Principal's Message 2020-21

June 14, 2021
Hale Charter Academy Parents, Teachers, and Students,
The end of the school year is here. I am incredibly proud of our school community’s perseverance in overcoming the year’s many challenges. We have weathered the COVID storm and are stronger as a result.
In reflecting on this very different year, many of the features that have traditionally made Hale such a special place, continued to hold true. Our students made unique memories that will last a lifetime. In a year dominated by Schoology, Zoom, Google Classroom, and Kahoot, students expanded their technical abilities in unprecedented ways. They expressed their creativity through virtual concerts, showcases, and fairs. They demonstrated their adaptability in mastering the virtual classroom, and for some, hybrid learning. We are proud of all their efforts. These achievements, highlighted in our annual charter renewal and review, earned Hale continued recognition by the Board of Education as a high achieving school and a 6-year extension of our charter.
Through our established and exemplary AVID and School for Advanced Studies programs, Hale students continued to excel in mastering a college preparatory curriculum. Our remarkable faculty established a love of learning with a focus on writing, interdisciplinary projects, and the use of technology.
Our Visual and Performing Arts program completed its first year as an official magnet with enrollment at capacity. A visit to our website reveals the talent and long hours of practice evident in the unforgettable performances produced in our VAPA elective classes. We thank our incredible elective teachers for their dedication and extra hours of hard work. We applaud our dedicated VAPA core-subject teachers for their commitment to developing co-curricular experiences that deliver on the promise of arts-infused education as only Hale can.
The STEAM Gifted Magnet completed its fourth year as one of the district’s premier programs. The dynamic teachers delivered a rigorous curriculum of science, technology, engineering, art, and math with an emphasis on real-world problem-solving. Under the guidance of our partners from Northrup Grumman, the program demonstrated its effectiveness by producing award-winning students at the L.A. County Science Fair and VEX Robotics competitions.
Our two culmination celebrations and annual yearbook successfully combined traditional elements with a few creative twists. We are confident that our eighth graders are prepared to face the challenges that await them next year in high school. As we say goodbye, and you look ahead, I hope you will reflect on the many successes you achieved at Hale. They are the foundation on which to build your future. It is our sincere hope that you will continue to achieve your dreams and goals throughout your lives.
We need to say farewell to five of our amazing staff members. Mrs. Cooley, Mrs. Goodman, Ms. Kinariwala, Mr. Kuechel, and Mr. Lundstrom. We thank you for your contributions to the students at Hale and wish you well in your retirements and new endeavors.
I offer a sincere thank you to our parents and our fantastic PTSA for all their support throughout the year. Hale parents are very special and help set us apart as an exceptional school. The continued achievements of the school, and of your students as individuals, begin at home.
Thank you for making my sixth year as Principal of Hale Charter academy a success. Have a fun and restful summer.
Mr. Perdigao