Final 2023 School Year Principal's Update

Photo of HMES principal Jay Snyder, 2023.


Good evening, Hugh Mercer Students and Families,   

This is your principal, Mr. Snyder, with your weekly Principal's update for the week ahead. 

Today’s message will be the last regularly scheduled Sunday message as our 2022-23 school year is coming to a conclusion this Friday, May 26th.  

On Monday, May 22nd, it will be our last 8:30AM to 3:15PM schedule. We will also have our Field Day activities for grades 3 to 5.  

Starting Tuesday, May 23rd we will use our half-day/early dismissal schedule. That means that Tuesday, May 23rd till Friday, May 26th we will dismiss each day at 12:45PM. Friday, May 26th is also our last day of school. May 27th to August 6th will be our FCPS Summer Break. Summer school will begin on June 5th and on July 5th, our Summer Scholars will begin.  

Parents, if you received a letter or phone call identifying your child as needing to attend summer school, please know that we are partnering with our local YMCA to provide the Power Scholars Academy Program. It consists of academic learning and support in the mornings and then activities and field trips in the afternoon. If your child was recommended for this program and you signed them up, please plan to attend an informational parent night with the YMCA on Wednesday, May 24th at 5:30PM in the Lafayette Elementary School cafeteria.  

YMCA PARENT Meeting Flyer to Send Home.pdf 

As we prepare to conclude the school year, I want to recognize the incredible work that our students have done to make gains in their learning and close some of the gaps created by school interruptions over the last few years. We saw you work hard to learn the important lessons that you were shown and taught this year in your grade level, making sure you are ready for next year. To our fifth graders, we say goodbye and we will miss you, but we are also excited for you and the journey that awaits you at Walker-Grant Middle next year. You will do great things and continue to excel in your learning. To all our students returning next year, we are going to have Hugh Mercer ready for you so you will see that learning and fun at Hugh Mercer is going to be even better and you will make even greater leaps in your learning next year. To our Parents, thank you for our support throughout the year and the work you did to continue your child’s learning at home. Along with your efforts, our teachers were able to make gains in your child’s education that advances us closer to being the high achieving school we are building. To our Teachers and Staff, thank you for your tireless efforts to set Hugh Mercer and all its students up for success. You have moved the needle forward and gotten well underway towards closing learning gaps and getting us many steps closer to the high achieving school we envision and that our students and community deserve.  

Everyone, enjoy your summer break when it begins next weekend, but let's make next week a great week of learning and fun as we celebrate the conclusion of a hugely successful school year with the time we have left together.  

Goodnight, but not goodbye,  

Mr. Snyder