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#14: COMPLETE THE SURVEY!

Parents, Please Let Us Know Your Thoughts!
     Yesterday the newsletter included an evaluative survey that we ask parents to complete every year so that we can improve!  Our value of “continuously improving” helps us utilize our “failure leads to success” key of excellence! Yea!
     So your thoughtful completion of the survey will help us identify our strengths and our challenges so that we can improve and do a better job of educating our students everyday.
     Please complete and return the survey by Friday.  Please do not put your name on your survey UNLESS you want us to follow up with you regarding a concern or comment you make on the survey.
    We usually take the time to review the survey and immediately begin making adjustments to improve so please know that we take your survey responses and comments seriously.  You can always call our office with compliments, concerns and complaints. You can always call Mr. Martinez or Ms. Yarbrough at 210-979-1379 or 210-559-9198!
    We have prided ourselves over the years and received many compliments from parents over the years on how quickly we provide immediate feedback when an issue is brought to our attention.  In addition, we have always encouraged all parents to call teachers immediately when they SUSPECT that there is an issues so that teachers can provide immediate feedback as well to an issue.
   Finally it is our pleasure and privilege to work with all of the children enrolled at HCK! TIME TO VOTE!

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#13: Time To Vote For REAL!!!!

Early Voting Starts Monday, October 20, 2014 – G0 VOTE!

     Lots of Americans fought for the right for all Americans to have the priviledge and the right to vote.

    Please honor all of the Americans who have fought for our freedom and the right to vote, freely for the candidate of our choice.  In some countries, citizens do not have the priviledge and right to vote so we, as Americans, should take this honor seriously.

   When you early vote, you miss the crowds and you ensure that you will not get caught in a traffic jam or something else that may cause you to miss the vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

    Who will you vote for? There is plenty of information on all of the candidates so that you can read up on each candidate and determine who you believe will do the best job for ALL TEXAS!  On Thursday, we conducted our Mock Election for Governor.  Mr. Greg Abbot and Ms. Wendy Davis were on the ballot and Ms. Wendy Davis won the majority of the votes (see the middle column for the details!)  But who will you vote to be the Next Governor of Texas? Only you know for sure!  Have a great time voting for Governor!


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#12: Time To Vote – Open House

THANKS TO HCK ALL PARENTS FOR MAKING EDUCATION YOUR PRIORITY!

Parent involvement is GREAT! When parents answer the phones when we call every Wednesday, parents are involved. When parents, make a place for their children to complete their homework in a quiet area, parents are involved! When parents read with and to their children for 30 minutes each night, parents are involved. When parents schedule time to meet with teachers to review their child’s academic data, parents are involved! Yea for parent involvement. When parents call the school to share a compliment or a concern or a suggestion, parents are involved!

At HCK we believe we have always “championed” parent involvement being more than a PTA or PTO meeting. Parent involvement is focused parent attentions on making sure students are at school ready to learn 100% of everyday, with homework completed, with notes to teachers, with planners and Action 100 folders signed! Thank you HCK parents for being INVOLVED! You Rock and as soon as we qualify for a free Friday based upon 100% Action 100 and 100% attendance, we will honor our parents with special recognitions. Until then, please know that HCK is proud of all of our parents for truly understanding the value and importance of being “involved”!

TIME TO VOTE!



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October Breakfast & Lunch menus!


Please click the links to download or open word document menus

octoberbreakfast.pdf

october lunch.pdf

#11: Students of the Month

OPEN HOUSE 2014-2015 is like none other!

On Thursday, October 16th, HCK teachers are preparing to receive 100% of our HCK parents throughout the day some as early as 8am and some as late as 6:30pm. HCK teachers and students are terribly excited about the opportunity to meet and greet our parents and to show our work so far this school. This year the stakes are very high as HCK has always had great goals but never before have the teachers been this “focused” on achieving our “gaudy goals” no matter what. Now our students are getting in on the fun of using our “laser-like focus” on improving instruction for all students! Yea! We can hardly wait to see all parents throughout the day at HCK on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

A first for our Open House is our “mock vote” for the new Governor of Texas! Yea! So are you going to vote for Mr. Greg Abbot or Ms. Wendy Davis? So who will win? Well, let’s see who will win when all of HCK votes! That’s right even PK students can vote in HCK’s mock election! Then we can all go vote for real in the early voting that begins this week! Yea! May the best person who will support charter schools! Yea!



