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Dear Holy Spirit Episcopal School Families,

I begin my tenure as Head of School by greeting you with great pleasure and anticipation of a new year as a community of Saints. I’ve learned what makes our school special and where to focus our attention as we prepare your children to become successful leaders.

As you consider and explore HSES, you will discover that our mission, combined with research and best practices, drive our decisions for achieving excellence. “Holy Spirit Episcopal School offers an exemplary education for infants through grade eight that develops the whole child while achieving academic excellence in a dynamic Christian-based environment.”

We are constantly identifying new plans and strategies by reviewing the aspirations of our community and the mission of our school. I’m excited to share this information with you as the academic year unfolds. 

Since the development of the whole child is the main priority, we strive in our commitment to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Focused training and dialog allow for us to examine the approach to teach and nurture social and emotional development at every age level. We have reinstated quarterly assemblies to expand on these character traits. 

We continue our journey to academic excellence by applying new STEM initiatives this year. We have created a Lower School science lab along with a new curriculum in Lower School and Middle School. We have also developed two new math curriculums in Primary 4 through Middle School. Several Middle School teachers attended the Connected Math training at Michigan State University this summer thanks to the generous support of the Bradford Family Fund for Professional Development. Additionally, the technology instructor and I attended a workshop in Design Thinking presented by the d.school from Stanford University. The faculty has received training in this methodology for students to further their development in 21st-century skills. This includes the use of empathy, creativity, and critical thinking to solve complex problems.

Supporting the dynamic, Christian-based environment is also an important element. We have enhanced Chapel, Christian Education and Bible Study programs along with additional opportunities to immerse our Chaplain into the daily lives of our students and families. Eucharist is offered at the end of the day to encourage family and community attendance.

I’m honored to share this special journey with you and I look forward to partnering with your family in this adventure. It is such a privilege to teach this diverse community of students and we are grateful for the opportunity to welcome you into our home!

Sincerely,

Michelle Symonds

Head of School

  

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