June 19th is Juneteenth!

“Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.” (

Emancipation Proclamation
“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.” (full text)
Want more resources?  See Below.

June is Pride Month!

“Pride Month commemorates the ongoing pursuit of equal justice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and celebrates the accomplishments of LGBTQ individuals.  The event that catalyzed the gay rights movement occurred June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.  Police raided the establishment, which was a popular gathering place for the LGBTQ community. They arrested employees and patrons of the bar while pedestrians watched. Riots ensued in response, lasting about five days.

At the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations in Philadelphia, gay rights activists proposed the idea of a march in response to the Stonewall events.  The march occurred on June 28, 1970, the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots, to celebrate “gay pride.” The event was named the Christopher Street Liberation Day march after the street that was the epicenter of New York City’s gay community.  The pride march in New York inspired others to occur across the country in solidarity.  Thereafter, gay pride celebrations expanded globally. In the United States, LGBTQ Pride is a monthlong celebration, with marches occurring throughout the month of June.” (Brittanica).

LGBTQ+ books for kids to read during Pride Month
HAPPY LGBTQ+ PRIDE!!! (Pride Song)

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

AAPI Heritage Month is a period for the duration of the month of May for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.  The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
Want more resources?  See Below

Eyes Open – An Anti-Racism PSA
Explore different types of Asian and Pacific Poetry
10 Books to celebrate AAPI Month

Mocha With Monique

We also had some very informative Mocha with Monique sessions the first half of the year. If you missed them, just visit the Mocha with Monique page to catch up.

The next one is on Wednesday June 16th, 2021 from 5-6pm. As always, please come ready to share questions and ideas!


Next Family Dine Out

When: Friday, June 18th
Where: Pick Up Stix
11am-8pm Clairemont Mesa
11am-9pm Mission Valley

Please bring the flyer for verification


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Happy Autism Acceptance Month!

“Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will be best at any given time.” – Harvey Blume
Would you like some insight into the world of autism and neurodiversity?  There is no better start than listening to neurodiverse perspectives.  

Click Here! Ethan Lisi is an undergraduate student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a young age. His mother’s recent autism diagnosis inspired him to speak publicly about autism. Lisi speaks fluent French, has perfect pitch and enjoys watching his dogs play. He enjoys discussing electronics, public transit and video gaming. In the future, he hopes to travel extensively and explore new places.

Click Here! Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, PhD(c), MA (she/they) is a global advocate, educator, and autistic person of color in a 2E neurodiverse, multicultural, serodifferent family. A prolific writer, consultant, and social scientist/activist whose work focuses on meaningful community involvement, human rights, intersectional justice, and inclusion, Morénike is a Humanities Scholar at Rice University’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and a member of several executive boards. Morénike has been an invited speaker at the United Nations, the White House, and numerous peer-reviewed international conferences in addition to contributing author/editor of several publications, abstracts, and books focusing on community engagement, intersectionality, disability, advocacy, and inclusion.

Happy Women’s History Month!

Welcome to March!  Women’s History month originally started as Women’s History Week back in March of 1982.  It was expanded to the entire month of March in 1987.  It is a time to celebrate and recognize the vital and groundbreaking contributions women have made throughout history.  Below are some resources

Reclaiming Herstory Across Disciplines

More Kids Books 

PFA Monthly Meeting

Look out for our next parent family association monthly meeting Thursday, June 3, at 5 pm. Find out fun events coming up throughout the year and let your voice be heard. Thank you everyone who joined us for last monthly PFA meeting.


Get Excited!! Not only are we reopening our campus, High Tech Elementary Mesa is hosting our First Annual Read-A-Thon. HTeM’s Read-A-Thon is our major fundraiser for the year and the net proceeds will be used to support our students educational programs and our resources at the HTeM community. The more we raise the more we can contribute to our schools important needs now and in the future.

Read the information and directions, raise money, have fun and most of all – READ!

Happy Black History Month!

February is a wonderful time for us to learn about and celebrate the achievements, contributions and accomplishments of Black people in America and beyond. We are excited to engage students in learning around Black creativity and influence in music, dance, activism, leadership, the sciences and sports.
Click to view our lessons: WEEK 1, WEEK2, WEEK3, WEEK4

Happy Lunar New Year!

