• May is Mental Health Awareness Month 

    Mental Health Awareness Month 2022

    NAMI's Mental Health Awareness Month

    Children's Mental Health - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Children's Mental Health Why Is Children's Mental Health Important? (American Psychological Association)

    GCS "Walk Your Way" @ Hawks Nest STEAM AcademyFlyer


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  • College & Career

    Career Day 2022 @ Hawks Nest STEAM Academy

    Friday, April 29, 2022

    HNSA students are showcasing their careers!

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    Autism Society - National Autism Awareness Month

    Autism Society - Autism Acceptance Month

    Autism Speaks

    Autism Society of North Carolina

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  • Child prevention    

    Child Welfare - About National Child Prevention Month

    Child Welfare National Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources

    Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

    Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

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    National School Counseling Week 2022

    It's National School Counseling Week! 

    I LOVE being a school counselor! School counseling is most definitely BETTER TOGETHER with school-based mental health professionals, administrators, teachers, parents, students and the community!

                                             NSCW pic         

    Day 1

            Day 4                  Last Day picture



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    Kindness Matters!

    Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is recognizing The Great Kindness Challenge Week!

    We're focused on performing as many acts of kindness as possible in one week. 

    How many acts of kindness can you do in one week?


    The Great Kindness Challenge Week - Family Edition


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    Macy's Believe 2021 - Thanks For Supporting Make-A-Wish                                                             Macy's Calls on Customers to Deliver 500,000 Letters in One Week to Push  Goal to $2 Million for Annual Believe Campaign Benefitting Make-A-Wish® |  Business Wire Vertical Line PNG Transparent Images | PNG AllSupport local Make-A-Wish Foundation by writing a letter to Santa


    In December, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy Student Council members invited students to join them in participating in Macy's Believe Make-A-Wish Letter Writing Campaign. The Believe Campaign is an opportunity for students to explore giving through writing.  Each year, Macy's department store raises money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.  The Make- A- Wish foundation is an organization that grants wishes to children who are critically ill.  For every letter writtenMacy's donates $1. This year, Hawks Nest students wrote 200 letters - that's $200.  Thank you for helping to make wishes of critically ill children come true!


                                                    Make Believe - 1      Macy 2   




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    Tis the Season

    Resources with information on taking care of our mental health & wellness this holiday season...

    Enjoy the Holidays with Mindfulness

    Five Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health This Holiday Season

    How to Prevent Holiday Stress and Anxiety in Children

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                                                                      Act of Kindness Service Project                                                                                                                                           November 8 - 12, 2021

    Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items in recognition of World Kindness Day on November 13, 2021. Items collected will be donated to a local community helping organization. 

    To learn more about World Kindness Day, visit Inspire Kindness - World Kindness Day 2021.


    Food Collection 2021    Food Drive Collection 2

    Thank you Hawks Nest Families! Together, we collected over 800 canned & non-perishable food items for the Alan Main Community Care Center. Way to go, Bucket Fillers!

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    Red Ribbon Week Theme 2021

    Red RibbonWeek 2021 

      Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is recognizing Red Ribbon Week on October 25th -29th.       We're learning about making healthy and responsible choices.

    Red Ribbon Spirit Week 2021

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    Unity Day 2021

                              Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is recognizing Unity Day on Wednesday, October 20th.                             Wear orange to show your commitment to preventing bullying and promoting kindness!

    Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center's Kids Against Bullying

    Stop Bullying. gov

    Stop Bullying. gov's resources - kids

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    World Mental Health Day 2021

    October 10th is World Mental Health Day.  The World Health Organization's theme, "Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality", speaks to the organization's objective on World Health Day to spread awareness about mental health issues and what needs to happen to make mental health care accessible to people worldwide.       

    World Health Organization's World Mental Health Day 2021

    World Health Organization's Mental Health Well-Being Resources for the Public

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                                      Start with Hello Week 

                                         September 20 – 24, 2021

                                                       Step 1 - See Someone alone, Step 2 - Reach out + Help, Step 3 - Start with Hello.


                              Teaching empathy and empowering students to end social isolation                                                                through the power of connecting and helping one another.


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                         International Day of Peace 2021                             

    Hawks Nest STEAM Academy will recognize International Day of Peace (Peace Day) on Tuesday, September 21st.  Peace Day is an opportunity to engage children in activities related to peace, unity and making a positive difference in their world. 


                              * Everyone is invited to wear white on Tuesday, September 21st.


    Peace dove



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    Dot Day pic

      Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is celebrating International Dot Day. 

                                                                  Wear dots on Wednesday, September 15, 2021


         Dot Shirt


                                        Dot Image Dot Image Dot Image Dot Image Dot Image Dot Image Make Your Mark Service Project Dot Image Dot Image Dot Image Dot Image Dot Image Dot Image

                                                                  Monday, September 13h - Friday, September 17th 

                                 Collecting the following items to be donated to Crisis Assistance Ministry:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Single toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, hand soap.


