IB World School
*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.
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:
- Complete my homework each night.
- Exercise daily but make it fun!
- Eat more fresh fruit and my vegetables.
- 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.
Enjoy Your Retirement Ms. Murray
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
– High‐Frequency Words
– 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
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.
Interim and Report Card Dates
February 11, 2021 – Report Cards will be mailed home.
March 8, 2021 – Interims will be located on FOCUS
April 27, 2021 – Report Cards will be mailed home.
May 17, 2021 – Interims will be located on FOCUS
June 17, 2021 – Report Cards will be mailed home.
Changes with Learning Models - Jan. 11th
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.
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
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
Hang Up Before You Pick Up
Please put your phones away and help keep our students safe as you enter the campus.
Student Drop Off Area
Please drop your student off after the Student Drop Off Starts Here sign. This will allow the Heights staff to make sure students are safe as they exit the vehicle.
Please pull forward as much as possible. That way we can maximize the space available and allow more cars to enter the campus area for drop off or pick up.
Hang Up Before You Pick Up
Student Drop Off Area
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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
Parents can fill out the Incident Notification Form if a student has symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19
Feb. 3rd: Class Pictures - More information to comeFeb.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
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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:
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)
Kathy Dupuy-Bruno, Esq., Board Attorney
Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D., Superintendent