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Principal's Message

Message from the Principal

 

THANK YOU for a wonderful welcome to Graham Elementary School. I am very excited for the opportunity to serve you and your children as your school principal. Each day you send your children to school trusting us to provide a safe, welcoming, nurturing and engaging learning environment. I take this responsibility seriously and I am committed to ensuring success, safety and security of students, staff at all times. Although we have a closed campus for security, we welcome visitors in accord with our visitor policy and are here to address any concern you may have. My goal is to support the Graham’s teachers, staff, students and community in fulfilling on our mission and vision.

Please join me for Coffee with the Principal the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Parent Center. This is an opportunity to speak with me directly, share your bright ideas, and concerns. I welcome all community input. In addition, we have monthly parent education presented by our EL, literacy, math and STEAM coaches.

 

Graham Vision: Through a strong program that encourages a sense of exploration and creativity, our students

will become effective communicators, problem solvers, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners.

 

Graham Motto: Learning from Success, Collaborating for Success, Sharing our Success

 

Over the past few years Graham students have learned to become effective communicators via our Balanced Literacy Program consisting of Interactive Read Alouds, Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Interactive Writing, and Writers Workshop. We will continue this work as teachers of grades K-2nd study to include foundational reading skills inside of Balanced Literacy so that students learn to read fluently by the end of second grade. While in grades 3-6 focus on developing close reading skills to improve critical thinking and comprehension of complex text.

In Math, to foster problem-solving and a deep conceptual understanding of essential mathematical ideas, strategies, and models, teachers are continuing their study of Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) utilizing the Contexts for Learning series by Catherine Fosnot. Students will be immersed in exploration and creativity activities via regular visits by Art, Music, Dance and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers and consultants.  Teachers collaborate weekly to share and develop lessons that will engage students in learning experiences which will enable them to succeed academically throughout their school life and prepare them with the necessary tools to become critical participants of society in the 21st century. Graham Elementary students know they are valued and are contributors to the success of our school. Our Positive Behavior Plan focuses on helping students become responsible citizens by learning how to make Good Decisions, Show Respect, Solve Problems, and most importantly to Be Safe.

 

Attendance is Very Important

 

Please make sure that your child attends school every day, on-time, and ready to learn. Our goal for students that each student is absent 7 or fewer days during the whole school year. We want every student to “be great not late.”To be “on-time” students must be in their classroom, and in their seat by 8:00 a.m. ready for class to begin. Please have your child on campus by 7:55 a.m. Students who maintain 0 Absences + 0 Tardy + 0 Early Pick-ups for a month receive a monthly a Perfect Attendance Award. With your help, your child can receive an attendance award for coming to school every day, on-time, and ready to learn!

 

Parents as Partners

 

We welcome and encourage parent engagement in our school. Parents are their child’s first teacher, and we want to help you help your child at home. There are many opportunities to become a volunteer in our school community (in the classroom, parent center, on the yard, during breakfast time, before/after school, etc.) Most importantly, we want you to partner with us in the education of your child. It is important that you stay informed about what your child is learning in school and how you can support their learning at home. Our school needs your help and support – your role in the classroom is just as important as your role at home!

 

 

Theresa Corsaro, Principal