Activities & events
Handley Elementary has a variety of activities and programs for our scholars to participate in throughout the year.
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- Extended day program
- Mentoring program
- Panther Robotics
- Robotics Club
- Safety Patrol
- Student Ambassadors
This year, the AVID program will be at Handley Elementary. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The program will give the scholars organizational tools which will allow them to be successful in middle school, high school and college. The scholars will use binders and planners to keep themselves on track with assignments. The planners need to be signed by parents daily.
4th and 5th Grade scholars are invited to join the Handley Choir! Scholars had the opportunity to join choir at the beginning of the year for the fall semester. Scholars have another opportunity to join choir in January.
In the fall, choir scholars learn a Winter Program that they take on tour in the month of December. Scholars will sing at a local retirement community and the Harris Hill Administration building. Additionally, students will visit Southern Methodist University to participate in a workshop with Dr. Julie Scott and her music education students. Finally, choir members will perform an evening concert for friends and family.
In the spring, the choir will learn a program featuring various folk and choral pieces. The Handley Choir will, once again, visit Southern Methodist University in the spring to work with Dr. Julie Scott and her music education students. This music workshop will allow the university students to practice their teaching skills. Handley students will learn new repertoire and get to tour parts of the SMU campus. The spring season will conclude with a concert for friends and family at Handley.
During the 2021-2022 school year, Big Thought will be offering enrichment and tutorial opportunities as a part of our extended day program. The extended day program will begin October 11, 2021 and will be offered Monday - Thursday from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Transportation and dinner will be provided to all scholars who are accepted into the extended day program.
Parents can contact Big Thought at email@example.com to sign up. If the program meets capacity, scholars will be placed on a waitlist.
Boys Mentoring called V.I.B.E.S. (Victory in Becoming Exceptional Scholars) and Girls Mentoring called G.E.M.S (Growing Exceptional Mentoring Scholars)
The goal of our mentoring programs is to help young adults understand their self-worth and who they are while building strong and positive relationships with others. These relationships are built with other young adults outside of their normal circle. V.I.B.E.S. empowers scholars to love themselves for who they are, not for who others want them to be. Scholars also participate in community service projects.
This year our mentors traveled to Feed My Starving Children in Richardson Texas, where they packed Mana Meals for malnourished children. The children they packed food for were from Thailand and Swahili. The mentors were so excited and loved every minute. 73 boxes were packed, which will feed kids for a year. They even got to sample what they were packing! The mentors walked away with eye opening experiences and even asked if they could come back.
Our mentor scholars also completed a Sock for the Sole community service project during the month of December.
As a campus, we were able to raise 1,238 pairs of socks. These socks were divided between two shelters, one in Garland and one in Dallas.
Handley created our first competitive robotics teams during the 2019-2020 school year. We currently have four robotics teams who compete in a variety of face-to-face and online VEX robotics competitions throughout the school year.
2020 - 2021 Robotics Accomplishments
- Northlake Frozen Fields Tournament - Judges Award (4th-grade)
- Robo-Bowl Tournament - Judges Award (5th-grade)
- STEM Research Top 15 Award (3rd-grade)
- Qualified to attend VEX North Texas Region 2 State Championship (5th-grade)
- VEX North Texas Region 2 Design Award (5th-grade)
- Qualified to attend VEX Worlds Championship (3rd-grade and 5th-grade)
- VEX Worlds Championship Sportsmanship Award (5th-grade)
2019 - 2020 Robotics Accomplishments:
- Northlake Frozen Fields Tournament - Excellence Award (5th-grade)
- GISD Invitational Tournament - Judges Award (5th-grade)
- North Texas Regional State Championship (5th-grade)
- Top 5 STEM Research Project (5th-grade)
- Invited to attend U.S. Open Robotics Championship in Iowa (5th-grade)
- U.S. Open Robotics STEM Research Challenge Champions (5th-grade)
Safety Patrol Officers greet scholars every morning, opening their car door and assisting them out of the car helping them to start their day on the right foot. These scholars are chosen through an application and referral process, and they are required arrive on campus early each morning. This is a position of honor, and scholars are expected to serve as a role model while maintaining satisfactory conduct and passing grades. Handley's Safety Patrol works hard to ensure all scholars arrive safely to school each morning and are prepared to learn and grow.
- Awards assemblies
- Book Fair
- Career Day
- Field Day
- Grade-level music performances
- Literacy Night
- Peace Concert
- Read Across America Week
- Red Ribbon Week
- Spelling Bee
- STEAM Family Night
Twice a year, students have the opportunity, with their families, to purchase books from a wide selection of age-appropriate materials. This allows families to grow their home libraries, while supporting our school.