       Find out more about International Dot Day at https://www.internationaldotday.org/.


    Make Your Mark!!!


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                   Thanks parents & community members for your participation in our virtual Career Day!

     Career Day

    Career Day - Thank You Video Message 

     Virtual Career Day - Wednesday, April 28th 

    Career Day

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    Crayon Collection picture

    Way to go, Hawks Nest! Approximately 2800 crayons were collected and donated!

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    Career Day

    Virtual Career Day is Wednesday, April 28th

    Career Day Participants needed. Special interests in careers related to Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics fields. Participants would submit a video sharing about self and career.  Interested?  Please contact school counselor, Shandrai Silva, at 704-866-8467 or sosilva@gaston.k12.nc.us. 

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  • Random Acts of Kindness Day 

    February 17, 2021

     Random Acts of Kindness Week

     February 14 - 20, 2021


    RAK pic

    Random Acts of Kindness Organization's Kindness Ideas


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  • National School Counseling Week 

    February 1 - 5, 2021

    During National School Counseling Week, I am reminded of how grateful I am for the opportunity and privilege to serve children as a school counselor.  I am especially grateful to be doing what I love here at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy!  

                       I all in for students Flowers PD

                             Collab           inclusive

                                                                           school counseling


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  • The Great Kindness Challenge   

     Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is recognizing The Great Kindness Challenge in January   with daily kindness challenges and a spirit week. 


    The Great Kindness Challenge Week - Kindness Matters!

    January 25 -29, 2021


    Monday, January 25th  

    Team Kindness:  Wear your favorite sports/team apparel or shirt

    Tuesday, January 26th 

     I Choose Yellow :  Wear yellow

    Wednesday, January 27th (Remote Learning Day)

    Dream of Kindness:  Wear Pajamas Day

    Thursday, January 28th 

    Tied Together with Kindness:  Wear a tie or tie-dye shirt 

    Friday, January 29th 

     I Choose Yellow- Wear yellow

     GKC picture

    Learn more about The Great Kindness Challenge here:  The Great Kindness Challenge



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    Making Kindness the Norm - December 2020




    In December, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy Sttudent Council participated in Macy's Make-A-Wish letter writing campaign.  Inviting other students to write letters, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy wrote approximately 70 letters!  For every letter written, Macy donates $1 (up to $1 million dollars) to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps to transform the lives of critically ill children.


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  • Way to Go Hawks Nest STEAM Academy!  


    The Acts of Kindness Canned Food Drive in November was a huge success!  Together, we collected over 600 items for the Alan Main Community House.  Thank you for making a difference in our community.   


    Canned Food Drive - 1 Canned Food Drive - 2 Canned Food -3  



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  • kin      

    World Kindness Day - November 13, 2020


    Canned Food Drive:  November 2 - 16, 2020



    Kindness Book List - Random Acts of Kindness.org

    7 Ways to Start Making Kindness Your Norm - Random Acts of Kindness.org

    November 2020 Kindness Calendar - Random Acts of Kindness.org

    Kindness poster



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  • RRW

     HNSA will recognize Red Ribbon Week October 26 -30, 2020.


             Red Ribbon Week Spirit Week @ HNSA


                               October 26-30, 2020                                                  


    Monday, October 26th 

    Happy, Brave & Free from Head to Toe - Wear Crazy Hair & Silly Socks

    Tuesday, October 27th

    Happy, Brave & Free, What storybook character will you be?

    Storybook Character Day

    Wednesday, October 28th

      Wild About Wednesdays in your Wildest, Wackiest PJs.

    Thursday, October 29th

    Wacky Tacky Thursday - Wear Your Wackiest, Tackiest Outfit. 

    Friday, October 30th 

    Happy, Brave & Free, What storybook character will you be?

    Storybook Character Day

     RRW Week Door Winner  RRW Door Winner  Character Day


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  • Prevention Mont

    Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center- What Parents Should Know About Bullying

    Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Month - Kids Against Bullying


    Unity Day  Unity Day -

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                    Start with Hello Week                 

    September 21 - 25, 2020


      Teaching empathy and empowering students to end social isolation  by following three easy steps. . . .


                                      Start with Hello Week


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    International Day of Peace

    September 21, 2020


    Peace Day poster

    Peace Day is an opportunity to engage children in activities related to peace, unity and making a positive difference in their world. 
    Peace Day

    * Everyone is invited to wear white on Monday, September 21st.*

    *Peace Day Challenge*

    Complete as many acts of peace as possible on Sept. 21st. 

    Peace Day Checklist

    Peace Day Challenge Checklist


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                                                                                   Dot Day


    Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration!


      We’re recognizing International Dot Day at Hawks Nest on ...

