Laurie Narro, Ed.D. Principal Letter to MHS Families 2016
Dear MHS Families,
Welcome Back! I can’t believe how quickly the summer went by and how quickly everyone has already settled in! We set many records as we started the year: greatest number of teachers who moved into new classrooms; largest number of new teachers hired over the summer; and most teachers sharing a teaching assignment! On the first day of school, we made record-breaking time getting all our students into classrooms the first day of school-with almost everyone tucked in by 8:35. I received a record number of hugs from Tk-5th graders. The amount of pleasure and excitement amongst staff and students is palpable!
Bienvenidos! This year’s theme was chosen, Go for the Gold! One of our 5th graders received 3 Gold Medals in the Junior Olympics and got to share that with the students at our first Outdoor Assembly. We put our Gold Ribbon Mural on display and because all our teachers are CGI trained, we are sure to keep up the progress we made in mathematics. We received our CAASPP scores: 80% of our students measured proficient and advanced in ELA (growth of 6% points) and 81% of our students measured that in math (growth of 2% points)!! This is wonderful progress and speaks to the hard work put in by the students and teachers last year!
Uhsuhwa! We started the year on Monday before the students were to return, by asking our 5th graders to come to our annual Leadership Day. Rather than introducing students to Leaders: Past and Present, I introduced them to their peers, students who had taken on leadership roles last year. Some leaders shared how they helped with the Wellness Committee and others shared their power of persuasion to encourage me to purchase yoga balls so students could increase fitness as well as focus. Other leaders shared that they had traveled to Bali. There, they visited the students who were recipients of scholarship funds raised here at MHS! While at our training, the 5th graders were introduced to three guiding values of leaders: Make Good Decisions, Problem Solve, and Show Respect.
Huanying! We have begun the year with great enthusiasm and renewed commitment to work with your children to build their academic skills AND their leadership skills. Our campus has always been a school with a focus on community service and this year we are going to formalize the experiences. Our teachers will work with their students and each grade level will determine what that service might be. You’ll learn more at Back To School Night.
Willkommen! We will also continue our efforts to build our students’ understanding, tolerance and acceptance of their peers. I hoped to inspire our teachers at our Welcome Back Faculty Meeting with the poignant poetry of Maya Angelou entitled Human Family. We read the text and discussed its meaning, making connections to what happens in our classrooms. The teachers will be working through the Second Step Curriculum designed to help students be aware of others’ feelings and make responsible decisions.
Thank you once again for giving me the honor of working with your children as their school principal!
Laurie Narro, Ed. D