Wednesday September 26th, 2012
We are clearly back in the "swing of things" here at Beach Grove Elementary. Students have settled into their classrooms and we have performed our first dance number (On Top of The World by Imagine Dragons). Each year, I search for a theme that best represents the feel of the school, and I truly feel that we are starting this year off "on top of the world". Having the parents in for Meet the Teacher Night, to see classrooms and help with school visioning was the perfect reminder of what an amazing community we have. Parents are important stakeholders in public education, and it is necessary to understand what you feel is important as we develop as a school. I would like to take as many opportunities as possible to hear what you have to say, and put your suggestions into action.
I am proud to say that we have some new additions in classrooms and in the school to support a more inquiry based focus to learning. I have added a link to a video that may serve as an introduction to why changes in the way we teach are so imperative http://yt.cl.nr/0e1-ZtFX35E . The PAC has helped us to install mounted projectors in each classroom, and teachers and students will have access to iPads and iPods. These tools are only that - tools. It is through authentic learning experiences that we hope to support the students at Beach Grove in their growth and development.
As a staff, we are working closely with the district principal of innovation and inquiry, Neil Stephenson, to create new and inspiring learning experiences for students. Please follow us on Twitter, and check-in on the website to follow your children's learning, to see what is happening, and to become aware of opportunities for both you and your children to engage with the school. Delta School District has also begun a blog written by teachers, students, principals and other members of the community to document learning. It is appropriately named 180 days of learning, and I have added a piece of writing and a video on day 4. Please take a look and see what both myself and our students have on our minds.
As we travel through the 2012-2013 school year together, please remember that my door is always open. I am dedicated to ensuring that your children receive the social, academic, artistic and physical education that they deserve, and I welcome your opinions on the vision for Beach Grove. I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that our students obtain the best education possible, allowing them to feel successful in the present, and ready for the future that awaits them.
Principal, Beach Grove Elementary