Principals' Corner

Dear Hiawatha and Howe Families,

It feels as if this year has gone by in a flash! It has been Ms. Pang’s and my honor to serve as the principals for Hiawatha Community School this year. It has been an amazing opportunity for us getting to know your outstanding children, working with dedicated staff, and build relationships with all of our wonderful families. I look forward to next year as we keep moving forward together.

All of our students did such a wonderful job this year in their learning. We are very proud of all of our students and their accomplishments. Families will be receiving their student’s last report card on the final day of school, Friday, June 7th. Please look inside for their FAST (K-2) and MCA (3-5) test results. 

In previous years K-4 students would also have a sticker on their report card stating which classroom they will be assigned to for the 2019-2020 school year. This year we are adjusting this practice due to a variety of unknowns by the time the school year will end. Among the moving pieces we are working with are: the district’s interview and hiring process, potential class size adjustments, and changes due to predictable staffing have all contributed to this decision. We appreciate your understanding as we prepare for summer learning. It is our intent to give families accurate information about class assignments in your welcome back letter.

Our Open House is planned for August 29th from 5:30-7:30. You will have a chance to meet your child’s new teacher, visit the classroom, and sign up for a fall conference. We look forward to seeing all of you at this event. Our first day of school for grades 1-5 will be Tuesday, September 3rd and for kindergarten the first day is Thursday, September 5th. Our school hours remain the same for next year. School begins at 8:40 at Hiawatha, and 8:30 at Howe. Students may go to breakfast beginning at 8:30 at Hiawatha and 8:20 at Howe. Our school day will end at 3:10 for Hiawatha and 3:00 at Howe.

Thank you to all of our teachers, staff, parents, community members, and volunteers for all of the time and talents you have contributed to making Hiawatha Community School the extraordinary place it is!

We also bid farewell to several beloved staff members as we head off into this summer. We wish them well in their future endeavors as some move into retirement while others are moving on to new schools.

We hope that all of you have a safe and wonderful summer! Please have your children READ! Our students made great progress with their reading this year and we would like for them to return at the same reading level or higher in the fall. Please visit our website for a list of books which correspond to your student’s Fountas & Pinnell reading level.

Good-bye for now, see you all in August!



Principals Oldenburg and Pang