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We hope that you all had a wonderful and relaxing Winter Break!!!

It’s been cold here in Austin, but that hasn’t stopped us teachers from planning some exciting things for the spring semester!

Our students have been working really hard on our PBL and will be the proud authors of our Travis Heights Elementary Tour Book very soon!


In Writing, students will learn how their own writing can be a powerful tool for influencing others and for problem solving. They will learn how to get their readers’ attention and be persuasive and clear.  Through guided/shared writing, daily lessons, peer sharing, and independent writing, they will follow the writing process steps and complete a formal persuasive letter.  Once completed, students will deliver their letters about a topic that means a lot to them and is near and dear to their heart.

In Reading, we continue to use our blended learning programs to help students “own” their learning and develop attainable goals for themselves.  Students will be introduced to persuasive texts and will use the skills they learn to understand the author’s message in expository texts.

In Science, students will begin using the scientific method to develop a science fair project.  We will be doing these projects as a class, and they may also do one at home.

In Math, students are learning about personal financial literacy.  They will be distinguishing between deposits and withdrawals, and identifying examples of borrowing responsibly and irresponsibly. They will also use concepts of costs and benefits to evaluate lending decisions.  Students will also be applying mathematical processes to determine the value of coins up to one dollar.

Computer Lab

Students learned how to make a news segment and reported about their field trips with Mr. Hawes.

“I like Computer Lab because Mr. Hawes is really funny and he teaches us so much about technology.  Since we are super Thunderbirds and pay attention, he lets us do fun programs.  We learn a lot and he always helps us.”  ~Stella Rae Renner (2nd Grader at THES)






Awards Assembly

Our Second Graders were recognized for their efforts and achievements at our Awards Assembly.  We are so proud of their progress!








Flu Season – As you may know, health officials in Austin-Travis County Health have reported an extreme outbreak of the flu this season. It is very important to use good hygiene, wash hands and use hand sanitizer several times a day to help prevent the virus from spreading. We are doing our best to teach and remind students about all of these important hygiene practices including extra cleaning of tables and keyboards, using their own writing materials and not coughing or sneezing into their hands.  If you would like to donate Clorox wipes, baby wipes, Kleenex, or antibacterial hand liquid soap to your child’s class, we can always use more.  We want all of our Thunderbirds to be super healthy so they can come to school every day!

Symptoms of the flu include:
  • A high-grade fever up to 104 degrees F.
  • Chills and shakes with the fever.
  • Extreme tiredness.
  • Headache and body aches.
  • Dry, hacking cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Vomiting and belly pain.

 (Not a THES Student, luckily)

Please remember to send your child to school with a jacket and warm clothes!  It’s been extremely cold, and in order to get from place to place on our campus, we do a lot of outdoor walking.  We also continue to have recess, using exercise and playtime to help students focus and learn in class!

Our Second Graders are growing up so fast and have become an amazing community of learners.  We love how often they utilize their Social Emotional Learning skills: good listening skills, accepting responsibility for their actions, sharing, being assertive, and managing their emotions appropriately.

We will continue to focus on all of these important social skills and many others through our SEL lessons, social contracts, and classroom management tools (used individually, in small groups and in whole groups).

We are excited for a Spring Semester of discovery, learning and of course, lots of fun! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.  We are always here to support our students’ academic and social learning.