Welcome to Jack W. Harmon Elementary School! Our school is located in San Tan Valley, Arizona, and serves students in grades K-6. We are part of the J.O. Combs Unified School District, one of the faster growing areas in the state.
Our website provides parents, students, and community members with helpful information on a variety of topics and we hope you'll take some time to learn more about all we have to offer. You'll want to meet our staff, learn more about our school procedures on the FAQ page, keep current with News & Events and our School Calendar, and then be sure to check out our many Helpful Links to other informative websites. And, if you still have questions about Jack W. Harmon Elementary, we hope you'll contact us.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our third quarter has gone by very quickly, and I cannot believe that we are about to take a week off for spring break. Where does the time go? Your children deserve the upcoming break, and I hope all families will be able share some quality time together. I would like to thank everyone who came out to support our first annual Sock-Hop. Our hard working PTSO members and other volunteers sponsored and coordinated this event. Hosting family friendly activities is a priority for all stakeholders at Harmon Elementary, and it is great to see such strong participation at these events.
Some recent and upcoming Harmon events include:
District and State Assessments:
When the upper grades are taking AIMS, second grade students will take the Stanford-10 to assess reading, writing, and math skills.
In May, we will assess kindergarten through third grade students on their end-of-year DIBELS. A significant part of the DIBELS assessment for first through third grade is oral reading fluency and accuracy. We encourage students to read grade level passages in order to increase their fluency. Please spend time each day listening to your children read. In order to be considered proficient and on grade level, students should be able to read the following number of words, in one minute, in a grade appropriate passage:
We need all students to practice, practice, and practice!
I encourage our students’ parents to consider attending one of our monthly Site Council meetings. The purpose of Site council is to have parents and school staff work collaboratively on school improvement efforts, and I would love to have more parent participation. If you are interested, it is not necessary for you to sign-up in advance or to attend every meeting so please free to attend when possible. We meet this semester at 3:45 p.m. in the school’s library on March 5, April 2, and May 7, 2014.
Congratulations to Mia Higgins in second grade. We awarded Mia as Harmon’s most recent student of the month.
Please refer to the monthly calendar section of the newsletter for a list of all upcoming events. I want to thank all of our parents and other family members for your ongoing support of Harmon Elementary. The Future Begins Here!
I hope you all have a wonderful Spring Break!
Together in Education,