Principal's Message

Dear Parent;

          With the recent announcement that our school will continue to be closed through April (with the exception of April 10th thru 17th-Spring Break), our teachers have prepared new plans to support learning with your child.  We are going to refer to this phase 2 of learning as “Otter University.” The big difference between this phase and the last is that moving forward NEW learning will take place, in lieu of just practice and review. In order to facilitate this new learning, we have a few things set up to support our students and families:

  • A “live” Zoom or Google classroom meeting with your child’s teacher on Monday and Friday (at a time to be communicated by teacher). This conference will also be recorded for your reference.
  • A daily Morning Message on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in written format to set the tone for the day and help your child understand expectations for learning.
  • For students in grades 3-5: At least two live or pre-recorded online learning experiences per week for English Language Arts (Reading and Writing) and Math and one for Science or Social Studies to help students understand the new content.
  • We will kick-off our new learning via a video which will be posted on HHIE’s Facebook page on Wednesday. In addition, Dr. Owen and Sra. Sheeran will be “live” on La Isla’s Facebook on Tuesday, March 31st at 3:00 pm to help support our Spanish speaking families.

          Because not all students have access to Internet, and students in grades 1-2 do not have a school issued device, I am asking that you once again come to Hilton Head Island Elementary School to pick up a learning packet on Tuesday, March 31st from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In order to ensure we are doing this safely, we will have pick-up at two locations (Grades 2 and 5 at Red Entrance-School Road and Lopes and Mullen’s classes, Grades 1, 3, and 4 at Yellow Entrance-Wilborn Road). We ask that you pull up and remain in your car as staff members will bring the work to you in your car while taking all precautions possible including wearing gloves and practicing social distancing with colleagues. At this time, we ask that you DO NOT bring the material you have been working on at home.  Please bag it or box it until you are asked to bring it back to school. If weather doesn’t cooperate, we will still plan on having pick-up but may need to adjust our procedures accordingly.

          This next period of home schooling will require students to complete work assigned, and some work will be graded.  You do not need to grade it or even go over it.  I am asking that you just check to be sure they are working on their assignments.  If you find that your child needs more help than you can give, you are asked to reach out to the teacher.  I understand that your lives have become very complicated and want you know that we are going to be patient and flexible.  Students will be given extra time if they need it; so please ask for it. 

          For parents with children in grades 1 and 2, children in  Lopes and Mullen’s classes, and children/parents who may not have Internet access in grades 3-5, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 31st from 7:30 am-6:00 pm for packet pick-up. Your teachers will also have access to an electronic version of the packet if you wish to print at home. We just ask that you communicate that you will be printing your own packet by emailing Melina Magazzu at so we can document you received all materials.

Again, thank you for all your support. Please stay healthy.

Sarah L. Owen


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