Dear Faculty and Staff,
December brings so many opportunities for us all to engage with our students outside of the classroom. Last weekend’s 48th Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament, next week’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, caroling, concerts, and general Christmas preparations highlight the great opportunities in our community.
Since Convocation, I’ve had the opportunity to see this school continue to flourish as you excel in your respective fields of expertise, spend endless hours supporting student needs and the needs of fellow colleagues, and inspire students each and every day. As the weeks fly by, I am mindful that there are some long-term projects that require updates and I would like to remain intentional about communicating these updates to you regularly. Please find below information that you may find interesting as we think about HKIS well into the next generation.
Upper Primary progress: The Upper Primary School construction remains on track for opening in August 2018. This second phase of the Repulse Bay Campus will house an additional section of students (22 students) per grade level and provide an increase of much needed learning spaces. You can see the facilities plan here. While the Repulse Bay campus awaits the fall of 2018 to become fully in use, plans for the Tai Tam campus are already moving forward.
Site A – Student Activity Center: In the November Board of Managers meeting, the board approved funding to continue the plans to develop the Student Activity Center. This center is planned to house flexible spaces for studios, two new gymnasiums, an indoor running track, and a new 25-meter, 8-lane pool. After this first stage of development, there will also be removal of the existing gym and pool space to make way for new cafeterias, flexible learning spaces, and a performance hall that seats 1,000. Both the Middle and High School will be asked to meet with our facility team to look at current schematics to provide input on the proposed spaces. The timeline for completion of these projects should they continue to move forward is the beginning of academic year 2022.
Head of School search: The Board of Managers has been working with the search firm, Spencer Stuart to identify our next Head of School. This summer, the Board Search Committee met with candidates to determine their suitability for our community. From these interviews, the Committee has identified seven candidates and provided the Board of International Missions of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod with these candidates. Currently our church partner is reviewing the candidate pool and is expected to provide us with an approved list in the New Year. The Board will then shortlist 2 or 3 of the candidates and have them visit HKIS for community feedback.
Strategic planning update: Each year, our school reviews the five-point strategic plan that was developed in 2015. From the plan, we create an operational plan which we follow closely and report monthly to the HKIS Board. The operational plan serves as a guide book for our work. School wide, our attention to school culture, building understanding of our Mission, Vision, and Expected Student Learning Profiles, articulation of curriculum and assessment, developing systems for success and our leveraging of resources are strategy areas that were outlined by our WASC and Strategic Planning process in 2014. Please see the full Operational Plan for 2018. Please note that, in March 2018, we will begin to run data collection exercises to prepare for the WASC review in 2019, including student surveys and World Cafés. I hope you all will get involved with the upcoming strategic planning and WASC process to prepare us for our 2020-26 strategic plan.
Before our holidays start in two weeks, I look forward to working together with you on holiday celebrations, and having a festive evening together at our Schoolwide Christmas party.
Ron Roukema, Ed.D
Interim Head of School