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 A message from the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools
Dear Charter Operators & Community,

Earlier today, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2021-06, rescinding county and municipal mask mandates and business restrictions established in prior Executive Orders.

However, per the Arizona Department of Health Services, the AZDHS Emergency Measure requiring mask use in K-12 schools remains in effect.

Please continue to enforce the mask mandate in your charter school, as required in the aforementioned Emergency Measure. Masks must be worn on school campuses, on school buses and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors.

The Board will continue to provide updates should any changes be made.
April 5 –
April 14

AzM2 Testing for
3rd-8th year students

Please Do Not Schedule Any
Vacations During This Time
Snacking While Testing
As you know, Hermosa highly values cultivating a love of learning, which includes testing! Each year, our students look forward to taking standardized tests. Children excitedly anticipate extra playtimes, snack time, and chewing gum. Studies show chewing gum improves testing outcomes, and also alleviates anxiety.  

Hermosa teachers routinely buy supplies and treats for students out of pocket throughout the year. Nonetheless, Hermosa tremendously appreciates tax-deductible donations. These donations are equally appreciated in the form of a monetary contribution, or the purchase of supplies.  

If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Colleen at

Thank you for helping Hermosa staff continue to make learning and testing a positive, fun, and engaging experience for your child(ren).
Monday, April 12
(Grades 5 and 8)
April 19 - April 23

Thursday, May 20
Hermosa Middle School Graduation
6:00 p.m.
May 21
May 24-25
All School Conferences
Dance Elective Movement in Middle School
Middle School students maintain the study “interdependence” this current themed cycle. In Science, they continue the examination of how the Earth’s resources are interdependent and what we can do to protect them. Students are looking more deeply at environmental issues and biodiversity by researching topics such as forests and fisheries, land and soil, solid and hazardous wastes, air pollution, and the water supply. Following their research they will present projects to their classmates.
Group Projects - Practice and Present in Middle School!
Language Arts lessons continue focus on writing essays based on informational texts. Students are reading paired texts in order to compare and contrast information from different authors. Using a graphic organizer, they plan first then write a five paragraph essay based on a strategy called “threesis”. This strategy teaches students to develop a “hook”, a three part thesis statement, three body paragraphs with supporting information, and a conclusion paragraph all based on their understanding from the informational texts
Wake-Up with Gaga Ball in Middle School
Students continue with “sharpening the saw” the 7th Habit of the book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Stephen Covey, with focus on individual thoughts and feelings. Students are learning of the various ways to exercise their brains. They have come to realize that thinking differently can actually be food for brilliant thought. Students reflect on listening to what emotions can tell us and what kinds of things can strike an emotional chord.
This week E II students studied the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. To follow up the lesson we enjoyed Root Beer floats which have all three states in one nom-nom treat. Students enjoyed learning ice cream is a solid, root beer is a liquid, and the carbonation is a gas.
Fundamental and Common Human Needs
Dr. Maria Montessori viewed our children as the hope for our future. At the core of our curriculum we teach our children of people’s commonalities rather than focus on our differences. Exploring what makes us human and learning about the journeys of our common ancestors is at the core of our History curriculum, and helps us discover who we truly are.
Each year, in our History curriculum, teachers help students make connections with humans throughout the ages by learning that all people have the same common needs, regardless of when or where they lived. Dr. Montessori divided the common needs of people into two categories: spiritual and material, with the material needs as the means of support of spiritual development. Our ability to create things is unique to humans. We create shelter to protect us from the elements. We develop defenses against our enemies and in our past history, to keep us safe from wild beasts. We investigate and use foods to nourish us and to make medicines that heal from disease. We have learned to clothe our bodies for protection and as adornment. Our transportation has changed from using only our feet to varying means of transportation to move us from one place to another.
In various lessons we examine how different cultures and civilizations have met these needs in different and fascinating ways. These lessons provide students with an appreciation for the past as they imagine their bright future.
Students plan and create model homes after history lessons on the common needs of humans.
Creating a model home from materials in the environment.
Home Construction
Collecting materials
Forming adobe bricks
Teamwork constructing a model castle
Fun with Multiplication Facts!
Spell the word before the sun takes the letters away!
Rainbow science and Irish soda bread to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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