Heights Happenings

April 6, 2023

Newsletter from Mrs. Gossett

April 6, 2023

Hello Amazing Families of Heights,

Please read below to stay in the know about all of the fantastic things happening at Heights.

Yearbook Photos Needed

Do you have any school photos to share for consideration for our 2022-2023 Heights Yearbook? Please send your photos to yearbook@heightspto.com in order to have your school memories shared. So take a look through your camera roll and find those photos from field trips, spirit days, field day, community events, first day, etc. We appreciate you looking through your photos for any current school year pictures.

Movie Night - Apr 21, 2023

Please save the date for our Movie Night, Basket Raffles and Art Show from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come out and enjoy the movie Luca on our big field. Food trucks will be available and Mrs. O’Connor is preparing an Art Show from student work in the cafeteria. The crowd favorite is always the baskets that will be raffled off in the Gym. Look for more information to come about pre-purchasing raffle tickets at a discounted price. Thank you to our families for donating the items for each of the baskets related to the theme selected by each homeroom. Some of the themes include Lego, Grilling, Pool/Beach Time, Pamper Mom, Coffee and Chocolate, Sports, Pet Lovers, Game Night, Art, Baking, Lunch with the Principal, Disney, All things Star Wars and so many more. We can’t wait for this fun event and would like to thank C & S Sporting Goods for sponsoring this event, and our parent organizers, Hollis Procopio and Lynne Turner for bringing back this pre-COVID family gathering.

Madison Heights Art Fair Volunteers April 10 - 27

Mrs. O’Connor is in need of volunteers to help with preparation for the Art Fair. Click here to see photos from a previous Art Fair held in our cafeteria. The Art Fair is held in conjunction with Movie Night so make sure to visit the cafeteria and see the great art work from our students. The Art Fair will need one or two volunteers from each classroom to help make this event a success

Volunteer Activities/Dates/Times include:

  1. April 10th and April 11th – 3:00 – 5:00 – Mounting Art. Mounting art involves arranging art to be hung on butcher paper.

  2. April 17th and April 18th – 3:00 -4:30 – Hanging Art. The mounted art will be hung on the cafeteria walls in preparation for the event.

  3. April 21 – Event (no sign up volunteer needed but if you attend please feel free to come by and check in with Ms. O’Connor).

  4. April 27th – 3:00- 4:30 – Take down the Art to close out the event.

Sign up to volunteer for the opportunities above at this link!


Spring Testing:

  • NWEA MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Testing - NWEA MAP is an assessment tool that measures student achievement in Math and Reading. It is a Computer-Based Test taken by all K-4 students at Heights in April. The results of the assessment support teachers with providing targeted instruction to meet student needs, close learning gaps, and help students grow academically.

This assessment was formerly known as the AZMerit Assessment. Students in grades 3-4 will be taking the Arizona Academic Standards Assessment (AASA) during the first and second week of April. AASA is a Computer Based Test that measures our students' proficiency on state standards. A more detailed schedule of AASA will be sent home to 3rd and 4th-grade families as we get closer to the test date.

  • 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 April/first week of May. 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 in late April with our own speaking assessment modeled after AAPPL and our Novice and Intermediate speaking indicators.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

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

April 21 - Movie Night and Themed Baskets for raffle on the Heights Playground

April 26 - Student Showcase at Heights - 5-7pm..Stay tuned for more information

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

Have an amazing weekend,

Priscilla Gossett


Madison Heights Elementary School

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