Principal's Message

What a great first half of the year we have had! 

First graders were involved with a Community Fair and received bags of safety items from the local Fire and Rescue Department. Second graders learned about early Americans and made their own totem poles. All third graders received dictionaries from the Bluffton Kiwanis Club and continue to learn about their state of South Carolina. Fourth grade celebrated Colonial Days as an  extension of their unit on Colonial History and learned about the solar system by visiting an in-house planetarium. Fifth graders applied all of their elementary learning through their collaborative efforts during Exhibition. This is by no means the end of their PYP journey, but just the beginning! Students showcased their artistic talent during the Art’s Night in which actors made us laugh during North Pole’s Got Talent, made us smile while looking at the amazing prepared visual art and got us ready for the holiday season by listening to musical selections by the Singing Sea Otters. 

All grade levels recognized students that were Balanced and Caring during our monthly Town Halls. In addition, the leadership team facilitated very important discussions and practiced drills to help support safety at all times. The students did so well during the unannounced lockdown drills, that the district is going to use HHIE as a lead example on what to do to keep everyone safe! 

Students are working very hard to master grade level standards and way beyond! We have heard FANTASTIC things about Winter MAP results which will be shared with all of you in the Quarter 2 report cards, along with CogAT/ITBS results for second graders. To help support additional learning outside of the school day, the instructional leadership team, in conjunction with district staff, has developed some activities you can do with your child to enhance content vocabulary and help support academic skills specific to your child’s individual learning needs. Please be on the lookout for that information.  

At HHIE, we recognize that it truly takes a village to help all students. We appreciate your advocacy and support. We know that there are researched based strategies that have been proven effective with helping students learning including: 
1. Read EVERY day! Ask your child questions about what they are reading and make sure that they are reading books that are on their independent level. 
2. Attendance-Come to school regularly and be on time. When students come into school late, it starts their day off wrong. It also disrupts other children from learning. Please make sure attendance is a priority. 
3. Communication-Check agendas daily as this is the main form of communication from home to school/teacher. Please inform the teacher if your phone numbers have changed as we need to be able to get in touch with you at all times. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your teacher. All teachers/staff members will return calls or emails before or after afterschool or during their planning time. 
4. Behavior-HHIE and the District promote and follow the PBIS philosophy and program, under the PYP framework, which promotes good choices. This is done by teaching and reteaching expectations as we recognize the elementary school years is where your child truly beings to develop their character traits. Admin works hard to ensure that all children have the best learning environment possible.  
5. Parent Involvement-We Need You! We have some important events happening…and would love your participation!  
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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