        Tuesday, Sept. 15th. - Cohort A  

          Thursday, Sept. 17th - Gohort B 

        *Wear Dots on your designated day.


      Make Your Mark Service Project

         Monday, September 14th - Friday, September 18th 


     * Collecting Children’s Snacks:  Oatmeal Crème Pies, Little Bites   

            Muffins, Granola Bars, Protein Bars, Pop-Tarts, Small Individual 

            Boxes of Cereal, Fruit Snacks, Individual Popcorn, Individual 

            Cheez-its, Juice Boxes and Bottled Water. 

         *Household items:  Paper Plates, Plastic Forks, Paper Towels, Kitchen 

          Trash Bags, Reynolds Wrap, Clorox Wipes, Lysol.


              Items to be donated to Catherine’s House, Transitional Housing     

             for Women & Children Who are Homeless.

    Dot Day pic  Dot Day Delivery  Dot Day 4

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    School nurse

    Thank You, School Nurses!

    National Association of School Nurses - National School Nurse Day 

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    National Teacher Day is May 5, 2020

    Thank you, Teachers!  

    National PTA - Teacher Appreciation Week

    National Education Association- National Teacher's Day

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    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is Thursday, May 7, 2020

    The second week of May – 3rd thru 9th – is dedicated to Children’s Mental Health Awareness.


                                                                  Mental Health America - Live Mentally Healthy

    National Alliance on Mental Illness - Get Help and Support


                                     Free Mindfulness Class for Kids Online with O Mindful Schools

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    Food Give Away

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    Earth Day - April 22, 2020

    Earth Day poster

    Ways to participate in Earth Day virtually. 

    Nifty Fifty Activities: Fifty environmental activities kids can do at home 



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    Mindful Moment


    Rainbow picture


    Rainbow Walk: A Mindfulness Activity

    Take a walk and look for something red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. 
    Keep going through the colors, in order, until the end of your walk.
    Take pictures or draw/journal about at least one thing for each color.
    Share what you saw and noticed with others. 


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    Mindful Moments: Good Energy at Home with GoNoodle


    Move & Learn at Home With GoNoodle

    GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning! The site offers free movement, yog and mindfulness videos; downloadable activities adn off-screen activities for home. 


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    Stay at Home Care Packages from Big Life Journal

    Resource from Big Life Journal 

    Big Life Journal Stay-at-Home Care package pg. 1-9

    The printable pack includes: 

    - Indoor Games & Activities to get your children moving

    - "I'm Bored" list of indoor activities for children (both alone and with their siblings)

    - "Things I Can Do" for teens and older children

    - Stay-at-home resource lists including growth mindset movies, TV shows, and books 

    - My Daily Learning Projects template for children (all ages) 



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    Global Youth Service Day 2020


    Global Youth Service Day is a youth service and civic action event. 

    April 17-19, 2020


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    Autism Month                             April is Autism Awareness Month                           

     April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day


    Information about Autism and World Autism Day can be found at...

    Autism Speaks - World Autism Day

    Autism Society - National Autism Awareness Month

    Autism Society of North Carolina

    TEACCH Autism Program - Resources

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                                             Child Abuse Prevention Month 2020                                                 https://www.preventchildabuseillinois.org/


    Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

    Prevent Child Abuse America

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  • Exploring College & Careers!

    We went to college. You Can Too!   HNSA Staff Colleges & Universities

    Students at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy explore college & careers during classroom guidance from late March - April. Our students have an opportunity to explore a variety of opportunities available after high school graduation:  four year colleges & universities, community colleges, technical schools & trade schools. 

    Students are also introduced to a wide array of careers through classroom guidance lessons.

    Career Day is typically held in April. 

    Exploring Careers


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    World Down Syndrome Day 2020

    World Down Syndrome Day 2020 - March 21st 

    Information about Down Syndrome and World Down Syndrome Day can be found at...

     World Down Syndrome Day

    United Nations World Down Syndrome Day

    National Down Syndrome Society

    North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance

    The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte


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  • Coping Skills for Kids

    Coping Skills card 2020

    15 Coping Skills for Kids: Simple strategies can help kids embrace their emotions

    Gaston County Schools Counseling Services Resources Related to COVID-19


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           National School Counseling Week 

                February 3 - 7, 2020


                                                                           School Counseling week pic

           NSCW pic  NSCW Helping  NSCW Student help  NSCW - Thank you  NSCW - Better humans


              Thank you Hawks Nest STEAM Academy for allowing me to serve as your school counselor.  It is both an honor and privilege to do so. I am thrilled to be doing what I love to do here with you!  I love working with young people - watching them grow and development; listening to their thoughts, ideas, and laughter; helping support them through school and life; encouraging them and cheering for them.  It is an honor to serve the entire school family - students, staff and families. 


