Principal's Message

Dear HHIE Otters

What a GREAT second quarter our students have had. We welcomed so many new Otters to our school and we are so glad you are here! The second quarter allowed us to be able to return to some of our favorite practices such as field trips, clubs, and performances. As we continue to navigate school during Covid, we will continue to put safety first, while supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of staff and students.

Clubs were a tremendous success! Singing Sea Otters, Drama Club, Kindness Club, Basketball, Robotics, Gardening and Geography Club showcased both passions of students and staff members! Our STEM focus continues through our Storm the Citadel team who will represent HHIE during an upcoming competition on Saturday, February 12th in Charleston. The Student Council has been busy supporting Toys for Tots are about to get ready to sell Valentine Grams. GT Art students constructed an amazing chandelier made from recycled bottles which was displayed proudly at the Port Royal Sound Museum. GT Drama students performed multiple plays as our students worked as actors, assistant directors, stage managers and set designers. The Singing Sea Otters did an exceptional job spreading holiday cheer. The S.I.C. partnered with the school with the implementation of our Parent Tip of the Week. Lastly, our staff wrapped up the school year with a fantastic P.T.O. sponsored holiday celebration!

Looking towards the third quarter, we have our upcoming virtual STEM night which includes family friendly, interactive inquiry-based activities which will be followed by Science Fair winner announcements. This will be done in the comfort of our pajamas! Our International Night will allow us to take a trip around the world in February. 

Your child will be bringing home a lot of important information. Your child’s Winter MAP scores will show you their overall achievement compared to same grade level peers. Language proficiency reports for our dual-language students will show your child’s progress in the target languages of Chinese or Spanish. Progress reports for our Multilingual Leaners and students with IEPs will also be shared. We encourage you to take the time to talk to your child and celebrate their accomplishments and work to develop future goals. Please reach out to your child’s teacher(s) if you have any questions or concerns. Again, we are so grateful to work with our students each day. We appreciate your support as we continue to work towards global citizenship under the Primary Years Programme framework.

Dr. Sarah Owen

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