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.


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!

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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

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

“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

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! 

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.

Dine/Carry-Out Survey

Hello High Tech Elementary Mesa Families! As some of you may know, one of the most successful ways that the PFA has managed to build financial support for the school, has been through partnerships with local restaurants. On “Dine- Out” nights these restaurants donate a percentage of earnings to our school from our orders. By filling this questioner out, it will allow us to help plan for efficient and appetizing dining and scheduling preferences for your family. This data will allow us to get an overall idea of how to create fundraising opportunities that can be both financially beneficial to our school, as well as a nice opportunity to give parents a break from the kitchen and enjoy a meal they didn’t have to cook or clean up! This survey deadline is Friday, September 18th. SURVEY LINK

Women’s History Month!

This weekend we celebrate the start of Women’s History Month! What a great time to talk to your child(ten) about the wonderful achievements of women and the importance of gender equality. Click here to check out books you can read to your child to celebrate remarkable women all month long!

Bright Futures
Sunday May 31, 1-4pm

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!

PFA Monthly Meeting

Look out for our next parent family association monthly meeting Thursday, March 12 at 8:05 am. 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. Notes from that meeting can be found here.

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!

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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!

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 Tuesday January 28th, 2020 from 8am-9am. This month we will discuss neurodiversity! As always, please come ready to share questions and ideas!

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

Happy Lunar New Year!

“Chuc Mung Nam Moi” and “Gang Hay Fat Choy” to all families who celebrate Tet and other Lunar New Year Traditions! This is a wonderful time to talk to your students about cultural celebrations and even see a few festivals around the city. Want to share more about Lunar New Year with your Kiddo? Take a trip to the library and see what books are on display.

Family Dine Out

Dine out Success – Congratulation on our Exhibition Day- Blaze Pizza Dine out. Our total sales were $1686.68 and the school will receive $843.34! Thank you to all who participated.

Our next Dine out is at Chipotle and YogurtLand on Wednesday January 8th from 2:30pm-8:30pm. Make sure you show this flyer for Chipotle and this one for Yogurtland (right next door) Chipotle will give back 33% and Yogurtland will donate 20% back to HTeM.

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!