Dear Montevideo Families,
Welcome back to school! I am eagerly anticipating the cheerful buzz of elementary school students in classrooms, in the hallways and out on our new playground! Teachers and staff have been bustling around all week preparing for another exciting year filled with learning and exploration. I can tell you with confidence it is going to be a great year for Montevideo Mustangs.
Yes, you heard me right. We will begin our school year with a renovated playground. It is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it is a lot more fun. I am personally a fan of the circular climbing apparatus and the new double slide that you can go down at the same time as a friend! I am so thankful to the SRVUSD Facilities Team who made this happen for us. Let’s work together as a community to make sure that our new equipment is well taken care of and stays shiny and new. I know I for one plan to do my part.
We will also begin the school year with chromebook carts in our upper grades purchased with some of our Common Core dollars. Thanks to our incredible Montevideo Families and the Montevideo Education Foundation, we will also begin the year with a brand new computer lab stocked with new Mac Mini’s, as well as a completed ipad cart for our primary grades. Ms. VanWinkle has been working all summer to make sure all of our new equipment is ready for our students. A huge THANK YOU to Ms. VW and our Education Foundation!
To keep with the “new” theme, we also have five new teachers and two new paraeducators on campus. We are so lucky to have them with us and I know they are going to be a perfect addition to the Montevideo Family. Please help me welcome Ms. Lauren Foos and Ms. Stacy Judson to our second grade team. To our third and fourth grade teams we welcome Mrs. Jill Bond, Mrs. Starr McLaughlin, and Ms. Kelsey Marquez. Lastly, we welcome Mrs. Elizabeth Lemmon and Mrs. Kim Benno to our staff as paraeducators.
I am most excited about the learning we have planned for the year. We will continue our focus on writing instruction, as well as our writing collaboration with Walt Disney Elementary Teachers. Working closely with the WD teachers will allow us to push our thinking and grow our practices. We will also shift our professional development back to math with an emphasis on critical thinking and new approaches to automaticity of the basic facts. Word Work and Spelling will also be at the center of our collaborations this year with two new programs in the classrooms: Words Their Way and Fountas Pinnell Phonics. It is truly going to be a year of capacity building with our already top notch teachers. Have I told you how much I love this staff? They are truly amazing.
In addition to academics, we will continue with a more stream-lined approach to character education. Soul Shoppe will be back with a total of five Workshops/Assemblies for our students throughout the year in addition to both a teacher and a parent workshop. Thank you to our PTA for supporting us with our efforts. In addition to Soul Shoppe we will delve deeper into our Positive Discipline work in the classrooms. As I have said before, it is crucial that we teach the whole child. Children who are confident and happy will thrive academically.
Thank you all so much for reading and for sharing your wonderful children with me during the school year. They are why I love my job.
Enjoy the last days of summer.
Tasha Anestos Snow