Happy New Year, and welcome to the HRS Blog!
Being a part of a school community provides the opportunity for two new years, one in September as school gets underway, and one in January as the calendar resets for another cycle. The Back to School are events behind us, students are settled into their routines, teachers have completed progress reports and held conferences, and parents have connected with teachers and others in the community.
Winter break allows us to slow down just enough to catch up with all that has happened and to reflect on the first few months of the school year. By the time we celebrate this second New Year, we are refreshed and excited for what the future holds.
As I reflect on my first months as Head of School, I find much satisfaction in what Hamlin Robinson School is able to accomplish on behalf of our students. I am surrounded by incredible people working tirelessly to deliver our mission.
I am reminded that Hamlin Robinson School is a special place. Here are my top reasons for feeling this way:
- The Students: At 284 students, HRS has more than doubled its enrollment since 2012. Strong enrollment isn't just good for the business of a school, it also enriches the learning environment by filling classes with students with shared experiences and diverse backgrounds.
Our students' unique talents and gifts are given the opportunity to shine at Hamlin Robinson School. The acknowledgement that, for some, learning to read, learning to write, and learning the language of math takes dedication, time, and hard work, creates a shared experience of camaraderie and creativity. These challenges are no longer viewed as though something is "wrong". Students are able to see themselves as successful learners, have a positive experience at school, and then fully embrace their learning process. All while being themselves. It is rewarding and enjoyable to watch this process unfold.
- The Teachers: The number one school-based factor in a student's success is the teacher in their classroom. A caring, skilled, and compassionate educator will not only create but also enhance a child's learning experience and set them on the path of success and lifelong learning.
Hamlin Robinson School has an incredibly talented and dedicated faculty, one that finds great enjoyment supporting students with language-based learning differences. Our teachers enjoy their work and are excited by the challenges they see in the classroom every day. All of our classroom teachers have extensive training in teaching reading and writing skills, as well as understanding the educational, social, and emotional impact of a language based learning difference. The faculty appreciates the challenges of each age group. They are invested and engaged with the learning that happens every day, whether it is academic, social, and/or emotional. It is often the work that happens outside the curriculum that makes the greatest impact on the life of a student.
- The Parents: Every school strives to create a welcoming and inclusive community where the individual gifts of each student are treasured and accepted. Nowhere, though, is that goal realized so quickly as amongst the families at Hamlin Robinson School.
Many of our families share similar experiences with previous schools. The journey to understanding your child's unique learning needs can be fraught with worry and questions. As a result, I find that our parent community is incredibly welcoming and generous. The time and talent offered to support not only their child, but every student, is amazing. The networking and support afforded to each other helps build a strong and resilient school community for everyone.
These shared experiences are so powerful that many of our families and alumni return year after year just to volunteer or visit with faculty and staff.
Equipping students with the skills to be successful students is important work. Being in an environment where students, teachers, and parents feel successful in their endeavors is very rewarding. Looking back over the past year, I feel a real sense of pride in all that has been accomplished. Looking forward to what the New Year holds, I feel hope and excitement for what is to come.
Head of School
Hamlin Robinson School