Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:

           Please take the time to review this information and feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Students will be bringing home the following:

       Quarter 1 Progress Reports (Grades 1-5)- In some cases, students may have limited grades due to beginning-of-year assessments and Hurricane Dorian. However, a more detailed outline of individual grades can always be found on PowerSchool.

       Fall MAP scores (Grades 1-5)-Students in grades 1-5 recently took reading and math Measure for Academic Progress assessment. This computer-based standardized assessment will help to provide your child’s teacher (and you) information to help support learning. Teachers will go more in-depth with these scores at our Fall Conferences in October.

       2019 SC Ready (Grades 4 and 5)- Students who are currently in grades 4 and 5 took this standards-based grade level assessment Spring 2019. Score results include the rating Exceeds, Meets, Approaches or Does Not Meet Expectations.

       2019 SC PASS (Grade 5)-Students who are currently in grade 5 took SC PASS in the area of Science in 4th grade. Score results include the rating Exceeds, Meets, Approaches or Does Not Meet Expectations.

       2019 ACCESS- This annual state assessment is given to all identified English Learners. It is given to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. Score reports include a proficiency level in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, plus an overall composite score. Students continue to take this assessment until they reach a specific level of proficiency set by the state.

       Read to Succeed Information (Grade 3)- This document reviews the SC state law Section 59-155-160 of Read to Succeed states, “Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, a student must be retained in the third grade if the student fails to demonstrate reading proficiency at the end of the third grade as indicated by scoring at the lowest achievement level on the state summative reading assessment that equates to Not Met 1” on the South Carolina College and Career Readiness Assessment.  (SC READY). Teachers will be meeting with parents of students that may be in jeopardy of not passing SC Ready based on other assessments.

       PowerSchool (Parent Portal) Information- This document will give you the information you need in order to access your child’s information on PowerSchool such as attendance and grades.

          I want to take a moment to let you know we are off to a fantastic year! The students know the expectations by participating in our fun School of Rock. We have truly enjoyed adding the Morning Meeting to our day and really appreciate parents helping to get your child (ren) to school on time. The Otter Morning News has been incredibly informational which includes many of our school and district-based initiatives.  HHIE Spirit Gear has been ordered, and we hope to have all those items to your children soon. Our amazing parents have been a true asset on our Parent Teacher Organization and School Improvement Council, and we encourage you to join either one. Our students have been instrumental with harvesting over 100 sweet potatoes. And, most importantly, our students have been working hard to be learners each day!

          I want to encourage you to sign up for Fall Clubs. Our amazing staff have volunteered to share their passions with your children by offering a variety of classes after school on Tuesday a/o Thursday. All students will be served a Super Snacks. Enrollment is first come, first serve, ---so don’t wait to sign up!

          Again, thank you for all your support. We are truly committed to the vision of Hilton Head Island Elementary which includes creating a learning community where caring, knowledgeable adults encourage all children to love learning and to become responsible citizens of the world.


Sarah L. Owen, Ed.D.


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