Dear Parents & Guardians,
It’s hard to believe the first nine weeks are complete and we are 52 days into the school year. Students have settled in, and learning is in progress. Our teachers are expected to challenge students with rigorous assignments, and each student should be engaged in meaningful teaching and learning to ignite innovation. By now you have had the opportunity to participate in Parent-Teacher conferences and review your student’s report card. We recommend talking with your child each day about what they are learning at school. Students should be able to give specific answers and not just activities. For our younger students’ families, also, make sure you are checking their folders or agenda daily for homework and other assignments. Our Literacy Coaches, Reading and Math Interventionists, and our Reading Recovery Teacher are working with students to close instructional gaps in Reading and Math.
We encourage all families to be a part of their student’s school and the education process. Our next school-wide event is coming up tomorrow at our rescheduled Family Fun Night. It will be from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. There will be a free hot dog dinner, treats, bounce houses, contests, a silent auction, and a raffle for a “Skip the Car Line” pass. It will be a night to hang out with family and school friends. We look forward to seeing you there.
We are extremely excited and honored our school was selected as a finalist for a $100,000 grant in the Dream Big Challenge by Farmers Insurance. Teacher, Brandon Crowe’s proposal is a small-scale working farm on the HPA campus. The winners will be announced early next month following the results of the public voting process. Thank you to everyone who took time and voted throughout October.
We are also happy to announce the ongoing efforts to purchase our school building and land. The school is currently leased from a developer. Completing this process will help save our school money that can be invested into our teachers and students. The bond process is very extensive. We will work to keep you updated and hope to have everything completed by spring.
Our fall athletic teams enjoyed successful seasons. The Lady Grizzly Volleyball team finished second in the region and made it to the third round of the state playoffs. The team was led by three seniors Leah McCall (all-state selection), Fabiola Diaz, and Hunter Vassy. Grizzly Cross Country runners competed in eight races this season and made significant improvements with each stride. David Monroe was the team’s lone senior. We thank our seniors for their Grizzly Pride and leadership and wish them well for the remainder of this school year and in the future. Grizzly Wrestling and Basketball practices are getting underway for their upcoming seasons. Good luck to these teams throughout the season. Please come out and support our student-athletes.
We have much more to look forward to this school year, and I am excited and grateful to be a part of each student’s success. Thank you for your support of your child’s education and High Point Academy.
Striving for Excellence in Education,