Thank You, School Nurses!
National Teacher Day is May 5, 2020
Thank you, Teachers!
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.
Earth Day - April 22, 2020
Ways to participate in Earth Day virtually.
Rainbow Walk: A Mindfulness ActivityTake 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.
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.
Resource from Big Life Journal
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)
Exploring College & Careers!
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.
World Down Syndrome Day 2020 - March 21st
Information about Down Syndrome and World Down Syndrome Day can be found at...
National School Counseling Week
February 3 - 7, 2020
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.
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!
We wearing yellow on Thursday, Jan. 30th in recognition of Great Kindness Challenge Week.
Thank you First Grade for thinking of me!
I really appreciate this wonderful story about kindness!
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!
January 8th - I Am A Mentor Day
January 17th - International Mentoring Day
January 30th – #ThankYour Mentor Day
November 13, 2019
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!
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
Red Ribbon Week 2019 Door Decorating Contest Winners
K -2 Winner 3-5 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.
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.
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
Start with Hello Week- September 23-27, 2019
Creating a school where everyone feels connected and included
with 3 simple steps ...
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.
Celebrating Dot Day @ the Nest!
Celebrating Creativity, Courage and Collaboration
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!
Over 1000 Items Collected for Levine Children's Hospital!
*In classroom guidance, we learned about making our mark and being better.
How will you make your mark?
Friday, September 13th - We wore Dots!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week & National Nurse's Week
May 6 - 10, 2019
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR STUDENTS!
Career Day 2019 @ the Nest
April 17, 2019
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (preventchildabusenc.org)
National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019 - Strong and Thriving Families (www.childwelfare.gov)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
National School Counseling Week
"School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life"
February 4 - 8, 2019
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.
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
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.
No Name- Calling Week is January 21 - 25, 2019
Celebrate Kindness! This week, we focus on the importance of being kind with our words.
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!
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.
Acts of Kindness Service Project
November 5 - November 16, 2018
Collecting canned food and non-perishable food items, socks and 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!
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.
For more information - Red Ribbon Organization
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
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.
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.
Thank you Career Day participants! Our Career Day on April 27th was a huge success because of you!
March is Women's History Month
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.
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!
How many random acts of kindness can you perform on February 17th!
Celebrating kindness at Hawks Nest during Great Kindness Challenge Week 2018
#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.
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 ...
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.
In recognition of World Kindness Day on November 13th, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy participated in a Canned Food Drive.
Canned Food Drive
November 6 - 17, 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!
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.
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)
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!
Wear Orange on Unity Day
International Dot Day @ Hawks Nest STEAM Academy
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.
* Wear Dots on Friday, September 15th
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!
September 15 - October 15
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! It's going to be a great year at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy!
Take some time to relax and enjoy your families this summer.
May is 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
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.
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
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.
It's National School Counseling Week
February 6, -10, 2017
I have an opportunity to help and support others.
I get to work with young people everyday.
Everyday brings something new.
Black History Month
Black History Month is an oportunity to recognize and celebrate the contribution of African-American in the United States.
No Name-Calling Week: Kindness in Action!
January 16-20, 2017
The NED Show @ Hawks Nest STEAM Academy
January 6, 2017
Great Kindness Challenge Week
January 23 - 27, 2017
Wear Yellow on Wednesday, January 25th!
How many acts of kindness can you perform this week?
January is National Mentoring Month
Thank You Mentors!
We are grateful for you at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy!
GCS Day of Kindness: Wear Pink on Tuesday, December 6th
Help Feed Families in Need
Canned food items being collected November 7 - 22, 2016
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.
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.
Ms. Patz & Mrs. Branton Ms. Minnich
RRW Door Decorating Winner RRW Door Decorating Winner
K-2 Winner 3-5 Winner
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-
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.
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.
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!
We're Bucketfillers at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy!
http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/lansdowneES/Pages/LansdowneBucketFillers.aspx (Bucketfillers Pledge)
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.