Through the Telescope…Volume 16

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller

BOTH SITES,MESA VISTA AND HILLPOINTE HAVE PARENT GROUPS PLANNING MAJOR END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATIONS!  MESA VISTA FAMILIES are planning a school carnival and celebration of the school  year on Thursday, May 24th from 3 to 7 PM.  We are encouraging families to share in each other’s celebrations and to support all special school projects.

HILLPOINTE FAMILIES are planning a Spring Festival of The Arts to take place from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday,  May 17th.   The festival will center on a disc jockey in charge of a family wide talent show with all family members encouraged to share their talents with the festival.  There will be several vendor booths, special performing group presentations, a family potluck dinner, and special raffles for baskets prepared by each class.  Each of the vendors will also have items to include in the raffle.  The next meeting for the Hillpointe parent planning committee is scheduled for Wednesday,  April 25th at 3:45 at the school.

WE HAVE EXPANDED OUR SCHOOL ENROLLMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR, and we are projecting over 170 students at each site.  We clearly will be at our building capacities as we reach 350 students.  We are anxious to double our school enrollment and to include the input of well over 100 new families to our learning vision. We will invest considerable time and effort into ensuring that all new families and students are invited to our school celebrations in May.  We look forward to sharing our commitment to family partnership learning.

CLARK PRICE, DISCOVERY ADMINISTRATOR, continues to model his personal philosophy and commitment to activity-centered learning.  He daily teaches an upper grade math class at Mesa Vista.  He has organized an after school pick-up baseball project once a week working with both beginners and experienced players. Clark has a special program scheduled where Mesa Vista students spend time with local Veterinarian, Dr. George Ament assisting in his work with animals.  He works closely with student council members at both sites, and is successfully guiding student leaders in the development of organizational skills.

BOTH SCHOOL SITES ARE APPROXIMATELY HALF WAY through the administration of the Nevada State Assessment tests for grades 3 through 8.  Our student performance scores will be posted in September in our school report card. As a charter school we are given freedom in how we teach and how we organize our classrooms, but we are held in close accountability for our expenditures of all school funds, and in the learning progress of our students.  We believe that the answers to student learning progress includes close monitoring and shared instruction by parents in a teaching partnership.  Our curriculum is posted on our website and it covers all core subject areas objective by objective. The objectives are in checklist form for use by our advisors as they evaluate projects, and they are intended to provide guidance to families to the expected progress level by level for their students.  We believe that students learn best by applying their basic skills of reading, writing, calculating, thinking and communicating by choosing their own interest areas where they practice these skills. We need families to use the checklists to keep our learning partnership alive.  This process is critical to our success as a charter school.

MESA VISTA JUST COMPLETED THEIR SCHOLATIC BOOK FAIR, and Hillpointe has the books on display today with the fair continuing next week. Mesa Vista used the Book Fair to promote a family shared “Lunch With a Loved One”, and also a day scheduled for an Ice Cream Social.   The Discovery Teachers are given vouchers for books for their classrooms based on our total sales numbers.  Every book fair generates a lot of interest, excitement and many new books for our schools.

DISCOVERY CHARTER SCHOOL WILL BE ADVERTISING IN LATE MAY AND EARLY JUNE  for additional advisors to meet the needs of our increased enrollments.  We have signed a lease for four new classrooms at Hillpointe, and we will be filling up all of our rooms at Mesa Vista.  If you know of licensed teachers interested in our project, please have them contact us to set up interviews.  We use current advisors to assist in all interview experiences, as we are committed to a shared governance model for our school.

GREAT PROGRAM!!  Girls, 6th to 8th Grade

To experience hands-on, the creativity & innovation of engineering and technology!

Activities such as:

• Your Name in Lights!

• Build the Tallest Tower

• Toxic Popcorn

The Society of Women Engineers  Las Vegas Valley Section Invites:

FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION VISIT: wowlasvegas.eventbrite.com

QUESTIONS?  EMAIL: swelvvwow2012@gmail.com

Aspire • Advance • Achieve

Parents & Educators

We would like to invite you to participate in the parent/ educator program, which will be hosted concurrently.   You will also hear from and network with engineers, faculty and engineering students.

Learn about the next step for the girls!

Saturday, May 12 • NW Career & Technical Academy

When: Saturday May 12, 8:30 am– 3:30 pm (Lunch is provided)

Where: Northwest Career & Technical Academy

Cost: $5 per student

THIS IS ANOTHER PROGRAM THAT OUR FAMILIES MAY WISH INCLUDE IN THEIR EXPERIENCES.  AS YOU KNOW, PARENT PARTNERSHIP LEARNING AND ITS ROLE IN SUCCESSFUL STUDENT LEARING IS THE BASIS OF OUR FOCUS ON PROJECT BASED LEARNING.

May 18, 2012  University of Nevada, Las Vegas  Student Union

Nevada’s 4th Family Engagement in Education Summit

Join other parents, teachers, school administrators, elected officials and community members for a day of exploring how to “Connect the Dots” between family engagement and student academic success:

Hearing national, state and local recognized experts in the field of family engagement.

Valuing diverse families (ethnicity to poverty) and equity.

Engaging families – a key to student achievement.

Building relationships and empowering all families.

Offered in collaboration with Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, Nevada State Parent Information & Resource Center (PIRC) at the Education Alliance, All Nevada School Districts, Nevada Parent Teacher Association, Nevada Department of Education, Clark County School District and the Washoe County School District.

Speakers

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Eileen Kugler, author of Innovative Voices in Education: Engaging Diverse Communities and Debunking the Middle-Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools Are Good for All Kids. Eileen is a global speaker on the benefits that diversity brings schools, communities and workplaces, challenging stakeholders to break through “myth perceptions” about race and all aspects of culture.

Parent / Teacher Home Visit Project

Hear empowering stories from teachers and parents across the nation and how the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project dramatically changed the home-school relationship.

Monie Byers

The Summit will be introducing recently hired, Monie Byers, Parent Involvement Consultant, at the Nevada Department of Education. The position came through AB224 at the 2011 Legislative Session. As a parent and former educator, she understands the importance of family engagement with schools and the positive impact it has on student achievement and looks forward to working with and supporting our school districts in these efforts.

Family Engagement in Education Summit Schedule of Events and Breakout Sessions

Schedule of Events Breakout Sessions Include

• Home Visits

• Evaluating Family Engagement

• Conversations about Race and Student Achievement

• Family Engagement in Rural Communities

• Promising Practices in Title I

• Teacher Evaluations and Family Engagement

• High School Family Engagement

• …Including many more from national experts

8 – 9 am Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9 am Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15 am Keynote – Eileen Kugler

10:10 am Breakout Session I

11:30 am Lunch Featuring Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project

12:40 am Breakout Session II

2:00 pm Breakout Session III

3:15 pm Closing

4:00 pm Adjourn

Thank you to our generous sponsors: All Nevada School Districts, Nevada Association of School Boards, Nevada Mining Association, Nevada PEP and the Nevada Treasurer’s Office.

Registrations must be received by May 7, 2012.

No Registration Fees Required – Summit Is Free To All Enrolled Participants, Thanks To The Generosity Of Our Partners

Registration Form (Please print clearly – *Required fields)

__Ms. __Mrs. __Mr. __Dr. First Name*: ____________________ Last Name*:_______

Title*:_________________________________________________________________

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Cancellation of Enrollment: If you are no longer able to attend the Summit, it is important that you inform our staff by contacting us at (775) 325-2000