End of Year Message

Bits and Pieces June 2020
Posted on 06/19/2020

Hello HCS families, students and staff,

We have finally closed out the most unusual school year, one that we will surely talk about for many years to come.   This email is a quick closure of the year, links to our last newsletter of the year and some thoughts as we look forward to returning to school.   

Thank you for a wonderful school year.  We spent roughly 2/3 of the school year at HCS and the balance was through Remote Learning.   Through this major pandemic, we spent 3 months sorting through unexpected changes and challenges.  Fortunately, the resilience of the children, families and staff have made the most of the situation and it is clear that we were successful given the circumstances.   We all look forward to a day when we return to some level of normalcy back in our school building.

THANK YOU TO:

  • Families for our new partnership. We tried to provide and support learning in a remote world.
  • Teachers for being so successful in a challenge that no one anticipated, yet found ways to make it work.
  • HCS support staff for making sure we had the means for learning in a remote world, yet taking care of our school and community.
  • The Hampstead community for supporting children at a time when we couldn’t be with each child each day.
  • Students for letting the adults learn something new, something we continue to try and understand.
  • Students for learning in a new way that helped you grow.

It is our hope the children learned about resilience, kindness and understanding during an unexpected challenge.

 

LINKS TO NEWSLETTERS

HCS JUNE 2020 NEWSLETTER

HCS JUNE 2020 PARTNERS PTSA AND TOWN LIBRARY

GIRL SCOUTS INFORMATION PAGE 1   PAGE 2

 

SCHOOL REOPENING AFTER REMOTE LEARNING 2020

There is a great deal of discussion in the community, state and nation about the reopening of schools.  It is clear that no one can predict the next path of the pandemic, nor can anyone make specific plans for our new normal.   Politicians and comedians are providing plenty of perspectives to add confusion to this conversation, yet all need to let the processes work through to a plan.  Here are some important timelines of planning steps we know will happen:

  • Hampstead will provide summer school programming for six weeks, instead of our typical four weeks.  The entire summer program will be provided through Remote Learning.  These are special education programs as well as some remedial supports in math and reading.
  • There is a NH state task force that will provide specific recommendations to include school reopening. The plan is to share their recommendations with the public at the end of June. 
  • It is reported that our governor will share more information after the 4th of July.
  • The district staff and school board will be working through July and August to review the enormous number of recommendations to determine our school reopening plans.   This will be shared as decisions are made that are in the best of interest of Hampstead.

I encourage all to make the most of the next few weeks and enjoy the break.  Keep an eye out for emails or announcements as decisions are made about the 2020-2021 school year.  If you have any questions about HCS, please email me.

Dillard Collins, HCS Principal