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       January 27 - 31, 2020

    One Week. One Checklist. Infinite Happiness.

    Creating a culture of kindness one act at a time. 


    Hawks Nest is participating in the Great Kindness Challenge Week again this year.  During the week, students are challenged to perform acts of kindness using the checklists provided. 

    We can't wait to see how manys acts of kindness we do!


    junior   school edition

                           We wearing yellow on Thursday, Jan. 30th in recognition of Great Kindness Challenge Week.





               GKC Week Banner       Photo Prop    


    Kindness book picture   kindness book note  


    Thank you First Grade for thinking of me! 

    I really appreciate this wonderful story about kindness!


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    national mentoring month


    Thank You Mentors for your time and commitment to our students! 

    Hawks Nest honored mentors and other community partners with a luncheon on Friday, Jan. 17th! 

                       make a difference day      Make a difference day      make a difference day


                                                                   January 8th - I Am A Mentor Day

                                                          January 17th - International Mentoring Day

                                                              January 30th – #ThankYour Mentor Day

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    World kindness Day

    November 13, 2019



    Kindness Calendar - Random Acts of Kindness.org



    Canned Food Drive:  November 11th - 22nd 

    HNSA is collecting canned food for the Salvation Army.  The class collecting the most canned goods will receive a certificate and a small gift from the Salvation Army.  To add to the fun, the Color Squad collecting the most items will receive a slushie.  Thank you, Hawks Nest for being bucket fillers each and every day!


    Canned Food



    Way to Go, Hawks Nest!  Together, we collected nearly 1200 food items for Salvation Army!  

    Congratulations to our top collectors!

    Ms. Weast's class

    The Orange Squad


    Food   food in truck    truck

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    Red Ribbon Week 2019 Door Decorating Contest Winners

                                                                   K -2 Winner                                                 3-5 Winner

                                                   winner   winner





                                                Red Ribbon Week @ HNSA   

                                                      October 21- 25, 2019

          During Ribbon Week, HNSA will focus on making healthy lifestyle choices with our classroom guidance lessons,  morning announcements, door decorating contest and spirit week.  

          Monday, October 21st

    Hugs Not Drugs:  Wear your pjs and/or bring your favorite stuffed animal.


    Tuesday, October 22nd 

    Have the Power to Stay Drug Free!: Dress as a superhero.


    Wednesday, October 23rd

    Stand Up, Unite Against Drugs and Bullying:  Wear bring orange.


    Thursday, October 24th 

    Stand Out- Be the Red Penguin:  Wear Red Day.


    Friday, October 25th 

    Show Your True Colors:  Wear Tye Dye, colors of the rainbow or your favorite color.



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    Unity Day                                     

                                                               Make it Orange.  Make it End.

    Wear orange on Wednesday, October 23rd to show that we are against bullying and UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 

    Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center Elementary Activities

    Stop Bullying.gov

    Nationlal Education Association- 10 Steps to Stop Bullying



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                                                           World Mental Day

                                                 Thursday, October 10, 2019

                                                Be kind to your mind...


    * Talk about your feelings

    *  Think positive thoughts

    *  Take a break

    *  Take Deep Breaths

    *  Get enough rest

    *  Stay active

    *  Eat healthy 



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                                                          Start with Hello Week

                                        Start with Hello Week- September 23-27, 2019


                            Creating a school where everyone feels connected and included

                                                                     with 3 simple steps ...


                                      Hello steps



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    Peace Day

    #Peace Day 

    We're celebrating Peace Day @ the Nest!


    Peace Day lessons in Classroom Guidance the week of September 16th.

    On September 20th, we wearing white in recognition of Peace Day. 


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                 Celebrating Dot Day @ the Nest! 

             Celebrating Creativity, Courage and Collaboration

    Dot Day image


    Make Your Mark Service Project

    September 9th - 13th 

    In recognition of International Dot Day, Hawks Nest collected items (coloring books, crayons, bubbles, toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail polish, Axe body spray) for the children and families being served by Levine Children's Hospital. 

    We're thrilled to be Bucket Fillers! 

                              sign collection

                                Over 1000 Items Collected for Levine Children's Hospital! 


     dot day

         *In classroom guidance, we learned about making our mark and being better.       

      How will you make your mark?


    Friday, September 13th - We wore Dots!



