Heights Happenings

April 7, 2023

Newsletter from Mrs. Gossett

April 7, 2023

Hello Amazing Families of Heights,

Please read below to stay informed about all of the fantastic things happening at Madison Heights.

Movie Night - Please see the information below in this newsletter to order your presale discounted raffle tickets and see all of the cool themes of the baskets that will be raffled.

Spring Testing

AASA - The administration of the AASA assessment has gone well for third and fourth grade students. We have had very few students absent which cuts down on the time to makeup the assessment. As a reminder we have two days left for AASA Testing. Each testing block will be 90 minutes. It is important that students arrive on time. The assessment will begin promptly at 8:00 am. Students who arrive late will not be allowed to enter the testing session and will complete the assessment during one of our scheduled makeup days.

AASA Schedule for 3rd and 4th Grade Testing:

  • Tuesday, April 11th - Reading Part 2 and Math Part 2 (3rd and 4th Grade)

  • Thursday, April 13th - Oral Reading Fluency (3rd Grade only)

MAP - Our final administration of the MAP assessment for this school year will be the week of May 1. As soon as we complete the schedule we will provide the information in one of the upcoming weekly newsletter. As a reminder all K-4 students take the MAP Reading and Math assessment. For those families who are not familiar with the MAP test, it is an adaptive test where the results are used to help teachers make instructional decisions that enhance academic growth for your child. To find out more information about the MAP assessment, please click on the link below. We will be sending home MAP results in a few weeks when testing is completed.

MAP - Common Questions for Families

AAPPL - ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)

The AAPPL Assessment is for our third and fourth-grade students. The AAPPL assesses Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Reading, and Interpretive Listening. Ratings are assigned according to the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners. Compared to AASA and MAP, it is a much shorter assessment. Our third and fourth graders will be taking the assessment with the Spanish Language Arts Teachers during the last week of May 8th. We will be sending home your child’s AAPPL results at the end of the year. Students in Kindergarten through second grade do not participate in the AAPPL assessment, however, we do assess their Spanish Speaking abilities during the first week in May with our own speaking assessment modeled after AAPPL and our Novice and Intermediate speaking indicators.


To see a demo of the AAPPL assessment use this link: - https://tinyurl.com/244uex5d. Once you have accessed the AAPPL Demo page, scroll all the way down to the AAPPL Form A and B assessments. Find the Spanish Assessment and select one of the four assessments to review. Our students will take Form A of the assessment, while students at Madison Number One take From B.
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Movie Night - 4/21/23 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Thank you to C&S Sporting Goods for Sponsoring our Movie Night on April 21st

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Basket Raffle Themes

See the basket themes below and be ready with your raffle tickets. Please donate an item related to your child's homeroom if you have not already done so.


Mrs. Burnham - Pamper Mom Basket

Mrs. Jensen - Disney Basket-All Things Disney

Ms. Harris - Sports Basket

Mrs. Martinez - Game Night Basket

Ms. Torres - Art Basket

First Grade

Mrs. Anchondo - Diner and a Movie Basket

Mrs. Aguilar - Ice Cream Basket

Ms. Hyde - Grillers Delight

Mrs. Ryba - Painting Basket

Mrs. Spector - Pool/Beach time

Second Grade

Mrs. Aguayo - Road trip Basket

Mrs. Mattison - Lego Basket

Ms. Teran - Eco-chic

Ms. Wong - Pet Lover Basket

Mrs. Heilman - Out of this World/ All Things Star Wars

Third Grade

Mrs. Barnett-Noel - Outdoor Fun Basket

Mrs. Dulin - Amazon Basket

Ms. Garcia - Movie Night at home Basket

Mrs. Martinson - Coffee and Chocolate Basket

Mrs. Andreasen - Baking with kids Basket

Fourth Grade

Mr. Delgado - Family Beauty Basket

Mrs. Juarez - Italian Dinner Night Basket

Mrs. Weitzel - Target Basket

Mrs. Heinlein - Baking with kids Basket

Preschool - Mexican Dinner Night Basket


Mrs. Coughlin - Snack and games with Mrs. Coughlin

Mrs. Gossett - Lunch with Principal Basket

Student Showcase Night - April 26, 2023, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Please mark your calendars for our Student Showcase Night. This is an event where students lead parents through topics and skills they have learned throughout the year. We are staggering the start times for this event by last name. This allows us to minimize the crowding in the classroom so that families can sit at the tables and participate in their students' explanations of what they have learned throughout the year. It also helps tremendously with traffic and parking. Thank you for adhering to this schedule.

  • Families with Last Names:

    • A-D: 5:00 - 5:30 pm

    • E-K: 5:30 - 6:00 pm

    • L-R: 6:00 - 6:30 pm

    • S-Z: 6:30 - 7:00 pm

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Mark your calendars for these important dates:

April 12 - PTO Meeting in the Cafeteria, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

April 14 - Second Grade Field Trip to the Arizona Science Center

April 21 - 1st Grade Field Trip to the Reptile Sanctuary

April 21 - Movie Night and Themed Baskets for raffle on the Heights Playground , 6-9pm

April 26 - Student Showcase at Heights - 5-7pm

April 28 - Dia de los Niños - Baile Folklórico Group and Fiesta..Stay tuned for more information

April 28 - PTO Fundraiser - Karen Scott Jewelry, 4:00 - 8:00 pm

May 2 - First Grade Field Trip to the children’s theatrical production of Frosh Follies at Xavier College Prep.

May 2 - Kindergarten Concert at the Madison Center for the Arts

May 5 - Mariachi Del Sol Master’s Class at the Madison Center for the Arts for Kinder, 1st, 3rd & 4th Grades

May 12 - Bilingual Career Day

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