Hózhó Academy Newsletter

For the Week of October 30th - November 3rd, 2023

Weekly Updates

Hello Hózhó Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Fall Family Fun Night! Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 31st students may dress as a book character or author of a book (please refer to the lists below). They must have the character, title, and author labeled on their costume. Any K-6 classroom parties will be up to the classroom teacher.

Students may choose from any grade on either list...

Barney Charter School Literature List

Additional Quality Literature List

Civil Air Patrol Meeting - The Civil Air Patrol is having an open meeting tonight (10/30) from 5:30-7:30 in room 319 for anyone 12+ interested in joining. Civil Air Patrol focuses on Aerospace education, STEM activities, and leadership training. ABQ leadership will be flying down to officially charter our Hozho squadron and answer questions. They will give up-close tours of their Cessna aircraft at the Gallup airport.

Report Cards - Report cards have gone home. If you have not received your child's report card, please contact the front office.

Christmas Wreath Orders - Pre-orders for Christmas wreaths will be taken until November 17th. Click here to fill out the wreath order form and return it to the front office.

Holiday Craft Fair - Saturday, December 2nd, will be our annual Holiday Craft Fair. If you are interested in being a vendor, click here to fill out the form and return it to the front office.

Hózhó Wears Red - A 7th-grade student is starting an initiative to honor our veterans and active military, especially those deployed. Coming soon, you can order a red Hózhó shirt for students to wear on Fridays if they wish. Stay tuned!

Winter Jackets - The community pantry has winter jackets available through the Food for Kids program in size 18 youth. If you have a student who would benefit from a new winter jacket this year in these sizes, please email Mrs. Tanner at atanner@hozhoacademy.org

Important Dates

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October 31st - Dress as your favorite book character or author

November 10th - No School (Veteran's Day)

November 17th - Cultural Fall Festival

November 20th-24th - No School (Thanksgiving Break)

December 2nd - Holiday Craft Fair 10 AM - 3 PM

Important Links

Art Class Highlight

Mr. Blanchard's first-grade class helped make Hózhó's first Harvest Festival banner! Students chose to draw either an aspen leaf or an oak leaf and then cut it out and glued it to the banner.

Dance Team

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Hózhó Sports

Meet our Staff Members

Hi, my name is Mr. Paul Roundtree and I'm the 6th grade Latin and Writing teacher. Seeing student growth and the future of civilization is what motivates me at work. I did a long aimless stint in junior college, then studied Journalism at CSU Sacramento, and then took my BA in Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College. My educational philosophy is to lead students to freedom rather than fill their heads with data. When I'm not working, I like to read and spend time with my family.

Three words to best describe me: Fun, eclectic, and analytical

Fun fact about me: I like to cook!

Favorite book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Literacy Corner by Elise Farrell

Why is my child not permitted an eraser in the classroom?

This is a great question and likely something those of you with younger children have noticed.

When our students are first learning how to read and write their phonograms, they are given pencils without erasers. Instead of erasing a mistake, the students are taught to cross it out using a clear, neat, and simple dash mark across the mistake.This may seem strange, however there are several very intentional reasons behind this.

  1. This teaches the student to 'pause and think' before making any pencil marking, teaching them to be intentional with even the smallest things such as handwriting.
  2. It allows the teacher to see what kind of mistakes the students are making and thus plan how to best support the students.
  3. Erasers slow down a student's pacing. Omitting them maintains pacing in the classroom.
  4. Lastly, Literacy Essentials as previously mentioned is a multisensory approach to learning, a big piece of which is kinesthetic (learning by doing, through intentional movement). When students erase a mistake, they are simply making it 'go away.' Crossing out the mistake allows the students to see their error, remember it, and learn from it. They understand that mistakes are part of the learning process.

As the year progresses, students are able to visibly see their progress from their first practice pages to their current one. They take pride in their accomplishment, often exclaiming aloud 'Look! This page has almost no strikes! I got better!'. Then, when the teachers see fit, they are gifted their first eraser.

Have a question about our Literacy or ELA curriculum? Email efarrell@hozhoacademy.org !

Book of the Week:

The Legend of Sleepy Hallow

Washington Irving

There is no better story to close our 'haunting books' series and to kick off Halloween week than The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. Ichabod Crane is a schoolteacher who comes to the town of Sleepy Hallow, a town haunted by ghost stories. Soon Ichabod finds himself being chased by one of the most bone-chilling of them all...the headless horseman.

Hózhó Academy 2023-2024 School Calendar

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Hózhó Academy Charter School

Email: office@hozhoacademy.org

Website: https://hozhoacademy.org/
Location: 515 Park Ave, Gallup, NM, USA
Phone: (505) 722-8922
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hozhoacademy
Twitter: @HozhoA

Transportation Department: (505) 458-4923 or email khillock@hozhoacademy.org

Afterschool (After 4 PM): (505) 488-8758