Slippery Rock Area School District
Cultivating Knowledge and Encouraging Independence.
FROM THE DESK OF
W. HERBERT BASHAM JR.
SLIPPERY ROCK AREA ELEMENTARY
“Learning for All, Whatever it Takes”
The Slippery Rock Area Elementary School staff and I are confident this will be another very successful and prosperous school year. This year our focus is building on the successes of last year and sustaining our continuous improvement efforts. As Principal, I believe that we must continue to do what is best for all of our children working hand in hand with each other in all avenues of the school and community. My goals as principal are to focus on safety, communication, student achievement, literacy, equity, and in particular parent involvement and consistency. The staff’s focus this year will be on the book “Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success” by Doctor Carol S. Dweck. This book study will allow staff members to reinforce the thinking that all students can achieve at higher levels with effort, perseverance and resiliency.
I firmly believe that “Education is the Key to Success.” My motto is “It takes a whole village (community) to raise a child.” This is why it is so critical and imperative that you as parents and guardians become actively involved in your child’s education. It is also my belief that for a school to be effective, the faculty, staff and community must have a common focus and vision; all students can learn and achieve high standards of excellence.
My vision would emphasize the role of the home, school, and community to help ensure the cognitive, creative, and social growth of the students to help them meet the challenges of the ever-changing world. The empowerment of the school’s stakeholders will allow them to take ownership, which will create the needed environment to make the vision a reality. To help facilitate this, strong lines of communication must be established and maintained. In addition, a conducive environment of mutual respect and trust must be developed and nurtured which will allow all of the stakeholders to become accountable and actively involved in the process.
Again, this year parents will see new staff members at Area Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. New to the building this year are, Lisa Simmons (Kindergarten), Mara Papley (2nd grade), Kurt Ligo (3rd grade), Rachelle Reamer (4th grade), Chad Rosatelli (Health and Physical Education), Kara Rubaker (School Nurse), Christina McIltrot (Librarian), Kelsey Drennen (LTS for Jill Takach), and Carly Dye (Title 1 Teaching Assistant). Teachers in new assignments are Ann Puntureri, who moved from 1st grade to Kindergarten. In addition, I want to welcome new cafeteria production worker, Jill Kesten, and new custodian, Debbie Boggess.
This year Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30th for Kindergarten through second grade and Wednesday, August 31st for third through fifth grade. The times will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Having Open House earlier will allow classroom teachers and staff members to formally introduce themselves to parents, share classroom procedures, and provide information on any new programs being implemented within the district/school.
One other major change this year is in the Wellness policy which addresses student birthday celebrations, school parties and students snacks. All birthday celebrations will be celebrated with non-food items only. Student snacks and school party foods will be limited to the approved snack and party lists. For more information, see the Healthy Snack Practice, Food For School Classroom Celebrations and the Approved Food Choices For Individual Students documents included in this handbook or visit the District’s website.
I am looking forward to seeing and talking to each and every one of you, and want to remind you that my door is always open. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at (724) 794-2960, ext. 4000, email me at [email protected] or stop to see me. Parental input is needed, valued, and always wanted.
W. Herbert Basham Jr., Principal