Principal's Corner - February, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela


The month of February is used to recognize Black History Month.  It is a time to remember and recognize the many notable contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history.  We want to teach our students to celebrate the monumental contributions African Americans have made and for our students to use their success as a platform for future growth.

It is hard to believe we are halfway through the school year.  Students in grades K-8 are completing Mid-Year Measure of Student Learning (MOSL) Performance Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  These assessments will help us to determine how students are working towards meeting grade level standards.

We need the support of our parents to motivate and inspire our students to focus on achieving higher standards.  By working together we can push our students even higher, taking our schools progress to a much higher level.

Parents are our partners in education.  In order to ensure academic excellence our parents must be active participants in our school community.  This requires continuous communication between the home and school.  We would like to thank all parents whoa re able to attend our parent workshops, PTA meetings and Tuesday parent engagement sessions.  Your participation and commitment help us work towards our goal of increasing parent participation in school wide events.

We continue to work with our students to ensure students achieve our Instructional FocusStudents will communicate their knowledge of new learning by engaging in speaking, listening and writing tasks in all subject areas.  Students will appropriately use content specific vocabulary in order to provide evidence of their learning in discussions and various written tasks.

As we continue this school year we need you to support by:

  • Monitoring your child's attendance and lateness.  Ensure your child arrives to school on time between 7:45am and 8:00am.  Please inform the school when your child is absent
  • Ensuring your child wears uniforms daily
  • Ensuring your child comes to school well rested by setting an age appropriate bedtime
  • Encouraging your child to write daily (Stories, essays, thank you letters, grocery lists, journals...)
  • Reading to your child and/or discussing what your child is reading each day for a minimum of 30 minutes
  • Setting limits to the amount of television watched and video games played
  • Encouraging your child to follow school rules and regulations
  • Communicating with your child's teacher and staying informed about his or her progress
  • Ensuring students DO NOT BRING BASKETBALLS TO SCHOOL (balls will be confiscated and returned only to a parent)
  • Adhering to the school cell phone electronic device policy

Promotion in Doubt letters will be mailed and backpacked home prior to February 15th for students who are at risk of failing to meet the standards by the end of the 2017-2018 school year.  If you receive a letter please make arrangements to meet with your child's teacher(s) to discuss this very important matter.

As always, we thank you for your support.  We will continue to work to support the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.


Respectfully Yours

Afua Hill,