Dear HPCS Parent,
It’s hard to believe school starts just two weeks from today–the summer has just flown by! I trust you’ve had a good summer and enjoyed the extra time with your children. It’s been so quiet around campus, and I’m really looking forward to having all the students back soon.
I’m excited to report that enrollment is up about twenty-five students compared to last year–praise the Lord! We have several new families joining us this year, and I want to encourage you to reach out and welcome any new faces you see at Orientation coming up on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m.
We also have several new staff members joining us this year. Jami Murr has taken Dawn Gearhart’s place in the school office–you’ll love interacting with Jami. Dawn is now the office manager for the entire office. Cara Sprouse will be teaching 3rd grade. Amy Panosian will be teaching lower and upper school art classes. Sarah Lehman isn’t new to us, but she’ll be adding lower school P.E. to her class load. Michelle Grover will be heading up our new Panther TRACK learning resource program. And, finally, an announcement brand new to you: my wife, Laurie, will be teaching family and consumer sciences and assisting us with student counseling this year.
Laurie is taking over for Karis Wickensimer, who retired at the end of the school year. We’ll miss Karis very much, but I can’t think of anyone better suited to continue her legacy. Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education and a master’s in counseling. She is experienced in the classes she’ll be teaching for us, having taught for eighteen years at the university level. Laurie is also an experienced event planner, was editor of a nutrition publication, and has been a regular conference and convention speaker. It’s so exciting for me personally to be able to minister alongside Laurie here at HPCS and that she’ll have the opportunity to invest in your children!
I’m also excited to announce that we’ve adopted a new math curriculum in grades K5-6th. We’ve been using and older version of Saxon for a number of years, but after a thorough curriculum review this year, we’ve chosen to adopt Sadlier-Oxford going forward. Sadlier has been around a long time, serving top-notch private and Christian schools. They will help us do a much better job preparing our students for high school and college, particularly in the area of math reasoning. We’re very excited to see how this curriculum will help us enhance our math program, and we look forward to even stronger standardized test scores and upper level math achievement in the future.
Finally, I want to express a big thank you to Ace Hardware/Landscaper’s Supply here in town for sponsoring a brand new scoreboard for the soccer field. The scoreboard is wirelessly controlled and will serve not just school soccer games but softball and other field activities as well. It looks great! And, when you get a chance, be sure to take a look at the new gym floor in the Yearick Center. It looks like you’re walking into an NCAA Division I field house–it’s just amazing!
Have a wonderful next two weeks with family! I look forward to seeing you at Orientation on the 9th,