Summer has arrived! The school is being cleaned, materials are being ordered, and the hallways are quiet. As the new principal of the Hatherly School, I am anxiously counting the days until Wednesday, September 5, the day I get to welcome back all of my new friends.

Over the past nine years, I have prepared for my new role at Hatherly by serving as the Principal of the John H. Duval School in Whitman. Prior to that I worked in Weymouth as the Title I Director and the Assistant Principal of the William Seach School. I started my career in the Holbrook Public Schools as a classroom teacher. My journey has allowed me to strengthen my skills, develop my leadership style, and gain an appreciation for a supportive community. After doing some research, I knew Hatherly was the right place for me.

As the Hatherly Principal, I plan to continue to follow the same values I have had throughout my career. My goal is to be the smile students see when they arrive in the morning, the person students can seek out when they need help, the support teachers require, and a resource to families. I look forward to being an active member of the Scituate community for many years to come.

As you settle into your summer mode, there are a few reminders. First, the school is open this summer during the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until July 13 and will re-open Monday, August 13. The parent portal will open Monday, August 20th at 5:00 p.m. so you may view class assignments. The first day of school for Grades 1 through 5 is Wednesday, September 5. We will welcome our youngest students, kindergarteners, to school on Thursday, September 6th.

Summer is time for fun in the sun with friends and family but it is also important to keep skills sharp. The following two links will help your student do just that. One link contains the summer reading information and some great ideas for getting your child to enjoy reading this summer. The other link is a calendar filled with quick fun activities designed to keep those math skills from getting rusty. Both of these links are sure to help your student start the school year strong:

The Scituate Public Library also has lots of ways to foster your child’s love of reading this summer. For instance, Monday, July 9, high school volunteers will serve as reading buddies with any student kindergarten to Grade 3. In addition, you could join the library for a star party at the lighthouse. You may sign up for these and many more fun activities by visiting the library website at: .

I wish you and your family a relaxing and pleasurable summer!


Julie McKillop