Primary 3 students created a Zoo in their classrooms and invited the HSES community to visit the exotic animal exhibit. The 3-year-old Scottie Dogs and Ladybugs researched about their species and each child designed a display to showcase their animal.
As we toured through the Primary School Zootopia, the “mini” zookeepers educated us on the types of food and wild habitats of the different creatures. Some were even tamed behind bars in case they wanted to escape. But all furry friends behaved kindly under the control of their masters.
After the exhibit, the proud ethologists released their animals back into their natural environment: their mater’s arms.
“Livi” has blossomed socially and academically since she joined HSES. Olivia was struggling with anxiety and undiagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and “I was extremely impressed with the school’s response,” shares mom Kristen. The faculty and staff play an important role in Livi’s increased confidence and academic skills according to mom. “The outstanding resources and amazing opportunities available to students” is what made Livi transition to HSES in Middle School.
Theatre is one of Livi’s favorite subjects at school. Mr. Williams and his “phenomenal arts program” have allowed for the seventh grader to discover her acting abilities and find her “tribe”.
The Costa Rica Exchange Program and Ecolink trips have also helped Livi experience emotional growth. The Outdoor Education curriculum entices her to learn through travel, hands-on activities and cultural encounters.
Harrison and Hollis Angel walk the HSES hallways excited to start their day. Mom has felt the energy and excitement from every staff member since the first day. “Holy Spirit feels warm and open throughout the school year,” shares Jennifer.
Harrison attends Primary 3 and Hollis the CEC program but the parents already feel “their children’s future character is being shaped at very young ages.” They value an early education founded on Christian beliefs. “It is vastly important to mold our children around Biblical principles while gaining a quality education,” admit the proud parents.
Jennifer and Derek also enjoy the loving and caring staff. The teachers “spend one-on-one time with each child and it makes them feel special.” This is one of the many reasons why the boys are excited to be at school; it’s uplifting!
The Clark family considers HSES a “Safe Haven”.
From the moment they first walked in the door, Ella’s mom felt a special calling that “Holy Spirit was where my daughter belonged.” According to Sherry, the sense of community is contagious and Ross Purdy, Director of Admissions, is the perfect example. She was very impressed by his knowledge, kindness and special connection with the students; “he knew all the kids by name.”
Ella also shares a special connection with Mr. Purdy and enjoys when he attends her volleyball games as her biggest fan. His cheers "make it fun for everyone,” admits the seventh grader. Mom also believes the “excellent sports program provides leadership opportunities for Ella” and the school demonstrates the true meaning of community.