Welcome back! I trust that you have been able to “beat the heat” during what has been a scorching late spring and summer! I hope this time has allowed you to relax with your family/friends and reflect on your professional practices as a means of continuing to be an asset to our great school district. As we transition from summer to the start of another rewarding school year, I say to each of you, “Let’s prepare to take our next steps on the road to Accredited with Distinction Status!”
I am very excited about the start of the new school year! We have an opportunity to build upon our success from the past two years, while moving into year three of our Five Year Strategic Plan. During the coming school year you will notice that we are under construction, with facility updates occurring across the district. In addition, this year you will see us introduce our second elementary projectbased learning/school choice program. And, during this monumental year, we will pursue international, district-wide accreditation through the AdvancedEd self-assessment/accreditation visit process. When you combine this work with our focus on literacy and racial equity, it compels me to believe that we are on our way to becoming a model of effective urban education. What a time to be a part of Team HMC-1!
Yours in the work that continues to pay off,
Dennis L. Carpenter, Ed.D.