From the Principal's Desk

Greetings 9E Families,

I hope you are all enjoying a fun filled, healthy summer vacation. The start of the school year is right around the corner. I’m so excited to share all of the wonderful things that are on the horizon.

I’m happy to announce that our theme for this year is Creativity. This theme comes directly from our school’s vision statement. When we think of creativity, we often think of it in relation to the arts. Our hallways and classrooms are decorated with the creative works of our students. Our music rooms and auditorium are often filled with the wonderful music they create. However, creativity does not end with the arts. It is present in every lesson, activity and assignment in our classrooms. In their writing, students use their imaginations to create imaginative worlds, exciting characters and descriptive environments. In math, they tackle complex challenges, using their creativity to find new solutions. In the area of social/emotional learning, students create their image of their “best selves” to help make good choices. Throughout the school year, students will participate in events and projects that celebrate our theme. Together, we will strive to create the best school possible.

Our academic program will continue to thrive as we enrich our curriculum with a wide range of resources. For example, our STEM program, which has been so successful in grades 4-6, will expand to include third grade. Our sixth graders will continue to use individual Chromebooks throughout the school day to expand their repertoire of skills in all subject areas. Students will continue to develop their craft as writers by bringing their seed ideas to fruition through the writing process. These are just some of the exciting academic offerings to come.

This year, our district-wide emphasis on reading continues. We strive to inspire all students to love reading. In the fall, we will be installing a “little lending library” on our school grounds. This library was built and donated by our very own OHS students! This library will be an easy way for students to discover new books and share some of their favorites with other students. Throughout the school year, we will promote reading through other fun, engaging events and activities. Don’t forget, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is still underway! If your child has not logged in to the Scholastic website yet, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible. If you have trouble logging in, please contact the main office. It’s Minute Mania Month on the Scholastic website. That means that kids can log all their minutes from the entire summer! The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge ends on September 8th. The top readers in each grade will be acknowledged at our first Morning Meeting in September.

Even though our theme this year is Creativity, Community will still continue to be embedded within the fabric of our school. We are eager to continue some of the community projects we started last year. Be on the lookout for our Morning Meeting calendar. These monthly events will continue to be an opportunity to celebrate everything that makes our school such a special place. In addition, as you know, Texas is currently facing a large-scale natural disaster, the likes of which is far too familiar to our school community.

Throughout the next few weeks and months, we will be launching various initiatives aimed toward creating a brighter today for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please keep in mind that we will continue our guidelines regarding outside food that is brought in for classroom celebrations. This plan was developed by our Shared Decision Making Team and was highly successful last year. Outside food items must be store-bought and contain a list of ingredients. We appreciate
your adherence to these guidelines. Please note that this does not impact students’ individual lunches and snacks.

The first day of school will be September 5th. On that day, all parents are invited attend our “PTA Coffee Meet and Greet” at 8:30 am in the cafeteria. Our Back to School BBQ is scheduled for September 15th and Back to School Night is scheduled for September 19th. The district calendar is in the mail and will be arriving shortly.  Please review the calendar on a regular basis, as it contains important dates for our school and the district.

In our ongoing efforts to stay in touch, we will be using the Remind mobile application throughout the year. We will periodically send updates about upcoming events and general information. If you’d like to receive these mobile
updates, please text @936c67 to the number 81010.

Thank you for taking the time to review this letter. It is a snapshot of the wonderful things on the horizon. I hope you all enjoy the remainder of the summer and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,
Mr. Josh McPherson
Principal 
jmcpherson@oceansideschools.org

Mission- The mission of Boardman 9E is to educate students in a positive, engaging environment that values
perseverance, respect for others and a genuine love of learning.

Vision- Boardman 9E is a welcoming community that is creative, caring, safe and inclusive, where we cultivate a foundation for lifelong learning, growth and success.