Things continue to happen rapidly on a daily basis at Hay Springs School. Our elementary students and staff have just celebrated our 100th day of school and the winter sports seasons are drawing to a close as we prepare to end our third nine weeks. Students continue to be involved in activities outside of the classroom and away form the sports fields and gyms for a few days. The music program has had several students qualify for advanced musical opportunities and experiences. Hay Springs speech team has hosted a very successful speech competition where our team placed second overall. Our FBLA and FFA students are competing in district competition with hopes of qualifying for state. FFA members have completed National FFA Week activities and will be competing in the final district event in Kimball March 4th. We are planning our Greenhand degree ceremonies on March 12th, so please mark this date on your calendar if you have an FFA member. We will have students competing in state competition in both FBLA and FFA in April.
Along with the fourth nine weeks comes the track, golf and branding seasons. As you plan your spring events please consider the fact that we operate on a four day school week and that to the best of our ability we all need to have our students in school as much as possible. Along with this I need to mention that if students are missing school for school activities or other reasons they may need reminded that it is their responsibility to be sure that they get their work made up in a timely manner. As we turn the corner toward the home stretch and the final nine weeks of the academic year please encourage your students to kick it in and finish 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 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 realize 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 ahead our seniors will be completing many things for the final time as Hay Springs Hawks. As they look forward to graduation, I would like to thank all of these students for the time and effort they have dedicated the past four years to academic success, sports competition and all intra and extracurricular activities they have been involved in. Successful high school programs have outstanding senior leadership and Hay Springs has always been fortunate to have our seniors step up and be leaders for underclassmen. Senior members of our teams your leadership will be greatly missed.
I would also like to thank the parents and guardians of these seniors for their efforts, time, dedication and commitment to the Hay Springs academic and activities program during the past four years. 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.
I realize that we have had a lot of winter weather already, with it beginning in October, yet we have time for a lot of winter weather 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 we are having school and as parents or guardians you are not comfortable with road conditions and having your children traveling to school please contact the school and excuse them.
As the district superintendent 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.
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.
“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.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of our educational system.