June 2017
Dear Community Members,

Our June 2016 newsletter featured the new Hockinson Middle School groundbreaking. Just 12 short months later, I am happy to report that our students will start the 2017-18 school year in a brand-new school.

Most likely we will still be working on part of the building as the school year begins—due to delays caused by this year’s record-setting snow, rain and cold— but our contractor, Robinson Construction, and our staff have worked hard and shown great ingenuity to get the new HMS ready for this fall.

At the end of July, we will send letters to families of our incoming sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students to let them know what to expect on Sept. 6, so please stay tuned.

Also, our High School improvements—the new band room, fieldhouse, grandstand and fields—are complete, and the grounds are paved, ready for the new year.

We have talked a lot about our capital projects this year, but for most of our staff and students, the most important activities have taken place in our classrooms, rehearsal halls and sports facilities. During the 2016-17 school year, our staff has researched and selected new curricula for both math and K-12 English Language Arts; our students and staff have dived deeper into all sorts of subjects; and our teams—in the arts, sports and other pursuits—have played their hearts out.

As we embark on summer vacation, I want to take a moment to thank: 
  • Our staff for your dedication to each of our students, and for your creativity and flexibility in responding to our district’s many projects.

  • Our students for rolling with the unpredictable weather while channeling your energy into studies and extracurricular interests.

  • Our community for your constant and generous support that makes what we do here in Hockinson possible.

Education is a community project. We do it together, and it matters.

Sandra Yager

Originally published in Hockinson’s June 2017 newsletter “Education Matters.”