Please welcome Sydney Wicks to Hollymead. She is part time at Hollymead, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She also works at Agnor Hurt. We are so happy to have her join the Hollymead team.
Hi there! My name is Sydney Wicks, and I am joining the wonderful Hollymead community as a resource teacher. I was born and raised in Charlottesville, where I attended the University of Virginia for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I received my Master’s degree from the Curry School in both general elementary education and special education. After graduating, I moved out to the great state of Wyoming where I spent two years teaching special education and enjoying the outdoors as a seasonal horsepacker and avid backpacker. I recently moved back to Charlottesville in order to be closer to family, and I am excited to be joining all of you!
Dear Hollymead Families,
It’s hard to believe that we’ve already finished the first quarter of the school year. During this successful start, there have been many exciting learning projects, field trips and school wide morning meetings. Our PTO has been so supportive of teachers already providing a coffee/muffin cart as a treat one day and snacks for a faculty meeting on another day. Several teacher grants have also been funded! The Spirit Week and Book Character Parade were lots of fun and helped build relationships at our school!
CARES (cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control) is the cornerstone for how we treat each other at Hollymead. CARES is written on the walls. Students hear about CARES in classroom morning meetings and on the television broadcasts. They also hear about it when there is a problem and they determine which CARES word would help the situation. Please ask your child about CARES.
Arriving at school on time is so important. Students who arrive late interrupt the flow of work and instruction in the classroom. Those students often feel like they are playing catch up, a feeling I know I don’t like. Make it a goal to get your child to school on time. On time is in the classroom at 7:55 a.m. We allow a 5-minute grace period, but begin writing tardy passes at 8:00 a.m. Some mornings we write as many as 35 tardy passes. Other mornings only a few. The best way for students to arrive on time to school is by riding the bus. The buses are all here before the 7:45 bell and they are all unloaded by 7:50. If your child is a walker, make sure they allow ample time to get to school. The crossing guards leave their posts at 7:55 am to be on time for other duties and will be unable to supervise children who are running late. The safety of our students is our highest priority and we want them to cross the street when a staff member is present and able to assist them.
My door is always open. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns. I am truly thankful for all you do to support our students, our teachers and our school.
Your partner in education, Nancy V. Teel, Principal