Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Semester II Message
Ralph Watkins

Greetings Hoonah Braves. Welcome to Semester 2!

We are gearing up for what we know will be a rigorous final half of the year. You want to know what’s ironic?  As we now prepare to start the second semester, it calls attention to how very close we are to the end of the school year.  Where has the time gone? It seemed like only yesterday we were entering the building for our first day of classes. Since that time, I welcomed you to a new academic year and asked for your support and participation in helping to define it. As a school community we welcomed new teachers, implemented our variable term schedule, developed procedures and communicated expectations. We started new traditions and rekindled old ones. Ultimately, we spent the first semester defining what excellence looks like as a Hoonah Brave. It has been busy.  It has been challenging; but most of all, it has been gratifying.

So, we welcome this second semester with great enthusiasm for all that awaits us.  Between now and year’s-end, you can expect us to continue our pursuit of excellence, one child at a time. Our talented faculty is committed to pushing students to new heights while shoring up learning gaps.  We know we have your support, but now we must motivate students to invest in themselves with the same depth that we have.  During this half of the year, we look forward to the many ways to celebrate and recognize the good works of our students do; and we invite you to join us.

In sum, as we prepare to usher in the testing season and the close of the year, I will be calling upon you more than ever to partner with us to ready our students for the rigor that awaits them; and I know I have your support.  Therefore, I thank you in advance and look forward to sharing this second semester with you and your children.




Ralph M. Watkins


Hoonah City School



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