A Transition for Students, Parents and Caregivers

The transition from elementary school to AE is a significant one.  While students and parents are sometimes worried about this transition, we find that with the right support, encouragement and care, students and their families thrive at the “Rock” school. 

Welcome Home

  • All 5th grade students are located in one area, together, for their first year at AE.

  • All 5th graders take all their classes, including lunch, with 5th graders only.

  • In 5th grade, teachers work together for English, Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies.

  • At the beginning of the year, 5th grade students participate in several formal and informal team building activities.  It is our hope that these activities will be helpful as they make new friendships at AE.

  • The counselor will also introduce herself the first week of school and help the students understand her role and how she can be of assistance to them and their families during the school year.

You may already be aware, the 5th & 6th grade years are some of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding years for your child.  These years are some of the most vital in terms of your child’s growth and development.  Middle school can be a confusing time, for parents as well as for their kids. However, by having supportive parent/caregivers, your child will finish these years stronger academically, socially and emotionally.  While you may decide to allow your child more autonomy in some areas, be sure to stay actively involved in your child’s school and continue to take an active role in their lives.  We look forward to helping foster your child’s growth and working as a team to ensure that their experience at the “Rock” is one that they will remember as they go through the Azle ISD school system. 

Looking Forward to a GREAT year!!

 



OLC NEWS

Next Saturday--May 9th  9:00 AM

Build the wall, bring Impact drivers-cordless drills, Metal Drill bits, tape measure, pencil, speed square, metal marking pencil, gloves, sunscreen, water, utility knife,  hat, money for lunch, level…  We will be attaching corrugated metal and cedar to the wall and bench.  See attached for the drawing of the wall.  We will also need to cut away the plastic on the stream.

These dates are weather permitting and dependent on if we get the grass killed out.

Saturday May 16th 9:00 AM-

Bring your rakes, shovels, gloves, hats, sunscreen, water…Hopefully we will be able to lay out our walking paths and establish those.  We will have 8 tons of decomposed granite to distribute to create our walkways.  The existing grass has been sprayed.  If it dies off we will till it up and start sculpting the pathways-I have a 3 point tiller but no trailer for our tractor.  I can drive my tractor over to school,  if all else fails.  If you have a tractor and tiller, please let me know, I would like to till it up before May 16th. If the grass is not killed off we will push this date back.  Calling all painters—we will also need to apply a sealer to the cedar wall.

Saturday May 23rd 9:00 AM

Bring your rakes, shovels, gloves, hats, sunscreen, water…Hopefully we will be able to lay out our walking paths and establish those.

Finish sculpting and preparing the seed beds.  I would like to be able to plant something that last week of school and have kids help us do that.  Digging and planting should be expected.


Monday May 18th  Parent Help needed

All the science teachers on campus will have their students make clay mud balls during their classes on this day. We will need storage boxes to store them in and allow them to dry. If you have some extra boxes just place them on the back of the stage.  Each homeroom class will need their own box.  The mud balls will contain the seed for the OLC.  The kids will need to bring clothes that will allow them to get dirty, hopefully not too bad. We could also use some parent volunteers on this day to help us direct traffic. 

We will make seed balls with clay, it will be messy and fun!  Bring clothes to get dirty, and plan on having dirty hands. See link for more info.

http://www.seedsource.com/downloads/NAS_seedballinstructions.pdf


THE OLC

AE was the recipient of a whole school grant from the AEF. The purpose of the grant is to build an OLC (Outdoor Learning Center). Mr. Cook wrote the grant and his vision is stated below.

I want to create a sustainable long range plan to establish an outdoor learning center focusing on Native Texas species and hands on learning.  The center will have a walking path with metal stakes identifying the plants. Among the plants on display will be native Texas species and watering techniques found in xeriscaping.  The outdoor learning center will also contain a “disappearing stream”.  When the Stream is not on it will be used for demonstration to show the effects of water erosion on the rocks.  Contained in the stream bed will be “river rock” that has been rounded and smoothed by water.  The stream will also be a model of erosion and deposition with the formation of a delta.  There will also be a cross section of the earth to show students about the layers of sedimentary rocks.  Included in the rocks will be fossils of both animal and plant life.

The entire center will contain native grasses and native wildflowers.  Included in this will be a non-mow area.  In the fall teachers and students will seed the wildflower area with mud balls containing native Texas wildflowers that will be emerging in the spring.

It will be irrigated via a rain water line from an extension of the existing water line that services the school grounds.  The outdoor learning center will have rich biodiversity showcasing all of the biomes found in the Cross Timbers Region.  Included will be gardens, filled with organic soil and dressed with organic mulch.  This will allow teachers to provide hands on demonstrations of the life cycles of plants, and to conduct experiments.

Please fill take a few minutes to take our survey and watch our video about the project. http://goo.gl/wny5xJ

Video Link-http://goo.gl/YqRZoi


2013-2014 Rock School Reprt Card




WORTH THE WAIT PARENT INFORMATION




NEW  Pick Up Procedures

Morning Dop-Off will be Lane "A" only for safety reasons.

Please note the new procedures for drop- off and pick-up.

There will be 2 lanes side by side. Please be aware that children will be crossing cars in the crosswalk area by the marquis. The lanes are marked "A" and "B" and flow one way only, to the West. The new exit on the west side of the building is one way exit only. Please note the diagram for clarification. The circle drive will no longer be used at all. This should facilitate the drop-off process.