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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 to be back 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 2017-2018 school year is “Homestead….We’re Going Places!”  At Homestead, we focus on building the skills necessary to set our students up for future success.  We also believe in exposing our students to a wide variety of careers and educational opportunities that they will aspire for through our annual Career Day and our second annual Alumni Walk.  

    This year, our fifth grade students will be exposed to AVID, 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 be trained in AVID this summer and throughout the year to make sure our students are equipped to GO PLACES!

    As stated in Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

    I am looking forward to a successful year!

    It’s great to be back Home(stead)!

    Mr. Casey O’Connell