The Principal's Paper Clip
April has been an amazing month. As you know, our intermediate students have been busy taking the PARCC assessment. I do not know when we will receive the results. We received those from 2015 in December. I applaud our students and staff for their perseverance. April 22nd was a beautiful example of the quality of instruction and activities we provide to our students. It was multicultural day and we had many students involved in presentations. Mrs. Knott, a fifth-grade teacher, worked with her students to give an amazing Polynesian presentation that included Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa, and Hawaii. In addition, several 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders had researched various countries, created digital presentations, and presented them to their peers throughout the day. This required tremendous courage and skill. Other intermediate students volunteered to join the primary classes to help with the little ones. They were wonderful role models. I must give a huge shout out to our Specialists and other staff members who spent months planning this huge event. They solicited donations from community businesses for food sampling as well as secured volunteers to present and assist with the stations. We all learned a lot while having fun. We are very proud of our staff and students! Thank you!!!
Another treat in April was a lecture from author, Daryl Hinmon about African Americans who made great contributions to our society. Mr. Hinmon shared research from his latest book titled, Black Gold. It was fascinating to learn about the many triumphs our ancestors made when faced with so many obstacles. Mr. Hinmon’s ultimate message is that we all can make a difference for others. May and June will be very busy. This is our last newsletter for this academic year. The calendar has been adjusted so that the last day for students will be June 10th. Please pay close attention to the calendar and frequently check the updates on our webpage at http://schools.smcps.org/ghes/. We frequently post flyers about school-sponsored and community events. As summer approaches, you will be able to find many programs offered for summer enrichment.
Also, please remember that instruction occurs through the last day
of school, so it is important for students to continue to attend school daily. I thank you for your support this year and encourage you to make sure that your student(s) continue to read and practice their skills throughout the summer break. Have a safe and happy summer!