From the Principal
I hope everyone had an excellent spring break! The final couple months of the school year are sure to fly by as the calendar is filled with concerts, field trips, and other exciting end-of-year learning experiences.
Thank you to everyone who joined us prior to spring break for parent-teacher conferences. Our kids have made wonderful growth throughout the school year and it is exciting to share their growth and achievements with all of you.
State testing begins this week with the PSSA for ELA scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. For each of these testing days, please make sure students get a good night sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time. Students who get to school after testing begins will not be permitted to go to their classrooms. Instead, they will need to wait in the office until the testing session has finished and will need to complete that portion of the PSSA during another period.
Have a wonderful week!
Dedicated to Learning
The Brandywine Red Clay Alliance has been doing "in house" field trips for the fourth grade for the past few years. Led by Julia Steiner, this program offers an amazing interactive experience that educates students about the land and water in their area. Students move through six different centers where they learn about the invertebrates that live in the water, the importance of protecting our water sources from destructive runoff, the water cycle and how we can make sure our water is healthy, as well as planting opportunities to help strengthen the plant life in our rain gardens. Students are engaged, excited, and completely engrossed in each center, leaving them with a greater knowledge of the watershed their school is in, and a sense of power regarding what they can do to have a positive impact on the land and water in our HES community.
Hands-on House was at Hillendale with our 1st-grades for the Digging for Dinosaurs program. As part of their science unit, students were excited to participate in a number of activities designed to expand their knowledge of dinosaurs!