Message from the North Schuylkill Elementary Principals:
Mission ACCOMPLISHED…TAKE 2! So, let’s finally put this year in the REARVIEW!
No one can argue that the 2020 – 2021 school-year was not challenging, but I hope we can all agree how amazingly resilient our students, teachers, staff, families, and community members have been throughout this unconventional school year!
We are so proud of everyone for their commitment and dedication. On behalf of all of us at North Schuylkill Elementary, we would like to thank you for your patience, enthusiasm, and support. Together, we have been able to ensure that students had the opportunity for in-person learning, competitive sports, virtual concerts and performances, club activities, and recognition ceremonies. Together, we made the most of this year!
It has been quite a ride, and with all that we’ve been through, we believe we came out on top. We’ve been so proud of our efforts as a school and a school district. Everyone that is a part of North Schuylkill School District should be extremely happy that we survived this year and made the best of all the challenges. This is a special place! Our teachers and staff made it a Mission (Possible2) to ensure that no matter what the circumstances, we were going to educate your children to the best of our abilities each and every day.
They succeeded; and so did our students! The students overcame so much adversity, and they will never forget this year when they look back on their educational career. We would be lying to you if we said we weren’t apprehensive, nervous and even scared, as we embarked on this journey starting last August. But to our surprise, the children and teachers never met a task they weren’t able to overcome. And they did so with SPARTAN PRIDE!
To our superintendent – thank you for incessantly leading our school district through unchartered territory, with confidence, commitment, diligence and optimism, day in and day out!
To our nurses – thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our health and safety plan was followed, which kept our DOORS OPEN to students daily!
To our cafeteria crew – thank you for working tirelessly to feed our students each day…including virtual days!
To our custodial crew – thank you for moving things around – here, there and everywhere and keeping our school looking clean, sanitized and beautiful.
To our paraprofessional staff – thank you for being willing to help out whenever needed and doing so with a smile
To our teachers, counselors, and specialists – thank you for being absolute rock stars each and every day. Our students will remember you!
To our front office – thank you for keeping things organized and our building running smoothly each day.
To our NSE PTO – thank you for your generosity and all of your hard work in making this year AMAZING for our students!
To our parents, grandparents, and guardians – thank you for supporting us every step of the way and giving us encouragement when needed.
To our children – You will remember this year and what you have gone through – and you did awesome! You lived, laughed, and learned a lot all along the way…even while wearing a mask!
In closing, we want to reiterate our gratitude for your continued support and wish you and your family good health and good spirits. Warmer weather and better times are here.
Thank you again and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and rejuvenating summer!
For those families returning…we will see you in August!
With SPARTAN PRIDE,
Ms. Janice M. Whitaker, Principal
Mrs. Janel Hansbury, Assistant Principal
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” - Michelangelo
Goal #1: Fostering a Respectful Learning Environment with the FOCUS on Connection, Community and Relationships
To create a supportive and positive classroom and school environment, where every child feels physically and emotionally safe and connected to the school and staff, as evidenced through SEL practices and PBIS plans, and monitoring data, student surveys, discipline and attendance.
Tips to Achieve Goal #1:
• Establish Positive Relationships. Get started early. Build positive relationships with students and parents starting before the first day of school.
• Clear Communication. Speak their language. Use humor, technology, or other strategies to get on their level. Use Morning Meetings, Community Circles, and Discussion Boards to pose daily questions regarding students’ health and well-being.
• Trust. Let your students make responsible decisions.
Goal #2: Providing Students with High Quality Instruction with the FOCUS on Matching Teaching to Student Learning Needs
To teach all content areas with fidelity and consistency, as evidenced through common grading and assessments, shared lesson planning, and shared communication with MTSS/SHIELD Team. Student achievement data will be monitored and discussed in grade level meetings.
Tips to Achieve Goal #2:
• Utilize Effective Teaching Practices. Use rigorous, evidence-based, instructional frameworks that develop learners’ academic, behavioral, emotional, and social knowledge, skills, and habits.
• Differentiate Instruction. Teaching strategies are differentiated, universally designed, and responsive to accommodate all students’ individual learning differences.
• Set Expectations. Messages of high expectations and care for each learner are conveyed.