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Greetings! It is a distinct privilege and pleasure to teach at Houston Gateway Academy! This is my seventh year of teaching English Language Arts and History. I am passionately devoted to serving the academic needs of your scholar as we strive for excellence in education.
 
The following is my contact information so that we can stay in-touch during this time of distance learning:
 
  • Phone: (828) 316-1073 (texts are best)
  • Email: smiths@hgaschools.org
  • Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI): 8069974030

ALL COURSES/SUBJECTS NOW ON CANVAS (LMS)

Greetings, Scholars and Parents! As a way of embracing current technology, reducing paper waste, and actualizing our commitment to STRUCTURE, DISCIPLINE, and CONSISTENCY, all of my classes/subjects are now on CANVAS Learning Management System (LMS). Please contact me at 828.316.1073 if you have questions concerning Canvas (LMS). Thank you for your consideration! 
 

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LAPTOPS DUE IMMEDIATELY

Scholars! If you borrowed a laptop or desktop from HGA, you need to return it IMMEDIATELY. If you do not return the laptop, your final report card will be held. Please reach out to me if you have questions.

Scholars! If you borrowed a laptop or desktop from HGA, you need to return it IMMEDIATELY. If you do not return the laptop, your final report card will be held. Please reach out to me if you have questions.

DISTRICT FUNDRAISER MONEY IS DUE

FROM ADMINISTRATION: "We will be collecting all monies and/or tickets for the 2019-2020 District-Wide Fundraiser at the Bowie Campus parking lot on:
  • Wednesday, May 13 (8:30am - 12:30pm & 2:30pm - 4:30pm)
  • Monday May, 18 (8:30am - 12:30pm & 2:30pm - 4:30pm)
  • Wednesday, May 20 (8:30am - 12:30pm & 2:30pm - 4:30pm)
PLEASE FEEL FREE to communicate with Ms. Liliana Villegas, Civic Community Director, if you have any questions or concerns.
 

WEEK OF MAY 4 - 8
 
Greetings, Scholars! ALL coursework for the WEEK OF MAY 4 - 8 has been posted in CANVAS! Reading, Writing, and History are ready for you to complete with excellence! This week we will be covering the following topics:
  • READING: Reviewing MAIN (CONTROLLING) IDEA (TEKS LEARNING TARGET: (6.8Di): Analyze characteristics and structural elements of informational text, including: the controlling idea or thesis with supporting evidence.)
  • WRITING: Reviewing INTERJECTIONS and EXCLAMATIONS (TEKS LEARNING TARGET: (Writing Process - 6.10A-C): The student uses the writing process recursively to compose multiple texts that are legible and uses appropriate conventions.)
  • HISTORY: WORLD WAR II (Part 2) (TEKS LEARNING TARGET: (6.1A) The student understands that historical events influence contemporary events...World War II: Explain the significance of the following years as turning points: …1939-1945 (World War II).

As is our weekly practice, we will have our ZOOM Meeting (Direct Instruction) on Monday at 2:30pm. Please come prepared to take notes and ask questions concerning the curriculum.

  • Phone: (828) 316-1073 (texts are best)
  • Email: smiths@hgaschools.org
  • Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI): 8069974030
WEEK OF APRIL 27 - May 1
 
Greetings, Scholars! This will be an exciting week of knowledge and diligent study! ALL coursework for the Week of April 27 - May 1 has been posted in CANVAS! Reading, Writing, and History are ready for you to love and finish well. This week we will be covering the following topics:
  • READING: Reviewing INFERENCES (TEKS LEARNING TARGET: (6.5F): Make inferences and use evidence to support understanding.)
  • WRITING: Reviewing VERBS (Intro, Linking, and Helping Verbs) (TEKS LEARNING TARGET: (Writing Process - 6.10A-C): The student uses the writing process recursively to compose multiple texts that are legible and uses appropriate conventions.)
  • HISTORY: WORLD WAR II (Part 1) (TEKS LEARNING TARGET: (6.1A) The student understands that historical events influence contemporary events...World War II: Explain the significance of the following years as turning points: …1939-1945 (World War II).

As is our weekly practice, we will have our ZOOM Meeting (Direct Instruction) on Monday at 2:30pm. Please come prepared to take notes and ask questions concerning the curriculum.