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#10: We Wear Uniforms!

We are at 68% in Action 100 Reading Practice!

     We need to get to 100% Reading Practice in order to have a “no uniform Friday”.
    What is Reading Practice?  Each student is expected to read 30 minutes at home and 30 minutes at school everyday.  When 100% of our 430 students read 60 minutes each day, we will be at #1 in the Nation in Reading Practice.
     Thank you parents for making sure that your child is reading no less than 30 minutes at home each day.
Action 100 Reading Practice and Attendance helps us enjoy Fridays a lot more!
  Yep! The stakes just got higher! We must not only have 100% attendance (determined by 97% attendance or above by 100% of our students in their classes but now we also have to read so that we are #1 in the Nation in Reading Practice. We can and we will achieve our goals because we have achieved this level of success before! Yea!
 

Live School will open again when we are #1 in the Nation with
100% attendance! 

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#9: The Demolition Has Begun! Yea!!!!!

The 511 Fredericksburg Demolition Project is changing the landscape of our property! Yea!

   The Apache Group has begun the demolition process and it looks awesome! Yea!
    There are no changes in entering the property at 511 Fredericksburg Road, however, there may be changes on exiting the property so please pay attaention to the signs and the guidance at 511 Fredericksburg Road for exiting the property!

    REMINDER – We have reschedule Open House for October 16, 2014 because we were expecting our demolition to be completed and we were right! Yea! The demolition has started and they plan to be complete within ten (10) days! Yea!!

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Big changes commencing at HCK!

On Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 demolition crews began to knock down part of the main building structure at 511 Fredericksburg campus. This renovation will produce a new fully furnished building at the campus. Please be careful while the crews are working, and when picking up your children from the campus. The construction crews will be cleaning up any of the debris, but caution is still urged when walking around the building.


News from the HCK Athletic Dept.

     On Thursday, Sept. 18, the HCK Lady Tiger Volleyball team lost a hard fought match against City Center (19-25 & 10-25). The HCK Coaching Staff would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all the support they and the girls received throughout it all from parents, teachers, family, and friends. There will be more games coming up on the schedule, and we would like to encourage everyone in our HCK community to cheer on our girls to victory!! Yea!!! Go Tigers!!!

 


#8: Rescheduling OPEN HOUSE! YEA!

Rescheduling Open House! Yea!

   The Apache Group, our Demolition contractor, has informed us that they are now ready to begin the 10 -15 day demolition work on the building at 511 Fredericksburg Road.  Furthermore, Mr. Martinez, School Administrator, has followed up with the city regarding the remaining work to be completed on the sprinkler system in the basement at 702 Cincinnati.  With so much construction type work happening, we are plannning to reschedule our Open House activity from next Thursday, September 25, 2014, to Thursday, October 16, 2014.

    Thank you for updating your schedule so that you can be available on Thursday, October 16, 2014 for our 2014-2015 Open House activity at Higgs Carter King Charter Academy!

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#7: Grand Opening: LiveSchool Store

HCK STUDENTS EARN 201 LIVESCHOOL POINTS in one WEEK!

   The low point total of 201 is due to teachers and staff getting used to identifying behaviors and attendance for all students.  All students got an opportunity to get a book and a supply item from the LIVE SCHOOL STORE DURING THE GRAND OPENING! Yea! Next week’s goal for LIVESCHOOL POINTS is 3000! Yep! 

 
LIVESCHOOL POINTS ROCK!

LIVESCHOOL STORE ROCKS! 

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We Are Congratulating Mrs. Hardeway
as our first August Teacher of the Month!


    Everyone who knows Mrs. Hardeway, 1st grade teacher, is aware of the many changes she had to make in order to return as an HCK teacher so everyone at HCK is on one accord as we jointly congratulate Mrs. Hardeway for becoming the first AUGUST TEACHER OF THE MONTH!

