Superintendents Weekly Letter September 6, 2019

Super

September 6, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the Hull Public Schools’ 2019-2020 school year!  I find it hard to believe that it has been 12 weeks since I last wrote one of my weekly letters!  I hope that you and your family were able to enjoy this beautiful summer and were able to find some time to relax and just look at the natural beauty that surrounds us.

I also find it hard to believe that this year the Class of 2020 will graduate.  As I told the faculty and staff last week, our students have never lived without the internet, smart phones, GPS, Google and Spongebob Squarepants!  The technical revolution of the 21st century has greatly impacted the way we all live our lives and has changed the way we educate our students.  This year, we will continue the 1:1 iPad program at the Memorial Middle School, as well as the 1:1 Chromebook program at Hull High School.  We also provide several classroom carts of iPads and Chromebooks at the Jacobs Elementary School to enhance student learning.  Our teachers have been trained to use this technology to help engage our students in learning and prepare them for life when they leave our classrooms, whether that be this June or 13 years from now.  Yes - the kindergarten Class is the Class of 2031!

On the first day for faculty and staff, I presented our theme for this year:  Be the Light.  I reminded them that there are three lighthouses that we see from Hull every day:  Graves Light, Boston Light and Minot Light.  These lighthouses, in one form or another, have safely guided ships home after journeys at sea.  I asked our teachers to “Be the Light” for our students - to guide them safely, with compassion and support, through all the challenges young people face today.  I know we all can remember those educators who “Were the Light” when we needed it while growing up.  I know that your child will have many guiding lights as she/he travels through our schools.

I would like to extend my thanks to the Hull Fire Department for coming to each of our schools this week to conduct fire drills.  As you know, the safety of your children, while at school is our top priority.  Part of keeping them safe is having them, along with their teachers, practice how they would leave the building in the event of an emergency.  The Hull Fire Department will conduct at least two other fire drills over the course of the year.

Assistant Superintendent Judy Kuehn shared with me her observations of the first day of school for our new kindergarten students.  As part of the first day, the students, assisted by their teachers and other staff, practice riding the bus.  The buses pull into their usual spots at the Jacobs School, and each child is introduced to their bus driver by Bob and Kathy Belyea, the owners of North River Bus Company.  Judy said she was so impressed watching the Belyeas and their drivers welcome the kindergarten students and make connections with these youngsters.  A very special thanks to Bob and Kathy and to all our bus drivers for the outstanding care they show our students each and every day.

Many have asked about the progress on the Hull Community Walking Track and Turf Field..  Although we are slightly behind schedule, we still plan to have our “Grand Opening” at the Hull High School Homecoming football game on September 27th.  Workers began installing the turf yesterday and it was thrilling for me to see green on that space after looking at dirt and crushed stone there all summer.  My thanks to all those who have been inconvenienced by this project.  We are almost done and this beautiful complex will be enjoyed by all who live in Hull for many years.

I encourage all families to regularly check our website (www.hullpublicschools.org) for news and information about all the great events taking place in our schools.  I will do my best to keep you updated through these letters, but the district’s calendar of events on the webpage is your best source for information.

Now that our schools have reopened for the 2019-2020 school year, our first big event will be the annual Open Houses held at each school.  I hope all families attend these Open Houses as they are your opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s) and hear how your child will be spending their time at school.  Here are the dates and times of the three Open Houses:

Hull High School:  Tuesday, September 10                           7:00 - 9:00 PM
Memorial Middle School:  Thursday, September 12              6:30 - 8:30 PM
Jacobs Elementary School:  Wednesday, September 18     6:00 - 8:00 PM

So, welcome to what I know will be an outstanding school year for all.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Very truly yours,

Michael F. Devine
Superintendent
Hull Public Schools