A year of kindness.   In today's atmosphere of national concern, local issues, and personal stress I urge you to remember to extend grace and mercy to others, while you focus on kindness.  

    I want to tell a story about the eclipse viewing.  We were able to have those students with a permission slip view the eclipse using the eclipse glasses kindly shared with us by another school district.  We managed approximately 240 students using 80 eclipse glasses in approximately 20 minutes.  As HLHS students were outside, students noticed one of our neighbors with four small childre trying to view the eclipse using one pair of glasses between them.   Staff and students shared an additional five pairs of glasses so that the entire family could view and experience a remarkable event.  

    My reflection is that this should be a daily event, see what people need and do what is right by them.  This is the mantra I use with our staffing, do what is right for the student first.  When we have a positive relationship with our students we can work together to achieve remarkable success. 

    I encourage you to do random acts of kindness to support each other during this school year and we are happy and honored to have our students in our building and moving forward towards graduation.  Let's have a remarkable year.  

    My Best to you,

    James Steward


     James Steward

    Hidden Lake High School