Education Director's Newsletter

March 2021

A message from the Director

Happy March everyone! You may have noticed that we are now sending our weekly update newsletters to help keep everyone up to date on HCC's weekly happenings and keep our monthly newsletters focused on Academics, Parent Crew, HCC Foundation, and Board updates. Our last update received 266 views! We hope you are enjoying them and feel like you are in the loop.


ENGAGEMENT SURVEYS:

Each year, the Idaho State Department of Education conducts student, parent, and staff engagement survey for each school. Students will take their surveys in class next week. Parents, please click here to access your survey. These surveys are required as part of Idaho’s accountability system. Thank you in advance for completing this survey.

Reports Cards Will be Sent Home on Monday

Report cards will be sent home with your child on Monday, March 8. Please make sure to sign and send the envelope back to school on the following Monday. Last grading period we had a few questions regarding our standards based grading. We realize it is quite different than traditional grading using an A-F grading scale. To help everyone have a better idea of why standards based grading is being used at Hayden Canyon Charter, we are sharing a great video created by Nampa Unified School District. https://video.link/w/sjOVb

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's report card, please do not hesitate to reach out to their teacher.

Dr. Seuss Week

This week students are going to celebrate Dr. Seuss Week and Read Across America. Students in primary grades will be reading Dr. Seuss books, fun facts about Dr. Seuss will be read each day during morning announcements, students in grades K-2 will be listening to a Dr. Seuss story and building Dr. Seuss crazy structures in Mr. Swofford's Makerspace class, and we'll end the week by dressing up as a character from a Dr. Seuss book!

Classroom March Happenings

Kindergarten:

ELA - Students will be finishing up their weather narratives and sending home videos of the students sharing their story. They will celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America with lots of fun activities and will complete their monthly Istation assessment.

Math: Students are wrapping up the chapter on Numbers to 20.

Skills Block: Students will work on/review CVC words and short vowels

High frequency words: at, has, is, it, was, his, for , or, by, by, are, with, and will.

Students are looking forward to starting their next module on Trees Are Alive!


First Grade: 1st Grade will be finishing their narrative poems and paintings about "What the sun sees" to complete their Sun, Moon and Stars module and then will dive into Module 3. In this module, students build their literacy skills as they engage in an in-depth study of birds’ bodies. The module focuses on big ideas derived from the Science Standards: Animals have physical features that help them survive; and animals behave in ways that help them survive.


Second Grade: Second grade is finishing up their module 2 on paleontology. Students have loved studying fossils, dinosaurs and famous paleontologists. Students will wrap up their learning by writing a narrative from the perspective of a paleontologist discovering a fossil for the first time. Students worked on peer editing and revising with their writing partners.1st Grade will be finishing their narrative poems and paintings about "What the sun sees" to complete their Sun, Moon and Stars module and then will dive into Module 3. In this module, students build their literacy skills as they engage in an in-depth study of birds’ bodies. The module focuses on big ideas derived from the Science Standards: Animals have physical features that help them survive; and animals behave in ways that help them survive.


Fifth Grade:

Math In math we will look at the order of operations, and how it can be applied to real-life scenarios.

English Language Arts/Science

In both English Language Arts and science we will be reading and learning about biodiversity in the rainforest. Our science portion is filled with science experiments and activities.

Social Studies

Students will examine the causes of the Civil War. This unit is filled with hands-on learning experiences as we look at the challenges our nation faced during this time.


Mrs. Lawson's Sixth Grade Math: Mrs. Lawson's 6th grade math is beginning a project to write a book about fractions. Students have chosen jobs they feel they could be considered an expert consultant on: writing, putting ideas into words, art and graphics, layout and design, research, and project management. They will be beginning this project on March 1 with an anticipated completion date of March 25. The book will be written for a 5th grade audience and published upon completion as a contribution to the HCC Library.


Music: K-2 is continuing to learn and work on singing together and alone, differentiating beat and rhythm, and learning the note names on the staff.

3rd grade has begun working on the piano and learning note names!

4th grade is continuing to work on the piano and has been improvising pentatonic melodies.

5-8 all have been assigned a melody composition assignment, which will be presented this week.

HCC Foundation and Parent Crew News

HCC Annual Gala Updates

  • The next Gala Planning Committee meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 at the school. If you would like to join us virtually, please email haydencanyoncharterfoundation@gmail.com for the link
  • Class Gala Baskets: To help make this year’s Gala & Auction a success, each class will be putting together a basket with a fun, unique theme to be raffled/auctioned at the Gala. Information about these class baskets will be coming home this week!
  • For more information or to purchase tickets to the Gala on April 15, please visit haydencanyoncharter.org/gala


Parent Crew Meeting

Parent Crew's next virtual meeting will be held on Monday, March 8 at 6:30pm. All are welcome to join! To receive the link to the meeting and be notified of future meetings and volunteer opportunities, please email Parent Crew at HCCParentCrew@gmail.com and/or join us on Facebook in the HCC Parent Crew group.

Calendar of Events

March 4- Dr. Seuss Dress up day! Dress up like your favorite Dr. Seuss character!

March 4- Module Presentation Videos sent home, ( you may have already received a video).

March 8- Report Cards sent home.

March 29-April 2- Spring Break