The book fair also bring in money for the library to purchase resources such as:
- new books for the library
- books for book clubs
- author visits
- makerspace materials
This year we've begun to implement "mini" career days throughout the entire year. The "mini" career concept comes from wanting our scholars to be exposed to higher learning and career fields all year long rather than just a focus at the end of the year.
Here’s what we are going to be doing at Handley to promote career development this school year:
- Visitor presentation regarding different careers
- Inciting curiosity and exploration in different careers
- Role play of different careers
- Books, videos, songs about careers
- Career explorations during each lesson
- Completing a career survey
First AVID Career Day: Students learned about the importance of goal setting and perseverance in achieving their goals.
Second AVID Career Day: Students learned about the importance of gaining good communication skills. That they need to be good readers, writers and speakers to communicate their ideas and their goals to people around them, so that they help them succeed.
Third AVID Career Day: Students learned about the importance of soft skills, such as; being able to follow directions, listen carefully, and collaborate and work as a team to get things done.
Throughout the year, we will continue to expose our scholars to a variety of careers to help prepare them to have a successful life.
Each school year, kindergarten – third grade Scholars have the opportunity to showcase their music skills and “Show What They Know”! All music programs are structured in a “SING. MOVE. PLAY.” format. Scholars SING songs and rounds they are currently working on in music class. Scholars MOVE to perform various folk dances. Scholars PLAY various instruments from the music classroom. All portions of the program contain repertoire that support the Garland ISD Elementary Music Curriculum. Scholars enjoy performing for their friends and family!
Each year our school hosts it's annual Literacy Night, and each year's theme is different.
This year the theme will be "Culture of Reading Night" and will be hosted virtually on September 23rd from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Families will participate in activities including:
- Live read aloud by Handley staff members
- Opportunities to learn about cultures around the world
- Art showcase
- Online book fair
- Reading games & prizes
- PTA Meeting
Each year, Mrs. Shindle hosts a program called the Peace Concert. This program includes kindergarten – fifth grade students. The program takes place in January each year. Each grade level is featured on their own song. There are also other songs that are sung by the entire school.
You may be wondering, “What is this concert about?” Our program contains a variety of music that celebrates freedom and peace. While we are excited for the scholars to learn about great music, we are more excited about the message being conveyed. We hope that each child walks away with a new found respect for music, performing, and one another. We also hope that each child will learn something about peace, freedom, respect, caring, and community.
Each March, we spend a week celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. During this week, we encourage children to read books and also get them excited about reading.
"Green Eggs and Ham" Monday - Wear green socks with your uniform, add sparkle with a green necklace, or add a green bow to your hair. The cafeteria also served green eggs and ham sandwiches for lunch.
"Cat in the Hat" Tuesday - Wear your favorite hat.
Wacky "Fox in Socks" Wednesday - Show your love for this book by wearing your wackiest pair of socks.
"What Pet Should I Get?" Thursday - Celebrate this book by bringing your favorite stuffed animal to school.
"Oh, the Places You'll Go" Friday - Wear a college shirt with your khaki pants.
During this week long event, Handley has a variety of activities that are aimed at raising awareness on the benefits of preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and to promote a drug-free lifestyle for scholars.
Monday: Block Out Drugs - wear your favorite sunglasses
Tuesday: From Head to Toe, I'm Drug Free - wear your craziest socks
Wednesday: Put a Cap on Drugs - wear your favorite cap or hat
Thursday: Knock Out Drugs - knock out basketball contest in the gym all day
Friday: Team Up & Slam Dunk Drugs - scholar vs. staff basketball tournament
Each year we host a STEAM Family Night for everyone to enjoy. During this event, the Perot Museum brings hands-on science activities for the whole family.
Scholars, from each grade level, showcase their engineering challenges and the top two designs are voted on to move on to STEAMposium, in April.
Families also participate in math games, building robots, driving robots on a VEX field, and admired the beautiful art displayed throughout our campus.
Scholars in grades K-5 participate in STEAM engineering challenges each year. Winners from each grade level have the opportunity to compete against other schools at our districtwide STEAMposium.
During the 2020 - 2021 school year, we had several teams earn trophies for their engineering challenges.
- Kindergarten Maze - Mrs. Abraham's team, Grand Prize
- Kindergarten Maze - Mrs. Holden's team, 1st Place
- 2nd Grade Plant Discovery - Mrs. Barriento's team, 3rd Place
- 3rd Grade Create Don't Waste - Robotics team 3725C, 1st Place
- 3rd Grade Create Don't Waste - Robotics team 3725D, Grand Prize
During the 2018 - 2019 school year, our first grade team won 1st place in the parachute challenge.