Principal's Message

As we prepare for the year ahead, I am mindful of the importance of moving forward. Sandpiper has much to celebrate on so many fronts, but there is always forward momentum and something new to learn in education. As the leader of this school it is my role to ensure our students are provided the best 21st Century education possible. Keeping this in mind, the staff and I are working diligently to redesign and rethink the structure of our classes, the delivery of instruction, and some of the curriculum. This redesign is evident in your students engaging in strong collaborative peer learning groups, regular collaboration among teachers, lessons that are in alignment across the grade level, and in the types of activities and work we ask students to do. We acknowledge there may be bumps in the road as it takes time to implement anything new and to do it well, but we are confident that we will create challenging lessons for our students that truly help them become college and career ready. As adult learners the staff is researching best practices and common core standards. We are playing our part in giving input to the district’s strategic plan in order to develop a guide and vision for our students as we implement lessons using the essential 21st century skills. These are the skills of Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creative Things, with an understanding of Global Citizenship. We will also continue to integrate and provide lessons that help our students become digitally literate. Our professional development and collaborative grade level planning will continue on a weekly basis every Wednesday, and well as multiple times throughout the week.

 

      We have much at stake and we cannot do it alone. Communication is the lifeblood of any healthy relationship and it is true of a healthy school as well. I encourage you to read your classroom newsletters, as well as the notices that your teacher sends home. I also encourage you to read the monthly Principals’ Message, bi-weekly PTA eNews publications, and the constant contact group emails just in case we have something that is time sensitive to send out. If you are unsure of something pertaining to your child’s education or if you have questions about their work then it is crucial that you go to the source and start by emailing their teacher. My door is always open and I answer my emails relatively quickly, but your first step would always be the teacher.

 

      When I think of the importance of school, I use the analogy of a three-legged stool. Parents are one leg, teachers another, and students, the third leg. All three legs are essential for the stool to stand strong. Parents share their talents and resources with their children and the school. They support their children both in and out of school, whether it is for academics, sports, or emotional growth. Teachers build strong relationships with their students and teach them what they need to become successful students and future citizens. It is important that they thrive in a nurturing, safe, and caring learning community where parents and staff work together for their benefit. Without all three legs standing together the stool cannot stand. When we all work together our students will be more apt to value and enjoy learning, and they will become well-rounded students.

 

      I am deeply committed to working with everyone to make it a truly extraordinary year for your children. As we embark on this journey I want to stress that we are in the middle of transition. We are looking at programs, curriculum and the way we have always done things with new lenses. What may have been done in the past may look different in the future. Like I stated earlier education is constantly moving and changing. Change is hard, but it is exciting too. As the teachers and I review what has been working, tweak things to make it even better, or change things as needed, please note that we will always have the needs of each and every student in mind. I personally commit to weigh every decision I make based on it’s value towards the safety of our students and high quality rigorous instruction as those are two things I feel are important for a

thriving school setting.

 

Thank you for your time and all that you do for our school community. Let’s make it a great year!

We are one COMMUNITY

If one fails, WE ALL FAIL

If one succeeds, WE ALL SUCCEED

 

Tami Moore, Principal

Sandpiper Elementary School

 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus

character - that is the goal of true education.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.                                                              

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