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Positive Signs of Growth

I hope this week’s message finds your family well. For us at HTES, we are thankful that the school emerged from Hurricane Nicholas relatively unharmed. We hope your home was unharmed, too. Other than the recent weather alarm, not much else of note has been going on. As I mentioned last week, this time of year is one of pretty “normal” days of school. However, I do have some positive news to share.

Over the past few years, it has been rare to have families contact us about admission for next year this early in the school year. However, in recent weeks, a number of families have already reached out to me about 2022-2023. This is a positive sign of our efforts to bring attention to our program in the wider community. Please continue to tell your friends and neighbors about us. We still have space for this year and are giving tours for next. If you need my help or have any admissions questions, please let me know.

Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for all your support. 

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

The “Normal” Days of September

Greetings Titan family,

As mentioned in this week’s Office Hours LIVE! (on our Facebook page), this part of September is mostly made up of “normal” school days. This means that we are almost a month into the school year, routines are pretty much set, and there aren’t any holidays looming on the horizon. These weeks may seem longer, especially as we transition from summer to fall.

Therefore, there isn’t much in the way of events to promote or announcements to make. One thing I can bring to your attention is that we are still accepting and enrolling students for this year. So, if you have friends or neighbors who are interested in making a switch or who are looking to enroll in a 3 or 4-year old program, we would love to speak with them. Feel free to share my contact information with anyone interested in learning more about our school.

Thank you again for all your support. 

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

The Importance of Routines

Greetings Titan family,

With September’s arrival, we begin to see a routine forming at school. Routines are useful for many reasons, but one that stands out for our students is that it provides a sense of security and familiarity. Children, generally, feel safe when they are in predictable and familiar environments. When a child feels safe, she is more likely to take chances and try new or challenging activities. Thus, the learning experience is enhanced.

At home, establishing a routine that supports a child’s school schedule is important. We encourage families to create a structure at home that includes time to read, time to play, time to help out around the house, and a consistent bedtime that allows a child to get an appropriate amount of sleep.

Here are a few items for the week.

  • Monday, September 6, is Labor Day. The campus will be closed. School resumes next week on Tuesday, September 7.
  • Spirit Team (Red and Blue) shirts have been ordered. We had our first Titan Spirit Assembly today. Future Titan Spirit Days will be on the school calendar and announced. Students should wear their Spirit Team shirt on those days. If you are new to HTES (or had to get a new shirt), you will get your shirt when they arrive later this month.

Thank you again for your support. Have a wonderful 3-day weekend.

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

Clarity on COVID Policies

Greetings Titan family,

I hope this message finds you well. This week, I want to provide some additional clarity on our COVID policies. My hope is that this additional information is helpful in building the important partnership between school and home.

Children get sick. We all know this. However, many of the symptoms of “regular” illnesses are similar to those present with COVID. At school, teachers have been asked to observe any signs of illness and report what they see as potential symptoms of a child getting sick. When this happens, the family is contacted by the school and asked to take necessary precautions.

Given the nature of the pandemic we are all trying to manage; in-person visits, calls, or video visits to your pediatrician may be more frequent than if we were not in the middle of a pandemic. Essentially, seeking medical advice and guidance that takes COVID into account seems like a prudent course of action when a child presents with COVID symptoms. Specifically, COVID testing a child who is presenting COVID symptoms in order to rule out or diagnose COVID is important for your family. It is also important for us in trying to keep COVID from spreading in school.

I would ask everyone to please make sure you have read our COVID policies. They are found on our website. If your child has been exposed to a positive case, please have your child tested and begin the necessary quarantine per our policies. We also ask that you inform us of the results of that test. The results determine a course of action on our part to keep people safe. A positive test requires us to trace for potential exposure by other children and adults. A negative test helps us prepare for your child’s required quarantine.

If a student tests positive, we will contact trace for close contact exposure and send communication to families of students who are determined to have been exposed. This communication will not include the name of the COVID positive student. Details about when/how students exposed can return to school will be provided.

We will not send a message when a student tests negative, even if that student is having to quarantine due to close contact exposure.

Again, our COVID policies explain in great detail how we are managing this challenge. If you have not read it, you are encouraged to do so.

Thank you again for your support.

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

One Down…

 

We are wrapping up a fantastic start to the 21-22 school year. Thank you all for your patience, cooperation, and partnership. As we get ready for week 2, here are a few items I want to mention this week.

When arriving for drop off or pick up, please avoid driving through the lot. Most families have figured out the flow of traffic by now, but we sometimes have people walking through and we want to keep them safe. Also, at pick up, if you arrive before 3:15, please park in a designated parking spot and wait to line up. We need to keep the lanes free for deliveries, etc. and would appreciate your help in that area.

On most Fridays, we allow HTES spirit wear in place of the uniform. It is not a free dress day. Students are expected to wear HTES items. We will have a new spirit wear sale soon. Regular uniform is fine, also. On Tuesday, we will have our first Chapel of the year. Please wear your Chapel uniform that day if you can.

The updated Handbook is available on our website under “Community.” Also, if you still have health forms to turn in to Mr. Waller, please remember to do so as soon as possible.

On almost every Thursday that we are in school, I hold Office Hours LIVE! on our Facebook channel at 9am. Feel free to join me again next week. Related to that, if you are not following us on our socials, please do so. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Finally, while we continue to search for a new music teacher, former HTES teacher, Cheryl Strickland, will be substituting in that class. Cheryl is very familiar with our school and has been a substitute teacher for us in the past. We are happy to have her back to help us out.

Thank you again for your support.

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

End of 2020-2021

Greetings Titan family!

Earlier this week, we closed out the 2020-2021 school year with our end of the year ceremonies. I cannot tell you how happy I was to see family and friends in person at these events. Our students and staff were thrilled, too. The looks on the faces of those in attendance spoke volumes about the love and support we all have for HTES. At its core, HTES is a “people place.” Our identity and spirit grow out of our desire to build relationships with each family and student. This transforms the learning experience at HTES from solely an academic exercise into a whole-child experience including social and emotional components as a core function, not an ancillary piece.

This is possible because of your support and generosity. On behalf of all the staff, thank you for your partnership this year. We are honored to teach your children, and look forward to seeing you again soon.

The desire to be the best place for children to learn in the Lake Houston area is what has driven our work to renovate the campus. Every aspect of the planning had the child at the center of the decision making. When we return in August, I am sure you will be pleased with this work. Our goal is to provide periodic updates on how things are going. Once completed, we look forward to welcoming you back and showing you around. In the meantime, if you need to contact us, email is best as we will be working from home in June and July. However, if you call the school, your message will get to us.

Report cards for the 4th quarter are now available by logging into ParentsWeb via RenWeb. If you cannot access the report or need help, please let me know.

Finally, your child can also continue to use their Exact Path program through Edmentum. This was started near the end of the school year. Your teacher can help with any login information or you can reach out to me for help. About an hour a week is probably sufficient for Exact Path, but your child can use it as much as he or she likes. In addition, I strongly encourage all families to encourage your child to read all summer. Reading is essential and should not stop when school is no in session. Reading with and to your child is also a great way to build a habit of reading. If you need suggestions for titles, you can contact your teacher or visit your local library where a librarian will be more than happy to help.

Have a safe and happy summer.

It’s a great time to be a Titan,

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