Tiger Times

Harmony Science Academy-Waco

April 14, 2021 Issue 24

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.William Butler Yeats

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Looking Ahead: Important Dates

4/19-23rd- K2 MAP tests

4/12-15th- Parent Conferences

5/11-13th-In Person 3-5th graders STAAR Tests

5/18-20th-Virtual 3-5th graders STAAR Tests

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Calling all singers!


If you've enjoyed the virtual choir projects that we have been putting together this year, you'll be excited to hear that Harmony is putting together a similar project featuring ALL Harmony campuses! This project is open to any all interested students. Parents and staff members are invited to submit videos as well! The song for the project is "Heal the World" by Michael Jackson. You can find a video with lyrics to practice with here: https://youtu.be/fzDft0DZRUw
Please note that this is an independent project and class time will not be given to practice the music. Anyone who is interested should practice the music on their own and record their videos no later than this Friday, April 16. Please send completed recordings to me at jwallace@harmonytx.org. Please note that I am not in charge of this project, and submitting a video does not guarantee that it will be used for the final project. See the following document for more information on how to record and submit your videos: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iNGCQE1rmOLx0TrPDccTGdvp7kdJI6Ol/view?usp=sharing
Please let me know if you have any questions!

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PreK

This week, we are learning about the many different forms of transportation and where they travel. We will focus on letter Ww, 3D shapes, and rhyming. We continue to review numbers and practice counting objects. We encourage you to practice with your child at home also.-Mrs. Vasquez

This week in Pre-KB we are learning; the letter W, reviewing numbers (11-15), reviewing basic colors, reviewing shapes, working on sight words (see, my, like), and working on rhyming words (cake, fan, hat). Let’s have a great week!!! -Ms. Bateman

This week in Pre-K C we are learning the letter W, talking about patterns, and learning about seasons. Ms. Ingroum

Kindergarten

No live zoom lessons next week due to MAP testing, please remember to do the lessons and exit tickets each day. In ELA we will be working on fact and opinion, sequencing, writing complete sentences and checking for complete sentences, long vowels a and i with sneaky e. Words to know this week: know, out, same, take. In math we are beginning money and identifying coins and how much they are worth. In social studies we are also working on money. In science we are continuing with plant and animal characteristics. We hope that you have a great week, and please encourage your child to do their best on their MAP testing. -Kindergarten Team

1st Grade

Thank you for participating in parent-teacher conferences. In math we will be working on telling time to the hour and half hour. In reading we are working on spelling words with the endings ng, nk, ing, s and es. For social studies we ae working on money and trade. We are introducing life cycles and studying the life cycle of a chicken in science.

2nd Grade

This week we will be going over contractions and how to spell them correctly using apostrophes to take the place of letters when combining two words. We will be reading poems and learning the different elements included in a poem. We will be reviewing adjectives and adverbs and using them in practice sentences to describe nouns and verbs. Students should be reading every day for at least 20 minutes to improve reading skills and comprehension. -Ms. Brown

2A/2C ELA- This week we are diving into Module 9: Home Sweet Habitat Week 2. Keep in mind we are behind a day, due to the Friday we had off, so our assessments will be on Monday 4/12/21. Go back and make sure your child passed the Selection Quiz and Module Assessment Wk1 with a 70% or higher. This week's reading lesson will be on 3 letter blends, contractions, chronological order, and elements of poetry. For Grammar, we are learning about adjectives and adverbs. For Writing, we are learning how to write a research report on a chosen animal. We are also learning how to cite our sources. Please be on time and present everyday! The end is near.. Parent/Teacher Conferences are this week after school. (Call the front office or message me on Dojo to schedule a time.) REMEMBER TO BRING WATER BOTTLES EVERYDAY! -Ms. B.Martinez

Math- We will finish up our unit over multiplication and division this week. We will be taking our test over this topic. Please make sure that your child shows up to class on time everyday. -Ms. Lester

This week students will continue our unit on Biological Evolution. We will be studying characteristics of plants. Our lessons this week include fun, hands-on activities your students can complete at home. Please check dojo regularly and make sure students are completing all assignments with a 70 or higher.-Mrs. A. Martinez

3rd Grade

ELA-This week we will be reviewing how to find the central idea of a story and the supporting details. We will be going over figurative language and key words to identify each kind of figurative language. Students will practice using text evidence and their background knowledge to make inferences while reading a passage. Our spelling pattern will be words with the augh and ough sounds. Students should be reading every day for at least 20 minutes to improve reading skills and comprehension! -Ms. Brown

Hello! I want to take this time to highlight the online resource of Education Galaxy! This is a great resource to review topics for the upcoming Math and Reading STAAR tests! Please use this at home! If you need your student's login information please let Ms. Curtis know! -Ms. Curtis

This week students will continue our unit - Plants & Animals. We will be studying food chains and ecosystems. Please check dojo regularly and make sure students are completing all assignments with a 70 or higher.-Mrs. A. Martinez

4th Grade

4B will be finishing our Author's Study on Patricia Polacco and taking the 4th grade STAAR Writing Test (hopefully)-Ms. Swanner

This week students will continue our unit - Organisms and Environment. We will be studying producers, consumers, and decomposers and their roles in the foo chain. Please make sure all STEMscopes assignments are completed and turned in! Please check dojo regularly and make sure students are completing all assignments with a 70 or higher.-Mrs. A. Martinez

This week we are working on our measurement unit, creating stem-and-leaf plots, dot plots, and frequency tables!-Ms. McCaig

We are reading "Coopers Lesson" and making inferences. -Mrs. Driver

5th Grade

In social studies, the students will be studying the initial battle of the Civil War that took place at Fort Sumter. After South Carolina seceded from the Union its authorities demanded that the United States Army leave the bases in Charleston Harbor. Of course The U.S. Army refused. In science the students will be reviewing 5.7A (Fossil Fuels: oil, natural gas, coal), their viability in extremely cold weather and the significance of carbon dioxide to life on Earth .Carbon Dioxide is the elementary food of plants. Without carbon dioxide there would be no plants. Without plants there would be no humans (plants provide us with oxygen). It is that simple.-Mr. Walton

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week in Reading we are talking about the elements of informational and persuasive text. Parent-Teacher conferences are going on all this week. Please call the front office and make an appointment, all of the 5th-grade teachers will be on the same zoom to answer questions for you. The STAAR is quickly approaching and it is very important that students are completing assignments that I have put in there daily to help prepare them for the test and attending zoom classes. Attendance is crucial right now. Please have your student present with their faces showing on zoom with their camera on. It is very important that students are completing their assignments and exit tickets daily in a timely manner. Please check the dojo daily, and contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for all you do!-Mrs. Dunford

Hello 5th grade parents and guardians! We are starting our STAAR countdown review this week. We will be reviewing the main concepts learned and what strategies can be applied to these concepts on the STAAR Test. Please make sure your child is on zoom and completing their assignments and exit tickets, as well as 10 ALEKS topics per week. Thanks for all you do! -Ms. Piscacek

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If your student is absent, email the doctor's note to the attendance clerk (imeza@harmonytx.org) fax or drop the note inside the box outside the office by the window. Reminder: students have until 11:59 pm to submit the exit ticket to receive attendance credit for that day.