December 16, 2022
Dear HUSD Families and Staff,
As we turn the corner into the second half of the school year, it seems like just yesterday we were returning to campus and saying, “It’s great to be back!” Indeed, it has been great to be back. Throughout HUSD, students have excelled in many areas through various program offerings, including rigorous academics, high quality career technical education, robust athletic programs, music and the arts. Through it all, the dedication of our students, parents, employees, and community members continue to be the glue that keeps everything moving forward.
The strength and fortitude of our community was perhaps most apparent during the Fairview fires as all came together to support one another. Pressed with the challenge of closing schools, I am proud of the fact that we moved forward with clarity in the decision that was best for our students and families. Sadly, the fire did result in great loss, but the beauty of a community coming together to arrange evacuations, setup a shelter, and rescue horses and cattle, will shine as a bright memory to me and the many other residents of Hemet, Anza, Idyllwild, and surrounding communities, for years to come.
Amidst unforeseen circumstances over the past four months, we have focused on implementing new systems and procedures that are designed to meet our collective goals of providing all students with a rigorous, relevant education and ensuring that students graduate ready for college or career. As one example, our efforts in the area of safety led to improved athletics entry procedures to football games, the implementation of the Evolv screening system, and strengthened partnerships with local law enforcement and community members.
As we enter into the next half of the school year, may we not lose sight of the hope and joy of what we do and who we are. We will continue to build upon what is working well in schools and identify opportunities for positive change that will result in improved outcomes for each and every student. This is a big job and one that cannot be done alone. As I count the blessings around me, I know that it is not things, but people who make all the difference. With that, I am honored to serve and be part of a team that cares deeply about the children and the communities of HUSD.
Happy holidays and may your homes be filled with warmth and cheer for the new year.
Dr. Christi Barrett Superintendent