Head's Notes: Building a Community
Mr. Turner shares why it's so critical to have a strong community at HRS.
Last year I made a goal to read more. I committed to reading 15 minutes a day, just as we ask our students to do. My time spent reading has led me to many new discoveries. I am currently half way through The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging by Charles H. Vogl. I enjoy reflecting on what it means to be a part of a community.
The community at Hamlin Robinson School is inherently welcoming and inclusive. Breaking down what it means to belong to a community made me appreciate our parents, students, and friends of the school in a whole new way.
Our need to find community comes down to our need to know ourselves and to be understood. We’re looking for a place where we belong, yes, but we are also looking for a place where our inherent strengths and skills can make a positive difference.
When we are understood, there’s no need to explain ourselves. We are accepted as we are, and that acceptance makes us feel safe. It leaves us free to explore, learn, and take risks that deepen our learning and understanding of the larger world.
When families join the Hamlin Robinson School Community, they find a place where they are accepted and understood by peers and where they can contribute to our larger community goals:
Respect: How we talk about and treat ourselves, our community, and our space.
Responsibility: How we show integrity and accountability for our choices.
Purpose: Our understanding of why we make the choices and take the actions that we do.
Perseverance: We don’t give up when things get difficult.
These Core Values define a caring and empathetic community that is committed to delivering our mission to the students. They define the students who work hard and do their best, the teachers who work diligently to ensure that they reach every student, the families who spend valuable time and resources advocating for their kids.
It’s a healthy community, but it’s even bigger than that. We have more than 280 students in this school, but the number of students and families grappling with reading and writing challenges is exponentially larger. Our community members can be found in Facebook groups, giving advice to fellow parents with a struggling student. They can be tutoring students, who come once or twice a week to gain skills that will carry into their classrooms, or summer program students, keeping those skills sharp during the summer months.
There are lots of other ways to become involved with our community.
- Attend a Speaker Series – our next one is on February 7 and will focus on Digital Media Awareness for Students with Learning Differences
- Attend one of our many Professional Development opportunities through The Learning Center
- Enroll your child in Camp HRS, which offers a Slingerland course that focuses on reading and writing, and a number of enrichment camps (Hurry, spots fill quickly! Click here to be notified when registration opens)
- Contact the Learning Center to see if your child could benefit from our tutoring sessions.
However you do it, we’re glad to have you here as a part of the HRS Community.
Head of School