Dear parents,

I just want to thank you for allowing me to teach your children this past two years.  I have enjoyed exploring new topics and projects with them.

Everyone should have received all the work and interactive notebooks on Monday and Tuesday.

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Cristina Moreno M.Ed.

Hightower Trail Middle School


Special Needs Friendly preview of: Disney’s The Little Mermaid

You are invited to a

Special Needs Friendly

preview of:

When:   Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:30pm


              Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:30pm

Where: Piedmont Baptist Church – Conference Center

              570 Piedmont Road

              Marietta, GA  30066

Cost:      FREE

Donations of new household goods and toys

will be accepted for Simple Needs Georgia, Inc.

Email:    [email protected]  to RSVP

May updates!!

Hope you all enjoyed the sensory bottles that your children made.  thank you to the parents who did send the materials.

We are working in our science interactive and are learning about matter, physical properties and chemical reactions.

we will continue to make fun experiments to support our science units.  In reading we are still working in our reading comprehension interactive notebook and answering questions about the book; How to eat fried worms. For math we are reviewing all the math skills learned this year.  During Social skills we continue to play games asking and answering questions.

Follow this links to read blogs and articles about ASD and repetitive behaviors.

Why is OCD so Common in Children with Autism?

Have a great week

Cristina Moreno M.Ed.

GAA 6-8 Au Unit





Serving Special People With Special Needs Ages 7-21

Camp Horizon is an indoor and outdoor camp which includes such activities as arts & crafts, nature, music, drama, sports & games, swimming, pet therapy and dance.

We are not able to accept campers who require one-to-one care.

All Campers must bring lunch, drink, and snack every day unless otherwise notified.

Camp is $125 per week which includes weekly field trips and swimming.

Camp Hours 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Extended hours 7:30 am – 5:30 pm (Only at Windy Hill location, included in camp fees)

Camp weeks will be: JUNE 04-08, JUNE 11-15,  JUNE 18-22, JUNE 25-29, JULY 9-13, JULY 16-20, July 23-27, & JULY 30-Aug 02 Children’s Harbor Away Camp

Returning camper registration opens 10:00 am on 04/06/18.

New campers require a pre-registration assessment. To schedule an appointment, contact Ann Bonds at 770-528-2570  or [email protected]

For more information go to:

Camp will be held at: Windy Hill Community Center

1885 Roswell Street Smyrna, GA 30080



CAMPER’S NAME_______________________________________________________Date of Birth___________________________________

MOTHER’S NAME______________________________________________FATHER’S NAME________________________________________________


CITY_________________________________________________ STATE_________________ZIP CODE_________________________________

HOME PHONE______________________________MOM WORK_____________________________MOM CELL________________________

DAD WORK________________________________DAD CELL___________________________________DAD HOME_______________________


ALTERNATE EMERGENCY CONTACT  NAME # __________________________________________________________________

Will camper take medication at camp?  Yes____ No____  Does camper require assistance with every day activities? (personal care and hygiene)      Yes_____ No_____ Does camper require wheelchair accessibility? Yes ________     No _________


SESSION 1 #15483 JUNE 04-08 __SESSION 2 #15484 JUNE 11-15_____SESSION 3  #15485 JUNE 18-22____

SESSION 4 #15486 JUNE 25-29____SESSION 5 #15487 JULY9-13____SESSION 6 #15488 JULY 16-20_____

SESSION 7 #15489 July 23-27_____SESSION 8 #15490 JULY 30-Aug 02 Children’s Harbor Away Camp____


  Before care needed?  Yes   __           NO__  After care needed? Yes  __     No___


Payment for all sessions is due upon registration. Make checks payable to:

Cobb  County P.A.R.K.S. $125 per session

___Fullers Recreation Center –Drop off 8:30 am-Pick up 4:30 pm   3499 Robinson Road, Marietta, 30067                          1st 12 campers registered

___Ward Recreation Center – Drop off 8:30 am-Pick up 4:30 pm     4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, 30127

 1st 12 campers registered

___Windy Hill Community Center  1885 Roswell St. SE, Smyrna, 30080

  Open House Session 1 : Wedneday, April 18th, 6:30-7:30pm

        Open House Session 2 : Wednesday, April 25th, 6:30-7:30pm

Please RSVP by 04/16/18 if you will attend one of these Open House Sessions

[email protected] or 770-528-2562

Updates!!!!! April 2018

We are 30 days until summer break…………….. but who’s counting?  Image result for smiley

We are so proud of our students. They have been working very hard exploring new topics.

In science we continue to work in our interactive notebooks. We are doing a unit about Science tools;  tools in relationship to what they are used for and what unit of measurement applies to each. ie; Thermometer : measures temperature in degrees; celsius or fahrenheit.  balance, scale, tape measure, stopwatch, and many more. We are learning how these tools are used and what they are used for. ie: to make an observation, for safety or to measure; insulating gloves, aprons,goggles,hand lens, magnifying glass,microscope,beaker, meter stick etc.

