Hamilton Heights Elementary School Newsletter
August 28, 2008 Principal - Mrs. Heather Gorgas
Volume 1, Issue 1 Dean of Students – Mr. Mike Hilton
Principal’s News as a Special Education Instructional
Assistant, and Miss Brown will be working
with our students on reading
Welcome back to school! I am very intervention. Felicia Tindal will join our
excited to serve as Principal of Hamilton Special Education staff as well.
Heights Elementary! Our school has a Something new this year, we will give
reputation of excellence and we will ISTEP+ twice as the state of Indiana
continue our hard work and dedication
Upcoming makes the switch from fall testing to
to remain an outstanding place for your spring testing. The ISTEP+ testing dates
Events children to learn! are below:
We have a few new faces among us as Fall Testing – Sept. 15th – 26th, 2008
♦ September 1 – NO we begin this school year! In addition Spring Testing – Mar 2nd – 11th, 2009
SCHOOL to our new Special Education teacher Apr 27th – May 5th, 2009
joining us who spent last year at HHMS,
♦ September 3 – Mrs. Brittney Hensley, I’d like to We are excited to be back to school and
Fundraiser kick off th
introduce our new 5 grade teacher, hope that this year will be one of the
♦ September 4 – PDD Miss Andrea Holt. Andrea comes to us best! If you ever need anything, don’t
from Anderson University. In addition hesitate to contact us in the front office
to Miss Holt, we have hired Mrs. Knott and we’ll be happy to assist!
♦ September 9 – PTO
Here’s to a great school year!
Meeting 6:30 HHES
♦ September 10 – Mrs. Gorgas
Market Day pick up
6:30 – 7:30 pm School News
♦ September 12 –
Midterms sent home Writing Celebration PTO Information
♦ September 15-26 – In connection with our school Thank you to all who
ISTEP testing improvement goals, we will attended the ice cream
♦ September 24 – celebrate student writing in our social on August 7th. We
School picture day building. Our focus is on the 6 had a wonderful turnout!
♦ September 25 – 5th traits of writing. As we begin the
grade Science convo school year we are reviewing all 6
♦ October 3 – Traits: Organization, Voice,
Homecoming – early Sentence Fluency, Word Choice,
September 15th - 26th
dismissal and Conventions. As we progress
through the year we will focus and
Hamilton Heights Please have your student
Elementary School dig deeper studying each of the
to school each day on
25150 SR 19 traits.
P.O. Box 400
time and well rested!
Arcadia, IN 46030 Please don’t schedule
Phone: Principal Pride Awards appointments during the
(317) 984-3547 testing dates if at all
Throughout this school year, possible.
Fax: those students who receive
Principal Pride Awards will be
We’re on the Web! highlighted here!
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With the new school year under Third Grade News Fourth Grade News
way, children are at an
increased risk of sleep Third Grade has gotten off to a Our group discussed this at
deprivation. Getting into a new great start this year! After our meeting this morning.
routine can be difficult as the getting to know each other, the We are reviewing for
strict schedule of school building, and classroom ISTEP. Our flexible,
abruptly takes the place of late procedures, students began differentiated Math groups
summer nights. It is traveling to their flexible Math are operating. Everyone is
recommended that school-aged groups. In the near future, we reviewing 6+1 Writing
children get 10- 11 hours of will begin the same type of Traits.
sleep a night. Sleep deprivation
grouping for Reading. Our
affects not only academic and
social skills, but a childs health
Social Studies focus is on
as well. Lack of sleep is citizenship and building
detrimental to a child’s relationships is the focus in
development. It is important for Health.
adults to act as role models and
provide a strict sleep routine for
children to follow to allow them
the best nights sleep. This will Fifth Grade News
help children reach their highest
potential each day.” Fifth grade is going
through some exciting
A Note from Special changes right now! September 1st
We've started our
Education… math/science switches. It's been Labor Day
Learn about common special
education terms. ADHD, BIP, IEP -
a lot of fun getting to know all of No School
the different students in 5th
are you in the know when it comes
grade. Also, the fifth grade is
Have a fun
to special education acronyms?
Feeling comfortable with these planning a science convocation on and safe
terms will help you communicate September 25th, which should be a three day
more effectively about your child's great way to wrap up ISTEP
needs. Here's a look at some of the testing. weekend!
acronyms you might come across as
you and your child navigate the
special education process.
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD - Attention Deficit Special Areas – Art, Music, Physical Education
BIP - Behavioral Intervention Plan
In Elementary Physical Education, Nutcracker Ballet performance
ESL - English as a Second Language
FBA - Functional Behavioral we have reviewed procedures, on December 5 at Clowes Hall.
Assessment played putt putt golf, did the
GT - Gifted/Talented Toucanz Obstacle Course and are ART
HI - Hearing Impaired beginning soccer skills. The first Third, fourth, and fifth grades
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Specialty Day will be November 5. have all started their Art to
IEP - Individualized Education Remember pictures. Artwork
MUSIC will be sent off to the company
Program (sometimes called
Individualized Education Plan)
Music classes are learning about in September and packets will
IQ - Intelligence Quotient our National Anthem, The Star be sent home towards the end
LD - Learning Disabilities Spangled Banner. The fourth of Sept. Our Artist of the
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment graders will attend The
TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury Month is Pablo Picasso.
VI - Visually Impaired