Principal's Message

Thank you to everyone for making Quarter 1 a fantastic start to the school year! We have a fantastic committed staff which is complimented with some great new teachers and staff members! We appreciate everyone making them feel so welcome!

Our Parent Teacher Organization has been working fast and furiously with Operation Otter 100% in order to try to raise funds for our school.  This one-time a year fund raiser sponsors many of the great events for our students and staff. Deadline for this is October 26th.  Our School Improvement Committee has had their first meeting and discussed possible goals for the year. At our next meeting, October 26th at 1:45 pm, school board member JoAnn Orishack will be present to hear questions or concerns. Our September ESOL parent night involved over 150 participants!

Clubs has officially started and we have a great menu of club offerings including Chorus, Origami, Basketball, Robotics/Coding, Cook and Book and Archery. A Super Snack will be provided to all participants through at new program sponsored by Sodexo. Because HHIE received Title I funding this year, we have been fortunate enough to be able to add many things to our school. We currently have hired additional math and reading tutors. We also hired two full time Parent Liaisons, Michelle Dewan and Mary Flores. We also have a full time Behavior Management Specialist, Mr. John Perry, who works with students on making “good choices.”

This Quarter we have recognized students for their achievements. Six students, current 6th graders Jack Linkimer Mason Petty, and Evan Phillips and current 4th graders Hayden Crockett, Bella Gorrell and Luke Haro all were recognized for obtaining a maximum raw score on their SC Ready Math test in the Spring. In addition, six grader, Nathaniel Greenberg, was recognized for his perfect score on the Word Masters Challenge. Students were recognized for showing their ability as a Communicator, Inquirer, and for their ability to be Open-minded. Students took Action by donating items for Fill it for Flo and spreading smiles during World Smile Day!

We celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing foods from various cultures, having a parade through the halls with the “tambores” and celebrating our favorite soccer “futbol” teams by designing team shirts. Students in Chinese classes celebrated the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

Again, thank you for all of your support! We have a lot to be thankful for and proud of!

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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