Welcome Back Students!

Superintendent's Welcome Back Message

Dear Hoonah Families,

Service. Excellence. Equity.These are three of my core values as a leader.  But these words are more than just a mere slogan. These are my promise to you, our students, our staff, and our community.  As the Hoonah City School’s  superintendent/Principal, I will work hard each and every day to ensure that the HCSD embodies these core values and look forward to working with you to help us realize this vision for our students.


I extremely proud of our school and our continued commitment to high academic standards and improved student achievement. Hoonah City School provides a comprehensive instructional program with opportunities for every student at every ability level. We offer Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, services for exceptional children, and many other academic and student support programs. 

I, along with my staff  believe that a quality education is a vital priority for the students of Hoonah, and a strong public education system is critical to the social fabric and economic vitality of our community. We work to ensure that every student is equipped with a first-class education to succeed in a global economy and to become active and productive citizens.

Our family and community partnerships are the foundation we build upon as students are placed under our care.  Open and ongoing communication will be central to building and maintaining positive and productive relationships. In the coming weeks, our website will be revised to provide essential information to our parents, students, and all stakeholders in a quick and user-friendly format. We are also continuing our efforts to use social media tools to highlight the positive efforts and events happening throughout our school district and at each school. I encourage you to utilize every avenue we provide to maintain a positive level of communication with our district, your respective school(s), and especially with your child’s teacher. 

I look forward to the coming school year with excitement. It is truly and honor to serve the community of Hoonah. Myself and my family are proud to be members of this wonderful community.  My door is always open. I welcome your comments and suggestions for improving the educational experience of all of our students.


Ralph M. Watkins

Hoonah City Schools 



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