Our Community Understands the Power of Our Program

Ahhh, summer! Long days, warm nights, and cold lemonade. While other schools may slow down for summer, HRS continues to advance our mission.

For four weeks in July, we offer a Slingerland summer school program, which allows us to reach families who do not have a student enrolled during the school year. In addition to this important outreach, summer learning improves academic success.

Summer is also a time to begin planning for the school year ahead. During the coming 12 months, HRS is poised for a series of unique and transformative changes – allowing more students and families to access the educational program that equips students to achieve success in the classroom and beyond.

In the spring of 2019, we rolled out our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan with three major goals and priorities which guide our work:

  • Enhance our core academic program
  • Strengthen our impact locally and nationally
  • Expand our long-term sustainability

This year, we are making clear and direct steps toward accomplishing progress in each of these areas. I am pleased to announce Kay Nelson will be supporting our faculty in the role of Structured Literacy Specialist. Kay is a deeply qualified and admired Slingerland practitioner who will make an excellent teacher mentor. Her knowledge and expertise will be shared with all of our faculty to enhance their teaching and learning while strengthening our core academic program.

Late last spring, Rebecca Nuffer joined the advancement team, focusing her work on our alumni and outreach programs. She will be exploring new avenues for community engagement and working to create unique ways for our alumni to continue to engage with HRS long after graduation. In this way, and many others, Rebecca will help us expand our long-term sustainability.

Finally, if you haven’t seen it yet, construction has begun on our new middle school. This is a huge milestone. It holds the potential to cement HRS as the preeminent facility and program providing resources and advocacy for students, families, teachers, and our community. It will increase the impact of our mission exponentially and strengthen our impact locally and nationally. I cannot wait to watch this amazing facility, a result of so many dedicated community supporters, begin to take shape.

But, our work isn’t done yet. We are launching the community phase of our Elevating our Impact capital campaign to raise a total of $250,000 toward this project.

In this newsletter, you will learn more about how you can help us reach our goal and make a contribution to the campaign. Our community is not only generous, but understands the power of our program so I am confident we will meet or even exceed the target.

Thank you for your steadfast commitment to HRS and your partnership during this pivotal time in the history of our school.

Stacy Turner
Head of School

Learn more about our capital campaign