Welcome to my August-September 2017 Principal WEB Message
Happy New School Year, Hickam Elementary School Families, Friends and Community!
I would like to take the opportunity to welcome back all of our returning Hickam Elementary School families, as well as those of you who are new to us this year! The faculty and staff is excited and looking forward to an outstanding school year - we know it will be the best one yet!
We are ready for the awesome task of preparing all students to be successful learners. Our school community is dedicated to nurturing the whole-child by providing a loving learning environment and world-class education that empowers students to gain the skills, attitudes and dispositions so each child can strive to reach their highest potential, which is our mission. While the core curriculum is provided for all students, we believe that it is critical to provide leadership opportunities, character education, and exposure to technology in order to prepare students to compete with their global counterparts.
This year, we will continue to implement our statewide reading program call Reading Wonders, as well as our statewide math programs, which is Stepping Stones for grades K to 5, Go Math! for grade 6. Our reading and math programs are aligned to our Common Core State Standards.
This year will also be filled with numerous learning opportunities for our students, as well as our parents. Hickam Elementary takes great pride in establishing an climate that invites its valued stakeholders to be a part of the educational process. Throughout the year, parents are provided with many opportunities to participate in the education of their child. We welcome your attendance at school events and encourage your participation by volunteering in our school. You are a valued member of our team!
I am pleased to announce our new faculty members who have joined our team this school year:
We are also pleased to announce that we have added Hawaiiana as a social studies resource class this year for Grades 4, 5 and 6, in addition to our music, physical education, research skills and technology classes.
This school year, we will continue to provide our students with college- and career-ready strategies that will support our school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) system and help our students be organized, self-directed learners and critical thinkers. Our AVID Parent Night will be scheduled in the near future, and more details will be sent home with your child. On some Wednesdays during the school year, our students and staff will wear their college colors or college shirts as a reminder that we are preparing to be college-and career-ready.
We will be distributing the results of the SY 2016-2017 Smarter Balanced Assessment during our School Community Council (SCC) Night, which is sponsored by our PTO. Our SCC Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19 with more details to be sent home with your child.
This year, we will be introducing “The Leader in Me”. The Leader in Me is connected to our 7 Habits of Healthy Kids. We are excited to ensure -- to directly teach and embed into our culture – high expectations and opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and dispositions.
Our Theme this year is: One School! One Team Making A Difference! We’ve been letting student know that each one of us has unique super powers and talents to save the day, but together – like the Justice League or the Avengers, -- we are better and can save the world.
Finally, our heroic and energetic faculty and staff members are ready to work with the students, and we are looking forward to Parent-Teacher conferences which are already being scheduled for November.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 808-421-4148.
Mahalo Nui Loa!
Alisa Bender, Principal
We commit to providing a positive learning community that will inspire leaders for tomorrow