What is NOVA? The N.O.V.A. Principles program was created in March of 2003. This program is taught by uniformed law enforcement officers in Elementary, Jr. High, and High Schools. The Elementary School program is a 13-15 week program, the Jr. High program is a 4 week program, and the High School program is a 2 lesson program. The Lake Havasu City Police department officers that are involved with the program include: Sergeant Mike Munding, Officer Joe Erhart, Office Nolan Smith, Office Larry Allen, Officer Robert Horstmeyer, Officer Louis Plunkett, and Officer Dwain Fernandez. Officer Fernandez was the instructor for Havasu Preparatory students in Mr. Foster and Mrs. Gates’ 5th grade classes over the past few months.
The mission of N.O.V.A. principles is: “Nurturing youth to seek out positive Opportunities, internalize good Values, and to accept Accountability for their choices in life.” N.O.V.A. principles assist parents, families, and communities in protecting youth from the potentially devastating effects of illegal drugs, violence and negative media exposure. The N.O.V.A. principles motto is “Illuminating the Path to Excellence.”
As a conclusion to the program, students are challenged to create a N.O.V.A. rocket and to write a N.O.V.A. constitution, which contains the student’s ideas for a road map to success. Over 470 Lake Havasu students participated in the program this year. Havasu Preparatory Academy student Kylee Gallo, from Mrs. Gates’ class, was selected as the N.O.V.A. Constitution Winner for her essay. Kylee read her speech to a packed auditorium during the graduation ceremony, held on Friday, March 2 at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center. Kylee’s name has been added to the perpetual plaque, which will be on display at Havasu Preparatory Academy for the next few months.
All students who completed the program walked across the stage and were congratulated by the Lake Havasu City Police Department members for their efforts. Afterwards, the students enjoyed pizza donated by Little Caesars Pizza and a swim party at the Aquatic Center. Thank you, Lake Havasu City Police Departments for your education efforts for our young citizens.
Spring break is approaching quickly! Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, March 15th (early dismissal at 12:30) and Friday, March 16th (early dismissal at 12:30). The following week (March 19-23) there will be no school.
If your child is in grades 1-5, you may want to consider the Kids Creative Camp held at London Bridge Resort. Breakfast, Lunch and Snack are provided. You can send your child with lunch & snack if they do not like what is on the menu. Please send your child with Pool Towel, Swim Suit, Sunblock and a change of clothes. The fee is $150 for the week. Reservations & Payment are due in advance to secure limited availability. Contact LBR at 928-855-0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org kids_creative_camp__1_.pdf
Havasu Preparatory Academy first grade students have been learning all about fire safety, thanks to the Lake Havasu City Fire Department. Firefighter Gina visited the first grade classes three times and taught the first graders about fire safety. On the third visit, the students were checked to see if they had their phone number and address memorized in case of an emergency.
Then three more firefighters came in to demonstrate what they look like in their gear and show what the fire engine carries. The students also got to walk through the truck. The students really enjoyed the visits! Thank you, Lake Havasu City Fire Department for helping keep our students safe!
HPA students in Ms. Norman’s and Mrs. Gates’ classes visited Prestige Assisted Living as a community service learning project. The fourth and fifth grade students have been studying poetry in class. To provide field experience for the students, the teachers chose the elderly community as our focus for community service and enhancing our learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. The purpose was to have the students give back to the community by visiting the elderly and reading the residents poems the students had written in class. The teachers built knowledge of lines, stanzas, rhyme scheme, rhythm, imagery and types of poems such as acrostic, haiku, limericks, etc. for weeks prior to the visit.
Valentine's Day was chosen as an appropriate day to complete the project because of the general purpose of the holiday. The residents and staff were very inviting and happy to have the students attend. Students took turns reading their poems aloud and then meeting the residents on a one on one basis. The students left feeling that they had done a good deed, and enjoyed using their time to meet others in the community and making them feel happy on Valentine's Day.
Ms. Kacee Norman has lived in Lake Havasu City her whole life. She began teaching 4th grade at Havasu Preparatory Academy in 2013. Ms. Norman has a BS in Education from Grand Canyon University and she is an Arizona state certified teacher. She is an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) certified teacher and one of the key members of the AVID site team at HPA. She believes children are the future, and that every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. She encourages her students to work together as a community to support and encourage each other. The structure in her classroom results in student accountability, motivation, and persistence. Ms. Norman’s goal as an educator is to guide students to meet their potential to be well rounded people who are able to make positive contributions to society.