    Mrs. Hardeway had to make so many changes not only with her instructional methods and mannerisms but also personally as she struggled to juggle her wonderful family and her higher education goals.  Ms. Haywood was the first teacher to notice that Mrs. Hardeway had begun to make changes and become more effective but when Ms. Haywood spoke with Mrs. Yarbrough, Mrs. Yarbrough did not believe.  So Mrs. Yarbrough asked Mrs. Hardeway if she wanted to interview for a teaching position at HCK for 2014-2015 school year and when Mrs. Hardway responded in the affirmative, the stage was set for Mrs. Hardeway to show all of us just how much she has changed.  Then Mrs. Escarcega began to notice the changes Mrs. Hardeway had made, then Mrs. Crims confirmed that the changes and improvement were “for real” (smile) and then Mrs. Yarbroung was in agreement as she saw how much care and attention to details Mrs. Hardeway was exhibiting to all her students.  Mrs. Hardeway became Teacher of the Month largely because she used failure to lead her to success by learning how to put her HCK students’ needs as her priority during the day.  We are so very, very proud that Mrs. Hardeway has done everything she can to become the most effective teacher she can be at HCK! Congratuations, again, Mrs. Hardeway!
 
 
~Claudette Yarbrough

Newsletter #6

No Uniform on Friday, 9/12/2014    

Yea! Perfect Attendance Wins! YEA!

   Check out the weekly attendance report (WAR) on the back of this newsletter! WE ROCK! We had kids “kicking but” to get school so that we can all learn and grow towards achieving our 90% mastery rate! Yea!

     Okay! Look at all of the classes that achieved 100% attendance! WOW! We are on the ball! Yea!

     When we achieved over 97% attendance this is Awesome because at 97% of attendance we get 100% of the funding for our instructional purposes, for managing the day-to-day operations and for making sure we can achieve all of our goals!  Yea!

     Can we keep this up all year! You Betcha We Can! If we all do our best to continue reaching 100% attendance (over 97% averages) Yea! And Hip, hip, hooray!

SO, WHERE’s OUR ICE CREAM?

    Everytime we qualify for no uniform day, we will also qualify for ice-cream WHEN WE ARE #1 in the country in Reading Practice.  The rankings for #1 do not start until later in the month so we will have to anticipate how nice, cool and tasty the ice cream will taste until the rankings are announced later this month!!! Yea! And Hip, hip, hooray!

LIVESCHOOL POINTS ROCK!

LIVESCHOOL STORE ROCKS    

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Newsletter #5


WE ARE READY!

   Every 3rd week of the school year, 100% of the HCK students will take an assessment.  The teacher will utilize the assessment results to determine how best to adjust, change, modify, and improve their lessons based upon the student data from the assessment.

     We are so very proud of everyone who worked with us during the summer months to streamline this process and help us get on the right track with progress monitroing.

     What is Progress Monitoring?  Progress monitoring is how HCk “monitors the progress” of every student to determine the next steps or next level of instruction that is needed to ensure that by the end of the year the student has mastery with a minimum of a 90% all of the subject areas that were taught?

     When will my student start making 90%? Every student is different.  That is why it is so important that every student take their “assessments” seriously.  Because the strength of our teachers’ instruction is based upon the “data” from the 3rd week progress monitoring assessments.  When students do their best on every TEST, then the teachers have everything they need to ensure that their instruction “matches” what the student needs based upon the performance of the student on the progress monitoring assessment.

     Thank you parents for making sure your child is well rested every day, ready to start the day with a laser-like focus on the teacher and the instructional assignments. This way we will definitely know that the student is trying his/her harder to do their best and then the teacher can ensure that every students’ needs are betting met! Yea!

PLANNER TIME! PLANNER TIME!

    Make sure you are signing the Planner every night except Friday Night and make sure your child brings the Planner to school everyday except Monday.  The Planner is being used to keep us all organized with great time managements skills! Yea!

QUALIFYING TO GO TO THE LIVESCHOOL STORE! YEA!

