Mr. Jared A. Poynter, Ed.S.

Dear Hiawatha Community,

As we continue to navigate together through unprecedented times we maintain hope that the 2020-2021 school year will bring many memories, stories of success, growth of our students, collaboration with families/community, and even learning from our failures. Our Hiawatha family continues to feed and build upon the successes and work of our alumni. We look forward to cultivating positive and continuous improvements, while honoring our traditions and embracing our future. We seek to set high academic, character, and behavior standards for our students and faculty. Utilizing the resources we have available, our qualified staff and supportive community can help us provide the best educational opportunities and experiences for the students of our community.

We have hope, that the diverse learning opportunities that our small district is able to offer will provide our students with the skills to be both competitive and successful in the workforce, higher education, careers, and as a citizen. We continue to strive to align our instruction and assessments with state learning standards and develop school improvement goals centered on differentiated instruction and student growth. As we embark on a new, or at least temporary, era in education we are excited about how our one to one Chromebook plan will enhance learning. In addition, the safety of our students and staff remain a high priority.

We must continue to be good stewards of spending with regards to our facilities, grounds, transportation, technology, and food service, while continuing to provide for the needs of our students and staff. Thank you for your continued support and trust in use of funds to provide the most practical resources, good educational opportunities, and positive experiences for our students. I believe we have met adversity head to head, I have never been prouder to call myself a Hiawatha Hawk. We hope that our staff, students, parents, and community share in a sense of school, community and town pride. We are excited to unveil a finished Strategic Plan this as soon as we navigate through the “Return to Learn” fall instruction plan. With the input from stakeholders we believe our mission, vision and focus areas are going to drive us toward continued growth. We hope that the 2020-2021 school year is filled with honoring tradition, celebrating success, supporting our community, and making great memories for years to come.


Jared A. Poynter, Ed.S.

Superintendent of Schools

Hiawatha CUSD #426