We are making connections to other units which we have explored previously such as mass, volume, matter, temperature, Hypothesis, collecting data, graphing,making conclusions. Steps to follow using scientific methods or design processes.  We will make little experiments every week to be able to determine physical properties of matter ( shape, textures, color, magnetism, size, weight, density and much more.

In reading w comprehension we are half way through How to eat Fried Worms.

Still working on compound sentences and in math each of the students is working on their skill level.

Hope you are having a great week.

Mrs. Moreno M.Ed.

GAA AU unit

Hightower Trail middle School





Camp Puzzle “Piecing together Public Safety and their Heroes”

Camp Puzzle is a one day free event centered on providing kids and young adults on the Autism Spectrum the opportunity to experience firsthand the different roles of Public Safety.
There will be fire trucks, police cars, games, bounce house, and many more activities.
When: April 21, 2018
Where: Cobb County Safety Village/1220 Al Bishop Drive
Time: 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.
Registration is now open for guest and volunteers at

17 days of Kindness

How Did You Make A Difference?

First and Last Name: ___________________________________

Homeroom:                 ___________________________________

Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:
Act of Kindness: Act of Kindness Act of Kindness Act of Kindness Act of Kindness

List your Act of Kindness in the boxes above.  Please choose a different act each day.  A complete list can be found on HTMS website.

17 Days of Kindness

17 Days of Kindness

As part of Hightower Trail’s Acts of Kindness Project, we are suggesting that students participate in completing a different act of kindness each day beginning on March 14th until Spring Break.  Students will log their acts of kindness on the attached log and as they complete five acts, they will turn the sheet into the box that will be located in the atrium.  For every journal of five acts each student completes they will be recognized on our Acts of Kindness Wall.  Please encourage your student to participate in this project over the next 17 days.

Below is a list of acts of kindness.  Please choose a different act each day and record the act on the attached journal:

  • Bring hot cocoa to a neighbor
  • Give away old toys to younger children
  • Leave a treat for the mail carrier in your mailbox
  • Give some flowers to someone feeling unwell
  • Make happy notes on the sidewalk with chalk
  • Organize an afternoon of games for your neighborhood
  • Take icewater and cups to the playground to share with others
  • Hold a Lemonade Stand to donate to a cause you support
  • Rake leaves (or do gardening) for a neighbor
  • Take snacks to your local fire department
  • Donate DVDs to the local Hospital
  • Read inspiring stories to a group of children
  • Donate books to a doctor’s or dentist’s office
  • Take a treat to a bus driver
  • Educate yourself and your neighbors about recycling
  • Invite another family over for dinner
  • Take a Thank You card to the local librarians
  • Open the door for people entering a shop or restaurant
  • Bring a meal to a family in need (recent birth, sickness, or loss)
  • Write a poem for someone you love
  • Make “Be Happy” notes and put them in mailboxes
  • Learn a joke to tell to a cashier
  • Make a list of things you love about someone and send it to them
  • Send a postcard to a distant cousin or friend who moved away
  • Pick up trash around the neighborhood or at a park
  • Sing for the elderly
  • Make a phone call to a friend or family member far away
  • Go on an errand and smile at everyone you see
  • Volunteer in a local animal shelter
  • Take cans of food to the local Food Bank
  • Donate old clothes a local organization
  • Introduce someone who just moved to your neighborhood to new friends
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line at the store
  • Sit with someone new at lunch
  • Create your own

Activities around Cobb County for our kids.

Starts Saturday MARCH 10, 2018
Perhaps the most gratifying thing the Sandy Plains Baseball Association does for
the community is provide baseball for special needs youth in our community.
All the players, boys and girls, who range in age from 5 years to 22 years old,
get to hit, score runs, and play in the field. This is a free program for all special
needs youth.
The league starts Saturday, March 10, (weather premitted) during the baseball
season. Games begin at 11:45am and end around 12:45pm at Carl Harrison
Park (2653 Shallowford Road, Marietta, Ga 30066) field #3.
Tshirt and hats are provided as well as bats and gloves. You are welcome to
bring your own bats and gloves if you wish.
For more information you may send an email
[email protected] or [email protected] or call


Gymnastics for Kids with Special Needs

Ages 4 and up

Thursday’s from 3:30-4:00

Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Phone: (770) 422-9714

Dates March 8-April 26 (7 sessions)

Cost: $30 Kennesaw Residents/$50 out of city


Also Check out Special Warriors Taekwon-Do



Dear Parents,

this link was shared by the school Psychologist. please check it out.

We are starting our interactive notebook on “How to eat fried worms” by Thomas Rockwell. We will use the adaptive version and our goal is to finish by the end of this year.

We are reviewing concepts such as more, less, few and other that seem to be a little abstract. We are also practicing counting by 5’s, 3’s, and 2’s. Memorizing time tables.

We have learned about the water cycle,  occupations/jobs , Identifiying, drawing and naming parts of the body in detail.

we are practicing every day how to write compound sentences, compound complex sentences.  we are writing sentences using conjunction words, transition words, and pronouns.

Have a great week

Cristina Moreno