July 21, 2017

I walked into Target today to pick up a few items and saw the merchandise that signals the start of school-bright, shiny school supply displays.  It’s hard to believe that the first day of school is only 26 days away.  As the lazy days of summer come to an end, the frenzy and excitement that comes with a new school year are beginning.  At Hixson, the phenomenal custodial staff are working tirelessly to ensure our school is clean and ready for the new year.  Each day, I’m running into teachers working in their classrooms as they begin to prepare rooms to welcome kids.  There is an excitement in the air about the upcoming school year and what it holds.  Perhaps a layer of the excitement I feel also stems from my eagerness and anticipation to begin a new journey with my new school family.  Another layer is the excitement, noise and inspiration that kids bring into a building.  Last night, I caught up on an episode of World of Dance.  It’s a dance competition featuring kids and adults.  In the junior division, there was a young dance named Eva Igo.  As these types of shows go, the human element of the show featured a coaching session with Jennifer Lopez.  In short, Jennifer told Eva there was something she was holding back in her dance and she had to peel back the layer and allow her vulnerability to come through.  Eva took the advice and allowed her vulnerability to show in her performance which I thought was quite inspiring.  Yes, at the end of the day, it’s a television show.  However, last night, it was a great reminder that kids are naturally inspiring human beings and we have the privilege of supporting them as they shed layers to reveal their true selves.  This is probably what brings countless educators back into the folds of the work to serve kids each day.  I’m looking forward to a year of inspiration.

Back in May, there was some important information sent out to families with dates for upcoming events.  I want to highlight some of those dates as they come up:

Wednesday, August 2nd – 7th Grade Schedule Pick Up
Last Names A-L:  8:30-11:30am
Last Names M-Z:  12:30-3:30pm

Thursday, August 3rd – 8th Grade Schedule Pick Up
Last Names A-L:  8:30-11:30am
Last Names M-Z:  12:30-3:30pm

Monday, August 7th – MAKEUP Schedule Pick Up for 7th & 8th Grade
All Students: 8:30-11:30am and 12:30-3:30pm

Tuesday, August 15th – FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Thursday, August 31st @ 6:00pm – Open House
On the schedule pick up days, students will be able to pick up their schedules, Chromebook and practice opening lockers.  There are a set of annual forms that will need to be filled out as well.  Please follow this link to access the forms.
If you are unable to make the schedule pick up dates or make up day, please don’t hesitate to contact your grade level administrator. 

Finally, for ALL 8th graders, documentation that a meningococcal immunization AND Tdap booster immunization have been obtained will need to be turned into the school nurse, Shannon Conrad.  Unfortunately, this is a state law so if an 8th grader has not turned in documentation that the immunization was obtained, then they will not be allowed to start on the first day of school.  Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns about this at 314-963-6450.

With Gratitude,