Dear Parents and Community,
Welcome back to the 2014-15 school year! I hope you had a restful and
relaxing summer. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to reflect on the
successes of the past year and to anticipate what lies ahead. I must say that
I am very excited about the upcoming year!
At the beginning of every year, Principal’s and teachers, just like students,
are excited for the first day of school and have their own set of butterflies.
We want the year to go “just right”! We start the New Year with a set of
goals that usually have something to do with self-improvement. I hope as
we "ring in" the new school year that you will join me in setting some goals
to improve student learning. Our expectations for our students at Wildfire
are always increasing. Great schools can never afford to rest on our laurels
and not continue to strive for increasing excellence.
Over the summer I read two great books about improving teaching and
learning in the classroom. The first one was Teach Like a Pirate by Dave
Burgess about increasing engagement and creativity in the classroom
and the second was Quiet by Susan Cain. Quiet was about teaching and
developing leadership in the shy or introverted child, which make up 35-50%
of our student population. It is critical that we provide a complete learning
experience for all of our children.
As we journey through this year, I hope to work with you to keep
standards and expectations high and provide engaged and creative
classrooms in alignment with our district’s plan of innovation in teaching. It
is of the greatest importance that our students never feel that they cannot
achieve to the highest standards.
Once again, Welcome Back! And thanks for choosing to be a part of
Wildfire Elementary School in Paradise Valley!