Harding Avenue Elementary School

Harding Avenue Elementary School

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This letter was put out by a superintendent in upstate New York (Voorheesvile). Something to think about and act on. We can all be a part of recovery. Blessings for a new year, friends.

Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I am writing today about the children of this pandemic. After a lifetime of working among the young, I feel compelled to address the concerns that are being expressed by so many of my peers about the deficits the children will demonstrate when they finally return to school. My goodness, what a disconcerting thing to be concerned about in the face of a pandemic which is affecting millions of people around the country and the world. It speaks to one of my biggest fears for the children when they return. In our determination to “catch them up,” I fear that we will lose who they are and what they have learned during this unprecedented era. What on earth are we trying to catch them up on? The models no longer apply, the benchmarks are no longer valid, the trend analyses have been interrupted. We must not forget that those arbitrary measures were established by people, not ordained by God. We can make those invalid measures as obsolete as a crank up telephone! They simply do not apply.
When the children return to school, they will have returned with a new history that we will need to help them identify and make sense of. When the children return to school, we will need to listen to them. Let their stories be told. They have endured a year that has no parallel in modern times. There is no assessment that applies to who they are or what they have learned. Remember, their brains did not go into hibernation during this year. Their brains may not have been focused on traditional school material, but they did not stop either. Their brains may have been focused on where their next meal is coming from, or how to care for a younger sibling, or how to deal with missing grandma, or how it feels to have to surrender a beloved pet, or how to deal with death. Our job is to welcome them back and help them write that history.
I sincerely plead with my colleagues, to surrender the artificial constructs that measure achievement and greet the children where they are, not where we think they “should be.” Greet them with art supplies and writing materials, and music and dance and so many other avenues to help them express what has happened to them in their lives during this horrific year. Greet them with stories and books that will help them make sense of an upside-down world. They missed you. They did not miss the test prep. They did not miss the worksheets. They did not miss the reading groups. They did not miss the homework. They missed you.
Resist the pressure from whatever ‘powers that be’ who are in a hurry to “fix” kids and make up for the “lost” time. The time was not lost, it was invested in surviving an historic period of time in their lives—in our lives. The children do not need to be fixed. They are not broken. They need to be heard. They need be given as many tools as we can provide to nurture resilience and help them adjust to a post pandemic world.
Being a teacher is an essential connection between what is and what can be. Please, let what can be demonstrate that our children have so much to share about the world they live in and in helping them make sense of what, for all of us has been unimaginable. This will help them– and us– achieve a lot more than can be measured by any assessment tool ever devised. Peace to all who work with the children!
Stacey Katz Shapiro Amber Lynn White Karen Ratigan Bonner Reginald Bess Amanda Adams Lee
Douglas and devin elf says merry Christmas to everyone
Thank you everyone
Hello to the HAE community! Please check out the attached Sign Up Genius and consider making a contribution to the Staff Lounge. Our teachers and staff have been working so hard...let's provide them with a cup of coffee and some treats. Thanks so much!

Thank you so much for a wonderful school year even tho we had be home but you are an awsome teacher
Camping
I lost my 1st tooth
Dougs school work
Congratulations on all the accomplishments by the rising 6th graders! Could you all do a shout out for Riley Henderson? He would love it. Many thanks.
I just want to thanks all the wonderful teachers and staff at Harding Avenue Elementary! It’s sad we can’t have a real teacher appreciation week but I have a great respect for all of you and I appreciate being part of the Harding Family in my small way!
Congrats to all the 5th grade kids ! Hope yall have a good summer :)
Happy Easter everyone ! From Douglas, devin Bradley

Official page for Harding Avenue Elementary School in Blacksburg, Virginia. Harding Avenue Elementary School - Where Each Child Matters

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 11/15/2022

Timeline photos

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 11/14/2022

New library book display created by some talented third graders!

Timeline photos 11/12/2022

Take home your students masterpiece or send it to a loved one! Square1 art makes the perfect gift for family members the holiday season. Orders are all online and being accepted through Thursday, November 17. Thank you for supporting HAES art and music!

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Timeline photos 11/12/2022

Thank you Veterans! ❤🤍💙

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 11/12/2022

Thank you Sam's Hot Dog Stand Blacksburg!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 11/12/2022

Bingo!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 11/12/2022

Some had better luck than others! 😄

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 11/12/2022

We had a great time at Turkey Bingo! Thank you

Timeline photos 11/11/2022

Square1 Art orders are open now! All orders are now online and shipping directly to your home. The order deadline is Thursday, November 17. Thank you for helping support our art and music programs!

square1art.com/shop

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 11/05/2022

To celebrate cultural diversity, third grade had a buffet with different foods that are special to each student! Students sent in recipes and brought a dish to share with the entire 3rd grade.

