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Mark your calendars for this year's Inclusive Schools Week

Throughout the week at every campus, we plan to celebrate how each of our unique differences makes for a stronger learning environment. Ask your child what he or she learns every day from this experience and please keep an eye on the district's social media pages throughout the week (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) as we highlight how all of our students are encouraged to grow and learn. #inclusiveHP


The theme for this year’s Inclusive Schools Week is “A Kaleidoscope of Friends.” If you look into a kaleidoscope, you see an infinite array of patterns of brilliant light created by repeated reflection.

Kaleidoscope comes from two Greek words: kalos, meaning “beautiful,” and eidos, “shape.” And indeed, education takes on a beautiful shape when all students belong and are valued as contributing members of the school community. That is the vision of inclusive education; it drives decisions, actions, and core beliefs. Repeated reflection helps shape effective practices to meet the needs of all students. When we add the word “friends” to that image, the result is a myriad of relationships that provide opportunities for the support and growth of all students.

The frame for a kaleidoscope is a circle. All variations of color and shape occur within. The circle represents a safe and inclusive school and community environment. The goal is to nurture a caring community of learners with the power to reflect a vibrant light of understanding and mutual respect.