     We are so proud of the points the students are “racking” up in LIVESCHOOL! Yea! 

     However, just because a student has points does not mean the student qualifies to go to SPEND the points.  So how does a student qualify to SPEND the points?

     Well, first of all, at the beginning of the year, we usually take EVERYBODY to the LIVESCHOOL STORE to see all of the things we have available for purchase.  Because we are always adding items to the LIVESCHOOL STORE, students will only see items that are added if they qualify to keep purchasing items from the LIVESCHOOL STORES.  After the initial visit to the LIVESCHOOL STORE, every Friday, teachers will be able to take qualifying students to the LIVESCHOOL STORE during the arrival time/breakfast time before school starts.   Some teachers may ask to visit the LIVESCHOOL STORE during lunch but this will only be on special occassions because teachers only get 30 minutes for lunch and then they have to go to class. 

     Qualifying to spend your LiveSchool points! A) students must have 100% attenddance that week in order to go to the LIVESCHOOL STORE and B) students must have approval of their teachers to go to LIVESCHOOL STORE Yea!


LIVESCHOOL POINTS ROCK! LIVESCHOOL STORE ROCKS!    

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Newsletter #4 is online!

#4: THIS IS IT – 3rd Week!

PERFECT ATTENDANCE MATTERS@HCK!

   Being in school EVERY DAY is very important.  Why is perfect attendance so important? The number one reason perfect attendance is so important is that this is the best way to ensure that your child is learning! If the child is in school everyday, then your child is guaranteed to make progress learning because your child is present everyday.  If a child misses school, he/she misses out!  Being in school is the number one job of every student so that the student can take advantage of every learning opportunity presented by all of the teachers! Yea!

Yep! By Friday, September 12th we will have been in school for three weeks! What does this mean?

    Good question?  Every three weeks we stop and conduct our progress monitoring assessments to ensure that our teachers are teaching and our students are learning the TEKS as required to ensure that they are prepared for college and career ready when they graduate and go into the workforce or into colleges!

     We spent quite a bit of time working with our teachers and teacher leaders developing instructional calendars and lessons that are aligned in order to make sure teachers have the information that they need to teach the required TEKS per subject.

During our first couple of 3r week progress monitoring assessments the data will be used to ensure that we identify where each student needs additional assistance and then continuing through the year, teachers will modify and differentiate instruction so that everyone gets their needs met and everyone is ready by April to perform at 90% or better! Yea!

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HCK is posting on Facebook!!


If you are logged onto Facebook (like nearly all of the modern world), then please find Higgs, Carter, King Gifted & Talented Charter Academy on there and give us a "Like"..

We post new Newsletters and other important information as it comes from Mrs. Yarbrough, and you can see this news as you are scrolling your news feed so you can be up-to-date!

Also, send us messages or comments to keep in contact! We love the HCK Family! Go Tigers! 

Picture Days -- Fall & Spring -- dates are set!

Parents, please mark your calendars for the Fall and Spring picture days:

-Group and Fall -- November 21, 2014
-Spring -- March 20, 2015

We will be following up with notifications as the dates approach, as well as sign up forms so that you can pre-order your picture sets!


Newsletter #3 is now online!!

You can find the Newsletters (both this year and previous years) located in the "Newsletter" button on the navigation toolbar on the top of the HCK main website.

Response To Intervention (RTI) letters went home today! Yea!

 Make sure that you ask your child for the letter as we want all parents of students receiving our external RTI support.  All other students receive specific RTI support within the classroom as well.  So all HCK students get the instruction that they need at the level that they need and if not, the parent should contact the teacher so the that the teacher can make any corrections.

    It does take a couple of weeks to confirm levels and get on track and we are using our time wisely by communicating with everyone regarding RTI so that all of our students will be at 90% by April!

What Happens If My Child Brings Home grades that are below 90%?

