January 2017
Dear Community Members,

It’s hard to believe the 2016-17 school year is nearly half over! We are back to full steam after the winter holiday and already anticipating the fun of spring projects and performances.

While our Hockinson schools always strive for academic achievement, they also cultivate a culture of caring for our community. In this issue we feature a few of the ways our students have been involved in community-building—gathering food and toys for families in need, and establishing a Random Acts of Kindness Club to help make Middle School a friendlier place for students and teachers.

Our featured story this month shows the outcome of our community’s investment in school district facilities. The music program at the High School has been reinvigorated by the new band room, and this program in turn contributes to our community and those farther afield. In addition to performing at home basketball and football games—and traveling to away games in playoff seasons—these ensembles represent our community in parades, festivals and competitions, sharing Hockinson’s community spirit.

You have probably received a flier with information about a levy that would pay for synthetic turf and resurfacing the track at the High School. We share this information in response to a proposal from a group of Hockinson community members who have researched the pros and cons of synthetic turf. The district has no funding available for such a project, so we are asking Hockinson residents to tell us through your vote whether this is a community priority. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.

We continue to watch with excitement as the new Hockinson Middle School rises and invite you to monitor its progress through our posts on social media and the district website!

Sandra Yager