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    Mental Health



    Mental Health America

    National Alliance on Mental Illness



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      Happy Teacher Appreciation Week & National Nurse's Week

    May 6 - 10, 2019







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    Career Day 2019 @ the Nest

    April 17, 2019


    AKA Charelene


    uncc sign Door

              Career Day 1 Career Day Career Day- martial arts

                   Career Day     CareerDay                  artist


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    World Autism Month


    Autism Speaks: World Autism Month (www.autismspeaks.org)

    National Autism Awareness Month (www.autismsociety.org)

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    Child Abuse Prevention Month


    Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (preventchildabusenc.org)

    National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019 - Strong and Thriving Families (www.childwelfare.gov)


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    Mental Health Awareness Week


    Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is reconinzing Gaston County Schools Mental Health Awareness week on April 8 - 12, 2015. During this week, we're focusing on the importance of taking care of our mental and emotional health.  Positive mental and emotional health help us control our thoughts, feelings, and behavior; cope with life challenges; feel good about ourselves and have good relationships. To promote GCS Mental Health Awareness Week, 

    1)  We will share mental health tips on the morning announcements.

    2)  Students will view a video presentation prepared by our student council.

    3)  Students will participate in guidance lessons (Don't Duck Mental Health) during classes                       scheduled for this week. 

    4)  Students will receive coping skills choice board cards or copings skills/positive quote cards.

    5)  Students will receive either My Life Matters bracelets, Don't Duck Mental Health's I C Hope pencils       and/or tattoos. 

     6)  Students will sign My Life Matters banner.

     7)  Staff will receive an Emotional Wellness Checklist and Stop, Breathe, Think:  Self-Care for Teachers, How To Fill Your Own Cup handouts. 



    Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health - familydoctor.org

    National Alliance on Mental Health - nami.org

    Children's Mental Health - mentalhealthamerica.net

    Mental Health Awareness: Gaston County Schools Support Services Newsletter



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    Hawks Nest STEAM Academy Career Day

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019


                  Career Day Presenters (K-2) and Career Fair Participants (3-5) Needed                (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics fields)

               Contact school counselor, Shandrai Silva for more information or to sign up                      @ 704-866-8467 or sosilva@gaston.k12.nc.us.

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    Women's History Month

    Celebrating Women's History Month- March 2019




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  • Foster Care Poster


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  •      Random Acts of Kindness Day

                                         Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th! 



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                                                        National School Counseling Week 

                                       "School Counselors:  Providing Lessons for Life"       

                                                                 February 4 - 8, 2019


                                                                                         School Counseling Week -1

    National School Counseling Week focuses on bringing attention to the unique contributions of school counselors, highlighting the impact school counselors make in the lives of students. 

        School Counseling Day 1 school counseling 2 school counseling week 3

                                   school counseling week 4    school counseling 5


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    Black History Monty


                                                                     February 2019


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                              Great Kindness Challenge

                                                       January 28 - February 1, 2019


    Five Days of Kindness

        We are performing one act of kindness each day as a school

     *Friday, February 1st

       Bring in spare change for Kind Coins for Liberia, service project of The Great Kindness Challenge, to help build a health clinic in Liberia


      Bring in a roll of paper towel to donate to the Animal Shelter of Gaston County.


    *Thursday, January 31st

    Wear yellow 


                                 GCK Week paper towel  GCK Week - wear yellow  GKC week poster

    Great Kindness Challenge Week was a huge success!  Thank you Hawks Nest for showing kindness through participating in Compliment Circles in your classrooms and showing our custodial staff how much we appreciate them.  We showed kindness to those in our community by making cards for community helpers and collecting spare change for Kind Coins for Liberia and paper towel for the Animal Shelter of Gaston County.  On Thursday,January 31st, we wore yellow and our Kindness Pep Rally on Friday, February 1st was a fabulous way to close out Great Kindness Challenge Week.  

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                                        No Name- Calling Week is January 21 - 25, 2019

           Celebrate Kindness!  This week, we focus on the importance of being kind with our words.  

                                      Kind Words

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                                                Mentoring Month


                                                                 Thank You Mentors!

    Thank you mentors!  We appreciate your commitment to the mentor program at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy.  We are grateful for the sacrifice of time and self you make to serve as a mentor.  We are especially grateful for the meaningful and lasting impact you make in the lives of our students. 


    Interested in mentoring?  See this link for more information - Gaston County Schools Mentor Program.  We would love to have you at Hawks Nest!

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    Kindness in Action - December 2018

    Hawks Nest STEAM Academy Student Council participated again this year in Macy's Believe campaign.  Student Council invited other students to join them in writing letters for this campaign. Thank you Ms. Avery, Ms. Blake and Mrs. Greer-Raxter classes for joining us in this effort. Students wrote 90 letters.  For every letter written, Macy's Department Store donates $1 per letter(up to 1 million dollars) to the Make- A - Wish Foundation.  The Make- A- Wish Foundation helps to transform the lives of children with critical illnesses. 

                                                                      Make a Wish


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                   Acts of Kindness Service Project                     

                                                        November 5 - November 16, 2018

                    Collecting canned food and non-perishable food items, socks and gloves. 

                                socks canned gloves



    Thank you Hawks Nest! Together, we collected 248 items food items, socks, gloves and hats to help others in our community! Thanks for being Bucket Fillers!


