Principal's Message

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HHIE has had a great third quarter!  We were well rested after Winter Break and has a quarter of learning and fun.

During Town Hall, we have recognized the Attitudes of Commitment, Curiosity, and Independence. Our student Agnes Gross was a finalist and a participant in Sodexo’s Future Chef competition. Our fifth grade students had the opportunity to participate in a two-night, three-day ecological experience at Barrier Island or a similar local offering at Honey Horn Plantation. Field trips to the Columbia Zoo and the Might 8th Museum and participation in Afterschool Clubs and Tutoring added to the curriculum.

Our school celebrated cultures from around the world in various ways. Six students from China stayed with local host families and spent a week learning about the American schools and our local culture. We hosted a menu of experiences during our International Night including dancers from Peru, cultural fashion and a bilingual magic show with Sr. Heiter. Our students celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by participating in the HHI St. Patrick’s Day Parade wearing a variety of spirit shirts. Three groups of students represented HHIE in Storm the Citadel in Charleston where teams placed in first and second in both the robotics and trebuchet competitions. A team of fifth grade students led a successful Fat Free 5K which raised over $1200 for the HHI Recreation Center. Amazing students taking ACTION!

In the area of the arts, 6 students performed in Columbia at the All State Choir along with singers from across the state. Students auditioned and are currently practicing for our upcoming Spring musical, Peter Pan. Students participated in an Honor Choir with students from across the district. An amazing number of students, tried out and became formally identified as Artistically Gifted and Talented.

Next quarter will be filled with many things. We have our Spring MAP testing (math and ELA). Third thru Fifth graders will be involved with standards-based state testing in May (SC Ready Math and ELA (3rd-5th), SC PASS SS (5th) and SC PASS Science (4th)). Fifth graders will be involved with many end-of-year activities leading up to their Promotion Ceremony on May 30th at 9:30 am. HHIE will also be getting ready to welcome our rising first grade students!!!

Again, your children are doing amazing things each and every day. Please take time to review this quarter’s report card information. Please discuss upcoming MAP assessment and Fountas/Pinnell reading results with your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns. Please make sure your child is here on time every day and is in their uniforms, per the BCSD uniform policy. 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.

Safety has been at the forefront of both district and school based discussions. Thank you to all that have helped transition to a “no left turn” policy at Red Entrance. It has helped tremendously with traffic flow and with ensuring safety. Please be mindful of NOT using cell phones while in car line.

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


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