Good News from the Schools

Things are constantly moving in our growing district! This is the page where we keep you informed about great things that are going on, so be sure to check back often! To view previous "Good News" events, please click one of the links in the right sidebar.

Good News From Tres Rios Service Academy

Ms. Erika Avelar’s ergonomic wonderland benefits students in many ways! Let’s face it, one size does not fit all! While some students like to sit up high, others like to sit down low. Some like to bounce, and others prefer to rock. Thanks to the hard work and dedication to her students, Ms. Avelar has provided sixth graders with a plethora of just-right seating options to help them get comfy while they learn. Does it ever get distracting? Never! Students are more on task with all these options than in other traditional settings. Happy bottoms, happy students!

Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes. Mr. Noah Karvelis, Tres Rios’ illustrious music teacher, never fails to engage students in a wide variety of fun, kid-friendly activities that inspire students of all different interests and background to express themselves through vocal and instrumental music. In his class, students get to play the drums, ukuleles, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, recorders, you name it!

His morning School of Rock music club is all the rage with students in grades 4-8. On Thursdays, it’s guitar players, and on Fridays it’s all about the drums, piano, and singing.

Good News From Quentin STEM Academy

Exciting news! Quentin boys basketball team finished in a tie for first place, and they are ready for the play-offs!

The American Dream Academy held their informational meetings with our families for 30 parents confirming they will commit to the program.

We had our academic parent-teacher team night for kindergarten to third grade. We had a third of our parents come in to the school to work with our elementary teachers on language arts strategies that were decided upon by the results from data from our tests. Teachers had our parents in a classroom, and they taught our families strategies that they could work on with their children at home to best support student achievement at school.

We completed class game time with Coach Daniel. Coach Daniel from Playworks focused on resiliency this week with our students. Games like tag, five-line basketball, and tether ball were a few of the games taught and played to support our students with our healthy play and character building initiative.

Good News From Fine Arts Academy

The Fine Arts Academy is having a great first quarter. We had our second Falcon Festival of the year. We sang our school song and gave out some awards as well as honored our athletes. Next Falcon Festival, we will be showing off our teacher’s talent. We are proud to have our choir, band, theater, and art programs beyond full during, before, and after school. We had a capacity for each and have exceeded the waiting list. Our students are eager and enthusiastic to be part of our programs. Each of our students will have a chance to be part of our programs with the integrated projects we will be working on later this year.

Students at Falcon Festival Student art projects


Good News From Littleton Elementary

The 2017-2018 school year is off to a fantastic start at Littleton Elementary School. Students and staff have shown their Firebird pride through their efforts to rise up and meet expectations both in and out of the classroom.

Our youngest learners, our pre-school students, are finishing their beginning of the year unit. This unit introduced our preschoolers to the routines, procedures, and expectations of our school and their classrooms. Later this month, they will begin their fall unit that focuses on trees. This unit will expose our students to literacy, math, science, and social studies through the exploration of nature in our communities and world.

Our students in grades 3-8 are enjoying the tremendous learning benefits of 1:1 devices. Teachers are working hard to integrate technology into their lessons to create relevant, challenging, and engaging learning experiences.

Good News From Estrella Vista STEM Academy

Voices of Innovative Communities Excel ~ Building Partnerships with Parents through Monthly Coffee Talk with the Principal.
We would like to thank our parents for their participation in our first coffee talk with the principal. It was inspiring to hear the voices of our families and the ownership they have in Estrella Vista’s success! Thank you SFE and PTSA for providing the coffee and breakfast goodies for our families. Your support is much appreciated.

Voices of Innovative Communities Excel ~ PTSA Off to a Great Start in Community Involvement.
Thank you to our Hawk PTSA who has started the year with a bang! The parent group raised over $600 at the Peter Piper back to school event night on August 4. In addition, the group welcomed the most parents they’ve seen at their first PTSA meeting on August 22 and kicked off their yearly one of a kind fundraiser in the month of August. The group of parents is excited to host many more parent involvement events for our families this year, as well as support student achievement through donations of funds to classrooms and before and after school clubs.

Good News From Collier Elementary

Collier had our first run through of roving chef with a few of our lucky fifth grade students. The pizza was excellent, and the student smiles were even better! Our students are lucky to have this opportunity each month.

On September 26 Collier will be hosting their annual math night for parents and students to attend. Each grade level will have tables set up with manipulatives, games, and online resources to share with parents so they can help support their children with the new Engage NY Math curriculum.

Good News From Country Place Leadership Academy

Leadership Focus - Students helping to inspire, nurture, and empower (SHINE). This year our leadership teacher, Mrs. Anitra Morin, has brought SHINE to Country Place. 53 students have volunteered to work with 35 teachers and staff members. The student leaders help staff with a variety of leadership projects. These projects include tutoring younger students, reading with students, organizing classroom spaces, and improving our school. The students participated in training with their staff member, are graded weekly, and are expected to model exceptional leadership.