                        November Service Project    Service Project 2018

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    Red Ribbon Week 2018

     Red Ribbon Week at Hawks Nest is October 22 - October 26, 2018 

    Red Ribbon Spirit Week

    Monday, October 22nd: REaDy for a lifetime of learning- Wear Red

    Tuesday, October 23rd:  Lei on Healthy Choices- Wear a lei and/or Hawaiian clothes

    Wednesday, October 24th:  "Orange" you glad to be drug & bully free- Wear Orange for Unity Day

    Thursday, October 25th:  Life is a journey. Travel Drug Free- Dress like a tourist

    Friday, October 26th:  Tell drugs to take a hike- Dress like you're going camping. 


    Red Ribbon Week- Tourist     my door

    For more information - Red Ribbon Organization

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    Unity Day Poster 2018

         Wear orange on Wednesday, October 24th to demonstrate your commitment to ending  bullying everywhere!

    Take the Pledge.  Make the commitment to ...

                         *support others who have been hurt or harmed  *treat others with kindness                                        *be more accepting of people’s differences  *help include those who are left out

    Take the Pledge


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    Celebrating International Day of Peace @ Hawks Nest


    Peace Day

    Wear white on Friday, September 21st in recognition of International Day of Peace.




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  • International Dot Day @ Hawks Nest - September 14, 2018

    Make Your Mark Service Project:  Sept. 10th - 14th

    Students will make greeting cards for members of our community during their guidance classes with school counselor, Mrs. Silva.

    Dot Day 2018


    International Dot Day: Friday, September 14th

    Join us by wearing dots in celebration of International Dot Day!  Wear any clothing you have with polka dots or create your own.


    Dot Day




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    Hispanic Heritage Month


    September 15th - October 15th 




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    May is Mental Health Awareness Month



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    Career Day Banner


    Thank you Career Day participants!  Our Career Day on April 27th was a huge success because of you! 

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    Women's History Month                                                    March is Women's History Month

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    Ronald McDonald House Pull Tab Collection 2018



                       Pull Tabs                                 Pull Tabs 2          





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    Counseling Week  

    February 5 - 9, 2018

    As we recognize National Schooling Week this week, I'm reminded of why I LOVE being a school counselor...

    I have the privilege of working with children- watching them grow and develop, listening to their thoughts,ideas and laughter, helping support them through school and life, encouraging them and cheering for them.  What an honor!

    I have the opportunity to help and support others as well.  Being a school counselor aligns with one of my core beliefs- the responsibility to serve others.    I am grateful for the opportunity to do so. 



    School Counselor Week


    Thank you Hawks Nest Staff and Students for your words of encouragement, beautiful cards, flowers, gift cards and delicious lunch & treats in recognition of National School Counseling Week.  I sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness.

                 Bucketfilling abounds at the Nest!

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    kindness day


    How many random acts of kindness can you perform on February 17th!

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    Black history month


    February 2018

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  • Kindness Certificate

    kindness banner


    Celebrating kindness at Hawks Nest during Great Kindness Challenge Week 2018


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    The Great Kindness Challenge

                         The Great Kindness Challenge Week                     

     January 22-26, 2018

    * Wear yellow on Thursday, January 25th 

    * Kindness Matters. This week, complete as many acts of kindness as you can.  

    Here are a few ideas from TheGreatKindnessChallenge.com ...

    Kindness checklist


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    No Name Calling Week

                       #Kindness in action                   

     January 15 - 19, 2018


    Kindness in action.  No Name-Calling Week focuses on ending name-calling and bullying in schools. The week recognizes the importance of being kind and actively adding kindness to every action.  

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    National Mentoring Month - Jan. 2018

    January is National Mentoring Month 


    Hawks Nest STEAM Academy celebrates our mentors!  Thank you so much for your commitment to our students.  The impact you make in their lives is invaluable.


    MENTORS are ...









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    Student Council cover


    HNSA Student Council: Kindness in Action - December 2017

    In December, student council members created greeting cards to donate to assisted living residents at Morningside of Gastonia.  Student council members decorated 100 greeting cards.    

    Student council members also participated in Macy's Believe campaign.  Student Council invited others HNSA students to participate as well.  For every letter written to Santa, Macy's donates $1 per letter (up to $1 million dollars) to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in an effort to help transform the lives of children with critical illnesses.   HNSA submitted approximately 100 letters.  

    Make a Wish Service project

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     Kindness Day

    In recognition of World Kindness Day on November 13th, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy participated in a Canned Food Drive. 

                                                            Canned Food Drive canned drive

    November 6 - 17, 2017

     Canned Food Drive 2017

    Way to Go, Hawks Nest Family!  Together, we collected over 500 food items to donate to local organizations who help families in of need assistance.

    Thank you for being bucketfillers!

