Dear Hassayampa Family:
Welcome to the second semester of the 2018-19 school year. Every staff member has been working very hard to prepare meaningful and rigorous lessons for our incredible students. We have set very high expectations and have made plans to ensure that every student at Hassayampa will be successful.
Student academic success is the primary goal of every staff member. We believe that every child will learn to the highest level, and we are prepared to offer time and support to every student that needs it. I ask for your support and participation in this effort by sending your child to school on time EVERY DAY, encouraging your child to read at least 30 minutes every evening (or read to your child), monitoring your child’s homework, and asking your child to share what they learned at school each day. The dedication you have for your child today will have a life-long impact on who they will become in the future. Academic Parent Teacher Team events and parent-teacher conferences will occur during the second week back. These scheduled times are great opportunities for you and the classroom teacher to build your partnership for your child's benefit.
We are excited about the start of the new school semester and hope that you will continue to support our community and school during the busiest time of the school year. Although supervision of students is available at 7:45 a.m., the school day officially begins at 8:00 a.m.; students are considered tardy at 8:05. Students should be in their classrooms by 8:00. Student safety is also a priority, and I am asking for your continued cooperation with the provision of a safe environment. If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment via phone or email. Mornings are quite busy and don’t lend themselves well to holding meetings. After the doors close in the morning, keep in mind that all campus visitors must enter through the main office, sign-in and get a visitor's pass when visiting campus.
We had great fun during our assemblies in December! I look forward to our many great events occurring this semester: Academic Parent Teacher Team events, Principal’s Coffees, Honors Assemblies, Festival Fridays, and much more! For the most up-to-date information, please check the school website, Facebook, Class Dojo and your teacher’s weekly newsletters. Don't forget to add important calendar information to your families calendar. I look forward to seeing you all at our many events!
The New Year always offers new possibilities. Today every child is an 'A' student! Together, we can have continued success for your child.
Here on our news page we will keep you posted on all upcoming events and activities. Check back often for any new developments!
SCHOOL SPELLING BEE
On December 13, Hassayampa held our 3rd school spelling bee! Each 3rd-5th grade level determined grade level representatives for the event. This spelling bee determined our school winners who will represent us in the district spelling bee to be held on January 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Vulture Peak Middle School.
Congratulations and good luck to our Hassayampa representatives: 4th grade – Paola Holquin, Levi Butler, and Brayan Flores; 5th grade – Conner Blankenship, Sergio Perez, Nevada Putnam, 5th graders Laila Neal and Miley Heuser are the runners up. 5th grader Emma Lamb was our overall school winner! These students will represent Hassayampa at the District Spelling Bee on January 14.
It is important for students to be on time and ready for school each mroning! Students may arrive at school as early as 7:45 a.m. At 7:45, staff will open the ramp gates for students to walk to classrooms. Parents wanting to walk their chilrdren to class may do so as well. The doors between the office and the classrooms will remain closed until 7:45.
Classroom instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. Students are considered tardy at 8:05 a.m. For children who will be eating breakfast at school, please ensure that they arrive in time to get breakfast, eat, and make it to class on time.
If the 7:45 drop-off is a challenge, Power Hour is a great option for families who need an earlier start. Power Hour starts at 7:00 a.m. Contact your child's teacher or the front office to sign up.
Thank you for your help in starting the day right!
A Note from the Health Station
Research shows that attendance is an important factor in school success. A child who misses a day of school misses a day of learning. There are several things you can do to improve your child’s school attendance:
Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.
- Don’t accept excuses for why your child “must” be late or miss school. Support school rules and consequences for missing class and being tardy.
- Lead by example. If your child sees you take off work for no reason, they might expect to be able to do the same thing.
- Talk with your child about the importance of attending school regularly.
If your child is ill and must miss school, please give us a call to let us know - 928-684-6750.
Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders
STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
The student drop off in the morning is the parking lot in front of the stairs to the school. Ms. Henneman is our morning greeter and looks forward to seeing you and your child. Ms. Henneman, as well as other staff, are not on duty until 7:45 a.m. Please do not drop your child off until you see someone on duty. For longer stops, please park and walk your child to the sidewalk. We do not permit students in the parking lot without an adult. For those times that you may need to be somewhere early, please make arrangements for your child to either ride the bus or be taken to school by someone else.
In the afternoon, parents may wait in line for their child to be sent to their car or park in the lot and wait for students at the gate. Again, we do not permit students in the parking lot unless escorted by an adult. Please do not call your child from the car as we will not allow him/her to enter the lot. This is for your child’s safety. Please follow the traffic flow through the parking lot and be courteous to drivers and pedestrians.
Technology in our School!
Technology has become a huge part of our American lifestyle. Top jobs require employees to have technology skills. This is why Hassayampa has been working hard to develop a plan to increase access for our students. We currently have two computer labs in the building. Most classrooms have either a projector, Smart Board, and /or Elmo. Only recently were Chromebooks purchased for each general education classroom. One per K-2 classroom and three per 3rd-5th grade classroom. With a generous individual donation, we purchased a few more. Additionally, we are using funds generated through our Scholastic Book Fairs and Holiday Sales to order 16 more!
Our goal is to supply each classroom at Hassayampa a set of Chromebooks. Yes, one for each student! Little by little, we are working toward this goal. If you would like to learn more about this project, please join us at Principal's Coffee or at the next PTA meeting.
Thank you for your support!
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