Principals' Corner

Hello Wonderful Hiawatha and Howe Families,

This is Principal Pang at Gingerbread Central. Thank you, to all of you who volunteered as “general contractors” this past week by helping students create their Gingerbread masterpieces! This is a fun project which connects imagination to reading, math, and writing. 

Our Lost and Found bins are overflowing with misplaced winter gear and clothing. If you notice your child is missing a sweatshirt, a hat or even one glove please come check out our collection. As the winter rolls on we will periodically be donating some of these items. 

Throughout the month of December we have been working on “gratitude.” So, in the spirit of modeling best practices for our students, Principal Oldenburg and I would like to thank our amazing students and their families, our incredible staff and our excellent volunteers. All of us working together each day and giving so much time and effort for our school make this a truly wonderful place for students to learn and grow. We would like to do a special shout out to our custodians, Tom, Jeff, and Kevin for keeping our buildings clean and safe.

As we typically do, would like to discuss the process for potential school closures due to inclement weather. The district annually posts their guidelines for making these decisions. 

School Closure Considerations

Safety First

The primary criteria we consider when making a decision include:

The safety and well-being of students and staff, severity of the weather (extreme cold, flooding, etc.), Timing of weather (overnight, weekend, etc.), and the ability for buses and cars to travel safely. We continually monitor the forecast from the National Weather Service, and the superintendent meets with numerous administrators in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families…

Making the Decision

The superintendent makes a decision after consulting with the administrative team and other stakeholders as needed…The communications department communicates it to families and staff.

Full-day school closure decisions will be made no later 5:30 a.m. the day of the closure. Families will be notified of cancellation decisions affecting after-school activities, early childhood special education classes, evening activities and field trips by noon that day.

We notify families via:

  • Text messaging and automated phone calls
  • The MPS website and individual school websites
  • Local television news
  • Social media (Facebook and Twitter)

Parents can help by making sure their contact information, as well as emergency contact information, is regularly updated with their child’s school. You can update your communication preferences (e.g., phone, email) on the School Messenger website, but you should contact your school directly to update your contact information.

As students return back from Winter Break in January they will be taking the FAST assessment. Please check out the testing schedule on the webpage. We ask you to help support students by getting a good night’s sleep and either a good breakfast at home or at school when they arrive.

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with laughter, love and plenty of fun! Winter Break is Monday Dec. 24th – Friday January 4th.  Classes resume Monday, January 7th, 2019! 


 Principal Pang & Principal Oldenburg