Howard Gardner Community School

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From the Desk of Dr. Taylor

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is December which means that it is Universal Human Rights Month. Although, at HGCS we commit each day to celebrating and honoring the cultures and customs and removing barriers to working and learning, it is appropriate to have a reminder that we all play a part in being an inclusive and tolerant society.

A special and sincere thank you to any and all that helped make our Fall Festival a wonderful evening shared together. I am proud to report that your generosity gave our campus $4000 (an HGCS record!) toward an elegant 8th grade banquet at the close of this school year. When our students eat together for their final time, you will be a part of their HGCS tenure and memories. Also, a 6th grade event is also in the works since it does not look as if the camp will take place.

Our time together in December is rather short but jam packed with learning and assessing. This serves as a reminder that the week of December 13th - 17th are early release days so that our staff can administer a second round of tests to gauge your student's progress. We look forward to sharing this growth with you when we return in January. But note, when students return in January on the 11th, this week is also an early release week so that we can host our student led conferences.

At HGCS, we believe that your involvement and input is critical to our improvement and success. We value your voice and appreciate the insight that you share. If you have not done so already, please complete the Parent Input Survey that was emailed out to you or click on the link below.

Finally, December marks my first six months together. As this holiday season approaches, I find myself humbled more and more that you trust us with your child's education. We understand how precious this notion is and are fully committed to giving you and your child the best. We have a lot of work in front of us but I could not be more grateful for this community, staff and especially your children. May this season bring you peace, safety and a time for warm memory making.

As always, I am a phone call or email or drop in away...don't be a stranger!

Being the Change,

Danielle L. Taylor, Ed.D

If you have not done so already, please click on the link below to access our Parent Involvement Survey. If you wish to translate it, right click, select translate and choose the desired language!
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Twas the Night Before...

Head over to HGCS on Tuesday, December 14th at 5:30 pm for our Family Literacy Night. Enjoy holiday books from around the world and enjoy some yummy cookies...all on us!

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As you may be aware, the COVID-19 vaccination is now available to children between the ages of 5 and 11. Use of the vaccine for individuals ages 12 to 17 was approved in May 2021, which means the majority of our students are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Although vaccine availability for children 5 to 11 moves us one step closer to California’s plan to mandate vaccines for all school-aged children, the state’s new regulation won’t apply until vaccines for juveniles, ages 12-17, and children, ages 5-11, are fully authorized by the FDA. Once the vaccines are fully approved, students will have until the next term to complete their vaccinations and attend school in person. State officials have said that July 1 is the earliest the mandate is expected to begin.]

The County of San Diego offers these reasons why young people should get a vaccine:

• COVID-19 vaccines are the safest way to acquire protection from the COVID-19 virus.

• While less common, young people may still suffer serious symptoms or long-term effects from COVID-19 disease.

• Younger people may spread the virus to more vulnerable members of our community.

• The more vaccinated individuals our community has, the less opportunity there is for different or new strains to spread or occur.

• Fully vaccinated individuals can feel safer doing the things they enjoy.

• Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine at home if exposed unless they develop symptoms. At this time, the vaccine created by Pfizer is the only one available to individuals ages 5 to 11.

According to the FDA, the vaccine is administered as a two-dose primary series, three weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms). If you plan to get your child vaccinated, first check with your health care provider for availability. If you cannot get a vaccination from a health care provider, visit or the County of San Diego vaccination website, or check with your local pharmacy or community clinic. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination process, please visit the county’s resource webpage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Taylor.

Board Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 5-6:30pm

This is an online event.

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Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 5-5:30pm

647 E Street

Chula Vista, CA

Family Literacy Night

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 5:30-7pm

647 E Street

Chula Vista, CA

Early Release - Assessment Week

Monday, Dec. 13th, 12:30pm to Friday, Dec. 17th, 12:30pm

647 E Street

Chula Vista, CA

TK-K will release at 12:00 pm and 1st - 8th will release at 12:30 pm.

Winter Break

Monday, Dec. 20th, 8:30am to Tuesday, Jan. 11th 2022 at 8:30am

647 E Street

Chula Vista, CA


70 youth sing #IMAGINE at a flash mob to mark #UNICEF 70 years for every child