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Spanish with Señora Lawton and Señora Tapia (Instructional Assistant)

¡Hola padres! I am so excited to be a part of the inaugural year of our Passport to Spanish program!  My name is Charlotte Lawton, and I attended University Park Elementary as a child.  HPISD is launching the program in Kindergarten and First Grade and will grow the program by a grade level every year. The program has been designed to expose students to the Spanish language through Hispanic culture, art, music, literacy, dance, and theatre.

I will meet with all classes three times a week for thirty minutes at a time. When students see me with my sombrero de español or Spanish hat and cart, they will know it is Spanish time! The goal set by HPISD is to utilize Spanish, the target language, at least 90% of the time.  My personal goal is to use the language 95 to 100% of the time. The more Spanish I speak, the more Spanish students will learn.  Please consult my website listed under the “Departments” and “Specials” tab for our “Learning Targets” and “Key Vocabulary.”  There is also information about Spanish classes for 2nd through 4th graders being offered in the fall and spring via the Academy for Lifelong Learning here in HPISD.

Science Lab with Mrs. Moore

Science Lab is a unique learning environment for students.  Each class at UP attends science lab once a week.  In the lab, young scientists are engaged in hands-on science activities which incorporate the steps of the scientific method used by scientists worldwide..Each lab is designed as an active learning experience where students perform experiments or investigations. We often get our hands dirty or venture outside.

Science Lab is designed as a complement to and enhancement of the elementary science curriculum.  Our hands-on labs correlate with the science instruction that students receive from their classroom teachers.

P.E. with Coach Crane & Coach Kenyon

The Health and Physical Education curriculum at University Park is centered on activities that involve movement, physical activity, social development and overall health concepts. In order to fully participate, students need to wear the appropriate (tennis/athletic type) shoes each and every day. This includes “non P.E. days” as recess is used to fulfill our activity requirements.

If a student is unable to participate we ask that an excuse note be sent by the parent/guardian of that child. After one week, if the student is still unable to participate, a Doctor’s note is required.

Please don’t hesitate to contact either of the PE Teachers if you have any questions. Thank you for your support in helping us build healthy, physically active UP Panthers!

Music with Ms. Sevilla & Mrs. Morgan (Instructional Assistant)

Music class is a combination of so many concepts tied into one lesson.  From playing instruments, creating movements that reflect songs they write, adding instrumentation to children’s books, sight-reading music, and simply learning music games, I am privileged to have the opportunity to share those concepts with our amazing UP Students.

From Kinder to 4th grade, we offer several programs through the HP Arts that allow music extensions.  Programs like “Tuneful Tales”, “Shakespeare Dallas”, Ft. Worth Opera and “Strike, Shake and Scrape” percussion perform for our students to enhance several concepts that are presented within music. 

Some music highlights include our 4th-grade students attending the Meyerson Symphony Center as the Dallas Symphony presents a program designated for our students, and our 3rd-grade students perform their annual musical.

I look forward to having a fabulous school year with all of your amazing children.

Art with Mrs. Torres & Ms. Raines (Instructional Assistant)

As your child’s art teacher, my goals are to celebrate imagination, encourage self-expression and reflection, and develop creative problem-solving skills in all students.  This is accomplished through art-making with a variety of art media, exposure to art and cultures from around the world, knowledge of past and present artists, sketchbook assignments, community art projects, and participation in a school-wide digital art gallery.  Here are two noteworthy, on-going art programs that all UP students participate in:

  • Artsonia:  Every UP student has a personal artist page on our school’s online art gallery at www.artsonia.com.  If your child is in Kindergarten or is new to UP this year, you will be receiving information in the coming weeks regarding your child’s log-in information.  Through Artsonia, you can see and share your child’s art with family members, leave encouraging comments for the artist, and become a Fan Club Member!  Check out our school’s masterpieces at www.artsonia.com/schools/university3.

  • Artomé Student Art Fair:  This Spring marks the 5th Annual Artomé Student Art Fair held during Open House.  During the March event, every UP student will have one special, framed artwork on display in celebration of Youth Art Month.  Parents are welcome to purchase their child’s pre-framed artwork during the art fair if they choose.  Stay tuned for more details!

Please visit the UP Art webpage at for more information about the UP art program!

Library with Mrs. McCrary

Each week in the library, students have the opportunity to checkout a variety of books, participate in literature-based lessons, and practice information seeking strategies. In addition to our rotation of learning activities, the library hosts many events including a Fall and Spring Book Fair, author visits, and “Birthday Book” celebrations. Students in 3rd and 4th learn about the Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet reading list, and have a chance to read their choice of books from the nominated titles. Most importantly, students from all grades have a wonderful (and newly renovated) space to sit down, relax, and enjoy a good book!


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