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  • Red Ribbon Week The Red Ribbon Campaign is the largest and oldest drug prevention program in the nation. Red Ribbon Week will be recognized at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy the week of October 23rd. With the goal of helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free, HNSA will participate in Red Ribbon Week classroom guidance lessons, Spirit Week and a classroom door decorating contest.  


    RRW Theme


    Red Ribbon Spirit Week 2017


    *Monday, October 23rd:  "REaDy for a successful future... stay drug free" - wear as much red as possible.

    *Tuesday, October 24th: "Smarties choose to be drug free"- wear a college shirt.

    *Wednesday, October 25th: "Orange you glad you're drug free- wear orange for Unity Day to stand against bullying and for Red Ribbon Week

    *Thursday, October 26th:  "Oh, the places you will go ...if you're drug free" - wear a shirt of a place you've visited.

    *Friday, October 27th:  "Give drugs the boot and corral a great future."- dress in western gear.


                       Congratulations to Red Ribbon Week Door Decorating Winners!


                                          Ms. Patz & Mrs. Branton (Grades K - 2nd)

                                                       Ms. Blake (Grades K-2nd)

                                                      Ms. Minnich (Grades 3-5)


                                               Patz Door                           Blake Door     

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  • October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  National Bullying Prevention month, a nationwide campaign, is an effort to educate and raise awareness about bullying prevention.  On Unity Day, schools and communities come together to show we are against bulllying and are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Join us on Unity Day, October 25th, by wearing orange to show your commitment to end bullying everywhere!


    Unity Day

    Wear Orange on Unity Day

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    International Dot Day @ Hawks Nest STEAM Academy


    Make Your Mark


    Make Your Mark Service Project


    Monday, September 11 - Friday, September 15, 2017

    * Collecting the following items for Gaston Hospice:  hair combs and brushes; travel-sized shampoo, body wash, hand sanitizer, unscented lotion; deodorant; and super soft non wool-based yarn.  Items must be new and unopened. 


    Dot Day 

    * Wear Dots on Friday, September 15thDot Day clothes


    Dot Day


    The Make Your Mark Service Project was a huge success!  Together, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy collected over 690 items for Gaston Hospice.  Congratulations- way to make your mark! 


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  • Hispanic heritage


    September 15 - October 15

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    Let's Have A Great School Year

    Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  It's going to be a great year at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy!




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    Take some time to relax and enjoy your families this summer.




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        May is Mental Health Awareness Month


                                                                         May is Mental Health Awareness

                                                                   Ways to Maintain Mental Health                                                                                                                              https://health.mil/News/In-the-Spotlight/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month



    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)    https://www.nami.org/#

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) https://www.samhsa.gov/children



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  • Building Relationships


    5 Tips for Better Relationships With Your Students

    Become a Popular Teacher

    Get To Know Your Students

    Protect the Student’s Self-Esteem

    Build Goodwill on Good Days

    Listen to Students

                                                                                                          (From National Education Association)




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    Child Abuse Prevention Month






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  • College & Careers at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy

    During the months of March and April, students participated in college and career lessons in classroom guidance.  Student had an opportunity to learn more about where school staff went to college. We also went on a virtual college tour.  Teachers were invited to participate in College Door Decorating.  As a culmination of  College and Career lessons, students  participated in Career Day on April 12, 2017.  Career Day included Career Day presenters and Career Fair participants, College Lab activities and Career Lab activities.    


                           Career Day  Where We Went to College  College Door Decorating   


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  • Pasta for Pennies Campaign Results

    Together, we raised over $3400 during our two week fundraising campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


    Congratulations to Hawks Nest STEAM Academy's top Pasta for Pennies fundraising classrooms!


    *  Ms. Greer's Class- Top Fundraising Class- Winner of Pasta Lunch *


    Gold Pennant Recipients- Raising $300 or more

    Ms. Greer's Class

    Ms. Minnich's Class

    Mrs. White's Class

    Silver Pennant Recipients- Raising $200 - $299

    Ms. Blake's Class

    Mrs. Powell's Class

    Ms. Romary's Class

    Mrs. Witten's Class

    Bronze Pennant Recipients- Raising $100 - $199

    Mrs. Alford


    Mrs. Froehlich

    Mrs. Grant

    Mrs. Harris

    Ms. Raxter

    Mrs. Wright


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    Hawks Nest STEAM Academy Career Day

                  Wednesday, April 12, 2017          
    STEAM Careers

    Career Day Presenters and Career Fair Participants Needed.

    Contact School Counselor, Shandrai Silva, at 704-866-8467 or sosilva@gaston.k12.nc.us for more information and/or to schedule your participation.

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    Pasta for Pennies

    Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is participating in Pasta for Pennies, a school-wide service project, on March 6 - March 17, 2017. We're collecting money to supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society support those who are dealing with blood cancer through research, advocacy and patient support.  



