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Dear Mirror Lake families, students, and community,
My name is Natalee Saber (Daniels), and I am the proud Principal of Mirror Lake Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year. First, I want to extend to you and your family a very warm welcome to Mirror Lake Elementary. The elementary years is an exciting time where student scholars embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. Each year will provide important transitions and the acquisition of new 21st century skills through our two building goals that will enhance each student’s ability to apply learning in many ways. Our major focuses this year are around The Early Years (specifically reading, writing, and math) and The Whole Child (attendance and social-emotional skills).
Mirror Lake's first goal (The Early Years) is centered on having every student scholar entering kindergarten ready to learn with the social-emotional skills that will propel each student to meet or exceed grade level standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics by the end of 3rd grade. Our teachers will be hard at work to ensure that we are educating and equipping our student scholars with the necessary skills to be successful beyond 3rd grade. In addition, will be spending the year on providing targeted supports for K-3 classrooms, and getting creative on what this looks like and sounds like at Mirror Lake. To support these efforts, we will be collaborating with families through our Ready-K and Jumpstart programs to create positive learning experience that get student scholars prepared for Kindergarten and beyond. In addition, our school-wide focus will be on formative assessment and success criteria. I encourage you to ask your scholars three questions 1) What was your learning target for today? 2) What did you need to do to be successful? 3) Why is that important?
Mirror Lake's second goal (The Whole Child) is around our attendance and behavior supports. Our goals are to maximize class time by having all student scholars in school 95% of the time or more. Our attendance team will be meeting monthly and figuring out ways to increase student’s time at school. We also have a school-wide PBIS team that will spend time refining and adjusting our systems to meet the needs of our student scholars. We are seeking caregivers, families, and community members to attend PBIS meetings to help improve our behavior efforts during the school year. Please contact me directly if you would like to attend a meeting.
This year, we have invited families to serve on our parent panels both for our teacher training days for the district and the school. We hope to do more of this throughout the year. Your voices are critical in ensuring the success of our scholars. Please reach out if you would like to serve on a future panel.
This will be an important year for Mirror Lake's community. As many of you know, the most recent bond that passed has granted us the opportunity to rebuild our school. We are entering the construction phase and are excited to watch our new building develop. Like any new transition, we appreciate your flexibility, and understanding around school-wide changes as we go throughout the year. Our families and community have played a huge role in the success of our scholars, and we hope to be able to partner with you in this journey.
I am excited to work alongside you and our community in a variety of ways this year with our new assistant principal, Shawn Kocher.