Academy Adventures Midtown

-Building on Strengths-

September 2019

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Campbell's Corner

Hello and happy September. We are off to a fantastic start! We have finished the Beginning of the year testing which helps the teachers plan what and how best to teach your child. We had a good turnout for our Open House and teachers shared information about their classrooms.

Thank you to all of our parents who were able to join us for our Parent Appreciation breakfast and first parent meeting. We had a great time eating eggs and hash browns which Mr. Jack cooked and breads which our students made as part of the Title IV Healthy Snacks program. We also discussed fundraising and the End of Year Family Field Trip. We sent home the information shared so please let us know how you can help! Our next meeting is on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Parent/teacher conferences are Wednesday, September 11 through Friday, September 13. Please watch for letters to come home, as we require all parents to come in for a conference with your child(ren)’s teacher.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 19, 2019 for Performances by our 2nd and 3rd graders followed by Coffee and Donuts. It will be the first of many events for you to come and enjoy. Watch for notices and please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Class

With three full weeks of the 2019-2020 Academy Adventures Midtown school year under our belt, Mrs. Gilbert's students have learned so much! We have met our first few SuperKids! Cass, who has taught us the letter C, the sounds and how to write the letter. SuperKid Oswald has taught us capitol and lower case letters, as well as some odd animals starting with O.

As Kindergartners and first graders, we know our days of the week and months of the year by singing "7 Days of the Week" and "12 Months in a Year" almost everyday.

Because Kindergarten can count and model up to five, we will be learning addition shortly! First graders are doing so well at addition that we will be learning subtraction over the next couple weeks. Mrs. Gilbert's students have become architects and have planned and built designs in the classroom and have explored their creative sides with learning the primary colors and tie-dying.

We continue to look forward to seeing their faces shine and brains become stronger this year! Keep up the awesome attendance!

2nd & 3rd Grade Class

We are off to a great start this year. The students are learning a great deal in second and third grade. We had a cooking project this week, and students made 9 loaves of bread. Although it was great magnitude of ingredients to manipulate, they did a great job and completed the momentousness task. I hope the breads all tasted delicious at the Friday breakfast. :) That was a great deal of bread to make for second and third graders.

I am enjoying working with your students. I have some wonderful students who are working very hard, and I have already grown very fond of them. Most students are working diligently.

In Math, the focus has been learning place value and that each place is times ten. The students have also learned expanded notation and we practiced our math vocabulary, so it will be easier to read directions and turn numbers into word form. They need their math vocabulary under their belt to complete that task.

In Language Arts, we are focusing on vocabulary. The students are given spelling words on Monday and also give new words to learn each week for sight words. We have a ring of words and are reading sight word cards and other vocabulary words. The second grade is reading SuperKids and completing activities to go with each lesson. The third graders are reading Classic Tales, Aladdin. They are answering questions to go with the text. They are reading context clue cards helping them to gain focus on gleaning the important elements of literature from the text.

In Writing, the students have written a personal narrative. We will continue to practice writing weekly. The students need to learn to read better and have a greater word base, to excel in Writing, but for now, I am helping the students spell words. This skill will come in time and it is a process.

In Social Studies, we are learning about landmarks and American symbols. We have learned about the importance of landmarks and the Statue of Liberty. The students also learned the meaning of the flag as a symbol of the United States. The students made a Statue of Liberty beyond the New York Harbor in Ellis Island. They are beginning to understand the importance of liberty and freedom.

We enjoyed a few math games this week. The students enjoyed walking around the world. Last week we awarded two students of the week, Gage and Marcelo did an excellent job. I will choose two students each week. We have many great students in our class. Everyday I give class points for all tasks completed appropriately and which are well done. We are getting closer to our 500 point goal. The students will earn a whole class reward at 500 points. I know they are looking forward to voting on their reward.

4th & 5th Grade Class

In CKLA, students are learning about personal narratives. They are reading about childhood memories of authors such as Mary Pope Osborne, who wrote the Magic Treehouse books, and Walter Dean Myers who has written books in many different genres: adventures, biographies, history, music, poetry, sports, and war. We are working on reading fluency and answering questions by finding the information in the text to support our answers.

In GoMath, we are learning about place values to the hundred thousands, multiplication by 1- and two-digit numbers and grouping, as well as addition and subtraction to one million. Our class is practicing multiplication math facts using a program called Rocket Math which we use 3 times a week. It is helping our math fluency!

Students will have specific assigned homework 2-4 times a week and they will have reading passages, spelling/vocabulary words and practicing multiplication facts to work on as well.

Thank you for working with me to make your child the best student they can be! If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!


We have the best Parents and they deserve to be recognized! We hope you all enjoyed the breakfast on Friday, August 23rd! It was a lot of fun for the students and staff to put on this event to celebrate you! Thank you for attending! We are especially thankful for those parents who were able to stay for the Parent Meeting and provided great feedback on fundraising and the End of Year Family Field Trip. Information was sent home to those who were unable to attend. Please let us know if you can help with any of our fundraising activities and/or have any other ideas for us.

A special thank you to Mr. Jack for being a great Chef, Mrs. Record's class for making the yummy breads through our Title IVA Healthy Snack Program, Mrs. Gilbert's class making the awesome table center pieces and our Board Members Carol and Cathy for helping serve!

Title IVA - Healthy Snack Program

Last year students had the opportunity to help make the snacks they ate during the day (morning and after school) and we have begun that program again this year! The focus of the Healthy Snack Program is to make snacks that are not only healthier, but also higher in protein, contain more whole grains, low in sugar (and substituting more natural sweeteners such as honey), incorporating more fresh fruits & vegetables and overall a more balanced snack. The students love making the snacks and trying new things.

