    Snack Policy

    In keeping with district policy, snacks for the first two weeks of school is limited to fruits and vegetables only as we work to make sure we have a good handle on student allergies, etc. At the end of those two weeks, students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks, but they do not need to be fruits and vegetables only. Please do your best to ensure you are sending your child with something nutritious and healthy each day. Children learn best when they are well nourished.

    We will alert families of allergens in your child’s classroom so you’re aware of what foods cannot enter the classroom.

     

    Other Important Dates

    In the first day packet, you will receive a calendar with our various events for the school year. However, I do want to point out a few early in the year events so you can have them on your calendars.

    • Haisley Hello: Wednesday, August 31st (6:00-7:30 p.m.)
    • First Day of School: Tuesday, Sept. 6h
    • Opening Day PTO Coffee: Tuesday, Sept. 6th (9:00 a.m.)
    • Meet the Principal- First PTO meeting: Thursday, Sept. 8th (7:00 p.m.)
    • Curriculum Night: TBD- either 9/13 or 9/20 (6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

                *more details to follow

     

    Stay in the Loop with Haisley!

    Staying up to date with everything going on at Haisley will be easier than ever this year! There are multiple ways to keep up! I will send a weekly “Friday Email” and the same information from the emails can be found on the Haisley website at http://www.a2schools.org/haisley. Monthly newsletters will go out with school information and PTO updates. I have recently changed my Twitter handle and will be posting Haisley news, updates, photos, articles, etc. You can follow me @HaisleyA2. You can peruse my previous posts over the last year as well.

     

    Traffic Reminder

    It’s important that we all aware of how to navigate our drop off/pick up zone and that we follow these protocols to ensure the safety of all our kids and families and to make drop off and dismissal as smooth as possible. The drop off/pick up lane is an active drop-off/pick up zone. Please pull as far ahead as possible and stay in your car. Do not park or leave your car there for any length of time; this will impede the flow of traffic and slow things down considerably. The second lane is for moving traffic and is not a place for cars to stop. If you are in the second lane (furthest from the curb/school) you will not be allowed to stop for pick up and will need to circle back around and get in the drop off/pick up lane. Again, please stay in your car and continue to pull ahead when in the drop off/pick up lane (it seems like a long line but if everyone follows the system, it moves pretty fast!). The buses park along the curb closest to the building. This lane and the lane next to it is off limits to families during drop off/pick up times. Please do not pull through this lane or park there. There is an area near the grass when you first pull in that is reserved for the Peace Neighborhood vehicle. It is marked with a sign. You may not park your car along this curb for any reason.

    Parking and walking to pick up your children is a great way to avoid lines and speed up our drop off/pick up process. You can park in the neighborhood or in the Haisley parking lot. Please help us make sure all kids and families are safe and that we have an efficient, effective system by following these protocols. Thank you!

     Enjoy the final days of summer, and we’ll see you all soon! We’re looking forward to a great year!

    Sincerely,

    Kelly House
    Principal

     

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  • Haisley Updates

    Posted by Kelly House at 8/24/2016 10:30:00 PM

    Dear Families,

    It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and school starts in less than two weeks!  I wanted to share some information with you in advance of the Haisley Hello regarding staff assignments and some new and exciting things coming to Haisley this fall.
     

    Popsicles with the Principal (Thursday, 8/25)
    Tomorrow is our Popsicles with the Principal event.  I’ll be on the playground from 6:00-7:00 p.m. handing out popsicles and chatting with you.  I hope to see you all there!

    Staff and Room Assignments
    We are just about finished with staffing assignments for the upcoming year.  We are welcoming some new faces, aside from mine, to the Haisley family.  This year we welcome Judy Knorr as a fifth grade teacher.  Judy comes to us from King Elementary where she is noted for her data-driven instruction and strong instructional practices.  We are so happy to have her join us!  Patty Koutoulas is our new Young 5s teacher.  Patty comes to us from Ann Arbor Open with many years at Mitchell Elementary before that.  She worked for many years in kindergarten and has a wealth of knowledge around the academic and social development of young children.  While welcoming new staff, we say goodbye to Kristin Stoops and wish her the best of luck at her new assignment in middle school. We are in the process of hiring for our open third grade and P.E. positions, and I hope to have an update for you early next week.  Here’s what our staffing currently looks like for this year:

    Young 5’s
    Patty Koutoulas         110

    Kindergarten
    Elana Levine              105
    Diane Marquardt      103

    First Grade
    Angie Christiansen    104
    Alicia Murrell             102

    Second Grade
    Paula Everett             100
    Karen Strohl              101

    Third Grade
    Audi Hahn                  304
    Shaugn Harris           305
    (To be determined)  307

