|Dr. Hart's Message to the HPS Class of 2013!|
Milestones: An action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.
I expect that you can identify many milestones that you’ve achieved in life. Reflecting upon your journey, you might include: learning to ride a bike, graduating from kindergarten, bringing home your first report card, hitting a homerun, your first 3-pointer or possibly making a hole in one, your first recital or performance on stage, getting your driver’s license, attending your first prom, or winning a special award at school.
On May 23, 2013, graduating seniors of Hickory Public Schools will add high school graduation to their long list of milestones. This one, in particular, will go down as one of your greatest achievements, thus far. For HPS seniors from both Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High (HCAM) and Hickory High, your high school graduation is perhaps the most significant milestone.
What’s next? Where do you go from here? (Click link)
|Top Students Announced at Hickory High!|
2013 Hickory High School Valedictorian Elizabeth Menard and Salutatorian Emily Perry are featured in the Hickory Daily Record (photo by Jeremy Detter). Also mentioned, the HHS Outstanding Senior, Thinh Truong. Congratulations to all three students! Click link.
|Top Students at HCAM Announced!|
The top students at Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School were featured in the Hickory Daily Record on Tuesday, May 21st. Congratulations to Shaquille Smith and Laura Lara. Daneisha Reinhardt was also featured as the Outstanding Senior at HCAM! (Photo by Jeremy Detter/HDR) Click link.
|Grandview Lady Eagles WIN County Soccer Championship!|
Way to go, Grandview Lady Eagles! Coached by Howard Belvin, the Grandview girls' soccer team recently won the Catawba County Middle Schools Girls' Soccer Championship. In the final game, they defeated Northview 1-0. The Lady Eagles finished the season with a record of 13 wins and one loss. The offense scored 50 goals and the defense only allowed 8 goals in 14 games. This was Grandview's first girls' soccer championship in eight years! (Click link to view photos on the HPS Facebook page)
|Musical Passion Opens Doors for Future|
While some kids might choose to spend free time with computer games, texting friends or perhaps tossing a ball, Olivia Pruitt and Santiago Vazquez choose to practice their strings—that is, the viola and violin—respectively. And their passion is paying off.
Pruitt, 17, a senior at Hickory High, has been accepted to the Honors College at UNC-Greensboro where she plans to major in music education and English, with a minor in French.
Vazquez, 15, who is finishing up his sophomore year at Hickory High, performs every chance he gets and one day, he plans to audition for the Juilliard School of Music.
(Click link for story...)
|2013 “Student of the Year” Selected at Hickory High!|
Kyree Connor, 19, says that he has been blessed to have great role models in his life. From family to teachers—he believes that being awarded the 2013 Student of the Year for Hickory High School happened due to the positive influences from others.
But Connor seems to be able to make good choices on his own, as well. A young man of integrity who belongs to the “No Excuses” organization at Hickory High, Connor finds a way to smile through the challenges of life.
(Click link to read more about Kyree Connor!)
|RIF Awards National Grant to Hickory Public Schools!|
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), a national organization based in Washington, D.C., recently notified Hickory Public Schools that the district has been awarded an Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant.
The grant presents an opportunity for the students and their teachers to receive hundreds of free books as well as be a part of a national research project on summer learning loss. HPS has identified their newly funded program as the “RIF Summer Success Program.”
The KICK-OFF of this program will be held Tuesday, May 21st from 4:30-7 PM at the Catawba Science Center. For more details, click the link.
|HPS Teacher of the Year--Guest on WHKY Radio!|
April Icard, the new HPS Teacher of the Year, was the guest of Beverly Snowden, public information officer, on FIRST TALK with HAL ROW--WHKY RADIO. Click the link to listen to April share about the foundation of education--that starts with the Pre-K program! Way to go, April!
|New Head Football Coach Selected for Hickory High!|
Mike Helms was approved as the new head football coach for Hickory High School during a “Specially Called Meeting” of the Hickory Public Schools Board of Education, held on Wednesday evening, May 15th, 2013 at the HPS Administrative Services Building.
Helms, currently a high school counselor at Freedom High School in Burke County, will join the HHS faculty at the end of this school year as both the head football coach and as a school counselor—preparing for the 2013-2014 school year.
Helms brings an impressive list of coaching achievements including more than 100 career wins, a 72 percent winning percentage and 84 wins in the past decade.
(Click link for full story)
|New Athletic Director Announced for HHS!|
Hickory High School has announced that Susan “Caroline” Lovette, a HHS assistant principal, is the school’s new Athletic Director. Lovette is currently working with John Hamilton, the interim athletic director, to transition the duties of the position. Lovette’s role as the new AD is effective at the close of the current school year.
“Caroline Lovette will be an exceptional athletic director,” said Dr. Ann Stalnaker, HHS principal. “We are thankful to have someone of Lovette’s well-rounded experience to lead in this capacity. Her experience covers a broad spectrum including school administration, as well as previously serving as an athletic director, teacher and coach. We are excited about her leadership for our athletic program at Hickory High,” said Stalnaker. (click link for full story)
|HHS Senior Awards Ceremony!|
The HHS Senior Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday evening, May 14. Guest presentations, scholarships and awards were presented in several categories. Congratulations to all students. To view photos that represent just a portion of the evening, click the link for the HPS Facebook page. Additional details to come on special recognitions!
|Bus Driver Training!|
Click the link to learn more about the upcoming bus driver training class scheduled for June 10-12. Contact Tim Beane for more information: 828-328-6738
|Hickory High Band Performs|
As the end of the school year approaches, several awards events are taking place at each of our schools. One such event was the HHS Band Awards Banquet where the HHS Band performed for all in attendance. The band was led by senior, JR Brodie. Video taped by volunteer parent, Rene Oxford Leeper. (Click link and enjoy!)
|Craft Honored as One of “Eight Who Make a Difference”|
Coach David Craft of Hickory High School, was recently honored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for establishing the values of sportsmanship and serving as a positive role model for the student athletes of North Carolina. The award, called the “Eight Who Make A Difference” is presented annually by NCHSAA to eight leaders in public education athletics across the state. (Click link)
|Pre-K Teacher Wins HPS Teacher of the Year!|
The principal of Longview Elementary School, Judy Jolly, has observed pre-kindergarten teacher, April Nicole Icard, evolving from a beginning teacher to a master teacher: “April’s career began as a kindergarten teacher at Viewmont Elementary. During this time she was an exceptional teacher, increasing student achievement in literacy and mathematics among underrepresented populations by re-designing the curriculum and learning environment,” said Jolly. “Today, April is a pre-k teacher at Longview Elementary and she is ‘the guru’ in her field—preparing at-risk students with readiness skills to be successful.”
Icard’s outstanding skills have won the attention of supporters throughout the community—as on Friday, May 10, 2013, she was selected as the new Teacher of the Year (2013-2014) for Hickory Public Schools.
(Click link for story and be sure to visit the HPS Facebook page for a spread of photos!)