Dear Northside Families,
I hope you are well! I wanted to reach out to all of you to give you an update on Northside Elementary School. Here at Northside, we focus on keeping our students safe, happy, and learning. In doing so, I wanted to share with you some of the summer updates that connect with our core belief of keeping our students safe, happy, and learning!
As many of you already know, my number one priority is to keep students safe at school. I want to ensure that our students are safe before, during, and after the first school bell is rung. Thus, we will make sure that our kindergarten students will now enter our school at the front entrance. This new plan will provide safety for our youngest Dolphins! We also noticed that the gravel was a safety hazard for our students while lining up in the morning. As part of our capital improvement plan, we were able to remove the loose gravel on the side of the school and create a paved walkway for our students. The asphalt replacement project will be completed before the first day of school. Furthermore, we were able to advocate for and received funding through our wonderful school district to add another layer of security throughout our school. Finally, we also have an established safety team that will work with our police officers and district administration to train all of our staff during our professional development days. We will practice and continue to improve on our emergency plan throughout the school year!
Our school was built in 1976 and, in some areas, we have not seen any updates since then. I am excited to announce that we were able to add bright and lively colors in our hallways and will continue to look for other opportunities to make Northside Elementary shine! As students, staff, and families walk through our school, we can’t help but smile and feel happy with the new colors. Please check out a video on our school website. Our wonderful librarian put together this video to share with all of you some of the bright colors that were added to our school. I also want to give a shout out to PTO for funding this project, and to Sarah Helf for her guidance in the color scheme and the design!
Our school is a place where students feel a sense of belonging and happiness. Students are happy when they understand the purpose and are able to have a voice in learning! In listening to students and their families for the past year, I am happy to announce that we will be exploring together strategies to provide our students with a full range of experiences through STEAM! For this upcoming school year, I will assemble a team of teachers and community members who are passionate about creating STEAM experiences for all of our students at Northside. Our teachers will continue to teach all of the core subjects while we are exploring ways to give students extended experiences in STEAM. Please reach out to me via email if you are interested in being a part of creating and designing experiences that will peek our students curiosity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Please know that we will expand our scope to go beyond STEAM, especially with all of the talent that is right here in our Northside community.
Finally, our staff and I have been busy this summer attending academic professional development offered by our district. Our teachers continue to learn and grow in all subjects in order to facilitate our students’ learning in the upcoming school year. I was also fortunate to secure incredible educators to our Northside team who will ensure our students are safe, happy, and learning! These educators reflect our high standards and expectations and will be able to be fully immersed in the Northside Way! Please welcome these wonderful educators to our Northside Learning Community! You can read more about them by checking out our school website.
I look forward to another incredible school year, with incredible staff, families, and, most importantly, incredible students that I have the privilege of learning from! Go Northside Dolphins!
I hope to see everyone tomorrow, Wednesday, August 14 at our Student Information/Picture Day. Come anytime between 2-6 p.m. Please enter through the Main Entrance.