This week we celebrate Lunar New Year!
Lunar New Year refers to the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar. Many east Asian countries such as South Korea, China, and Vietnam celebrate Lunar New Year (which is why we avoid labeling it as only “Chinese New Year”). This time of year is full of joy, family, and hopes for luck and wealth in the new year. 
While many families will celebrate the Lunar New Year a little differently this year, we can still learn about the traditions that make this holiday special. 

Safe ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year- San Diego
Lunar New Year books for kids 
What is Lunar New Year? Video Overview

HTH’s Digital Library

Does your student miss the library? The thrill of checking out new books? 
Well look no further than High Tech High’s Digital Library! Click here to browse and borrow an assortment of books from graphic novels to YA thrillers! Use your student’s email to sign in! 

“The Teacher Mug coffee gifts have been delivered for our wonderful HTeM Faculty/Staff to enjoy in time for ValentinesDay”

Winter Reading Challenge 2021: Books Like Us

The San Diego Public Library’s 2nd annual “Winter Reading Challenge 2021: Books Like Us” is now live. Start off the new year right by signing up for the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge and diving into a good book! Celebrate diversity and harness the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book with this year’s theme, Books Like Us. San Diego residents of all ages are encouraged to take the challenge by reading 5 books or for 5 hours to receive free passes to the Museum of Us, free food from Subway, and a coloring puzzle for children or a doodle journal for teens and adults. 
Register Here
Program runs January 1st – January 31st, For readers of all ages,
Read 5 books or 5 hours to claim your prizes
Program Rules & Reading Log: English | Spanish

Black Family Virtual Meetup

Join Us for our First Black Family Virtual Meetup. Come, meet and commune with Black families across the Mesa campus. Let’s share our joy, hopes and dreams for our students this year. 
Save the Date!  Thursday, Dec. 3rd @4:00p.

Book Fair

Join us for or first ever HTeM Book Fair from March 9th-13th. You can shop for books with students before and after school. Teachers will also bring students to shop at the book fair throughout the week!

After Care Program

Want to know more about what is happening in aftercare? Checkout this month’s Spark Newsletter and February Calendar.

Family Yoga on the Greens
Mar 1, 10am-12pm @HTeM playgroud
Free Family Event

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first Yoga on the Greens in Feb 2020. It was truly wonderful to see all the HTeM families participating. We received great feedback  from the families in attendance.

We are very excited to bring you another Yoga family event. Come Join us again for some yoga fun, relaxation, mindfulness and community! Build confidence and strong bodies and share time to laugh, learn and play with the HTeM families! Stay after and connect over smoothies. Jamba Juice will be there to blend up  and give back 20% of all purchases to our school. Check out the flyer for more details!

Weekly Thought



HTeM Family Hike!

Sunday, February 23rd 9:45a-12p. There is no cost for the hike, but bring water and dress appropriately. This trail is kid Friendly.

Annie’s Canyon Trailhead, N Rios Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Entrance is end of Rios Ave (cul-de-sac). Park on Rios Ave.

Also nothing formal planned, but if people want to get together after the hike for lunch, we can do that too!

The HTem Swag

The sale is on NOW through Friday February 7th, 2020. Your purchase can only be made online (no cash or check orders). Your items will be available for pickup at school around Monday February 24th, 2020. The HTem Store is presenting you with following three items for sale:

  1. T-Shirts (Kids, crew neck and V-neck) for $15
  2. Pull-Over Sweatshirts (Kids Only) for $25
  3. Zip-Up Hoodie Sweatshirts (Adults Only) for $35

Welcome to the new year and the start of our second half of the year! We hope you all had a restful and relaxing break. The first half of the year was successful and we want to thank each and every one of you. We had the fall festival, class activities, Apex Run, Movie Night and monthly family dine outs and to showcase our children and how hard they work with had our first ever HTem Exhibition. The students worked so hard on their projects and felt so proud presenting what they learned. Now that they have one exhibition under their belt, they are feeling excited about gearing up for our next project!