Heights Elementary

IB World School

January 5, 2021

Volume 7 Issue 5

*Our Children * Our World *Our Future

Mission: Heights Elementary IB World School is dedicated to developing balanced, lifelong learners through educational excellence, a global perspective, reflection and action.

Vision: To Be A World Class School.

About Heights

School Hours: 7:55 am—2:10 pm

Doors Open: 7:30 am

Breakfast: 7:30-7:45 am

Heights Contact Information:

Address: 15200 Alexandria Ct. Ft. Myers, FL 33908

Telephone: 239.481.1761 Fax:239.481.3154

Website: het.leeschools.net

Twitter: @HeightsIB

Facebook: Heights Elementary

Heights Website

Click here to visit the Heights website

From The Principal:

Dear Heights Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year. We hope you had a restful break and are sending your student back to school rejuvenated for the end of the 2nd quarter. All of us at Heights are excited to be back and look forward to a positive, wonderful and challenging 2021.

The start of the 3rd quarter is right around the corner (Feb. 1st), be sure to have your child set goals for the remainder of the school year. Setting goals can improve performance, increase motivation to achieve, increase pride and satisfaction in performance, and improve self-confidence. So take some time to reflect with your child, and think about goals for this school year. By having your child give input to the goals, they will be able to self reflect on the areas they feel they need to improve and take ownership and be more intrinsically motivated to reach the goals. Then write them down and place in a safe but easily accessible place. The goals can be pulled out at any time one starts to get sidetracked. Below are some sample goals:

  1. Complete my homework each night.
  2. Exercise daily but make it fun!
  3. Eat more fresh fruit and my vegetables.
  4. Read, read, and read, “The more I read, the better I’ll read”!


After School Program: Dodie Lytle

IB and 5th grade Exhibition: Michelle Edwards

MTSS & 504 Accommodations: Lindsey Thorstad

Contact Information Changes: Michele Curry

Transportation: Mike Licata

Gifted Questions: Ashley Jarzyk

Clinic: Cheri Mack (Clinic Assistant) or Katie Rodriguez (School Nurse)

Lee Home Connect and Covid 19 Concerns: Anika Carter

What's Happening at Heights?

Jan. 14th: 80th Day of School - Back to the 80's Day

Jan. 18th: Dr. Martin Luther King Day (Schools Closed)

Jan. 29th: Early Dismissal at 12:10 pm/ End of quarter 2

Jan. 29th: No After School Program (Early Dismissal) All Heights students picked up by 12:45.

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Enjoy Your Retirement Ms. Murray

In 1994, Ms. Murray started her long Heights journey has a classroom parent and later transitioned into a paraprofessional. After earning her certification in Elementary Education, Ms. Murray became a Heights Kg teacher in 2004. Every great teacher has to retire one day, but her deeds and her teachings will always remain in the hearts of her students. Since 2004, Ms. Murray has inspired so many students and staff to do their absolute best. January 8th will be Ms. Murray's last day as a Heights teacher. We will surely miss her a lot and will always be grateful for her service to the Heights family. Happy retirement!

The Heights family will miss Ms. Murray!

i-Ready Progress Monitoring Assessment

Progress monitoring allows teachers and staff to track students' academic progress or growth across the entire school year. During the i-Ready progress monitoring windows listed below your student will participate in the mid-year progress monitoring assessments for ELA (reading) and Math. 5th graders will also participate in the Science assessment. Heights families will receive a print out of their students progress Feb. 16th. Heights students took the baseline i-Ready assessment at the beginning of the school year.

ELA: Jan. 19th-27th

Math: Jan. 28th-Feb. 5th

Science: Feb. 2nd-5th (5th grade ONLY)

The Progress Monitoring assessment measures growth on the same scale as the Diagnostic which means educators can see whether the student is on track to meet end-of-year expectations. Built for the state standards, i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction helps students make real gains.

The reading diagnostic (ELA) assesses skills in the following

areas, known as domains:

– Phonological Awareness

– Phonics

– High‐Frequency Words

– Vocabulary

– Comprehension: Literature

– Comprehension: Informational Text

The math diagnostic assesses skills in the following areas, known as domains:

– Number and Operations

– Measurement and Data

– Algebra and Algebraic Thinking

– Geometry

Once students finish the Diagnostic, the results are used to provide customized and differentiated instruction to meet their needs i‐Ready will support your child whether they are below, on, or above grade level.

i-Ready Family Center

Click here for videos and resources for families to use at home

Interim and Report Card Dates

Quarter 2:

February 11, 2021 – Report Cards will be mailed home.

Quarter 3:

March 8, 2021 – Interims will be located on FOCUS

April 27, 2021 – Report Cards will be mailed home.

Quarter 4:

May 17, 2021 – Interims will be located on FOCUS

June 17, 2021 – Report Cards will be mailed home.

