Well another week of winter has dumped beautiful but cumbersome snow on our beloved campus. Thank you to Mr. Shaut, Mr. Le, Mr. Koop, Reagan Biegel, Jacob Owens, Patrick Czyz, Ethan Fuller, Justin Klump, and the fifth grade for helping to keep the campus snow pile-up under control. All volunteers to help are welcome!
I do hope that parents received the packet of information sent home with your children this past Friday. You should have received a brief note from me regarding:
- Parent Association Minutes
- Mention of a Dave Ramsey Workshop to take place on the campus in the evenings
- Reminder of safety precautions to take when dropping off your children on W. 25th Street (backside of campus)
Do remember that we are continuing to send out Centurion letters to relatives and friends for our annual fund drive. We have currently collected $8,775.00 and are hoping to reach our $35,000 goal as soon as possible. Please bring your addresses to my Administrative Assistant, Miss DiCiero, in the office or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org She will send out a letter from Mr. Fleming on your behalf or accept your own letter and mail them out for you. Bless you for your continued support of the school.
HRA students continue to make us proud as they excel in the community. Eighth grader, Ryan Emili garnered three medals in the state swimming competition last weekend. He came in first place in the 200 butterfly! His younger sister, Adriana, also won four medals in the swim meet. HRA is so proud of both of you!
Sixth and Ninth Graders competed in the National Mythology Exam this past week. We will learn the results sometime in April and hope to award these fine students for their knowledge of Greek mythology, geography, and culture! Thank you to Mrs. Erin Furby and Mr. Main for preparing them!
The Third and Fourth Graders took a wonderful field trip to the Imaginarium and the Anchorage Museum for a day of learning outside the classroom. A great time was had by all. Thank you to 3/4 teacher, Miss Theis for arranging the day and for Mrs. Mindy Goorchenko for chaperoning. These types of days enliven the children’s love of learning.
All the students finished the second week of Lent by saying the Stations of the Cross. The students have come to love this beautiful tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. The Juniors and Seniors also distinguished themselves by bringing delicious meatless soups to feed the upper school. Finally, Miss Tappel led the upper school in a lively end of the week tutoring on the many variations of Swing Dance. The students were having a wonderful time when I came to watch and cheer them on.
- Tuesday, March 6 Science Fair – Boards up for viewing all day
- Thursday, State Spelling Bee Eighth Grader, Joseph Syren at PAC, 8:30 A.M.
- Friday Community Service Miss Syren is always looking for volunteers
- March 13-16 Presentations Students will share their work with their parents
Your children in the high school might be mentioning that some of their teachers have been making visits to Eagle River and South High School. I have sent three of my high school teachers to observe some very experienced teachers in the school district in an attempt to offer them Professional Development opportunities. Mrs. Erin Furby and Mr. Austin Welsh attended a day at Eagle River High School to observe HRA parents, math teacher extraordinaire, Mr. Markus Doerry and his wife and excellent German teach, Mrs. Jen Doerry. I wanted my teachers to see how Mr. and Mrs. Doerry deal with students with a wide range of academic abilities. Miss Katy Tappel went to observe the top Physics and Chemistry teachers in town over at South High School. Mr. Kemper and Mrs. DePolitas treated Miss Tappel to some excellent lab experiments and imparted to her much wisdom. I will continue to encourage my teachers to make good contacts in their fields and push them to grow as teachers. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Doerry and Mr. Kemper for helping me with all the arrangements.