|“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
--- Duke Ellington
The beginning of a new school year presents many exciting opportunities to grow and learn from the past and to use this knowledge to reach higher, do better. At Mills Lawn School, we view “problems” as opportunities and we want our students to become skilled at using these “chances” to advance their learning. We will explore academics with a focus on inquiry and dynamic problem-solving as we build strong foundations in math and reading. Over the past two years, we have experienced growth and change in many areas but have continued to focus on what works best for students: a nurturing and supportive environment that models respect for the learner.
This year will be very exciting as we move forward with initiatives and continue to work towards continuous improvement. I am excited to welcome new staff members (John Gudgel, Counselor and Megan Bennett, Kindergarten teacher) and support them as they help create success with our students. Advances in assessment and technology will allow us to keep track of student progress in dynamic ways and use the information to support students. A persistent and determined focus on school culture will help us to make further progress with social issues in order to improve student relationships. We will also delve into the biennial “All School Musical” this year and use this opportunity to investigate, inquire and problem-solve as we explore the theme of the 1940’s and make connections from the past to the present.
Please make sure to stay engaged with Mills Lawn School this year and check out our new website (http://www.ysschools.org/MLS_Home.aspx) often for ongoing updates and news. We are always looking for volunteers to assist students and to help in classrooms, at recess and in many other areas. I hope that every parent, grandparent and family member feels welcome to join in and be an active member of our school community. We want your family to share in all the exciting learning this year and hope to see you often. Thanks for your support and let’s do our “best” in 2012-13!
Yours in Education,
Matt Housh, Principal