Have you heard about the importance of being grateful? When we show gratitude we not only feel better, but we are actually healthier. I am grateful for our outstanding teachers. They put in a lot of time and effort to help our students learn and grow.
Did you know that Scottsville Elementary School teachers have been recognized for their great work by Niche, a national education assessment organization? Scottsville teachers are in the top 1% of all of the schools surveyed, and we ranked 18th in the state based on federal and state data as well as information from the community. We have remarkable teachers.
With that in mind, I invite you to nominate one of our outstanding teachers for the Golden Apple Award. Nomination information is on our website under announcements. The form is short, and it would really mean a lot to the teacher you nominate. You can also recommend teachers to at least two radio stations in our area that recognize outstanding teachers. Radio stations Z95.1 and WINA use the same form for their teacher of the month and here is the form for 99.7.
I'm also grateful for a terrific community of supportive families. Thanks for trusting us with your children.
with gratitude that I write our school community. As we near the end of
the first semester I reflect on all of the great things that have happened so
far this year. We continue to encourage and foster progressive struggle
through learning opportunities for our students. I'm grateful to the
teachers and school staff for their hard work to help our students progress and
for all of the support that we have received from families.
the past month we have done a lot to continue to develop our community and
learn in interesting ways. Here are some examples: Our students have
visited the Senior Center and have benefitted from being able to help as well
as from the positive interactions there. Most of us went to the UVA
women's basketball game and we also learned from a professional wrestler and
basketball player at our school. Many 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders stayed
late for the Math-a-thon and focused on interesting math challenges for two
hours. Then they worked hard to get all of the adults out and help their
team win in the energetic dodgeball games. Thanks to everyone who
supported this great night and helped raise money for a great cause!
Additionally, we have had terrific school wide morning meetings hosted by 2nd
graders and Dance Factor students. Dance Factor students gave great
performances and 4th and 5th graders sang amazingly well for us. I look
forward to more great experiences in the coming months. In February we
plan to hold an after school talent show. More information will be coming
you may know, yesterday morning was challenging, but it was a good reminder for
us all to appreciate each other. I hope that you and your family and
friends have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Our county directs us not to
give homework over the break so that each student can enjoy time with
family. I encourage children to explore what interests them.
Hopefully they will spend lots of time using their imaginations and being curious.
look forward to seeing all of them on January 3rd.
It's hard to believe that we have been in school more than a month! Many great things have happened here during that time. Students have transitioned to the next grade, have worked hard on reading, math, and other subject areas, and have made new friends. I've also transitioned more fully into my new role here.
My vision for this school year is to foster joy in the productive struggle. Learning should be a struggle (at least at times) for our children and we want to help them value what comes with learning and growth. Sometimes they will make mistakes, but we will support them in their work to see that as they continue to struggle they will get to success. In other words, we know that they will fail and we want to help them “fail up". We ask you to continue to support them in their productive struggle.
During the first six weeks of school we will also continue to focus on:
1) Creating a climate of warmth, inclusion, and safety.
2) Teaching classroom routines and behavior expectations.
3) Helping students get to know and care for the classroom and school environment.
Of course, these three things are integrated into instruction of the curriculum. These goals are an important part of Responsive Classroom, which is the approach that we use in all we do to teach children. I'll probably write more about that in the future.
You may have heard that our 5th graders have started a morning broadcast from our video studio. They share announcements and messages with the school to get us started well each morning. All 5th graders will be able to participate in the broadcast during the year. They will learn how to write a script, use a green screen, and direct and produce the work. Other students will also create their own movies in the studio to support what they are learning in class.
I'm grateful to be at Scottsville and I look forward to our continued partnership as we continue to help our children learn and grow.
It has been such a pleasure to start getting to know the Scottsville Elementary School community over the past month! I have enjoyed meeting with families, community leaders, and students throughout our area and will continue to do so during the year. It has been energizing to learn more about all of the wonderful staff, students, and families who are part of our school!
Many people have been working hard at school to get it ready. Our terrific custodians have worked tirelessly giving the buildings a deep cleaning and prepping everything. The wonderful office staff have moved all of the records and materials into the new office space and have helped facilitate summer school and kinder camp. Also, teachers provided enriching and fun experiences for all the students who participated. Amazingly, they have done all of this with construction going on both in and outside the school. The county project manager keeps assuring me that all of the construction work will be completed by the start of school, so keep your fingers crossed!
Our teachers have also been busy this summer with a variety of activities to support students and to further their own professional development. In June, several attended the school division’s Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Institute to deepen their understanding of instructional strategies and they have been planning hands on projects and other active learning for the coming year.
I’m pleased to share that we have some wonderful new staff members. Briana Carel will teach Bright Stars and comes to us from Greer Elementary School where she taught kindergarten. Kelsey Richardson will be our school counselor and has recently graduated with her master’s degree from UVA. Also, I am delighted to have Elizabeth Cox rejoin us as a 5th grade teacher.
I look forward to partnering with you to ensure your child’s success. I hope to see all of you at Open House on Monday, August 20th from 4:30-7pm. I am eager to meet everyone and want you to feel free to stop by, call, or email me as we move forward with our partnership.
I am delighted to be at Scottsville Elementary and I am looking forward to a great year!