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A YEAR OF CELEBRATED EXCELLENCE ... FINISHING STRONG!

June 05, 2018
By Dr. Chaim Botwinick

It seems like yesterday that we just started our school year - as they say ..."time flies when you are experiencing excellence!"

 We began this school year with tremendous excitement, anticipation, a shared educational vision and an energy level which was positively contagious and palpable.  As the "new kid on the block" (not such a kid) aka General Studies Principal, I took our school’s pulse while simultaneously helped to create and foster a school culture, environment and trajectory conducive to high level teaching/instruction. In a word ... to continue HACS’ journey to educational excellence.

 I now proudly look into the school's rear mirror and see an amazing mosaic of this year’s accomplishments. To name a few:

 ·  Innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program for Middle School;

·  Advanced Math Instruction for Middle School;

·  Specialized group and individualized student counseling programs;

·  Structured Sports and Physical Education Program;

·  Field trips to Museums, Nature and Science Centers and other places of interest which beautifully compliment classroom learning;

·  Differentiated Instruction Coaching for school faculty;

·  Established a Department of Student Exceptionalities which leverage and provide services to our diverse students;

·  Language Arts Program focused intensively on reading and writing literacy;

·  Digital Citizenship Initiative which informs students, teachers and parents regarding best practices in social media use;

·  Teacher assessment program which assesses teacher performance and classroom effectiveness;

·  "MAP" Testing Protocol which measures academic growth and performance three times a year in Math and Language Arts;

·  Teacher Professional Growth and Development Plan for 2018-19 implementation;

·  Student discipline protocol which holds students and parents more accountable for student behavior;

·  Specialized training for Computer coding and gaming;

·  Science Exploration Projects in Elementary School; 

·  Creative Writing Lab for Middle School which produced our beautiful Literary Magazine; and

·  Developed new Homework Policy Guidelines, based upon comprehensive research, analysis and deliberation. 

These school initiatives represent but a small array of exciting initiatives at HACS. They are the direct result of a phenomenal faculty; highly skilled in their academic disciplines, passionately committed to cognitive, emotional and social development, our administration’s leadership who continuously promote and encourage educational excellence; and most important, the school-parent partnership - an essential ingredient for effective 21st century day school education.

 We must celebrate these outstanding school accomplishments even as we plan for the coming school year. I am passionately committed and inspired to redouble our efforts and with HaShem's help we will climb to great heights.  It is in this spirit that I wish all of our students, families, and staff an invigorating summer of continued learning and rejuvenation.

 We are finishing strong! But that is only our springboard for next year!

 Dr. B.