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    Greetings Homestead Families,

    Greetings Homestead Families,

    I hope everyone had a relaxing, fun summer. It is hard to believe that the beginning of the school year is upon us! I am very excited for my third year as Principal at Homestead. I am amazed by this supportive community, dedicated teachers and academic successes from our Husky students. This year is going to be a great one!

    Our theme for the 2019-2020 school year is “Say Something”. The theme originated from the book Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds. At Homestead, we want our students to use their words and actions to say something welcoming, respectful, caring, supportive, inspiring, creative and memorable.   Throughout the year, we will focus on the previous mentioned topics through assemblies and classroom activities. We want our students to know that they have a VOICE and they should use it to make the world a better place.

    We will continue our school initiative of embedding the AVID philosophy in our day-to-day routines. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID is a philosophy, not a program, which develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination. Staff will continue to be trained in AVID this summer and throughout the year to make sure our students are equipped to GO PLACES!

    We are also going to embed some mindful activities for students throughout the year. We believe that when our students are practicing mindfulness, they are more focused and ready to learn! I look forward to seeing our students practice mindfulness throughout the year.

    We have a lot of new staff at Homestead this year! We welcome Mrs. Malia Anderson (Special Education STARS Teacher), Mrs. Brienna Arges (Speech and Language Pathologist) and Mrs. Katie Lazansky (Gifted Education Math Teacher). We welcome back Mrs. Sara Curran (Fourth Grade Teacher), Mrs. Maureen Troke (Special Education Coordinator) and Mrs. Gretchen Zuckerman (Second Grade Teacher/Job –Share with Mrs. Allison Baughman), Ms. Alli Brinker (Fourth Grade Teacher), Mrs. Annie Hartigan (Special Education Teacher Assistant) and Brittney Gurley (Crossing Guard at Middleberry/Hafenrichter).  I am proud to call all of them Homestead Huskies! 

    I am looking forward to a successful year!

    Mr. Casey O’Connell