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The Normal Heights
Character Pledge
Today is a new day.
I will improve myself.
There are no limits to my personal success.
I will! I can! I must!
Pledge recited every morning, school-wide, lead by Mrs. Alabanza, School Counselor, during Morning Annoucements.  Along with reminders of the months Character Counts! focus.


Chronic Absenteeism(missing more than 10% of days enrolled for any reason)is thesingle strongest predictor of dropping out before graduation.

Students who drop out are more likely to be poor, unemployed, have substance abuse problems, be teen parents and be involved with the law

Students who miss a month or more of kindergarten are more likely to perform poorly in 1st grade, particularly in reading

By 6th grade, a pattern of chronic absence is a predictor of high school dropout rates

Research shows that a student’s success in 9th grade is directly linked to the likelihood the student will successfully graduate high school with a diploma by 12th grade

(Statistics courtesy of The Children's Initiative

“Soaring to new heights!”


Our School Counseling department at Normal Heights Elementary is committed to continue to provide school counseling services to all students and their families during these unprecedented times.  As we all navigate and adjust to these new challenges know that I am here to support and answer any questions you may have.
  • In order to ensure that all students/parents are able to access me, I will be posting information and resources through:
  • Mass emails
  • Google Classroom
  • Weekly Newsletter emailed, posted on social media, website and Google Classroom
  • Parent/Student Contact Request Forms for Zoom Meetings, Phone Calls or Email Contact
  • Office Hours where student, parents and school staff can contact me directly.
  • I will continue to provide all our students with academic support by:
  • Virtually meeting with students who are struggling in their class to provide resources and support to assist them in their needs.
  • Supporting staff in ensuring that students have internet access, technology access and are participating in online learning.
  • Checking in on students through phone-calls, zoom meetings, and/or emails
  • Allowing students to request a call or meeting 
  • Providing online instruction on coping skills during this time
  • Setting up group zoom hangouts to support students social-emotionally
  • Referring students to appropriate/necessary mental health/family support services.
Please email me at falabanza@sandi.net for Google Classroom Code
Thank you, Hawks.  We will get through this together,
Mrs. Alabanza-de la Cruz, M.Ed.
NHE School Counselor
                                                                     NHE Character Counts! focus for April
A person of character is caring, compasionate, kind, loving, considerate and charitable.
* Concern for Others * Charity *
Thought of the week:
Let's begin the school year with a quote from a man known by the emperors of ancient China, as “the teacher of all teachers” Confucius, great Chinese philosopher:
  • I can always be sure to learn from those around me.
  • I can choose to copy the good I see others do.
  • And when I see others doing a bad thing, I can choose not to do those bad things.
So today Hawks, notice the behaviors of others and make a choice. Which good behavior will you copy and which bad behavior will you correct in yourself.

Something to think about Hawks. The choice is yours.

Acknowledgement for Good & Helpful Choices:
Weekly Celebration of the Classroom who had the
Best Overall Percentage of Attendance
Classroom Winners are awarded with an Attendance Trophy and they are proudly displayed. Parents/guardians, check to see how many Attendance Trophiesyour child's classroom has earned.

 Perfect Attendance  Every time a class has ALL their  classmates present & on-time they can color a letter from “Perfect Attendance”. Once the class colors all the letters of “Perfect Attendance” they receive a “Celebration”.

 Character Catch

Every Friday, students who were caught by having good character, will get to shop for a prize in the front office or game time on the Wii console during recess.

Every week students are working on academic and personal/social goals, “On The Road to Success”.

Every week students are learning and practicing on how to make HELPFUL choices verses HURTFUL choices.