A Message From Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart

Dr. Collins-Hart
  • May 29, 2018

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    We have so much to celebrate at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Our 1,200 graduates earned a record of $33.2 million in scholarships and volunteered more than 130,000 community service hours. This is more than a million dollar increase in scholarships over last year. These accomplishments reflect our students’ hard work, their supportive parents, and our amazing teachers. Our students’ dedication reminds me of how proud I am of the wonderful opportunities offered here in the Hazelwood School District.  

    Over the past year, we have continued our focus on improving student achievement, enhancing professional growth, increasing parent involvement, engaging community partners, and maintaining fiscal responsibility.  Our vision for the future is captured in the Hazelwood NOW Strategic Plan.  We know that failing to plan is a plan to fail. Therefore, we spent the year with stakeholders, students, faculty and staff planning a comprehensive five-year roadmap with districtwide goals, focus areas, strategies, and performance indicators to achieve our mission during the 2017-2022 school years.  We anticipate publishing the document after board approval this summer.

    To improve fiscal efficacy and efficiency across the District, we are implementing and monitoring additional procedures to address the state audit findings.  The process will include retraining our staff, more accountability through better monitoring and supervision of practices, and reorganizing the finance department in a way that supports our new direction. The state audit gave us an opportunity to revisit past practice, refine systems, and prepare for a greater future aligned with best practices in financial management.

    In ways large and small, we have accomplished several districtwide goals that add significant value to our students, parents, and staff.  We completed the first phase of the redistricting study and anticipate facilitating additional community meetings in the upcoming school year.  We implemented two thematic schools: (1) the Hazelwood Opportunity Center to address alternative learning needs and (2) the Hazelwood East Middle School 8th Grade Center for career pathways in health sciences and technology. We remain excited about our continued investment in new and innovative programs for our students as we will spend all of next year planning to open Hazelwood’s first thematic school for gifted and talented students. 

    In addition to these innovations, students and staff members have been recognized for their demonstrated excellence locally and nationally.  Brown Elementary School received the school of character award for the second year in a row. Hazelwood West Middle School student Sidney Keys was featured on CNN as a CNN Young Wonder, and three of our teachers were awarded Napleton Hyundai Teacher of the Year Awards. Congratulations to Ms. Yashica Stimage at Barrington Elementary School, Dr. Craig Waddell at Hazelwood North Middle School, and Ms. Jana Poos at Hazelwood Central High School. Your expertise, professionalism, and passion for teaching and learning are true assets to our children and the larger community. Keep up the good work!   

    Lastly, I would like to say that we have much to be proud of in the Hazelwood School District.  This was a terrific school year, and I applaud each of you.  Have a great summer and thank you to all of our students, parents, staff, and community partners for your hard work. It is my hope that you all will get some rest, have some fun, and spend some time with family and friends. 

    I look forward to seeing you in August and encourage you to visit us online at www.hazelwoodschools.org. You can also connect with us on Twitter www.twitter.com/HazelwoodSD and Facebook www.facebook.com/HazelwoodSD.

    Have a safe summer!

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart

    Superintendent

    Hazelwood School District