    Fourth Grade
    Ellen McGee               306
    Jim Weindorf             302

    Fifth Grade
    Ralph Carnegie          404
    Judy Knorr                 400

    CI/AI
    Erika Cech                  204
    Mariana Caballeros   206

    SXI
    Erin Addison              200

    Support Staff
    Jennifer Gould (RR)  202
    Kim Krug (TC)          113
    Tracy Loveland          111A
    Karen Quenneville    406    
    Susan Rodriguez       406
    Molly Weber              111C
    Hillary Wooley           105B

    Specials
    Sarah Rentz (Media Specialist)       Media Center
    Alex Vinter (Art)                               109
    Tiffanie Waldron (Vocal Music)      112
    Kiara Anderson (Spanish)               300
    Reid Smith (Strings)            
    (P.E. Teacher TBD)                           Gym

     

    Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
    Project Lead The Way is coming to Haisley!  Every elementary school in the Ann Arbor Public Schools will now benefit from this hands-on, minds-on program. 

    Here’s a little bit about PLTW:
    Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. We are shaping the innovators, creators, and designers of today and tomorrow.

    Here’s what you need to know:
    Haisley will have PLTW during the first semester of the year.  Our PLTW teacher, Nathan Moger, will be teaching units to grades K-5.  Units vary in length, some lasting two weeks and others lasting five or six weeks.  Mr. Moger will be pushing into classrooms for an hour a day to deliver PLTW curriculum.  Teachers will support and assist in the instruction.  Staff will have PLTW training next week.
     

    Furniture Pilot
    Our fifth grade classrooms have been selected to participate in a furniture pilot funded by the district.  Each room will receive all new furniture that is designed to more flexibly allow for collaboration and various grouping structures.  We’re excited to see how the new furniture impacts the classroom!
     

    Haisley Hello - Wednesday, August 31st (6:00-7:30 p.m.)

    I am so excited for our first Haisley Hello together!  This is an exciting day when your child receives their classroom designation and gets to meet their teacher for this year!  When you arrive, you’ll pick up your child’s envelope with classroom designations, forms, and other information, at the appropriate grade-level table.  Once your child has their envelope and knows their teacher, they can meet them and chat with them.  It’s a great opportunity to connect with teachers before the first day. The PTO will provide bottled water.

     

    Haisley Website and Blog

    Soon, I will have a Haisley blog up and running!  This will be where I’ll post information, updates, etc. for you.  I will get a basic one started, but eventually I will add components on curriculum, the school improvement plan, forms, etc. so that we are all well informed and have a place to go when seeking information.  Hopefully this will be useful/helpful to you!

     

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  • Principal Announcement: Welcome Ms. House!

    Posted by Kristin Stoops at 8/21/2016

    Dear Haisley staff and families,

    Below is the announcement that will be sent to media outlets regarding the new Haisley Principal, Ms. Kelly House:

    Ann Arbor, MI…Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift is pleased to announce that Ms. Kelly House has accepted the position of Principal at Haisley Elementary School.  Ms. House brings a variety of relevant experiences to this position.  She has served as a classroom teacher, literacy coordinator and coach and is well versed in assessment and data analysis to inform instructional practices and improve student achievement.  She has designed and conducted professional development activities for teachers as well as for parents for our district as well as for several schools in Detroit.

    “Ms. Kelly House possesses a tremendous amount of knowledge and energy and has demonstrated her passion and commitment to quality elementary education.  We are pleased that she has elected to join our administrative team and apply her leadership skills to support the teaching and learning community at Haisley Elementary,” said Superintendent Swift.

    Ms. House holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Michigan State University. 

    She has served the Ann Arbor Public Schools as a classroom teacher at Mitchell Elementary School where she has been a leader in the development of policies, practices and decision making for the K-12 International Baccalaureate curriculum.  In addition, she has served on the district-level Teacher Evaluation Advisory and the Assessment Advisory committees.  In addition, she has served as the Literacy Coordinator for the Ann Arbor Public Schools Summer Learning Institute.

    Ms. House shares, "I am honored and excited to be joining the Haisley School community and to begin connecting with staff, students, and families.  It's a privilege to serve this community and to work alongside such dedicated, talented teachers.  I'm looking forward to learning about the history, traditions, and culture that make Haisley a special and unique school community."

    We wish to thank all the teachers, staff, parents and community members who served on the interview teams during a robust selection process. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Kelly House as Principal of Haisley Elementary School.

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  • Welcome to Haisley Elementary, home of the Huskies!  

    Haisley Elementary School Vision Statement

    Haisley School is a place where:

    • every student experiences academic success

    • a consistently rigorous curriculum is guaranteed for every student

    • students’ individual needs are met

    • social learning in every classroom promotes acceptance and inclusion among all students

    • teachers, staff and parents model respectful and equitable relationships among all members of the community, regardless of race, religion and economic status.

     

    Haisley Elementary School Mission Statement

    All students at Haisley School are embraced as successful learners, critical thinkers and responsible citizens.  The Haisley School community provides enriching and culturally relevant educational experiences, while inspiring all students to be leaders who value positive relationships and life long learning.

     

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