2nd Annual Learn Local Charity Open

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Please join us for the 2nd Annual Learn Local Charity Open presented by First Imperial Mortgage on November 4th at Clear Creek Golf Club. All proceeds will benefit Hogg Outdoors. We are specifically raising money to allow us to begin construction on new outdoor basketball courts that will provide additional practice space for school teams and also open the SPARK park to neighbors who would like to use the field and courts for exercise! If you are unable to play this year, but would like to contribute, there is a link on the website for donations. We were successful in raising $17,000 last year thanks to over 50 golfers and our generous sponsors. This year's goal of $25,000 is even bigger and every dollar counts toward making Hogg Outdoors an exceptional space for our Heights community. 

We have an exciting new contest this year with a chance to win a trip for two to Pebble Beach with a Hole-in-One shot or, if no one makes a Hole-in-One, a guaranteed winner for an eight day Carnival Cruise for Closest-to-the-Pin!

Individuals can register for $100 and foursomes are $350.

http://www.learnlocalopen.com/

Please contact Shea Hill if you have a business interested in sponsorship opportunities or with any questions!

Learn Local has received two donations that have blown us away!

Are you sitting down? Learn Local has received two donations that have blown us away! We want to give an enormous THANK YOU to a Harvard Elementary family who donated $5,000 AND a Travis Elementary family who donated $2,000 which includes their corporate match. We are so grateful for their generosity and continued support of our mission!

These funds will be used to purchase equipment for the Science and STEM Departments at Hogg Middle School. Being "science literate" is absolutely necessary for the next generation, and with the help of our community, Learn Local will work hard to get the Razorbacks the tools they need to be successful!!!

Learn why the Jensen-Morgan Family chose Hogg Middle School!

by Gigi Jensen, parent of a 9th grader at Lamar H.S., 7th grader at Hogg M.S. and 4th grader at Browning E.S.
(photo was taken the evening of Olive's induction into the National Junior Honor Society at Hogg M.S.)

Hello! I’m Gigi Jensen and our daughter Olive started as a 7th grader at James Hogg Middle School this year. Olive attended Travis Elementary, as did her sister Annie, now a freshman at Lamar H.S. After Tra...vis E.S., Annie went on to Lanier for middle school. She adjusted pretty quickly and did well in her classes. When Olive was accepted to Lanier M.S., we assumed that she would do the same.

Almost from the start, Olive felt overwhelmed. It wasn’t long before she (and we) were up late almost every night attempting to keep up with homework, assignments and worksheets. We had to pull her from swimming (which she loves) to give her more time for homework and weekends became all about catching up. Olive always had solid grades at Travis E.S., but we saw her grades start to drop. Worst of all, she was losing confidence in herself.

My husband Keith and I decided that we had to make a change. I scheduled a meeting with the Magnet Coordinator at James Hogg M.S., went on a tour and talked with several parents. We decided to move Olive to Hogg M.S. and are so glad we did! She’s back on track with homework and grades, and the work she’s doing seems more relevant to true learning. She likes her teachers and when I email them I get immediate, thoughtful responses. Most importantly for us, she’s regained her confidence!

During the last couple of years, we’ve come to realize that our three kids all have different needs and what may be a good fit for one may not be for the others. Our son Eyob is in fourth grade at Browning Elementary and we anticipate that Hogg M.S. will be a great choice for him as well.

We’re very happy to be part of the Razorback family!

Learn why the Alaniz Family is choosing Hogg Middle School!

by Laura Alaniz, parent of a 5th grader at Travis E.S. and Principal at Harvard E.S.

My husband Armando and I are both experienced school administrators and we understand the many challenges of school leadership. We value families as partners in the school so naturally we want to continue to invest in our community schools.

We have chosen Hogg Middle School for our daughter, Samantha, because we believe in the concept of Learn Local. We believe every family should have the option to attend their neighborhood school.

One of the reasons I accepted the position of Principal at Harvard Elementary is due to the implementation of the IB curricula. I believe children learn best using a project-based learning approach that addresses different learning styles. At Hogg M.S., we both believe Ms. Sugarek communicates a clear vision that has developed it into a true IB World School and it will become one of the Top Tier middle schools in the country.

In addition to implementation of IB at Hogg M.S., there are numerous enrichment opportunities for our daughter. She has participated in sports, dance, music and art programs within the Heights community, and we know Hogg M.S. will further support her interests. Through school and her extracurricular activities, Samantha has made many friendships and we have come to know many lovely families. As we take this next step, we look forward to sharing our middle school experience with them.

For us, Hogg Middle School is our choice!