     Good question?  During the first weeks and months of the school year, all students will be exposed to new and difficult information.  The assessments and reports that reflect the instruction allow for certain topics to be taught at certain times of the year.  So low grades at the beginning of the school year, do not indicate that the child will not reach his/her goal by April.  Teachers are taught how to pace instruction so that by April all students have had opportunities to reach, achieve and maintain 90% even though most students will start with three week assessments that are below 90%! No worries we have a plan! Yea!

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Newsletter #2:  Ice Cream Fridays! Yea!
{Newsletter #2 can be found in our "Newsletters" navigation tab, on our main page}


A snippet of our Newsletter #2:

100% Attendance and 100% Reading Practices earns 100% of our students and teachers, ICE CREAM! YEA!

     That’s rigth! Ice Cream Fridays have returned! Yea! But the rules are different this year.  Because we have been able to reach our goal of 100% reading practice for most of last year, we have uped the “ante”! Yea!  Now the entire school must be present (perfect attendance) and we must be at 100% reading practice in order for the entire school to enjoy ICE CREAM ON FRIDAY and NO UNIFORM ON FRIDAY! Yea! Can we do this? PERFECT ATTENDANCE starts now! 


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WELCOME BACK PARENTS AND STUDENTS!!!
Newsletter #1 is online!!!

For new parents, our daily/weekly Newsletters throughout the entire year, as well as previous years, can be found in the top Navigation bar on our website, under the title "Newsletters", and the current year is 2014-2015. 


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HCK approved for San Antonio City Park program!

San Antonio, August 14, 2014 -- City Council A Session Agenda. 
     
    19.) 14-1614 :: An Ordinance authorizing a License Agreement on City property with Higgs-Carter-King Charter School for a period of five years for a School Park (SPARK) located in Council District 1. [Gloria Hurtado, Assistant City Manager; Xavier D. Urrutia, Director, Parks & Recreation].

Approved.

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House Bill 5 Results released

Higgs, Carter, King complied with the state of Texas Legislature's House Bill 5 this year in conducting an internal review of our institution as it relates to different 9 categories of rating focus. We had input from people associated with teachers and staff, and students and parents, as well as community partners. Our findings in the 9 categories are shown below, as well as our rating. Read more...

TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGES, REQUIRED!

     Parents, students, and teachers can all expect to be entering next year noticing some changes to the school structure in a more positive way. Superintendent and Principal Mrs. Claudette Yarbrough lists out some of the reasons why HCK is moving in this direction, please click the link below to read this important information.



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CHANGES…the Covey Way!

     Higgs, Carter, King is undergoing some new changes in the structure of the school day in preparation for next year. Please click the link below to read more about what to expect.


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Earn a trip to the National Charter School Conference!

 Held in Las Vegas, June 27th – July 3rd! Read about the different ways you can earn a trip to it!

     First of all, Youth Empowerment Services, Inc. has been supporting Higgs Carter King for the past five years with students and parents qualifying to participant in awesome opportunities to travel to the National Charter School Conferences.  We have taken students and parents to Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois and Washington DC! Yea!

    Secondly, on March 29th at the regular Board Meeting, the Board of Directors once again approved Higgs Carter King to find ways to include parents, families and students in the 2014 National Charter School Conference to be held in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada! Yea!

      Thirdly, the 2013-2014 Senior Class has been talking about making the National Charter School Conference event their senior trip destination since school began in August 2013 and they are crossing their fingers waiting to hear about their possibilities! 

     So what do you need to do to see if you can qualify to attend the National Charter School Conference and attend Youth Empowerment Services, Inc. first annul E3 AWARD Ceremony where 25 teachers from San Antonio will be recognized?  

Hint: Listen to Tha1Radio every Saturday morning from 10-11am and hear Mrs. Yarbrough give you the clues...
  



$1,000 scholarships to our Seniors!!

     All eight (8) of our graduating seniors qualify for the $1000 tuition scholarship to help pay for their first year in college.

    All eight (8) of our graduating seniors have also qualified for $5,600 from the State Grant to pay for all expenses related to going to college.

    Now we have learned that our very own senior, Crystal Jonas has qualified for almost $50,000 in scholarship support from Trintiy Univeristy in San Antonio, Texas.  Trinity has ranked #1 in the southwest for the last 22 years! Yea! Congratulations to Crystal for earning a scholarship to Trinity University! Yea! 


