Welcome to the opening of a wonderful new school year! I hope that everyone has had the opportunity to relax, have fun, and cross a few things off the “to do” list. Even though our last day of school was June 16th, the building continues to be filled with excitement.
This summer over 50 students participated in either extended school year services or Summer Academy. Students were exposed to a variety of hands-on experiences that made learning fun! Our rising 8th grade students also had the opportunity to attend EPIC Summer Camp, a program designed to support students transitioning to high school.
I want to take a moment to share a few highlights or additions for the upcoming school year. ABM has almost completed the upgrade of our building’s air conditioning systems and overhead lighting efficiency. The improvements are greatly appreciated. Also, some of you may have noticed that KQES has an addition to the beautification of the front of our building. In conjunction with the Monarch Restoration Society, students and volunteers have created a butterfly garden. The garden will provide instructional support for our students and hopefully aid in the efforts in restoring the Monarch Butterfly population in our area. It is important for young people to learn how to properly and effectively communicate their feelings and desires as well as how to hear and respect the feelings and desires of others. The KQES community will be receiving Green Zone training. This is a nationally accepted and proven school-wide positive behavior system that focuses on bullying prevention, character development and gives students a tangible way to identify and classify day-to-day interactions.
Our first day of school is September 6th, 2016. Our focus continues to be providing each child new challenges that will result in a rewarding school experience. Preliminary data released by the Virginia Department of Education indicates that King and Queen Elementary remains to be FULLY ACCREDITED! This is a lot to be proud of and the credit should be shared with all who touch the lives of our students each and every day. Parents, thank you for your time and energy. This partnership changes student outcomes and helps us all grow in a positive direction. As the school year gets underway, feel free to contact King and Queen Elementary teaching staff if you have any concerns about a student’s academic performance or social development. Teachers are accessible via communication logs, email, and telephone or parent/teacher conferences. We are here to meet the needs of all students and welcome the opportunity to work as partners in your child’s education. Communication is a critical piece of all successful schools!
Our Back-To-School Nights will take place on August 31, 2016, for grades K-3 and September 1, 2016, for grades 4-7. We will begin promptly at 6:00 and end by 7:30. We will gather in the gymnasium for introductions of staff and to discuss policies and procedures that impact the day-to-day operations of the building. Teachers will then welcome the children to their room, discuss pertinent policies and procedures, and share curriculum highlights. You may bring your child’s materials and supplies to leave in the classroom. Please plan to attend as these nights will serve as our traditional open house and back-to-school night. A letter will be sent to each home during the summer as a reminder of the date and time for each event.
On a personal note, I want to say thank you to teachers, students, and parents that provided me with support and understanding during my first year as principal of King and Queen Elementary. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the community during the 2016-2017 school year, and look forward to all the possibilities in the journey ahead!
Allison M. Jordan