I was reminded by a young man in our school recently of the excitement and energy that comes with new opportunities. Joseph loves to learn, cannot wait to come to school each day, and does his homework even though he does not have to. I have even seen him skipping down the hall between classes. Does this sound like a normal high schooler to you?! Joseph has a different perspective on Hartfield, and on our Rankin county community in general actually. Joseph is participating in a student exchange program from Guatemala. He goes to a private, Christian school in Guatemala City and through a school partnership he has had the opportunity to audit classes for three months at Hartfield. He told me today, “My experience has been amazing at Hartfield. I wish I had always gone to this school.” Sometimes it takes a renewed perspective to appreciate the blessings that become normalized in our busy lives. I am thankful for the joy Joseph exudes in the hall each day and how it makes me appreciate the privilege it is to serve and work at Hartfield.
Over the past three months, in this newsletter, I have tried to share with you some of the details that make us who we are. I have tried to paint a picture about what I see each day in my role and I have been using four phrases to describe “Who Hartfield Is” to as many people I can. Hartfield is Growing. Hartfield is Distinctly Christian. Hartfield is Academically Excellent. And Hartfield is a Family.
Allow me to share one story that I think expresses the heart of what Hartfield means to our students. Recently, our Juniors and Seniors took the ACT on campus during the school day. One student, who has struggled with learning differences and worked with our REACH program had taken the test multiple times and had not been able to achieve the score he desired. With the help of REACH, our dedicated teachers, and his hard work, this young man’s score jumped 5 points! He is now looking at universities to attend in the future. I wish I could share the email our staff received from his parents, it was an encouragement to us all!
From that test we had over 20% of our Juniors and Seniors score a 26 or above with six scores posting above a 30. Eighteen students scored between a 26 and 29. I am encouraged not only by high scores, but by the many students that are showing improvement and growth academically.
In closing, thank you for your participation in our Hart & Soul auction this past month. I am grateful for many of you that donated items, sponsored, volunteered, and attended. It was a fun night that benefited our school greatly. Thank you again to HOST for another wonderful job!
I am blessed and grateful to be a part of Hartfield and I hope to see you around campus soon,