The program incorporates math skills, language arts skills and science skills! We encourage you to ask your child to help you in the kitchen! It is a great opportunity to spend some time with your child and see what skills they are learning.

Watch for recipes! We will share some of the students favorite recipes in upcoming newsletters!

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  • Every Wednesday is Late Start! School begins at 9:00 AM. Students can arrive at 8:30 AM for breakfast. Please do not arrive prior to 8:30 AM, we do not have anyone to monitor your children.
  • Parents please make sure that you are not dropping off your child(ren) prior to 7:30 AM. Gates open at 7:30 AM. We do not have staff available before that time to watch your children. If you arrive prior to 7:30 AM, you will be required to wait out front with your child until 7:30 AM. If you have any questions, please speak with Mrs. Campbell.
  • On Wednesdays, students cannot arrive prior to 8:30 AM. If you arrive earlier, you will need to wait with your child outside. We do not have staff available to watch your children prior to 8:30 AM.
  • Our after school program, extended day learning Adventures, is a free program open to all enrolled students. The program begins right after school at 2:15 pm and goes until 5:00 pm. Please make sure you are picking your child up by 5:00 pm.
  • This program is not mandatory. If your child does not behave appropriately and participate, you will be required to come pick them up and depending on the circumstances they may or may not be allowed to return. Please speak with your child about acting appropriately and participating after school.
  • We are beginning our fundraising efforts for the End of Year Family Field Trip! Information was provided at the meeting on the 23rd and we will send home info to those families who were unable to attend. It is important that we have everyone's participation!
  • How can you help?! There are many ways to help support the fundraising efforts such as: Ask Local Businesses for Donations for our Raffles, Help with Bake Sales, Donate items for Bake Sales, Help Sell and/or Buy Raffle Tickets, Attend Meetings and Provide Input, Help with Advertising Fundraising Events, Sign Up to help with a particular fundraiser, and much more!
  • Watch for information to come home about our upcoming fundraising events and meetings. If you have any suggestions, please speak with Mrs. Campbell.
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Congratulations to all the students who had Perfect Attendance! To qualify for Perfect Attendance, students cannot miss a day of school, including “no lates” or “no early outs”.

Brian Lujan

Antony Montano Larios

Cataleya Sutton Salazar

Gilberto Gabriel Urquijo Garcia

Gabriel Arenas


Congratulations to all the students who received an Academic Achievement Award! The Academic Achievement Award may be given to a student in each class that exhibits excellence in the quality and/or quantity of their school work. Recipients are selected by each classroom teacher. There is one student per month selected from each classroom.

Xavier Camacho -

Xavier pushes himself to try his hardest and is very open to learning, as well as setting a positive example for his peers!

Shiloh Villegas -

Shiloh is a great listener and completes his tasks with a high level of achievement.

Aden Dinow -

Aden has been trying really hard to learn and show what he knows and to finish his assignments.


Congratulations to all the students who received the Attitude Award! A student is selected for an Attitude Award based upon their demonstration of a “want to do” and “can do" academic attitude, along with being positive and having the courage to be imperfect. “If you don’t try, you don’t get!” Recipients are selected by the classroom teacher. There is one student per month selected from each classroom.

Enoch VanVactor -

Enoch continues to be motivated and excited every day as he progresses through tracing his letters and numbers.

Gage Hansen -

Gage has always kept a great attitude. Gage is always helping his group and the teacher. He has a winning attitude that shines brightly at school everyday.

Hawa Hamadi -

Hawa has a positive attitude and works with her classmates when they need help.

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Monday, Sep. 2nd, 7:30pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

School will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observation of Labor Day! Enjoy your three (3) day weekend!


Tuesday, Sep. 10th, 2:15pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Bake Sale after school! Money raised will help pay for our End of Year Family Field Trip! We would appreciate donations of baked goods and volunteers to help run the bake sale (please RSVP below if you can donate or help with the bake sale).

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Wednesday, Sep. 11th, 8am to Friday, Sep. 13th, 4pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Parent Teacher Conferences are September 11th - 13th. Conferences are mandatory for all students. They only take about 15 minutes. Watch for sign up sheets to come home. This is a great opportunity to find out how your child is doing in school! If you have multiple children in different classes, we will do our best to help you schedule them all in a row on the same day if needed.


Thursday, Sep. 19th, 9-10am

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Join us for our first performances of the year! Our 2nd and 3rd Grade students will be performing. Immediately following their performance, coffee and donuts will be served. Come support our students! Please RSVP either here or with the form sent home. We want to make sure we have enough coffee and donuts for everyone!

We will be having another parent meeting immediately following the Coffee & Donuts!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 2:15pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Bake Sale after school! Money raised will help pay for our End of Year Family Field Trip! We would appreciate donations of baked goods and volunteers to help run the bake sale (please RSVP below if you can donate or help with the bake sale).

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Monday, Sep. 30th, 2:15pm to Friday, Oct. 18th, 4pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Our first big fundraiser of the year! Baggin's Double Dough Cookie Dough comes in boxes of 36 pre-portioned uncooked cookies. All you have to do is pop them in the oven and you have fresh baked cookies!

We make $5 per box sold. Last year this was a big hit with our families and one of our largest fundraisers. We will need parents who are willing to help get packets ready to go home, count money and help day of cookie dough arrive to put the orders together. Please let Mrs. Campbell know if you can help.

District Notice of Discrimination

Academy Adventures Midtown does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to all programs. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Patricia Campbell, 520-777-3757 or email at: