Monday, October 28, 2013

S.H.E. 103 TV- Huntsville TV for You and Me

Samuel W. Houston Elementary's SHE 103 TV News recently premiered their 2013-4 season, and we were there to see it all happen!  Under the sponsorship of Paula Foreman, the Fourth Graders wrote, directed, hosted and edited a newscast that includes a weather forecast, a sports report, a current events round up and a business interview.  Take a look for yourself here:

Just like a "real" newscast, the news team held a pre-production meeting and came up with a rundown before taping.  Working as a team, all members hosted and took turns on camera and lights.

Preproduction Meeting
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The Rundown
Editing is done by the crew after taping,  in the mornings before school.

One of the remarkable things about this program is the support that parent volunteer Holly has contributed over the years.  She has had several children go through the program, and has been a consistent source of help to Mrs. Foreman and the crew.   Holly is seated next to Ms. Foreman below.

Holly and Paula Foreman with 103 S.H.E. The Hive News Team

I (Matthew Lahey) was honored to be interviewed for this episode.  In being interviewed, I joined the ranks of Huntsville Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Johnson and esteemed Huntsville Attorney and School Board member Sam Moak (among others).

Matthew's view from the interviewee chair.

Courtney shares the results of Teacher of the Month voting results.

Brendan gets the lowdown from Mrs. Foreman on the camera.

Mrs. Foreman demonstrates the proper way to handle a tripod.

And now, it's time to meet the team...

News Team Member Tory

News Team Member Preston

News Team Member Trent

News Team Member Skylar

News Team Member Courtney

News Team Member Brendan
Matthew Lahey  Huntsville ISD Huntsville Independent School District

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Huntsville Elementary School Students Picture Themselves in Twenty Years

As this blog dedicates itself to sharing our department's view's of the district, it's only fair to let you know we saw the future hanging in the halls of Huntsville Elementary School.   See for yourself~

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These are among the hundreds of individual photos of our students- there's one for each and every one of our kids at the school- that allow them to picture themselves in their future career.

H.E.S. counselor Stephanie Sanders discovered this program (which can also be used as a fundraiser), and brought it to our district.  Look for this program coming later this fall to Samuel Walker Houston Elementary, Scott Johnson Elementary and Stewart Elementary schools!

Matthew Lahey  Huntsville ISD Huntsville Independent School District

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October is BOOgle Time with Tricks AND Treats!

Last year, our district did it- we "went Google!"  Our staff trained our teachers, and let them loose to explore the massive world that is Google Apps for Education.

Buwahahha?!  Nah, don't be scared- it's just BOOgle.
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We have been excited to see how our teachers are using the Apps, and happy to tutor them along the way. As it's been a year, we think it's a great opportunity to reconnect, so our district tech training initiative for the month of October is what we call BOOgle.

BOOgle is a series of sessions that review the features and provide a reorientation of not only how the Apps work, but how they work together.

Matthew Lahey with tips on remembering the difference between Apps vs. Extensions (aka The Tricks)
[Notice candy, cookies and chips (aka The Treats)  on table in foreground...and no, we didn't bring the banana. :-) ]

Samuel W. Houston Elementary's Counselor just received a shiny new Chromebook!

The Google Apps Suite is huge, so there's a lot of territory to cover.  This month's effort focuses on reorienting teachers with the 'global view' of the Google Apps for Education suite, and a demonstration of  how powerful the Apps are in transforming their work life. And it's a chance to give out candy...and chips!

Samuel W. Houston Elementary teachers get down to business.
Jessica Moore on her Chromebook,  while (clockwise from the top) Jennifer Smock,
Betsy Marlin and Kayla Provencio look on.

After the BOOgle training, we will be available to follow up in small groups with teachers' App-specific questions.

Matthew Lahey  Huntsville ISD Huntsville Independent School District

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The TNT Academy is like Dynamite

Last week, our new teachers participated in Day 1 of The New Teacher Training Academy (TNT) in one of our new district training rooms here at the High School. Teachers spent the first day learning about topics such as Communicating Effectively with Parents, Creating Classroom Procedures, and Managing Resources with Kim Beth Buchanan and Amy Mayer, and most importantly, from each other.

Jessica Powell listening to a teacher presentation.
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Participants broke into groups, researched a topic and then presented their findings to the rest of the cohort.

Huntsville High School Principal Beth Burt & longtime-HISD-employee-though-new-teaching Mance Park Middle School teacher Cathy Landrum enjoy the conversation.

As these teachers already have a few weeks of school under their belt, the day also provided a venue for collaboration, camaraderie and conviviality.

New teacher Doug Johnston relates a point from teaching the freshly reestablished AutoTech program at the high school.

Day Two will take place in early November.

Until then, let's all welcome to the District our new teachers!

Dakota Alexander
Elizabeth Ashley
Lisa Black
Ashley Bonine
Joeanne Bonjorno
Seth Bracken
Suzanna Carvajal
Amanda Cason
Gianna Diaz
Brandi Dougherty
Amanda Fisher
Kenneth Goines
Elizabeth Gore
Kiya Harris
Keri Herzog
Taylor Hodge
Shandilynne Holley
Jessica Hunter
Douglas Johnson
Kim Kelley
Perry Kelly
Cathy Landrum
Brittany Long
Amber Meeks
Robin Miller
Melissa Miller
Yolanda Nephew
Megan Parish
Jaime Pesl
Melissa Peterson
Patrina Polviriyakij
Elizabeth Poprik
Teresay Powell
Holly Ramirez
Gloria Roberts
John Rudolph
Marlene Sapein-Najera
Megan Smith
Elizabeth Stolle
Kelli Stout
Lauren Thomas
Jennifer Walters
Charolyn Washington
Bailee York
Amber Young
Matthew Lahey  Huntsville ISD Huntsville Independent School District