Hello and welcome to Washington School for the academic year 2018-2019. This building houses approximately 550 students in grades Kindergarten through Six. We continue to grow this year with four sections of grades K-6. We are very excited to welcome new staff to our family and look forward to their unique contributions to our learning community.
Creating and maintaining a learning environment that is inviting, safe, and academically challenging is our primary goal. To develop, mold and forge the leaders of tomorrow and a 21st Century School makes our life’s work extremely rewarding. The overall ambiance at Washington School and the quality of the instruction are enhanced as we develop a concordant relationship among the children, parents, teachers and community.
As one enters Washington School, the building seems to hum with productivity, and visible evidence of children’s learning in an environment that is positive and supportive. It is evident that a critical connection has been made between the student’s academic, emotional and social needs and their need to feel safe, accepted and valued. The elementary school counselor continues to be available to students and develops specialized programs in this regard. Warm, supportive relationships make it easier for our children to learn, experience success, to take risks that are so critical to intellectual growth and development. This sense of community contributes to Washington School’s primary mission – achieving high levels of students’ learning for all and making our students lifelong learners. Our teachers are lifelong learners, who model a love of learning and are caring professionals. This caring attitude impacts directly on the high expectations that our faculty places on their own and their student’s success. These attitudes and dispositions of our teachers toward our children ultimately determine the development of a caring community for all students. High standards of behavior and citizenship begin in the classroom where teachers assist students in developing self-discipline and in taking responsibility for their own behavior.
Curriculum Development is a vital part of continued successful education. Grade level and cross grade teams meet on a regular basis to review, evaluate and craft the curriculum, so that pupils may compete successfully on both academic and social levels. During 2018-2019, staff development will include seminars and workshops in technology integration, differentiation strategies for all students, Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) procedures, Language Arts Literacy development including Readers' and Writers' Workshop model Character Education. The staff will focus additional energy on our expanding our school goal to include verbal expression in our cross-grade and cross-content which we found dramatic growth last year.
Students will also participate in a wide range of activities, that include a variety of clubs, Student Council, Law Fair, Forensics, Washington School Ambassadors, parent-sponsored programs, assemblies, and field trips. Students will prepare articles for a newspaper, either local, county, or state as well as poster and essay contests.
The Washington School Parent-Teacher Organization provides valuable assistance to the students and staff by organizing school programs such as diversity programs, dances, book fairs, graduation activities, and assemblies, as well as providing monetary donations and supplies to the school. The dedicated parent support so many ventures that enhance the school.
The culture and climate at Washington School cultivates a unique environment where staff, administrators, and parents continually strive to provide the best educational programs and opportunities for our students.
This year, modular classrooms will be used to help our students have the space to learn in a positive environment.
As always my door remains open for your questions and comments. Please feel free to contact me.
Douglas T. Jones