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School Climate & Culture

Greet & Peek

Parents are invited to tour the building prior to the start of each school year. The purpose of the brief event is to allow parents a brief opportunity to see (greet) their teacher and view (peek at) their child’s learning environment prior to the start of the school year.

Newsletters

Monthly newsletters are sent home and posted online to inform the community of events and happenings at Twin Hills and promote a positive school culture.

Professional Research & Learning Communities

The faculty assumes responsibility for their professionalism by leading Professional Learning Community presentations at monthly faculty meetings. The faculty stays abreast of curricular trends and offers to pilot innovative instructional resources and techniques to improve their practice and student learning.

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

Every student, parent/guardian, and/or staff member benefit from the PTA. The PTA contributes greatly to the success of the school, providing a way for parents/guardians and other caring adults to become involved and serves as a major communication link between parents, school staff, central office administrators, and the school board.

Restorative Justice Practice

In tandem with the Star Program, we use restorative justice practices to address poor behavior choices and promote inclusive peer conflict resolution. Teaching staff, parents, and students have learned to speak, listen, hear, and, most importantly, understand each other, which has minimized the number of discipline referrals and suspensions, fostering a warm and loving school environment for students to learn.

Star Student Program

A positive behavior support program that helps students focus on expected behaviors and encourages them to ‘get caught doing something good’. Students receive ‘Star Tickets’ for random acts of kindness, meeting a personal behavioral goal, or for simply just doing the right thing, believing it much more effective to recognize positive choices as a means of eliminating unwanted behaviors. Each month teachers select a Star Student and a Student Reaching for the Stars. 

Star Students are students who typically make positive behavior choices and reflect a responsible work ethic.

Students Reaching for the Stars often struggle academically, socially, or behaviorally. These students are selected based on their effort to improve in one or more of those areas.

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Trustworthy
Achiever
Respectful

School Attendance Data

  • 2017-2018 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 3.9%. (State Average: 8.9%)
  • 2018-2019 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 9.3%* (State Average: 8.2%)*The district underwent a restructure resulting in 50% newly enrolled students and families who did not have the prior benefit of our school’s attendance expectations and protocols)

Stakeholder Surveys

Each year students, parents, and staff are invited to express their opinions about our school’s effectiveness through the use of surveys. We happily accept their perspectives understanding each individual stakeholder makes an important difference for the collective whole. The data collected from these surveys are used to initiate programs and measure their effectiveness.

Title 1 Leadership Team

Twin Hills Title 1 Leadership Team consists of school stakeholders who assist school administration in making programming and fiscal decisions for instruction. Parents are invited to participate as part of the monthly meetings, planning and implementing school-wide programs and activities. The following are sub-committees of the team:

  • Safety Committee (Bi-Monthly Meetings): Coordinates with a district designee to review and revise safety protocols
  • Literacy Committee (Bi-Monthly Meetings): Reviews and discusses matters pertinent to literacy instruction and co-curricular activities
  • Climate Committee: Coordinates activities that promote positive morale among the staff (e.g. Sweet Wednesdays and Secret Pal gift exchanges)
  • Black History Committee: coordinates activities during the month of February