Hartman Elementary

Hartman Happenings

Featured Cool Cat of the Week

Name: Vicki Skipwith

Title: Kindergarten Teacher

Years taught at Hartman: 19

Previous schools: Community ISD, Humble ISD, & Even Start

Family: Married to high school sweetheart, Bob. Daughter Haddie is a nurse. Daughter Kelsey is a 4th grade teacher. Son Logan is a senior at the University of Texas and majors in electrical engineering. Vicki has a new son-in-law that is a blessing to their family.

What she loves most about Hartman: co-workers and children

What she likes to do when not at school: scrapbook, read, spend time with family

Favorite teams: Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Texas, Wylie East, & Wylie High

Favorite place to visit: New York City

Something most people don't know about her: Vicki and her husband both attended Hartman and all three of their children attended Hartman!

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Congratulations to Jack Lyons for being honored as the Jimmy John's Student of the Week!

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Counselor's Corner

I had the unique opportunity this week to listen to Dr. Shane Lopez, the world's leading researcher on hope. I always learn not only as a counselor, but perhaps more importantly as a parent. From parent to parent, here's what you may want to know about hope!


What is hope? According to Dr. Lopez hopeful students believe that tomorrow will be better than than the present and that they have the power to make it so. Hopeful students are happy, resilient, engaged, excited about the future, and go to school.


Students who have hope perform better in school and are more likely to attend and finish college. The most exciting fact for me is that hope is not related to income or intelligence! That means every single student has a fair opportunity at hope.



How can you help your child develop hope?

1. Allow your child to participate in activities they are passionate about.

2. Provide your child the opportunity to speak with people who love their career.

3. Keep talking to your student about their strengths and what they do well.

4. Have your child set their own goals. They will take ownership in their goals if they set them.

5. Ask your child about one thing they learned at school today and then discuss how that will help them in the future.

6. Encourage your child to write and draw about they want to do in the future. For example they may draw a picture of themselves working at their dream job or attending the college of their choice.

7. Provide positive role models in your child's life.


Holly Hensley

Hartman School Counselor

Congratulations to Alyssa Boyd for Collecting the Most Box Tops for Hartman!

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Box Tops

Watch for a box top collection sheet that will be sent home with your student. This is our last chance to collect box tops and make easy money for our Cool Cats. Every little bit helps! Thank you for your efforts.

Free Safe Conversations Weekend Experience

This program is endorsed by the mayor of Dallas. It is completely free and there is a program for teens and children that teach them safe conversation skills (sending and receiving with zero negativity) as well as parents in the couple sessions. There are usually almost 100 counselors volunteering their time to support the seminar during the process. This event will take place at Fairpark as well as a Richardson satellite location as well.



If you would like more information check out this website: http://www.communitycounselingassociates.com/cca-news

100th Day of School Celebration

Students Who Earned the Principal's Award Were Honored At Breakfast With Mrs. Ballast

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Upcoming Dates

February 8th-11th: Candy grams on sale

Friday, February 12th: Breakfast with Dads 6:30-7:30am

Friday, February 12th: Valentine's Day parties 1:45-2:15

Monday, February 15th: No school for students, professional development for staff

Friday, February 19th: 4th Symphony field trip, 8-11:30am

Friday, February 26th: 80's costume day, pep rally 1:45

February 29th-March 4th: WISD college week

March 7th-11th: Spring Break

Thursday, March 17th: 1st grade musical 9am & 7pm

Thursday, March 17th: PTA general meeting 7pm

Thursday, March 24th: No school for students, professional development for staff

Thursday, March 25th: Good Friday, no school

Tuesday, March 29th: 4th grade STAAR writing

Tuesday, March 29th: Kona Ice truck @ Hartman

Friday, April 1st: Hoops For Heart