Dear Hubbard School Parents and Families,
Welcome to another amazing, exciting year at Richard D. Hubbard School! I hope this communication finds you and your family healthy, happy, and rejuvenated for the educational opportunities and successes the 2017-2018 school year will offer. Without question, the spirit of our school will be renewed and revitalized when students arrive at Hubbard on August 30th for the start of another memorable year. Each and every child contributes and impacts our educational community in such unique and beautiful ways.
Our talented staff works diligently and collaboratively to provide a standards-based curriculum for approximately 215 students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 5. Through shared commitment, common vision, and a unifying educational philosophy, the professional community at Hubbard seeks to support every child on his/her own pathway to success. By providing a structured, respectful, nurturing learning environment defined by expectation, rigor, and positive reinforcement students thrive in academic, social, and emotional arenas. Children are provided numerous learning opportunities and experiences in the aforementioned areas, resulting in both personal and collective growth and achievement.
The mission of Richard D. Hubbard School is to educate for excellence in a safe and nurturing atmosphere, cultivating a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and values through high-quality instructional practice and increased expectations, inspiring all students to achieve their maximum potential. Students emerge as respectful, productive members of the community with an enduring understanding of 21st century skills and learning as a lifelong process. This mission is carried forth as a “living document” and is upheld and reinforced on a daily basis through both practical and professional avenues, with students at the very center of our work.
Our school website provides a wealth of ongoing, pertinent information for all members of the educational community. Please check the website frequently for information and updates within academic, curricular, social, and community arenas, as well as, important dates, events, and announcements from the Hubbard PTO and school staff/administration.
A primary school goal for the upcoming year is the provision of experiences that integrate Habits of Mind, leading to the academic, social, and emotional growth of students. “The Habits of Mind are an identified set of 16 problem solving, life related skills, necessary to effectively operate in society and promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity and craftsmanship.” (Costa and Kallick, 2000). Members of our school community will be building their understanding and capacity concerning the Habits of Mind, infusing them in a variety of academic, social, and emotional avenues for students and families. Parents and families will learn more about the Habits of Mind through various communication methods throughout the year.
A number of new and continuing programs have been scheduled for the upcoming year and beyond. Staff and administration have been preparing for such programs to ensure K-5 student success. We are continuing K-5 implementation of reader’s and writer’s workshops in literacy as we continue to employ our Investigations math program and the Words Their Way word study program. Hubbard’s Husky Pride character education program will now incorporate Habits of Mind, focusing on the traits/habits of Honesty, Persisting, Citizenship, Respect, Responsibility, Thinking Interdependently, Creating, Imagining, & Innovating, Listening with Understanding & Empathy, Managing Impulsivity, and Sportsmanship.
Grades 2-5 will move forward with keyboarding in the computer lab and in classrooms. Increased numbers of iPads and chrome books have been made available to all learners, resulting in 1:1 student/device ratios from Kindergarten through grade 5. Lap tops, desk tops, interactive SMARTBoards, and document cameras continue to support technology endeavors in classrooms for the upcoming year.
Once again, I welcome you to the genesis of fond memories and another year of achievement at Hubbard School. I am honored and excited to share this educational journey with your family.
Alfred Souza III
Hubbard School Principal