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A holiday message from the Superintendent for HBUHSD faculty and staff

With the holiday season upon us, it provides a natural point for reflection, and I am very thankful for the many meaningful days you thoughtfully create. The fond elasticity of our own school memories serves as guideposts to our own influence. Just as we once did, our students with such a diversity of talents will hold on tightly to both the academic lessons as well as the special moments that shape who they are becoming as young adults. Each day our classrooms are filled with the fabric of new learning. I am reminded of a quote I read every day in my 7th grade English class (Miss Whitfield…thank you). In the wise and lyrical words of Dr. Seuss, “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the THINKS you can think up will only grow if you try.”
 
Today we also find our reflections being captured by pains of some recent current events. Just as our students look to us for that intellectual fabric, they often see us as their daily leaders of life lessons. We are journeying through such challenging times, often with a sense of uncertainty creeping into our thoughts. As if right on cue, there is a special purity educators possess and our influence is once again in great demand. I believe President Kennedy was describing the important role of our schools in a larger society when he shared, “We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which peoples dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard.”
 
We stand together and look out at the start of a new calendar year. That hopeful view always brings great anticipation, expectations and a renewed resolve. On behalf of our Board of Trustees, it is with sincere gratitude and joy that I wish you and your family the very best this holiday season.
 
Cheers!
 
Greg Plutko
Superintendent of Schools
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