Hartfield Family and Friends,
As we head into Spring Break, I want to take an opportunity to update our Hartfield family on several areas of our school.
Did you have a chance to read the email update that was sent yesterday? If so, you may have noticed the announcement of our new uniform provider, Dennis Uniforms. After vetting multiple providers, we are confident that Dennis is going to be an excellent partner for our families. With a local store, excellent quality, and top-notch customer service we expect a smooth transition to our new provider. More details to come on this in the weeks ahead. I appreciate Jenny Blount, Jim DeLaughter, and Dawn Martin for working alongside me through the selection process.
Thank you to those that have re-enrolled for next year over the past several weeks. God continues to bless Hartfield with great families and students. I love seeing the growth of our Hartfield family and along with that I am always eager to share our mission, culture, and community with new patrons and our community. A few related notes on our increased enrollment include: the addition of a new 3rd grade class to make four total as well as the potential additions of a 4th and 5th class if the need there continues to grow. Thankfully, our expansion project gives us the space to be able to do that, if necessary. I hope you will continue to take advantage of our referral program. Hartfield families that refer new students can get tuition credit. You can read the details in our weekly Tuesday email. Currently we have 134 new applicants to Hartfield and our total re-enrollment is up, when compared to last year, by over 70 students. If you have not re-enrolled yet, please do so soon, it helps our planning for budgets and faculty for the upcoming year.
The best part of my job goes back to the reason I felt a calling to teaching and coaching years ago: the students. I am thrilled to share that our missions efforts in high school continue to grow. Our students are leaving today and tomorrow to travel to the Mississippi Delta, Haiti, Guatemala, and The Bahamas. Additionally, a group of students will take an educational tour in Germany and Austria and the varsity baseball team will be playing several competitive games in Florida while partnering with a church to do some community missions there. Those students that are not joining an extended trip will spend the last school day before Spring Break serving in the Jackson area at Mission First, The Mustard Seed, and several other community ministries. Our kids are amazing and they are making a difference in the world around them.
While on the topic of students, I do not want to fail to mention the recent success of our Mock Trial Team that competed with distinction, our Robotics team that finished with top marks again in the State Championships, and our boys basketball team which won the District Championship that we hosted several weeks ago. Over 90% of our upper school students are involved in extracurricular activities and I am thankful for leaders on our staff that continue to pour into our students and grow them in specific areas of interest. We are blessed to have teachers like Leslie Lee, one of our history teachers, who brings extensive experience from her work in the Attorney General’s office as a public defender or Angela Trigg, a recent selected as a top teacher by the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, whose love for science and robotics is regularly challenging and encouraging students. And those are just two examples!
In light of the recent, tragic events that took place in Florida, I wanted to update you on our comprehensive Emergency Action Plan. Both campuses have specific protocol that is practiced to ensure that both students and staff are well prepared. The Emergency Action Plan is regularly reviewed. Over the past several weeks, the Board and Administration have met to evaluate our current plan, discuss opportunities for improvement, and update that plan. We desire to be at the forefront of new safety policies and procedure which is why we have hired a security consultant to help us.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children. We are grateful for our Hartfield family, for the way each of you are involved on campus, and are committed to our mission of raising the next generation of leaders. I hope to see you at an upcoming baseball game or track meet!
Head of School