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  • Women's History Month





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  •                          It's National School Counseling Week                   


    February 6, -10, 2017


        Love being a counselor

     I have an opportunity to help and support others.

                                           I get to work with young people everyday.

                                           Everyday brings something new. 


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  • Black History Month

     Black History Month 

    February 2017

    Black History Month is an oportunity to recognize and celebrate the contribution of African-American in the United States.


    Scholastic: 28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

    Time for Kids: Black History Month




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  •  Celebrate Kindness! 


    no name calling week

    No Name-Calling Week:  Kindness in Action!

    January 16-20, 2017


    NNCW poster



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  •  The NED Show @ Hawks Nest STEAM Academy

     January 6, 2017


                 ned show     ned formula

    ned pic



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    Great Kindness Challenge


    Great Kindness Challenge Week

    January 23 - 27, 2017

    Wear Yellow on Wednesday, January 25th!


    How many acts of kindness can you perform this week?


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  • January is National Mentoring Month

     Thank You Mentors!

    National Mentoring Month

    We are grateful for you at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy!

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                                     Kinder than Necessary   I am a bucket filler   Practice Acts of Kindness  


                               GCS Day of Kindness:  Wear Pink on Tuesday, December 6th 

    Kindness picture


    Stories of Kindness




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                                              Help Feed Families in Need                                              

      Canned food items being collected November 7 - 22, 2016              


            Canned Food


    Way to Go Hawks Nest!

    Together, we collected over 2600 food items to donate to a local food pantry to help feed area families in need.


                                               Food Drive                   Food Drive 2                                                                                            

                                                                                   Food Drive 3


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    Red RibbonWeek

    During the week of October 24th -28th, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy will join schools all over the United States in recognizing Red Ribbon Week.  During classroom guidance, students will focus on making healthy lifestyle choices and being the best they can be. Each day during the announcements, a healthy living tip will be shared with students and staff.  Classrooms will have an opportunity to participate in a RRW Door Decorating contest. 


    Red Ribbon Spirit Week


    Monday, October 24th- "Sock it to Drugs":  wear silly or mismatched socks.

    Tuesday, October 25th- "We're REaDy for healthy living":  wear red.

    Wednesday, October 26th- "Turn Your Back on Drugs": wear your shirt backwards or clothes inside out.

    Thursday, October 27th- "I Am Too Bright for Drugs":  wear neon or bright colors.

    Friday, October 28th- "Team Up Against Drugs":  wear favorite team shirt or jersey.

                                                 Patz Door        Red Ribbon         Minnich RRW

                                                 Ms. Patz & Mrs. Branton                                                               Ms. Minnich

                                              RRW Door Decorating Winner                                              RRW Door Decorating Winner

                                                       K-2 Winner                                                                         3-5 Winner




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  • Bullying Prevention Monty    


    October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  During this month, students and staff will continue to promote kindness and respect.  Students will have an opporunity to participate in bullying prevention lessons in classroom guidance.  Each day, a bullying prevention message of the week will be shared during the morning announcements.  Unity Day is Wednesday, October 19th. Join us by wearing orange to show your commitment to ending bullying everywhere.


    For more information on bullying-











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    Hispanic Heritage Month


    Hispanic Heritage Month is when the United States recognizes the contributions of Hispanics and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates the group's heritage and culture.










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  •  Dot Day  


    International Dot Day 2016 (September 15ish)

    International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.  The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”.  What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. (from official Dot Day page- see link below)


    ** International Dot Day at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy **


    Make Your Mark Service Project:  Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is collecting individually wrapped toothbrushes.  Toothbrushes will be collected the week of September 12th and donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.  The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte serves as "home away from home" to families of seriously ill children being cared for by area children's hospitals.

        make your mar   RMH



    Our Make Your Mark Service Project was a HUGE Success!  Together, we collected 593 toothbrushes for the Ronald McDonald House at Charlotte.


    Wear Dots on September 15th in celebration of International Dot Day!

     Dot Shirt






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      Classroom guidance  

                           Bucketfiller Pledge  Digital Citizenshp       howard    listening   

                         dot day     bully     red ribbon      managing emotions    goals

                                            ch    College & Career  Be a Super Student getting along




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                                     have you filled a bucket               bucket         BF Pledge



    We're Bucketfillers at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy!


       Bucket Fillers are  

                                                     (poster found at http://lanieslittlelearners.blogspot.com/2013/07/have-you-filled-bucket-today.html)




    http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/lansdowneES/Pages/LansdowneBucketFillers.aspx (Bucketfillers Pledge) 

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    Welcome Back to School


    Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!  We are excited about the beginning of another school year.  We are especially thrilled about our first year at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy.  It's going to be a great school year!  Please find below a few links where you can find Back to School tips. Feel free to review the tips to see if there are any you feel will work for your family.






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