Hello Sunnycrest Roadrunners,
The staff at Sunnycrest wishes our families a safe and relaxing summer vacation. We thank you for your partnership and all the ways, large and small, that you contribute to the education of your children.
We are thankful for the leadership of our outgoing principal, Shana Watkins, who will be leading at Totem Middle School next year. We look forward to continuing the great work that has been happening here at Sunnycrest. Joining me next year will be our new Assistant Principal, Allison Hargroves. We hope you will stop by and see us over the summer.
When September comes around, our building will continue to focus on Strategic Plan Goal 2 - The Whole Child and Goal 4 – Content Area Mastery. We are especially excited about our big ambitious goals and will do our part every day to make those goals a reality for our scholars.
We will continue to focus on teaching scholars the skills needed to manage our emotions and build healthy relationships through our Second Step curriculum. We will explicitly teach our school-wide behavior expectations and work to understand the needs of each child on campus. This focus will allow us to create a safe, kind, and productive school environment where scholars can excel. In addition, we are ready to improve content mastery with the adoption of a new phonics program in grade K-2 and a new math curriculum in grades K-5. We are confident that these materials will play a big role in meeting the needs of our scholars.
You might be wondering about the experiences and values that I bring to Sunnycrest. I would love to tell you more. For the past two years, I have supported the science and math education of your children as your District Math and Science Facilitator for PreK-5th grade. This is a district-level administrative position housed in our Curriculum department (called Teaching for Learning, TFL). Specifically, I am most proud of my work with our salmon in the classroom program as well our district’s highly successful STEM Exploration Night. The following links provide more information about those programs: Storming the Sound with Salmon STEM Exploration Night
I am also proud of our K-12 Math Adoption. Together with teacher leaders from across the district, we accomplished our goal of putting robust, standards-aligned, culturally relevant materials into the hands of our teacher and scholars. Prior to being your PreK-5 Math and Science Facilitator, I was a successful classroom teacher in the Auburn School district for 15 years. I am enthused to put my district and classroom-level experience to work for your children. I believe in the ability of our teachers and I believe that all scholars can achieve at high levels. This year my plan is to provide you with a high degree of commitment to your children and the opportunity for two-way communication.
We hope you will attend our Back to School Night on August 28th from 6-7:30 p.m. If there were one thing I would request between now and then -- read, read, and read some more! Enjoy your time together.