• October, 2017
    From the Desk of Matt Hornbeck

    As you know by now, there is a national conversation underway about patriotism and the rights of groups and individuals to protest injustice and exercise free speech. Our national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance are traditions that embody what we strive to ideally be not necessarily what we are what but what we hope to become. I hope all of us at Hampstead Hill Academy reflect on the sacrifice and honor of the men and women, past and present, who defend our great nation.

    At the same time, one of the rights that we hold dear is the right to free speech. We should also reflect on protests, often by patriotic people who love the country, that are an expression of free speech and are taking place to shed light on police brutality and violence. Whether you stand for the ideals our country represents, lock arms in solidarity with everyone, or kneel in protest of current and past racial and social injustices, as reasonable people we should respect these actions and the experiences they reflect. As the Ravens said last weekend, “all voices need to be heard.” Hopefully, the conversation will continue and actually move the ball forward.


    Matt Hornbeck, Principal