Welcome to the Caledonia Area Elementary School. This is my first year as interim principal at our school, so it is with anticipation that I am looking forward to serving you. Having lived in Caledonia for the past 32 years, I am honored to contribute to our school as your elementary principal. The Caledonia Area School District has an amazing community with strong family values. I want to continue to build on these values, so our students feel accepted and connected while developing their intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills.
“Don’t worry, be Happy”
This will be the motto of our elementary school this year. “Happy” is the acronym for Healthy, Academic, Positive, People, Yearlong.
The focus will be to promote emotional, physical, and social health throughout the school year. Students today, more than ever, have stresses and challenges that they encounter such as emphasis on standardized testing, exposure to media, heightened safety issues, social media influences, adverse childhood experiences, and bullying to name a few. Giving students the skills to navigate the stresses and challenges in life will help to develop coping skills and to build resilience. As a result, students will be better able to focus on academics and become engaged in their learning.
It’s true that it takes a village to raise a child, and of course parents are certainly instrumental in fostering a love of learning. We will partner with parents and community to support each other in making this the best year possible for our world’s most valuable resource: our children.
Many of you may already know me as an English Language/Arts teacher and as a community member. Now, it’s my pleasure to serve you as the elementary principal. If you don’t know me, I am looking forward to meeting you.