Principal's Message

What a great third quarter we have had! The students have a lot to be proud of!

First graders were involved with a Fairy Tale Parade and marched throughout the school proudly with their hand made costumes. They even had the opportunity to listen to local author, Ann Lilly read her book. Second graders learned about the elements of Science during their engaging Physics Fair. Third and fourth graders listened to internationally known author
Matt de la Pena and local author, Nina Liepold, otherwise known as the “HHI Mermaid.” Fifth graders showcased their ability to be quick learners and musicians through their arts in residency experience, West African Drumming with Mr. James Cannon. Students promoted their artistic talent during the Hilton Head Island Parade by supporting the Spring musical, Junie B. Jones. Students were able to listen to musicians from the Hilton Head Island Symphony , the piano competition and engage in Gullah folktales during a Gullah concert.  All grade levels recognized students that were Principled and Risk-takers during our monthly Town Halls.

Students are continuing to work very hard to master grade level standards and way beyond! Students were recognized for their achievement with the Word Masters Competition where Carolina Monmonier, third grader, scored a perfect score! Students also had entries published in the district sponsored River of Words book. Additional students qualified for Gifted and Talented Artistic identification and are eligible to partake in multiple supplemental opportunities. Students are getting ready to focus on test taking skills in time for end-of-year state and local testing.

Spring Clubs were fantastic. Students had a great time playing basketball, Chinese games, playing chess and being mad scientists. To help support additional learning outside of the school day, many students took advantage of the tutoring program afterschool. What great commitment from both teachers and students to support learning.

Over 400 community members traveled around the world in two hours at our fantastic International and Literacy Night. Students used their passport to visit all the continents to learn about different components of culture. Students ate a Mexican dinner and watched magical performances. To end the night on a perfect note, we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by eating a delicious slice of cake.

Lastly, HHIE did amazingly during our International Baccalaureate/Primary Years Programme evaluation visit. The evaluators couldn’t say enough about the culture of the building and the commitment of all of its’ stakeholders. Thank you so much to all the folks that helped make our visit a success!

Mark your calendars!

April 15th-19th: No School; Spring Break
May 14th - Testing SC READY ELA Session 1 (Grades 3-5)
May 15th - SC READY ELA Session 2 (Grades 3-5)
May 16th - SC READY Math (Grades 3-5)
May 21st - SC PASS (Science-4th grade, Soc.Stud.-5th grade)
May 23rd and 24th: Parents, Portfolios and Pastries *
May 27th: Memorial Day-No school
Week of May 28th: Field and Water Days *
May 30th 9:30 AM: 5th grade promotion ceremony *
May 31st: Last Day of School 

            *More information forthcoming-activities scheduled by grade levels

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.

Dr. Sarah L. Owen

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