Principal's Message

Principal Points......from Sarah Owen

What a wonderful third quarter HHIE has had!!! We have implemented the weekly Otter Morning News with Ms. Jordan’s help, started our Spring Clubs which includes two free offerings of IB Write and Language Lab, and have had Literacy and Math nights to foster our home-to-school relations. We made our goal for Soles4Souls by collecting 2018 shoes!!!We celebrated Mexican Flag Day, Chinese New Year and participated in the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We welcomed potential new students and families during our School Choice Fair tours and partnered with our neighbor HHIESCA to do so. Students all had the opportunity to go on a free field trip with their grade level, as well as attend various productions from a regional theater group because of Title I funds. The GT Arts students were able to watch the musical Newsies and are about to watch HHISCA’s Schoolhouse Rock and the HHIHS presentation of Into the Woods.

The PBIS team has been working hard trying to decrease the number of tardies and uniform violations. It has worked! We have gone from an average of 35 tardies a day to about 9. We support coming to school on time by providing students with a Golden Ticket for either an ice cream or a chance at winning a bike. This month’s winner was 2nd grader, Joshua Bent!! We also recognized students for having the highest overall achievement in both ELA and Math in each grade level on the Winter MAP test and highlighted the students that made the most progress in both areas! We had many students who were not only recognized at the school level, but the district level as well for displaying specific character attributes.

Teachers have been working hard in all content areas getting students ready for the next grade level and for upcoming state testing. Over 30 teachers attending PYP training done onsite during the President’s Day weekend. In addition, over 15 teachers have committed to teaching Saturday School, done in conjunction with the Neighborhood Outreach Center at the Oaks, Cordillo and at HHIE. We implemented a computer lab offering help with keyboard practice and test preparation. Grade level teachers met with the Literacy and Math coach to dig deep into the data in order to focus on individual student needs. We are asking parents to help support their children by working on their academics as well as take advantage of the software programs they have on their iPad to use. Please make sure you check and sign your child’s agenda book every night for homework and school happenings information.

We are looking forward to Quarter 4! Students will be working on Science Fair projects, practicing for the upcoming production of James and the Giant Peach, and participating in end of year field day events. Fifth grade will be involved with the school culminating PYP project, Exhibition, where students not only research an area of interest, but they will then take Action! We encourage you all to come see the student’s accomplishments!

Again, thank you for all of 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


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