In the short time since officially joining the Red Hill community, I have experienced the intense school pride felt by everyone I have met. Whether it be teachers and staff, families or other community members, in person, by phone or by email, it is clear that the community supports the school and that school is central to the identity of the community. It is an honor to be here with all of you.
While school families have hopefully been enjoying a slower pace and more time together, teachers have both enjoyed some R & R and been busy with a variety of activities to support students and to further their own professional development. In June, seven teachers attended the school division’s Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Institute to deepen their understanding of instructional strategies that lead to powerful learning experiences for our students. Several teachers led our three week summer school program and week-long Kindergarten Jump Start program. Throughout the summer, teachers have opted into numerous professional development opportunities aligned with their interests and the school division’s goals. Mrs. Rondeau opened the library two evenings for book check-out, with one more evening scheduled on August 13th. And most teachers have come to meet with me individually and in groups to share their hopes and dreams and begin planning for the upcoming school year.
Our custodians, Mason and Stephanie, have scrubbed and polished the building from floor to ceiling so we will be ready to welcome teachers back on August 13th and students on August 22nd. Mrs. Cason has been busy in the office closing out the last school year, updating records and registering new students for the upcoming year. While busily tackling their own lists of things to do, all three have graciously and patiently answered my many questions to help me with the resources and information I have needed to learn about the school. They are truly the linchpins of the smooth functioning of the school and I am grateful for all they do.
While I met several families during summer school, during the open library night in July and through phone calls and visits, there are still many of you who I haven’t met and I am eager to do so. Please know that I look forward to partnering with you to ensure your child’s success. I hope to see all of you at Open House on Monday, August 20th, 4-6PM. In the meantime, do not hesitate to stop by, call or email.