Superintendent’s Notes

As we move through our third nine weeks of academic instruction things continue to happen rapidly on a daily basis. Students are involved heavily in activities outside of the classroom as the sports seasons are winding up. Music is actively preparing for competition and our speech team begins competition this weekend. Our FBLA and FFA students are competing in district competition with hopes of qualifying for state. As we turn the corner toward the final home stretch for the academic year please encourage your students to kick it in and finish the third quarter and the academic year as strong as possible. Positive support from those who love and care for them can never be too extreme. Your support for them in their activities and academics helps them realize that you believe in them, and that what and how they do is very important. As we move forward we will soon be looking at student academic testing so we are in the final stages of pushing students towards total preparedness for academic success. I know that we have students with academic challenges and the staff at Hay Springs is willing to assist your students with additional support in any way we can, but the student is the one who must take advantage of this additional support. While visiting with your students about their challenges and successes, if they express concerns we can assist with at school, please contact their teacher, coach or the school administration. We are all here to support your student success in any manner that we can.

As we look into February the basketball and wrestling season will be coming to the end and for our seniors the final time they will wear the Hay Springs Hawk green and gold uniforms. I would like to thank all of these athletes for the time and effort they have put into their respective seasons. I would particular like to thank the senior members of our teams and their parents and guardians for their efforts, time, dedication and commitment the Hay Springs activities program over the past four years. Your leadership will be greatly missed.

As the seniors near the completion of their high school academic career at Hay Springs High school I encourage them to finish strong and work toward completion of the best semester of their career during high school. As they go through the stress of college applications and visits and the financial aid process they need our understanding and support.

As I look ahead to February and March I realize that we have time for a lot of winter weather yet before spring. It is my hope that if we have the need for school delays or cancellations, that each of you have been getting the information in a timely manner. If you have not been receiving timely information, please contact the school office and let us know so we can rectify the problem.

As the administrator my door is nearly always open and never hesitate to give me a phone call. I am always willing to listen to your concerns, however, our policy dictates that the first order in the resolution of a problem is direct communication between parent and/or the student with the teacher and/or coach about your concerns. If we are going to hold true to our mission, vision and goals for the district we truly have to continually work together in this effort.

Mission Statement
The Mission of Hay Springs Schools in cooperation with families and community, is to empower students within an emotionally supportive and physically safe environment with the academic, social, physical and technological skills to achieve success as responsible, self-disciplined citizens of a global society.

Vision Statement
“Empower Students to Achieve Lifelong Success.”

Hay Springs Goal
80% of Hay Springs School students will meet projected growth and/or 80% of students will be proficient on NWEA MAP assessments in Math, Reading, Language Arts and Science.

Please know that the employees at Hay Springs are very dedicated to providing your children with the best possible opportunities to learn. If we do not have some struggling students, then we clearly do not have the bar high enough. It is my hope that the majority of our students are academically challenged on a daily basis. With challenges comes the additional need for encouragement and support from staff and parents.

It continues to be one of my goals to help our entire staff and student population focus on the many blessing we have in life and support each other in positive ways as we work together to pursue our Mission, Vision and Goals at Hay Springs School.

At the Hay Springs January board meeting we were blessed to have all the same board member returning for the upcoming year and the board voted to retain the same officer leadership team as we had for 2019.

I would like to give a special Shout Out to our Board of Education for their service to our community and our school district. This is a thankless position but truly one of the most important positions one can hold for the benefit of children and the future of our country. If you get the opportunity please take a moment to thank them for their service on the Board of Education.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of our educational system.

Mr. Lechtenberg

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