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Principal's Message

Welcome to my May/June 2017 Principal WEB Message!


Dear Hickam Elementary School Family, Friends and Community.


Our students and school has been thriving. In fact, we have been dancing to Can’t Stop the Feeling! all year long! We want to keep it up, and we want to remember to manage our stress.


Too much stress takes a toll on your body and mind. It can zap your energy, make it tough to concentrate, and mess with your immune system. Students, faculty and parents need to know how to manages in healthy ways, especially with the end of the year on May 26, 2017 and high-stakes testing happening throughout May 2017.


To keep it going, here are some tips on how to smile more and stress less:


  • Humor is healthy. A good laugh can be a great stress reliever. Laughter increases your oxygen intake and the endorphins released by your brain. No joke!
  • Take a deep breath. Did you know that stress can trigger an asthma attack? Learning healthy ways to cope with stress can help you feel better and breathe easier.
  • Do what you love. Spending times doing something you enjoy can help you stress less. It doesn’t matter what you do – just that you like doing it.


Find more stress-busting ideas at: kp.org/stressmanagement


We have been keeping an eye on our values and vision: We commit to providing a positive learning community that will inspire leaders for tomorrow. We have aligned our vision to our students and community’s needs, along with our State and Radford Complex mission. How we are addressing our students’ needs can be found in our Academic Plan SY 2017-2020, which will be posted on our website soon. You are welcome to give feedback at our School Community Council meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 2:30pm.


Our last day of school will Friday, May 26, 2017, which is also the date of our last Student of the Quarter 4. We also are celebrating our Grade 6 students on Tuesday, May 23, and Kindergarteners on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.


We had a great PTO and SCC sponsored AVID STEM Family night in April 2017. You see pictures of this event on the Hickam Elementary PTO Facebook page or Hickam Elementary School website. It was great seeing our students show resiliency and grit along with a engineering mindset!


As we move into June, we look forward to a great summer of relaxing and refreshing. Thank you for making SY 2016-2017 a time of growth and togetherness!  


We will start back in July with a Back-to-School Fair on July 26, 2017. Because of a Military Exercise, we have cancelled our Meet-and-Greet set for July 31, 2017; please look for upcoming date.


First day of school for students is Monday, August 7, 2017.


Our office hours will be 7:30am to 3:00pm during the summer days.


As always, feel free to contact us at the school with any questions, comments or good news to share. We value your input and always appreciate hearing from you.



Alisa Bender, Principal