Sam Hughes Elementary

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November 19 - Basketball Tryouts, 2:45 pm
                         PTA Meeting, 6 pm
November 20 - Artwork Fundraiser Online Orders Due
                        Basketball Tryouts, 1:45 pm
November 22 - Picture Retakes, 8:40 am
November 28, 29 - No School
  • Student Artwork Fundraiser Due Wednesday! Very far behind our goal!
  • OMA Song Links!
  • PTA Meeting 11-19
  • Basketball Tryouts Nov 19,20
  • Picture Retakes Nov 22
  • No School Nov 28, 29
Hello Sam Hughes CREW!
Student Art Fundraiser
Thank you for supporting Stories that Soar! by purchasing items from our Student Art Fundraiser. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser directly support Stories that Soar! Our students produced some wonderful works of art this year! Thank you for your continued support.  Online orders placed by November 20th ship free to the school!  Remember you can upload new art online to order from.  If you have lost your access code please us SH2019 and search for your student.  Thank you!
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.
Basketball Tryouts

Any student in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade is invited to try-out

Try-outs are:
Tuesday, November 19th, from 2:45-3:45 pm
Wednesday, November 20th, from 1:45-2:45 pm

Please meet Coach Wnek on the basketball courts! 

Go Huskies!

Picture Retakes 
Picture retakes are Friday, November 22.  Please inform your student's teacher if they are having their picture taken.

Kathryn Bolasky
Sam Hughes Elementary

1)  OMA CLASSES!  We are learning all our fun songs for OMAPalooza!  Here are links to practice at home and lyric sheets 🙂 
Kinder link:
3rd, 4th, 5th GR link:
2) CHOIR is also starting new songs for the holiday season!
3) RECORDER kiddos!  We have been testing for yellow and orange belts!  Your chid has received their GREEN belt to start practicing!  We will test for this belt soon! At this point the music is more challenging!  Please Encourage your child to practice - just 10 minutes (3-5 times a week) is a really great.  Anything more than that is excellent! 🙂  LOG YOUR PRACTICE and get KUDOS!
4) BAND and ORCHESTRA Most of us earned our 3rd level (ORANGE BELT) this week and we are working on our 4th level (GREEN BELT) musi 🙂 Practice practice practice please! Kids get KUDOS for signed and fille out practice sheets!
    a) PLEASE remember to bring your instruments on your assigned day (T/TH for 4th grade and W/F for 5th)  I do not have extra instruments - especially in band!!  Sometimes I do, but the idea is for kiddos to be responsible.  If your child forgets three times, then I ask that the instrument stay at school for a while.  Thank you for your help!
     b) Please remember to CARE for the instruments.  
     c)  Please PLAY WITH and PRACTICE your instrument!!  Having these wonderful instruments at home and not practicing them is like having a fun friend around that you never bring out to play. 🙁
**And remember: LOGGING practice and getting parent signatures gets KUDOS for your kiddo!!
     d)  GASCHO HELP: Does your child need some extra help on his/her instrument? I am available every Wed, Thurs and Fri morning from 8-8:30am to work with your child if they are struggling.   OR... if they are wanting a challenge, I can also move them ahead if they are ready to move beyond what we do in our short time in class together!  :) Thank you!  and it's FREE!!  yippee!
5) TALENT SHOWCASE - Is your child interested in sharing a special talent they have with the school?  Start thinking about participating in our ANNUAL TALENT SHOWCASE! (Takes place at the end of Jan/early Feb)  Packets for trying out for the showcase will be out by the end of NOV - packets need to be filled out BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR WINTER BREAK!
6) OMAPalooza is in December!  Mark your calendar!  Tues Dec 17 at 3:30pm in the courtyard. You don't want to miss this awesome culmination of the semester in OMA!  Every grade level is featured and every student is involved.  We even feature several songs where everyone in the school sings together.  yay!
Musically and Artfully yours,
Ms. Gascho
Sara Gascho
Arts Integration Specialist, OMA
Band, Orchestra, Choir Director
Sam Hughes Elementary
Tucson Unified School District
Support Stories that Soar! by purchasing an item displaying a masterpiece created by your Husky!

Find value packs and web exclusives by shopping online.

Did you lose your access code? Use code SH2019 and then search for your child's art.

Did you know? You can upload NEW art!, art by siblings or even more pieces of art you would like to have made into products!

Check the display items by the Front Office.

Join our Facebook Event for more information:

It is important to note that late paper orders can not be accepted.  They will have to be ordered online.  Paper orders are due Friday, November 8th.

Products are scheduled to ship to the school on December 12th.  

If your child did not submit artwork but you would like to submit a piece and order - You Can!  Either order via a generic paper order form (available by the front office) or scan the art and email it to me (with your child's name and teacher) or physically hand me the art and I will scan it and send you the online order code.  Thank you!
Thank you for a wonderful Stories that Soar! 
Huskies you wrote 2333 stories this year!
Mrs. Grogan took the Mini Magic Box Trophy this year with 639 stories!  Way to go 5th grade!

We love seeing your enthusiasm and your joy as you walk to feed the magic box.  We hope you find some wonderful items/gifts through our Student Artwork Fundraiser which funds the magic box.  We are currently at $1000 of our $4,000 dollar goal.
We are need of a class pta representative (or more than one!) for the following classes:

Mr. Rodarte
Ms. Patterson
Mrs. Harris
Mrs. Grogan
Ms. Barry

Please reply to this email if you can help be the class pta representative! You are an essential part to connect your classroom parents to PTA events and news.  If you have questions before committing please reply those as well!

Thank you CREW!
Seeking Volunteer Playground Teacher

Do you remember playing red light green light, kickball or freeze tag? Relive your childhood once a week as a volunteer for Community School!

Community School is seeking a volunteer to teach an old-fashioned playground games class starting in January 2020 and running for eight weeks. The class would meet after-school once a week on a day convenient to your schedule. Games could include: red light green light, red rover, freeze tag, kickball and other playground classics.

Community School is currently waiting for approval from the district to hire more instructors, however we are able to recruit volunteers right now! 

Although volunteers are not paid, they do enjoy a number of perks. They can enroll their kids in Community School classes prior to Registration Day, meaning they get their pick of classes and don't have to wait in line. Enrolling your own kid in your class is free. For other classes, you get a 10% discount.

If playground games are not your thing, we are also highly interested in volunteers for other classes. Do you have a specific skill or talent you would like to share with students? In the past, parents have taught basketball, yoga, cheese-making and unique classes like balloon art, which was taught by a dad who had a skill making balloon animals and other balloon creations. The total volunteer commitment is one hour a week for eight weeks.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please email
Will you help us plan the best Chuckwagon Festival ever?  Please take a few minutes to take this simple survey:
Remember to send any photos you may have thus far to: or drop them into our PTA box.
Thank you for wearing red on Mondays! We show our school pride Monday mornings by wearing our red CREW shirts!  Oops is your CREW shirt in the wash? You can still join in by wearing red! 

Does your child need a new CREW shirt?  We have them available! XS, S, M & L.  They are $10.  You can purchase one by bringing in money in a sealed envelope with your child's name, teacher's name, and size of shirt listed on it.  Please place the envelope in the silver PTA box (by the front door) or hand it to your child's teacher.  We have a limited quantity of Adult shirts available as well! [ questions or requests please reply to the newsletter]

Remember, CREW shirts are our uniform during field trips!
Don't forget to download the app so you can start scanning so we can keep earning!


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