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Regional Science Fair

The Regional Science Fair is the city science fair.  People from all over Austin, Bastrop and Round Rock are welcome.  The fair was located in the Palmer Events Center next to the Long Center. There were over three thousand projects, but don’t worry people from Bastrop round rock and Austin are welcome

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Young Writers Workshop in 2018

Young writers workshop has recently occurred in the Travis Heights community. It is an event where experienced writers join us to help us embrace our imaginations and write. This is the 21st year that Travis Heights has hosted this event

As we exited the gym doors from the presentation, some fellow community members shared their opinion about the event. Annabelle Davis said, “I especially liked the minnow tank workshop because it helped me think outside the box.” Charlotte Gerlach added, “I went to 2 workshops and they were probably the most fun ones I have ever gone to.”

Every year 5th grade gets 1st choice because this is their last year attending it. If you haven’t attended Young Writers Workshop, you should because it is a really interesting event.

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5th grade’s classpet

In fifth grade Mr. Bustillos’s class got a new class pet, or should I say pets. This fifth grade classroom got meal worms. The pet may sound uncommon, may sound weird, but we got them at the perfect time. We got them the very week that we were learning about metamorphosis. As we started learning about complete and incomplete metamorphosis the meal worms started going through metamorphosis. We watched the meal worms turn into pupa and then into beetles.

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Visiting Journalist–Mike Hall

The 4th & 5th grade Photogs consulted with a professional journalist today.  Mike Hall, a writer from Texas Monthly, talked to us about what it’s like to be a journalist.  He helped us understand that focusing our topic helps make it more interesting.  For example, instead of writing about a big topic like animals, we could write about a specific animal, like the owlets who nested here in Travis Heights.  Writing about a more focused topic makes the writing more interesting to the reader.  (Look for an article about those owlets in an upcoming Life in Travis Heights magazine!)

Mr. Hall also talked about how important it is to plan out your writing.  He suggested trying to tell the story to a friend before writing it.  By telling it to a friend, we can learn what parts work and what parts to leave out.  After that, you can plan out your writing in an outline.

He explained that professional writers have editors who look over their work and give them suggestions on how to improve what they’ve written.  This is similar to what teachers do for students when they write a rough draft.  One of the students asked him if he had to write drafts before publishing his work, and he said YES.  He said he writes several drafts and gets feedback from his editor before the article gets into the magazine.  (Sometimes that is frustrating, because you feel like your writing is already good.)

We finished off with some fun jokes.  It was great to have him join us!

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Cultural Festival

Have you ever traveled out of the country? Whether you have or haven’t the cultural festival is an engaging and exciting experience for everyone. When walking from booth to booth you feel as if you are traveling internationally. While all of these exciting events bustle through the hallways amazing events are happening in the cafeteria. From Ballet Folklorico to Karate practically everything you can name happened at the cultural festival. Thank you so much everybody that helped coordinate it.  

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The Tamalada

There was a Tamalada on December 6th from 3-6 pm and it took place in the Travis Heights cafeteria.. The Tamalada is when parents, teachers, and some kids help make tamales. When parents help and they have their kids with them, college students are there to help.  The kids can play games, have snacks, color, and make crafts.  Some people donate food such as meat, beans, and masa or they donate money.The tamales are made for the Cultural Fest and they sell them as a fundraiser for the school. Lots of people help to make this work and to raise money.

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Art in 5th grade


In 5th grade art, 5th grade is drawing, tracing, and then painting eyes. Most people are already painting theirs, but some people are a little behind. After you are done painting water colors you use puff paint to make dots.

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Fall Festival Cake Walk

Every year at Travis Heights Elementary we have a fall festival. We have all kinds of games and booths, and one of them is the cake walk. People donate cakes, and we play music.  Then we stop the music, and pick the number.  Someone wins the cake and choses the cake they want. There are so many cakes and they’re all so cool!

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4th Grade Recorders

4th grade is learning to play the recorders. We are earning  our recorder yarn. The first song you have learn is “Hot Cross Buns” which earns the white yarn. There are 7 colors that you can get in “recorder-arate”.  Ms. Alvarez-Sims’ class is on the third yarn, the orange yarn. We  call it “record-arate” (rhymes with karate). To earn your yarn, you have to complete songs that Ms. King gives you. 4th grade and 5th grade are the only ones learning “record-arate” but sometimes 3rd graders learn it at the end of the year.

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Name Tags from Camp Champions

5th grade was at Camp Champions November 1-3, and we got name tags. The tags were necklaces with a piece of wood. The wood was about 3 inches wide and it had our names on it. After we we finished an activity, such as history, we got a bead to put on the tag.  We had the necklaces for the counselors to know our names.  For each meal we had there we were supposed to waste less than 15 pounds. After the last meal we found out that we wasted less than 95 pounds of food throughout the whole trip and we got a bead that was a star.

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Family Fun And Fitness

The 3rd-5th graders had Family Fun and Fitness Day at Travis Heights. Family fun and fitness is a day where kids spend three hours of the day outside doing fun and physical activities. There are activities for everyone: ultimate frisbee, soccer, tug of war, and volleyball. The kids had Family Fun And Fitness on November 17, a Friday. The kids had 10-15 minutes at each station. It took place at the track behind the building and also in our gym. Our school has family fun and fitness so the kids can have some outdoor time and get away from class. Family members run the activities so the kids can feel at home. At the end of Family Fun And Fitness we were really tired.

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