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Parent Letter 4/8/2024

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to share some exciting updates about the remarkable achievements and upcoming events at Hurricane High School (HHS).

Just over a week ago, we had the honor of recognizing five outstanding students as runners-up for the prestigious Stirling Scholar award. These students—Landon Stewart in English, Grace Chamberlain in Visual Arts, Landon Clark in Skilled and Technical Education, Ani Hutchings in Business, and Izabella Echols in General Scholarship—have showcased exceptional dedication to their studies. To have five students selected as runners-up from the Southern Utah Region is truly remarkable and speaks volumes about their commitment to learning, the quality of education provided by our teachers, and the incredible support from parents like you.

In addition to celebrating our students’ achievements, I am thrilled to announce that one of our educators, Mr. David Vick, has been recognized as a runner-up for STEM Educator of the Year. Mr. Vick’s dedication to enhancing STEM education at HHS has had a profound impact on our students and the community. We are fortunate to have such an outstanding educator on our staff.

On another note, we are eagerly anticipating the opening night of our musical production, “Cinderella,” on April 18th at 7pm. Led by the talented Mrs. Tazia Murie, Kamille Brooks (Orchestra director), Ashley Stackhouse (Music Director) and Melanie Graff (Choreography) our students have been working tirelessly to deliver a captivating performance that promises to surpass community expectations. We encourage you to bring your family and friends to enjoy this spectacular show, running from April 18th to 20th, April 22nd, and April 25th to 27th. Tickets are $7, and VENMO payments are accepted at the door or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets through the HHS Box Office.

As we look ahead, I want to emphasize the importance of the upcoming ASPIRE testing for all sophomores. Scheduled to begin next week, these tests in Math, Science, and Language Arts provide valuable insights into student progress and help us identify areas for improvement in our instruction. While some students may express reluctance to participate, please be assured that the test scores do not affect their grades. Instead, they serve as a valuable tool in preparing students for the ACT test in their junior year and help us enhance our teaching strategies by providing helpful learning data and ACT predictor scores.

Your continued support of your students and HHS as a whole is greatly appreciated. Together, we are creating a nurturing environment where students can thrive academically and personally. Hurricane High School remains committed to providing a high-quality education and fostering a culture of excellence.

As for athletics: Our student athletes are achieving success across various sports and improving in others. Girls Lacrosse maintains their dominance, showcasing exceptional teamwork and skill, our coaches continue to push our girls to success and domination over the competition. Baseball secured a satisfying victory against Moapa Valley last Friday, demonstrating their determination and talent on the field. Softball remains a formidable team in the state, promising thrilling games this week and having already defeated multiple top level 5A programs in the state. Our girls track team’s second-place finish at the Hurricane Invitational and the boys’ commendable fifth place out of 16 teams highlight their dedication and competitive spirit this weekend.

Under Coach Rahde’s guidance, Tennis continues to grow and improve with increasing student participation and strong performances. Men’s Soccer, driven by some of the hardest-working athletes in the school, eagerly seeks their first region victory this week. Meanwhile, Men’s Volleyball, a new addition this year, triumphed over Snow Canyon High School and continues to progress.  New to HHS is Men’s Lacrosse, a new sport that continues to grow and find success under excellent coaches and student leaders.

Whitney Adamson’s consecutive state championship wins in gymnastics floor exercises underscore her exceptional talent and dedication. We congratulate her on this remarkable feat.

We invite you to support our student athletes by attending our sporting events. Check our events calendar and bring your family to witness the passion, skill, and determination of our athletes firsthand. Your support means the world to our teams as they continue to strive for excellence on and off the field and improve our athletic programs.

Thank you for your attention, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Warm regards,

Daniel McKeehan

Principal, Hurricane High