Superintendent's Message

Ralph watkins, Superintendent
It is an
 honor to serve a district that is focused on each

individual child and that is committed to the success of all its children. In Hoonah, we believe that our teachers and para-educators, and staff are the greatest in the state of Alaska. We are pleased to serve the children of our community and remain committed to providing the very best educational opportunities for all of our students. 

 We are committed to meeting the needs of our students without losing sight of our goals. Academic excellence and cultural relevance are signature cornerstones of the Hoonah City School District. We are working hard to build well-rounded, creative, and curious life-long learners. Done through rigorous courses and authentic learning experiences that provide excellent learning opportunities for our students. Our programmatic goals are child-centered and research-based. We are a district that never loses focus on the individual student. As professional educators and life-long learners; we aren't satisfied with our achievements of the past. We remain committed to high expectations and continuous improvement for each of our students. We make this commitment in spite of the economic uncertainties that loom over us.

The state has yet to pass a budget and has proposed significant cuts to education, cuts that would affect Hoonah city School District in a significantly negative way. If these cuts happen they will affect our ability to achieve some of the short and long-term goal we have set. We have boilers that need to be replaced and technology that needs to be updated. We have experienced cuts to long –standing programs that have served the students of Hoonah schools for decades that we would like to reinstate. We want to have the financial security that allows us to plan long-term for our student’s success. We encourage you to reach out to your legislators. Share with them your concerns for your child’s education. We can make a difference.

In spite of this uncertainty it is a great time to be a part of Hoonah City Schools. We are committed to excellence. We are determined to succeed in providing the best educational experience for all of our students. Whatever challenges we face, we will face them together as a community of learners, parents, teachers, and students. We will not fail.

Best Regards,

 Ralph M. Watkins


Hoonah City Schools


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