Third grade was so excited about diving into math their first week back at school! Mrs. Gates' class decided Math Jenga would be a fun way to review some math skills. The students worked in groups of six, putting their knowledge of math to the test. It proved to be an engaging opportunity to work independently and collaboratively
I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2018-19 school year! I hope you are enjoying a summer vacation filled with fun and great memories with your loved ones. I am thrilled to welcome you to a school year full of learning and growing.
I am excited to introduce myself as our new school leader. I am honored to have been selected to lead our school as we journey into this new year. I have been at HPA since we opened in 2011. While at HPA my primary role was teaching 3rd grade; however, I was also the assistant school leader for the past 3 years. I have been teaching for 13 years and I’m looking forward to working with and getting to know all students at HPA.
Our teachers and staff are ready for another year of discovery with your child. We look forward to working together with our families as partners, to teach our students to love challenges, put forth effort, and to love learning.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of HPA. Let’s make this the best year yet!
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. "
Students in 4th- 8th grades were invited to participate in an eight week Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program in January and February. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that helps people to develop their communication and leadership skills. The students learned about topics including: public speaking, impromptu speaking, listening, gestures, voice and vocabulary. This program was facilitated by Ms. Sandra Talmadge, HPA second grade teacher and Treasurer of the Havasu Toastmasters organization.
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!