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Superintendent's Message

Greetings and welcome to our HCPS website!  I hope you find it helpful, informative and easy to navigate.  We have worked hard to make this a model medium for sharing and celebrating district news and information.  I’m proud of the finished product, and look forward to ongoing additions and revisions to make it the best it can be.

 

I remain honored and grateful to serve as Hopewell’s Superintendent of Schools.  It is impossible to believe that we are beginning our third year together.  Time flies…!  It has been a wonderful journey and I continue to find JOY every single day in this special school division and community I have grown to dearly love.  

 

Our theme this year is “Always Remember the MAGIC starts with YOU!” Based upon the Disney customer service mission of creating magical experiences for children of all ages, we at HCPS have dedicated ourselves this year to ensuring that we make magic happen for our students and each other every single day.  We are expecting this level of excellence from ALL HCPS employees for the “customers” they are privileged to serve.  We would appreciate your feedback.  We acknowledge this is a “work in progress,” but we are dedicated to improving perceptions and satisfaction of our school division from the perspective of those who matter the most…our students, our employees, and our families!  

 

I am especially excited about our laser focus this year on instructional improvement.  We are confident in the research-based supports and structures we have put in place over the past two years, and are proud to publish the following ambitious goals we have embraced for the current (2017-18) school year:

 

  1. ALL schools fully accredited by year end;
  2. Increased number of students reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade;
  3. Increased PBIS programming and decrease in out of school suspensions district-wide;
  4. Improved customer service philosophy and satisfaction;
  5. Alignment of existing CTE programs with 21st Century workforce needs;
  6. Increased deeper learning and Project Based Learning integration;
  7. Improved teacher morale and retention; 
  8. Improved student attendance; and
  9. MAKING MAGIC FOR EVERY CHILD…EVERY DAY!

 

Thank you for your interest in our special city and school district.  We are on a mission to make this school system the very best it can be for our community’s greatest resource…its children!  I hope you will join us on this journey to accomplishing our goals.  We are grateful for your confidence, trust and partnership.  If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Blessings!

 

Melody Hackney

Superintendent of Schools