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- Master of Education: Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education - Master of Science: Entertainment Business with a concentration in Business Management and Advertising - Bachelor of Science: Entertainment Business with a concentration in Artist Management and Marketing - Associates of Science: Liberal Arts and Social Science - Certificate Degree: Web Design and Interactive Media
Mr. Howard L. Thompson II
Welcome Scholars and Parents!
I hope that you are excited about an exciting year of learning!
My name is Mr. Thompson and I will be your child's sixth-grade ELA and Social Studies teacher for the 2021-2022 academic school year. This will be my sixth year teaching in the Buffalo Public School (BPS) District and my second year at Harvey Austin Elementary PS No. 97. I've taught first-grade for two years, second-grade for one year, and co-taught fourth-grade at Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction PS No. 61 before joining the Harvey Austin Family in 2020.
The faculty and staff at this school are a very tight-knit community. We are a family-oriented community that aims to provide a welcoming and nurturing learning environment for every scholar. I love teaching and working with children of all ages, especially at this grade level. At this grade level, it can be a very challenging year for the students. I challenge them both academically and personally as I want to see them grow – both as a scholar, but equally important – as a person just as much. However, it is essential to bear in mind the following information as we travel through this upcoming school year.
Throughout this year, your child will have many challenging tasks to complete such as (1) the New York State English Language Arts assessment which begins in March and consists of three components. This assessment will test your child's knowledge in ELA using reading comprehension tasks and a variety of writing prompts. Another challenging task is the New York State Math Assessment which takes place in May. This assessment will challenge students using multiple-choice, short answer responses, as well as multi-step word problems. The New York State Science Assessment will be given at the end of May and carry over to the beginning of June. This assessment consists of two components, one of which is a multiple-choice format combined with short answer responses, while the other requires the scholars to conduct short experiments using laboratory materials. These three state-required tests will assess your student's knowledge in the specific subject areas up to this point in their middle-school education career.
To ensure that your child does his or her best throughout the year, it is imperative, that we have your ongoing support as we transition back into the norms of things in the school setting. Your assistance at home and guidance are just as important as the educational experience your child will receive at school. Both components work hand-and-hand with each other in working together to foster effective learning. To help us reach our goals, please make sure your child spends at least 30 minutes reading every night - preferably as soon as they get home. If books are needed, scholars can log on to MyOn, or they can sign out a book from the classroom library here at school. Homework is very important, homework must be completed when assigned. Night Writes will be assigned Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Night Writes are small summaries that recap what your child has read for the evening. Further explanations of homework assignments and future requirements can be found under the resources section.
Thank you for all of your ongoing support and guidance. I look forward to working with you and your child moving forward. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Let's make it a great year! With peace, love, trust, and respect. Take care and stay blessed.
All the best,
Howard L. Thompson II
Harvey Austin Elementary, BPS #97
1405 Sycamore St.
Buffalo, New York 14211
P. (716) 816-4469 ex. 1209
C. (716) 768-9936
"Teachers that LOVE teaching, teaches their scholars how to LOVE learning."