Our WAHS Crozet graduates graced our hallways this morning. Our students lined the hallways to greet them with cheers, pom poms, bubbles, high fives, hugs, cupcakes and smiles! My heart was so touched that I had a hard time holding my cell phone to capture this heartfelt moment to be remembered forever! This 2018 class were fifth graders when it was my first year as principal. #memorable #proud
As the saying goes – March comes in like a lion and leaves out like a lamb. Well, this year March came in like a lion and left out like a lamb and continued on into April! Through all of Mother Nature’s changing weather in March and April, we have had some exciting times and more to come as we bring closure to the month of April.
Let’s go down memory lane beginning with our 2nd and 3rd graders Music Program – Folktales.
Henley Jazz Band performs for our 5th graders.
February began with celebrating National School Counselor Week with the theme – helping students reach for the stars! The celebration continued with friendship grams, Valentine’s Day cards/class parties, Jump Rope for Heart, Random Acts of Kindness Week of activities, 100th Day of School, 4th Grade Science Weather Museum, Global Play Day and Digital Learning Day. February ends as March roars in like a Lion with our 2nd/3rd grade amazing Folklore Musical Performance. To be the shortest month of the year, our students learn a lot about kindness, math, science, engineering, staying healthy and social interaction with others!
After returning from winter break and beginning our new year 2018 with inclement weather and school delays, we felt it would be an opportune time to have our first school-wide morning meeting on the last Friday of January. A coming together as a school community to greet everyone, share about our weekend, participate in a shared movement activity and end with a positive morning message to start our day. It was student led by our 5th grade student leaders! Choose kind first everyday!
As we come to end of 2017, our 4th & 5th graders performed a musical production about the history of music and our 3rd graders showcased entrepreneurship with their Annual Market that derived from a Economics Project. Our students continue to amaze me their vibrant creative ideas and talents. Crozet Elementary will continue to focus on learning and creating a school community ethos that inspires wonder, incites curiosity and motivate all learners to excel.
As we prepare for this holiday season into the new year, let’s enjoy this moment of being thankful of an amazing Crozet community of families, friends, local businesses, churches, library, law enforcement, rescue & fire department, farms, vineyards, orchards and the natural beauty of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This month of Thanksgiving was filled with excitement of enriching learning and community building events. Check out our Storybook Character Day, PTO Harvest Festival, Girls on the Run, Young Filmmakers at the VA Film Festival, SAL’s Pizza Night, Fifth Grade Trip to see Wonder after reading the novel and Principal Challenge to Read Every Day! What a time to be thankful.
Fifth Grade went to see the Movie – Wonder after reading the entire novel. The author RJ Palacio retweet our tweet! Here is a excerpt from the novel – Wonder starting on page 303. “The strength of one’s courage,” he repeated quietly, nodding and smiling. He held up his right hand like he was counting off. “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings and propel us, on occasion, to greatness…..”Greatness, ” wrote Beecher, “lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength…
Can you believe we are at the end of the first quarter of the school year? We had an active nine weeks of school of unleashing each student’s potential with relationship, community and team-building activities, engaging learning opportunities and enriching field trips. We are teaching for the future – all means all/equity and access through collective efficacy. A picture is worth a thousand words….note below photos of Crozet ES teaching for the future!
I love the first weeks of school! Students sporting their new gear, confident smiles, readiness to learn and make new friends or establish ties with friends they haven’t seen over the summer. On the other hand, families and students are anxious about their new class level, new journey with academics/learning, new teachers and classmates.
The beginning weeks of school is the optimal time for our students and teachers to build relationships and to get back into the groove of learning. The first six weeks of school is a distinct period of time of many introductions to set students up for a year of engaged and productive learning by using positive teacher language to establish high academic and behavioral expectations, getting students excited to learn by offering engaging academics and teaching the classroom and academic routines that enable a collaborative learning community to thrive. Also during this time of getting to know our students, teachers are administering assessments in the content areas to see where they are and what they know.
August and September – Building collaborative, trusting relationships – Responsive Classroom – Hopes & Dreams September begins our community fun of events: First Grade Popsicle Social, Grandparents Lunch Day, International Dot Day (Make Your Mark) Celebrating Creativity, United Way Day of Caring and PTO Kindergarten Potluck….Whew! It’s only been 4 weeks of school! We are on a ROLL of New Opportunities & New Horizons!
I hope everyone had a safe, active and fun summer. The countdown begins to the first day of school – Wednesday, August 23rd – New Opportunities, New Horizons! Take a peek inside of Crozet Elementary School to discover how we are preparing for a new school year of student learning on Monday, August 21st from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. I echo our superintendent’s welcome back to school words – “Our opportunities to build upon our national reputation for excellence and creative thoughtfulness will increase this year. Many of the most important nationwide challenges facing public education will be addressed here—closing opportunity gaps, aligning curricula with authentic learning experiences, applying design thinking to schools, expanding contemporary learning resources to all students and the implementation of strategies that break down learning barriers that for too long have restricted the upward limits of student potential. ” With this spirit and belief, I as well as our faculty and staff look forward to another exciting school year of getting to know our students, working with you to support their development, maximize their potential and reach their dreams. Crozet Elementary will continue to unleash each student’s potential with our learner-centered goals, a growth mindset and sustaining our green initiatives on a national level!
Our Summer Learning Camp with all four western elementary schools’ students at Brownsville Elementary was a success. The STEM curriculum continued to be a big hit with the students and teachers – students learned to take risks and problem-solve. They participated in Henley’s Summer Fun Fair!
From July 17-20, our kindergarten camp filled with smiling faces ready for new adventures and excitement! As this month ends, our custodial staff has worked tremendously to prepare our building for the upcoming school year! From our summer construction projects, we gained improved staff restrooms, new stage floor, new flooring in the after-school program office and painted our front entrance areas and media center rooms.