Department of Defense Education Activity

Principal's Corner

Welcome Tiger Cubs!

Dear Parents and Students,

Wilkommen! On behalf of the staff and students, we would like to welcome you to Hohenfels Elementary School for SY 2019-2020. You will find our students and staff to be caring and friendly. We work hard to live our vision every day of Helping Every Student: Learning and Growing Together. We know that we play an important role because we serve the children of the men and women who serve our country. Hohenfels Elementary School is a Department of Defense Education Activity School serving the United States Army Garrison Bavaria in the most beautiful part of Germany. We have adopted a model of shared leadership where opportunities exist for staff, students, and parents to take an active role in decision-making for our students. We have an active School Advisory Committee, Parent Teacher Association, and Student Council. We welcome suggestions from all of our stakeholders and find through this partnership of working together, we are able to strengthen our abilities to meet the needs of our students.

Our current student enrollment is just shy of 380 students in grade Pre K through Grade 5. We have an experienced staff where 86% hold advanced degrees. In addition to the 18 grade level classrooms, we also offer programs in music, physical education, and German culture and customs. We provide Read 180 reading intervention program in grades 4 and 5, LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention) reading intervention in grades Kindergarten through third, special education, speech and language, English as a second language, and gifted education services for students who qualify. Our campus facilities include: one main building which includes Pre K through grade 5 and a separate building for some of our specialists. Our outdoor playground areas consist of three play structures and a blacktop area to play sports. He also support students with resources such as an information center , a multi-purpose room (MPR) which serves as our gym and cafeteria, one computer lab; and a small gym which is used for PE when lunch is being served in the MPR. At the beginning of this school year, we launched the School Breakfast Program, offering a hot breakfast meal to students.

When you visit our classrooms, you will see students hard at work on our curriculum standards as well as our school goals of applying strategies to increase reading comprehension and math communication skills. Every Thursday, school begins an hour later so all staff members have time dedicated to collaboration in order to provide the best academic environment possible for our students. We know that working together improves our practice, increases academic growth, and provides a learning model rich in experience for our students.

We are privileged to have the opportunity to teach your children, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to prepare them for success. If you have questions about our school or our programs, please let me know, I am here to assist you and your children.

We are happy to have you as part of the HES family, and it's going to be a great school year! Go Tiger Cubs!

Ron Lathrop, Principal