Good News From Our Exceptional Student Services

Littleton Elementary School District’s Exploring Potential Program hosted their 1st quarter parent meeting on Monday, August 15, 2017. Of the seven schools, four schools were represented. Parents from Fine Arts, Collier, Country Place, and Estrella Vista were in attendance. This initial, informative meeting was followed by an opportunity to explore new board games. We will use the feedback provided when planning upcoming meetings.

Good News From Our Operations Departmemt

The operations department is pleased to welcome a new groundskeeper, Kyle Whitbeck. Welcome, Kyle! 

Good News From Our Transportation Department

Transportation would like to welcome two new heroes who have joined the district. Bus drivers Taliese Brogdon drives the lavender bus and Terrance Nuness will be driving the turtle bus.

We are also very excited to report that a parent called Collier Elementary to give a shout out to the purple bus driver. The parent went on to say that her son was scared to ride the bus but Mr. Jerry was so nice and pulled him aside and talked to him. Now he’s excited to come to school and see Mr. Jerry. Way to make a difference, Jerry Nevels.

Good News From Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning Services would like to recognize all of the employees and departments that assisted in making pre-service a success. Several professional development sessions occurred over the course of the seven pre-service days and were successful because of Littleton Heroes! Several departments and employees demonstrated Littleton’s values of collaboration, dedication, and integrity to ensure these sessions were successful.

Teaching and Learning Services would like to recognize the following departments: Operations, Human Resources, Business Resources, Exceptional Student Services, Transportation, Food Services, and IT.

We would also like to recognize the presenters that facilitated during this time: Terri Fisher, Jim Poquette, Juanita Morin, Leslie Sanchez, Charlie Blanton, Katherine Hoornstra, Tony Balsama, Carrie Rodriguez, Susan Gibson, Dr. Karen Grose, Richard Ramos, Dr. Mike Cagle, Bryan D’Alessio, Eric Nelson, Jazmin Pacheco, Morgan Fulks, Susan Knighton, Katie Carnicelli, Aracely Vasquez, Yusra Millenbaugh, Brittany Jimenez, Katherine Larm, Jennifer Grbic, Susan Rumann, Amanda Herrera, Samantha Armstrong, Liliana De La Rosa, Gina Forney, Luciana Ito, Sideqa Padawer, Sandy Miller, Dawn Robinson, Juleah Ferreria, and Susan Candelaria.

Good News From Fine Arts Academy

Welcome back to all our staff and students! We spent the first couple of days learning about Make Your Day and new procedures! The Falcon staff was super excited to get started with over 100 more students filling our classrooms this year.

We had our very first Falcon Festival of the year last week! We were excited to teach all our new Falcons the school song and do our annual uniform fashion show. Various students had a lot of fun showing off their uniforms and their new lanyards.

Fine Arts Academy is very excited about our different music programs this year. Currently we have over 70 students signed up for band. Our choir is also bursting at the seams with over 100 participants. The very fun thing is that all 3rd grade students will get to experience choir this year during their fine arts time. The 6th grade classes are getting to experience how to play keyboards during their fine arts time. On top of all this, violins and guitar begins this week with over 50 students ready to work with Sounds Academy.

One more exciting detail, is that our 3rd building is going up. This will open next school year and house 6th through 8th grade, as well as a science lab and a dance area! Falcons are looking forward to a fabulous year!

Good News from the Technology Department

The Technology Department recently held training for front office seniors on the new License to Learn Badges. A special thank you to Jim Poquette, technology coordinator and Alex Celestino, network technician for heading up the project. Office seniors spent two days learning the badge system and printing permanent ID cards for their schools. Thank you to Elizabeth DeLeon from Collier, Ruby España from Country Place, Stephanie Bojorquez from Estrella Vista, Teresa Lugo from Fine Arts, Alfredo Ramirez from Littleton, Ana Arce from Quentin, and Grace Gutierrez from Tres Rios. They will now be able to train the rest of the school front office staff on this new procedure.

The technology team supported benchmark testing the second week of August with all students in grades 3-8 using a 1:1 laptop. We are excited to report that we have placed almost 2 million dollars’ work of technology with kids!

This school year, the district has over 1,800 Chromebooks in use at Estrella Vista STEM Academy, Collier Elementary, and Littleton Elementary. The other school sites have laptops and this year we are proud to say we have standardized on the model at each site.

Littleton volunteers are heroes! School front offices received superhero postcards to use to recruit volunteers. The applications are pouring in. The parent liaison is currently working on processing over 700 applications!