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    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 second 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 truly phenomenal!

    Our theme for the 2018-2019 school year is “You Be You”.  The theme originated from the books You Be You and Only One You by Linda Kranz.  At Homestead, we want to encourage our students to be kind, brave, creative and original.  There is no one in the world like us, and we can learn so much from each other.   Through our theme, Homestead staff and students will focus on celebrating our differences, being kind to everyone and making a difference with our words and actions.

    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!

    I am looking forward to a successful year!

    Mr. Casey O’Connell