Principal's Message

Dear HHIE Family,

Thanks for a great fourth quarter and a great entire school year. Using the virtues of the IB Learner Profile including being an inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective have truly been necessary. Our students have persevered and have done a tremendous job focusing on academics as well as growing as human beings.

Quarter four has been an exciting one. First graders wrapped up their work with investigating earth worms with support from the Beaufort County Soil Conversation District team. Second graders studied animal habitats and created full length murals of the animals’ environments. Third graders have become “poets through nature,” and got ready for the SC Ready. Fourth graders participated in Science Fair and showcased their knowledge of the scientific process. Fifth grade Chinese students were involved in daily Facetime conversations with students from China. All fifth graders were involved with their PYP culminating project, Exhibition, which gives students an opportunity to be collaborative and research an area of interest in order to ultimately take Action to make a difference in the world. The projects were amazing and displayed a commitment to learning about global issues that affect the planet. The Arts Showcase was simply perfect! Our Singing Sea Otters sang so sweetly with plenty of solos to show off their talents. The GT Arts students also showed off their acting and comedic chops. This year, HHIE had the highest number of students qualify for Gifted and Talented Artistic program! Our parents were recognized for their participation in English classes and Latino Literacy with an end-of-year celebration. This initiative received the highest honors at the state level with the Medallion Award.

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) worked so hard on our behalf. Teacher Appreciation Week was so much fun for all. The staff appreciated the daily treats and both the formal and informal recognitions. The PTO also led a great collection of auction items to help raise money for end-of-school events including the Fifth Grade Glow Party. The School Improvement Council held their last meeting for the year and elected Sarah Linkimer who will be the new SIC Chair.

Today, your child received their Quarter 4 report card. In addition, students in grades 1-2 received their Spring MAP scores. Dual-Language students in grades 3-5 received language proficiency scores on the AAPPL assessments. ¡Trabajo excellente! Classrooms recognized excellence with celebrations on overall achievement and overall growth. Please take the time to discuss with your child their accomplishments and recognize any growth they may have seen. We are incredibly proud of all our students for their hard work!

We recognize it has been quite a year. I want to thank you for all your support. We wish all our rising 6th graders good luck as they enter a new chapter in middle school. We know they will do great. We also wish all our Otters a wonderful, restful summer. Look for information mid-July regarding the 2021-2022 school year. Again, on behalf of the entire HHIE family, thank you for choosing HHIE to educate your amazing children!


Dr. Sarah L. Owen


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