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A few mid-summer announcements…

Category : Executive Director

Dear Hawbridge,

I hope your child(ren) are enjoying a fun and relaxing summer.  We are preparing for the 2017-2018 school year and would like to make you aware of some happenings at Hawbridge.
Our facility is enjoying some much needed upgrades.  We have taken advantage of a Duke Energy savings program that allowed us to convert all existing lights and ballasts to a more energy efficient model.  Duke Energy also installed motion detectors in the restrooms to further conserve energy when those facilities are not in use.  We have upgraded our fire sprinkler system and made repairs to the decking off the front of the school.  Finally, the walls downstairs have received a fresh coat of paint, which has really brightened up the space.
We have also completed our staffing needs for the 2017-2018 school year and would like to make you aware of our new additions.
First, we would like to welcome Joan Love to the Hawbridge team.  Ms. Love will be an Exceptional Children’s teacher at Hawbridge.  Joan is experienced in traditional and non-traditional education settings, including charter schools.  Ms. Love received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina A & T University and earned a master’s degree in special education from Elon University. In November of 2016, Joan passed her National Boards and is now a National Board Certified Teacher, a first for Hawbridge.  Joan has over 20 years of experience working with children–nearly 18 of those years spent in an elementary setting.  We are excited about bringing Joan to Hawbridge and look forward to having her experience pay dividends for all of our students.
We would also like to welcome Greg Randall to the faculty at Hawbridge.  Mr. Randall is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he received a bachelor’s in Biology.  Greg furthered his education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro earning a master’s of education with a focus in Biology.  Greg will be teaching 7th grade science, Biology, and Chemistry at Hawbridge.  Mr. Randall has 18 years of experience in education–as a high school biology teacher and in secondary administration.  He was also a member of the United States Air Force from 1993-1997.  Greg is going to be an excellent addition to the faculty at Hawbridge.
Finally, I would again like to remind everyone of the important dates pertaining to the start of school.  Please save the date(s) for Back-to-School Nights.  We will hold back-to-school night for grades 4-7 on Monday, August 14, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Back-to-school night for grades 8-12 will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  The format will be the same as last year.  First period will start at 6:00 p.m., and you will rotate through each of your child’s classes in 10-minute intervals.  Fourth and fifth grade students will report directly to their respective classrooms at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14.  Families with multiple children within those clustered grade levels can write to me if special arrangements are necessary.  The first day of school will be on August 17, 2017, and will be a full day for all students.
With warm regards,
Dr. Moles

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SaxConnex Internship

Category : Executive Director

Dear Hawbridge,

As some of you may know, The Hawbridge School started an internship program this year.  We fondly refer to the program as SaxConnex, and it has served approximately 8 students.  We are extremely grateful for our community and business partners who have fostered a rigorous and rewarding environment for our students.  Recently, someone shared an article with me about the importance of “learning from masters.”  A link to that article can be found here.

Thanks to Ms. Osborne for her work on this endeavor.  We look forward to expanding this program next year and offering even more opportunities for our students.

Mr. Moles


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How can I use media to teach my kid empathy?

Category : Executive Director

An article by CommonSenseMedia.org.

How can I use media to teach my kid empathy?

Many parents worry that cyberbullying, trolls, and rude behavior have taken over the internet. While it may seem that the online world has worn away our empathy, many studies show that kids and teens develop strong, supportive online bonds both with known friends and those they’ve met online. And there are plenty of examples in which an outpouring of empathy has swept through pop culture, the internet, and other mass media. The jury is still out on whether that trend will continue. Read full article.


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Inclement Weather Procedure

Category : Executive Director

Dear Families,

As these cold temperatures arrive in our region, I am reminded to ensure everyone knows our procedure for announcing school closures and delays due to inclement weather.  Hawbridge will always keep the safety of students and families in mind as we make these decisions.  We realize many of our students drive themselves, as well as some of their friends, to school each and every day.

With that said, it is important to note that our students reside in a large geographic area.  This sometimes presents a challenge when making a decision for a delay or school closure.  Please note that we will consult with traditional public school systems in our region, including Alamance, Durham, Chatham, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City, Guilford, Orange, and Wake, as well as regional charter schools, on their plans when inclement weather does impact our region.  However, The Hawbridge School will not necessarily close school or delay our opening simply because a county school system, including Alamance, has closed or is operating on a delayed start.  Those school systems have the tremendous responsibility of transporting students on buses – buses that may be traveling treacherous secondary roads.  For good or bad, we do not operate a public transportation system and therefore, have more latitude in when and why we close school or delay the start of the school day.

We will notify parents and families of our decisions through this website, our Google Group, Facebook, Twitter, and local TV stations (WTVD 11 and WRAL in Raleigh; and WFMY2 and Fox 8 in Greensboro).  Those announcements will be made on behalf of The Hawbridge School and will be labeled as such, not in affiliation with any traditional school system.

We realize families must continue their jobs and school closures can sometime cause logistical problems. We will keep those factors in mind as well, along with the continuity of our educational programs, but student safety will always be the number one priority.

We appreciate your attention to these details.

Respectfully,

Mr. Moles


Upcoming Events

  1. PASTA Ice Cream Social for New Students and Families

    August 26 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. Labor Day (No School)

    September 4
  3. PASTA Meeting

    September 5 at 8:00 am
  4. Teacher Brunch

    September 13 at 7:45 am - 8:15 am
  5. Teacher Workday (No School)

    September 29

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