Listen to Tha1radio.com each Saturday in May!

     The online radio station, tha1radio.com is partnering with us to promote awareness of effective teachers and if you listen on the internet you could win your favorite teacher $100 plus you could be entered into a drawing to win a trip with HCK teachers to the 2014 National Charter School Conference in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. In June.  Want to know more?  Read the attached and listen on Saturday mornings from 10am – 11am. Yea!

Different ways you can appreciate your teacher!

There are suggestions for everyday! Yea!

     We absolutely want our teachers to believe that they are appreciated everyday.  However, it is great that there is a National Awareness of the need to STOP and APPRECIATE teachers every year for a whole week.  So let’s do our best to say “thank you”!

A)    Monday, May 5th – Bring your teacher an apple! Yea!

B)     Tuesday, May 6th – Write your teacher a “thank you” note and give it to your teacher. Yea!

C)     Wednesday, May 7th – Bring your teacher a flower. Yea!

D)    Thursday, May 8th – Write your teacher a “thank you poem”! Yea!

E)    Friday, May 9th – Give your teacher a piece of chocolate! Yea!

Thank you for joining in the fun of letting all of our teachers know that they are appreciated! Yea!


Congratulations Krystal Jonas!
     Higgs, Carter, King G/T Academy Superintendent Claudette Yarbrough (left) congratulates senior Krystal Jonas upon news that Ms. Jonas is the newest member of the Trinity University class of 2018!! Mrs. Yarbrough is a fellow alumni of Trinity University as well, and became very emotional that one of her own students was admitted to her alma mater. Ms. Jonas has grown up before everyone's eyes at HCK from when she was in elementary to now on the verge of graduating from high school. Krystal is a shining example of the students we hope to mold into adults through hard work and excellent academic opportunities at Higgs, Carter, King. We are proud of you, Krystal! 

YOU VOTED AND THE WINNER IS:  Monday, June 9!


   Monday, June 9, 2014 is our “new last day of school” – Make Up Day! Yea!  Thank you very much for participating in our Parent Day vote for the last day of school.  Monday, June 9th got more votes than Monday, May 26th.  On Saturday, March 29th, the Board of Directors of Youth Empowerment Services, Inc. voted and agreed with the majority of the parents and students that voted for Monday, June 9th as the new final day of school! Yea!  Thank you for your voting and sharing your input!

Higgs, Carter, King STAAR Week during Spring Break

During Spring Break week Higgs, Carter, King Academy staff and teachers spent their time giving some students extra academic practice in preparation for STAAR tests. Teachers are constantly in pursuit of getting their students to academic excellence, and any opportunity to positively affect the student's lives is something they enjoy doing. Plus, we made Spring Break fun for the kids! The Fourth Grade class lead by Mr. Juarez designed a video to encapsulate the week everyone had.



STAAR is here!

On Tuesday, 5th Grade students in Mr. Guevara's class gave their fellow classmates words of encouragement before their tests. They told their classmates to do good and have confidence that they know the material. We echo those sentiments and wish all the students taking the STAAR this week the best of luck as they strain their brains for learning.

Words of Praise for Higgs, Carter, King!
“I just wanted to reiterate how much I enjoyed visiting HCK Academy. Every time I visited the campus the students, ALL STUDENTS, looked so happy to be there. They were so polite to guide me to the proper room and greeted me politely. …


    However, I was even more impressed by your staff. They were so involved in their lessons and had such a nice rapport with the students. The teachers appeared so well organized and prepared. I have visited schools across ten (10) states and by far your campus was the most goal-driven. The teachers seemed very dedicated and involved with their students. There was definitely positive synergy and when I left, it just gave me a HAPPY feeling knowing that kids are so well looked-after and truly guided. Thank you for the experience. Kudos to your teachers for their daily investments in young lives.” 

~Oralia R. Hinojosa
Texas Educational Solutions 


HCK students spend Spring Break learning!

