Dear Parents,
The staff and I would like to welcome you and your child to Hazelwood Elementary School for the 2017-2018 school year. Whether you are new to our Hazelwood family or returning to our great school for another successful school year, WELCOME!   I consider it a great honor & privilege to serve along with the staff of Hazelwood Elementary. Thank you for your support as we all work together to provide our students with a positive, collaborative, and engaging learning experience. Please take the time to review our Student Handbook, using the link on the Homepage.  The  handbook is filled with important information regarding school policies and procedures, important for both you and your child.
We believe clear communication between home and school is important to the success of our students and our school.  Our intentions are to keep you informed and connected with your child’s experiences. We strive to set clear expectations. While we make every effort to provide you with current information, we will continue to share updates with you as the school year progresses. If you have questions regarding the handbook, or any other connections with our school, please feel free to speak with our office staff or your child’s teacher. They will be able to connect you with the resources for you and your child.
One of the most crucial ways you, as the parent/guardian, can help provide your child with a strong foundation for learning in their educational experience is to be involved. We encourage you to visit our school website www.haywood.k12.nc.us/HCS/schools/HES for current information, pictures, and updates.   Stay informed of school activities and events, and READ, READ, READ with your child each day!  If you have a day away from work, plan a lunch visit with your child in our cafeteria.  We serve delicious, well-balanced meals to keep your child nourished.  You may
Hazelwood Elementary is proud to be a Leader In Me School! The Leader in Me is a whole­school transformation model and process—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. The Leader in Me is built on a foundation of believing every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader. Our goal as educators at Hazelwood Elementary is to value and develop the whole child. The process integrates leadership development as a foundation for the school, improving relationships, transforming culture, and highly motivating staff and students.
All stakeholders are impacted by The Leader in Me, beginning with our staff, expanding to students, their families (you), and then into the community at large. This Inside­Out Approach is a key ingredient to successfully creating positive change in a school. The Leader in Me has helped to create a common language and culture within Hazelwood Elementary School. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum, but instead are incorporated into our traditions, our daily routines, and our classroom structures. This shared leadership increases engagement and enables our students, staff, and your family to be self­-confident and self-­reliant, work effectively with others, and make meaningful contributions.
Through The Leader in Me journey, our students will participate in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, Student­-Led Conferences, leadership environments, and Leadership Events. Opportunities abound for every student through The Leader In Me process, to support every student in reaching their leadership potential. We hope you will embrace The Leader In Me process with your child, and within your home. Periodically we will share information with you to help you learn about the 7 Habits. This will not only help you support your student, but also help you as your child learns way to utilize their leadership skills at home. For more information about The Leader in Me, visit www.theleaderinme.org
I hope you are ready for a great year at Hazelwood Elementary!  We are so glad you are here!
Wendy Rogers, Principal