A Message from the Principal: 11/10/19

Hello Sam Hughes CREW!

Stories that Soar!Performance
This year’s performance was outstanding! The students of Sam Hughes fed the Magic Box over 2000 stories…the largest amount in Sam Hughes history! (Last year’s total was just over 1200). I would like to thank the teachers for providing opportunities for students to develop their writing skills- elements of a story, character development, plot development, imagery, word choice…the list goes on and on! I would also like to thank the families and friends that supported students while they were writing their stories.
Thank you CREW for your continuous support ofStories that Soar!-I truly believe this program contributes to our academic success and positive school community! There is no better way to start our year and I hope we continue this tradition for many years to come.

Student Art Fundraiser
Thank you for supportingStories that Soar!by purchasing items from our Student Art Fundraiser. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser directly supportStories that Soar!Our students produced some wonderful works of art this year! Thank you for your continued support.

State Letter Grades
On November 1st, The Arizona Department of Education announced school letter grades based on the 2018-2019 student achievement data and Sam Hughes received a “B” rating.
The model that determines a school letter grade promotes growth in student achievement. Growth in student achievement scores makes up 50% of the letter grade calculation. Actual achievement on the AzMERIT accounts for 30% of the letter grade calculation. The remaining 20% includes factors such as Absenteeism (% of students with 19 or more absences –excused and unexcused), proficiency and growth of students with English as a second language, Acceleration and Readiness. As a faculty and staff, we have already begun the process of analyzing the data, celebrating our strengths, and identifying focus areas for improvement.

I am currently working with our district’s Assessment and Evaluation Team to prepare a presentation and informational session, for our parents and families, to learn more about the state letter grade system and our school’s data. This session would allow us to review the letter grade model, our school’s performance, and present resources that are available to help students prepare for the state assessment.

It is my hope to offer more than one presentation/session. I will communicate the dates and times of the sessions once they are finalized. Thank you in advance for your time and support of our efforts to continually improve student achievement.

Family Engagement Survey
I have sent a ParentLink email requesting your help in completing a survey for the district. TUSD is gathering data about Family Engagement at the schools and it is imperative we take this opportunity to highlight our wonderful community!
Please support Sam Hughes by completing the survey at the link below. Your feedback is very important in communicating the wonderful community we have here at Hughes. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.You can access the survey at:
Thank you in advance for your time and support! We are gathering as many responses possibly by November 15th.

No School November 11
In honor of Veteran’s Day, there will no school on November 11. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces. Thank you for your service!

Kathryn Bolasky
Sam Hughes Elementary

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