From the Principal's Desk

September 2020 Greeting

Dear 9E Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. I hope that you and your family have had the opportunity to relax and enjoy some quality time together over the past few months.

The staff at 9E has been working diligently to prepare for the upcoming school year. Although some things may look a little different, we are so excited to welcome students back for another wonderful school year! We have sent home a comprehensive list of our updated school procedures. I encourage all families to carefully read through the items since many have changed. We are implementing these changes to promote a safe and healthy environment for all members of our school community. This includes updated arrival and dismissal procedures. These procedures have been significantly revamped to promote social distancing. Please take your time when reviewing these procedures so you and your child can be prepared for the first day of school.

In addition to fostering a safe and healthy school environment, we aim to support our students’ social/emotional well-being this year. We know that many of our young learners have had difficulty over the past few months grappling with the impact of COVID-19. The world around them has changed in unexpected ways. Our staff will utilize various SEL resources and strategies, including the RULER anchor tools, to support students. This includes a series of lessons specifically designed to help students transition smoothly into the school year. In addition to our classroom teachers, our school psychologist, social worker and health/wellness teacher are readily available to support all students.

Our engaging and rigorous academic program will continue this year. We will strive to foster a love of reading and develop students’ critical thinking skills. In our primary grades, we will continue to utilize the robust and engaging Fountas and Pinnell Classroom literacy program.

In the intermediate grades, we will continue to utilize the Teachers College Reading & Writing approach. Envisions Math will continue to serve as the cornerstone of our mathematics instruction. It will be supported by various supplemental resources, including the Exemplars problem solving approach. Social studies, science and STEM instruction will continue to incorporate a wide range of engaging resources that help students explore and connect with the world around them. Our daily instruction will be supported by a wide range of technological resources. This year, we will be embarking on a 1:1 Chromebook model. All students will have their own devices. Students will periodically have the opportunity to take these devices home to complete assignments. Our teachers look forward to giving parents a more comprehensive overview of our curricula and instructional practices during our virtual Back to School Night on September 22.

I’m happy to share that our annual theme this year will be “CONNECTIONS.” Each year, our theme serves and a big idea to anchor and guide our school. Previous years’ themes include Perseverance, Community, Creativity, Wonder and Leadership. The importance of connecting with one another has been evident over the past few months. Throughout the year, we will find opportunities to connect students to their peers and opportunities to connect families to our school. Of course, this will include students who are attending in-person instruction and those who are learning remotely.

Please be aware that the first day of school is Wednesday, September 9. The first day, along with 9/10 and 9/11, will be half days. As usual, students can begin arriving to school at 8:05 am through the front loop. We will be utilizing two different entrances for arrival, so please be sure to review the attached “Important Information” document. Dismissal on our half days will be staggered according to the schedule below. This year, dismissal for all students, including “walkers,” will take place from the rear entrance, near our Mahlon Brower parking lot. Please park on Mahlon Brower and walk to the designated dismissal area.

11:20 AM – Grades 4 & 6 11:25 AM – Grades 3 & 5 11:30 AM – Grades 1 & 2

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this letter. On behalf of the entire 9E staff, we are all so excited to embark on another wonderful school year together! See you on Wednesday!

Sincerely,
Mr. McPherson

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.