Multiage

Multiage classes are created when children of different ages and grade levels are intentionally combined in a single classroom to realize academic and social benefits. Multiage is an option for incoming kindergarten families, who may choose between multiage, looping, and traditional single year classrooms. You can apply for HHE's multiage program by filling out our online application or by picking up and completing a hard copy from the front office. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year on May 20th.

Multiage at HHE
Heron Heights is proud to currently offer K/1 and 2/3 multiage classes. A student enters our multiage family in kindergarten as a "younger" and remains in the same class for his/her first grade year as new youngers join the classroom family. First graders, or "olders" as we refer to them, develop leadership and problem solving skills as they act as role models to their younger peers. Olders inspire youngers to push themselves as they learn and work alongside one another. Our multiage classes are run like families and are taught by teachers who believe that children learn as much from their peers as they do their teacher. Lasting friendships, differentiated instruction, and an understanding of how children learn makes multiage an enticing option for Heron Heights families that you can't find just anywhere.

Multiage Gives Back

The foundation of Multiage is based on family, leadership and support of one another. One philosophy we hope to instill in our students is kindness. Growing our minds is definitely a priority, but sometimes, providing opportunities for our students to grow their hearts, takes center stage. This year, our multiage family has adopted over 40 children from a local elementary school. We collected and donated presents to children who might not otherwise receive one and hopefully provided each of them a moment of happiness. Thank you to all of our generous families who participated by donated gifts and/or donated their time wrapping.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

K/1 Makes Their Mark

Our K/1 students, along with kindergarten students in traditional classrooms, have started working on a mural created by our AMAZING art teacher, Mrs. Victoria. The mural is inspired by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell's book "Maybe Something Beautiful". Our K/1 students read the book in class as part of Read For the Record, and each child was given their own copy of the book to keep. I know that our K/1 students will look at this mural with the fondest of memories in the years to come.

Annual Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 26

Our Multiage team prides itself in involving not only our students but our families in our four-year program. We run monthly events outside of the school for families to get to know each other. October was no exception. We had our annual Trunk-or-Treat event with over 75 families decorating their trunks and over 150 kids trunk-or-treating. Everyone is looking forward to the next event, our highly anticipated, Gingerbread Night.

PTO Fun Run, Nov. 16

Thank you for registering your student(s) for the 2018 FUN RUN. Our school raised over $73,000! Great Big Thank you to all the parents who supported their child by gathering donations, making sure they were prepared for the run, and maintaining your sanity through it all! The kids certainly had a lot of fun. The funds from this year's run will go to provide the remaining $40,000 to install a shade over our basketball courts, purchase new titles for our media center, fund this years multi-cultural arts nights, as well as fund enrichment programs for our students like Kids Safe, Myon, and Reflex Math.

First Family Event of the Year: Ice Skating

HHE’s multiage program kicked off the 2018-2019 school year by welcoming our new families at our first family event. Multiage families spent a Sunday afternoon ice skating and making memories with friends old and new. It was wonderful to see our Olders step into their leadership roles outside of the classroom, while watching our families exchange numbers and build connections off the ice. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it. With over 150 people in attendance, we can’t think of a better way to start the year. We are looking forward to our next Multiage family event, Trunk-or-Treat, on October 26th.

We ROCKED Our School!

"What if we could get EVERY student in EVERY classroom to love to learn? It’s possible when we GIVE our students a reason to get excited about learning!

We captured students’ attention by doing something different and challenged our instructional practices by delivering ordinary content in an extraordinary way. We showed our students that school is a place they WANT to be each and every day! On September 20, the Multiage teachers ROCKED out for our students by joining thousands of educators from around the world as we dressed up in ROCK outfits and ROCKED OUR SCHOOL!

K/1 Celebrates International Dot Day

On September 14th our HHE K/1 classes participated in International DOT Day. DOT day is based on the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. It is a day to discover the power and potential of creativity in all we do. We started our day by signing into our rooms with our special DOT signatures. The rest of the day was followed by reading the book and showing our creativity through various mediums. In the afternoon, K/1 rotated classrooms and completed a special DOT activity with each multiage teacher. Later we gathered with our K/1 friends at the end of the day to take a group photo, receive our official certificates, and assemble a take home surprise. We had a wonderful day with DOTS.

Multiage Welcomes Cassie & Sangiovese

What has a fluffy tail and loves carrots? A bunny, of course. Mr. Lennertz and Ms. Goldstein welcome Sangiovese and Cassie to their classrooms. They are dwarf bunnies and full of cuteness. The children are learning so much about bunnies, as well as how to care for them. Need some "bunny love"? Hop on over to one of their classrooms.

The Power of Yet!!

Our 2018-2019 theme is focused around our growth mindset philosophy. Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning. Having a growth mindset puts us in a position where we stay open to possibilities and options that might seems fruitless or dead ends to those with the fixed mindset. Learners with a growth mindset aren’t deterred by their problems. They just haven’t solved them … yet.

Research Clubs in 2/3

In 2/3, we have been working in Research Clubs during Reading Workshop. Each group is researching a different topic related to our science standards: Earth, Rocks and Minerals, Weather, Plants, and the Human Body. We are learning how to synthesize information from a variety of sources- articles, books, and online. Through hard work and collaboration, groups are beginning to finish up their research and are getting ready to present all that they’ve learned. Soon each group will be an expert on their topic!

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