September 7, 2016 will begin a new and exciting school year, and I am honored to serve as your child’s Principal during their journey toward academic success. I had the great privilege of educating our scholars for 26 years and am extremely pleased to continue as their educational leader at University Elementary School.
University Elementary School houses grades Kindergarten through Fifth with an enrollment of over 560 scholars. The entire staff is committed to the theme of our school, and we are looking forward to moving our school to greater heights. Our theme is Together Everyone Achieves More and as such we are a T.E.A.M. dedicated to the success of our scholars.
Our three areas of focus this year will be (1) High quality instruction, (2) Continuous improvement, and (3) Effective communication through increased collaboration and collegiality. Our teachers will continue to participate in extensive professional development that will focus on creating cooperative learning enriched classroom environments that promote greater academic achievement, improved relationships, enhanced self-esteem, harmonious classroom climate, and a range of social skills.
We are proud of our staff and scholars, and as such, we invite you to get to know our school. We look forward to implementing an array of new initiatives such as Positive Behavior Support (PBS), which is a behavior modification program for students and staff that aims to enhance the positive culture and climate of our building. Our PBS expectations of HAWKS are: Helpful, Achievers, Worthy, Kind, and Scholars will be the focus of our scholars and scholar leaders throughout the school day.
We are also seeking to implement After School Enrichment Programs such as Dance, Theater, and Homework Clubs and many more, as additions to the programs we currently have in place such as Honor Society and Student Council Committees. We will continue to offer our Saturday Academy Tutorial Program, and we will begin our third implementation year of the Read 180 program.
The Read 180 program is a computer-based literacy program, which is designed to promote increased reading levels for our third through fifth grade scholars. Data from our first two years of implementation have indicated increased proficiency levels on state standardized assessments as well as elevated performance levels in English Language Arts on district and classroom designed assessments.
As the instructional leader of the building, I encourage you to become involved by volunteering and joining the PTA. It is very important for parents to attend and participate in their child’s education. Our Principal- Parent Corner Meetings will continue to take place on the last Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Our Parent Coordinator will continue to offer seminars to our parents that will provide information on an array of critical topics related to enhanced academic achievement as well as the social development of our scholars. Parents are strongly encouraged to refer to this website throughout the year for the latest information and news about the great things happening at University Elementary School and the achievements of our scholars.
When the family and school work together with high expectations for student achievement and conduct, scholars demonstrate greater success as positive, confident learners. I urge you to support our school, our teachers, and our programs. Your positive attitude and ongoing involvement make a significant difference in building a better future for your children.
I look forward to an outstanding school year by working together as partners in learning, and for the opportunity to serve you in the pursuit of continuous quality education for our children.
Let’s have a great school year! Your support is greatly appreciated and remember – IT IS GREAT TO BE A HAWK!
Sandra Y. Boone-Gibbs,