May 9, 2022
Hello Harvard Parents,
Tomorrow we begin the administration of the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Our school community promotes a calm and encouraging learning environment for our test takers. We kindly ask parents to be mindful of the testing schedule. You can help by avoiding picking up students early or dropping off forgotten items.
Also, we are happy to announce we have hired a School Social Worker. Ms. Mia Sepulveda, LMSW, will start on May 20th!
As always, we appreciate your cooperation and understanding!
Think you can...Work hard...Get smart!
Harvard Elementary Principal
- May 17 Brown Bag Adm Chat
- May 18 Parent Garden Workday
- May 23-26 Kinder-4th Grade Student Led-Conference
- May 27 5th Grade IB Exhibition
- May 23-27 Scholastic Book Fair
- May 30 Memorial Day (No School)
- May 31-June 3 PreK-5th grade EOY Award Day
- June 7 EOY Class Celebration
- June 7 Donovan Park Field Trip (Last Day of School)
3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students will take the STAAR assessment this week. To ensure your child’s success, students should arrive at school no later than 7:35 a.m. each day of testing and receive a good night’s sleep and breakfast. Remember, HISD provides free breakfast for all students.
In preparation for these three days, please help us with the following:
Your child attends school and is on time.
Call the office if your child will be tardy for any reason.
Please do not make plans to check your child out early from school.
Testing security prohibits technology devices at school.
Devices include, but are not limited to:
If a student arrives at school with a device, it will be picked up by the teacher and secured for the duration of testing.
Students may bring a book to read after they complete their test.
Visitors will not be permitted on campus.
Teaching and Learning
Student Led Conferences
Join us for Student-Led Conferences during the week of May 23rd. This is when students are responsible for leading the conference and taking responsibility for their learning by sharing the process with their parents.
Please be on the lookout for an email from your child's teacher regarding the details/dates.
As the end of the year approaches, we are ensuring transportation services are ready and available for the next school year.
Once the window for submission opens, I will input the request. As a reminder, the requests could take up to 2-3 weeks to process.
HISD Transportation Eligibility
Resident district students who are attending magnet programs on approved transfers and who reside two or more miles (as measured along the shortest route that may be traveled on public roads) from their assigned campuses are eligible for transportation services at district designated stops.
If you are planning on utilizing HISD transportation services for the 2022-2023 school year, please submit your student’s name: https://forms.gle/87zAwV2PdZPtqNzh6
Alejandra Perez, M. Ed.
My name is Audrey Warren and I am Harvard’s Wraparound Specialist. As we get closer to the end of the school year and the Summer Break, the Wraparound Specialists in the Heights Feeder Pattern are putting together a Summertime Community Guide with resources and services available for the upcoming summer season. Please submit a Student Assistance Form (SAF) to receive the Summertime Community Guide to your email once it is released.
My role is to identify our students’ non-academic needs and connect them with our community’s resources and services. Please feel free to contact me if your family needs assistance or if you have any questions about what I can do for you. I am always here to help!
Audrey Warren (she/her)
Wraparound Specialist, Harvard Elementary
Our Heights Wraparound Team conducting a Houston Food Bank Distribution at Browning Elementary
Ms. Warren with new uniforms for Harvard's Resource Room!
Lost n' Found cleanout at Harvard Park
Hogg Health Center
- Well child visits
- Illness visits
- Mental health counseling
- Dental services
- School and sports physicals
- Asthma management
- Dietician counseling
- Mental health counseling
- Dental services
Please visit this link to view the Hogg Health Center information page, flyers, contact information, and consent forms.
Hogg Middle School, Bldg 510
Hours: Mon - Fri, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Phone: (713) 864-7614
Fax: (713) 864-9004
April has been a busy month! Students finished their Ellen O'Neal Art Scholarship Contest pieces about trees. (See winners below!) Our Young Audiences visitor, Mrs. Vickie, finished the IB mural with students. (See pictures below.)
Students have been learning about soil types, water retention, life cycles, and how the earth's surface changing can impact the environment.
