A Message from the Principal: 9/20/19

The Magic Box is here!
The Magic Box and Curiosity Box have arrived at Sam Hughes. The two boxes are located in the hallway in front of the office. The students of Hughes are asked to “feed” the Magic Box with original stories. All students at Hughes are encouraged to participate. For our younger students, parents or other family members can take dictations of stories, and all languages are accepted.  The Curiosity Box is a smaller box that sits on top of the Magic Box and collects questions. These questions are posed to the students in hopes of being inspiration for them to write stories answering the questions!

Both the Magic Box and the Curiosity Box will be at Hughes until October 3rd!
Students get so excited to submit their stories to the Magic Box! The most exciting piece of the Stories that Soar! program is that on November 8th, a cast of local, professional actors will come to Hughes and bring our students’ stories to life! The cast performs on the stage in the courtyard. All of our community is welcome to enjoy the performance, so save the date!
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thank you for taking the time to meet with your student’s teacher. Parent-teacher partnerships and Family Engagement are major factors in fostering high student achievement here at Hughes.  We appreciate your time and support.
Move On When Reading (MOWR)
In the state of Arizona, there is a state law that encourages schools to monitor students’ reading development in order to ensure that students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.  Students that have been identified on the DIBELS Screener (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) as needing Intensive and Strategic Reading interventions according to the Beginning of the Year Benchmark will receive a letter that reviews the MOWR state law. The letter outlines the law and the interventions that will be put in place to support students in acquiring literacy skills.
Benchmark Assessments
At the end of each quarter, students in grades 2 – 5 will take a District Benchmark Assessment in both English Language Arts and Math. The 1st Quarter Benchmark testing window starts on September 23rd  and goes through October 3rd. Students will be assessed on standards that were targeted throughout the quarter. The assessment is computer based and student will complete it online, using a laptop. Please help our students show us what they know by being to school on time and fueled with a healthy breakfast during Benchmark testing.
End of 1st Quarter and Fall Break
October 4th is Grading Day (NO SCHOOL for students), marking the end of the 1st quarter.  The following week, October 7-11, is Fall Break- NO SCHOOL for students. The Sam Hughes office will be closed for the week and CREW Club will be closed as well. Thank you in advance for making arrangements for your students.

Thank you,

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