I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and community of Hamlin. As we begin anew in 2020, we will continue to strive to live our core values to be student centered, Piper proud and passionately hopeful.
In an effort to help us live our Mission, Vision and Values, the Hamlin School Board in the spring of 2019 voted to adopt the P-20 Model of Student Success and changed the school district’s name to Hamlin Collegiate ISD. What does this mean for the average student? It means our focus has changed. Our goals have changed. The way we teach and learn has changed. We are building something new and innovative that will push us beyond what we traditionally think of as “school.”
Hamlin Collegiate ISD is working to help break the cycle of generational poverty for our students while providing pathways to college and careers in high wage, high demand jobs. In order to do this, our focus is on the whole student and ALL of their needs; meeting them where they are. Our programs of study such as Montessori, AVID, and Project Based Learning (PBL) are part of our effort to increase student aspiration, grit, and resilience.
Our secondary students in 2020 were the first to receive free books and tuition for college. They were the first to have their own MacBook as part of our 1:1 initiative in grades 7-12. They were the first to take welding and HVAC classes from Cisco College. As we continue our transformation, there will be other components of the collegiate model that will become part of our new normal: full integration of technology, a broad array of industry certifications, and an online bachelor’s degree.
Over the course of the next 4 years the goals for Hamlin Collegiate High School’s graduating seniors are:
These goals will not easily be attained and there is much work to do along the way, but the groundwork has been laid and we have taken the first steps in our transformational journey so that our students can be college, career, and LIFE ready!
Please contact your teacher, campus leadership team, or myself if you need additional information about any of our programs. You can also learn more by visiting us on our web page or on Facebook.
The entire HCISD faculty, staff and I welcome you to a new and exciting school year. We truly believe in our students and our staff and know that we can do great things, so please join us as we work together in “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders!”
Randy Burks, Ed. D.