  • Phone: (828) 316-1073 (texts are best)
  • Email: smiths@hgaschools.org
  • Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI): 8069974030
WEEK OF APRIL 20 - 24
 
Greetings, Scholars! As a reminder, ALL courses are in CANVAS! The Week of April 20 - 24 was posted on Sunday for all assignments in Reading, Writing, and History. This week we will be covering the following topics:
  • READING: Reviewing Text Structures (TEKS LEARNING TARGET: (6.9B): Analyze how the use of text structure contributes to the author's purpose.)
  • WRITING: Reviewing Nouns (singular, plural, common, and proper) (TEKS LEARNING TARGET: (Writing Process - 6.10A-C): The student uses the writing process recursively to compose multiple texts that are legible and uses appropriate conventions.)
  • HISTORY: WORLD WAR I (TEKS LEARNING TARGET: (6.1A) The student understands that historical events influence contemporary events...World War I and the Russian Revolution: Explain the significance of the following years as turning points: … 1914-1918 (World War I) … Identify the causes of the February (March) and October revolutions of 1917 in Russia, their effects on the outcome of World War I, and the Bolshevik establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.)

As is our weekly practice, we will have our ZOOM Meeting (Direct Instruction) on Monday at 2:30pm. Students are required to type their full name before entering a ZOOM meeting. Please come prepared to take notes and ask questions concerning the curriculum and/or CANVAS.

  • Phone: (828) 316-1073 (texts are best)
  • Email: smiths@hgaschools.org
  • Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI): 8069974030

WEEK OF APRIL 13 - 17

 

Greetings, Scholars! As a reminder, ALL courses are in CANVAS! The Week of April 13 - 17 was posted yesterday for all assignments in Reading, Writing, and History.

As is our weekly practice, we will have our ZOOM Meeting on Monday at 2:30pm. Students are required to type their full name before entering a ZOOM meeting. Please come prepared to take notes and ask questions concerning the curriculum and/or CANVAS.

  • Phone: (828) 316-1073 (texts are best)
  • Email: smiths@hgaschools.org
  • Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI): 8069974030

WEEK OF APRIL 6 - 10

Scholars! All courses in CANVAS are LIVE and ready to go for the academic Week of April 6 - 10. Please ensure that you finish all of the assignments for Reading, Writing, and History.
 
Additionally, we will have our weekly ZOOM Meeting on Monday at 2:30pm. Students are required to type their full name before entering a ZOOM meeting. Please come prepared to take notes and ask questions concerning the curriculum and/or CANVAS.
 
  • Phone: (828) 316-1073 (texts are best)
  • Email: smiths@hgaschools.org
  • Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI): 8069974030

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All subjects and sections are now ready on Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). Each section has its own course page and assignments. 

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” --Abraham Lincoln

Torns, Roses, and our 137 Days Together

To my most loved and wonderful scholars! After spending 137 school days with each other in our physical classroom (second home), we have to think optimistically and strategically about our time together through distance learning. You are WELL PREPARED for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. All of you have been given the character development traits to get through this temporary time of difficulty in world history. In my class, you have heard the stories of how people have endured history's most arduous afflictions and terrible hardships. I have told you story after story of the real-world applications of victorious individuals who met their challenges head-on and surprised the world by their perseverance, determination, and grit! From courage to resilience and all the other traits that we have discussed, you now have the awesome opportunity and responsibility to SHINE IN THE DARKNESS. I believe in every single one of you! You know my heart for you...you have seen it in my tears, tenderness, and toughness toward each of you. You know how much I love you and want to see you maximize your education and be the very best that you can be. You will always and forever be my kids!
 
Think about this: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, once said:
 
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” 
 
Take a moment to reflect upon this incredible quote. How can you apply these words to your life through a growth mindset during this period of world history? Think optimistically and realistically! Look for ways to see the good (and benefits) in every bad situation that comes your way. Embrace your opportunities and face the various challenges that come your way. As I have said in class many times before, "Take the lemons and the make lemonade". I hope that you will rise up and show the world around you what you have been taught over the past 137 academic days that we had together. Be kind and gracious with others; reach out and perform acts of service to those who need you most. Look for ways to be "flowers of light in a field of darkness". You will always be my roses. We will press on and move forward together. Know that I am here, as always, cheering you on! --Mr. Smith

Contact Information

Greetings, Parents!
 
The following is my contact information so that we can stay in-touch during this time of transition and change:
 
  • Phone: (828) 316-1073 (texts are best)
  • Email: smiths@hgaschools.org
  • Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI): 8069974030
 
Would all of you who are subscribed to this page send a brief message to me at smiths@hgaschools.org so that I can have your most current information? Please provide your name, other types of contact information, and best contact phone number. 
 
Thank you for your consideration! 
 
Kindly, 
 
Mr. Smith