A Message from the Principal: 9/6/19

Hello Sam Hughes CREW!
Stories that Soar! is coming to Hughes!

I am excited to announce that the Stories that Soar! Magic Box Assembly will be Monday, September 9th at 9:00 am in the cafeteria.  Stories that Soar! is a literacy program that PTA brings to Sam Hughes each year.

The students of Hughes are asked to “feed” the Magic Box with original stories. 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

We will be hosting Parent Teacher Conferences on September 11th – 13th. Each of these days are half days- Dismissal is at 11:45 on the 11th, 12th, and 13th.  Students will have the opportunity to  eat lunch prior to dismissal; the cafeteria will have school lunch available for purchase. Thank you for making arrangements for your students for each of those afternoons! I would like to also thank you for taking the time to schedule a conference with your student’s teacher. Student achievement is increased when there is a strong partnership between schools and families. Thank you for working with us to best serve your student(s).

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. A letter was sent home from Michelle Merrick, the district MOWR Coordinator, explaining the state law and how TUSD is complying with the state statute. Teachers in grades Kinder through 3rd grade will be discussing your child’s reading proficiency in reading during Parent Teacher Conferences. 


Thank you for joining our PTA! It is so important that we have as many members of our community involved in the many wonderful events that happen throughout our school year. All parents and teachers that are official members are able to participate in voting during the year. Applications are available in the hallway in front of the office. Dues are $6.00 per member. 

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

I have been asked to remind our families that if they have not already done so to make sure to submit a meal application prior to September 13.  If a new application is not submitted the student loses the free or reduced meal benefit from last year’s application and becomes paid status (until a new application is submitted). Families need to submit a new application prior to Sept. 13…the sooner the better so it gets processed well before then.  Only one application per household needs to be submitted (all children are listed on one application even if they attend different schools).

Applications can been accessed at this link: . We also have a computer available on campus if needed. 

Please remember that completing the application is a confidential process and the information that is gathered in the application is used to determine whether or not our school qualifies for federal funding. Families are encouraged to complete the application process even if they have no intention of using the program. 

Please contact the front office with any questions or concerns.  

September is Attendance Awareness Month!
Will you help make this September one of our best attendance records?
In September, Tucson Unified School District is partnering with school districts across the country in celebrating September as Attendance Awareness Month. 
Why is reducing chronic absence so important?
Students suffer academically if they miss 10% or more of school days--that's as few as two to three per month.
Studies show that children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school--and themselves.
When children are absent, schools get fewer resources from the state, resulting in less funding to pay for teachers and books. Chronic absence in kindergarten predicts chronic absence the following year, so even the attendance patterns of our youngest students affect funding down the road.
Help us cultivate a habit of good attendance starting in kindergarten, through graduation, giving our children the opportunity to learn and succeed in school.

Thank you,

Kathryn Bolasky
Sam Hughes Elementary

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