August 26, 2015
Greetings Hood River County School District families and welcome to a new school year!
As I write to you, many of your children are practicing on sports fields with their coaches, participating in one or more of our varied and comprehensive Community Education programs, or learning in a district summer school session; and, hopefully everyone is taking advantage of all that there is to enjoy throughout beautiful Hood River County.
The first day of school is just around the corner (on September 8) and your children will soon be stepping onto school buses, walking through our school doors and into our classrooms, gyms, auditoriums and cafeterias. Here in the school district, support staff have been working hard to get our curriculum organized, buses tuned up, and our schools and classrooms cleaned and ready for students.
As I reflect on the 2014-15 school year, I feel so proud of the work accomplished between educators and students. Last year, our elementary teachers worked extremely hard to implement a comprehensive, research-based literacy curriculum that increased the rigor in our daily instruction. Through a successful effort to win large grants, teachers were able to innovate in substantive ways: new programs targeting students in the arts, engineering, technology, and career-tech were implemented; the AVID college readiness program was initiated in both middle schools and at HRVHS; music programs were bolstered across the district; the Spanish dual language instruction programs was solidified at Mid Valley and will be expanded to Wy’east in the near future; and teachers participated in dozens of training opportunities to improve the learning experiences for your children. We also celebrated state championships in Boys Soccer, Wrestling, Lacrosse, Skiing, Track and Field, and Baseball, as well as an incredible 2nd place finish for the Speech and Debate Team. Student musical and theatrical performances soared at the high school. Shrek, in addition to a number of original musicals, rocked our performance centers in the middle schools. And our elementary students competed at the state championships in robotics, spelling bees and Battle of the Books.
The list of accolades and accomplishments really does go on… and on… and on. And, while we celebrate these achievements, we are preparing for even greater successes in 2015-16 as our professional educators continue to work toward our one overarching district-wide goal:
Every student graduates with the knowledge and courage to
learn, serve, and pursue their dreams.
Meeting this culminating district goal requires a commitment to excellence from all of us - it takes shared intelligence, coordination, focus, explicit action, grit and YOU! The partnership between parents and educators will continue to be a key component of our collective successes. Only together can we ensure every Hood River County child thrives in school and is prepared for the future. Please take some time to read through the school district’s strategic plan - the enclosed “20/20 Vision.” I think you’ll be excited about our direction, the opportunities for your involvement, and our focus on your child and their success.
Each new school year brings with it a renewed sense of possibility and excitement. I know I speak for all of us in the Hood River County School District that we’re looking forward to another great school year with you and your children. I sincerely hope that you enjoy these last days of the summer break with your family.