Nearly a hundred Higgs, Carter, KIng students spent their Spring Break participating in our inaugural STAAR Camp to better equip and prepare our students for the upcoming STAAR tests. Along with the students, HCK had some very dedicated staff members who took time out of their week to help teach our students in Math, Reading, and Writing. The students were provided a fun learning environment which to learn in as well as enthusiastic teachers whose goal is to get our students to the level of excelling in the upcoming tests. This year's week was very successful and we plan on continuing our STAAR Camp in the summer. For more information about having your child enroll in STAAR Camp, please contact Mrs. Yarbrough.



BIRDIES FOR CHARITIES IS HERE!

     Each year Higgs Carter King’s stakeholders including teachers, staff, parents and students participate in the Birdies For Charities fundraiser as this is the ONLY fundraiser authorized for Youth Empowerment Services.
     HCK has been able to utilize funds raised from Birdies For Charities to pay for 100% of school supplies for 100% of every PK through 12th grade students.  HCK has been able to provide student scholarships and teacher training and the biggest activity that the Birdies for Charities have supported have been the student college and community service trips to Chicago, Illinois (twice); Atlanta Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Washington, D.C. (twice).

Please Check Newsletter #40 for more information!



School Choice Week begins!
         

National School Choice Week provides an unprecedented opportunity, every January, to shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children.

Independently planned by a diverse and growing coalition of individuals, schools, and organizations, National School Choice Week features thousands of unique events and activities across the country. The Week allows participants to advance their own messages of educational opportunity, while uniting with like-minded groups and individuals across the country.

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Parent Night Jan. 30 and National School Choice Week

     On the Jan. 30, 2014 Higgs, Carter, King Academy will join hundreds of other schools across the country in celebrating National School Choice week. HCK plans on having activities during the Parent Night assembly on Jan. 30. We are very excited to be participating in this event and we look forward to having activities and other special things at our Parent Night celebration. So please mark your calendars to attend that night!  

National School Choice Week website

HOW TO KNOW IF SCHOOL IS CLOSED 
DUE TO A WEATHER EMERGENCY…

Please read carefully to know what to do when there is a weather related school closing.


#1 LISTEN TO THE NEWS ON TV – Higgs Carter King Administrators usually call Channel 4 – KMOL or Channel 12 – KTSA and update the news channel about whether or not Higgs Carter King will be closed due to inclement weather.


#2 THE DECISION – We take it very serious when we have to make a decision to close school because the State of Texas requires all schools to “make up” any missed school days.  So closing school for even one day will result in a “make up” day usually towards the end of the year.  


#3 CLOSING SCHOOL – In the past we have only closed school when the weather reports indicate that driving would be “hazardous” on the roads.  Because a majority of our students ride the HCK school buses, if “driving on the roads will be hazardous” we will not be able to get the buses out to pick up the majority of our students.  If the roads are dry and there are no reports of “hazardous roads”, usually school will be open.

NEXT STEPS…

   Please do your best to listen to the television stations if you think that the weather will result in school closures.  Please do not assume that if other schools are closing, HCK is closing as well.  HCK will make a decision based upon the road conditions and our buses. Thank you for reading carefully and calling Ms. Yarbrough if you have questions. 


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Dr. Hanson generously gives back to HCK!


Thank you to Dr. Hanson for donating 30 backpacks to the students of Higgs, Carter, King G/T Academy. Dr. Hanson has been a great partner and supporter of HCK for over a year, and we appreciate everything he has done for us. 

Learning Important things on the First Day back
        Mrs. Yarbrough helped lead a welcoming session with HCK 8th-12th graders in the gym this morning. The students learned about the virtues of being leaders in life and making wise choices. The students also learned about the legacies of the school's namesakes: Minnie Higgs, Kenneth Carter, and Janice King, and how they impacted the founding of the school. We are excited for the start of the school year and hoping that all of our student start this year with the zeal to make this year better than the last!

Leading by Example
HCK Senior Jessica Alverado started the year off right along with Mrs. Yarbrough, Ms. Connie Perez, and Ms. Angela Jones (from GO Card) on Saturday, August 24th. She attended a Leadership Team meeting to get her final year of school off to a positive and encouraging start. At HCK we want all of our high school students to lead-by-example for the other students so that they can understand the value of being a leader in society. 

