Welcome to Hot Springs Elementary School!
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On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of HSES, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Hot Springs Elementary School! We are excited about the year ahead and look forward to many successful and engaging learning experiences. Our Vision at HSES is to develop well-rounded, confident, and responsible individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential. It is our Mission to Develop Leaders and Life-Long Learners! Our 2023-24 Motto is "We use our PAWS: Practice respect, Accept responsibility, and Work together to Succeed!" We welcome you to our family!
Hot Springs Elementary serves approximately 158 students in Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. I am honored and blessed to serve the students, staff, and communities of Hot Springs, Spring Creek, and Laurel. Our school has been among the top of other small schools across the state based on EOG data. Our data shows that our Kindergartners enter school below state averages and leave as competent 5th graders! That is due to the hard work of our students, the expertise of our teaching staff, and the dedication of the HSES school community!
I discovered this wonderful school in 2008 when I started working here as a first-grade teacher. When I began, I had my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University that I received in 2001, and I obtained my National Board Certification in 2007. Since that time, I have received my Graduate Degree in Elementary Education from Western Carolina University in 2010 and added an Administrative License in 2019 from Gardner Webb University. During my years with Madison County Schools, I have taught first, second, third, and fifth grades. I have had many opportunities to serve as a leader at HSES and also at the district level. This will be my 3rd year serving Hot Springs Elementary as the principal and my 23rd year in education. I am so thankful for the opportunity!
Our campus is located within walking distance of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River. Our majestic scenery is one of the best assets of our school! We have the most kind, caring, dedicated, professional staff members serving your children. Our focus is on educating the whole child. We place an important emphasis on good nutrition, sleep patterns and exercise to help our Huskies grow their brains and attend to the challenges they face. We know them, love them, and grow them!
This year our school has been designated a CEP School-this means ALL our students will receive FREE breakfast and lunch for an entire year! Students also have free nutritious snacks available anytime they are hungry. We know they cannot learn unless they are full, rested and in a structured, safe environment.
We hope that you get involved in the activities of our school and we look forward to working with you! Please visit our Office if you would like to volunteer or join our PTO. We have a fantastic base of Community Volunteers that serve our Huskies in a variety of capacities. Our PTO is student and teacher-driven and supports our school physically, emotionally AND financially! We are thankful for all our parents, guardians, families, and community members that are such an important part of our school!
Please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), call, or stop by the school. At the beginning of each month, I will send out Hot Springs Elementary - The Husky Howl newsletter with school highlights and information. All-Calls are done updating school events. If you would like to receive our All-Calls, please contact our office. Visit our Facebook page-Hot Springs Huskies-- to stay in touch with events and activities taking place at our school.
Again, thanks for visiting and Go, Huskies Go!
-Jennifer Mills, Principal
Administration, Gardner Webb University
Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, Western Carolina University
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, East Carolina University
Master's Elementary Education
Elementary Education (K-6) Licensure
National Board Certification, EC-Generalist, 2007, 2018