This year we are off to a super start! We have worked hard to prepare for your child(ren)’s arrival and together we will be “Agents of Change”.
As you may have seen and/or heard from various media sources, our school has increased the number of master and advanced students by 6%. We are extremely proud of the hard work of our faculty, staff, students, and families. It is truly a team effort. We are very proud of our growth, but we have a great distance to climb. Our super teachers hit the ground running in preparation for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. We hosted several training/planning sessions for our teachers over the summer. The teachers had the opportunity to come in and work with district personnel to prepare for the new Science and Social Studies Standards, Wonders Reading Series (K-2), Guidebooks 2.0 (ELA 3-8), and Math. Our faculty also attended district hosted professional development on August 8th.
In an effort to stay supercharged and empower our heroes, we will have a club day on the last Friday of each month starting in September. These clubs will be in addition to those activities offered after school allowing students to be a part of an extracurricular activity. In addition to 4-H, Distinguished Gentlemen, Leading Ladies, Beta, Robotics and Knit clubs, we have also added “The Green Thumb Club”, Student Council and Choir.
In an effort to keep the momentum of our super heroes moving onward and upwards, we have implemented additional Math and Reading intervention classes. We will be providing Math and Reading enrichment during the normal enrichment hours. Students selected for these classes will have the opportunity to attend regular enrichments (Art, Music, PE, Library, & Computer Lab) and the remainder will be spent preparing them for a successful year.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the children’s school supply lists had very few items that needed to be purchased. Our school was truly blessed by the generosity of our community. In addition to our local community, we received a very large supply of donations from Mount Olive, Alabama and San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Barry Johnson, retired 4th grade teacher and Primary Leader with Ambassador Leaders, led a district wide school supply drive. His school district delivered 4 truckloads of supplies to our school. Also, Mr. Nick Raczek, teacher at Cornerstone Christian School in San Antonio, Texas, and University Liaison with Ambassador Leaders, led a school-wide school supply drive which equated to 2 truckloads. Through the generosity of our community and others, we were able to purchase additional supplies to supplement the supply list of all of our students.
I would like to thank you for the continued support our school. Together, we ALL make up the Hammond Westside Montessori family and by working together we can move our students and school onward and upward!
Mr. Jason Oller-Principal