HPA 8th grade parents,
Lake Havasu High School (LHHS) will host a parent presentation for parents of current 8th grade students. Plan to attend to learn more about LHHS and becoming a Knight. The presentation is Tuesday, February 6th at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. There will be a Career Technical Education (CTE) Open house from 5:30 -7:00 p.m., with details on CE electives. The presentation will review freshman classes, graduation requirements, and information on the summer math program. Parents and students are invited to attend.
Mrs. Dana Mills has been a teacher in Lake Havasu City since 2005. She has been with Havasu Preparatory Academy since it opened in 2011, teaching 3rd grade. Mrs. Mills is co-chair of the STEM club at HPA this year, and also is one of the Patriotic Americans for Constitutional Education (PACE) club teachers. Mrs. Mills is a mentor teacher and the Assistant School Leader for HPA. Mrs. Mills enjoys watching her 3rd graders grow more independent and as better readers throughout the school year.
She graduated from Western Michigan University with a triple minor of math, science, and integrated creative arts. She is a graduate of the Lake Havasu City Chamber of Commerce Leadership class. Mrs. Mills enjoys spending her spare time with her two sons, Jameson and Jackson, and husband, Trevor, owner of EVO Energy Solutions. They enjoy camping and going to the beach.
Patriotic Adventures Elementary Classes (PACE Club)
The Patriotic Americans for Constitutional Education are a non-profit, non-partisan organization in Lake Havasu City dedicated to engendering and teaching patriotism among the youth. PACE has provided these free after school classes for seven years. The classes feature instruction about the founding fathers, famous quotations, patriotic songs, and an introduction to the U.S. Constitution and citizenship. Patriotic Club (PACE) starts on Thursday, January 25th.
Havasu Preparatory Academy has participated with the PACE organization since 2011. Mrs. Tina Whitehouse facilitates the first and second grade group, Mrs. Dana Mills facilitates the third and fourth grade group, and Mrs. Rhonda Gates facilitates the fifth and sixth grade group. The students met for twelve weeks. The classes wrap up with a public stage presentation at the LHHS Performing Arts Center, where students display their knowledge and skills.
Havasu Preparatory Academy is proud to participate with the PACE organization and to be able to facilitate this learning opportunity for our students. We would like to thank the PACE organization and Mrs. Whitehouse, Mrs. Mills, and Mrs. Gates for facilitating.
Announcing HPA’s AVID Student Speaker Contest
You are invited to participate in an exciting opportunity to participate at HPA’s, AVID Student Speaker Contest, Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 3:30-4:15, and enter the national AVID Student Speaker contest with a possible prize of $500 and an all-expense paid trip for you and a chaperone to the AVID Summer Institute in San Diego. Our local contest will also include 3 cash prizes for the first, second, and third place winners.
How has AVID changed the way you learn and the way your teachers teach? – And how has this changed your vision of your future?
• Student Speakers can be current AVID Elective students, students who attend a school where AVID is implemented across the campus, or AVID alums.
• All speeches must be submitted as a Word document, uploaded along with the Student Speaker Application. The submission process will be handled by the teachers.
• Speeches should be approximately 500-800 words long and no more than 5-7 minutes long when presented.
• We encourage you to incorporate the 2017 Summer Institute theme (Discover, Engage, Succeed) AVID’s mission statement, or the tagline (Proven Achievement, Lifelong Advantage.).
• We encourage you to participate in the writing workshops and practice days set up by Mr. Harrison and Ms. Talmadge. Remember your audience when writing. Attendees are teachers, principals, counselors, school board members and government officials. Many are new to AVID and some are more experienced. Either way your job is to Inspire them.
Practice days are Wednesdays, December 13th, and 20th, 3:30-4:15, and Monday, January 8th, 3:30-4:15. The contest will be Thursday, January 11th 3:30-4:30. All dates in Ms. Talmadge’s room. The contest may have a different venue, depending on the level of participation.
Show your love of AVID, HPA, and the learning opportunities made possible for you.
Sincerely, your AVID Speech Team,
Mr. Harrison and Ms. Talmadge