Principal's Message

Dear Parents:

We have had a wonderful second quarter! Students have been working hard reading their “Just Right Books,” nightly. Math facts have been practiced and many of our students already have met their Reflex Math goals for the year. Students have been engaged in learning about our history and culture through participation in the Colonial Days and Holidays around the World. First graders learned about community helpers. CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association) came to speak to students about ways to stay safe.  Fifth graders are working on their culminating PYP activity through Exhibition. They are benefiting from support from former HHIE students. During this year’s Town Halls, students took agency by explaining the qualities of the Learner Profile.

STEM is a focus with our inquiring otter scientists. Our birdwatching club participated in the annual bird count. Our gardeners continue to cultivate our garden beds in preparation for springtime. Our fourth graders learned about stars and planets through the SC State Museum’s StarLab (mini planetarium). Coding was a focus during our Hour of Code.

First semester clubs have concluded and were quite a success! We have some competitive basketball stars amongst us. Storm the Citadel robotics and trebuchet teams are working hard towards preparing for their upcoming competition in Charleston. The HH Symphony continues to be a great partner with supporting visiting musicians and sponsoring our strings program. The Arts is alive and well at HHIE. Who could forget the Singing Sea Otters performance and the Christmas Shorts production in December? Masterpieces of visual art were completed and now hang on many walls of our homes. Our GT Artistic students produced an amazing creation out of recycled materials that was proudly displayed during the HHI Lantern Parade.  And, congrats to all those who were Risk Takers and tried out for the cluster collaboration of Matilda and our own production of 101 Dalmatians coming Spring 2020.

Our PTO and parents have been amazing in raising funds on behalf of our students through Operation Otter. Thanksgiving lunches gave us a time to be with family and friends. The Book Fair provided students and teachers an opportunity to pick out their favorite titles! SIC members worked hard on educating the community about our recently passed referendum. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Health) partnered with us with our first ever series of courses designed to educate our Spanish speaking families on issues with mental health. This series was concluded with hosting a nationally recognized researcher, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, who came to speak to the community about issues with cyberbullying.

After reflecting on the first half of the year, I must smile. We have an amazing group of young people who come to school each day to do their best. Our staff works tirelessly to help support every child. Our community, consisting of business and community partners, parents and educators are exceptional.

I wish each and everyone of you a wonderful holiday season. Wishing you the very best! We will see you January 7th, 2020!


Dr. Sarah L. Owen

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