Follow us on Instagram for more sneak peeks into our class @mrsshannonsclass
Green City Recycler
Mrs. Ruiz's class recycled the most with 76 lbs. and will be receiving a pizza party from GCR this month! Congratulations!
Mr. Montes's Class was in 2nd place at 56 lbs. and Mrs. Shank's Class was in 3rd at 36 lbs.
Don't let the recycling stop in April! The textile monster is hungry all year long!
Thank you families for joining us at the One Book One School Launch Party! Thanks to Ms. Narvaez, we have an easy to read site where you can access all the Daily Trivia questions (click here).
The Little Prince challenge will be due May 27th. One winner from each grade level will be invited to join us for a special luncheon in the outdoor classroom to celebrate their creation! A giant shout out to the Harvard PTA, it is because of their funding that this entire program is able to take place at our school. Thank you for providing us a means to foster community through literature!
Follow us on Instagram @bookingsince1898 for book recommendations, updates and more behind the scenes of our library!
Families that wish to shop with their student can come during their teacher's block (VIPS approved) or shop after school from 3-4pm.We will be accepting cash, credit card and e wallet. But starting at 3pm, credit card or e wallet only.
For families unable to attend, we highly encourage you to set up an e wallet account for your student: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/parent-how-it-works.html?fairID=5091319
It works as a book fair gift card! You can even have family members add onto it as a gift!
April was a lot of fun for students in PE. This is the time of year that we practice the Field Day relays and the variety of stations. Students collaborated in class on what a good sportsmanship should look like and sound like during class and on Field Day.
Students in 3rd-5th grade are completing their End of Year PE assessment. Students are taking the Pacer Test to assess their cardiovascular endurance. They have been competing against themselves; students were trying to beat their beginning of year results.
I couldn't be more proud of our Fifth grade students; they have been working with Young Audience creating a student driven Hip Hop dance. Each class created a whole group dance and then broke off into small groups. The small groups created a dance to showcase in the overall dance. Way to go 5th grade students.
Highlights from Field Day: click on the link below
Coding & Robotics
We are finishing the year with some fun math projects. I always enjoy teaching the students how math can be used in art. We made grid art, and learned about pixels. We have been also been discussing Roman numerals and our One Book One School choice The Little Prince.
Follow me on Instagram @darronbeekman or email me at email@example.com for more information.
In music class, we are finishing the year strong with a variety of performance showcases. Our 2nd graders performed musical theater songs for their families and peers on April 26th. Please see the letter below from Main Street Theater to read more about the residency program we were fortunate to collaborate on. The students learned many new things about musical theater and the importance of teamwork when performing together on stage!
Congratulations to all of our students who performed in the Harvard Talent Show this past week at Hogg Middle School. The choir opened up the show with a beautiful performance of "Amani Utupe Na Ustawi" (Grant us peace, give us courage) and "I Love the Mountains". Then we showcased individuals and small groups of Harvard students with a wide variety of talents. What a night! It takes guts to perform for an audience, so we are grateful that many of our students chose to be risk-takers and share their talents with our community.
I am very proud of the progress that all of our students have made in their music studies this year. Each class will perform the Harvard Song and a class-selected song at their End-of-Year ceremonies. Hope to see you all there!
Harvard Elementary Music Teacher
Ellen O'Neal Art Scholarship Contest
Students used sketching, oil pastels, and water colors to create images of different types of trees! Five local Heights artists chose the top 3 art pieces from each grade level! Below are the winners!
Harvard teachers and staff have a new coffee bar, courtesy of your Harvard Elementary PTA! To celebrate, we have a contest with prizes generously donated by Starbucks on Yale.
FAMILIES: To enter, find a FUN coffee mug that our Harvard teachers and staff will appreciate! Take a picture of the mug. Add a picture to the contest Facebook post, direct message to Harvard PTA instagram so we can post in our stories, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop off the coffee mug to the school (have your student bring it to their teacher or drop off to the front office).
TEACHERS: To enter, submit a pic of you enjoying the coffee bar at school!