Have a Great Summer!

Superintendent End of The Year Message

Dear Hoonah Family,

It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year has arrived. This year we had successes and some challenges, yet despite all, we continued to work together to build onto our foundation of excellence for all of the students of Hoonah City School. I want to thank you all for all the support and patience shown this school year. Together we’ve learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The strength of our community and wholehearted passion to make our school a wonderful place of learning for our children primarily but for all of us makes Hoonah truly a special place.

I want to extend a sincere thank you to Ms. Jennifer Bidiman for all of her years of service on behalf of countless generations of Hoonah students. She will be greatly missed as she moves on to a well deserved next chapter. Hoonah City School will always hold a special place for her in our hearts. We would also like to thank Mrs. Mimi Antal for the time she has spent here in Hoonah. Her work with our students has greatly improved them not just academically but as influenced them in becoming fine responsible students. We would also like to wish Mrs. Kassie Pesch-Johnson a fond farewell. Kassie has been so instrumental in the success of our online students. Her commitment and dedication served all of our Hoonah students well. She will be greatly missed along with her thoughtful and creative husband, Mr. Ian Johnson.

I am so honored to be your Superintendent/principal; you make me proud to be a Hoonah Brave. You keep me laughing and young at heart.  I am grateful for your joy, astute insights and amazing talents.  Best wishes to our graduating seniors, whom I will miss greatly—please come back and visit.  Everyone have a safe and happy summer break. I look forward to welcoming you all back, refreshed, for what will be an exciting, new academic year.


Ralph M. Watkins



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