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 Bowling, March 2

On March 2nd our multiage families "hit the lanes" at our annual family bowling event. Multiage students had a blast bowling with their friends and siblings, while our fabulous multiage parents had the opportunity to chat and strengthen their friendships. Such a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

K/1 Celebrates the 120th Day of School

K/1 celebrated the 120th day of school (working within 120 is one of our first grade standards) by transforming our classrooms into construction sites. Signs were hung around our rooms along with video/audio feed from an actual construction site to set the scene. Students "clocked in" to the 10 x 12 construction crew when they arrived on the job site. After participating in a quick safety training, they were given a crew badge, hard hat, safety vest, and tool belt. The children spent their day completing various jobs, both independent and with a team, focusing on 120. Our principal even stopped in as a "Safety Inspector" to ensure we were working as a team. Thank you to all of our parents who donated items and time to make the day one our K/1 kids will never forget!

Career Day @ HHE

On February 21st, our multiage students participated in HHE's Annual Career Day. Organized by our technology teacher, Mrs. Srebnik, the day gives the kids a glimpse of possible career paths. Presenters give an overview of their jobs, share the skills and attributes that make them successful, and allow the kids to ask questions. Thank you to all of our multiage parents who donated their time to share their careers with lucky students of HHE.

Feb. 14: HHE's Day of Kindness

On February 14th, the first anniversary of the MSD tragedy, our multiage family focused on kindness. In K/1, our students read the book "Enemy Pie" by Tara Calahan King while our 2/3 students read "The Day You Begin" by Rafael López and Jacqueline Woodson. Each teacher planned activities throughout the day that gave the children a creative outlet and stimulated conversations about ways we can show kindness to one another and our community. Some of our K/1 students even became "kindness ninjas" and used watercolors to paint kindness signs that they stealthily hung throughout the school.

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!

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