Talking HF Tigers 9/16

As we’ve settled into the rhythm and routine of classes and extracurricular activities during this second week, I could not help but smile. An air of normalcy could be felt in the halls, classrooms, and other areas of our schools. While some of this return to routine included some behaviors we need to – and are – addressing, this was not at all unexpected. 

In light of the time our students spent learning at home, the return to lunch periods, gym classes, and assemblies creates an opportunity for staff to re-engage students in proper conduct and respect. I saw students receptive to this and I am confident we will see further growth in the weeks to come! The Code of Conduct, and building handbooks can be found on the web page and all families should have signed off on reviewing their handbooks.

Tigers Inspired by “Firefly”

Assemblies are a classic component of the educational experience. And our guest presenter – Tay “Firefly” Fisher – on Sept. 13 did not disappoint. Our middle and high school students were engaged and energized by both the inspirational messages and the basketball feats they witnessed. “Firefly” is a former Siena College standout who went on to play with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. Even if not a basketball fan, his messages, energy and passion for empowering young people was on full display. We extended a thank you to Tay for connecting with our Tigers and encourage you to check out some of the photos and smiles from the event.

While this assembly opportunity involved an entertaining display from a visiting guest, assemblies led by staff in our other buildings are taking place as well. It is a great reminder, families, to talk with your student about the expectations for proper behavior during these events.

Let’s Celebrate! 

HFCSD recently welcomed a new group of tenured staff to Team Tiger.  I want to recognize and thank these members for their commitment to our future and growth as a school community. These individuals have committed to being a part of your students’ future.

Thank you:  Breanne Dwyer (Math), Megan Armstrong (Elementary), Melissa Walker (Special Education), Joseph Collier (Special Education), Kirsten Decker (French), Abigail McAvey (Math), Margaret Hickey (French), Candace Sheil (Math), Mary Hilliard (Business), Tracy Musto (Science), Michael Sullivan (English), Erin Baulsir (Elementary), and Sarah McCormick (Guidance).  

Attendance Ticks Up – Let’s Keep It Up Tigers!

As you all know, we have been working to improve student attendance across all grades, but particularly in our high school. During the first five days we saw an increase compared to last year at this time.

Your student brought home a printed, one-page calendar last week that we hope you find useful in tracking your student’s attendance and that it serves as a visible reminder of how much we value seeing your student each and every day.


Dan Ward, Superintendent

Photo collage of students at an assembly in the auditorium with Tay Fisher
HS Tay Fisher Assembly
Middle School students at an assembly  in the gymnasium with Tay fisher
MS Tay Fisher Assembly