Principal's Message

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HHIE has had a great first semester!  Thank you to everyone that has made this half of the year spectacular.

During Town Hall, we have recognized the Attitudes of Respect, Appreciation, Tolerance and Empathy. Fourth grade student, Keven Slater, was even recognized at the district level. Our students had the opportunity to listen to the Hilton Head Island Symphony, bowl as part of the Special Olympics, make pinch pots through Honey Horn Plantation, and participate in 4th grade Colonial Days and 1st grade Community Helpers festival.

Our PTO has done a tremendous job. Operation Otter was a great success! Our Book Fair allowed the school to purchase over $7500 worth of books for our students and teachers. Our tummies were full after eating turkey during our Thanksgiving luncheons and of course, there was the amazing turnout for Fall Festival!

Three staff members, Julieann Swann, Karen Perdue and Abby Mehle had the distinct honor of participating in the Chinese Bridge Delegation trip to China. All three had the opportunity to visit Beijing and another province, as well as visit many schools. HHIE now has a sister school and we will be continuing our dialogue with both students and teachers at that school. HHIE will be hosting 7 school-aged exchange students from China for a week in February. More details to come in 2018!

Our Exhibition and Arts Showcase event was amazing! The Drama Club showcased their acting chops with a very unique version of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The Singing Otters chorus sang their hearts out during their holiday jubilee and every student displayed their artistic talent with their framed visual art. Fifth graders inspired us to take ACTION as they presented their culminating Exhibition project. Exhibition allows students to display all the elements of the Leaner Profile and everything they have learned during their time at a PYP school. This year we did this in the fall so that students still have time to continue taking action and reflecting on all that they have learned.

Next quarter will be filled with many things. We have our Winter MAP testing (math and ELA). Fifth graders will be going on a three night overnight to Barrier Island or three-day ecological learning experience at Honey Horn Plantation. All other grade levels will also be planning and going on a standards-based field trip to supplement their learning. In addition, our parent nights coming up include: ELA and Math Night January 18th, International Night, February 8th and. our Science Fair award presentations on March 23rd during Town Hall. Clubs will also be starting up soon, so be on the lookout for that information!

Again, your children are doing amazing things each and every day. Please take time to review report card information. Please discuss upcoming MAP assessment and Fountas/Pinnell reading results with your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns. We are moving into state testing season for grades 3-5, so this is a great time to really work on refining their skills through practice using homework a/o recommended software programs that are differentiated to meet your child’s individual needs. This year all three grade levels will be taking ELA and Math SC Ready, fourth grade will take Science SC PASS and fifth grade will be taking Social Studies SCPASS state assessments in May.

Please make sure your child is here on time every day and is in their uniforms, per the BCSD uniform policy. Please don’t forget to pay any unpaid lunch balances as otherwise the balance comes out of school funds. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school if you have any needs-we are here to try to support and help- not only the students but families as well.

Please don’t forget to watch our daily news program, the Otter Morning News which is accessible on the HHIE website, under the Students Tab. Lots of good information and even a few funny BLOOPERS!!! We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we try to do a daily post of our happenings!

Thank you for all of your support! It is truly an honor to work with your child(ren) each and every day!

Sarah L. Owen
Principal

 

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