Dear Hampden Charter School of Science Staff, Students, Parents, and Guardians,
It is with honor and great pleasure that I greet you as the new Director of Hampden Charter School of Science. HCSS has enjoyed tremendous success as a beacon of academic excellence for Hampden County and for Massachusetts. These results have not materialized by accident. It has been through the hard work, dedication, and partnerships that have existed between school staff, parents, community members, and the most important stakeholders in the equation, the student body. This formula for success is what has embraced me from the very beginning when I walked through the doors of our building. I am humbled and most appreciative of the opportunity presented to me to become a member of this educational family again.
It has been a privilege of mine to serve this school and its community since its beginning. Undergoing the process of opening HCSS in 2009 and working as the Academic Dean at HCSS seven years ago was one of the great experiences in my 18 year career in education. It is great to be back again!
I have worked in urban and suburban school settings, specifically in college prep schools as a teacher, department head, academic dean and principal. Graduating many students and seeing them succeed in colleges and universities is the greatest reward that I have received over the years. My most recent administrative experience was that of principal in a college-prep school, serving students grades K-12 for 5 years. This school demonstrated continued success and achievements throughout the years, recently being nominated for the National Blue Ribbon School Award.
Along with teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Hampden Charter School of Science by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, college and career readiness skills, use of data to inform instruction, consistent implementation of new instruction strategies to increase students’ achievement, and provide exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students.
As the instructional leader, I ensure that HCSS students are prepared with the necessary tools, skills, disciplines, and knowledge to be ready for the post-secondary institutes at the next chapter of their educational lives and be productive citizens for our country. Our greatest initiative will be to continue to work together to provide differentiated learning opportunities for each student and inspire and challenge our students with engaging experiences. I am confident that together, we can make HCSS an even better place for our students to reach their highest potential.
Please feel free to stop in and say hello, as my door is always open. I would like to wish you a terrific upcoming school year. If there is anything I can assist you with, please feel free to let me know.
Tarkan Topcuoglu, Director