Summer School 2013!
Coach Kris Shields helped lead teaching this past summer along with other HCK staff. Our Summer Program was a success this year with so many fun and educational activities to maintain our high level of learning. We are about to start a new school year, and some of us are keeping the educational momentum at a high energy level, ready to dominate this year of learning.

HCK teachers and staff at EEP Summer Institute!
This summer, some of our teachers and administrators attended the Educational Effectiveness Process' Summer Institute held in Horseshoe Bay, Tx. While at the conference, our HCK staff was able to connect with other charter schools from around San Antonio, Houston, and Corpus Christi in order to prepare more effectively for this upcoming school year. The staff who attended received some great advice from some of the leading professionals working in the educational field, as well as collaborated on many important topics that will hopefully lead to student success in 2013-14.

Welcome Back, Teachers!!

    Higgs, Carter, King welcomed back some returning teachers as well as some new teachers who are enthusiastic to start the 2013-14 school year! Teachers will be in training 8/19 - 8/23, with students returning on August 26. 

    NOTE TO PARENTS: Teachers will be making calls this week to schedule an in-person appointment in your student's classroom so that they can discuss with you important information as well as allow opportunity for parents to discuss any questions or concerns they may have as we enter the new school year. There will be some very important documents for parents to fill out so we need as much parental participation as possible.

Higgs, Carter, King mentioned in Forbes Magazine!
     SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- When Principal Claudette Yarbrough decided to implement ACTION 100 at Higgs, Carter, King Charter School, she pledged to make the entire school community accountable for results. In partnership with American Reading Company, administrators and teachers will undergo 30 days of professional development training to master research-based teaching methods aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the new Common Core Standards. Already, more than 300 parents have attended mandatory parent workshops.
     "At our ACTION 100 kickoff event, staff brought in community leaders to establish expectations," says Yarbrough. "San Antonio Police Chief McManus gave a rousing speech to students about how reading can take them to college, and he had all the students shouting, 'I will go to college' and 'I love to read!'
HCK was also mentioned in the Houston Biz Journal as well as the Dallas Biz Journal
 
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Congratulations to Higgs, Carter, King
Gifted & Talented Charter Academy's Honor Graduate 2013
Hunter Jonas!!

Good luck on the rest of your journey in life, especially in the next phase of college. We look forward to the many great things you will accomplish in your life, and thank you very much to everyone who helped Hunter reach these dreams, especially his family and all of the educators that taught him along the way.

HCK ensured Hunter's success, yes!!


HCK Board President Rick Williamson presenting Hunter Jonas with his diploma.

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Teaching At Higgs, Carter, King

Teaching - Touches minds, Shapes Future
T
reating children fairly, all ages and kinds,
E ducating, stimulating, expanding eager minds.
A nswering questions and asking them, too.
C aring and sharing, discovering what's new.
H elping to kindle learning's bright flame,
E xploring what's different and what is the same.
R esponding with patience, teacher's heart full of joy--
HCK's wonderful teachers exist for each girl and boy!

From the Principal

Each and everyday brings a brand new opportunity for each teacher and student to be powerfully engaged in the learning process. Everything Higgs, Carter, King does is designed to ensure each student is successful at school each and everyday. This year, the teachers have made commitments to do "whatever it takes" to make sure that NO CHILD IS LEFT BEHIND. Our parents have been extremely supportive and have assisted with the learning process.

From this issue of "The In Box" the following article regarding The Importance of Attitude is appropriate to share.

"Attitude is the difference between an opportunity and a problem.
Attitude is the difference between an interruption and a break.
Attitude is the difference between boredom and reflection. Attitude is the difference between stress and excitement. Attitude is the difference between a failed effort and a learning opportunity.
The choice is ours.
We can be positive, growth-oriented problem-solvers or negative, change-resistant problem-makers.
The consequence of this choice is likely to affect the quality of our lives, the success of our careers, and the soundness of our health."