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 11/05/2022

Have you noticed anything different in the library? Mrs. Gess made this awesome Purple Panther for our library book return. The students love it! Special thanks to Mrs. Gess and these 4th graders for helping decorate the library!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 11/05/2022

To celebrate cultural diversity, third grade had a buffet with different foods that are special to each student! Students sent in recipes and brought a dish to share with the entire 3rd grade.

Timeline photos 11/04/2022

Harding Avenue Teacher of the Year is Mr. Will Holliman! Congratulations Mr Holliman for all your hard work!!!!

11/04/2022

Mr. Dean from The Link and his fellow members came to play for us this afternoon in support of their "Hokies for the Hungry" food drive! Go Hokies! 🧡

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 11/03/2022

We enjoyed a wonderful performance by Yevgeny Dokshansky on clarinet and Richard Masters on piano, funded by the New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/31/2022

HAES student voting for best teacher costume starts today. Here are some of their choices. I wonder if the Hokie bird making an appearance will sway votes at all?

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/28/2022

Thanks to all the adults for helping with Trunk or Treat!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/28/2022

A few photos from today!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/28/2022

More teachers looking different today!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/28/2022

Teachers showing out for the staff costume contest. Kids vote for the grade level winner. Stay tuned for the announcement!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/28/2022

Harding Ave Purple Panthers looking a little bit different today. Made the fire drill fun!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/28/2022

Third Grade measured pumpkins in math to review length, weight, and volume!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/28/2022

Second graders had a great time at the Wolf Creek Indian Village!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/28/2022

Second graders had a great time at the Wolf Creek Indian Village!

Timeline photos 10/25/2022

We had a rainbow of choices at lunch today! 🌈

Timeline photos 10/25/2022

Harding Avenue was glowing this morning! 🧡

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/22/2022

Ms. G.M. has been doing a Booo-kwalk through each classroom! She has picked several Halloween stories to read with music and sound effects! She is so spook-tacular!

Timeline photos 10/20/2022

Thank you, HAE Social Committee for our caramel apple bar! What a nice treat!

Timeline photos 10/20/2022

Thank you, HAE Social Committee for our caramel apple bar! What a nice treat!

Timeline photos 10/14/2022

We are having a hard time identifying the students in these pictures. Can you help us? They were last seen at the Fort Chiswell animal park! 😁

Timeline photos 10/14/2022

Third Grade explored animal adaptations and habitats at Fort Chiswell animal park! (Part 3)

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/14/2022

Third Grade explored animal adaptations and habitats at Fort Chiswell animal park! (Part 2)

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/14/2022

Third Grade explored animal adaptations and habitats at Fort Chiswell animal park! (Part 1)

Timeline photos 10/12/2022

We appreciate our school custodians! 💙

Ms. G-M on Twitter 10/06/2022

Ms. G-M on Twitter

RT : I love our new book display. It was created by 5th grade students Carolyn, Nettie and Kate. Great work! Remember to carve out some time for reading, everyone! 🎃

Ms. G-M on Twitter “I love our new book display. It was created by 5th grade students Carolyn, Nettie and Kate. Great work! Remember to carve out some time for reading, everyone! 🎃”

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/04/2022

2nd Grade had a great time at swimming lessons at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/01/2022

The Fall Festival and the Book Fair all in one night!

Photos from Harding Avenue Elementary School's post 10/01/2022

What a fun night! Thank you and volunteers for planning an awesome Fall Festival!

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School's Out!  Have a great summer!
Harding students get serenaded during dismissal today by part of the Virginia Tech Marching Virginians Marching Band.  T...
HAE's Mr. Holliman
Thank you @HokieVision and @hokiesports for your encouraging words and support for our students!  #ThisisMCPS#ThisIsHome
Mr. Holliman has a challenge for all of our Purple Panthers!
Panther 5th grader making the Principal’s Day with a private encore performance after sharing in music class.  He even p...
2020 Purple Panther Spelling Bee Champion has many talents. Solving a Rubrik’s Cube under a minute is pretty awesome.  T...
A working 3rd grade aqueduct!
Friday means our Purple Panthers sing the HAE Spirit Song!

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429 Harding Avenue
Blacksburg, VA
24060

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