HPA 5th grade students in Mrs. Gates’ class and Mr. Foster’s class recently hosted a tour for the other classes to learn about the systems of the Human Body. This was a concluding science project that encouraged the students to show their understanding of complex systems by creating a model representation and being able to explain the functions to other students. The students were broken into groups of six. Those six students were called a “medical clinic”. The students in each clinic named their clinic. Each student in the group was responsible for a different system of the body. The systems that the students covered were the skeletal/muscular system, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system, immune system, and nervous system. Once students were assigned a system, they worked with students that had the same system (from other clinics) to learn that system and prepare for the board exam. Once students passed their board exam, they were officially titled as doctors. For example, if a student was responsible for the respiratory system and he or she passed the board exam, then the student was titled as a pulmonologist. After everyone passed their board exam, students went back to their medical clinics and taught their peers their system of the body. Each doctor had to create a 3D model of their system. Finally, each medical clinic received a patient with symptoms. The clinics worked together to propose solutions that would help their patient.
“We had fun and helped our patient.” - Andrew H.
“It was a lot of fun because we felt like we were doctors and learned so much.” - Nevaeh A.
“It was fun because it was hands-on learning and informational.” - Marcenzie M.
“I learned so much about how the body works and got to show our model to the whole school.” - Alonso R.
“Reading out of the book is fun, but doing this project is the most fun thing I have ever done.” -Jayden B.
HPA students in grades K-8 presented, “Meet the Experts: An Evening with AVID” on May 3rd. This event showcased the many ways that AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an integral part of the daily interactions at Havasu Preparatory Academy. Student guides representing the universities ASU, U of A, NAU, and GCU led families and guests to different classrooms on campus, where they received a firsthand look at several key areas of AVID integration. AVID student experts demonstrated and explained such concepts as Philosophical Chairs, Interactive notebooks, organization with agendas and planners, and collaborative groups. Guests visited all four areas throughout the evening, and had an opportunity to observe students in action and to ask the students questions.
Students of all ages participated to give the families a clear understanding of AVID implementation throughout the grade levels. The evening concluded with speeches given by two HPA students, sixth grader Anita O., and fifth grader Castyn S. Since these students have attended HPA since Kindergarten, they were able to look back and provide a good perspective on the tools AVID has given them to be successful students. Mrs. Gates, HPA 4th/5th grade teacher stated, "It is so gratifying to see all the students applying these AVID strategies so effortlessly. Every grade level builds upon the next in expectations, and when they reach that level of expertise, they ultimately have been given skills to use in their daily lives. I'm proud to be an AVID educator and I'm even more grateful that my own children are be given these opportunities to flourish. "