Mr. Mike Houle 
Ms. Traci McLaughlin
Assistant Principal

Dear families and guardians of Howard E. Heckethorn Elementary School,


I want to take this time to introduce myself to you.  I am the new Principal at Heckethorn Elementary.  I am bringing 21 years of elementary educational experience to the school; 14 years as a teacher and 7 years as an administrator.  I am excited to  get to know the students, staff, and community and working cooperatively with the staff to provide your child(ren) the opportunities to socially and academically succeed.

I feel that my responsibility as the principal is to ensure your child receives the highest quality education within a safe and respectful learning environment.  I know the staff at Heckethorn shares that same focus.  I am a firm believer in the home/school connection.  Please feel free to contact me at the school with any questions, concerns, or just to introduce yourself.  Working together only enhances your child’s educational experiences and success. 

In the few days that I have met the staff, I am very impressed with the dedication and commitment of our teachers to the education and well-being of our students.  As I become a greater part of Heckethorn Elementary, my goal is to enhance the opportunities and learning experiences of our students.  I strongly believe that in order for a school to develop and maintain a high performing learning environment, we must establish ourselves as a unified community.  Our intentions, desires and actions must align with the goals of improving student achievement and growth of our students.

In the coming months, we will be starting to plan and prepare for the next school year. You are well aware of the issues we face in school funding and further budget cuts.  Our mission is to continue quality educational programming for our students.  It will require a partnership of teachers and parents to maintain a strong focus on academics and memorable experiences. 

I welcome you, the parents, to volunteer at Heckethorn Elementary.  Come and join us for a few minutes, an hour, or a day.  We would love to see you. 






Mr. Mike Houle


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