Changes with Learning Models - Jan. 11th

January 11th will be the first day for students making a change to their current learning model. If your student is scheduled to return to Face to Face Learning from Home Connect or Lee Virtual School, January 11th will be their first day back on campus. Students returning to Face to Face Learning will need to bring all of their Home Connect learning materials (Chromebooks, workbooks, textbooks, etc) back with them on Jan. 11th. Don't forget your mask!

Someone from the Heights staff will be contacting all of our Heights families that are making a change to their learning model letting them know who their student's teacher will be.

If your student will be continuing the Home Connect Model, you will continue to follow the same procedures and expectations that took place during the 1st semester.

If you should have any questions or concerns please contact Mr. Palow or Mrs. Carter at the school (239)481-1761.

IB Profile Word for January: Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
Mission: Becoming Principled
Lee County 2020-2021

Lee County Schools Instructional Calendar

Sponsorship for 5th grade field trip

Thank you to the Nicholson Family for organizing a $1000 donation from the Physicians Primary Care as a Title Sponsor and Stokes Marine donated $500 as an IB Sponsor. Thank you for being a sponsor for our 5th grade trip.

Ice Cream Sales

Ice cream cups are on sale every Friday during lunch time. Each student will be limited to one ice cream cup during their lunch. The cost is $1 per cup. Money collected from ice cream sales goes to the Principal's Discretionary Fund. This fund is used to celebrate a variety of events and activities for our students and staff throughout the school year.

Families New To Heights for the 2021-2022 School Year

Do you have any friends with students starting Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year? Have them check out the Heights website for more information about our wonderful school. On the Heights website they will find a virtual video that shows all the great thing that happen in our Kg classrooms. The video was recorded prior to the pandemic. Heights continues to follow all of the CDC and School District of Lee County safety guidelines.

Heights Read-A-Thon Coming in February 2021

This year, we are excited to announce that we will hold a Read-A-Thon fundraiser. The Read-A-Thon is a program that brings students together with family and friends. To encourage reading and to build literacy skills.

The main focus of the Read-A-Thon is for everyone to know we are committed to improving reading skills. The Read-A-Thon promises to be a fun, exciting journey for all participants as they begin a personal Reading Adventure that challenges each reader to complete 10 reading sessions over our 2 week event.

Also, the Read-A-Thon is an online event. Families and friends of their students will be visiting their Read-A-Thon website on a regular basis. The Heights Read-A-Thon page could have over 25,000 page views or more. We have a fabulous way to promote your business or practice to all of our Heights families for much less than a typical advertising. And best of all Heights keeps most of the money from business sponsorships.

How your business ad could be seen 25,000 time:

When you support our Read-A-Thon your business advertisement is placed on several pages viewed by our reader's family, friends, and supporters. If you are interested in being a business sponsor for the Heights Read-A-Thon or you would like some more information please contact Jenny DeCicco JenniferRD@LeeSchools.net or Lacey Davis LaceyKD@LeeSchools.Net.

More information about the upcoming Read-A-Thon will be sent out sometime around February 16th.

Drop Off and Pick up Safety

Watch for Symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

The District has set up a hotline to help answer questions pertaining to COVID-19. Parents can also fill out the Incident Notification Form if a student has symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19: COVID-19 Incident Notification Hotline (239) 356-2800

COVID-19 Incident Notification Online Form

Parents can fill out the Incident Notification Form if a student has symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19

Coming Soon

Feb. 3rd: Class Pictures - More information to come

Feb.15th: Presidents Day (Schools Closed)

March 15th-19th: Spring Break (Schools Closed)

April 2nd: Good Friday (Schools Closed)

April 5th: Easter Monday (Schools Closed)

April 16th: Early Dismissal Day (12:10)/End of 3rd Quarter

April 16th: Heights After School Care Closed (before school care will be available)

May 31st: Memorial Day (Schools Closed)

June 15th-17th: Early Dismissal Days (12:10)

June 17th: Last Day of School for students

FortifyFL: Suspicious activity

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.

Notification to Parents Regarding Out-of-Field Teachers

Florida State Statute 1012.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teachers at Heights Elementary are certified, but may be assigned one or more classes outside their areas of certification and are required to take appropriate steps to comply with the statutory regulation:

Makenzie Carner.

In addition, the following teachers are engaged in training to add the endorsement, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), to their certificates:

Jordon Stamper, Austin McElyea, Wendy Sokhanvari, Briana Grelinski, Stacey Head, Taylor Wahl, Makenzie Carner, Madison Barker, Nicole Driscoll, & Amber Shaw.

The School Board of Lee County

Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Chair)

Betsy Vaughn, District 6 (Vice Chair)

Mary Fischer, District 1
Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2
Chris N. Patricca, District 3
Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5
Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Kathy Dupuy-Bruno, Esq., Board Attorney

Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D., Superintendent